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Staff bikes: Honda CBR600F - Winter prep goes high tech

My 1998 Honda CBR600F-W has been treated to a full winter anti-corrosion treatment which should prevent hundreds of pounds of damage and allow me to ride it through the colder months. The £60 anti-corrosion work was carried out by All Year Biker; a set-up that uses franchised operators across much of the UK to carry out the work. The work ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • 03 January 2012

Staff bikes: Honda Hornet 600 - MCT suspension

I don’t think I’m alone in being a little bit scared of suspension jargon. I’m in awe of the guys who can bounce a bike up and down and tell if it’s any good or not on feel alone. But despite not being able to describe the problem in technical terms, I’ve known for a while that my Hornet’s suspension ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 21 January 2011

Staff bikes: CBR600F - getting it up to scratch

Faults with the old Honda CBR600F-W are few and far between. They are renown for bulletproof construction, reliability and apart from camchain tensioners failing, there is really only rotting downpipes to look out for.  Find a Honda CBR600F for sale After buying a 1998 Honda CBR600F back in February as a bike that will do a bit of everything, I ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 09 December 2010

Staff bikes: Kawasaki GPz550 – A gut-wrenching tale

Every Sunday afternoon I try to restore my ‘bargain’ GPz550 to somewhere near acceptable condition. And on Sunday evenings I ask the internet how to undo whatever new damage I’ve caused. My latest handiwork is a sheared sump plug. When I last changed the oil, I replaced the rounded-off old plug with a swanky magnetic one. Unfortunately, because it’s hollow ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 07 October 2010

Staff Bikes: Ducati Multistrada - The first 700 miles, again

Since picking up my replacement Multistrada Sport arrived (the first one was written off by a colleague) its done some gentle running-in, a few trips out with the mrs, had a first service and been round Cadwell Park. Ducati claimed the bike is four bikes in one, and in its first 700-miles that has certainly been put to the test. ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 30 September 2010

Staff bikes: Victory Hammer S: Vic 'n chips

For an upcoming long-term test feature in the print edition of MCN, I invited Harley owners out for a ride on my Victory Hammer S. Yesterday myself and three Harley owners headed to the coast to swap bikes, swap banter and see where 12 year-old upstart firm Victory fits next to Harley-Davidson, riding on 107 years of history and glamour. ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 07 July 2010

Staff bikes: Suzuki GSX-R600 - Thundersprint 2010

I’m not a racer – I haven’t even done that many track days. So it was surreal to end up in the start line queue behind the likes of Chris Walker, Danny Webb and Steve Parrish ready to compete in this year’s Thundersprint.  Before the event I was getting mixed signals from other MCN staff, which didn't help the nerves. ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 09 June 2010

Staff bikes: CBR600F - The proud (and skint) owner of a 1998 Honda CBR600F

Nobody in the world is more relieved I have actually been successful in finding a new bike than those MCN staff who sit closest to me at work. No longer do they have to look at what I have just found on MCN Bikemart and pretend to be interested. Or listen to me legitimising why I could ‘actually save money’ ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 07 June 2010

Staff bikes: BMW R1200RT - 6000 mile service in ten weeks

Just ten weeks after I was lucky enough to get my hands on the 2010 BMW R1200RT as my long term test bike it has been in for the 6000 miles service. The result is a bike that now feels as fresh as new again despite the speedy rate the miles have been racked up.  The gearbox is loosening up, ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 03 June 2010

Staff bikes: Victory Hammer S - Hey you, pipe down at the back!

The genuine Victory accessory performance 2-1 exhaust on my Hammer S looks lovely. Deep chrome, neat welds and a shape that really suits the hot-rod shape of my Victory. So I’m gutted that I’ve damaged it. Not maliciously, or in an act of stupidity, but through enjoying it a bit too much. The hero blobs don’t take much to dispense ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 03 June 2010

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