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Staff bikes: KTM Duke 125 - If you ask an expert...

In my hands the MCN award-winning 125 Duke has proved to be a reliable commuter, tourer and general muck-about bike. It has impressed me. But would it impress a half-decent rider? I handed the keys to MCN senior road tester and NW200 veteran Adam Child. After a quick blast, a few stoppies, a burn-out and valiant attempts at a wheelie, ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 27 October 2011

Two-stroke answer to rising crosser costs

This immaculate Kawasaki KX500 hybrid is one motocross racer's response to the rising costs of four-stroke off-road competition machines. Chris Place, 21, hopes the blend of an easily-fixed two-stroke engine and modern chassis will enable him to compete on a knock-down budget. Built from a 2008 KXF450 chassis and a 1994 KX500 two-stroke, the KX500CF (for Custom Fabricated) was built ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 27 October 2011

Classic Indians, Harleys, shotguns and cider mills in Ohio’s “ultimate barn find”

A treasure trove of classic American motorcycles has been unearthed in what auctioneers are calling the "ultimate barn find". Ranging from a 1937 Indian Jr. Scout to a 1965 Harley Davidson FLH Pan Head – with every cylinder case, intake manifold, gear and bolt in between – the collection represents the estate of the late William L King, Jr, an ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 30 September 2011

Sidi ST boots

Sidi ST boots, £264.95 Miles covered/time: 1000 miles/one year What’s good: The STs are exactly what you need on the track. Your heel, ankles, toes and shins are solidly protected by plates, shock absorbing inserts and replaceable sliders, while adjustable air vents help keep your feet as cool or warm as you wish. Fitting is adaptable every time you put ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Boots
  • 26 September 2011

1989 Suzuki GSX-R1100 wins wheelie world championships!

A 22-year-old Suzuki GSX-R1100 with a homemade turbo defeated dozens of modern GSX-R1000s, turbo Hayabusas and a BMW S1000RR in last weekend’s world wheelie championships at Elvington, Yorkshire. Egbert Van Popta, a German now living in Holland, took regular competitors by surprise by approaching the start of the flying kilometer in fifth gear on the elderly GSX-R – bored out ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 26 August 2011

Product review: Hein Gericke Tricky IV jacket & trousers

Hein Gericke Tricky IV jacket & trousers, £349.99 and £249.99Miles covered/time: 2400/three weeks What’s good: Leatherman… Saab… North Face and now… Hein Gericke. The German outfit joins the list of brands that I trust and respect. I took this suit to Switzerland this summer and it withstood five days of torrential rain. My equally Gore-Tex-equipped boots and gloves – from ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Leathers, jackets & suits
  • 23 August 2011

Video: Aprilia USA in Space Shuttle tribute

Aprilia’s USA division has released the following tribute to the now decommissioned space shuttle program. It’s essentially an RSV4 advert, but with enough heart-stopping shots of 81 million horsepower rockets to justify the association. The Aprilia team says: “Crossing performance boundaries never thought possible and forging new frontiers in innovation… making and racing motorcycles wouldn't be entirely alien to the ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 08 July 2011

Are you a bad man?

Open auditions are being held to fill the role of "Bad Man" in an up-coming British film. The ideal candidate will be a male sportsbike rider aged between 28 and 40. Both street riders and professional racers will be considered. Auditions are being held in Glasgow in the coming week. The film - titled "Under the Skin" - is based on Michel Faber's gruesome Sci-Fi ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 04 July 2011

Build your own electric road racer

Mavizen, the organisers of the electric TT, have dramatically slashed the cost of buying an electric race bike, to less than £8000. There’s just one catch – you’ll have to build it yourself. This is no DIY home-build special though. The Mavizen LEO.X can only be bought as a complete package, which includes a five-day college course on electrical theory, ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 01 July 2011

Classic Triumph nears end of "Iron Butt"

A classic 1969 Triumph Trident T150 – ridden by a British rider – is nearing the end of the gruelling American "Iron Butt" rally. Covering 11,000 miles in 11 days, the route travels through 48 US states starting in Washington and ending in California. British triple-cylinder enthusiast John Young is currently on day 8 of the ride, and is reportedly ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 30 June 2011

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