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Triumph Trophy 1200 revealed

John Westlake, 22 June 2012 21:00

Triumph have just unveiled the new Trophy Tourer. The full report will be in next week's MCN (out Wednesday June 27), but in the meantime here are the raw facts from Triumph's press release • Three cylinder 1215cc engine developing 132bhp and 89lb.ft of torque at just 6,450rpm.• Virtually maintenance free shaft drive.• The most highly technologically advanced Triumph with ride by wire, ...

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Simoncelli not forgotten

John Westlake, 18 January 2012 15:29

The reverberations from Marco Simoncelli’s tragic death last year are still being felt in his native Italy. At a Serie A match between Napoli and Bologna on Sunday night, the home side presented his father Paolo, and mother Rosella with a number 58 shirt in his honour. The ceremony came just days before a party to celebrate Marco's 25th birthday ...

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Video: How did he walk away from THIS?

John Westlake, 02 December 2011 15:21

A stunt rider who crashed head on with a car and flew 30 metres through the air has escaped serious injury. In fact, he was back at work the next day. The rider was performing at Latin America's largest theme park when he hit the car while wheelying at what looks to be about 30mph. He was meant to pass ...

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New BMWs to feature raft of safety tech

John Westlake, 01 July 2011 11:44

MCN's senior reporter Andy Downes is in Germany for the launch of a range of as yet undisclosed BMW technology. Though some will inevitably be pie-in-the-sky concept ideas, it's thought much of the technology will appear on 2012 and 2013 models. Downes said: "I’m about to go into the main presentation and I’m expecting a lot of innovations to do ...

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New mobile phone app aims to reduce crashes

John Westlake, 08 June 2011 16:30

A new route-planning smartphone app starring James Toseland has been released. iBiker, which has been funded by the Department for Transport, is intended to reduce bike crashes by highlighting accident hotspots on popular routes and providing riding videos. It costs £2.39 on iTunes and £2.59 on Android Market and lets you: Plan, plot, and save routes. Highlight points of interests, ...

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Free test rides on new 167bhp Aprilia Tuono

John Westlake, 09 May 2011 11:22

Showing commendable confidence in the easy-riding manners of the new Tuono, Aprilia are offering free test rides of the 167bhp hooligan. Provided you're over 21 and have a full motorcycle licence, you should be able to get a ride, if you book ahead at your local dealer (see This test ride event marks the arrival of the Tuono V4 ...

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TT races in Birmingham? North Circular GP?

John Westlake, 08 April 2011 17:44

Transport minister Mike Penning has announced a consultation document which, if passed as law, would allow councils to hold bike (or car) races on public roads. This would bring mainland UK in line with Northern Ireland, where the councils arrange all manner of commendably unhinged road races. Penning said: "There is a huge following for motor sports in this country ...

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Stolen bike spotters guide – time to check those chassis numbers...

John Westlake, 23 March 2011 10:00

This week's MCN – out Wednesday, March 23 – contains a crucial two pages for anyone contemplating buying a used bike. Following the police raid of Brands Hatch, where 16 racers had their bikes seized, MCN has produced a pull-out poster showing what genuine chassis and engine numbers look like for each manufacturer. Checking the fonts on the poster against ...

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Sky Sports presenter completes first ever ladies speedway school

John Westlake, 10 March 2011 15:40

Sky Sports presenter Charlie Webster headlined the first ever Ladies Speedway Training day – a special charity event organised by ex-riders Barry Bishop and Steve Mills. Thirty women had a go at riding a speedway bike for the first time at Sittingbourne Speedway with ex-world champion Sam Ermolenko on hand to give tuition. Entertainingly, Ermolenko was the only crasher of ...

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Are you young? Would you buy a Kawasaki W800?

John Westlake, 03 March 2011 17:27

Kawasaki has revealed they expect their new W800 retro to attract younger buyers. Kawasaki's Martin Lambert told MCN that, surprisingly, their research showed the Triumph Bonneville-rival would be popular with under 30s as well as older classic fans. The research has been backed up by experience, said Lambert: "I've spoken the Kawasaki UK field sales team to get a flavour ...


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