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You ask/You answer: How do I stop my wife riding?

John Westlake, 11 July 2012 13:47

My wife has been riding pillion with me for years but now she wants to learn to ride. I really don't want her to do it - she's a bloody awful driver and has dreadful hand-eye coordination. I'm actually quite scared for her. I don't want to put my foot down say she can't do it, but what choice do ...

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Staff bikes: Suzuki V-Strom 650 - Brussels: Further than you think!

John Westlake, 22 December 2011 16:00

I thought Brussels was an easy day’s ride from MCN’s Peterborough HQ, so was first to agree to join senior reporter Steve Farrell on his rabble-rousing EU protest ride last month. In my brain, I foresaw a quick blat to Dover, a tootle down the E40 from Calais, chips and mayonnaise for lunch followed by some shouting at MEPs then ...

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Days left on Harley-Davidson trade-in deal

John Westlake, 19 May 2011 14:36

Harley-Davidson UK's offer to give riders an extra £1000 on the trade-in value of their bikes will finish at the end of May. If you trade in a non-Harley, you'll get up to £1,000 on top of the value of your bike, and if you trade in a Harley you get an extra £750. The deal excludes the Iron 883™, ...

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Kawasaki World Superbike team boss denies drug smuggling

John Westlake, 03 May 2011 10:17

The boss of Kawasaki's World Superbike squad says drugs, gun and ammunition found in his race transporter lorry were planted by a drugs gang. Paul Bird, owner of Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM), exclusively tells MCN (out this Wednesday) that he believes the gang were using his truck to smuggle contraband back into the UK, as the team returned from the ...

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What do you get if you cross a Triumph, Norton and Ducati?

John Westlake, 13 August 2010 17:11

Answer: a Tronti. This one was built by Mike Etienne from Jersey and is a modern take on the Triton of the Sixties. This is the synthesis of 1958 Manx Norton frame, 1979 T140 Triumph 750 engine (not stock) and 1994 750SS Ducati forks, wheels and brakes. Mike said: “A lot of engineering was necessary to make it all line ...

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New Yamaha XT660 supermoto on the way

John Westlake, 12 August 2010 11:31

MCN has uncovered designs showing the next-generation Yamaha XT660 supermoto with Ducati Hypermotard-like styling. It’s a far cry from the dumpy current XT, which lacks excitement and desirability compared to thoroughbred European supermotos from the likes of KTM. The new one has a leaner, more exciting look. The detailed patent drawing shows the single-cylinder bike with what appears to be ...

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Dorsoduro 1200 leak: Aprilia stay silent

John Westlake, 12 August 2010 10:59

Aprilia is remaining tight-lipped after a 183 page owners manual for the new 1200cc Dorsoduro was leaked on the internet. The official document confirms MCN’s insider reports of the past two years about the existence of the supermoto-style bike. The manual was posted online by an Aprilia owners forum and reveals the bike – which will rival KTM’s 990SM among ...

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New Honda Sabre

John Westlake, 28 May 2010 17:56

This is the brand new Honda Sabre 1300 cruiser – proof that the firm’s new, more extreme chopper styling, as pioneered on last year’s Fury, is no one-off. The US-only model – revealed in full in next week’s MCN, out on Wednesday June 2 – shares not just the Fury’s 1300cc V-twin, shaft-drive engine, but also many of its styling ...

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Ducati Monster 796 colours: They’re not all vile!

John Westlake, 22 April 2010 17:32

Some of Ducati’s new replacement panels for the Monster 696, 796 and 1100 are, admittedly, repulsive. Monster 796 colours: did no-one tell the designers the red frame was staying? But tucked away among the ill-judged mauve/red combos on the press CD are some far more palatable colour-schemes. In fact, they’re stunning. Pillaging from Ducati’s rich history of iconic logos and ...

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2010 Ducati launch weekend

John Westlake, 09 April 2010 13:17

Ducati dealers will launch the entire 2010 range during the April 17/18 weekend. Ducati motorcycles for sale Headline act will be the new Multistrada, which will be available for test rides in every Ducati dealer, with the 848 Dark, Hypermotard EVO, ABS Monsters and 1198 Corse models also in attendance. Demand for the new Multistrada has taken Ducati by surprise, ...


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