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First ride: Vyrus Moto2 bike

John Westlake, 20 July 2011 15:13

Vyrus are testing their new Moto2 bike at Misano, so Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves has joined the Italian firm to ride the innovative bike on track. Here are his first impressions: 'This is one of the most unconventional Moto 2 machines made so far. It has a carbon fibre monocoque chassis, hub centre steering and a Formula One style ...

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Pick up a bargain Desmosedici at British MotoGP

John Westlake, 01 April 2011 17:23

Besides watching qualifying for the British MotoGP at Silverstone on June 11, fans will also have the chance to pick up a bargain Ducati Desmosedici RR. The exclusive V4 race replica is up for auction at the circuit on the day before the GP, along with a selection of other bikes and kit. The 2008 one-owner Desmo is in full ...

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New six-cylinder BMW K1600 design gallery

John Westlake, 01 October 2010 16:50

BMW have released more images showing how the company’s designers came up with the K1600GT and GTL. The 1649cc bike looks remarkably similar to current BMW tourers, which is some achievement given that they’ve squeezed an inline six-cylinder motor in there…

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New Harley-Davidson Softail Convertible

John Westlake, 09 April 2010 16:54

MCN editor Marc Potter has just ridden the new Harley-Davidson Softail Convertible from the company’s Custom Vehicles Operation – the department where Harley engineers sit and stroke their beards and come up with outrageous versions of their standard showroom bikes. Read Harley Softail bike reviews This CVO Softail gets a 219cc increase in engine capacity from 1584cc to the Screamin’ ...

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Sheene tribute bike at Goodwood

John Westlake, 24 March 2010 09:36

This is the Icon Sheene – a 250bhp turbocharged tribute to the late great Barry Sheene. The bike – which is revealed in this week’s MCN – was designed and built by Andrew Morris who has dubbed it ‘the ultimate road bike’. Morris said: “Barry Sheene was a hero – of mine and everyone else. I believe the Icon Sheene ...

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Frank Thomas seeks ‘real riders’

John Westlake, 18 February 2010 11:24

If you wear Frank Thomas kit you’re eligible to star in the company’s next advertising campaign. Frank Thomas are launching a nationwide search to find real riders who wear their clothing.   Compare and buy Frank Thomas kit in the MCN Shop The company – established in 1981 in when it produced its first motorcycle boot – wants customers to be ...

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Facts and figures: BMW S1000RR vs Fireblade vs GSX-R1000 vs R1 vs ZX-10R

John Westlake, 13 November 2009 11:23

MCN will be riding the new BMW S1000RR at the world launch next Tuesday. All the latest info on the S1000RR Chief road tester Trevor Franklin will be riding the Honda Fireblade, Suzuki GSX-R1000, Yamaha R1 and Kawasaki ZX-10R during the days before he flies out to Portimao in Portugal, so he can give the best idea of how the ...

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Honda confirms dual clutch on new VFR1200

John Westlake, 08 September 2009 10:52

Honda has officially announced that the new VFR1200 Blackbird replacement will feature a dual clutch transmission, as reported in MCN on July 15, 2009. It will be the world's first fully automatic motorcycle dual clutch transmission on a big sports tourer.   Honda V4: tech details of the VFR1200 revealed There is speculation about whether the clutch – which allows rapid ...

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