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2012 GSX-R1000: bigger midrange, new brakes and better fuel economy

John Westlake, 24 October 2011 17:49

Suzuki’s 2012 GSX-R1000 gets new Brembo Monobloc brakes, more midrange power and is 2kg lighter than this year’s model. Though Suzuki list dozens of changes to the outgoing model, the majority are subtle – anyone hoping for BMW-beating traction control or dramatic power increases will be disappointed.  Here are the highlights: 2kg off the kerb weight Brembo’s Monobloc calipers More ...

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Free tickets for next year's NEC Show

John Westlake, 21 December 2010 16:34

If you bought a ticket in advance for the Carole Nash Motorcycle Live Show at the NEC in November, but were unable to attend because of the atrocious road conditions, you can get a free ticket to next year's event.   All you have to do is keep your unused 2010 ticket, bring it along to the NEC in 2011 and ...

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Win an all-expenses paid Spanish trackday on the new ZX-10R!

John Westlake, 26 November 2010 11:45

To celebrate the relaunch of the Kawasaki Riders Club, Kawasaki is offering an “all expenses paid” Spanish trackday riding the new Ninja ZX-10R.  Every new member of the club signed up during Carole Nash Motorcycle Live at the NEC will have a chance to win, as well as getting all the other club benefits, including: BSB and World Superbike pit ...

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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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Incredible Kawasaki Z650 rebuild

John Westlake, 13 August 2010 17:00

This immaculate 1979 Kawasaki Z650 B3 is a complete nut-and-bolt rebuild undertaken by Dave Ball from Stone in Staffordshire. He’s entered the bike in MCN’s Britain’s Got Biking Talent Competition with Carole Nash which closes in just five days. The amount of work Dave put in is awe-inspiring. Here are just a few of the bike’s highlights: • Wiseco 720cc ...

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Britain's Got Biking Talent: Kawasaki ZX-10R

John Westlake, 12 August 2010 09:36

This stunning 2005 Kawasaki ZX-10R is just one of the hundreds of bikes entered into MCN’s Britain’s Got Biking Talent competition with Carole Nash. The annual free competition closes in six days, so if you’ve got a special bike you think stands a chance you’ll need to get onto sharpish. The ex-Vivaldi ZX-10R you see here has kevlar bodywork ...

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NEC Show: Triumph to grow model range 'significantly'

John Westlake, 26 November 2009 15:21

Triumph has promised to grow its range “significantly” in the next three years, as it celebrates becoming the best-performing bike firm in the world. Get all the latest NEC Show news The Hinckley firm’s profits have grown 16% during the worst year for biking ever, and says it will plough that profit straight into new model development. Triumph’s Product Manager ...


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