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School for Slide

Rupert Paul, 03 February 2013 12:00

If a passing stranger informed you that this time next week you could be sliding a motorcycle round corners like Nicky Hayden in the off season, you’d write him off as a dangerous lunatic. Well, I am that lunatic. Because I am telling you, here and now, that anyone can learn the basics of this ultra-cool skill within about ten ...

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UK electric race series to be owned by the teams

Rupert Paul, 18 March 2010 14:20

Six weeks before entries close for the UK’s first electric motorcycle championship, promoter Azhar Hussain has unleashed another revolutionary concept on the racing world: ownership of a series by the competitors. Hussain’s proposal, which also applies to the US and Italian championships he’s set up, shares out an increasing slice of the income from TV rights, merchandising and sponsorship among ...

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New riders wanted for MCN feature!

Rupert Paul, 25 August 2009 13:05

Fancy a fun day out? We’re looking to recruit six newly-qualified or learner riders to act as guinea pigs for a new kind of bike training. Over the past 16 years, Australian-based training and safety expert Rob Smith has developed a datalogging system which can give riders a mark out of ten for their ability to brake, corner and swerve. ...

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Insurance leaves deaf, blind stunt rider grounded

Rupert Paul, 29 July 2009 17:25

A deaf, blind stunt rider has been priced out of doing 150mph speed runs, cage rolls and two-up wheelies – because his insurance has gone up to £250 a day. Graham Hicks, who rides at shows and airfields with a passenger giving instructions via touch, has spent three months trying to get cover for 2009. “My broker said the underwriter ...

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Police and MCN raid bike thief's house

Rupert Paul, 09 July 2009 11:49

MCN has witnessed first hand how modern bike thieves operate after joining a police raid in a leafy, well-to-do suburb of a southern English town last week.   You see them smashing doors down on telly, but for the real thing they knocked. Two coppers covered the back of the house; five waited at the front, all wearing stab vests or harnesses ...

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UK’s 10 most dangerous biking roads – do you ride them?

Rupert Paul, 25 June 2009 09:54

A new Eurorap report has identified ten roads, nearly all of them in the midlands and north of England, as more dangerous to bikes than any others.    We want to hear from riders who know these roads. What do you think of them? Why are serious or fatal crashes more likely to happen here? Is it something to do with ...

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Can Brits beat Yanks to 400mph?

Rupert Paul, 16 April 2009 14:45

For over half a century the world motorcycle land speed record has been held by Americans. Now a UK team, led by a former Manx GP racer, hopes to change that. Gabriel Uttley plans to whup the Americans in their own back yard next year, at the annual Bonneville speed trials. The attempt, which would beat the existing record by ...

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Julian Ryder to appear in new series of Red Dwarf

Rupert Paul, 02 April 2009 14:56

Yes, that really is Eurosport MotoGP commentator Julian Ryder on the set of the new Red Dwarf mini-series. Ryder plays the part of a bus driver in Red Dwarf: Back to Earth, which goes out on Dave over the Easter weekend. He landed the gig after getting to know Danny John Jules, more widely known as the staggeringly shallow Cat ...

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Sportsbike ABS ‘might save hundreds of lives a year’

Rupert Paul, 25 March 2009 14:25

Is the UK finally ready to accept ABS on sportsbikes? Traditionally all manufacturers except BMW have shied away from fitting the technology to their supersports models. Early this year even Honda were unsure of how their new electronically controlled system would go down on the CBR600RR and CBR1000RR Fireblade. But the system is so effective it won over road riders ...

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