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Sheene 10 Years On: Sheene the Dad

Guy Procter, 06 April 2013 18:00

She shares her mother’s looks and flowing blonde hair; her father’s gimlet eyes and his irrepressible sense of self. She is Sidonie Sheene, 28, and she’s breaking her silence on life growing up with Britain’s greatest ever bike racer exclusively in MCN, on the 10th anniversary of his passing. Dad was strict. He might not have seemed that way with ...

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Rossi: 'I wish I was raised in the sixties'

Guy Procter, 17 March 2013 10:00

Valentino Rossi says he thinks he'd have had a better life on and off the track if he'd been born in the early sixties like his hero Kevin Schwantz. He makes the comments in a world exclusive in-depth interview  you can read in MCN – in print or on iPad – on Wednesday. Rossi says: "I would love to be ...

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Download our 2013 year planner of bike races and events

Guy Procter, 08 March 2013 16:13

If you've ever had to attend a wedding or mow a lawn you'll know the pain of not having a cast-iron excuse to get out of it. So to ensure your diary is lined with emergency exits we've created this year planner. It shows all the MotoGP, WSB and BSB rounds, plus road races, endurance and other bike-related events. (Includes ...

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Video: Icon take the Triumph Tiger 800 off-road

Guy Procter, 21 September 2012 17:31

Ever wondered how good a Triumph Tiger 800 really is off-road? Well, just… just… watch this. Undoubtedly the best advert Triumph's ever had, and they didn't even have to shoot it themselves. Sit back, crack a beer, enjoy this epic half hour odyssey from US gear brand Icon. If you don't want a Tiger 800 after this… we're impressed!

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10 bad ideas that made great bikes

Guy Procter, 30 November 2011 09:27

When Ducati set out to build the 1199 – the most extreme superbike it could envisage – it did everything but address the bad idea at its core. With good reason. The firm’s L-twin engine layout is one of many examples of the rationally wrong ways of doing things that have characterised so many of our most- loved bikes. Porsche’s ...

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MCN's multinational protest reaches Brussels

Guy Procter, 22 November 2011 14:04

Riders from the UK, France and Belgium have arrived at the European Commission headquarters. MAG chairman Ian Mutch, the BMF's government relations head Chris Hodder and MCN's Steve Farrell have each addressed the crowd. Said Farrell: "People can question whether protests like this make a difference, but we can be certain that nothing will be achieved by sitting at home."  The protestors ...

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Roland Sands 'Dirty Desmo': des-irable or des-ecration?

Guy Procter, 22 November 2011 09:38

Roland Sands recently took the brave/insane decision to accept a commission to streetfighter a Desmsedici RR. Or dirt tracker-it anyway, as is their wont where he lives. There's no doubting the size of the cahunas required to take the angle-grider to a MotoGP rep, and equally to ride the 200bhp mutant. But was it the right thing to do? Is ...

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10 things bike firms could learn from their own ads

Guy Procter, 07 November 2011 13:42

Look at bike ads from decades past and you come away thinking some manufacturers today aren’t fighting hard enough for the customers they could have. What happened to having the balls to compare yourselves to your competitors? When did pointing out there are compelling reasons to ride other than fulfilling a trackday fantasy become a dumb idea? Why did you ...

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Why Yamaha's good news is bad news for you

Guy Procter, 04 November 2011 10:03

Yamaha has released its latest set of financial figures amid fanfare, proclaiming it has 'secured profitability in all business segments'. That's about as close to a whoop as Japanese businesses get. But it's ominous news for European Yamaha fans – the firm's impressive motorcycle performance (just a 0.4% decline year-on-year) has been driven entirely by 'large increases in unit sales ...

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New pub honours 100mph TT hero

Guy Procter, 12 October 2011 11:29

Pub chain Wetherspoon has named its new boozer in Caerphilly after a Welsh TT hero who lived in the town. The Malcolm Uphill, which opened on Cardiff Road yesterday, celebrates the life of the first man to record a production bike 100mph TT lap – which Uphill did on a Bonneville in 1972. The pub was set to be called ...

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