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Magpul Ronin: A Buell 1125R made beautiful

If you were one of the people that bought a bargain price 1125R last year and you’re now wondering what to do with it, the menacing and futuristic Magpul Ronin should provide some inspiration.        Read the Buell 1125R review The Ronin’s girder front end, angular bodywork and radical radiator/headlight combination have turned geek into gorgeous. Who’d have guessed that ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 26 January 2010

How to pick up a motorcycle

We've all done it. Either you've lost your footing on uneven ground, cocked up a U-turn or your bike's been knocked over by an inconsiderate driver, at one time or another you'll need to pick your bike up off the floor. Unless your bike is a low capacity scooter, picking up something that probably weighs more than your own bodyweight ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 07 August 2009

Stunning boardtrack replica from Motor Rock

Spotted on Japanese chopper builders website Motor Rock this stunning boardtrack replica is powered by what looks like an engine from a Suzuki GN125. There aren't any details about the bike on the site except the name 'motor69'. At first glance the frame looks conventional until you notice the swingarm is about four inches long and probably only gives minimal ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 07 August 2009

Riding Skills: How to ride fast around S-bends

An S bend is nothing more than two corners linked together. The trick in riding an S bend is how you link them together. I've just returned from a training day with Rapid training ltd. Rapid are a team of serving and ex police riders that run both road and track days designed to improve riding confidence. The road riding ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 07 August 2009

Aprilia RSV4 Tuono - the rivals

Last week we revealed spy pictures of Aprilia's RSV4 Tuono Factory track testing around Italy's Misano circuit. In this week's issue (on sale Aug 5) we've also got spy photos of the lower-priced version that features slightly lower spec suspension.     Thinking of trading in? Sell your bike with MCN for £9.99 We estimate the price of this base model ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 05 August 2009

Riding Skills: riding slowly with less wobbling

Q: I'm a confident rider at normal speeds but when I’m in slow moving traffic or turning in the road I constantly feel like I’m about to drop my bike. It’s even worse when the bike is loaded with luggage or I’m carrying a pillion.  A: The secret to slow speed riding confidence is using the clutch and rear brake ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 03 July 2009

Riding skills: How to become faster

Q. Dear Ped, I'd like to be able to ride faster, and safer of course but I'm not sure what sort of training I should get. Can you suggest something suitable? A. You’ve got three options depending on how much money you want to spend and the level of training you’d like. The first, and cheapest option is take part ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 19 June 2009

Touring advice: How to pack for a road trip in California

Q. I am going on a two week tour of California on a bike, I've never been on a long bike tour so I'm not sure what to pack. What should I take along? How many changes of clothes will I need? Will I be able to get away with one textile suit or will it start to smell a ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 29 May 2009

First ride: Yamaha Tenere pre launch report

Deputy Editor, Ped Baker is in Morocco to test Yamaha’s new XT660Z Tenere and he's sent his first report back ahead of riding the motorcycle over the coming few days. The Tenere is the third bike in the XT660 range and is specifically designed with adventure touring in mind, featuring a completely new tubular steel frame with a stronger rear sub ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 08 April 2008

You decide where to send MCN Deputy Editor Ped Baker on foreign motorcycle trip

In September the deputy editor of Motor Cycle News, Ped Baker is planning a trip abroad on his long term test BMW K1200R Sport. His rough plan is to ride from the MCN offices in Peterborough to the Greek island of Corfu via France and Italy. From the Italian port of Brindisi Corfu is 6 and a half hours by ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 18 July 2007

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