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Staff Blog: Are Harley's cool?

Ped Baker, 24 April 2013 16:36

A couple of years ago I asked an MCN work experience girl what she thought of motorcyclists. I was hoping she’d use words like ‘cool’, ‘exciting’, perhaps even ‘sexy’ but instead she said, “They’re all old blokes... you think they could be a bit of alright and then they take their helmets off... and they’re all my dad’s age.” She ...

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Staff bikes: Triumph Tiger 800 - Tiger hits Spain

Ped Baker, 07 September 2011 12:31

After being enthralled by the round-the-world tales in our free Adventure supplement a couple of weeks ago I was inspired to do something similar on the Tiger 800. The journey needed to be epic and daring, the destination exotic and unusual. One night over dinner all options were examined with my partner and pillion, Nicola. Would it be the Road ...

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Video: A kind of passion

Ped Baker, 19 May 2011 13:08

Beautifully shot video of the Classic Moto 2011 festival at the Jarama circuit near Madrid.Not so sure about the soundtrack though, would rather hear the bikes...

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Shinya Kimura video: Building bikes from the soul

Ped Baker, 25 June 2010 13:59

Legendary Japanese bike builder Shinya Kimura has just released this incredibly beautiful and emotive video about his passion for bike building. Shot in and around his Chabott Engineering workshop in California, Shinya tells the story of his background and reveals the creative methods he uses to build his one-off creations. Owners of Kimura built bikes include Hollywood actor Brad Pitt.

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Breitling Moto Martin Café racer

Ped Baker, 24 June 2010 09:02

This isn't the kind of bike you'd expect to roll out of a shop named Santiago Choppers. Owned and run by prolific custom builder Alan Bernard, Santiago's specialise in trikes and bobbers more than café racers but the Breitling bike proves Alan has more than one trick up his sleeve.  The frame is 1970's vintage Moto Martin and the Kawasaki ...

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Triumph 865 flat tracker for sale

Ped Baker, 08 April 2010 16:56

Belgium Triumph dealer Blondeel is selling this stunning street-legal 865cc flat track custom at it's showroom in Ostend. The bike originally started life as a standard 2005 Thruxton but owner Patrick Blondeel saw the potential to build the first flat track bike in Belgium. Patrick explained "I wanted to do something that we don't have over here, I made a ...

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Innocent sausage mown down by police motorcyclist

Ped Baker, 08 April 2010 15:37

A man dressed as an Italian sausage has been struck by a police motorcycle as he competed in the annual Opening Day Klements Racing Sausages Relay Race in Milwaukee, USA. The running relay is part of the Milwaukee Brewers baseball teams opening ceremony. The accident occurred when the Italian sausage ran across the police motorcyclists' path as he attempted to 'high ...

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Radical RAD02 Corsa built on-line

Ped Baker, 24 March 2010 16:49

We've featured bikes from Spanish builder Radical on this site before, most recently the Dirt Guzzi and the Imola Café racer. And while there's no doubt they produce some droolworthy motorcycles, until now we've only seen the fully finished machines. Now Radical are putting together one of their 1100 Monster engined RAD02 Corsa specials on a blog so you can ...

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Carole Nash MCN show: Bike Build live!

Ped Baker, 05 February 2010 14:17

Some restorations can take months if not years but at the Carole Nash MCN motorcycle show a restorer is attempting to turn boxes of parts into a running bike in just four days.  Video: 2010 Carole Nash MCN Motorcycle Show preview The Yamaha TZR250 3XV V-twin will be painstakingly pieced together by Cider County Strokers owner Wayne Pipe and mechanic ...

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Golf cart motors to power Roehr eSuperbike

Ped Baker, 27 January 2010 16:02

US manufacturer Roehr have released further details of its two battery powered sportsbikes due to go on sale in spring 2010. Both machines use the same 35kilowatt AC motors originating from a company called Hi Performance Golf Cars. The Roehr eSupersport motor produces 48 horsepower, the eSuperbike with dual motors, 96 horsepower and 210ftlbs of torque. The batteries in the ...

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