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Dakar Rally to move to South America

Dakar organiser, the ASO, has just confirmed that the 2009 Dakar Rally will be joint-hosted by Argentina and Chile, after this year’s race was cancelled. Cyril Despres on the Dakar cancellation Dakar Rally cancelled This year’s rally was called off at the last minute due to direct terrorist threats and the murders of four French tourists in Mauritania on Christmas ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • 12 February 2008

Cyril Despres to race in the UK

Cyril Despres, the Dakar Rally competitor and two-time winner, is coming to the UK to race in Wor Events ‘The Tough One’ After the cancellation of the 2008 Dakar organiser Steve Ireland has been sweet talking KTM to allow Despress to race in one of the toughest endurance races in the UK. Click here to read Cyril Despres' thoughts on ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • 14 January 2008

Big Trip special: Top 10 motorcycle tours from 2007

After nearly a year of big trips we’ve put our ten best stories together, and here they are just for you. Some are here because of their exotic location, others because of the endurance the riders suffered and some because they are just great stories. 1. Nick Graham and Nick Clarke – Cotswolds to Cape Town With no support and ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 03 January 2008

Big Trip special: Ecuador - Riding our very own private planet Earth

Charity rides are rarely as challenging or rewarding as SOS Adventures’ Ecuador trips, says Richard Fairbairn. Brrrrr...! Shivering violently in light enduro gear long soaked through by rain and mist, a single-digit chill is on my bones and my body’s convinced it’s a dank British winter’s day.   I can barely feel my fingers, my teeth rattle, and the only heat ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 03 January 2008

Dakar Rally 08: The history of the Dakar Rally all in the name of love

The 2008 Dakar Rally is just days away so motorcyclenews.com is taking a look ahead before the race sets off from Lisbon in Portugal on January 5. In part three of our previews, we take a look at the history of the Dakar Rally. The Dakar Rally was the dream child of Frenchman Thierry Sabine, who rode the Abidjan to ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • 03 January 2008

Big Trip special: Death defying trip to Africa

Shot at twice, nearly blinded and found dying at the side of the road – all in a day’s riding. Sam Manicom has travelled the world several times over and here he talks to MCN’s Events Editor Dave Rawlings about his death-defying adventures during his first trip to Africa. I was working my way through the ranks of a department ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 03 January 2008

Big Trip Special: Coasting along in Britain for a worthy cause

Ed and Dom had 1000 miles of riding experience when they set off to ride the UK’s coastline on an SV650S and Bandit 600S to raise money for Macmillan nurses. Dom gives MCN's Events Editor Dave Rawlings the lowdown.   Me and Ed have been mates since we lived together at halls in university and once we finally got our bike ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 03 January 2008

Big Trip special: Transylvania - so close yet so far away

A trip to Romania will transport you to the past. But do it soon – this unique country is changing fast. MCN spoke to Damon l’Anson about his introduction to Romania. Having ridden through the night across Austria and Hungary we are leaden of eyelid as we ride away from the customs post and into Romania. Having last seen daylight ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 03 January 2008

Big Trip special: Mines, tanks, landmines - all in a day's riding on the way to South Africa

Lee Myers and Mike Lambrianos started up an extreme touring company that goes through some of the roughest terrain known to man. Here they talk to MCN about their inaugural trip and the highs and lows of a four month expedition. We’d been in the army and seen parts of the world that no one else would’ve imagined existed not ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 03 January 2008

Big Trip special: Scooters in the Sahara

Dennis Robinson and seven buddies took a gaggle of Honda C90s and £200,000 worth of medical supplies to a hospital in Gambia. As told to MCN’s Events Editor Dave Rawlings. The whole idea of this trip was the brainwave of my mate Bill Oats. He went out on rally in a Land Rover and met Stella Marsden, who runs a ...

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  • 03 January 2008

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