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First Ride: Triumph 2014 Thunderbird Cruisers

Triumph’s two new 2014 Thunderbird-based cruisers, the ‘Road King’ style LT bagger and the fat, reto-styled Commander, are currently being put through their paces for the first time by MCN Executive Editor Phil West in the USA. The LT is possibly the more significant of the two bikes being aimed directly at one of Harley’s best sellers in America’s biggest ...

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  • First rides & tests
  • 10 February 2014

Now there’s a retro Jawa!

Latest to jump on the retro-styling bandwagon – although possibly with more integrity than some – is Jawa. The Czech, former Soviet bloc, manufacturer still produces utilitarian, budget, old-fashioned, two-stroke twin cylinder runabouts to this day, which have been long-time exclusively imported into the UK by F2 Motorcycles. Now, this ‘new’ 350 Retro joins a range comprising 350 Classic, limited ...

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  • New bikes
  • 01 October 2013

Ewan becomes face of Guzzi

Scottish Hollywood star Ewan McGregor is to star in a new advertising campaign for Moto Guzzi’s all-new California 1400. The star of Trainspotting, the Star Wars prequels, Moulin Rouge and TV’s Long Way Round is a lifelong bike – and particularly Moto Guzzi (he owns 10!) – fan and will star in a new television campaign called ‘My Bike, My ...

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  • 05 April 2013

'Old Bill' Brough sells for world record £290K

A new world record sale price for a classic motorcycle has been set by historic Brough Superior 'Old Bill', which sold for £291,200 at H&H's Duxford auction on Tuesday. The bike, built in 1922 for the personal use of Brough Superior founder, George Brough who raced it to over 50 sprint victories, is considered one of the most historic of ...

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  • General news
  • 25 October 2012

Get a Ducati 848 Evo for £149 per month

Ducati’s new PCP finance scheme means dream bikes like 848 Evo, Diavel and even Panigale are more accessible than ever. Called ‘TriOptions ‘, the new Personal Contract Purchase scheme applies to all new Ducatis and means bikes like the 848 Evo can now be had for as little as £149 per month. Under the scheme, a fixed amount is paid ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 25 May 2012

Kawasaki launches 2013 motocross collection

Kawasaki has launched its 2013 motocross collection, with the new KX250F and KX450F. Both bikes come with updated styling and improved performance. The KX450F comes with a new ‘pneumatic spring fork’ (PSF), the first on a production motocross, which replaces conventional fork springs with pressurised air, Kawasaki claims, to deliver firmer suspension and less resistance. Power is up across the ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 24 May 2012

50 classics in time-warp village hall

This amazing barn find collection of classic bikes has just been unearthed in the West Country and will now go up for auction early in the new year. Stored in a former village hall near Bristol, the machines, including classic BSAs, Triumphs, Velocettes and more, are thought to have not seen daylight for over 30 years. More than 50 machines ...

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  • General news
  • 08 December 2011

Revamped engine for latest Moto Guzzi V7s

Moto Guzzi’s popular smaller V-twin range has received a complete makeover for 2012 – proving once again that parent Piaggio is investing heavily in reviving the historic marque. At last week’s Milan Show, Guzzi unveiled not one but two new V7 models – and both, along with the whole V7 range and the similarly-powered Nevada 750 line-up, will benefit from ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 18 November 2011

Milan Show: Bimota reveal three new models

Bimota were a surprise hit at the Milan show, with three all new-bikes. The DB10 is Bimota’s version of Ducati’s Hypermotard but with its own, tubular steel and aluminium frame.  The DB9 Brivido is an all-new super naked using Ducati’s Testastretta 11 degree engine featuring Bimota’s usual hi-tech frame and exotic cycle parts including Marzocchi suspension, Brembo brakes, and OZ ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 09 November 2011

Bike-mad Chelsea manager dreams of Dakar

Chelsea football manager Andre Villas-Boas owns five motorbikes and dreams of one day competing in the notorious Dakar Rally, it has been revealed. The highly-rated Portugeuse coach, whose day job requires coaching multi-millionaire footballers and challenging for honours in the world’s most competitive football league, revealed in an interview with the BBC that bikes are in his blood and likes nothing ...

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  • 03 October 2011

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