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Staff blog: Burgman v Tmax: the jury's out

Steve Farrell, 02 July 2013 17:06

One or two readers have commented that they doubt the Burgman 650 is as good as some other big scooters out there, like Yamaha’s Tmax or BMW’s C600 Sport. This week I’ll be finding out.   I'm doing a group test of six big scooters, also including the Honda Integra, Aprilia SRV850 and BMW C650GT.   I’ll be doing my 160-mile commute on each of ...

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Nominate the best place to live!

Steve Farrell, 24 April 2013 16:23

MCN wants your nominations for the best place in the UK for motorcyclists to live. We'll use your answers in a forthcoming feature. We're interested in places with access to great roads, bike meetings, events, tracks and races. We want to hear about cities, towns or villages but not entire counties or regions. It could be somewhere famous for a ...

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A2 licence holders wanted

Steve Farrell, 18 January 2013 12:20

MCN is looking for holders of the new ‘A2’ motorcycle licence, created under rules coming into force on Saturday. The new category, which carries a 47bhp limit, is part of sweeping changes to the motorcycle licence regime. All new riders under 24 will have to get an A2 licence and spend time restricted to 47bhp before taking another test for ...

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SORNing bikes for winter could void insurance

Steve Farrell, 02 November 2012 15:42

Motorcyclists storing their bike for winter could be unwittingly invalidating their insurance if they declare it off road to the DVLA. MCN reader Alan Charlton, 64, was told his underwriter would no longer insure his Kawasaki ZZR1400 after he completed a Statutory Off-Road Notification. To be covered against theft, the broker said he needed ‘laid-up’ insurance from another underwriter. Charlton, from Harrogate, ...

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Norton Commando 961 owners wanted

Steve Farrell, 22 August 2012 11:12

Have you bought a bike from revived Norton’s Commando 961 range? If so we’d like your help for an MCN story. We’re not going to ask to ride your bike. We’d just like to speak to you. Email steve.farrell@motorcyclenews.com with a daytime phone number. 

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BMW maxi scooters delayed

Steve Farrell, 19 April 2012 17:30

Production of BMW’s two new maxi scooters has been delayed while the firm tries to remedy quality issues. The C650 GT and C600 Sport were due to go on sale this month on the continent and next month in the UK but dealers are still waiting for news on when they will arrive. BMW said: 'In order to ensure the product ...

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Top bike insurer says: ‘No more than three mods, whatever they are’

Steve Farrell, 17 November 2011 11:57

One of Britain’s biggest motorcycle insurers is refusing to cover machines with more than three modifications, irrespective of what they are. Bikes with four minor alterations such as a sticker are automatically rejected by Bennetts Insurance while those with three major modifications including nitrous oxide may not be. Potential customers are asked to identify modifications to their bike by choosing ...

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MCN Back Off EU: Get the t-shirt!

Steve Farrell, 28 October 2011 17:35

T-shirts supporting our MCN Back Off EU protest are available to buy with profits to be donated to African development charity Riders for Health. Join our ride against stifling EU plans The t-shirts bear the rally’s logo of a fist making a victory sign, in Union Jack colours, with the slogan ‘Back Off EU’ printed over the top. They are ...

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Cops put bikes through roadside MoTs

Steve Farrell, 09 September 2011 17:26

Motorcyclists are being subjected to 15-minute roadside MoT-style inspections because of a police training course. Riders are stopped in large numbers and directed into makeshift inspections bays where their bikes are examined by two officers. The operations are training days on a City & Guilds motorcycle inspection course for police. In the latest, in Birmingham last Wednesday during rush-hour, 76 motorcyclists were ...

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Why new bikes aren’t as heavy as you think

Steve Farrell, 21 April 2011 16:23

The specifications of some small-to-middle-weight new bikes have caused disquiet on the forums of MCN this year. One user wrote of the new Honda CBR250R, which weighs 162kg and makes a claimed 26bhp: “I can't believe how heavy these things are. Modern four-cylinder 600s are down to this sort of weight.” Another user said both the CBR250R and the 169kg ...

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