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Staff Blog: Today is a good day…

Michael Guy, 26 April 2013 12:06

The last couple of months haven’t been easy. I’ve seen my colleagues at MCN come bouncing into the office having received their long term test bikes for the year. I however have been forced to do my commute up the A1 in a people carrier, which as the weather has improved has become increasingly soul destroying. But, today that all ...

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Video: Yamaha Super Tenere World Crosser first ride

Michael Guy, 27 August 2012 08:00

Yamaha launched its take on the big adventure bike market in 2010 when they unveiled the XT1200Z Super Tenere. Aimed at getting a slice of the most lucrative sector in biking, the Yamaha’s had success thanks to its good looks, build quality and reliability. But it hasn’t quite won the hardcore cred of KTM or BMW GS Adventure rivals. Two ...

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KTM 450RR Dakar bike ridden

Michael Guy, 30 March 2012 15:32

It doesn’t look like a bike that’s just finished the Dakar – it’s clean and there are only minimal signs of wear. A closer look tells you that the built to order factory KTM 450RR has seen some action but for a bike that’s been raced for 5600 miles across Argentina, Chile and Peru – it’s looking sweet. It belongs ...

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Vote for your MCN Man of the year

Michael Guy, 12 January 2012 14:04

VOTING HAS NOW CLOSED In what has been another brilliant year in the world of motorcycle racing there is once again an array of outstanding riders vying to secure your vote in MCN’s Man of the Year competition. While there have been stand out performances in virtually every class of racing, highlights include the epic battle for the British Superbike ...

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Video: MCN Adventure - MCN takes on Morocco

Michael Guy, 24 August 2011 12:07

Over the past 10 years Morocco has become a Mecca for adventure motorcycling. Just 20 miles from mainland Europe, it's cheap and accessible - a spectacular, ever changing country waiting to be explored. There's no doubt that rides throughout Europe are rewarding, but the moment you leave Gibraltar and head across the Mediterranean the trip takes on a new meaning. Morocco ...

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How to choose an Adventure bike

Michael Guy, 19 August 2011 12:36

While the iconic bike of Adventure travel remains the capable BMW 1200GS, it’s not your only choice of bike when it comes to embarking on an Adventure. Over the last 20 years the challenge of riding to far flung places by bike has captured the imagination of thousands of adventurers.  The choice of bike varies dramatically from mopeds through to ...

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Staff bikes: Yamaha Super Tenere: Saddling up the beast

Michael Guy, 29 July 2011 12:58

With a few big trips planned in the next couple of months it was time to get the Super Tenere ready for action. I'm heading to the Nurburgring at the start of September for the World Superbike round and because I'm going to be working I've got plenty of kit to take with me. With adventure bike riding big business ...

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Video: KTM Adventure 990 7000 mile report

Michael Guy, 21 March 2011 16:50

When I first got my KTM Adventure 990 I was on a mission to prove it was a bike that really could do anything. Now it's 12 months on and I think I've been proved right - well almost. Over the last 7000 miles I've done all the usual motorway, A-road and B-road miles, plus it's been to the Nurburgring ...

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Video: KTM 990 Adventure goes off-road!

Michael Guy, 27 December 2010 07:30

Our KTM 990 Adventure longterm test bike is billed as one of the best all round bikes available and over the last eight months I’ve been bar to bar with despatch riders in London, scratched on country lanes and completed 1000’s of motorway miles. I cruised over to the Nurburgring for the WSB round and I’ve even done a track day at ...

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Shakey ties the knot

Michael Guy, 26 November 2010 17:31

New HMPlant Honda BSB signing Shane Byrne had another reason to celebrate last week when he got married to his long time partner Petra Liskova. In true Shakey fashion his wedding was a classy affair and took place exactly five years to the day after his first ever date with Petra at the same venue. The day started with Shakey ...

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