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NCR's titanium-framed Ducati

Michael Neeves, 02 July 2013 08:00

NCR has been tuning Ducatis since the late 60s. During the 90s and early 2000s, you’ll probably remember the black NCR Ducatis competing in World Superbike, ridden by the likes of Borja, Bontempi, Xaus, Bostrom, Laconi and Chilli. In 2001 NCR wound down its racing activities to concentrate on building their own Ducati-engined specials and producing mouth-watering aftermarket Ducati spares. ...

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Video: Ducati Hyperstrada first ride

Michael Neeves, 14 June 2013 17:34

MCN road tester Michael Neeves gives us a look at his first ride on the new Ducati Hyperstrada – his long term test bike for 2013.  brightcove.createExperiences();

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MV Agusta F3 800 details revealed

Michael Neeves, 04 June 2013 17:24

MV Agusta has released details of its new £11,499 F3 800, which will hit dealers in July. Based on the current inline-three cylinder F3 675 supersports machine, MV says it tips the scales at the same 175kg (dry). The 798cc engine, which has a backward-rotating crank, uses the same bore as the F3 675, but has an 8.4mm longer stroke. ...

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What's new on the Ducati Hyperstrada?

Michael Neeves, 21 May 2013 09:00

The paint's barely dry on the new 821cc Hypermotard, but Ducati has already created a touring version. With its panniers, centrestand and tall screen, here's what makes the Hyperstrada different to the Hypermotard. ElectronicsLike the Hypermotard, there’s an eight-stage traction control system and three riding modes: Sport, Touring and Urban. Sport and Touring give you full power, but have differing ...

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2012 KTM Duke: most potent single-cylinder road bike ever

Michael Neeves, 14 November 2011 10:59

More power, less weight, improved refinement and ABS as standard  - the new KTM 690 Duke promises to be more fun, easier to ride and safer. Now making a claimed 70bhp, it’s also the most powerful single-cylinder bike ever. The 690 Duke’s 654cc engine has been comprehensively reworked, and now has a twin-spark head and an electronic ride-by-wire throttle system. ...

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Husqvarna Nuda 900 – first ride!

Michael Neeves, 26 October 2011 10:08

We're in Sardinia testing Husqvarna's new Nuda 900. It uses the same frame as the BMW F800 GS and a bigger 898cc version of its parallel twin-cylinder engine. It produces 105bhp and 74ftlb of torque. Due in dealers in mid-November, prices are set at £7850 for the standard model and £9250 for the Nuda 900 R, which has an Ohlins ...

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MV Agusta F4 RR First Ride!

Michael Neeves, 22 July 2011 09:47

"We're at the Adria circuit in Italy to ride the new MV Agusta F4 RR. "The new short stroke engine has 15bhp more than the standard model and produces over 200bhp. It also comes with Ohlins suspension, lightweight wheels and Brembo monobloc calipers. "My guess is it'll be quite fast! I'll report back later to let you know how it ...

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Video: Neil Hodgson tests superstock BMW S1000RR

Michael Neeves, 24 June 2011 10:49

New MCN Road Tester and ex-WSB/BSB champ Neil Hodsgon got to throw his leg over two superstock spec Park Lane BMW BMW S1000RRs at Brands GP recently. One of the BMW S1000RR’s, which is raced by Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves in the MRO Powerbike championship is fitted with BMW’s new HP Power and Calibration Kit, which gives the machine ...

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Video: Keith Flint's FTR Moto2

Michael Neeves, 24 June 2011 10:00

If you’ve got deep enough pockets you can now buy your very own Grand Prix bike. This £75,000 FTR Moto2, belonging to Prodigy front man Keith Flint, is the first customer machine to be built by the British firm. It’s the same spec as their actual Moto2 racer, but has a tuned 135bhp CBR600RR motor. Flint is using a break ...

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How to TT-proof your GSX-R1000 by Guy Martin team boss Philip Neill

Michael Neeves, 24 June 2011 09:48

Suzuki's GSX-R1000 will get you round the TT at 125mph+ no problem. But that fancy feather-light race bodywork you've been hankering after? It could cost infinitely more time than it saves, says Relentless Suzuki by Tas boss, Philip Neill, as he talks us through how they prepare Guy Martin’s Superstock gixxer for the TT. "Frequently round here you see things ...

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