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New issue of Practical Sportsbikes on sale March 16

Chris Newbigging, 16 March 2011 17:48

The latest issue of Practical Sportsbikes magazine is now on sale (March 16) – the first monthly edition of the UK’s best mag for 70s, 80s and 90s sportsbikes. In this issue we’re riding some of the greatest learner bikes from the 1970s and 1980s, pitting the Kawasaki KH250, Suzuki GT250 X7 and RD250LC head-to-head as well as a talking ...

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Top tips for a new year new bike bargain

Chris Newbigging, 12 January 2011 16:38

Dealers are offering a range of deals to try and pull buyers back in to showrooms after the Christmas break. January sales, anti-VAT rise offers and finance deals are all beginning as dealers try to kickstart this year’s motorcycling season, giving you the chance to get a better deal on the bike or kit you want.  Kawasaki is running two ...

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Sanctuary's modernised Japanese classics

Chris Newbigging, 12 January 2011 15:34

Before reading this, take another look at these extraordinary Japanese-made specials - they're worth gazing at again.  Made by Sanctuary in Japan, they’re just some of the examples of the workshop’s ability to turn Japan’s best superbikes from the 70s and 80s into technically-modernised machines retaining all the charm and style of the original.  Z-series Kawasakis (and American market KZs) are ...

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Investigation: how the VAT rise affects bikes

Chris Newbigging, 17 November 2010 12:16

It’s tough times for the bike market, and the forthcoming VAT rise looks to be yet another unwelcome price rise. But how will it really affect prices in the showroom? Find a new or used motorcycle for sale The rise from the current rate of 17.5% to 20% comes in to effect from January 1 2010, adding 2.5% of the ...

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Milan bike show: Honda’s retro minimotos

Chris Newbigging, 05 November 2010 16:45

Never mind the CBR600F and Crossrunner – these exquisite minimotos were the bikes grabbing MCN’s attention on the Milan show Honda stand. The six bikes are mini-me versions of Honda road and race bikes from years gone by. They’re not just painted Chinese minibikes either – each has it’s own chassis crafted to look like the original, with the correct ...

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Yamaha XTZ250 Tenere photo gallery

Chris Newbigging, 26 October 2010 11:53

These first pictures have emerged for the new-for-2011 Yamaha XTZ250 Tenere, a new mini-adventure bike going on sale in Brazil, and the Fazer 250 The baby on/off road machine makes only a fifth of the power of the Euro-market XT1200Z Super Tenere it takes it’s styling from, with a modest 21bhp from the air-cooled 250cc single. The rest of the ...

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Staff bikes – Victory Hammer S: Calling open-minded Harley owners

Chris Newbigging, 28 May 2010 11:07

The Victory Hammer S continues to be a pleasure as I rack up miles in the sun, and I’ve yet to run in to any problems. It also continues to draw praise. A week spent road testing meant the Hammer was sat idle, so I lent it to web producer Liam Marsden while his Kawasaki Versys was being repaired following ...

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Ducati reveals rider friendly Monster 796

Chris Newbigging, 19 April 2010 14:07

Ducati has launched a new Monster 796 with the 803cc engine from the Hypermotard 796 and other improvements based on owner feedback. Broadly, the new bike is similar to the 696 and 1100 version of the Monster, both of which will continue, but the air-cooled two-valve 803cc engine is an all-new unit that debuted at the tail end of 2009 ...

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Paolo Berlusconi saves failing Moto Morini

Chris Newbigging, 13 April 2010 11:48

Troubled Italian manufacturer Moto Morini has been bought for 2.5 million Euros by Paolo Berlusconi, brother of Italian Prime Minister Silvio. Moto Morini declared itself bankrupt in September 2009 – a move that allows Italian firms six months breathing room to avoid paying debts. The firm has since scaled back production, building bikes to order while a backlog of unsold ...

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New MV Brutale gets more finance

Chris Newbigging, 09 April 2010 17:34

MV Agusta has extended the finance offers available on the all new 2010 Brutale models.   0% finance is available until 30 April 2010, with 25% deposit and repayments over 18 months.     MCN’s test of the two new Brutales showed them to be much easier to rude than last year’s bikes, with a new subtlety in power delivery. Power is still ...

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