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Honda VFR400 NC24 wanted for Practical Sportsbikes

Chris Newbigging, 19 April 2011 10:50

MCN’s sister magazine Practical Sportsbikes is looking for a Honda VFR400 NC24 (If you haven't got one, check out Honda VFR400s for sale right now) to borrow for a test this Thursday (April 21) – can you help?The magazine needs a bike in standard or mostly standard condition – small modifications are fine, but the paint and mechanics need to be ...

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Kenny Roberts to ride Festival of 1000 Bikes

Chris Newbigging, 12 January 2011 14:07

Kenny Roberts is to ride on track in front of a UK crowd for the first time since 1983 at the VMCC Festival of 1000 Bikes. The treble world champion will be riding a 1981 Yamaha YZR500 OW60 as the star guest around the classic Mallory circuit on July 10. His appearance will only be the second time he’s ridden ...

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Roland on racing Harley XR1200s: ‘I’m f***** scared man!’

Chris Newbigging, 06 August 2010 16:24

MCN caught up with custom builder Roland Sands as he prepares to race a Harley-Davidson XR1200 at Brands Hatch this weekend – the Californian tested the Shaw Racing machine at Mallory, and will practice at Brands today. “The bike’s good, it turns well, brakes well and it’s real flickable. It weaves a bit, but I’ve had an inch of width ...

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Freddie Spencer at Mallory this weekend

Chris Newbigging, 07 July 2010 15:16

The Festival of 1000 bikes is a rare chance to see Freddie Spencer, the only to man to win 250GP and 500GP championships in the same year, riding an NSR500 on track this weekend.  ‘Fast Freddie’ will be riding a Honda NSR500 around the Mallory circuit (the classic circuit, without any of the chicanes) in the Past Masters parade. MCN ...

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MCN/Riders for Health rideout kicks off British MotoGP weekend

Chris Newbigging, 17 June 2010 17:20

The first British MotoGP round to be held at the new-look Silverstone circuit kicked off with the Rider's for Health Day of Champions, which begun with a mass rideout from MCN's offices to the circuit.    Over 200 riders took part in the ride in, before getting their chance to complete three laps of the circuit. The traditional pre-GP fundraiser ...

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Wanted: Ducati Monster 696 and 1100 owners for road test

Chris Newbigging, 17 May 2010 16:30

MCN is looking for Ducati Monster owners to come on a group test this Thursday (May 20) – we want one 696 owner and an 1100 rider too. The test will pit the new Monster 796 against the 696 and 1100 variants of the Monster range, so we want two owners to help us determine the 796’s place in the ...

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Suzuki GSX1250FA: competitors price comparison

Chris Newbigging, 22 March 2010 16:42

MCN has tested the new Suzuki GSX1250FA, which you can read about in MCN, March 24, and this graph shows where Suzuki sees it fitting in the market. There’s little competition in the same price bracket – omitted from this graph is the Honda CBF1000GT at £8170, but the next competitors, the Honda CB1300S and Yamaha FZ-1 Fazer are over ...

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KTM denies reports of Bajaj takeover

Chris Newbigging, 12 February 2010 09:34

KTM has denied claims by an Indian news agency that it has invited 30% stakeholder to increase it’s stake to 90%. Read the original story here The Austrian firm says that current controlling shareholder CROSS Industries will continue to hold more than 50% of shares in KTM, meaning there will be no change in leadership of the company. Earlier reports ...

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Bajaj to raise stake in KTM to 90%

Chris Newbigging, 11 February 2010 14:31

Indian bike-building giant Bajaj has accepted an offer from Austrian firm KTM to up its stake in the on/off road manufacturer from 30% to a controlling 90% share. According to Indian news site The Economic Times KTM invited Bajaj, one of the largest manufacturers of motorcycles and scooters in the world, to raise its current stake of 30% to a ...

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Best deals on 2008-2009 Yamaha R6s

Chris Newbigging, 09 February 2010 13:59

In the February 10 issue of MCN, we've tested the revised 2010 Yamaha R6 against the 2008-2009 model R6, in order to find out exactly what difference the new ECU and exhaust has made. Yamaha R6s for sale The older bike is very similar and still a good bike - so we've found a few examples of the older bike ...

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