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Staff bikes: Honda Hornet 600 - MCT suspension

James Keen, 21 January 2011 10:30

I don’t think I’m alone in being a little bit scared of suspension jargon. I’m in awe of the guys who can bounce a bike up and down and tell if it’s any good or not on feel alone. But despite not being able to describe the problem in technical terms, I’ve known for a while that my Hornet’s suspension ...

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Staff bikes: Honda Hornet 600 - pitted forks

James Keen, 18 January 2011 09:30

My Hornet's forks - which are actually used forks from a breakers, following a crash a couple of years ago - were pitted badly on the stanchions. The suspension is so tired that I want to get it looked at by a professional, but it's not worth doing this until that’s fixed.   I considered everything from biting the bullet and ordering new OE parts ...

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Staff bikes: Suzuki GSX-R600 - MSV Rider Development Program

James Keen, 08 July 2010 12:59

When the shiny new GSX-R600 turned up at the MCN office, people kept asking me what I was going to change on the bike. My answer was and is: Nothing. The fact is this bike is already a lot better than I am. If something needs to be improved on, it’s me.    That’s why – for less than the price ...

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Staff bikes: Suzuki GSX-R600 - setting it up to suit

James Keen, 23 June 2010 10:10

The GSX-R600 is great fun on the open road, but at slow speed the riding position can be torture - supersport 600s aren't known for their comfort and in fairness that's not what they're about. But that said I've managed to drastically reduce muscle ache in two simple steps - and without spending a penny.  The bars are low of ...

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Staff bikes: Suzuki GSX-R600 - Thundersprint 2010

James Keen, 09 June 2010 14:59

I’m not a racer – I haven’t even done that many track days. So it was surreal to end up in the start line queue behind the likes of Chris Walker, Danny Webb and Steve Parrish ready to compete in this year’s Thundersprint.  Before the event I was getting mixed signals from other MCN staff, which didn't help the nerves. ...

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Staff bikes: Suzuki GSX-R600 - 160mph!

James Keen, 21 May 2010 09:20

If you've read the hyperbikes v superbikes road test in this week's MCN, you'll know that we were recently at Bruntingthorpe proving ground speed testing some of the fastest bikes you can buy.  I went along on my GSX-R600 to shoot the video (watch it here), but also because I wanted to take it for a thrash on the runway.   I'd been dying to see what ...

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Staff bikes: Suzuki GSX-R600 - First impressions

James Keen, 26 April 2010 10:18

My gleaming new GSX-R600 turned up at the office at 2.50pm on Friday and by 3 I was on the way up to Skegness for the MCN Live! weekend.  I'd volunteered to help marshall the MCN ride out on Saturday and it was the perfect way to put the first couple of hundred miles on the new bike. It got quite ...

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Staff bikes: Honda Hornet 600 - The neighbours won't be happy...

James Keen, 19 April 2010 15:41

I had the day off today so I decided to get my new Mivv X-Cone fitted to my Hornet 600. It was a pretty simple job to swap out the bulky standard can for the new almost retro-looking cone shaped Mivv. My only real problem (besides lack of proper tools and my own cack-handedness) was with the original silencer clamp, which was so ...

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