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Staff bikes: Honda Hornet 600 - MCT suspension

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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  • 21 January 2011

Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC Special Edition - full review

The 2010 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC Special Edition has been ridden and rated by MCN - you can read the full web review in the bike reviews section.                             Read the Aprilia RSV4 Factory SE review "It might look like a common or garden 180bhp V4 Aprilia RSV4 Factory, but this special edition version (only 350 are being made, 50 to come to the UK) has ...

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  • 10 November 2010

2011 Triumph Speed Triple - full review

The 2011 Triumph Speed Triple has been ridden and rated by MCN - you can read the full web review in the bike reviews section.                                      Read the 2011 Speed Triple review "For 2011 the Speed Triple has an all-new chassis package, frame and swingarm included, to turn MCN’s favourite big-bore naked bike into a ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 21 October 2010

Honda PCX125: first stop-start two-wheeler

Honda’s PCX125 is the first two-wheeler with fuel-saving stop-start tech. Pull up to some lights and after three seconds of idling, the engine cuts out. A blinking orange light marked ‘stand by’ (like a DVD player) lets you know you’re in ‘idle stop’ mode. A twist of the throttle fires it back up again with next to no delay. Find ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 25 August 2010

Derbi GPR125 - full review

The Derbi GPR125 has been ridden and rated by MCN - you can read the full web review in the bike reviews section.                                   Read the Derbi GPR125 review "Back-to-back with other four-stroke 125s the GPR125 is right up there with the quickest (we saw 83mph on the digital dash), and once you get used to having to ...

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  • First rides & tests
  • 26 July 2010

Staff bikes: Suzuki GSX-R600 - Thundersprint 2010

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. ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 09 June 2010

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

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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  • 19 April 2010

Suzuki SV650 model history

The Suzuki SV650 and SV650S are easy to overlook, but the fact is that they're cult machines and they changed the face of biking.        Find a Suzuki SV650 for sale Read the Suzuki SV650 review Before the SV came along in 1999, there was very little choice for new riders looking for an easy-to-ride yet sporty and sexy first bike. The SV's sales ...

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  • 21 December 2009

Motorcycle insurance bargains: retro roadsters

Motorcycle insurance costs are an important consideration for any bike buyer. That's why over the past few months MCN has been highlighting some of the best cheap-to-insure motorcycles out there.       Get a motorcycle insurance quote now We've compared insurance groups on key models across all categories to find the bikes that are the cheapest to insure compared to their rivals. Retro ...

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  • 18 December 2009

Owners pay tribute to the Suzuki SV650

In the 10 years since its launch in 1999, Suzuki have sold 20,700 SV650s in the UK alone.     Find a Suzuki SV650 for sale Suzuki SV650 buyers guide Here just a few of those owners pay tribute to the bike that launched their biking careers, got them back on two wheels, took them on track and carried them to work ...

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  • 03 December 2009

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