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Staff Blog: Natural order restored

Tony Hoare, 27 November 2013 09:54

I thought I was done for winter. After a couple of weeks on holiday I’d not got back into the habit of riding to work every day, thanks to my insistence that I would only ride when I wanted to, not because I felt I needed to. There’s also my reluctance to get the Triumph coated in winter cack as ...

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Staff blog: Fourth time lucky!

Simon Patterson, 16 August 2013 16:16

First of all, I need to say thanks for all the emails I've received over the past few days. I've had a ton of comments, tips, suggestions and offers of free training since my piece in Wednesday's paper on failing my mod one test (for the third time). I have to admit to keeping something under my hat (helmet?), though: ...

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Staff Blog: First long ride (and in the sun, too!)

Simon Patterson, 07 July 2013 15:22

It seems I couldn’t have picked a better time to finally get out on two wheels! The sun’s beaming down, I’m sitting in the press office at Snetterton, and the little Yamaha R125 is parked outside. I’ve made my first decent length run on it to get here, knocking back the 70 miles from Peterborough in just under an hour ...

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Staff blog: I've got to stay up - someone on the internet doesn't like the Burgman

Steve Farrell, 21 June 2013 14:35

Every time I write a blog on the Burgman, I seem to become embroiled in debate with critics of the scooter.   I don’t know why I feel the need to convince others to like it. It reminds me of that joke about internet arguments, where a wife asks her husband if he’s coming to bed and he says: “No. ...

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Staff Blog: Hyperstrada at Snetterton and beyond

Michael Neeves, 20 June 2013 16:05

I took my Hyperstrada for a blast around the Snetterton 300 circuit on Monday – my second trackday of the year on the Ducati. I was there helping fellow MCN-er, Andy Davidson, who was doing his first ever trackday on his long term Kawasaki Z800. It’s easy to take trackdays for granted when you do a lot of them, but ...

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Staff Blog: I bet it won’t go off-road…

Richard Newland, 19 June 2013 10:10

Whether I’m picking up a curry on a Saturday night, filling up with petrol somewhere, or answering calls from readers who are thinking of buying one (or never buying one) – I’m regularly bombarded by the sure assertion that the R1200GS must be rubbish when the Tarmac gives way to the soft stuff. It’s a slightly odd assertion considering the ...

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Staff blog: A question for readers

Steve Farrell, 04 June 2013 09:43

I’ve been accused of being over-critical of bikes in the past. A spot of rust after a couple of months and I have a whinge about it in print. “What about the positives?” a manufacturer once complained.  So I’m not going to do that this time. I’m going to report that the Burgman 650 ABS Executive is a fantastic, underestimated ...

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Staff Bikes: Victory Hammer S - Time for tea

Chris Newbigging, 01 April 2010 09:33

This is only my second blog entry, and I’m already cheating by blogging on someone else’s Hammer activity. German magazine Motorrad has replicated BMW’s viral video for the S1000RR, where the superbike appears to pull a table cloth from under a fully laid table. There’s some doubt as to whether the BMW really did, but using a Victory Hammer, the ...

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