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First ride: Ducati 749R

Anonymous, 01 March 2004 00:00

The official launch of the Ducati 749R has taken place in Valencia, Spain and MCN's Alex Hearn was there to get the first ride.Despite the torrential rain Hearn fell in love with the bike instantly: "It really is something special," he said. "It always does exactly what you want it to do and it really flatters your riding."You can read ...

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Win £5000 of prizes in our Christmas quiz

Anonymous, 23 December 2003 00:00

We have more than £5000 worth of prizes to give away in our mammoth 2003 Christmas quiz, including a signed Valentino Rossi AGV lid.Prizes also include an Alpinestars one-piece suit and other kit, top-spec Dainese leather jackets, a race can, DVDs, Frank Thomas all-weather gear, a huge haul of Oxford luggage and shedloads more.There are 100 questions to answer, divided ...

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Long term test September 03: Suzuki DR-Z400

Anonymous, 28 October 2003 00:00

Daniel Thornton: daniel.thornton@emap.comReturning after a week’s break from riding has given me the chance to become reacquainted with the DR-Z, and take stock of how well the standard bike has performed – before I mod it to the max. So far, any modifications have been for practical reasons, not for performance. Anything further requires a serious financial outlay and takes ...

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Long term test September 03: Ducati 999

Anonymous, 09 September 2003 00:00

THE Ducati 999S is not a bike for the shy and retiring. It attracts attention from bikers and non-bikers alike wherever it goes.The combination of Ducati Red paint and the silver/grey coating on the frame and engine acts like a magnet to passers-by. With the blend of angular plastics, tubular steel frame rails and a big hunk of the rear-facing ...

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Villagers boycott ‘Wild Ox’ meeting

Anonymous, 01 September 2003 00:00

Villagers have boycotted a meeting to discuss their protests against the ‘Wild Ox’ bike meets at the White Horse pub in Morcott, Rutland.The meeting was arranged by landlord Barry Starkey to discuss complaints since he took over the pub around two years ago. Starkey previously ran the ‘Wild Ox’ bike meets at the Durham Ox pub, and when he moved ...

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Barry Sheene – An amazing life

Anonymous, 04 March 2003 00:00

Barry Sheene’s death has touched the world beyond motorcycling, because he was not just a motorcyclist. He was an icon, a legend; the grinning Cockney who came good against all the odds. Even today, Sheene is still a household name in Britain – and millions of people this week will be recalling his famous Daytona crash, the Brut adverts, the ...

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Sibling rivalry: Ducati 999 v 998

Anonymous, 01 October 2002 00:00

In the latest issue of MCN, out Wednesday October 2, there’s a very special interview with Pierre Terblanche, father of Ducati’s 999. In it he claims the new bike is " twice as good as the 998 " . So, we went to find out.We took both bikes to Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground – as good a test of real world ...

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Valentino Rossi – simply the best, ever?

Anonymous, 23 September 2002 00:00

In just 12 years Valentino Rossi has gone from pocket bikes to the debut winner of the MotoGP crown. The question is: Is he the best rider the world has ever seen?The case for the 23-year-old Italian superstar is a convincing one. At every level of competition since he contested the Italian Sports Production Championship in 1993, Rossi has won ...

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Triumph debuts Speedmaster roadster

Anonymous, 16 September 2002 00:00

These are the first pictures of the new Triumph Speedmaster, which will join the 2003 Bonneville range.It is based around the Bonneville America cruiser. It shares the feet forward riding position and the same 790-parallel-twin motor, but has a different firing order, giving it a distinctive sound to match it’s stripped-down style.It has a lower gearing than the America, and ...

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2002 Suzuki SV650

Anonymous, 05 August 2002 00:00

Brands Hatch WSB, what better journey to test out the SV’s capabilities. Used normally for commuting 40 miles daily and the odd jaunt down to the coast, the SV has returned an average of 52 mpg and used next to no oil in 4500 miles. Preparations for the Brands trip consisted of chain check and lube,tyre pressure check and the ...

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