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Ultimate Superbikes 2nd place: BMW HP4 Carbon

Michael Neeves, 16 May 2013 08:30

Lap time: 1:47.7Top speed at end of straight: 167.7mphMax braking (g): 1.29Max lean: 46.85 Why it’s so specialIt’s the first sports bike to be produced with semi-active suspension. The damping inside the HP4’s Sachs forks and rear shock adjusts as you ride, based on your road speed, throttle position, lean angle, shock movement and intervention from the traction control and ...

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Staff Blog: Let the journey begin!

Ian Jubb, 13 May 2013 13:22

My week of riding has begun, destination Northern Italy. Sitting in the sunshine at Folkstone waiting for my slot on the Chunnel makes me realise what biking is all about. This years seemly endless winter made me forget the appeal of the two wheeled lifestyle, it's ok now, I definitely remember. Only 450 more miles to go today, accompanied by ...

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Staff Blog: Nailing The Basics

Steve Hunt, 22 April 2013 10:31

With the sun threatening to finally breakthrough and bring back some semblance of normality to the spring climate, now is the time that most riders come out of their enforced hibernation and return to the road. But rusty riders on defrosting roads don’t always make for the best of combinations and it’s these riders that the California Superbike School are ...

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Living with the BMW F800GT

Steve Hunt, 17 April 2013 11:45

After a month of ownership and a few emails and messages coming in from people who’ve read my longterm reports in the MCN paper I thought it would be a good start to this blog if I responded to these queries here – mainly because I am sure that the questions asked and their answers would be of interest to ...

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BMW F650 Owners Needed!

Andy Davidson, 22 March 2013 16:20

MCN is looking for BMW F650 Funduro, F650GS Dakar and G650GS owners for an upcoming feature! We need BMW F650 Funduro, F650GS Dakar and early G650GS (53bhp) owners. Just fill out the questionnaire below and email it with a head and shoulder photograph of yourself to: andy.davidson@motorcyclenews.com We'll be using the information to help with our article and there may ...

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New water-cooled BMW R1200RT spied testing

Andy Downes, 22 March 2013 12:03

A fleet of all-new water-cooled BMW R1200RTs have been spied carrying out road testing in the South of France ahead of the launch of the completely new bike in 2014. The R1200RT is the current best-selling tourer in the UK but will be replaced next year and use the same all-new water-cooled 125bhp motor from the recently launched BMW R1200GS ...

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Video: BMW F800GT first ride

MCN, 15 March 2013 15:50

The new BMW F800GT aims to be a daily commuter, load-lugging tourer and weekend fun ride. The GT replaces the F800ST, which has been a decent seller in the middleweight touring bracket since 2006. The new bike has a new fairing, more power, changed riding position and updated parts to reposition it as a true touring machine rather than a ...

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New BMW F800GT first ride

MCN, 08 March 2013 13:19

BMW’s new middleweight tourer, the F800GT, is currently being put through its paces for the first time by MCN’s Andy Downes. These are his first impressions: “We’ve done around 100 miles so far through Hertfordshire and into Suffolk on mostly wet and slimy roads but the new BMW is proving perfect for the conditions. It has ABS as standard and ...

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Video: BMW race camp

MCN, 06 March 2013 10:17

The BMW Race Camp at Almeria, Spain is heaven on earth for S1000RR racers and trackday riders. It’s backed by BMW, and attended by the technicians who actually developed the S1000RR. Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves went along on his BMW Park Lane S1000RR and discovered it’s the fastest trackday in the world. Check out the video to see the ...

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2013 BMW R1200GS – your questions answered

MCN, 31 January 2013 13:18

This week’s edition of Motor Cycle News (30 Jan 2013) features a 7-page first test of the all-new BMW R1200GS, which was launched in South Africa last week. Senior Road Tester, Adam Child, was highly impressed by the new partially water-cooled all-roader, grab your copy now to read his thorough appraisal of the new bike. Adam invited your questions before ...

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