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Can Brits beat Yanks to 400mph?

Rupert Paul, 16 April 2009 14:45

For over half a century the world motorcycle land speed record has been held by Americans. Now a UK team, led by a former Manx GP racer, hopes to change that. Gabriel Uttley plans to whup the Americans in their own back yard next year, at the annual Bonneville speed trials. The attempt, which would beat the existing record by ...

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Three inline wheels better than two?

Rupert Paul, 16 April 2009 13:39

A Paris-based bike designer has come up with a new form of motorcycle – with three inline wheels. The idea is to keep all the fun and manoeuvreability of a two-wheeled bike, but make it harder to crash. "The basic layout of a bike has hardly changed since it was invented," says Julien Rondinaud. "Riding a bike remains very dangerous: ...

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Julian Ryder to appear in new series of Red Dwarf

Rupert Paul, 02 April 2009 14:56

Yes, that really is Eurosport MotoGP commentator Julian Ryder on the set of the new Red Dwarf mini-series. Ryder plays the part of a bus driver in Red Dwarf: Back to Earth, which goes out on Dave over the Easter weekend. He landed the gig after getting to know Danny John Jules, more widely known as the staggeringly shallow Cat ...

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Fancy a go on a 2009 Yamaha R1?

Rupert Paul, 26 March 2009 16:04

MCN is looking for four or five experienced sportsbike riders to sample the new Yamaha R1’s rider-friendly power delivery. We want to see if it grunts out of slow corners in the hands of ordinary road riders as spectacularly as it does with racers. So here’s the deal. To apply you need: 1. A clean licence2. Decent leathers and kit3. ...

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Sportsbike ABS ‘might save hundreds of lives a year’

Rupert Paul, 25 March 2009 14:25

Is the UK finally ready to accept ABS on sportsbikes? Traditionally all manufacturers except BMW have shied away from fitting the technology to their supersports models. Early this year even Honda were unsure of how their new electronically controlled system would go down on the CBR600RR and CBR1000RR Fireblade. But the system is so effective it won over road riders ...

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Bought a new Yamaha R1?

Rupert Paul, 25 March 2009 14:08

The new crossplane Yamaha R1 sportsbike has blitzed MCN track and road tests, but many riders, including our test team, report that it takes time to ‘get’ its unique power delivery. Video: 2009 Yamaha R1 first impressions Now the first batch of bikes is on the street, we’d like to know what you think. “The power’s deceptive because it’s almost a twin,” ...

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