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VIDEO: Melons… rocks…“Wingnut”… what 3hrs a night has done to Nick Sanders

Dan Aspel, 29 September 2011 15:42

Nick Sanders has returned from a triple-length-of-the-Americas expedition, a journey he describes as "the hardest" of his career. After leading a group of paying customers from the bottom of Argentina to the USA, the adventure rider travelled directly to Alaska to begin a timed 29,300-mile Prudhoe Bay-Ushuaia-Prudhoe Bay double crossing. He completed the feat in just 46 days. Often riding ...

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Staff bikes: KTM Duke 125 - Duke to the Alps

Dan Aspel, 19 August 2011 15:22

This July I rode from Oundle (Cambridgeshire), to Interlaken (Switzerland) and back on my 125 Duke. The 2,000 mile, six-day route took me across country lanes, motorways, city streets, alpine passes and grassy fields, which the tiny KTM managed with aplomb. This – of course – is nothing new. Plenty of low-capacity bikes head off on high mileage odysseys every ...

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Yamaha Europe boss: “WSB withdrawal will have no effect on new road bikes”

Dan Aspel, 19 August 2011 10:16

Yamaha’s decision to leave WSB will have “no effect whatsoever on the release of new bikes”, a senior company figure has claimed. The race team – which was axed earlier this month with four meetings left in the season – was a victim of a series of financial challenges faced by the Japanese firm, including a 2009 operating loss of ...

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33bhp test rider wanted!

Dan Aspel, 08 June 2011 15:10

Have you got a 33bhp-restricted licence? Fancy testing some bikes with MCN? We’re looking for a young rider to take part in next week’s “33bhp shoot-out”. You’ll ride the bikes, tell us your thoughts and feature in biking’s biggest weekly publication. So, if you’re young(ish), currently on a 33bhp restricted licence, free on Wednesday 15th June and can get to ...

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Video: 'Fastest' trailer

Dan Aspel, 18 May 2011 10:22

New MotoGP documentary "Fastest" is the latest release from director Mark Neale, and you can watch the trailer below. Due out in cinemas in September, it follows the 2010 and 2011 seasons of motorcycling's most celebrated championship. Narrated by Ewan McGregor, the film-makers claim it, "...distills the thrilling, terrifying reality of the MotoGP world championship into a maximum-speed, full-length documentary ...

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'Charge': the worst timed movie ever?

Dan Aspel, 05 May 2011 11:27

'Charge' is a new documentary following the electric bikes at the Isle of Man TT, and you can see the trailer below. Narrated by Ewan McGregor and directed by Mark Neale - of 'Faster' (2003) fame - there's no doubting the pedigree of its production, or the need for quality bike-flicks to drag motorcycling back into the mainstream. But - ...

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Video: KTM 125 Duke first ride

Dan Aspel, 08 April 2011 16:55

MCN has ridden the new KTM 125 Duke, the first learner friendly road bike from the Austrian firm. Priced at £3,695, it's aimed at inspiring a new generation of young riders and getting them hooked on the high spec. orange bikes from across the channel. Find a KTM for sale With 43mm upside-down forks and an adjustable rear shock by ...

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The ultimate touring bike… a Ural Cross 750?

Dan Aspel, 07 April 2011 17:24

This 355kg, 40bhp flat-twin bearing Ural Cross 750 could be the world’s greatest touring bike, and the owner intends to find out… by taking it to Mongolia. Equipped with Brembo brakes, a Sachs shock, Herzog gears, an Odyssey Extreme racing battery, the alternator from a Toyota Hilux and electrics by Ducati - “Yeah, they’re Italian, but I’d prefer that to ...

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New Rieju RS3 125 out now!

Dan Aspel, 24 March 2011 17:08

Rieju's Yamaha-powered RS3 125 LC has just been released to UK dealers, priced at £3299 OTR. The Spanish-built machine carries the water-cooled Yamaha YZF-R125 engine, but uses carburettors instead of electronic fuel injection, allowing for easier performance tuning. The lightweight, learner-friendly machine weighs in at 122kg (dry), manages 15bhp, uses upside-down forks, an aluminium swing-arm, 17" wheels and comes with a digital dash, ...

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Speed camera authority owns up to “Crashproof motorbike” hoax

Dan Aspel, 16 March 2011 12:29

Speed camera bosses have claimed responsibility for a “crashproof motorbike” youtube hoax which gained more than 2.8million views online. The 1m27s video, which introduced a supposedly “un-crashable” motorbike, before promptly writing it off, was apparently created: “to get more riders to take part in advanced training in a bid to reduce deaths and injuries on the roads”. The Thames Valley ...

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