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School for Slide

Rupert Paul, 03 February 2013 12:00

If a passing stranger informed you that this time next week you could be sliding a motorcycle round corners like Nicky Hayden in the off season, you’d write him off as a dangerous lunatic. Well, I am that lunatic. Because I am telling you, here and now, that anyone can learn the basics of this ultra-cool skill within about ten ...

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UK electric race series to be owned by the teams

Rupert Paul, 18 March 2010 14:20

Six weeks before entries close for the UK’s first electric motorcycle championship, promoter Azhar Hussain has unleashed another revolutionary concept on the racing world: ownership of a series by the competitors. Hussain’s proposal, which also applies to the US and Italian championships he’s set up, shares out an increasing slice of the income from TV rights, merchandising and sponsorship among ...

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New riders wanted for MCN feature!

Rupert Paul, 25 August 2009 13:05

Fancy a fun day out? We’re looking to recruit six newly-qualified or learner riders to act as guinea pigs for a new kind of bike training. Over the past 16 years, Australian-based training and safety expert Rob Smith has developed a datalogging system which can give riders a mark out of ten for their ability to brake, corner and swerve. ...

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The bargain alternative to a... Triumph Sprint 1050

Rupert Paul, 31 July 2009 12:12

Since 2005 Triumph’s Sprint 1050 has probably had the best torque curve of any roadbike. A classic sports tourer, it’s squashy, grunty, decent-handling, full of character and (as long as you’re not too leggy) comfy for hours. But what if you haven’t got the five grand plus you still need to get one in your garage?  Why not consider... a ...

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Insurance leaves deaf, blind stunt rider grounded

Rupert Paul, 29 July 2009 17:25

A deaf, blind stunt rider has been priced out of doing 150mph speed runs, cage rolls and two-up wheelies – because his insurance has gone up to £250 a day. Graham Hicks, who rides at shows and airfields with a passenger giving instructions via touch, has spent three months trying to get cover for 2009. “My broker said the underwriter ...

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The bargain alternative to the... BMW K1300GT

Rupert Paul, 24 July 2009 15:49

The BMW K1300GT arguably has more road-focussed new technology on it than any other bike: sat nav, fuel-sipping engine management, mega-grunty top gear performance, a totally stable Hossack front end and adjustable suspension. Plus heated grips and panniers. But what if you can’t afford £12,240? Why not consider... a Kawasaki ZZ-R1100?       OK, ZZ-Rs are ancient history by today’s standards. Except ...

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Police and MCN raid bike thief's house

Rupert Paul, 09 July 2009 11:49

MCN has witnessed first hand how modern bike thieves operate after joining a police raid in a leafy, well-to-do suburb of a southern English town last week.   You see them smashing doors down on telly, but for the real thing they knocked. Two coppers covered the back of the house; five waited at the front, all wearing stab vests or harnesses ...

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UK’s 10 most dangerous biking roads – do you ride them?

Rupert Paul, 25 June 2009 09:54

A new Eurorap report has identified ten roads, nearly all of them in the midlands and north of England, as more dangerous to bikes than any others.    We want to hear from riders who know these roads. What do you think of them? Why are serious or fatal crashes more likely to happen here? Is it something to do with ...

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Höly Kawasaki ER-6

Rupert Paul, 18 June 2009 16:01

Specs Chassis2004 ZX-6R forks, 2003 Z1000 yokes, ABM discs, rear master cylinder and rear caliper, Wilbers shock. Emil Schwarz bearings (www.emilschwarz.de), Bridgestone 003 tyres. 182kg with a full tank. Engine13.8:1 compression, Höly cams, gas flowed ports, stock valves and pistons, modified ZX-10R injector bodies, stock airbox with big, heat-shrouded intake, Power Commander, SR Racing exhaust, Akrapovic Yamaha R6 silencer, R6 ...

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Supercharged Honda Blackbird on the dyno

Rupert Paul, 28 May 2009 16:05

This supercharged Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird makes a staggering 65bhp and 24lb-ft more torque than standard. Video: Supercharged Blackbird MCN has been testing the bike this week – a bike that’s docile and manageable at low revs, but by 7000rpm it’s already more powerful than the standard machine is at its peak! Torque is consistently around 20lb-ft higher throughout the ...

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