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Ride 2010 superbikes in Spain

Chris Newbigging, 19 November 2009 17:01

The Spyder Club is arranging a four-day riding holiday where you can ride the BMW S1000RR, Ducati 1198S, Aprilia RSV4 Factory and other superbikes on some of Spain’s best roads. Spyder Club is an company with a garage full of the latest motorcycles that you can use by paying for a membership – usually you pay an annual fee in ...

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Learn flat track with seven-time champion Chris Carr!

Chris Newbigging, 10 September 2009 16:41

Seven-time US flat-track champion Chris Carr is running a one-day flat-track school as part of a UK visit in October. The 9th October school is a unique chance to learn the secrets of going fast and turning left from one of the biggest names in the sport. There’s only a handful of spaces left at £225 including bike rental (£125 ...

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Guide to track riding: Braking - part 1

Chris Newbigging, 21 August 2009 15:21

Braking on track is easier on track in some ways – a better, more consistent surface, hot tyres and nothing to pull out or appear in front of you. But it also requires more concentration – you’ll be trying to extract every last bit of braking ability from the brakes, tyres and suspension, leaving it as late as possible to ...

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Riding Tips: Riding in the wet

Chris Newbigging, 03 July 2009 17:37

Wet or damp roads adds danger – tarmac that grips perfectly in the dry could be like an ice rink in the wet. But making safe progress in the wet is still possible – bear MCN’s simple tips in mind to help you make your journey safer.  Smoothness is the key. moving away from a standstill, accelerating, cornering and braking ...

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Riding skills: Rear wheel steering

Chris Newbigging, 19 June 2009 14:57

Q. I've heard people talking about rear wheel steering when they're coming out of corners. What is this and is it practical to use on a day-to-day basis? A. Unless your friends are all speedway riders, then they're probably talking rubbish. Rear wheel steering is when the rear wheel starts spinning as you go round a corner, and cornering forces ...

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Ride the Triumph Thunderbird 1700 at Bulldog Bash

Chris Newbigging, 28 May 2009 11:16

Triumph’s new Thunderbird 1700 cruiser will be available to test ride at this year’s Bulldog Bash. The eagerly-anticipated new motorcycle will be part of a fleet of demo bikes from dealer Garland Triumph – also available to try will be the 2009-model Daytona 675 and Bonneville SE. This year the Bulldog Bash also boasts Motorhead as the headline act, as ...

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How to ride in a group

Chris Newbigging, 09 March 2009 12:55

MCN’S mass rideout from MCN Live! at Butlins is one of the biggest rideouts in the UK – hundreds of riders take part. Riding in a group doesn’t require special skills, but you do need to remember a few points to ensure you have an enjoyable as well as safe ride. Here’s MCN’s top tips for riding in large groups. ...

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World’s first 24-hour electric motorcycle race

Chris Newbigging, 04 March 2009 10:02

The world’s first 24-hour electric motorcycle race will be held in the USA this April 2009. Zero Motorcycles is hosting the endurance race in San Jose, California on April 4 for any electric bike, quad or ATV. Entry is free, and trophies will be awarded to the first three finishers. All entrants will be awarded a prize for participation. Entry ...

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Buell uncovers XB9SX Black at MCN London Motorcycle Show

Chris Newbigging, 29 January 2009 14:56

Buell has revealed the cosmetically updated XB9SX Black in a world exclusive MCN London Motorcycle Show. Announced earlier this week, the XB9SX is the smallest bike in the Buell range, and to give the streetfighter machine some extra attitude the Black edition is (predictably) finished almost entirely in black. It costs £5865 on the road.

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MCN London Motorcycle Show: Iconic race bike display

Chris Newbigging, 29 January 2009 14:18

The MCN London Motorcycle Show isn’t just about new bikes – we’ve also included some nostalgic displays, topped by the Iconic race bike stand. Grabbing most of the attention on the first morning is the Suzuki XR14 500GP bike that late racing legend Barry Sheene won his first 500GP on. Kindly loaned by bike collector Chris Wilson, the machine is ...

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