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Staff Blog: Deflated at Donington

Being responsible for the online aspect of Motorcyclenews, I don%X92t get much of a chance to leave the office and the phosphorous glow of the monitor screens. So, when I had the opportunity to spend three days at Donington Park for the World Superbikes I leapt at the chance. It was work %X96 of course %X96 I would have to...

  • Created 05 June 2013 13:28 by Steve Hunt
  • Last comment 2 years ago ago by austin7


Staff Blog: Hello Moto(rrad)

If you%X92d told me ten years ago that I%X92d be ecstatic at the prospect of riding an R1200GS as a longterm test bike, I%X92d have been breathless with laughter before any sort of verbal response could form on my lips. But back in the here and now, I%X92m just that %X96 ecstatic. So what%X92s changed? Well there%X92s no point pretending that...

  • Created 29 May 2013 15:49 by MCN
  • Last comment 2 years ago ago by NeiljohnUK


Staff Blog: Time for new shoes!

Having just clocked up 3000 miles on the RT the rear is starting to square off and with a trip to France looming I figured it's best to get them switched from the OE Metzeler Roadtec Z8 to the all new Pirelli Angel GT rubber. Turns out I picked a great day to fit the new sports touring tyres - not!It's slinging...



Ultimate Superbikes 2nd place: BMW HP4 Carbon

Lap time: 1:47.7Top speed at end of straight: 167.7mphMax braking (g): 1.29Max lean: 46.85 Why it%X92s so specialIt%X92s the first sports bike to be produced with semi-active suspension. The damping inside the HP4%X92s 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 ABS.Preload...



Staff Blog: Let the journey begin!

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 MCN Staff Writer...

  • Created 13 May 2013 13:24 by Ian Jubb
  • Last comment 2 years ago ago by stu_sp2


Staff Blog: Bagging the F800GT

Another weekend, another trip down to Somerset to catch-up with friends and family. It was also another weekend when the heavens have opened and I%X92ve had to ride the F800GT down in the pouring rain. And hailstones. Come to think of it, I don%X92t think that there has been a time when I have had a ride where I have seen...



New BMW F800GT first ride

BMW%X92s new middleweight tourer, the F800GT, is currently being put through its paces for the first time by MCN%X92s Andy Downes. These are his first impressions: %X93We%X92ve 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 our...

  • Created 08 March 2013 13:24 by MCN
  • Last comment 2 years ago ago by Trevor2


Living with the BMW F800GT

After a month of ownership and a few emails and messages coming in from people who%X92ve 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 %X96 mainly because I am sure that the questions asked and their answers would be of interest to...

  • Created 17 April 2013 11:50 by Steve Hunt


Staff Blog: Nailing The Basics

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%X92t always make for the best of combinations and it%X92s these riders that the California Superbike School are...



New water-cooled BMW R1200RT spied testing

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 adventure...

  • Created 22 March 2013 12:10 by Andy Downes
  • Last comment 2 years ago ago by ian111


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