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Staff Blog: New Dog, Newer Tricks

I%X92ve been riding a %X91big bike%X92 for twelve months now and the last eight of them have been spent working for the world%X92s largest motorcycling publication. I am very aware of how enviable a position this puts me in amongst the British motorcycling community and whenever I mention to someone whom I have just met about what it is that...

  • Created 04 October 2013 11:44 by Steve Hunt
  • Last comment 197 days ago ago by huntyhunt


Staff Blog: F800GT - A feeling of belonging.

The grey, British skies seemed determined to quell my excited mood and, as I joined the queue for the channel tunnel, the drizzle misted across my visor and I wasn't entirely sure that a six hour sprint across France was the most sensible way in which to pop my touring cherry. The panicked security guard, running around the cafe asking...

  • Created 07 August 2013 15:54 by Steve Hunt


Staff Blog: Back from Bavaria

That's it. My Garmisch trip is all over. It was a fantastic few days, made all the better by a glorious, bookend of rides through France, Germany and a little bit of Austria. I've written a longer report for the paper (don't forget Apple and Google editions!) which will be published in a couple of weeks - but whilst I was there I...

  • Created 12 July 2013 09:49 by Steve Hunt
  • Last comment 279 days ago ago by gs12


Staff Blog: Bavaria and back on the Beemer

The BMW F800GT is a tourer. So far I%X92ve covered just short of three thousand miles worth of short trips to and from various parts of the country - living out of the panniers for the occasional odd night over here and there - but I%X92m yet to have dipped my toe into the Grand Tour side of the bike...

  • Created 19 June 2013 13:03 by Steve Hunt
  • Last comment 298 days ago ago by austin7


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 311 days ago ago by austin7


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 353 days 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...



Video: BMW F800GT first ride

The new BMW F800GT aims to be a daily commuter, load-lugging tourer and weekend fun ride. The GT replaces the F800ST, which has been a decent seller in the middleweight touring bracket since 2006. The new bike has a new fairing, more power, changed riding position and updated parts to reposition it as a true touring machine rather than a faired version...

  • Created 15 March 2013 16:00 by MCN
  • Last comment 2 years ago ago by mercymercyred


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