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Staff Blog: Hello Moto(rrad)

MCN, 29 May 2013 15:44

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

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Staff Blog: Nailing The Basics

Steve Hunt, 22 April 2013 10:31

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’t always make for the best of combinations and it’s these riders that the California Superbike School are ...

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Video: BMW F800GT first ride

MCN, 15 March 2013 15:50

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 ...

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The ultimate BMW HP2 Sport

Tim Thompson, 15 January 2013 07:30

You either love the idea of trying to make a twin-cylinder air-cooled engine that's based on an old 1923 knocker go like the clappers, or you don’t. If you don’t, life is simple: you buy a Fireblade or an R1 and go zooming about. If you do you kiss goodbye to normality and sign up to the fringes of mainstream ...

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BMW R1200GS Rallye first ride

Adam Child, 08 March 2012 17:34

It's been a long time coming, but if any bike's deserving of a commemorative special edition model surely it's the BMW R1200GS. The class-defning German adventure bike has been a market leader throughout all its guises since the original and radical-for-the-time R80G/S of 1980. To celebrate that, and no doubt to encourage more sales of the current, ageing version before ...

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MRO Powerbike blog: Snetterton 200 3/4th September

Michael Neeves, 05 September 2011 16:56

For the penultimate round of the MRO Powerbike championship, we raced on the new two-mile-long Snetterton 200, the first ever meeting to be held on this mid-layout version of the new track. It’s the closest to how the 'old' Snetterton was - basically the 300 circuit without the infield section. There’s a chicane leading on to the back straight now ...

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MRO Powerbike blog: Snetterton 300

Michael Neeves, 12 July 2011 16:12

Another good weekend racing in the bag, with two second places and a third. It’s the second time we’ve visited the Snetterton 300 circuit this year and we’re back again in September racing on the smaller ‘200’ layout. It’s very hard to grind out a good lap time around this place. There’s a real mix of ultra-fast, heart-in-the-mouth turns and ...

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Video: BMW S1000RR vs European rivals

MCN, 31 March 2011 14:39

In February we tested the BMW S1000RR against the Yamaha R1, Honda Fireblade, Suzuki GSX-R1000 and new Kawasaki ZX-10R and it dominated the test. This week we put the BMW up against the Europeans - the Ducati 1198SP, KTM RC8R, Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC and MV Agusta F4 1000R - to see if it can maintain its dominance of the 1000cc sports bike class. ...

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MRO Powerbikes blog: Preparing for the first race

Michael Neeves, 09 February 2011 10:52

I’ve been away for the past few weeks testing all the 1000cc superbikes in Almeria and the fabulous new GSX-R750 in Monte Blanco, near Seville. It’s times like these I still have to pinch myself – I’ve definitely got the best job in the world! Now I’m back in Blighty, I’m looking forward to riding my race bike for the ...

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BMW S1000RR races car on Top Gear this Sunday

Andy Downes, 19 January 2011 14:57

After years of ignoring bikes, Top Gear has finally seen sense. This Sunday's show will feature a BMW S1000RR racing against a £150,000 Ariel Atom V8 around the BBC show's famous test track. MCN gate-crashed the event to get the lowdown on filming. Find a BMW S1000RR for sale The BMW S1000RR was completely standard but ridden by British Superbike EVO ...

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