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The SPecial One

Jon Urry, 14 September 2014 09:30

Honda’s SP-1, or the VTR1000 SP-1 RC51 to give it its proper name, will always hold a very special place in motorcycle history. This is a bike born out of necessity – not to mention a considerable degree of frustration… Despite having HRC’s full weight behind it, the exotic RC45 was a flop both on the track and in showrooms ...

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Insider trading: ‘This year we’ll be happy to sell 30 GSX-Rs’

Jon Urry, 14 September 2014 04:00

It’s no secret that new bike sales for Suzuki have been hard of late. The last five years have been particularly tough and this is mainly down to a line-up that is lacking in new and exciting models. If you exclude the new V-Strom 1000, Suzuki dealers haven’t had much to shout about, especially when compared to our European rivals ...

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Battling with World Champions and Old Machinery at Goodwood Revival

Steve Hunt, 13 September 2014 22:43

Having spent a weekend surrounded by old - often mouthwatering - 1950s metal, diligent, resourceful mechanics and some racing legends, it becomes clear that racing classic motorcycles requires a particular kind of spirit. Old machinery tests the soul, patients and mechanical nous more than most. The Goodwood Revival - home to more pomp and pageantry than most established racing series’ ...

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Video: New KTM RC390 first ride

MCN, 13 September 2014 13:30

For the first time in years there’s a machine for young sportsbike fans to get excited about. If you’re 19 and have just passed your A2 licence you can rip up your L plates and pretend you’re wild-riding Aussie Moto3 star Jack Miller. Welcome to KTM’s new RC390! We sent MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves to Italy for the ...

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Ultra Limited Low tourer leads a raft of HD model updates

Jon Urry, 12 September 2014 23:30

Harley-Davidson describes its new 2015 Ultra Limited Low as ‘slammed and loaded’, which means as well as featuring the lowest seat height of any premium touring bike, it also comes with a thumping 100-watt inbuilt entertainment system. Based around the existing Ultra Limited model, the Low uses the same ‘Twin-Cooled’ 103 engine with 102ft.lb of torque, but the width of ...

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Triumph Thruxton Ace special edition unveiled

Andy Downes, 12 September 2014 22:00

Triumph has revealed this special edition version of the Thruxton called the Ace which celebrates the link between the British manufacturer and the famous London café so synonymous with motorcycle history. The new black and white special edition was revealed on Friday at the Ace Café in London by owner Mark Wilsmore as a prelude to the Brighton Burn Up ...

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New Street Triple RX spied

Andy Downes, 12 September 2014 17:00

This is the new Triumph Street Triple RX, if the decal on the side panel is to be believed. Spied last week undergoing a test at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire, the model is clearly an interim update or special edition, rather than a new version of the massively popular triple. Already a rampant sales success for Triumph, the Street Triple ...

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Who's your money on to win the 2014 MCE British Superbike title?

Simon Patterson, 10 September 2014 15:00

With the regular season done and dusted, its Showdown time in the 2014 MCE British Superbike championship. The potential winners have been whittled down from 43 to only six, and there are just three rounds and seven races left. With a twenty six point lead, it’s Shane Shakey Byrne who currently sits atop the table, clear of Josh Brookes and ...

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How to avoid scams when selling your bike

MCN, 10 September 2014 10:32

Placing a classified advert, whether online or in print, can sometimes attract people running scams, but by following some very simple rules you can stay safe and make sure you sell your bike smoothly. The majority of people selling their bike never encounter a single problem but it is better to be aware of the problems that may arise so you can ...

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Honda reveals new 2015 VFR800X Crossrunner

Andy Downes, 10 September 2014 09:10

Honda has revealed a heavily revised version of the VFR800X Crossrunner which gets a fairly hefty series of revisions including more power and mid-range torque, new styling, longer travel suspension along with new wheels and brakes. Other features include Honda’s Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) system, ABS, LED lights, self-cancelling indicators and heated grips as standard. The original Crossrunner, on sale ...

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