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Gilsons Type 1: New Brit café racer

Michael Neeves, 13 October 2011 12:27

Owned by a trio of die-hard biking enthusiasts, this is Gilson’s first creation: the Type 1 Café Racer, yours for £12,500. Jules and Mike Gilson and Mark Robbins have based the retro custom on an 07/08 vintage, carburetted Triumph Thruxton, although it would be easy to be fooled into thinking it’s a 1964 machine. Gilsons are planning to put the ...

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Video: Norton Commando Cafe Racer SP vs. Triumph Thruxton

MCN, 12 January 2011 08:30

One of the undoubted stars of Carole Nash Live at the NEC just before Christmas, standing out like a lump of coal in freshly-fallen snow, was the unveiling of a special, all-black, ‘blinged-up’ version of Norton’s 961 Commando Café Racer. Read the Norton Commando 961 review The Commando 961 Cafe Racer ‘SP’, as Norton call it, was originally conceived as a one-off ...

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Norton Café Racer SP v Triumph Thruxton – coming soon!

Phil West, 07 January 2011 16:33

In an exclusive first test, next week’s MCN sees Norton’s stunning new, all-black Café Racer SP – one of the stars of the NEC Show before Christmas – pitted head-to-head with that other great, British café racer, the Triumph Thruxton. Although priced at opposite ends of the spectrum – the Norton’s £14,499 while the Triumph is £6949, with the contrast ...

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NEC Show: Yamaha R1 wins as MCN's Bikes of 2009 are revealed

Guy Procter, 26 November 2009 17:27

The revolutionary Yamaha R1 is today revealed as MCN’s Bike of the Year. An expert panel of judges headed by MCN Editor Marc Potter voted unanimously in favour of the bike, with Potter presenting the award to a delighted Yamaha at the NEC show. Triumph claimed the Manufacturer of the Year Award. The full list of 2009’s MCN Award winners, ...

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Britain’s Got Biking Talent with Carole Nash: Show us your motorcycle special to win

Anonymous, 23 July 2008 06:00

Think you’ve got a special motorcycle? Spent thousands getting it just how you want it? Well now’s your chance to show it off and win something back in the second Britain’s Got Biking Talent with Carole Nash, contest. By uploading a photo of it onto our website, you’ll be in with a chance to win a bunch of great prizes ...

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First ride: Yamaha Tenere pre launch report

Peter Baker, 08 April 2008 08:52

Deputy Editor, Ped Baker is in Morocco to test Yamaha’s new XT660Z Tenere and he's sent his first report back ahead of riding the motorcycle over the coming few days. The Tenere is the third bike in the XT660 range and is specifically designed with adventure touring in mind, featuring a completely new tubular steel frame with a stronger rear sub ...

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Britain's got biking talent winner ridden

Michael Neeves, 11 January 2008 10:38

The Carole Nash ‘Britain’s Got Biking Talent’ competition that MCN ran last year pulled in over 4500 examples of specials and restored classics. Michael Neeves tried out the winning 170bhp Kawasaki ZRX1200 special and can confirm it’s as much about ‘go’ as show. The winner was announced at the Carole Nash stand at the NEC Show after thousands of motorcycles ...

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BMW HP2 launch first impressions

Trevor Franklin, 04 December 2007 11:23

The new BMW HP Sport caught the eyes of the 1000s of visitors  to the recent NEC Motorcycle Show and MCN can now say it goes as good as it looks. MCN´s chief road tester Trevor Franklin is at the world launch of the new addition to BMW´s HP series in Spain and has this to say: “This is the most ...

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First impressions from Kawasaki ZX-10R launch in Qatar

Adam Child, 03 December 2007 09:54

MCN Road Tester, Adam Child, is in Qatar for the launch of the Kawasaki ZX-10R. After his first few sessions of riding here’s what he has to say about it: “You may have already seen the bike at the NEC and know the looks are questionable, but there is no denying that the new ZX-10R is blisteringly quick. “It’s making ...

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It never goes to plan: II

Anonymous, 22 July 2005 00:00

Bike: GSX-R600 K1 Name: Adam (Chad) Child, MCN Road Tester For those of you who didn’t get part one, its a simple idea turn a crashed bike into a race bike on a limited budget. How hard can it be? With the frame straightened we needed to get it running. The motor fired up okay but spat coolant everywhere from ...


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