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First bike decisions

THEB455INATOR, 10 March 2013 17:43

I'm coming up to 16  and I'm looking for my first bike. Of course it has to be 50cc but the choices are nerve wrecking. Questions haunt me such as which bikes are reliable? Will it suit my needs? Am I going to look a complete burke on it? I am looking to spend up to around £2,000 on a ...

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I'm a young rider!

YORKSHIRE1003, 08 April 2011 15:08

After reading many articles about young riders, the common problem is that there aren’t many of us, I decided it was my duty as a young rider to pipe up. I am more than slightly disappointed that my generation of bikers is dwindling so I would like to do my bit to promote two wheels and restore hope to those ...

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MCN video guide: How to get your knee down

James Keen, 28 January 2011 11:30

In the second of our video guides, MCN's senior road tester Michael Neeves shows us his technique for getting your knee down. MCN video guide: How to wheelie As Neeves explains in the guide, there are lots of strategies for touching slider to tarmac, but this is our recommended method.   The guide is broken into 3 parts: preparation, body position and ...

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Staff bikes: Honda Hornet 600 - MCT suspension

James Keen, 21 January 2011 10:30

I don’t think I’m alone in being a little bit scared of suspension jargon. I’m in awe of the guys who can bounce a bike up and down and tell if it’s any good or not on feel alone. But despite not being able to describe the problem in technical terms, I’ve known for a while that my Hornet’s suspension ...

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Staff bikes: Honda Hornet 600 - pitted forks

James Keen, 18 January 2011 09:30

My Hornet's forks - which are actually used forks from a breakers, following a crash a couple of years ago - were pitted badly on the stanchions. The suspension is so tired that I want to get it looked at by a professional, but it's not worth doing this until that’s fixed.   I considered everything from biting the bullet and ordering new OE parts ...

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2010 Yamaha Fazer8 - full review

James Keen, 13 January 2011 14:12

The 2010 Yamaha Fazer8 has been ridden and rated by MCN - you can read the full web review in the bike reviews section.      Read the Yamaha Fazer8 review "The Fazer8 shares crankcases with the FZ8, and both are derived from the 1000cc FZ1 but both smaller capacity bikes feature a lightened crankshaft for quicker engine response, and the cylinder bores are reduced in ...

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2011 Kawasaki Z750R - full review

James Keen, 07 January 2011 15:20

The 2011 Kawasaki Z750R has been ridden and rated by MCN - you can read the full web review in the bike reviews section.    Read the kawasaki Z750R review "The Z750R features new forks (taken from the ’09 Z1000), rear shock, wheels, a lighter aluminium swingarm and radial Nissin four-piston front calipers. These new parts should offer a slight improvement in handling and braking ...

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2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R problem diagnosed - valve springs

James Keen, 31 December 2010 12:47

Having suspended the public launch of the 2011 Ninja ZX-10R to investigate a technical issue, Kawasaki have now revealed the cause of concern - the valve springs. 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R review According to an official Kawasaki press release: "It had been discovered that when some examples of the new 2011 Ninja ZX-10R were operated at high rpm under unique riding ...

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New MCN Dec 29: New Suzuki GSX-R600 shines on track

James Keen, 29 December 2010 11:00

In this week´s issue of MCN, on sale Wednesday 29th December 2010, read the world first test of the 2011 Suzuki GSX-R600. The new GSX-R600 has lost 9kg and gained more midrange torque and extra revs. Read the full technical analysis and development secrets. Plus there´s a FREE pull-out MotoGP and TT poster as well as details on the hottest new ...

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MCN's top videos of 2010

James Keen, 26 December 2010 08:00

Over the course of 2010 we've had some cracking videos here on MCN, covering the biggest new bike launches, best group tests and top features. On the MCN youtube channel our 924 (and counting) videos have been watched a total of 24 million times this year. They feature everything from our own Mark Holmes' 1975 Bonnie to the high-tech new BMW S1000RR.    Here's just ...

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