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The Monotracer: What do you think?

John Westlake, 12 October 2011 09:24

This is a Monotracer; a £100,000 fully-enclosed motorcycle powered by a BMW K1200 engine. In one form or another, they’ve been around for decades, and MCN has generally placed them on the pile marked ‘Interesting but largely irrelevant’ because of their price. But a Monotracer fan keeps pestering us to write more about them in the newspaper so we’d like ...

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Naked women draped over Ducatis

John Westlake, 26 January 2011 10:11

Ducati have launched a range of arty pics of naked women draped over their bikes. Find a Ducati for sale Here's how Ducati describe the collection – we would be grateful if anyone acquainted with art-speak could suggest what they actually mean... Ducati say: "An exploration of the aesthetical relationship between the female body and the mechanical body of iconic ...

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New Ducati 649R special

John Westlake, 12 August 2010 14:39

Sean Kynnersley had to go to extreme lengths to race a Ducati in the UK MiniTwins series. Why? Because the awkward Italians never made a 650 – the maximum capacity eligible for the ultra-competitive championship. So he made a Ducati 649R himself. Kynnersley said: “I bought a couple of blown up 748 motors, and then a SV650 cylinder and piston ...

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Britain's Got Biking Talent: Kawasaki ZX-10R

John Westlake, 12 August 2010 09:36

This stunning 2005 Kawasaki ZX-10R is just one of the hundreds of bikes entered into MCN’s Britain’s Got Biking Talent competition with Carole Nash. The annual free competition closes in six days, so if you’ve got a special bike you think stands a chance you’ll need to get onto http://www.britainsgotbikingtalent.co.uk/ sharpish. The ex-Vivaldi ZX-10R you see here has kevlar bodywork ...

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"No no no! Tom Cruise is on a Ducati" - updated

John Westlake, 24 June 2010 17:03

The plot thickens. First an American journalist spotted that the Ducati Hypermotard ridden by Tom Cruise in his latest film had assorted Aprilia bits bolted on, such as an engine and swingarm (see here).  Tom Cruise’s Ducati is an Aprilia! The implication was that the Hypermotard wasn't capable of some of the films' stunts. Now Ducati has responded by saying ...

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Beat this pothole!

John Westlake, 17 March 2010 14:32

Seen a worse pothole than this one on the A427 leaving Oundle, Northants? If so, please take a picture of it, send it in and we’ll use it in the latest MCN campaign. We want to pressurise councils and the Highways Agency to speed up their pothole-fixing work before more motorcyclists are injured – we’ve already heard of one MCN ...

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4000 miles round Britain on a C90

John Westlake, 05 March 2010 09:59

An MCN reader plans to ride round the entire coast of Britain on a Honda C90 to raise money for the RNLI – that’s a total of 4000miles. Kevin Hancock, 39, sets off on May 1 and optimistically says he will complete the trip in two weeks. This works out as 285 miles a day, which means he’ll be riding ...

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Vote for your new bike of the MCN Show

John Westlake, 05 February 2010 10:54

We want you to vote for your favourite new bike at the Carole Nash MCN Motorcycle Show from the 10 contenders below. Do you think the innovative Guzzi concept was more impressive than Norton’s new Commando? Or do you rate BMW’s 185bhp S1000RR above the new Ducati Multistrada and Harley’s stylish new 48? Judgement is purely down to your personal ...

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Price increase chart: read it and weep

John Westlake, 08 January 2010 16:13

This chart shows a selection of 2010 price rises, ranging from the 25% hike to the Yamaha V-Max and R1 to the 4% increase to the Suzuki GSX-R600. Motorcycles for sale Japanese manufacturers claim that currency fluctuations and increasing manufacturing costs have forced the increases, with Yamaha being most aggressive. The V-Max, for example, has gone up from £15,999 to ...

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Help break a world record

John Westlake, 30 November 2009 15:00

A charity ride-out to the D-Day beaches could – with your help – break a world record on the way. The trip to Le Touquet in northern France is in aid of Aspire, which supports people with spinal injuries. The charity reckons if enough of us join in we’ll break the world record for the number of bikes on a ...

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