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KTM Freeride E first ride

Andy Downes, 28 December 2013 09:30

It’s safe to say that, so far, sales of electric motorcycles in any class have been almost inconsequentially small. But, on the basis of a short test on a pre-production KTM Freeride E motocross bike, it’s equally clear that this could simply be because the right bikes haven’t been available to buy – yet. The threats to off-road riding have ...

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Staff Blog: Barely a sign of 6000 miles ridden

Andy Downes, 10 June 2013 11:59

The odometer clicked through 6000 miles on the Multistrada 1200 S Touring on the way to work this morning and in light of this approaching milestone I spent three hours giving the bike a deep clean over the weekend.After riding to Italy in the dry two weeks ago but then riding almost all 1100miles home in lashing rain the bike ...

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Staff bikes: MV Agusta Brutale - Brutale turns storm chaser

Andy Downes, 13 October 2011 15:41

The plan was simple enough. The reality turned out to be a tiny bit different thanks to the howling gales that affected the North of England courtesy of Hurricane Katia. It was supposed to be a two-day trip on the MV Agusta Brutale to Moffat in Scotland to stay at the brilliantly biker-friendly Buccleuch Arms Hotel, taking in five National ...

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Staff bikes: MV Agusta Brutale 920 - the highest mileage 2011 model

Andy Downes, 19 August 2011 15:57

MCN's 2011 Brutale is now the highest mileage specimen in the UK, and possibly the world, after clicking through 4000 miles and its first major service. The scheduled service was carried out at MV dealer Drayton Croft in Hinckley, Leicestershire, and cost £200. The work took two hours and saw the oil and filter changed, the bike given a check ...

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Pierobon F042 Street tested

Andy Downes, 03 March 2011 16:45

This stunning Pierobon F042 Street is the new road-legal version of a machine previously only available as a track bike and MCN was lucky enough to grab a first ride near the Bologna factory. The bike is based on the 90bhp two-valve engine and exhaust system from a crashed Ducati Hypermotard 1100 but has a Pierobon frame, swingarm, fuel tank and seat ...

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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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Staff bikes: BMW S1000RR - Star of the 'ring

Andy Downes, 23 November 2010 08:51

The moment I realised I’d made the right choice borrowing the BMW S1000RR instead of my regular BMW R1200RT arrived as the S1000RR hit an indicated 181mph down the main straight at the Nurburgring. I was left giggling like a little boy before realising I was going to have to lose some speed into Antonibusche, shut the throttle and sat ...

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Staff bikes: BMW R1200RT - End of a wonderful time

Andy Downes, 17 November 2010 11:37

Giving back long term test bikes can be a mixed bag of emotions. On occasions you know you won’t miss the bike no matter how good they might be. Other times you know the bike is going to leave a big hole in your riding life. The 2010 BMW R1200RT I reluctantly had prised from my grasp is one of ...

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Staff bikes: CBR600F - Carb cleaning brings it back to life

Andy Downes, 23 June 2010 10:04

After buying my 1998 Honda CBR600F in the middle of the grim winter weather actually getting around to riding it had to wait for a while. When I did get to ride it, it was clear the carburettor would need some serious cleaning as the throttle response was jerky and stuttering. A can of Wynn’s carb cleaner was sadly not ...

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Staff bikes: BMW R1200RT - The RT doesn't disappoint

Andy Downes, 12 April 2010 15:00

I've just woken up in Moffat in Scotland after a great days ride up yesterday on the BMW R1200RT. There's nothing like a long trip to help you gel with a new bike and the RT didn't disappoint managing to combine comfort with more than enough fun. The route up here took me along the A68 through the Northumberland National ...

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