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Staff bikes: CBR600F - getting it up to scratch

Andy Downes, 09 December 2010 11:08

Faults with the old Honda CBR600F-W are few and far between. They are renown for bulletproof construction, reliability and apart from camchain tensioners failing, there is really only rotting downpipes to look out for.  Find a Honda CBR600F for sale After buying a 1998 Honda CBR600F back in February as a bike that will do a bit of everything, I ...

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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: Ducati Multistrada - loan leaves an impression

Andy Downes, 22 November 2010 16:36

Getting my hands on the Editor’s Ducati Multistrada 1200 was meant to be for just one afternoon so I could do some advanced rider training, but after some begging it turned out to last nearly a week. The reason was simple…I bloody loved it and the thought of giving it back to Marc Potter, or indeed anyone, was horrible.    I’d ...

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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: BMW R1200RT - racking up the mileage

Andy Downes, 23 July 2010 12:09

Daily use of the BMW R1200RT has seen the mileage cresting 8000 with familiarity allowing me to love the bike and the way it can apparently do almost anything. Fidn a BMW R1200RT for sale People look at the RT and think it’s a big beast. I’ll admit it does look imposing but this bulk evaporates the moment the wheels ...

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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: CBR600F - The proud (and skint) owner of a 1998 Honda CBR600F

Andy Downes, 07 June 2010 10:27

Nobody in the world is more relieved I have actually been successful in finding a new bike than those MCN staff who sit closest to me at work. No longer do they have to look at what I have just found on MCN Bikemart and pretend to be interested. Or listen to me legitimising why I could ‘actually save money’ ...

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Staff bikes: BMW R1200RT - 6000 mile service in ten weeks

Andy Downes, 03 June 2010 17:48

Just ten weeks after I was lucky enough to get my hands on the 2010 BMW R1200RT as my long term test bike it has been in for the 6000 miles service. The result is a bike that now feels as fresh as new again despite the speedy rate the miles have been racked up.  The gearbox is loosening up, ...

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Staff bikes: BMW R1200RT - Marseille, Bologna and Skegness and 2500 miles in five days

Andy Downes, 26 April 2010 13:56

It’s the words you learn to dread while working at MCN – “Can I borrow your bike please?” In this case there was no way out. MCN Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin needed to get to Marseille in the South of France for the launch of the new Yamaha FZ8 and because of the Icelandic volcano and no flights riding ...

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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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