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New Burgman 650 launched

Steve Farrell, 26 April 2013 10:30

MCN is on the launch of Suzuki's new Burgman 650 ABS Executive at Glen Coe in Scotland. The luxury maxi scooter has undergone the biggest changes since its introduction a decade ago. The engine is the same 638cc parallel twin but tweaks have made it 15% more fuel efficient according to Suzuki. The frame has been changed to give a steeper ...

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Can-Am Spyder first ride

Steve Farrell, 12 March 2013 08:30

If the three-wheeled Cam-Am Spyder were a person you met, the first thing it would say is: "I'm not a motorcycle, you know." The second thing would be: "Are you aware that I'm not a motorcycle?" At the launch of the latest version in Marbella, Spain, last week, journalists were made to sign a declaration before going anywhere near it, ...

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Staff bikes: BMW G650GS - 'Quality'

Steve Farrell, 21 April 2011 16:46

I’ve just spent my first weekend with the BMW G650GS, after taking delivery of it on Friday, and the word I want to say is: quality. You’d never guess this is one of the cheapest big bikes you can buy. The screen is as blemish-free as glass, so much so that I can attach my sat nav with a suction ...

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Video: BMW G650GS is a lot of bike for £5000

Steve Farrell, 10 March 2011 09:18

MCN’s world-first ride on the new BMW G650GS has shown it’s competent on and off road and novice-friendly too. The BMW has 47bhp, which from 2013 will be the new power limit for novice riders, up from 33bhp. And at £4920 plus on-the-road charges, it’s one of the cheapest big bikes you can buy, undercutting even Suzuki’s budget SV650 at ...

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Staff bikes: Kawasaki GPz550 – A gut-wrenching tale

Steve Farrell, 07 October 2010 18:17

Every Sunday afternoon I try to restore my ‘bargain’ GPz550 to somewhere near acceptable condition. And on Sunday evenings I ask the internet how to undo whatever new damage I’ve caused. My latest handiwork is a sheared sump plug. When I last changed the oil, I replaced the rounded-off old plug with a swanky magnetic one. Unfortunately, because it’s hollow ...

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Staff bikes: Kawasaki GPz550 - Beware bike sellers who limp

Steve Farrell, 26 May 2010 10:00

When I bought my GPz550 for £300 in January, I triumphantly claimed I’d proved you could get a decent bike for next to nothing. I now admit I’ve proved only that you can get a bike for next to nothing. This particular one comes with an assortment of gradually emerging deadly faults. As one is fixed, another reveals itself. In ...

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Staff bikes: Kawasaki GPz550 - Rear disc on front wheel

Steve Farrell, 30 April 2010 15:55

More surprises from my bought-unseen £300 GPz. When I removed the warped front brake discs to replace them, I found that in fact only one was a front disc. The other was a rear. They’re the same diameter but the rear is thicker. More worryingly, one of the bolts appeared to have been held in place by some kind of ...

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Staff bikes: Kawasaki GPz550 - It's fictional

Steve Farrell, 26 March 2010 09:30

I had a budget of £300 to spend on a bike when I saw this advertised on a forum with a month’s tax and MoT. MCN happened to have a van passing the seller’s area that day. I gave the driver the cash. A couple of hours later the bike was mine. When you buy a £300 shonker without seeing ...

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