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Michelin v Pirelli

Michael Neeves, 14 June 2013 13:38

I’ve spent this week getting to know the new Pirelli Angel GT tyres I fitted on Monday. I’ve been using my bike for commuting to work and the other day I rode the 320-mile round trip down to Ramsgate and back to see my brother Ben. We took a couple of days off and did a car trackday at the ...

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Staff Blog: Hyperstrada Tyre Testing

Michael Neeves, 10 June 2013 11:33

I’m working my way through as many new-for-2013 tyres as I can for this year, so I can see what the tyre companies have been up to. With each new generation of tyre, we get more bang for our buck. The new breed keep getting gripper, better in the wet and more durable. I ran the standard Pirelli Scorpion dual ...

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New Ducati Hypermotard first ride

Michael Neeves, 21 February 2013 10:26

Ducati's all-new, water-cooled, 2013 Hypermotard is currently being put through its paces in southern Spain by MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves. Here are his first impressions: "It's track this morning on the £11,850 SP version and road this afternoon on the £9950 standard bike. Both will be available from dealers next month. "The new motor is a long stroke version ...

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BMW S1000RR HP4 first ride: "Is it a huge leap over the standard S1000RR?"

Michael Neeves, 04 September 2012 10:14

I’ve just finished my second riding session on the new BMW S1000RR HP4 at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain. As well as having lighter wheels, a titanium Akrapovic exhaust and improved electronic rider aids, it’s the first production bike to have electronically-adjustable rebound and compression damping (Dynamic Damping Adjustment). You still need to manually adjust the suspension, albeit via ...

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Dream Yamaha FZR750R OW-01 ride proves you should meet your heroes

Michael Neeves, 22 December 2011 13:40

Yamaha’s OW-01 is one of the most evocative motorcycles ever built. It was first shown to a wide-eyed public at the Earls Court motorcycle show in October 1988 and went on to take racing by storm, winning hundreds of races at club level, BSB and WSB. It gave Terry Rymer his first WSB win, Rob McElnea a BSB title, Foggy ...

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Michael Neeves blog – Off Road Skills

Michael Neeves, 18 October 2011 12:23

I’ve just returned from two days in Wales with Paris Dakar legend Simon Pavey, at his off-road school, or the ‘Odd Road Skills, powered by World of BMW and Husqvarna’, to give it its full name. It was the best riding school I’ve ever been to. I’ll readily admit I’m an off-road numpty. I love the idea of riding in ...

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Michael Neeves MRO Powerbike Blog – Final round, Brands.

Michael Neeves, 28 September 2011 16:56

It wasn’t quite the perfect end to a perfect season, but it was damn close. After the chequered flag was waved for the final race of the MRO Powerbike season last Sunday at Brands, I lost the championship to worthy winner and fellow BMW rider, Rob McNealy, by a hundredth of a second – less than a bike length. I’m ...

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Harley Davidson XR1200 Challenge Brands GP 7th August

Michael Neeves, 08 August 2011 16:37

Well, that was a surprise. I didn’t think I’d enjoy racing a Harley so much, or do that well – I finished 7th in Sunday’s XR1200 Challenge feature race, less than two tenths behind 6th place after our 10 lap race on the glorious Brands GP circuit. To be honest I was a bit wary to start with and didn’t ...

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MRO Powerbike blog: Brands Hatch Indy 30/31 July

Michael Neeves, 05 August 2011 13:35

Well, that was another fantastic weekend racing with Bemsee in the MRO Powerbike championship. Riding my BMW Park Lane S1000RR, we bagged three third positions, had some close racing with leaders Rob McNealy and Peter Baker and I posted my best ever lap of the Brands Indy circuit, with a 48.1. Championship leader Rob McNealy stretched out his lead on ...

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MRO Powerbike blog: Silverstone 18/19 June 2011

Michael Neeves, 22 June 2011 10:11

That was the best weekend’s racing I’ve ever had –three out of three wins (two in the dry, one in the wet). I just scraped the fastest lap of the weekend on Silverstone’s national circuit, ahead of fast-charging Mike Goodfellow on his superstock-spec Carbontek BMW S1000RR and set the lap record for the MRO Powerbike. Strangely, it’s my first ever ...

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