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Amazing prices on used Yamaha FJR1300s

Chris Newbigging, 12 January 2011 15:50

Used Yamaha FJR1300s are looking to be the smart used big-bore tourer choice in 2011, with nearly 50 for sale in bikes for sale at prices considerably less than the equivalent Honda Pan Europeans.    Find a Yamaha FJR1300 for sale The big Yamaha is the forgotten bike in the class – more modern rivals like the Kawasaki 1400GTR and the BMW ...

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Staff bikes: Yamaha TZR250 - On every other Sunday

Chris Newbigging, 02 June 2010 15:53

You’ll probably think I’m a bit of a slacker for not starting my TZR250 blog until I’ve already competed in three rounds of this season. Which is fair enough, but in my defence, the start of the season has been a whirlwind – the first three rounds were separated by just 12 days each. Even pre-season, it was hectic – ...

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Staff bikes: Victory Hammer S - The coolest bike on the fleet

Chris Newbigging, 29 March 2010 08:30

I have, by far, the coolest long term test bike on fleet. Forget the BMW S1000RR and Ducati Multistrada, my Victory Hammer S is the most widely admired. How can I claim this? I’ve put it to the ten year-old boy test – the industry standard test for any vehicle’s desirability. Parking it up after a sunny Sunday ride, a ...

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World first test: Aprilia SL750 Shiver GT

Chris Newbigging, 02 June 2009 17:39

MCN has just finished the world-first test of the new Aprilia SL750 Shiver GT. The motorcycle is a new model for 2009, taking its complete chassis and engine from the naked Aprilia SL750 Shiver but adding a smart new half-fairing with cubby holes to store personal belongings, and a 12v socket to charge phones, sat-nav and other accessories. Read the ...

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First impressions: Aprilia SX125 launches in Italy

Chris Newbigging, 14 May 2008 11:08

MCN’s Chris Newbigging is currently at the Pomposa kart track near Venice in Italy testing Aprilia’s brand new SX125 and RX125. Here are his first impressions after riding the Aprilia SX125: “The SX125 is the supermoto version of Aprilia’s RX125 two-stroke trailie and, perhaps as you’d expect, it is very nimble and agile round the tight and twisty circuit. “The ...

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Yamaha YZF-R125 world’s first test

Chris Newbigging, 22 February 2008 23:59

MCN has just completed the first road test of Yamaha’s new learner sportsbike, the YZF-R125. Built to steal the massive sales figures off the Honda CBR125R, the R125 is an all-new liquid-cooled four-valve four-stroke motorcycle designed for European riders and styled as part of the R-series – from a distance you’ll struggle to tell the R125 from Yamaha’s own YZF-R6. ...

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Carl Fogarty and Scott Russell speak about their 1994 race bikes at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Chris Newbigging, 26 June 2007 14:27

In this week’s MCN (Wednesday, June 27, 2007)our road testers ride a pair of stunning retro WSB homologation motorcycles – the 916SPS and ZXR750R from 1994. The bikes are the road going versions of the factory bikes campaigned by Scott Russell and Carl Fogarty in one of the most memorable seasons of World Superbikes ever.   The two riders were at ...

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