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Mothballing your motorcycle - storage advice from Haynes

MCN, 07 November 2011 12:28

With the evenings drawing in and the temperature falling, the experts at Haynes are offering practical advice for riders preparing to hide their bikes away for the winter.  Preparation is vital, especially if bikes are to be stored for long periods of time in cold, damp environments like unheated garages and sheds.  Penny Cox, Motorcycle Editorial Manager for Haynes Publishing, ...

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Video: Bob Farnham tunes Yamaha R1

Michael Neeves, 11 November 2008 11:26

The racing season has only just finished, but Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves is already looking ahead to the 2009 season with his trusty 2007 Yamaha R1 long term test bike. He took it along to Bob Farnham, one of the UK's top engine tuners just down the road from Brands Hatch for an engine refresh and a bit of ...

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MCN Mobile terms and conditions

MCN Mobile, 14 February 2008 11:55

Please read carefully the terms and conditions for all MCN mobile competitions. 1. Promotions are open to UK residents aged 18 and over. 2. Prizes are non-transferable, non-negotiable and no cash alternatives will be offered. 3. Bauer Consumer Media and the promoter reserve the right to substitute the prize for another prize of equal value. 4. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY to ...

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Picture gallery: BMW's uncrashable motorcycle patent drawings

Liam Marsden, 09 January 2008 13:54

Here are all the pictures of BMW's patent design for an "uncrashable" motorcycle. The system works through a system of pivots and hydraulics to move the wheels about. Even the handle bars can be moved independently of the front wheel! Basically, if the onboard computer senses something is wrong, like a loss of grip or inappropriate input from the rider, then ...

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2008 Honda VFR revealed in new motorcycle patent

Ben Purvis, 16 August 2007 10:20

Details of Honda’s 2008 VFR1000 have been revealed in a newly published motorcycle patent document – which shows the motorcycle to have a radical new frame design. The Honda V-four sports tourer motorcycle, which gets a capacity boost to 1000cc for next year with an all-new engine, features a two-piece chassis, with separate front and rear sections. The engine itself provides the ...

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Exhaust patents reveal next generation Honda Fireblade

Chris Newbigging, 25 July 2007 10:20

These patent drawings are conclusive proof that the next Fireblade is to use a Hornet-style under slung exhaust system. The current Fireblade design will be fours years old next year, and in the world of superbike development that means a complete redesign is on the cards. The CBR1000RR was all-new for 2004, and received detail tweaks for 2006, but in ...

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Video: Ecosse Spirit ES1 motorcycle unveiled at Laguna Seca MotoGP

Angus Farquhar, 20 July 2007 21:22

Tonight (Friday 20 July) the Ecosse Spirit ES1 superbike will be officially launched at the US MotoGP at Laguna Seca. MCN snuck in before the official unveiling to see the prototype, and its designer, Dick Glover, explained the thinking behind it. Check out the video to see the bike in all its carbon fibre glory, and read about it in ...

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Electric motorcycle becomes a reality

Ben Purvis, 10 July 2007 10:51

From early next year a practical, useable electric motorcycle – with decent performance and range – is set to go into production in America. The Enertia is a purpose-made electric bike, officially revealed today (Tuesday July 10), and due to go on sale in America in the first quarter of 2008. Designed and built by Brammo Motorsports in Ashland, Oregon, ...

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Suzuki's 2008 Hayabusa shows its aerodynamic skills

Tony Parter, 05 July 2007 11:49

THIS is how the all-new 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa GSX-R1300R motorcycle will cut through the air. The image, directly from the Suzuki motorcycle R&D Department, has been made to show just how effective the swoopy fairing and new droop tail section are at whipping speed-sapping airflow efficiently around the rider. The Suzuki1340cc, 198bhp, 220kg Hayabusa is due to be available in October ...

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Can a Triumph sound like a Harley?

Angus Farquhar, 19 June 2007 20:10

Triumph spent a lot of time in the development of its America Cruiser to try and make it sound as much like a harley as possible. The firm selected a specific firing order for the parallel twin engine that bucks the normal trend for that kind of cylinder layout, specifically so it could make the engine sound like a big ...

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