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Mothballing your motorcycle - storage advice from Haynes

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, ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 07 November 2011

Firmer brakes overnight

For an easier way to get better brakes, use a cable-tie or similar to hold the front brake on quite tightly and leave overnight. When returning to the bike next day tap the brake hoses thoroughly to get all the bubbles, that have formed due to the continual pressure, to rise to the top into the reservoir. Hey presto - ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Parts & accessories
  • 19 June 2009

Video: Bob Farnham tunes Yamaha R1

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 ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 11 November 2008

MCN Mobile terms and conditions

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 ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 14 February 2008

Picture gallery: BMW's uncrashable motorcycle patent drawings

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 ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 09 January 2008

2008 Honda VFR revealed in new motorcycle patent

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 ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 16 August 2007

Exhaust patents reveal next generation Honda Fireblade

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 ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 25 July 2007

Ten Kate to test electronic shock

World Supersport series leader Kenan Sofuoglu will test the WP electronically controlled rear shock on his Hannspree Ten Kate Honda today. The rear shock incorporates it’s own Electronically Controlled Damping Unit, which controls both rebound and compression damping depending on what is happening to the bike in each corner. Sofuoglu tested the shock for the first time two weeks ago ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • World Superbikes
  • 21 July 2007

Video: Ecosse Spirit ES1 motorcycle unveiled at Laguna Seca MotoGP

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 ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 20 July 2007

Video: How to build a Ducati 999 from scratch in under 2 mins

Every wondered how the top race teams manage to build their bikes? Well Xerox Ducati have put together a video to show you how to build a 999 from scratch in under two minutes. Pay attention now. http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid771491905http://www.brightcove.com/channel.jsp?channel=711881422 // By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C // found at http://corp.brightcove.com/legal/terms_publisher.cfm. var config ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • World Superbikes
  • 19 July 2007

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