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  • Bike of the Day: 1999 Yamaha R6

    Today 17:48 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: 1999 Yamaha R6

    The first R6 was as much of a ‘game-changer’ as its bigger brother, the original R1, was in 1998. Light, small and fast, this was the first true supersports 600 and, as such, both a sure-fire future...

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  • Bike of the Day: 1971 Suzuki T350

    Yesterday 09:57

    Bike of the Day: 1971 Suzuki T350

    Sprightly ‘70s two-stroke twin is less celebrated than Yamaha’s rival RD350/400 but is still a classic in its own right and would make a rideable, straightforward classic proposition today. What’s...

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  • Ducati 1299 Panigale: First Ride

    24 January 2015 by Adam Child

    Ducati 1299 Panigale: First Ride

    Ducati’s 205bhp 1299 Panigale is being launched today in sunny Portugal at the demanding Portimao circuit. MCN Senior Road Tester, Adam Child, is there, this is what he had to say about the new...

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  • New Honda Museum to Open in Suffolk

    23 January 2015 by Steve Hunt

    New Honda Museum to Open in Suffolk

    David Silver is well-known within motorcycling collector circles, and if you own an 'older' Honda, you would have almost certainly come across his specialist parts business. His love for the Honda...

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  • Motorcycle Live 2015 dates change

    23 January 2015 by MCN News

    Motorcycle Live 2015 dates change

    The organisers of Motorcycle Live have announced that the 2015 event will take place one week later than originally planned, opening at its usual venue of The NEC, Birmingham on Saturday 28 November...

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  • Bike of the Day: Triumph Trophy 900

    23 January 2015 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: Triumph Trophy 900

    The very first model from the revived Hinckley Triumph concern was the Trophy 1200 but itwasn’t until the 900 triples came on line that it started to find its feet, which makes this early Trophy 900...

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  • First Ducati Scrambler specials unveiled

    23 January 2015 by Andy Downes

    First Ducati Scrambler specials unveiled

    It was only a matter of time before custom builders got their hands on the new Ducati Scrambler and these first three are being revealed at the Verona bike show in Italy. The three bikes have been...

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  • Long-term test: Kawasaki ER-6f

    23 January 2015 by Simon Brown

    Long-term test: Kawasaki ER-6f

    Owners of previous generations of Kawasaki’s ER-6f often complain of buzzing from the bodywork at specific points in the rev-range – nothing dramatic, just an irritation.  It doesn’t happen...

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  • Bike of the Day: 1993 Honda VFR400R NC30

    22 January 2015 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: 1993 Honda VFR400R NC30

    Honda’s ‘junior RC30’ is a much-loved pocket rocket and one of the best of the supersport 400 breed. By now, sadly, most have had a hard life with the battle scars to show for it, which makes this...

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  • Ducati boss explains Borile court case

    22 January 2015 by Andy Downes

    Ducati boss explains Borile court case

    Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali has explained the reasons behind the recent court case the Italian company took against tiny boutique manufacturer Borile which found in favour of Ducati. Ducati has been...

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  • BMW S1000XR and F800R prices released

    22 January 2015 by Andy Downes

    BMW S1000XR and F800R prices released

    BMW has announced UK prices for the new S1000XR adventure-sports bike and the new F800R roadster. The new S1000XR takes the 160bhp engine from the S1000R naked bike but slots it into an upright,...

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  • Long-term test: Ducati Monster 1200

    22 January 2015 by Tony Hoare

    Long-term test: Ducati Monster 1200

    The end of my time with Ducati’s Monster means thinking back over the year to form some conclusions about the bike. And the moment I keep coming back to is not a sunny rideout or moment of dreamy...

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  • First ride: Quadro ‘S’

    21 January 2015 by MCN

    First ride: Quadro ‘S’

    Three-wheeled, ‘leaning’ scooters arguably make the perfect winter commuters and the latest join the fray is from Swiss/Italian firm Quadro (who, ironically, has set its stall out mostly as a...

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  • Free accessories with new Triumphs

    21 January 2015 by Andy Downes

    Free accessories with new Triumphs

    Triumph is offering a free range of added extra parts and accessories on selected 2015 models with some packages consisting of over £1000 of free kit. The Street Triple and Street Triple R models will...

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  • Bike of the Day: Yamaha XVZ1300 Venture Royale

    21 January 2015 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: Yamaha XVZ1300 Venture Royale

    Here’s a helluva lot of bike for the money. Short-lived full-dresser was based on V4 Vmax mechanicals (but restyled) in a full-monty, retro-styled, ‘ElectraGlide-esque’ touring package. The result is...

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  • Secrets of the new Africa Twin

    21 January 2015 by Andy Downes & Ben Purvis

    Secrets of the new Africa Twin

    Still a year away from production, we unearth Honda’s technical plans for the new Africa Twin. Honda’s all-new Africa Twin adventure bike will be shown in finished form in under a year and will be on...

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  • TT stars head for London

    21 January 2015 by MCN

    TT stars head for London

    The Classic TT represents the opportunity to see - and hear - some of the greatest machines in history as they are raced around the Mountain Course by some of the world's most talented riders. At this...

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  • Bike of the Day: 1994 Kawasaki ZXR750

    20 January 2015 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: 1994 Kawasaki ZXR750

    One of the first mass-market ‘racer replicas’ the original 1989 ZXR is now considered a true ‘modern classic’. It had it all: great looks, sublime handling, a howling GPX750-derived motor and racing...

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  • Huge funds for Welsh motorcycle safety

    20 January 2015 by Andy Downes

    Huge funds for Welsh motorcycle safety

    More than £500,000 has been made available for the development of new technology to help reduce motorcycle casualties in Wales. The funding is being provided by the Welsh government, Innovate UK and...

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  • Peterborough to Inverness on a 125: Part 3

    20 January 2015 by Simon Patterson

    Peterborough to Inverness on a 125: Part 3

    Well, the trip certainly didn’t end the way I was planning on it. Instead of riding the final 284 miles home from Abington Services on the M74, I instead did the journey in the passenger seat of a...

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  • New MCN January 21: Dunlop signs for Yamaha

    20 January 2015 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN January 21: Dunlop signs for Yamaha

    In this week's MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from January 21: - Michael Dunlop signs for Milwaukee Yamaha for 2015 - Sports tourer supertest: Kawasaki Versys 1000 takes on rivals -...

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  • Peugeot Django scooter gets power boost

    19 January 2015 by Andy Downes

    Peugeot Django scooter gets power boost

    Peugeot has added the option of a larger 150cc engine variant to the retro-modern Django scooter range which will run alongside the existing 125cc version. The new 150cc engine produces 10% more power...

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  • My Life in Bikes Carl Cox

    19 January 2015 by Michael Neeves

    My Life in Bikes Carl Cox

    The bike-mad superstar DJ talks Fizzies, his 60-strong bike collection and running his own team at the TT AGE: 51 OCCUPATION: INTERNATIONAL DJ NATIONALITY: BRITISH How did it all start? My first bike...

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  • Our Bikes Ducati 996

    19 January 2015 by Richard Newland

    Our Bikes Ducati 996

    “It’s like having an affair without being unfaithful” Exotic, beautiful, and iconic – Richard Newland’s 996 is a love affair that never ages It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment when I stopped...

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  • First ride: RSD BMW RnineT

    19 January 2015 by MCN

    First ride: RSD BMW RnineT

    BMW’s retro, boxer-powered roadster, the RnineT was one of the hits of 2014 and now Roland Sands Design (RSD), who worked with the German marque to come up with the original concept, have come up with...

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  • Vincent HRD saved from scrap up for auction

    19 January 2015 by Andy Downes

    Vincent HRD saved from scrap up for auction

    A 1939 Vincent HRD Series-A Rapide rescued from being scrapped has been restored and is now up for auction for an estimated value of between £220,000 and £260,000 at the Bonhams Stafford sale in...

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  • Record sales for BMW in 2014

    19 January 2015 by Andy Downes

    Record sales for BMW in 2014

    BMW sold more than 123,000 motorcycles around the world in 2014 to beat the all-time record for the German company and it represents a 7.2% overall increase. The company sold 123,495 bikes in 2014; it...

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  • Win a trip for your bike......

    19 January 2015 by MCN News Team

    Win a trip for your bike......

    New concept Bikeshuttle take the slog out of getting to the Alps, as you fly and meet your bike, saving time, boredom and money! And MCN have a return place to give away to two lucky...

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  • Moto2 bikes for sale

    19 January 2015 by MCN News

    Moto2 bikes for sale

    Fancy owning a Moto2 bike with some pedigree? Here's your chance – as AGT REA Racing have acquired the Marc VDS Kalex & Caterham Suter Moto2 race bikes – including Johan Zarcos full bike that...

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