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  • KTM plan new V-twins

    Today 09:00 by Richard Newland

    KTM plan new V-twins

    KTM are developing a new range of middleweight V-twin engines to plug the gap between the small capacity singles, and large-capacity V-twins already in production. The decision to build a new range of...

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  • Busy day ahead on MCN stand at Motorcycle Live!

    Today 08:05 by Simon Patterson

    It's a very busy day on the MCN stand at Motorcycle Live! First up on the autograph sessions is five time Sidecar World Champion Tim Reeves at 1400, followed by former BSB champion and Voltcom Crescent Suzuki rider Alex Lowes at 1430, then Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP racer Bradley Smith at 1445! You've also got a chance to win a Yamaha Tracer, get a cheap MCN or MCN Sport, and even to get your picture...

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  • Yamaha ‘Yard Built XV950 Boltage

    Yesterday 16:36 by Phil West

    Yamaha ‘Yard Built XV950 Boltage

    This is Yamaha’s own new video chronicling the creation of its latest ‘Yard Built’ custom, an XV950 Bolt converted by the rather bizarrely-named ‘Benders’ custom house in The Netherlands. And yes,...

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  • My Life in Bikes: Dave Myers

    Yesterday 11:27 by Andy Downes

    My Life in Bikes: Dave Myers

    One half of television’s Hairy Bikers, Myers is a lifelong motorcycle nut, with a seriously eclectic bike history. How did you get into biking, and what was your first bike? I first rode a bike when I...

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  • Honda CB650F: long-term bike review

    Yesterday 10:36 by Alison Silcox

    Honda CB650F: long-term bike review

    It's been an absolute whirlwind of a summer and looking back I’ve had a fabulous time, clocking up the best part of 6000 miles on the Honda CB650F and with a plan to continue to ride through the...

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  • BMW small bikes ‘will arrive in 2015’

    Yesterday 09:30 by MCN

    BMW small bikes ‘will arrive in 2015’

    BMW’s head of the motorcycles, Stephan Schaller, has confirmed to MCN that the rumoured range of sub-500cc bikes, built in conjunction with Indian firm TVS, is set to be unveiled in 2015. MCN has...

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  • MCN Festival of Motorcycling 2015

    27 November 2014 by MCN

    MCN Festival of Motorcycling 2015

    To celebrate 60 years of MCN in 2015, we have created an all new event - the MCN Festival of Motorcycling. The festival will take place over the weekend of May 16-17 at the Peterborough Arena and will...

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  • ‘Rossi’s helmets are made here’

    27 November 2014

    ‘Rossi’s helmets are made here’

    MCN recently jumped on a charabanc over to Italy to visit the AGV helmet manufacturing plant at Mavet, near Padua in the north of the country. Having met with Luca Bertolo, project leader for AGV’s...

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  • Under the skin of Rossi’s Dainese leathers

    27 November 2014 by Richard Newland

    Under the skin of Rossi’s Dainese leathers

    “You love your suit because it must protect you those times – better if just a few – when you fall,” says Dainese’s most high-profile suit wearer, Valentino Rossi. “To have a Dainese suit was a...

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  • Bikes facing London congestion charge

    27 November 2014 by Andy Downes

    Bikes facing London congestion charge

    All motorcycles built before 2007 will be charged the same fee as cars to enter the London congestion charge zone under current plans by the capital’s transport authority. The new Ultra Low Emission...

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  • Spied: KTM Dukes get overhaul

    27 November 2014 by Richard Newland

    Spied: KTM Dukes get overhaul

    Spy shots have emerged that suggest KTM’s excellent naked Duke range is under further development, presumably to refresh the 2016 model range. The 125, 200 and 390 Dukes have been tricking into the...

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  • Pope’s Harley-Davidson heading for auction

    27 November 2014 by Andy Downes

    Pope’s Harley-Davidson heading for auction

    A Harley-Davidson Softail Classic which was signed by former Pope Benedict and then later received by the current Pope Francis will be sold for charity by auction house Bonhams in Paris on February...

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  • Dryer idea isn’t a load of hot air

    26 November 2014 by Tony Hoare

    Dryer idea isn’t a load of hot air

    A British company is seeking funding for its newly developed helmet dryer, which it hopes will hit the market in early 2015. MotoGroom, which has a range of biker-specific helmet lining shampoos and...

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  • Hipster bike scene: love it or loathe it?

    26 November 2014 by MCN Staff

    Hipster bike scene: love it or loathe it?

    So – all these retro, bobber, café racer, scrambler, street-tracker, and board-trackers, being ridden by hipsters, and any other label you wish to apply to stereotypically well-dressed beard and tweed...

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  • Spied: New KTM 1290 sports tourer

    26 November 2014 by MCN

    Spied: New KTM 1290 sports tourer

    KTM are riding an accelerating tide of new model development, popularity and innovation. At the same time the Austrian firm are pursuing their long-followed model for platform engineering around...

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  • Ryder’s Riders’ Rider of the Year

    26 November 2014 by MCN

    Ryder’s Riders’ Rider of the Year

    Since the very first edition of the Official MotoGP Season Review in 2004, this poll has been conducted every year, and each year every eligible voter has contributed. The rules are simple: name your...

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  • VIDEO: 2015 Yamaha MT-09 Tracer

    26 November 2014 by Phil West

    VIDEO: 2015 Yamaha MT-09 Tracer

    This is Yamaha’s own new video extolling the virtues of their tasty-looking new half-faired version of the MT-09 triple, dubbed the Tracer. Weird ‘Discover Your Dark Side’ tosh aside it’s looking...

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  • Welcome to the all-new motorcyclenews.com

    26 November 2014 by Andy Calton - MCN Editor

    Welcome to the all-new motorcyclenews.com

    As I'm sure you'll already have noticed, motorcyclenews.com looks very different today. Your favourite motorcycling website has been given a much needed overhaul and the result is a site that is not...

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  • New 'Yard Built' Yamaha XV950

    25 November 2014 by MCN

    New 'Yard Built' Yamaha XV950

    German custom bike builder Marcus Walz has collaborated with Yamaha to deliver the latest bike in their Yard Built series of customized specials. Based on the firm’s XV950, the bike – dubbed ‘El Ratón...

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  • Honda build 300 millionth motorcycle

    25 November 2014 by Phil West

    Honda build 300 millionth motorcycle

    A Gold Wing 40th Anniversary Edition produced at the Kumamoto factory in Japan has become the 300 millionth Honda motorcycle built since production started in 1949 with the Dream Type-D.  Honda,...

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  • Motorcycle Live 2014 is go!

    25 November 2014 by MCN Staff

    Motorcycle Live 2014 is go!

    A round-up of the highlights of Motorcycle Live 2014, presented by former MotoGP racer and commentator Steve Parrish. The UK’s biggest bike show has 35 manufacturers and over 150 other exhibitors...

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  • Rock out with Motörhead at Motorcycle Live

    25 November 2014 by MCN

    Rock out with Motörhead at Motorcycle Live

    Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell will be on the Victory Motorcycles stand at Motorcycle Live at midday this Saturday, 22 November. Celebrating the unveiling and handover of a unique hand-built custom...

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  • KTM release limited editions

    25 November 2014 by MCN

    KTM release limited editions

    KTM has released a very limited range of ‘Factory Edition’ EXCs to celebrate their continued success in all enduro disciplines. Available on the 125, 250 and 300cc two-stroke models along with the...

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  • Kawasaki ER-6f: long-term test report

    25 November 2014 by Simon Brown

    Kawasaki ER-6f: long-term test report

    Winter’s on the way – so I’ve treated my Kawasaki ER-6f to a new screen in a bid to gain some extra weather protection. And, so far the results are promising.  The screen is a double-bubble job...

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  • Get the Brough Superior look

    20 November 2014 by MCN Staff

    Get the Brough Superior look

    To accompany the launch of the SS100 Brough Superior has developed a range of riding gear that reflects the elegant sophistication of the machine. So If you can’t afford the £39,900 you’ll need to get...

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  • BMW offer guaranteed test passes

    20 November 2014 by MCN

    BMW offer guaranteed test passes

    BMW’s rider training division is going on the offensive as we head into winter in an attempt to get as many new riders as possible ready for 2015’s glut of exciting new metal. There are several...

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  • Ducati Monster 1200: Long-term test report

    20 November 2014 by Tony Hoare

    Ducati Monster 1200: Long-term test report

    I’ve been running a Ducati Monster 1200 on MCN’s fleet since March, and we’ve done plenty together in the past eight months – but it took a rideout with a colleague to realise the full effect of the...

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  • 2015 Ducati prices announced

    20 November 2014 by Phil West

    2015 Ducati prices announced

    Ducati UK has announced the prices for its heavily revamped 2015 line-up – including the new Scrambler, 1299 Panigale and Multistrada as recently unveiled in Milan. They are: Scrambler SCRAMBLER - Red...

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  • World Exclusive: New CB125F revealed

    19 November 2014 by Richard Newland

    World Exclusive: New CB125F revealed

    In the modern world a 125 has to be a multi-faceted machine, capable of being the most economical way of getting from A to B, as well as being durable, easy to live with and economical. But it also...

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  • Wheelie bad idea

    18 November 2014 by MCN

    Wheelie bad idea

    This rider thought he was having a good day tearing around the streets of Central London, popping little wheelies. Right up until the point when he hoisted a clearly deliberate mono in a 20mph zone,...

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