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  • 7 cracking cult bikes

    Yesterday 10:30 by Phil West

    7 cracking cult bikes

    Yamaha VMX1200 V-Max (1991-2004) Few bikes have a bigger cult following than Yamaha’s original, 140bhp V4 hotrod. Created especially for and launched in the US in 1985, no bike had as much...

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  • First UK test: Zero DSR

    Yesterday 10:00 by Martin Fitz-Gibbons

    First UK test: Zero DSR

    Until now, the few electric bikes that have actually reached production have all had one glaring fault or another. They’ve been too slow, too expensive, too heavy or too impractical – or, sometimes,...

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  • New Yamaha XMax 250 and 400 spied

    29 July 2016 by Liam Marsden

    New Yamaha XMax 250 and 400 spied

    These spy shots, exclusive to MCN, show the new Yamaha XMax 250 and 400 undergoing testing on the roads near Milan, Italy - a big market for scooters. Despite most of the bodywork being covered, it...

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  • Bike of the day: Ducati 1098

    29 July 2016 by MCN News

    Bike of the day: Ducati 1098

    Bikes for saleSeller says: “Full 70mm Termignoni with ECU upgrade. Open clutch with anodised CNC'd pressure plate and s/steel spring kit. LED r/light/indicators. Diablo Rosso Corsas. New front pads. Service+belts...

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  • Whatever happened to the Silver Dream Racer?

    29 July 2016 by MCN News

    Whatever happened to the Silver Dream Racer?

    Released in 1980 and starring David Essex as struggling privateer bike racer Nick Freeman, Silver Dream Racer was the Rocky of motorcycle racing movies. The plot revolved around a prototype bike – the...

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  • Event: The Big Brands Bash

    29 July 2016 by MCN Staff

    Event: The Big Brands Bash

    What: British Superbikes, Brands Hatch GP When: August 4-7 Where: Brands Hatch Circuit, Fawkham, DA3 8NG The party of the summer gets started next weekend at the Brands Hatch GP circuit, as the MCE...

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  • Gallery: MCN Awards winners revisited

    28 July 2016 by MCN News

    Gallery: MCN Awards winners revisited

    The 2016 MCN Awards are just around the corner and to get us in the mood we revisited the winning bikes from the last five years. Taking them on a road trip to Le Touquet, just down the coast from...

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  • Event: See the racing stars of tomorrow

    28 July 2016 by James Archibald

    Event: See the racing stars of tomorrow

    Cool FAB racing, the series which sets out to develop young talent, is hosting the fifth round of its championship at Whilton Mill in Daventry this weekend. The championship has gained the...

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  • Get set for Sheene the movie

    28 July 2016 by James Archibald

    Get set for Sheene the movie

    Check out this trailer the new feature-length biopic being made about the late, great Barry Sheene. As reported by MCN in February, the film is well on its way to hitting the silver screen and the new...

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  • Harley-Davidson recall 27,000 bikes

    28 July 2016 by Liam Marsden

    Harley-Davidson recall 27,000 bikes

    Harley-Davidson have recalled 27,000 motorcycles from their 2016 line-up over an issue with the clutch not disengaging in certain situations. The recall notice, published on the National Highway...

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  • Indian get A2 licence-friendly

    28 July 2016 by James Archibald

    Indian get A2 licence-friendly

    Indian have announced updates to the 2016 models that will be carried into next year.  One of the most significant changes comes from the Scout Sixty, which will now have the option to come with...

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  • Video: Honda teases ADV scooter

    28 July 2016 by Liam Marsden

    Video: Honda teases ADV scooter

    Honda surprised the motorcycle world at the Milan Show in 2015 when they unveiled their adventure scooter concept and now the bike looks one step closer to reality with the release of the above teaser...

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  • My life in bikes: Rudi Schneider

    28 July 2016 by MCN News

    My life in bikes: Rudi Schneider

    Project leader for all four and six-cylinder BMWs talks about his superbike addiction, riding at the Nürburgring and tuning mopeds when he was a kid. How did you get started with bikes? All of my...

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  • Bike of the day: Triumph Speed Triple 1050

    28 July 2016 by MCN News

    Bike of the day: Triumph Speed Triple 1050

    Bikes for saleSeller says: “Black, 2 owners, This is a very clean example of a Triumph 1050 Speed Triple. This 2 owner machine is the ABS version and comes with Full Service History and a complete set of...

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  • Bike of the day: Yamaha FZ6 Fazer

    27 July 2016 by MCN News

    Bike of the day: Yamaha FZ6 Fazer

    Bikes for saleSeller says: “1,628 miles, genuine mileage, Please call for full details, We Specialise in Good & Poor Credit Finance” MCN says: “Hard to ignore a bike with only 1,600 miles on it for under £2.5k...

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  • New KTM 800 Duke spied

    27 July 2016 by Andy Downes

    New KTM 800 Duke spied

    This is the new KTM 800 Duke in the closest-to-production specification yet seen. The bike will be launched as the first of a new range of parallel-twin models over the coming years.This latest spy...

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  • Revisited: KTM 990 Adventure

    26 July 2016 by MCN News

    Revisited: KTM 990 Adventure

    Bikes for saleWhat we said then “The engine has been taken from KTM’s Super Duke naked sportsbike and is modified so peak power is just below 100bhp but torque has been boosted at low revs. The 950’s carburetors...

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  • Bike of the day: Laverda Diamante 668

    26 July 2016 by MCN News

    Bike of the day: Laverda Diamante 668

    Bikes for saleSeller says: "I have owned this bike since 1990 and I am only the second owner since new. It has had a spoilt life with me and I love it but my advancing years mean that I hardly ever use it and it is...

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  • Honda launches new CBR250RR

    26 July 2016 by Andy Downes

    Honda launches new CBR250RR

    Honda has launched the full production version of the all-new CBR250RR in Indonesia where it will be built – but don’t get too excited if you live in Europe; we’re not getting this bike for the...

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  • Ducati 939 SuperSport: For and Against

    25 July 2016 by MCN News

    Ducati 939 SuperSport: For and Against

    The Ducati Supersport 939 range, aka Project 1312, is due to arrive in dealers mid-2017 - in light of this news, we've got two quite opposing opinions, but what do you think of this new 'sportsbike...

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  • Bike of the day: Ducati Desmosedici RR

    25 July 2016 by MCN News

    Bike of the day: Ducati Desmosedici RR

    Bikes for saleSeller says: “This bike had a full factory supplied new complete engine and gear box at a cost of 22K, with only 992 miles on the new engine it's barely run in! Cherished plate reading D6SMO sold...

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  • Furygan team up with bespoke bike firm

    25 July 2016 by James Archibald

    Furygan team up with bespoke bike firm

    Kit firm Furygan have teamed up with bespoke bike producer Viba to create an exclusive women's jacket to accompany the £27,000 Lara 800 bike. The Lara 800 is being hand built and crafted by a...

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  • How to make your electrics future proof

    24 July 2016 by MCN

    How to make your electrics future proof

    Just bought an old-ish bike? Here’s how to ward off electrical gremlins with a few simple tools 1. Understand the basic principle Most people say electrics are a mystery. Well, imagine the cables as...

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  • Bike of the day: BMW R1200GS, £6,595

    24 July 2016 by MCN News

    Bike of the day: BMW R1200GS, £6,595

    Bikes for saleSeller says "A great opportunity to purchase the ever popular BMW R1200GS. At this price, good ones are hard to find." TOP STORIES World exclusive: New Fireblade gets radical Exotic engineering:...

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  • Revisited: 2005-2009 Triumph Speed Triple 1050

    23 July 2016 by Michael Neeves

    Revisited: 2005-2009 Triumph Speed Triple 1050

    What we said then “The bike that invented the super-naked streetfighter class over a decade ago is back – stronger than ever. It’s smoother, faster and easier to ride, better handling and hornier. It...

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  • 7 Bikes with long lives

    23 July 2016 by MCN

    7 Bikes with long lives

    These bikes all had engines with astonishing lifespans says Neil Murray  Suzuki GSX-R750 1985-92 We’re talking the oil-cooled bikes here. It’s hard now to imagine the impact this bike had – even...

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  • Bike of the day: Honda NC700S, £4,200

    23 July 2016 by MCN News

    Bike of the day: Honda NC700S, £4,200

    Bikes for saleSeller says: “Ideal commuter bike with automatic gears, ABS, touring screen, heated grips and Scottoiler installed. Set of GIVI panniers with liners included in the price. Recently serviced and a new...

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