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  • Bike of the Day: Kawasaki ZX-6RR

    Today 10:00 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: Kawasaki ZX-6RR

    Here’s a sure-fire future classic – and something of a tempting track weapon, too. Kawasaki’s first homologation special ‘RR’ version of its already wicked ’04 ZX-6R is fast, fine handling, rare and...

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  • Young riders face new derestriction hurdle

    Yesterday 11:00 by Tony Hoare

    Young riders face new derestriction hurdle

    The days of restricting a bike to meet licensing regulations and then immediately desrestricting it again could be numbered. The company responsible for the largest number of restrictor kits in the UK...

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  • Bike of the Day: 1980 Honda CB125 Twin

    Yesterday 09:00 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: 1980 Honda CB125 Twin

    Hard to imagine now but this twin was a cutting-edge, hi-spec machine in its day complete with Comstar wheels, twin dials and more. Today would make a great starter classic. This one’s missing little,...

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  • Video: Ducati Scrambler first ride

    23 December 2014 by MCN

    Video: Ducati Scrambler first ride

    Ducati launched the much-hyped Scrambler recently on the warm, sunny roads of California. MCN Senior Road Tester Adam 'Chad' Child went along to see if the reborn Scrambler can really live up to all...

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  • Phone app scoops top award

    23 December 2014 by Tony Hoare

    Phone app scoops top award

    This year’s Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for motorcycling has gone to crash detection phone app RealRider. The award was presented to RealRider founders Zoe Farrington and Andrew...

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  • Bike of the Day: Ducati 999R

    23 December 2014 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: Ducati 999R

    Where to start? The ‘R’ spec 999 is simply immense, the equivalent of the £30K Panigale R today and just as mouth-wateringly exotic, with a spec that includes magnesium cases, road and race exhaust,...

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  • Video: Yamaha MT-09 Tracer first ride

    22 December 2014 by MCN

    Video: Yamaha MT-09 Tracer first ride

    How do you turn a good bike into a great one? Well, on the evidence of this first ride, and if you're Yamaha, you take your already best selling MT-09 Triple and make it better still. Much...

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  • Bike of the Day: Buell 1125R

    22 December 2014 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: Buell 1125R

    Last of the Buells before closed by Harley deserved better. Rotax engine was a revelation, trademark stumpy Buell chassis was competent and exciting and quality and build was the US firm’s best yet.

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  • KTM boosts appeal for RC125

    22 December 2014 by Tony Hoare

    KTM boosts appeal for RC125

    KTM’s RC125 sportsbike will come with performance and cosmetic upgrades as well as an interest-free finance deal in the UK until the end of February 2015. The single-cylinder sportsbike will come with...

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  • BBC Showing Racing Legends Barry Sheene

    19 December 2014 by Andy Downes

    BBC Showing Racing Legends Barry Sheene

    The life and racing career of Barry Sheene is the subject of the latest series of shows in the Racing Legends TV show with Vic Reeves presenting the show on December 28 at 9pm on BBC2. Vic Reeves...

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  • Job vacancy: MCN MotoGP reporter

    19 December 2014 by MCN Staff

    Job vacancy: MCN MotoGP reporter

    If you love bike racing, love global travel and love writing for a massive brand – this is the best job in the world! Rub shoulders with Valentino Rossi, ask Marc Marquez difficult questions and get...

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  • Bike of the Day: Moto Guzzi V11 Sport

    19 December 2014 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: Moto Guzzi V11 Sport

    We’ve highlighted these short-lived, ‘Aprilia-era’ Guzzis before but we still think they’ve yet to gain the recognition (or resale values) they deserve. Yes, they’re slightly lumpy old dinosaurs, but...

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  • Our Bikes Yamaha RD350LC

    18 December 2014 by Phil West

    Our Bikes Yamaha RD350LC

    “It’s both my pride and joy, and shame and embarrassment” Loved and neglected in equal measure, Phil’s RD350 LC is a portal in time back to his early 20s.   I’m not sure if this is a tale of a...

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  • Hazard Perception Test gets CGI revamp

    18 December 2014 by Andy Downes

    Hazard Perception Test gets CGI revamp

    The hazard perception element of the driving theory test will get a completely new and up-to-date look thanks to a computer-generated makeover to try and make the driving test reflect more real world...

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  • Bike of the Day: Honda VFR1200X Crosstourer

    18 December 2014 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: Honda VFR1200X Crosstourer

    Honda’s VFR1200-based Crosstourer is still something of the ‘forgotten adventure bike’ – which is a shame. The V4 motor is a class act, it’s shaft-driven, well-equipped, good-looking and hugely...

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  • My Life in Bikes Nick Sanders

    18 December 2014 by Andy Davidson

    My Life in Bikes Nick Sanders

    Nick Sanders is the fastest man around the world. He holds multiple records, has biked round the world seven times and the length of the Americas eight times. He’s currently in Siberia...somewhere,...

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  • Is this Guy Martin's year?

    17 December 2014 by MCN Staff

    Is this Guy Martin's year?

    Guy Martin will be riding a BMW S1000RR for the 2015 roads season – will this be the year he breaks his TT duck and takes the top step of the podium? Is this Guy's year?

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  • Yamaha MT-07 Long Term Test Report

    17 December 2014 by Andy Calton

    Yamaha MT-07 Long Term Test Report

    The Yamaha MT-07 is hard to fault. Hard? Yes, but not impossible. While the perky twin is undoubtedly brilliant value for money, it does lack a little in the handling department. Get a bit jiggy with...

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  • Triumph Street Tracker spied

    17 December 2014 by Andy Downes

    Triumph Street Tracker spied

    Triumph's new Bonneville-based Street Tracker, which is due to go on sale in 2016, has been spied testing on the roads of Spain. These new spy shots also confirm for the first time that there will be...

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  • Bike of the Day: BMW F650GS

    17 December 2014 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: BMW F650GS

    Although now superceded by the F700GS in truth BMW’s entry-level, novice-friendly, trail-style twin is little changed. It remains classily-built, well-equipped and a great introduction to...

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  • Honda CB650F: long-term bike report

    17 December 2014 by Alison Silcox

    Honda CB650F: long-term bike report

    I’ve had fun riding the Honda CB650F all year, riding some long distances, visiting exciting places and having chance to ride at Silverstone circuit but none of these brought as big a smile to my face...

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  • Custom Scouts debut Stateside

    16 December 2014 by MCN News

    Custom Scouts debut Stateside

    Indian's return of the iconic Scout has already been creating a storm of interest, and two hot customiaed versions which broke cover in the States this week will only add to the interest. Custom...

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  • New MCN December 17: 5-in-1 Christmas issue

    16 December 2014 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN December 17: 5-in-1 Christmas issue

    In this week's MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from December 17: - Ducati Scrambler first ride - Yamaha MT-09 Tracer first ride - New Triumph Street Tracker spied - Free glossy BSB...

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  • Bike of the Day: Original 1986 Honda VFR750

    15 December 2014 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: Original 1986 Honda VFR750

    The bike that ‘reinvented’ Honda and arguably took motorcycling into the modern era still looks contemporary and is still useful today – not bad for a nearly 30-year-old machine! What’s more, good,...

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  • Ducati builds millionth bike

    15 December 2014 by Andy Downes

    Ducati builds millionth bike

    Ducati have marked the occasion of building their one millionth bike at the Bologna factory with the CEO presenting a Monster 1200S personally to the new owner in Milan, Italy. Ducati CEO Claudio...

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  • Video: BMW R1200R first ride

    12 December 2014 by Michael Neeves

    Video: BMW R1200R first ride

    The new BMW R1200R roadster will cost £10,250 when it hits dealers in February and is powered by BMW’s latest-generation, 125bhp liquid-cooled 1170cc boxer engine, which first appeared in last year’s...

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  • Steve Parrish MAD Tour dates added

    12 December 2014 by Andy Downes

    Steve Parrish MAD Tour dates added

    More dates have been added to the successful stage tour of former 500GP racer, BBC commentator and well-known practical joker Steve Parrish. The MAD tour – which stands for My Adolescent Dad – is a...

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  • Bike of the Day: £695 Triumph Tiger 900

    12 December 2014 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: £695 Triumph Tiger 900

    Yup, that’s right, just 6-9-5 squids. There’s no catch, either. It might not be mint but it all works and is all there. This first Hinckley Tiger might not yet have the allure of the early Speed...

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  • Honda teases new Africa Twin

    12 December 2014 by Andy Downes

    Honda teases new Africa Twin

    Honda are continuing the build-up to the launch of the all-new Africa Twin next year with the second in a series of videos exploring the history of the famous name. Despite the firm heavily falling...

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