Bike News (November 2012)

  • Destination dealer: Drayton Croft

    30 November 2012 by MCN

    Destination dealer: Drayton Croft

    ADVERTISING PROMOTION Drayton Croft has been established for over 35 years and are proud to present their newly revamped website which means you now have access to a vast range of new and pre-loved...

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  • You Ask/You Answer: Cheap winter riding kit

    28 November 2012 by MCN

    You Ask/You Answer: Cheap winter riding kit

    I can't afford super-expensive winter riding kit, but my cheap all-weather gear leaves me soaked to my pants if I ride for more than 30 minutes in the rain. I can't afford new kit, so what works for...

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  • Poll: Would you buy winter tyres?

    27 November 2012 by MCN

    Poll: Would you buy winter tyres?

    In this week's MCN, we look at the debate around riding all through the winter, and talk to people who ride 365 in much worse weather than the UK. One of the people we talk to is a Swedish bike...

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  • New MCN November 28: Triumph Trio Spied

    27 November 2012 by MCN

    New MCN November 28: Triumph Trio Spied

    In this week's MCN, out November 29, we bring you exclusive shots of three brand new Triumphs, including a new Bonneville-based cafe racer and the long-awaited replacement for the Tiger 1050. We also...

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  • Winter bolt-ons for Honda NC700

    23 November 2012 by Marc Abbott

    Winter bolt-ons for Honda NC700

    Pyramid Plastics have just announced three new products to protect the Honda NC700 range from road muck over the grimier months. Firstly, the plastic Integra Hugger is said to require no drilling and...

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  • Destination dealer: Metropolis Motorcycles

    23 November 2012 by MCN

    Destination dealer: Metropolis Motorcycles

    ADVERTISING PROMOTION Metropolis Motorcycles has three branches in London, each with their own areas of specialism to cater for the city biker’s every need. The North London branch, located in Barnet,...

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  • Big bikes escape EU anti-tampering measures

    22 November 2012 by Steve Farrell

    Big bikes escape EU anti-tampering measures

    Motorcycles producing over 47bhp have escaped EU plans to make bikes impossible for owners to modify.  European Parliament has voted in favour of limiting so-called anti-tampering measures to...

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  • Video: MCN rides the Wall of death

    22 November 2012 by MCN

    I wouldn’t usually spend much time thinking about the word ‘hurt’. But I did recently give it some consideration after receiving an email warning: ‘There is a very good chance you will get hurt.’ Actually the word and its definition became a matter for urgent consideration. And I considered that it embraced anything from a scratch to a maiming. I didn’t know whether the email sender, a Wall of...

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  • Wigan bikers urged to give blood

    22 November 2012 by Simon Patterson

    Wigan bikers urged to give blood

    A special bikers blood drive is being organised next week in Wigan in memory of local teenager Leah Davies, who died in a three bike accident that killed another 18-year old earlier this year. The...

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  • BSA Lightning transformation

    20 November 2012 by siggy

    BSA Lightning transformation

    This is a 1970 BSA Lightning I bought from MCN Bikes for sale two years ago. The pictures show how it looked when I bought it and how it looks now.

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  • New MCN November 21: Rossi's return

    20 November 2012 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN November 21: Rossi's return

    In this week's MCN, out November 21, we bring you all the news and gossip from Valentino Rossi's return to the factory Yamaha squad at the Valencia test.. We also bring you all the information on the...

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  • Last-minute changes to bike test rules

    19 November 2012 by Steve Farrell

    Last-minute changes to bike test rules

    Wranglings over what motorcycles can be used under new bike test rules are continuing with only weeks to go before the January introduction date. In August the Driving Standards Agency said the test...

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  • You Ask/You Answer: Italian Reliability

    19 November 2012 by MCN

    You Ask/You Answer: Italian Reliability

    "Has the quality of Italian motorcycles really matched the Japanese and Germans now? I'd love something with a bit more character than my Hornet 900, but don't want to have to employ someone to ride...

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  • Poll: Retro roadsters

    19 November 2012 by MCN

    Poll: Retro roadsters

    Many manufacturers are getting into the retro market, with BMW launching ther entrant into the field this week. But retro styling isn't everyone's cup of tea. Are you a committed fan, or would you...

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  • Poll: Your favourite winter accessory

    19 November 2012

    Poll: Your favourite winter accessory

    With winter well and truly here, all the talk at MCN HQ recently has been on the winter commute, and how to make it a little more bearable. There's every accessory going being used, from heated...

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  • Destination dealer: Doble Motorcycles

    16 November 2012 by MCN

    Destination dealer: Doble Motorcycles

    ADVERTISING PROMOTION Now is a great time to buy a bike at Doble Motorcycles with some of the best prices you’re likely to find anywhere in the country on some of the hottest bikes available. Take the...

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  • Steve McQueen's 1970 Husqvarna up for auction

    16 November 2012 by Simon Patterson

    Steve McQueen's 1970 Husqvarna up for auction

    The Husqvarna 400 Cross ridden by Steve McQueen in 'On Any Sunday' will be auctioned off by London-based Bonhams in Las Vegas in January. McQueen became associated with the Swedish brand in the early...

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  • Suzuki GS750 cafe racer

    16 November 2012 by jeroen klaassens

    Suzuki GS750 cafe racer

    In july 2011 I purchased a 1977 Suzuki GS750. Since then I have transformed the bike into a cafe racer. The engine is stock (65,000km). I made my own exhaust, seat, brackets, did all the...

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  • Nov 14: Bikes on TV

    14 November 2012 by Alison Silcox

    Nov 14: Bikes on TV

    KEY TO CHANNELS.   DRT - Discovery Real Time  DSC - Discovery Channel   DHD - Discovery Channel HD   EXS - Extreme Sports Channel  EUR1 (2, HD) - Eurosport 1...

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  • You Ask/You Answer: Winter Cleaning?

    13 November 2012 by MCN

    You Ask/You Answer: Winter Cleaning?

    "My friend runs an old ‘winter bike’ and garages his prized R1 during the cold months as he says the salt etc. damages his bike too much. I want to ride all through winter, but don’t have enough...

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  • POLL: Can you have fun with 47bhp?

    13 November 2012 by MCN

    POLL: Can you have fun with 47bhp?

    With the introduction of new licence classes in January, the recent bike shows have seen a slew of new 47bhp releases, including a trio of 500cc Hondas officially released earlier today. So, we ask -...

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  • Milan Show: Kawasaki Z1000 Special

    13 November 2012 by Richard Newland

    Milan Show: Kawasaki Z1000 Special

    Some specials are definitely more special than others - and this one has caused MCN Senior Reporter Andy Downes to 'have a slight crisis' on the Kawasaki stand in Milan. Built as a one-off for...

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  • New MCN November 14: New Metal

    13 November 2012 by MCN

    New MCN November 14: New Metal

    In this week's MCN, out November 14, we bring you all the latest news from the Milan bike show, including the all-new Triumph Daytona 675. We also look at new offerings from a whole host of...

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  • HOC members pay their respects

    11 November 2012 by Stritchy

    HOC members pay their respects

    Along with hundreds of other bikers, HOC members from Oxford, Cambridge, Beds, North London, North Downs, Reading, Northants, MK and West London branches went to Duxford Museum on Remembrance...

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  • My Yamaha YZR500 Norick Abe replica

    09 November 2012 by Wolfgang Hromada

    My Yamaha YZR500 Norick Abe replica

    I am from Austria. I have built a replica of Norick Abe´s 1999 YZR500 based on a Yamaha RD500 engine. Modifications and one-off parts are a long list, it took me six years to complete the...

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