Bike News (January 2013)

  • Bike Chooser: Urban Commuter

    12 February 2013 by Chris Dabbs

    Bike Chooser: Urban Commuter

    Which 125cc urban commuter? "I had a scooter when I was growing up in Spain, now I want a 125 in the Spring for a short, cross-town commute." Santi, Kingsthorpe THE ONE TO BUY HONDA XL125V VARADERO...

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  • The Ten Worst Safety Innovations

    03 February 2013 by Steve Farrell

    The Ten Worst Safety Innovations

    Over the years there's been some interesting, awful, and downright dangerous suggestions made to make biking safer, from researchers, manufacturers and government. We've compiled our top ten...

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  • School for Slide

    03 February 2013 by Rupert Paul

    School for Slide

    If a passing stranger informed you that this time next week you could be sliding a motorcycle round corners like Nicky Hayden in the off season, you’d write him off as a dangerous lunatic. Well, I am...

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  • Ever held on to a piece of kit too long?

    02 February 2013 by Andy Davidson

    Ever held on to a piece of kit too long?

    In the Anatolian mountains of Turkey the summer sun burns so hot that it cracks the Tarmac. To ride in full biking gear is bordering on suicide, and you find yourself resorting to just a pair of...

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  • Bike Chooser: 600s on a budget

    01 February 2013 by MCN

    Bike Chooser: 600s on a budget

    "I got my test four years ago, but I’ve only just got the cash to buy a decent bike. I’ve got an open-mind and £3500 to spend on a 600cc machine." Here's what our expert Chris Dabbs had to...

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  • BMW sells Husqvarna

    31 January 2013 by Andy Downes

    BMW sells Husqvarna

    BMW has officially announced the sale of Italian dirt bike brand Husqvarna to Pierer Industrie AG – the firm headed by Stefan Pierer who is currently boss of KTM. MCN was the first to reveal BMW was...

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  • Chasing my motorcycle racing dream!

    31 January 2013 by Dushmantha Ranathunga

    I work as a Technical Writer for an IT company in Sri Lanka. I'm a real harcore fan of motor racing, especially MotoGP, WSB and the TT. I am really passionate about being a motorcycle racer one day, where I could continue it as a career. Unfortunately, in my country the support for such sport is lacking and the financial status I'm in right now is not really favourable for me to chase...

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  • You Ask/You Answer: The cost of servicing

    30 January 2013 by MCN

    You Ask/You Answer: The cost of servicing

    "The cost of servicing my bike (2009 Ducati 848) isn't horrendous, but it is significant, as it was for the CBR600RR I had before it. The parts aren't too expensive, it's the main dealer labour rates...

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  • Husqvarna being sold to KTM?

    29 January 2013 by Andy Downes

    Husqvarna being sold to KTM?

    High-placed motorcycle industry sources have tipped MCN off that BMW is negotiating the sale of Husqvarna to Austrian firm KTM with an announcement expected as early as the end of this week to...

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  • Jan 30 Bikes on TV

    28 January 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Jan 30 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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  • Phil McCallen: 'The Britten was a dark horse'

    26 January 2013 by Adam Child

    Phil McCallen: 'The Britten was a dark horse'

    Nick Jefferies was the fastest man around the TT course on a Britten in 1994 How did you come to race the Britten at the TT in 1994? I’d won the Formula One race in 1993 on the Honda RC30 and I knew...

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  • S.M.I.D.S.Y

    25 January 2013 by Karina

    A very good friend of mine was killed on his motorcycle last year due to a van driver, using his mobile phone. The driver got 3 points and a fine, even though the investigation proved the guy was using his phone - so not driving with due care and attention. This by our very own laws is an offense! I have set up a petition that I hope with enough signatures can be presented to...

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  • 'How I bagged a Britten'

    25 January 2013 by Adam Child

    'How I bagged a Britten'

    Britten owner and dedicated biker, Kevin Grant, bought his first bike aged 15, then got into racing and collecting bikes. How did you come to own a Britten? I picked it up in 1996, or '97, I think.

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  • Jan 23: Bikes on the Box

    24 January 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Jan 23: Bikes on the Box

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

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  • TT Legends documentary set to debut on ITV

    24 January 2013 by Simon Patterson

    TT Legends documentary set to debut on ITV

    A new eight-part documentary series filmed during the Honda TT Legends' 2012 road racing and World Endurance campaigns will debut on ITV4 in February. The behind the scenes documentary follows the...

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  • MCN columnist Kevin Ash dies

    23 January 2013 by MCN

    MCN columnist Kevin Ash dies

    MCN is deeply saddened to report the death of long-time columnist, former staffer and hugely respected freelance motorcycle journalist Kevin Ash. ‘Ashy’, as he was fondly known throughout the...

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  • The rules: Sports bike adventure travel

    23 January 2013 by Andy Davidson

    The rules: Sports bike adventure travel

    More often than not, when the magical words adventure motorcycling are thrown into pub conversation, images of a pannier clad dusty GS equipped with dual tyres spring to mind. The adventure bike is...

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  • Don't be a victim of bike theft

    23 January 2013 by MCN

    Don't be a victim of bike theft

    In November last year, MCN reported that 15 bikes were stolen within minutes in the Dorset area and were later found dumped and smashed up in a nearby ditch. Unfortunately, theft is becoming an ever...

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  • Dorset HOC on the move

    23 January 2013 by Stritchy

    Dorset HOC on the move

    The Dorset branch of the Honda Owners Club have moved meeting place. They now meet at The Bakers Arms, Dorchester Road, Lychett Minster, Poole BH16 6JF on the 1st Friday of the month from 7.30pm. The...

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  • You Ask/You Answer: Tyre Pressures

    22 January 2013 by MCN

    You Ask/You Answer: Tyre Pressures

    "There's a lot of pub talk about what tyre pressure s you should run. I ride a 2007 GSX-R750 on the road (mainly) and on the track (sometimes). I'm happy with setting track pressures as there's always...

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  • When will you be back on two wheels?

    22 January 2013 by MCN

    When will you be back on two wheels?

    Despite a lot of bikers having rode all through the worst of the year's weather, some opted for the car this winter, locking away the bike until spring starts to appear again. But it's almost Febuary...

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  • Motorcycle theft: Don't become a statistic

    22 January 2013 by MCN

    Motorcycle theft: Don't become a statistic

    Have you ever looked at the bike theft statistics for your area? Do you know what bike and manufacturer is most likely to be stolen? MCNcompare.com have produced an infographic to share that has all...

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  • A small tribute...

    19 January 2013 by Andy Westlake

    A small tribute...

    After a lifetime working as a precision engineer West Countryman Tony Haines has developed the sort of skills that most of us can only dream about; and if you’re the sort of person who struggles to...

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  • A2 licence holders wanted

    18 January 2013 by Steve Farrell

    A2 licence holders wanted

    MCN is looking for holders of the new ‘A2’ motorcycle licence, created under rules coming into force on Saturday. The new category, which carries a 47bhp limit, is part of sweeping changes to the...

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  • Schwantz on Schwantz

    17 January 2013 by Steve Farrell

    Schwantz on Schwantz

    When former GP world champion Kevin Schwantz dropped into the MCN office, we threw a net over him and dragged him into the cavernous vault of our picture archives. There he was forced to earn his...

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