Bike News (Jan - Dec 2014)

  • Bike of the Day: Yamaha TRX850

    31 December 2014

    Bike of the Day: Yamaha TRX850

    Sadly short-lived TRX used tweaked TDM850 engine in a Ducati-style chassis to be, effectively, a Japanese ‘900SS’. In fact, it was arguably better than that, offering fine performance allied to good...

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  • New MCN December 31: Rossi Reborn

    30 December 2014 by Steve Hunt

    New MCN December 31: Rossi Reborn

    In this week's MCN - All available at your newsagent, or via your iPad, Android and other digital device: Rossi Reborn: 20 years in racing! New Versys 1000 Test MV Agusta Brutale 800RR v Ducati...

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  • Bike of the Day: 1997 Triumph Daytona 1200

    30 December 2014 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: 1997 Triumph Daytona 1200

    Although perhaps the least desirable of the early Hinckley Triumphs due to simply not being competitive with the best from Japan and Europe, today the early Daytona has sort of matured into a...

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  • Bike of the Day: Suzuki GSX-R1100

    29 December 2014 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: Suzuki GSX-R1100

    Last of the dinosaur, monster superbikes still inspires awe today. It’s a beast: 147 carburretted horses, bad boy bulk and still enough acceleration to send shivers down your spine. Good ones are...

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  • Slide. The all-new live action arena

    28 December 2014 by MCN Staff

    Slide. The all-new live action arena

    Our Live action show that takes pride of place at the centre of the London Motorcycle Show is going Stateside style in 2015 with a brand new, all-action live show called Slide. The London Short...

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  • Rossi's London Show Bikes: 1999 RSW250 APRILIA

    27 December 2014 by Matthew Birt

    Rossi's London Show Bikes: 1999 RSW250 APRILIA

    For the first time ever, eight of Valentino Rossi’s most successful and priceless race bikes will be brought together in a special one-off tribute to the G.O.A.T Over the next few days, we'll be going...

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  • Rossi's London Show Bikes: 1997 APRILIA RS125R

    26 December 2014 by Matthew Birt

    Rossi's London Show Bikes: 1997 APRILIA RS125R

    For the first time ever, eight of Valentino Rossi’s most successful and priceless race bikes will be brought together in a special one-off tribute to the G.O.A.T Over the next few days, we'll be going...

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  • TV Sunday – The Barry Sheene Story

    26 December 2014 by Phil West

    TV Sunday – The Barry Sheene Story

    The late, great Barry Sheene is the subject of the first of a new series of Racing Legends which starts on Sunday evening straight after the second part of the Top Gear Christmas special. Presented by...

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  • Bike of the Day: MV Agusta F4 750

    26 December 2014 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: MV Agusta F4 750

    Yes, the original MV may now be a little old, a little out of date, but I don’t care. The F4 is still absolutely gorgeous, still more than quick enough for most, still pretty much the ‘Ferrari of...

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  • My Life in Bikes Ross Noble

    25 December 2014 by Richard Newland

    My Life in Bikes Ross Noble

    Comedy genius, observer of the insanity of humans, seriously dedicated bike nut, and doer of charitable goodness. Age 38 Occupation Comedian, actor, author, Riders for Health ambassador Nationality...

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  • Our Bikes BMW S1000RR HP4

    25 December 2014 by Michael Neeves

    Our Bikes BMW S1000RR HP4

    ‘My BMW HP4 racer consumes every part of my life’  It takes all of his time and all of his money, but Michael Neeves remains deeply in love with this bike    This is my beloved...

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  • Bike of the Day: Kawasaki ZX-6RR

    25 December 2014 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

    24 December 2014 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

    24 December 2014 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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