Bike News (Jan - Dec 2015)

  • 9 ways to help your bike beat winter

    22 December 2016 by MCN

    9 ways to help your bike beat winter

    This time of year can be damaging to motorcycles but these top tips will help yours escape unscathed 1. Stop the rot One of the main risks of riding through winter is corrosion and the effect it has...

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  • When James May met Busa-san and GSX-R750Y-san

    19 August 2016 by Bike magazine

    When James May met Busa-san and GSX-R750Y-san

    Surely the designers of the GSX-R750 engine and the Hayabusa must be the most demonic characters to walk the face of this planet? Let's all meet up in the year 2000 – when James May finds more life in...

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  • What next for Valentino? (Part 2)

    01 January 2016 by MCN

    What next for Valentino? (Part 2)

    The new tech challenge – Michelin tyres and Dorna control electronics n July 2014 Valentino Rossi signed his latest Yamaha contract – for the 2015 and 2016 seasons – and explained that he wanted to...

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  • What next for Valentino? (Part 1)

    31 December 2015 by MCN

    What next for Valentino? (Part 1)

    After the bitter end to last season, what does the master of reinvention need do to transform himself one last time and rule MotoGP’s new technical era? alentino Rossi has failed before, but never as...

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  • Whatever happened to the RC-E?

    31 December 2015 by Andy Downes & Ben Purvis

    Whatever happened to the RC-E?

    Honda’s innovative RC-E electric superbike concept, which took the electrical underpinnings of a Honda hybrid car and clothed them in stunning bodywork, may not have vanished without trace. The RC-E...

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  • CB1100’s curvy new future revealed

    30 December 2015 by Andy Downes & Ben Purvis

    CB1100’s curvy new future revealed

    This CB1100 Concept was shown at the Tokyo show this year, and is believed to preview a next-generation CB1100. Easily the most subtle bike at the Tokyo Show – not hard given the eye-gouging offerings...

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  • Hayden: ‘I’m ready for something new’

    30 December 2015 by MCN

    Hayden: ‘I’m ready for something new’

    2006 MotoGP champ is relishing the new challenge of WSB ormer MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden says winning the World Superbike title would be an incredible way of rounding off his racing career –...

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  • Honda CB Racer revived

    30 December 2015 by Andy Downes & Ben Purvis

    Honda CB Racer revived

    Honda’s achingly gorgeous CB1100R, first shown as a 2007 concept, is still a live project if freshly-filed patents are anything to go by. Concept bikes usually have a short life. They’re watered-down...

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  • Inspiration for adventure

    29 December 2015 by MCN News

    Inspiration for adventure

    Eight of the world’s most influential motorcycle explorers will be starring at the Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show on February 12-14. From Mondo Enduro and Terra Circa star Austin Vince to the...

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  • 7 Bikes named after racetracks

    29 December 2015 by MCN

    7 Bikes named after racetracks

    Want to portray a sporty image for your new bike? Best rob a name from a racing circuit. Moto Guzzi Le Mans (1976-1993) Guzzi’s immortal vee-engined sportster first appeared as an 850 in 1976,...

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  • New MCN December 30: The real Rossi

    29 December 2015 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN December 30: The real Rossi

    In this week's edition of MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from December 30: 12-page special: The real Valentino Rossi Ducati Scrambler vs Yamaha XSR700 Honda plans hot...

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  • Triumph triumph in 2015

    28 December 2015 by MCN News

    Triumph triumph in 2015

    Triumph Motorcycles have announced their financial results for the year ended 30 June 2015, and it’s a much happier picture than the figure for the year before, despite a fall in overall turnover. In...

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  • 9 ways to make your bike feel fresher

    28 December 2015 by MCN

    9 ways to make your bike feel fresher

    If you don’t want to splash out on a new machine, these simple tips will help your bike wind back the years 1. Gearing For less than £20, shortening your gearing is quite possibly the cheapest way to...

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  • Jonathan Rea - I never gave up on the dream

    26 December 2015 by MCN Sport

    Jonathan Rea - I never gave up on the dream

    For seven years the WSB title eluded Jonathan Rea. Then, suddenly, we got to see just how gifted he is.   even years is a long time in anyone’s book – especially if you’re regarded by many as the...

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  • Project GPZ900R

    25 December 2015 by Practical Sportsbikes

    Project GPZ900R

    Kawasaki’s GPZ900R was a sportsbike masterpiece when it was released in 1984, but it’s still possible to improve the design further. So when Ian Broadfoot restored his A1 to original condition, he...

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  • Biking heroes Christmas special (Part 6/6)

    25 December 2015 by MCN

    Biking heroes Christmas special (Part 6/6)

    MCN has teamed up with none other than the legendary Foggy and a host of other greats to name their biking heroes as part of our Christmas special. This week we have brought you some of biking's...

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  • The Real Joey Dunlop

    24 December 2015 by MCN Sport

    The Real Joey Dunlop

    Derek McIntyre was one of Joey Dunlop’s true friends, driving the great man between Europe’s race circuits and taking extraordinary photos along the way. This is his story    very bike...

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  • Video: World's first KTM Freeride E backflip

    24 December 2015 by Liam Marsden

    Video: World's first KTM Freeride E backflip

    French trials rider Julien Dupont has caught the world's first KTM Freeride E electric bike backflip on camera in one of his latest stunt videos. Dupont also successfully jumps a 20 metre gap over a...

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  • Biking heroes Christmas special (Part 5/6)

    24 December 2015 by MCN

    Biking heroes Christmas special (Part 5/6)

    MCN has teamed up with none other than the legendary Foggy and a host of other greats to name their biking heroes as part of our Christmas special. We’ll be bringing you some of the best picks from...

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  • Reader build: Laverda Barcelona Replica

    23 December 2015 by Classic Bike Magazine

    Reader build: Laverda Barcelona Replica

    Laverda 500cc works machines won their class in the Barcelona 24-hours in 1978 and ’79. Those bikes inspired Roger Quemby’s special – but it’s taken him five years to approach the finish...

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  • Biking heroes Christmas special (Part 4/6)

    23 December 2015 by MCN

    Biking heroes Christmas special (Part 4/6)

    MCN has teamed up with none other than the legendary Foggy and a host of other greats to name their biking heroes as part of our Christmas special. We’ll be bringing you some of the best picks from...

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  • Biking heroes Christmas special (Part 3/6)

    22 December 2015 by MCN

    Biking heroes Christmas special (Part 3/6)

    MCN has teamed up with none other than the legendary Foggy and a host of other greats to name their biking heroes as part of our Christmas special. We’ll be bringing you some of the best picks from...

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  • The shortest race in Ireland

    21 December 2015 by MCN Sport

    The shortest race in Ireland

    Held over a town centre course that’s just ‘750-ish metres’ long, the Lightning Sprint is all about keeping racing alive    was only about half way through my pint when I heard the sound of...

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  • Biking heroes Christmas special (Part 2/6)

    21 December 2015 by MCN

    Biking heroes Christmas special (Part 2/6)

    MCN has teamed up with none other than the legendary Foggy and a host of other greats to name their biking heroes as part of our Christmas special. We’ll be bringing you some of the best picks from...

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  • Biking heroes Christmas special (Part 1/6)

    20 December 2015 by MCN

    Biking heroes Christmas special (Part 1/6)

    MCN has teamed up with none other than the legendary Foggy and a host of other greats to name their biking heroes as part of our Christmas special. We’ll be bringing you some of the best picks from...

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  • Travel: Why flying can give you more riding time

    19 December 2015 by Ride Magazine

    Travel: Why flying can give you more riding time

    Why you should seriously consider alternative transport for you and your bike on your next trip ’m writing this column on a train. My bike’s a few carriages ahead of me, strapped down on an open-sided...

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  • RECALL: Yamaha 2015 YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M

    18 December 2015 by Andy Downes

    RECALL: Yamaha 2015 YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M

    Yamaha is recalling every single 2015 YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M sold so far to replace the gearbox following a number of failures on the new model. News of a recall affecting bikes in North America and...

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  • 7 bikes you could buy instead of a 916

    18 December 2015 by MCN

    7 bikes you could buy instead of a 916

    They lost to Ducati’s iconic twin on the track, but make brilliant road bike buys today. Suzuki GSX-R750 SRAD (1996-1999) First beam-framed GSX-R was inspired by Suzuki’s 500cc GP racer, and...

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