Bike News (November 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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  • MRS unveil stunning Vulcan 'Spirit Charger'

    30 November 2015 by Richard Newland

    MRS unveil stunning Vulcan 'Spirit Charger'

    While many of us Brits are charging headlong to the NEC for our annual dose of Motorcycle Live, our cousins across the Channel have their own two-wheeled soiree to enjoy this week, the Paris...

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  • Honda announce prices for 2016 Africa Twin

    28 November 2015 by Richard Newland

    Honda announce prices for 2016 Africa Twin

    Honda UK have announced pricing and final specification for the eagerly-awaited CRF1000L Africa Twin, which will be launched in early December (see the full first ride report in the December 9 issue...

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  • Kawasaki announce 2016 prices

    27 November 2015 by Richard Newland

    Kawasaki announce 2016 prices

    Kawasaki UK have announced prices for their full 2016 range – including the brand new Ninja ZX-10R, J125, ZZR1400 and ZZR1400 Performance Sport models.  Developed directly with the Kawasaki...

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  • Honda CB400F Restoration

    27 November 2015 by Practical Sportsbikes

    Honda CB400F Restoration

    In 1998, Graham Hugill bought a CB400F that had been lying in bits in a mate’s garden. He spent 30 months restoring the bike, then the next 10 years and 21,500 miles developing the Honda into the bike...

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  • Husqvarna has plans for 400s

    27 November 2015 by Andy Downes

    Husqvarna has plans for 400s

    Husqvarna have confirmed that their stunning Vitpilen and Svartpilen 401 roadsters are just a year away from being revealed in full production form. The news about the smaller 401 bikes was announced...

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  • My life in bikes: Steve Parrish

    27 November 2015 by MCN

    My life in bikes: Steve Parrish

    till dodging getting a proper job, British champion bike (and truck) racer, team manager and now TV commentator, Steve Parrish talks bikes and Barry Sheene.   When did you first get into bikes? I...

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  • Honda go wild with crazy concepts

    26 November 2015 by Liam Marsden

    Honda go wild with crazy concepts

    Honda have a big year ahead of them with two range-defining models finding their way to our roads in the shape of the super-exclusive RC213V-S MotoGP replica, and the much awaited return of the far...

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  • Guy Martin’s Vulcan grip

    26 November 2015 by MCN News

    Guy Martin’s Vulcan grip

    You’ll have to have been living in a very small box, with no windows, internet or TV to have not noticed the crescendo of final flights of the much-loved Vulcan bomber XH558 this year – which flew for...

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  • Benelli bounces back with new 2016 range

    26 November 2015 by Liam Marsden

    Benelli bounces back with new 2016 range

    The resurgence of Benelli continues as the firm unveiled several new models at Milanlas last week, including a 500cc adventure bike and a scrambler. The scrambler, dubbed Leoncino, is powered by a...

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  • Race metal special: Class of 2015 (Part 2)

    26 November 2015 by MCN

    Race metal special: Class of 2015 (Part 2)

    These are the 10 bikes that took our breath away in a memorable year of hot race action MotoGP ‘Never have straights been so short’  HRC’s 2016 Honda RC213V-S By Michael Neeves Senior Road Tester...

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  • Moto Guzzi’s mad bagger

    25 November 2015 by Andy Downes

    Moto Guzzi’s mad bagger

    A year ago Moto Guzzi revealed the crazy MGX-21 Concept bagger and very few believed that the production bike would bear anything more than a passing resemblance to it. But fast forward 12 months and...

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  • CB77: Honda's Brit-slayer

    25 November 2015 by Classic Bike

    CB77: Honda's Brit-slayer

    The CB77 started to swing the balance of biking power from Britain to Japan.  We ride a recently-built example and its brother, the CL77 off-roader. hasing Dennis Murfin along some near-deserted...

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  • Pierobon stuns with X80R

    25 November 2015 by Andy Downes

    Pierobon stuns with X80R

    Italian frame-building masters Pierobon showed their X80R at Milan, a demonstration of the frame and chassis kit it has developed to house engines from the pre-Panigale range of Ducati...

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  • Why James Whitham wants to clean up again

    25 November 2015 by MCN Staff

    Why James Whitham wants to clean up again

    James Whitham has launched his own range of bike cleaning and protecting products. The former British, World Superbike and GP racer turned commentator went his own way because his couldn't find the...

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  • Bimota’s radical cafe racer

    25 November 2015 by Liam Marsden

    Bimota’s radical cafe racer

    Bimota unveiled two new models at the Milan show last week – jumping firmly onto the retro bandwagon with their new hub-centre steered Tesi 3D RaceCafe, and continuing their legacy of performance...

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  • Return of the H1

    25 November 2015 by Liam Marsden

    Return of the H1

    After bringing back the legendary H2 name in 2015, it begged an obvious question – when, if at all, will the H1 be re-joining the line-up? That question seems to have been answered to some degree by...

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  • Race metal special: Class of 2015 (Part 1)

    25 November 2015 by MCN

    Race metal special: Class of 2015 (Part 1)

    These are the 10 bikes that took our breath away in a memorable year of hot race action  World Superbikes   ‘As easy as falling off a log’ Jonathan Rea’s Kawasaki ZX-10R By Adam Child...

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  • 2016 MV Brutale is a beast

    24 November 2015 by Andy Downes

    2016 MV Brutale is a beast

    MV Agusta have given the Brutale 800 a hefty makeover as part of a move to make it more practical, and also to differentiate it more from the Dragster. The Brutale name has been a big success for MV...

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  • Mondial has a new pair of Hipsters

    24 November 2015 by Liam Marsden

    Mondial has a new pair of Hipsters

    Italian firm Mondial have returned with a pair of naked street bikes called the Hipster 125 and Hipster 250. Mondial have bet all their chips on the trendy retro market with two street-scrambler-style...

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  • New Vertigo goes on trial

    24 November 2015 by Andy Downes

    New Vertigo goes on trial

    This crazy-looking Vertigo scooter/trials bike hybrid is being lined up to compete in the ultra-tough Erzberg Iron Road Prologue according to Vertigo boss Manel Jane, who has ploughed millions of...

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  • CCM GP450 hits the road

    24 November 2015 by Liam Marsden

    CCM GP450 hits the road

    CCM unveiled a second version of their GP450 Adventure bike in Milan last week, which comes on 17in laced road wheels for those customers who never stray off the tarmac. Christofer Ratcliffe, Chief...

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  • Kenny Roberts to headline Motorcycle Live

    24 November 2015 by MCN News

    Kenny Roberts to headline Motorcycle Live

    Three-time 500cc World Champion Kenny Roberts has been added to the impressive list of racing stars confirmed to attend Motorcycle Live, which kicks off at The NEC, Birmingham this Saturday (28...

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  • New MCN November 25: 2015 best bikes test

    24 November 2015 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN November 25: 2015 best bikes test

    In this week's edition of MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from November 25: 2015 best sellers: our verdict Kawasaki's supercharged 675 Indian Scout Sixty first ride Danny Kent: How...

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  • 7 bikes that didn’t make it

    24 November 2015 by MCN

    7 bikes that didn’t make it

    ll seven of these were ditched before they went into production. Neil Murray finds out why    1. Norton Cosworth Challenge (1973) A classic Brit bike screw-up. In 1973 Norton desperately...

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  • BMW recall Sport helmet

    23 November 2015 by MCN News

    BMW recall Sport helmet

    BMW Motorrad are recalling their ‘Sport’ helmet because it does not fully meet the approval test requirements according to the European standard UNECE R 22.05. The helmets in question can be...

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  • 9 ways to keep your shed tidy

    23 November 2015 by MCN

    9 ways to keep your shed tidy

    Decorating Paint the walls, and the concrete floor if you have one in your shed or garage. A light colour – white, or magnolia if you don’t want it to feel like a dentist’s surgery, will maximise the...

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  • New adventure travel book: Don't think, ride.

    20 November 2015 by ped baker

    New adventure travel book: Don't think, ride.

    Acclaimed adventure travel writer and thoroughly nice bloke Nathan Millward has just released his latest book; Don’t think, Ride. A short ride across America. Unlike his previous two books, where...

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  • Man and Machine - Touring on a GSX-R1000

    19 November 2015 by MCN

    Man and Machine - Touring on a GSX-R1000

    Alastair McFarlane bought a GSX-R1000 on a whim, 10 years on he says it’s a keeper… "Back in 2006 I had an idea that as everyone was buying sportsbikes it would be a good idea to trick one up and use...

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