Bike News (July 2016)

  • Quiz: Do you know one Ducati from the next?

    04 August 2016 by MCN News

    Quiz: Do you know one Ducati from the next?

    Surely you know Ducatis are still made by hand in Italy, right? WRONG. It takes 88 minutes to make a Monster, does it? We’ll tell you something that will amaze you, in the 1960s Ducati DID make...

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  • Event: Infinity Motorcycles Clearance Sale

    03 August 2016 by MCN Staff

    Event: Infinity Motorcycles Clearance Sale

    What: Infinity Motorcycles Clearance Bargain Sale When: August 6-7 Where: Infinity Motorcycles Glasgow and York Head to Infinity Motorcycles in York and Glasgow this weekend and grab a bargain in...

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  • You really can can on a VanVan

    31 July 2016 by Jon Urry

    You really can can on a VanVan

    Here at MCN we have a secret – we all love the VanVan. It’s our guilty pleasure and to be honest no-one can really put a finger on what it is about this bike that makes it so appealing. On paper the...

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  • Whatever happened to the Silver Dream Racer?

    29 July 2016 by MCN News

    Whatever happened to the Silver Dream Racer?

    Released in 1980 and starring David Essex as struggling privateer bike racer Nick Freeman, Silver Dream Racer was the Rocky of motorcycle racing movies. The plot revolved around a prototype bike – the...

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  • Event: The Big Brands Bash

    29 July 2016 by MCN Staff

    Event: The Big Brands Bash

    What: British Superbikes, Brands Hatch GP When: August 4-7 Where: Brands Hatch Circuit, Fawkham, DA3 8NG The party of the summer gets started next weekend at the Brands Hatch GP circuit, as the MCE...

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  • Gallery: MCN Awards winners revisited

    28 July 2016 by MCN News

    Gallery: MCN Awards winners revisited

    The 2016 MCN Awards are just around the corner and to get us in the mood we revisited the winning bikes from the last five years. Taking them on a road trip to Le Touquet, just down the coast from...

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  • Event: See the racing stars of tomorrow

    28 July 2016 by James Archibald

    Event: See the racing stars of tomorrow

    Cool FAB racing, the series which sets out to develop young talent, is hosting the fifth round of its championship at Whilton Mill in Daventry this weekend. The championship has gained the...

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  • Get set for Sheene the movie

    28 July 2016 by James Archibald

    Get set for Sheene the movie

    Check out this trailer the new feature-length biopic being made about the late, great Barry Sheene. As reported by MCN in February, the film is well on its way to hitting the silver screen and the new...

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  • Harley-Davidson recall 27,000 bikes

    28 July 2016 by Liam Marsden

    Harley-Davidson recall 27,000 bikes

    Harley-Davidson have recalled 27,000 motorcycles from their 2016 line-up over an issue with the clutch not disengaging in certain situations. The recall notice, published on the National Highway...

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  • Indian get A2 licence-friendly

    28 July 2016 by James Archibald

    Indian get A2 licence-friendly

    Indian have announced updates to the 2016 models that will be carried into next year.  One of the most significant changes comes from the Scout Sixty, which will now have the option to come with...

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  • My life in bikes: Rudi Schneider

    28 July 2016 by MCN News

    My life in bikes: Rudi Schneider

    Project leader for all four and six-cylinder BMWs talks about his superbike addiction, riding at the Nürburgring and tuning mopeds when he was a kid. How did you get started with bikes? All of my...

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  • This week's issue: Welcome to Rossi's world

    26 July 2016 by MCN News

    This week's issue: Welcome to Rossi's world

    In this week's edition of MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from July 27: KTM Duke 800 spied KTM to unleash middleweight weapon in bid to win sales war. Electric off-roader ridden "The...

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  • Furygan team up with bespoke bike firm

    25 July 2016 by James Archibald

    Furygan team up with bespoke bike firm

    Kit firm Furygan have teamed up with bespoke bike producer Viba to create an exclusive women's jacket to accompany the £27,000 Lara 800 bike. The Lara 800 is being hand built and crafted by a...

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  • How to make your electrics future proof

    24 July 2016 by MCN

    How to make your electrics future proof

    Just bought an old-ish bike? Here’s how to ward off electrical gremlins with a few simple tools 1. Understand the basic principle Most people say electrics are a mystery. Well, imagine the cables as...

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  • Revisited: 2005-2009 Triumph Speed Triple 1050

    23 July 2016 by Michael Neeves

    Revisited: 2005-2009 Triumph Speed Triple 1050

    What we said then “The bike that invented the super-naked streetfighter class over a decade ago is back – stronger than ever. It’s smoother, faster and easier to ride, better handling and hornier. It...

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  • 7 Bikes with long lives

    23 July 2016 by MCN

    7 Bikes with long lives

    These bikes all had engines with astonishing lifespans says Neil Murray  Suzuki GSX-R750 1985-92 We’re talking the oil-cooled bikes here. It’s hard now to imagine the impact this bike had – even...

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  • Video: You're doing WHAT on a Harley?

    22 July 2016 by James Archibald

    Video: You're doing WHAT on a Harley?

    Think Harley-Davidson and an image of cruising along Route 66 springs to mind. Stunt rider Lee Stuart has other ideas, taking his hog way beyond its intended purpose. Throwing his largely stock Dyna...

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  • Calling all Triumph owners…

    21 July 2016 by James Archibald

    Calling all Triumph owners…

    Triumph owners are being asked to be a part of a world record attempt by Staffordshire Triumph on Sunday, September 4 in a bid to break the world record for the Largest Parade of Triumph...

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  • Indian recalls 18,000 bikes in United States

    21 July 2016 by Liam Marsden

    Indian recalls 18,000 bikes in United States

    Indian Motorcycles have recalled 18,367 bikes in the United States due to excessive exhaust temperatures and a risk of fire. The recall affects six models in Indian's range; they are the Chief...

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  • Dirty personalities

    20 July 2016 by James Archibald

    Dirty personalities

    So we were at Dirt Quake last weekend and to be frank, it was utter madness. Everything you’d expect from an event that has race categories such as Inappropriate Road Bike and Choppers, seeing the...

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  • Brave dog rides pillion in Colombia

    20 July 2016 by MCN News

    Brave dog rides pillion in Colombia

    With the balance of an Olympic gymnast, this nimble pooch was spotted travelling pillion on what looks like his owner's scooter in the city of Bucaramanga, northern Colombia. The clip, posted in local...

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  • This week's issue: BMW Scrambler first test

    19 July 2016 by MCN News

    This week's issue: BMW Scrambler first test

    In this week's edition of MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from July 20: BMW Scrambler – World first test We get our hands on the BMW R NineT Scrambler and see if it proves more than...

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  • Gallery: Dirt Quake madness

    19 July 2016 by James Archibald

    Gallery: Dirt Quake madness

    The weekend saw rise to the fifth instalment of the increasingly popular cult classic event Dirt Quake. With more madness than a hatter at a tea party, Dirt Quake returned to the Kings Lynn on the...

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  • Event: Agostini’ Welsh weekender

    18 July 2016 by MCN Staff

    Event: Agostini’ Welsh weekender

    When: July 23-24 What: LlanBikeFest Where: Llangollen, Wales Living legend Giacomo Agostini will be guest of honour at the Llangollen International Motorcycle Festival - LlanBikeFest 2016 – ...

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