Bike News (September 2016)

  • Seven underrated Guzzis

    13 October 2016 by Phil West

    Seven underrated Guzzis

    Moto Guzzi recently celebrated 95 years – here are the bikes we shouldn’t forget 940 Bellagio (2007-2012) Short-lived hot rod/cruiser hybrid was based on a unique, smaller-capacity version of the...

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  • Ducati Globetrotter 90 hits the USA

    07 October 2016 by Liam Marsden

    Ducati Globetrotter 90 hits the USA

    28-year-old Eduardo Generali has received the Ducati Globetrotter 90 torch from Jessica Leyne in San Francisco, and will now start the fourth leg of the round-the-world tour, travelling  2400...

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  • 7 great city fliers

    06 October 2016 by Phil West

    7 great city fliers

    Urban warrior? Choose your weapon. Honda NC700/750X (2012 - current) Mocked or misunderstood by most hardcore bikers, the car engine-derived, automatic- geared NC family (there’s the...

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  • Buyers guide to the BMW K100

    04 October 2016 by Ped Baker

    Buyers guide to the BMW K100

    Ben Kingham, owner of BMW K series specialists BSK Speedworks reveals his buying tips for the 987cc four cylinder BMW K100, affectionately known as the Flying Brick… What makes the BMW K100 a good...

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  • Ducati Panigale 959: The inbetweener

    03 October 2016 by Emma Franklin

    Ducati Panigale 959: The inbetweener

    When it outgrew World Supersport in 2008, Ducati’s smaller superbike was free to develop into an almost perfect road-going sportsbike. No longer a poor relation to the top-flight Ducati superbike, the...

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  • Gallery: 30 years of the Suzuki RGV500

    02 October 2016 by MCN News

    Gallery: 30 years of the Suzuki RGV500

    It might not have been the most successful 500cc Grand Prix bike, but the Suzuki RGV500 captured the hearts and minds of race fans in the late '80s and early '90s. And it was all because of one man:...

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  • Whatever happened to Flyin’ Fred Merkel?

    02 October 2016 by MCN News

    Whatever happened to Flyin’ Fred Merkel?

    Fred Merkel was the first ever World Superbike champ, taking the inaugural title for Rumi Honda in 1988 and backing it up with a second in 1989. Flyin’ Fred was the archetypal American racer – with...

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  • 7 giant killing machines

    02 October 2016 by Neil Murray

    7 giant killing machines

    These small wonders punched way beyond their weight.  Kawasaki Ninja 300 (2013-present) Kawasaki’s liquid-cooled twin engine has been around for years, originally as the GPX250, but don’t worry...

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  • My life in bikes: Eddie Roberts

    01 October 2016 by MCN News

    My life in bikes: Eddie Roberts

    How did bikes come into your life? I was born in New Brighton on Merseyside, near Leasowe where they had sand racing on the beach. When we were kids we used to run across the golf course to go and...

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  • Casey Stoner's luxury house up for sale

    30 September 2016 by MCN News

    Casey Stoner's luxury house up for sale

    Two-time MotoGP champion Casey Stoner has put his luxury Gold Coast home up for sale at AUD$6,500,000 (£3,840,177). The Australian will remain in Queensland with his family, but is looking for a...

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  • MY2017 off-road Husqvarnas recalled

    30 September 2016 by Liam Marsden

    MY2017 off-road Husqvarnas recalled

    Several bikes from Husqvarna's off-road model range have been recalled for inspection and possible replacement of the front brake cylinder. TOP STORIES Video: 14 years since the legendary 2002 WSB...

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  • Gallery: Riding with the Gods

    30 September 2016 by MCN News

    Gallery: Riding with the Gods

    MCN's sports editor and off-road fanatic Michael Guy joins four dirt riding gods at the Endurolegends Enduro school.  With multiple world championships between them, tuition from Jonny Walker,...

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  • Britain's best tourers: Finance deals

    28 September 2016 by MCN News

    Britain's best tourers: Finance deals

    When you think of touring you undoubtedly think of huge bikes with radios, built-in satnav and more buttons than the Millenium Falcon, but do all those luxuries always make the best touring bike? To...

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  • The magic of racing: Suzi Perry on MotoGP

    28 September 2016 by James Archibald

    The magic of racing: Suzi Perry on MotoGP

    Suzi Perry stars in the latest promo video from the organisers of Motorcycle Live, which returns to Birmingham’s NEC in November. Suzi’s film is the fourth in a series of six and she talks about...

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  • New colours for 2017 Yamahas

    27 September 2016 by Liam Marsden

    New colours for 2017 Yamahas

    Ahead of the major new model launches expected at Intermot and EICMA, Yamaha has announced a host of new colours for many of the bikes in its current range. TOP STORIES Triumph celebrate 10 years of...

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  • Meet Ethel, the Evil Octane

    27 September 2016 by Liam Marsden

    Meet Ethel, the Evil Octane

    Rick Fairless, owner of Victory dealer Strokers Dallas and long time customiser has unveiled his unique custom Victory Octane as part of Operation Octane custom competition. Historically known for...

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  • This week's issue: 2000-mile tourer test

    27 September 2016 by MCN News

    This week's issue: 2000-mile tourer test

    In this week’s edition of MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from September 21: Ultimate tourer test Is bigger really better? Three bikes - one shock winner! Suzuki RGV500...

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  • Whatever happened to Voxan motorcycles?

    25 September 2016 by MCN News

    Whatever happened to Voxan motorcycles?

      FACT FILE Born December 26, 1995 Went into liquidation late 2009 Last seen December 2013   Voxan? Wasn’t that a single by The Police? No, that’s Roxanne. Voxan was a French motorcycle...

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  • Gallery: Fun-loving sports tourers

    24 September 2016 by MCN News

    Gallery: Fun-loving sports tourers

    As yet there's no MT-10 within Yamaha's sports-touring Tracer range, which got us thinking: what would happen if you 'Tracerised' one? TOP STORIES F1 pundit Martin Brundle talks sports tourers ...

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  • Ducati Multistrada 939 spied testing

    23 September 2016 by Liam Marsden

    Ducati Multistrada 939 spied testing

    A new, smaller version of the Ducati Multistrada has been spotted testing on the roads in Italy, Moto.it reports. The grainy photo was taken by a reader of the Italian website and although it's not...

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  • Gallery: Scramblers in the city

    22 September 2016 by MCN News

    Gallery: Scramblers in the city

    Every manufacturer now seems to claim the Scrambler label, so we took four of the top Sramblers - Ducati's Scrambler Full Throttle, BMW's new R nineT Scrambler X, Moto Guzzi's V7 Stornello and...

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  • Honda GL1800 Gold Wing recall

    22 September 2016 by Liam Marsden

    Honda GL1800 Gold Wing recall

    A vehicle safety recall notice issued by the DVSA has revealed a potential problem with the airbag system on Honda's GL1800 Gold Wing, resulting in a recall for that particular model. The recall...

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  • Apple in talks with Lit Motors

    22 September 2016 by Liam Marsden

    Apple in talks with Lit Motors

    According to The New York Times, tech giant Apple is reportedly in talks with San Francisco start up Lit Motors, the creators of the self-balancing electric motorcycle called the C-1. As well as being...

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  • First ride: Kymco People GT 300i

    21 September 2016 by Peter Henshaw

    First ride: Kymco People GT 300i

    Not all scooters are the same. If you were on holiday in Italy this summer, you can’t have failed to notice the legions of big-wheel scooters that pack every village square, street corner and city...

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  • Honda Moto 17 teases 2017 model line-up

    21 September 2016 by Liam Marsden

    Honda Moto 17 teases 2017 model line-up

    Honda has teased its 2017 model line-up with the launch of a new website title Honda Moto 17. The website appears to have sections for six different models - an off-road CRF, the Africa Twin, the...

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