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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2013)

  • A day on the Mick Extance Kawasaki Experience

    25 March 2013 by Andy Davidson

    A day on the Mick Extance Kawasaki Experience

    The Welsh countryside is caked in a pure white snow. The heaters from my car ooze warm air as music flows from the speakers. I don’t believe in wasted journeys, the scenic views from my car window are...

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  • We are nearly at an astonishing 111k Facebook followers!

    25 March 2013 by Steve Hunt

    We love motorcycling here at MCN, and we know that you do too. What we didn't expect when we started really working with Facebook a few years ago was just how many people would not only 'like' our page but also get stuck in and interact, comment and generally share in their passion with us. This makes us incredibly proud. And we wanted to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who's taken the time to...

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  • BMW F650 Owners Needed!

    22 March 2013 by Andy Davidson

    BMW F650 Owners Needed!

    MCN is looking for BMW F650 Funduro, F650GS Dakar and G650GS owners for an upcoming feature! We need BMW F650 Funduro, F650GS Dakar and early G650GS (53bhp) owners. Just fill out the questionnaire...

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  • Insurance Tips: Get the best insurance deal

    22 March 2013 by MCN Staff

    Obviously choosing an older, less valuable and slower motorcycle will mean paying less to insurer it. But according to MCE Insurance, one of the brokers available through MCN Compare, there are other ways to save. Get training. Completing an advanced riding course will often qualify you for an insurance discount.   Get a multi-bike policy. If you’re buying a second bike, don’t just get the...

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  • Bonding with my daughter

    21 March 2013 by Joe Poulter

    Bonding with my daughter

    Sidecars may not be for everyone but they're much more fun than sitting in a tin box. Each year I take my BMW R850R outfit to the Stella Alpine Rally. I travel down through France...

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  • What's the next big thing in bikes?

    21 March 2013 by MCN

    What's the next big thing in bikes?

    Biking has undergone something of a revelation recently, with an adventure bike now being the UK's top selling big bike, Honda releasing a retro bike, and Yamaha looking at a triple engine. So where...

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  • Bike Chooser: Cheap Litre Superbikes

    21 March 2013 by Chris Dabbs

    Bike Chooser: Cheap Litre Superbikes

    "I have been saving up to buy a new superbike but after being made redundant recently I have been forced to scale back my plans. I don’t want to give up on my dream of owning a litre sportsbike but I...

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  • This year, my bike will cover...

    20 March 2013 by MCN

    This year, my bike will cover...

    It's the start of the biking season for most - a time to get back on two wheels. But how many two wheel miles will you cover this year? Have you got thousands already done, or will your pride and joy...

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  • The UK's most exciting track is...

    20 March 2013 by MCN

    The UK's most exciting track is...

    Be it the swooping curves of Paddock Hill Bend of Brands Hatch, Donington's Craner Curves, or the infamous Mountain at Cadwell Park, there's no lack of exciting circuits in the UK. But which one is...

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  • Get off-duty Rossi on your iPad

    20 March 2013 by MCN

    Get off-duty Rossi on your iPad

    If you thought you knew what kind of state of mind Valentino Rossi might have been in after his – on the face of it – disastrous Austin test, you need to see how he delivered his exclusive interview...

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  • Mar 20 Bikes on the Box

    19 March 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Mar 20 Bikes on the Box

    KEY TO CHANNELS.   DRT - Discovery Real Time   DSC - Discovery Channel   DHD - Discovery Channel HD   EXS - Extreme Sports Channel  EUR1 (2, HD) -...

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  • New MCN March 20: The Rossi interview

    19 March 2013 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN March 20: The Rossi interview

    In this week's MCN, out March 20, we have an exclusive interview with Valentino Rossi ahead of his first race back at Yamaha. Rossi reveals what it was really like at Ducati, his thoughts on...

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  • Touring Series Yamahas Offered

    19 March 2013 by MCN

    Touring Series Yamahas Offered

    Yamaha is now offering kitted-up 'Touring' versions of its Diversion F, FZ8, Fazer8, XTZ660Z and Super Tenere. Goodies include luggage, screens and heated grips at offer prices up to £450 less than...

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  • Video: Adam Child's KTM 250EXC-F

    18 March 2013 by MCN

    Video: Adam Child's KTM 250EXC-F

    MCN's road tester Adam Child has recently taken delivery of a new KTM 250EXC to build up his bike fitness before racing the Isle of Man TT in June. Check out his first review of the bike!  

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  • Metzeler to provide free TT camping

    18 March 2013 by Simon Patterson

    Metzeler to provide free TT camping

    Metzeler are set to provide free camping at the 2013 Isle of Man TT as part of their 150th anniversary celebrations. The Metzeler Village at the National Sports Centre in Douglas will provide free...

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  • Rossi: 'I wish I was raised in the sixties'

    17 March 2013 by Guy Procter

    Rossi: 'I wish I was raised in the sixties'

    Valentino Rossi says he thinks he'd have had a better life on and off the track if he'd been born in the early sixties like his hero Kevin Schwantz. He makes the comments in a world exclusive in-depth...

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  • My track day experience

    17 March 2013 by Jamie Pryke

    My track day experience

    My father is a complete bike nut, owning about three different bikes at any one time and he's into track days. He started off with an old GSX-R600 bought from eBay all kitted out and track ready...

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  • Thank you guys

    16 March 2013 by rstudholme

    Thank you guys

    I just want to thank all the lads and lasses who led my brother-in-law's funeral cortege. Andrew Charters, aged 30, was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident on Monday March 4 in...

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  • TV star donates Bonneville to Red Nose Day

    15 March 2013 by Jack Lewin

    TV star donates Bonneville to Red Nose Day

    Rufus Hound is giving away his own bike, a Limited Edition Steve McQueen Triumph Bonneville, in aid of Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day. The comedian, along with other celebrities such as Fearne Cotton and...

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  • Norton to expand into stately estate

    15 March 2013 by Jack Lewin

    Norton to expand into stately estate

    Norton has bought, and is to move its production into, the nearby Donington Hall and surrounding 25-acre estate, the firm announced today. The shock move sees the currently Donington race...

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  • Less than 30 left: Yamaha FZR400RR

    15 March 2013 by MCN

    Less than 30 left: Yamaha FZR400RR

    There are just 24 Yamaha FZR400RRs still registered on the UK roads in 2012 but it’s a fair bet to assume there are a whole load more than this still being put to high-rev use on racetracks and...

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  • Hodgson vs Walker…again

    13 March 2013 by Andy Downes

    Hodgson vs Walker…again

    The bitter feud between British Superbike racers Neil Hodgson and Chris Walker in 2000 remains one of the closest-ever racing battles and they will be revealing all for the first time on stage in...

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  • TT Race for Sale

    13 March 2013 by Michael Neeves

    TT Race for Sale

    Don’t worry, it’s not the 2013 Isle of Man TT races going under the hammer, it’s the number plate: TT12 ACE, selling for £3000. If you squash the numbers 1 and 2 up to make an R, stand well back and...

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  • Honda CBR600 used bike guide

    13 March 2013 by MCN

    Honda CBR600 used bike guide

    In 1987 Honda unveiled the very first CBR600F, a machine that 26 years later is still going strong, although thankfully without the ‘jelly-mould’ fairing… Standing for City Bike Racing, the CBR was...

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  • Would you buy a sidecar?

    12 March 2013 by MCN

    Would you buy a sidecar?

    What the hell is it with Sidecars?' asks MCN's Steve Farrell in this week's paper, while losing his chair-riding cherry to a Watsonian Squire / Royal Enfield outfit. Would you ever buy an...

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