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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2013)

  • Staff Blog: Natural order restored

    27 November 2013 by Tony Hoare

    Staff Blog: Natural order restored

    I thought I was done for winter. After a couple of weeks on holiday I’d not got back into the habit of riding to work every day, thanks to my insistence that I would only ride when I wanted to, not...

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  • Staff blog: Garage blues

    26 November 2013 by Phil West

    Staff blog: Garage blues

    As you’ll all, no doubt, have noticed, winter has arrived. And as you’ll all equally no doubt know, winter is a time for garages. Though I’m planning to run the Tiger Sport through as much of this...

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  • New MCN November 27: Z1000 Simply Brilliant

    26 November 2013 by MCN

    New MCN November 27: Z1000 Simply Brilliant

    In this week's MCN paper, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from November 27: World first Kawasaki Z1000 test: Simply brilliant! Scoop: New Triumph 250 Baby Daytona and Street Triple spy...

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  • Victory announce five year warranty

    25 November 2013 by MCN

    Victory announce five year warranty

    Victory Motorcycles will offer a UK first five year warranty available on all new 2014 models. The extended warranty covers parts and labour charges for repair or replacement of defective parts and...

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  • Staff Blog: Yard Built, Yamaha Blessed

    22 November 2013 by Steve Hunt

    Staff Blog: Yard Built, Yamaha Blessed

    After years of bubbling just below the surface, the 'café-racer scene', this once underground segment of the custom-bike world now finds itself cresting the mainstream wave; shows on Discovery Turbo,...

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  • Can Crutchlow fix the Ducati?

    21 November 2013 by MCN

    Can Crutchlow fix the Ducati?

    Marco Melandri, Nicky Hayden, Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso are all top level riders who have failed to make the infamous Ducati Desmosedici MotoGP bike work. The latest rider to take on the...

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  • Biking the backstreets of Beijing

    21 November 2013 by Harry Few

    This is a short video I made with a friend biking through the narrow allies (hutongs) of Beijing. Shot from a variety of different angles it gives a nice look into parts of the city not many tourists get to see, and ends beneath the Drum and Bell towers.

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  • Early Yamaha R1 owners needed

    20 November 2013 by MCN

    Early Yamaha R1 owners needed

    MCN is on the hunt for owners of early Yamaha R1s. Specifically we're looking for current owners of the 1998-99, 2000-01 and 2002-03 models, before the R1 got underseat exhausts. We'll be using...

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  • Let your children ride for free

    15 November 2013 by Andy Downes

     Let your children ride for free

    If you have ever wanted to let you young children have a go at riding a motorcycle then a free trial at Motorcycle Live might be the perfect test for those aged between two and 12-years-old thanks to...

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  • Litre sportsbikes for less than £3,000

    14 November 2013 by MCN Staff

    Litre sportsbikes for less than £3,000

    1998/99 Yamaha YZF-R1 In 1998 theYamaha YZF-R1 arrived and rewrote the rulebook when it came to litre sportsbikes. Where the FireBlade had effectively created the genre in 1992, the R1 moved the game...

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  • Norton team up with OSET for family fun day

    13 November 2013 by Simon Patterson

    Norton team up with OSET for family fun day

    Norton have teamed up with electric trials bike manufacturer OSET to hold a kids fun day at Norton's Donington Hall HQ this weekend. It's aimed at kids from 4 to 12, and will run from 12pm at...

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  • Which rider deserved the championship more?

    13 November 2013 by MCN

    Which rider deserved the championship more?

    Marc Marquez is the youngest MotoGP champion ever, taking the title at just 20 years and 266 days old. Lorenzo took more wins (8 to 6), led more laps (236 to 83), but lost out on podiums (6 to Marc's...

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  • More motorcycles could mean fewer casualties

    12 November 2013 by Steve Hunt

    More motorcycles could mean fewer casualties

    According to a recent poll from the AA, 85% of drivers say that motorcyclists are 'hard to see'. The stats were presented by the current president of the AA, Edmund King, whilst addressing a...

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  • New MCN 13 November: King Marc

    12 November 2013 by MCN

    New MCN 13 November: King Marc

    In this week's MCN paper, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from November 13: King Marc - Special souvenir issue with all of the reaction and feedback from his historic win! New Bike...

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  • Champion Brits to open Motorcycle Live

    12 November 2013 by MCN News

    Champion Brits to open Motorcycle Live

    Motorcycle Live kicks off on Saturday 23 November with an opening ceremony that will celebrate the success of four British racing stars who have all secured championship titles in 2013. World...

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  • Riders for Health auction at Motorcycle Live

    05 November 2013 by MCN news

    Riders for Health auction at Motorcycle Live

    The annual Riders for Health auction at Motorcycle Live will this year include 12 stunning professional photographs capturing defining moments from the 2013 race season. Eurosport duo Toby Moody and...

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  • New MCN November 6: 34 new bikes!

    05 November 2013 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN November 6: 34 new bikes!

    In this week's MCN paper, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from November 6: - All the new bikes unveiled at the Milan Show, including the naked BMW S1000R and the Honda Fireblade SP -...

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  • BMW RT owners needed

    04 November 2013 by MCN

    BMW RT owners needed

    MCN is on the hunt for owners of the RT range of BMW bikes. Specifically we're looking for current owners of the R1100RT, R1150RT and R1200RT. We'll be using the information to help with our...

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  • 50cc racing is alive!

    02 November 2013 by James Widdowson

    50cc racing is alive!

    It was great to read Matt Oxley's article on GP50s this week. Classic 50cc racing is still very much alive in the UK! We race at Three Sisters, Tonfanau, Darley Moor and Aberdare Park (see...

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  • Marquez v Lorenzo - To The Wire

    29 October 2013 by MCN

    Marquez v Lorenzo - To The Wire

    It's the closest MotoGP title fight since 2006 when Rossi lost out to Hayden at Valencia in a dramatic last-race showdown. Jorge is riding at the very top of his game, and Marc is typically flat out,...

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  • John Reynolds visits Skegness

    28 October 2013 by Steve Freemantle

    Three times British superbike champion John Reynolds will be a guest of the Bikers4Macmillan Group at the Storehouse, North Parade, Skegness in Lincolnshire on Sunday November 4. John will be accepting a cheque for £15,000 on behalf of the Macmillan Cancer Support charity. The money was raised by Bikers4Macmillan at their annual overnight ride from Holyhead, Wales, to Skegness. Group chairman...

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  • Then and now

    27 October 2013 by Bernard Carey

    Then and now

    Here are two photos taken 18 years apart. In the photos are me, my wife alison, the kids Ryan, Sarah, James and Natalie. Just a different Guzzi.

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  • Buying a grey import

    25 October 2013 by MCN

    Buying a grey import

    Honda VFR400RR NC30 In the late 1990s grey imports were big business and several companies sprang up that specialized in selling these exotic mini-race reps from Japan. As well as looking like far...

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