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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2013)

  • Ducati factory escapes earthquake damage

    21 June 2013 by Andy Downes

    Ducati factory escapes earthquake damage

    The Ducati factory in Bologna has been evacuated after being hit by an earthquake earlier today; no damage has been reported and there are no casualties but the entire workforce has been sent home in...

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  • Bike chooser: Leftfield middleweight nakeds

    21 June 2013 by MCN Staff

    Bike chooser: Leftfield middleweight nakeds

    This week's bike chooser brings to you the best budget naked middleweights that money can buy.   These bikes are great if you are looking for a fun bike on a budget and great for touring and...

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  • Would Jorge’s HJC be a UK hit?

    20 June 2013 by Tony Hoare

    Would Jorge’s HJC be a UK hit?

    You may have noticed that MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo had some company on the top step of the podium after last weekend’s Catalunya GP. Big-hearted Jorge took Spanish artist Anna Vives with...

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  • MCN in the delivery room

    20 June 2013 by Gary Carlin

    MCN in the delivery room

    Please find attached a picture of my wife Rosana, who could not put down a copy of MCN between contractions. She was particularly interested in the engine characteristics of the V4 powerplant! You...

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  • Electric coast to coast record set

    19 June 2013 by Ped Baker

    Electric coast to coast record set

    American firm Moto-Electra has set a coast-to-coast world record for electric vehicles. The team rode 2500-miles on the trans-continental run, crossing the USA in three and a half days using the same...

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  • Would you buy an MV Agusta F3 800?

    19 June 2013

    Would you buy an MV Agusta F3 800?

    MV have released their new F3 800, billed as the ultimate road bike, combining the light weight and handling of a supersport bike, with the extra oomph of a superbike. But would you buy one?

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  • Ten pairs of Goodwood tickets to give away

    19 June 2013 by MCN Staff

    Ten pairs of Goodwood tickets to give away

    The Festival of Speed is the largest motoring garden party in the world – No other event combines such a diverse collection of cars & motorbikes with a star-studded line-up of drivers in one...

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  • Win a place on the Chris Walker Race School

    18 June 2013 by Andy Davidson

    Win a place on the Chris Walker Race School

    MCN is offering one lucky reader a place on the Chris Walker Race School along with £250 worth of R&G products. The competition is being run in conjunction with R&G and offers a place worth...

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  • New MCN June 19th: MV F3 800 First Test

    18 June 2013 by MCN

    New MCN June 19th: MV F3 800 First Test

    In this week's MCN, out June 19, we have a world-exclusive first test of MV Agusta's new F3 800. We have spy shots of Triumph's new Harley-beater cruiser bikes. Also this week: MCN vs TT winner, at...

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  • The view on my ride to work

    18 June 2013 by Gareth Pitt-Nash

    The view on my ride to work

    Sadly I forgot to ride to work on ride to work day - I had some clothes to take for dry cleaning, so it wouldn't have been practical. I do, mostly, ride to work and thought I would send in the...

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  • Staff Blog: Sorry for the lack of updates!

    14 June 2013 by Simon Patterson

    Staff Blog: Sorry for the lack of updates!

    I'm afraid I'm not really blogging this week; I'm more apologising for the lack of blogs so far! I haven’t done any riding on my R125 since my *ahem* off last month, as firstly the bike was away with...

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  • Motorcyclists can join POLITE force

    14 June 2013 by Steve Farrell

    Motorcyclists can join POLITE force

    Motorcyclists have been told they can legally wear a high-visibility vest that resembles police uniform. The yellow bibs have the word ‘polite’ printed on the back in large capital letters, along...

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  • Sorry mate, I didn’t tree you

    14 June 2013 by Steve Farrell

    Sorry mate, I didn’t tree you

    No amount of training can prepare us for some hazards of the road, as one riding instructor learned. Barry Briggs had a lucky escape when a tree fell on him as he followed a student.  The...

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  • Monster wanted for road test fame and glory!

    14 June 2013 by Tim Thompson

    Monster wanted for road test fame and glory!

      MCN's road test team urgently need a M900 for a photoshoot this coming Tuesday. The bike will be picked up and returned by our professional courier and ridden only briefly for test impressions...

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  • Finance offer on new GS models

    14 June 2013 by MCN Staff

    Finance offer on new GS models

    BMW Motorrad UK have launched a special finance offer for its new F700 and F800 GS models. This means that it's now possible to purhcase the new F700 GS, which updates the F 650 GS with increased...

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  • Bike chooser: Funky 125s

    13 June 2013

    Bike chooser: Funky 125s

    In the latest Bike Chooser series, MCN have looked at some of the quirkiest 125s on the market. If you are a learner looking for a small bike with a bit of an edge then here is a list of some of our...

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  • Win a Tracker Retrieve system!

    12 June 2013 by Andy Davison

    Win a Tracker Retrieve system!

    Vehicle tracking firm Tracker is celebrating its 20th anniversary with an exclusive MCN competition. Five lucky readers will receive a battery-powered Tracker Retrieve unit with full installation and...

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  • Three Sisters charity track day

    11 June 2013 by nippiman

    Three Sisters charity track day

    I spent a great afternoon at Three Sisters circuit in Wigan on my adapted trike. The event is once a month for charity and this month it was in aid of the blood donor bikes and was attended by...

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  • You Ask/You Answer: Wet weather confidence

    11 June 2013 by MCN

    You Ask/You Answer: Wet weather confidence

    "I really struggle with confidence when riding in the wet. This didn't used to be a problem because I'd only take the bike out in the dry, but I'm now using my bike to commute on, and every time it...

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  • Trip on despite stolen bike

    11 June 2013 by Edward Pearson

    Trip on despite stolen bike

    Having arranged a four day trip to Belgium my mate had his CBF1000F stolen in Brighton three days before we were due to go. Within three hours he had been offered three bikes to borrow as well as...

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  • So, what now for Guy Martin's TT dreams?

    11 June 2013 by MCN

    So, what now for Guy Martin's TT dreams?

    Guy Martin went into his 2013 TT campaign with big hopes, still chasing that sought-after win, but left having barely made an impression, and with a best finish of 4th. So what now for the truck...

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  • Adventure Bike Festival Competition

    11 June 2013 by MCN Staff

    Adventure Bike Festival Competition

    The Adventure Bike Festival is kicking off its July event by giving two MCN readers a VIP ticket each worth £150. Set in the Welsh forests near Llandovery, the new event is aimed specifically at...

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  • New MCN June 12: McGuinness The Master

    11 June 2013 by MCN

    New MCN June 12: McGuinness The Master

    In this week's MCN, out June 12, we have the round-up of TT fortnight, with all the latest news. McGuinness takes maybe his greatest win ever, as the old master proves he's still fast. Also this week:...

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  • Suzuki GSX-R600 owners wanted

    10 June 2013 by Alison Silcox

    MCN is looking for Suzuki GSX-R600 owners for an upcoming feature. We're specifically looking for owners of the Suzuki GSX-R600 and in particular the 2001-2005, 2006-2010 and 2011- current model. We'll be using the information to help with our article and there may be a chance you get featured in the paper. Just fill out the information below and email it to mcn.news@motorcyclenews.com aqlong...

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  • TT Withdrawal?

    07 June 2013 by MCN Staff

    If you're suffering from TT withdrawl already, we might have the perfect cure for you over on MCN-TV.com The David Jeffries Story - A portrait of 'DJ' as a much loved and much missed burly Yorkshireman. Often cited as the most naturally gifted rider ever to roll a wheel onto the mountain course, Jefferies cemented his legendary status with treble wins in three consecutive years and was the first...

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