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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2013)

  • Google Glass coming to motorcycle helmets?

    07 June 2013 by MCN

    Google Glass coming to motorcycle helmets?

    Next year’s defining new-tech moment is sure to be the public release of Google’s first ‘wearable’ technology, Google Glass. You’re probably already aware of the idea: a tiny heads-up display fitted...

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  • Cal leathers up charity auction

    06 June 2013 by MCN Staff

    Yamaha in the US are autioning off a set of road racing leathers as worn by Monster Energy/Tech 3 MotoGP star Cal Crutchlow. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Feed the Children Oklahoma Relief Fund. Feed the Children is Yamaha Motor Corporation's official corporate charity.   “We are so pleased that Cal has graciously donated his authentic Spidi custom-made leathers to help...

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  • Cycle lane cameras

    06 June 2013 by Andy Davidson

    Cycle lane cameras

    London’s Cycling Commissioner Andrew Gilligan has announced plans to set up CCTV cameras at cycle boxes and lanes to catch motorists entering them illegally. It is illegal for motorists to enter the...

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  • Smoggy Petronas F1

    06 June 2013 by Tim Thompson

    Smoggy Petronas F1

    A rare, zero-mile Petronas FP1 worth £33,000 has been destroyed by fire, just days before it was due to be delivered to a customer in the UK. The bike was being pdi'd in the Zurich workshop of FP1...

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  • MCN Guide: How to fit soft luggage

    05 June 2013 by MCN Staff

    MCN Guide: How to fit soft luggage

    We get a lot of queries here at MCN about how best to secure and fit soft luggage to bikes. So we thought we'd answer as many questions as possible in this quick, instructional video. - How to fit a...

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  • Staff blog: How much?

    04 June 2013 by Steve Farrell

    Staff blog: How much?

    I got a shock when I saw the price of new standard rear tyre for the Burgman 650 ABS Executive from a Suzuki dealer: £184 plus £30 for fitting.   The first one has just been replaced during the...

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  • Staff blog: A question for readers

    04 June 2013 by Steve Farrell

    Staff blog: A question for readers

    I’ve been accused of being over-critical of bikes in the past. A spot of rust after a couple of months and I have a whinge about it in print. “What about the positives?” a manufacturer once...

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  • New MCN June 5: Dunlop treble at the TT

    04 June 2013 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN June 5: Dunlop treble at the TT

    In this week's MCN, out June 5, we have all the news from the beginning of race week at the TT. Michael Dunlop has so far taken three wins from three races, could this be the start of a new era? Also...

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  • Bad roads

    02 June 2013 by Brian Sketchley

    I drove up the M1 today. Has anybody else seen the huge holes that are appearing along the joins between lanes? Where there should be cats eyes or over banding potholes are appearing and forming a void down to the previous surface level anywhere up to a foot wide and up to 10 or 15 feet long. Hitting one at speed while changing lanes could result in loss of bike control with disastrous...

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  • Yamaha R1 owners wanted

    29 May 2013 by MCN

    Yamaha R1 owners wanted

    MCN is looking for Yamaha R1 owners for an upcoming feature. We're specifically looking for owners of the 2004-2006, 2007-2008 and 2009 onward models. We'll be using the information to help with our...

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  • May 29 - Jun 11 Bikes on the Box

    29 May 2013 by Alison Silcox

    May 29 - Jun 11 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 May 29: TT 2013 is go!

    28 May 2013 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN May 29: TT 2013 is go!

    In this week's MCN, out May 29, we have all the news and gossip from the first practice sessions of the 2013 TT. Is this this Guy Martin's year or will Michael Dunlop dominate? We also pay...

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  • Norton V4 tech analysis

    24 May 2013 by MCN

    Norton V4 tech analysis

    Norton was brought back into British hands in 2009. After tqo previous attempts, Norton is back at the TT in just a few weeks with two almost completely new 1000cc V4 bikes, two riders and a bundle of...

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  • Supersport bikes for under £2000

    23 May 2013 by MCN Staff

    Supersport bikes for under £2000

    We've looked around to find some of the best supersport deals you can get for less than £2000... Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat Yamaha’s Thundercat arrived in 1996 to replace the aging FZR600R as the...

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  • A new twist to training

    23 May 2013 by David Frost

    A new twist to training

    The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Road Safety Partnership (CPRSP) is launching a new campaign to persuade powered two wheeler (P2W) riders to take additional training in order to enhance their...

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  • Used buying guide: Honda VFR

    23 May 2013 by MCN

    Used buying guide: Honda VFR

    Since its launch in 1986, Honda’s legendary sports tourer has become an institution. With a formidable reputation for reliability, the VFR has stood the test of time. But it wasn’t always so. The VFR...

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  • Declare your bit on the side

    22 May 2013 by Tony Hoare

    Declare your bit on the side

    The 101-year-old British sidecar manufacturer Watsonian Squire has released this tongue-in-cheek t-shirt. It features an image of a 1950s Monza outfit that was used in the original promotion at the...

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  • The rules: Cleaning your bike

    22 May 2013 by MCN

    The rules: Cleaning your bike

    The air is warm again, the tarmac shimmers and the sun strokes the back of every rider’s neck. Leathers hang patiently, helmets seem to buzz in anticipation and garage doors are poised on standby. At...

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  • Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R feedback

    21 May 2013 by Andy Davidson

    Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R feedback

    Four ZX-10R owners will get the chance to tell Japanese designers what future models should be like in an offer exclusive to MCN readers.  Owners of 2011 and 2012 versions of the Kawasaki Ninja...

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