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Bike News (June 2013)

  • The TT that became a Nazi propaganda coup

    05 July 2013 by Steve Farrell

    The TT that became a Nazi propaganda coup

    It’s been described as motorcycle sport in its purest form. But the Isle of Man TT hasn’t always been just about sport. In 1939, the world’s most spectacular motorsports event became a propaganda...

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  • Four out of five bikes unlocked

    28 June 2013 by Steve Farrell

    Four out of five bikes unlocked

    Fewer than one-in-five owners of new bikes use any physical theft deterrent such as a chain, according to a survey in London. As machines got older, higher proportions were found to be secured with a...

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  • True bulldog spirit

    27 June 2013 by Gary Read

    On a recent biking trip to Portugal, as we were heading towards the coastal city of Figueira Do Foz, one of my friends unfortunately came off his bike. The bike was still rideable and although he said he was in pain with his shoulder and ribs, he said he would carry on to the hotel. Despite resting for a day in Figueira he was still in a lot of pain, and insisted he would go to A&E when he...

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  • Yamaha 600 owners wanted

    27 June 2013 by MCN

    Yamaha 600 owners wanted

    MCN is looking for owners of some of Yamaha's 600cc bikes. We're specifically looking for owners of the Yamaha FZS600 Fazer, FZ6 Fazer/FZ6 and Diversion - any year or model. We'll be using the...

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  • Video: Onboard with Adam Child at the TT

    26 June 2013 by MCN

    Video: Onboard with Adam Child at the TT

    Onboard with MCN senior road tester Adam Child on lap one of this year’s Lightweight race at the TT.  Adam is riding his own Ken Urwin Motorcycle's prepared Kawasaki ER-6, chasing down...

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  • Bike’s Travel Stories supplement

    25 June 2013 by MCN

    Bike’s Travel Stories supplement

    The latest issue of Bike magazine goes on sale tomorrow (26th June) and comes with a free 36 page supplement that contains some astonishing motorcycle travel stories. These are the winning...

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  • New MCN June 26: New Ducati Monster 1198 spied

    25 June 2013 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN June 26: New Ducati Monster 1198 spied

    In this week's MCN, out June 26, we have exclusive spy shots of the new 1198cc Ducati Monster. The new bike was spotted undergoing testing near the factory in Bologna. Also this week: The great nakeds...

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  • Sid Biberman RIP

    23 June 2013 by DOCTIRED

    The World of Vincent Motorcycle enthusiasts mourns the passing of one of it's great pillars of wisdom and support. Sid Biberman RIP. Ride on. If you want to know more of the man check out: http://classicmoto-cycles.blogspot.co.uk/2011/12/legendary-big-sid-biberman.html

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  • 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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