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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2014)

  • Kawasaki Ninja H2 pricing released

    02 December 2014 by Richard Newland

    Kawasaki Ninja H2 pricing released

    Kawasaki’s Ninja H2 and H2R were undoubtedly the stars of the show at Motorcycle Live, despite the heafty price tags swinging from their bar ends. The road version will trouble your wallet for a...

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  • 117,000 hit Motorcycle Live

    01 December 2014 by MCN

    117,000 hit Motorcycle Live

    This year’s Motorcycle Live closed its doors last night with organisers confirming a 10% rise in attendance compared with 2013, and visitors and exhibitors alike widely declaring the show one of the...

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  • £315K Brough smashes world auction record

    01 December 2014 by Phil West

    £315K Brough smashes world auction record

    An ultra-rare Brough Superior became the world's most expensive motorcycle when it sold at auction in London yesterday (Sunday) for a world record £315,100. The machine, a 1929 Brough Superior...

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  • “Please save Foggy” says Michaela Fogarty

    01 December 2014 by Andy Downes

    “Please save Foggy” says Michaela Fogarty

    Carl Fogarty is one of four contestants facing the public vote in the jungle in I’m a Celebrity Get me out of here, with wife Michaela asking for help to save Foggy from being sent home. The telephone...

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  • Husqvarna explained (sort of)

    01 December 2014 by Phil West

    Husqvarna explained (sort of)

    If you’re anything like us, Husqvarna’s recent journey from Cagiva (off-roaders only) to BMW (with some new roadsters) to KTM ownership (back to off-roaders until, hang on, they’ve changed their...

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  • MCN Pothole Campaign: Save our roads!

    29 November 2014

    MCN Pothole Campaign: Save our roads!

    David Cameron’s recent promise to spend £15bn building new roads in marginal constituencies got plenty of publicity. But it didn’t tackle the problem most of us face: the roads we’ve already got are...

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  • KTM plan new V-twins

    29 November 2014 by Richard Newland

    KTM plan new V-twins

    KTM are developing a new range of middleweight V-twin engines to plug the gap between the small capacity singles, and large-capacity V-twins already in production. The decision to build a new range of...

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  • Yamaha ‘Yard Built XV950 Boltage

    28 November 2014 by Phil West

    Yamaha ‘Yard Built XV950 Boltage

    This is Yamaha’s own new video chronicling the creation of its latest ‘Yard Built’ custom, an XV950 Bolt converted by the rather bizarrely-named ‘Benders’ custom house in The Netherlands. And yes,...

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  • My Life in Bikes: Dave Myers

    28 November 2014 by Andy Downes

    My Life in Bikes: Dave Myers

    One half of television’s Hairy Bikers, Myers is a lifelong motorcycle nut, with a seriously eclectic bike history. How did you get into biking, and what was your first bike? I first rode a bike when I...

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  • MCN Festival of Motorcycling 2015

    27 November 2014 by MCN

    MCN Festival of Motorcycling 2015

    To celebrate 60 years of MCN in 2015, we have created an all new event - the MCN Festival of Motorcycling. The festival will take place over the weekend of May 16-17 at the Peterborough Arena and will...

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  • ‘Rossi’s helmets are made here’

    27 November 2014

    ‘Rossi’s helmets are made here’

    MCN recently jumped on a charabanc over to Italy to visit the AGV helmet manufacturing plant at Mavet, near Padua in the north of the country. Having met with Luca Bertolo, project leader for AGV’s...

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  • Under the skin of Rossi’s Dainese leathers

    27 November 2014 by MCN News

    Under the skin of Rossi’s Dainese leathers

    “You love your suit because it must protect you those times – better if just a few – when you fall,” says Dainese’s most high-profile suit wearer, Valentino Rossi. “To have a Dainese suit was a...

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  • Bikes facing London congestion charge

    27 November 2014 by Andy Downes

    Bikes facing London congestion charge

    All motorcycles built before 2007 will be charged the same fee as cars to enter the London congestion charge zone under current plans by the capital’s transport authority. The new Ultra Low Emission...

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  • Pope’s Harley-Davidson heading for auction

    27 November 2014 by Andy Downes

    Pope’s Harley-Davidson heading for auction

    A Harley-Davidson Softail Classic which was signed by former Pope Benedict and then later received by the current Pope Francis will be sold for charity by auction house Bonhams in Paris on February...

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  • Dryer idea isn’t a load of hot air

    26 November 2014 by Tony Hoare

    Dryer idea isn’t a load of hot air

    A British company is seeking funding for its newly developed helmet dryer, which it hopes will hit the market in early 2015. MotoGroom, which has a range of biker-specific helmet lining shampoos and...

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  • Hipster bike scene: love it or loathe it?

    26 November 2014 by MCN Staff

    Hipster bike scene: love it or loathe it?

    So – all these retro, bobber, café racer, scrambler, street-tracker, and board-trackers, being ridden by hipsters, and any other label you wish to apply to stereotypically well-dressed beard and tweed...

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  • Ryder’s Riders’ Rider of the Year

    26 November 2014 by MCN

    Ryder’s Riders’ Rider of the Year

    Since the very first edition of the Official MotoGP Season Review in 2004, this poll has been conducted every year, and each year every eligible voter has contributed. The rules are simple: name your...

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  • VIDEO: 2015 Yamaha MT-09 Tracer

    26 November 2014 by Phil West

    VIDEO: 2015 Yamaha MT-09 Tracer

    This is Yamaha’s own new video extolling the virtues of their tasty-looking new half-faired version of the MT-09 triple, dubbed the Tracer. Weird ‘Discover Your Dark Side’ tosh aside it’s looking...

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  • Welcome to the all-new motorcyclenews.com

    26 November 2014 by Andy Calton - MCN Editor

    Welcome to the all-new motorcyclenews.com

    As I'm sure you'll already have noticed, motorcyclenews.com looks very different today. Your favourite motorcycling website has been given a much needed overhaul and the result is a site that is not...

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  • New 'Yard Built' Yamaha XV950

    25 November 2014 by MCN

    New 'Yard Built' Yamaha XV950

    German custom bike builder Marcus Walz has collaborated with Yamaha to deliver the latest bike in their Yard Built series of customized specials. Based on the firm’s XV950, the bike – dubbed ‘El Ratón...

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  • Honda build 300 millionth motorcycle

    25 November 2014 by Phil West

    Honda build 300 millionth motorcycle

    A Gold Wing 40th Anniversary Edition produced at the Kumamoto factory in Japan has become the 300 millionth Honda motorcycle built since production started in 1949 with the Dream Type-D.  Honda,...

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  • Motorcycle Live 2014 is go!

    25 November 2014 by MCN Staff

    Motorcycle Live 2014 is go!

    A round-up of the highlights of Motorcycle Live 2014, presented by former MotoGP racer and commentator Steve Parrish. The UK’s biggest bike show has 35 manufacturers and over 150 other exhibitors...

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  • Rock out with Motörhead at Motorcycle Live

    25 November 2014 by MCN

    Rock out with Motörhead at Motorcycle Live

    Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell will be on the Victory Motorcycles stand at Motorcycle Live at midday this Saturday, 22 November. Celebrating the unveiling and handover of a unique hand-built custom...

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  • KTM release limited editions

    25 November 2014 by MCN

    KTM release limited editions

    KTM has released a very limited range of ‘Factory Edition’ EXCs to celebrate their continued success in all enduro disciplines. Available on the 125, 250 and 300cc two-stroke models along with the...

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  • Get the Brough Superior look

    20 November 2014 by MCN Staff

    Get the Brough Superior look

    To accompany the launch of the SS100 Brough Superior has developed a range of riding gear that reflects the elegant sophistication of the machine. So If you can’t afford the £39,900 you’ll need to get...

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  • BMW offer guaranteed test passes

    20 November 2014 by MCN

    BMW offer guaranteed test passes

    BMW’s rider training division is going on the offensive as we head into winter in an attempt to get as many new riders as possible ready for 2015’s glut of exciting new metal. There are several...

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  • Wheelie bad idea

    18 November 2014 by MCN

    Wheelie bad idea

    This rider thought he was having a good day tearing around the streets of Central London, popping little wheelies. Right up until the point when he hoisted a clearly deliberate mono in a 20mph zone,...

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  • Does Honda's new RC213V-S hit the spot?

    18 November 2014 by MCN Staff

    Does Honda's new RC213V-S hit the spot?

    After years of speculation, the near-mythical RCV213V road bike is finally here… well, almost. Two years after Honda officially confirmed they would be building a road-going replica of the RCV213V...

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