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Bike News (December 2014)

  • New MCN December 17: 5-in-1 Christmas issue

    16 December 2014 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN December 17: 5-in-1 Christmas issue

    In this week's MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from December 17: - Ducati Scrambler first ride - Yamaha MT-09 Tracer first ride - New Triumph Street Tracker spied - Free glossy BSB...

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  • Bike of the Day: Original 1986 Honda VFR750

    15 December 2014 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: Original 1986 Honda VFR750

    The bike that ‘reinvented’ Honda and arguably took motorcycling into the modern era still looks contemporary and is still useful today – not bad for a nearly 30-year-old machine! What’s more, good,...

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  • Ducati builds millionth bike

    15 December 2014 by Andy Downes

    Ducati builds millionth bike

    Ducati have marked the occasion of building their one millionth bike at the Bologna factory with the CEO presenting a Monster 1200S personally to the new owner in Milan, Italy. Ducati CEO Claudio...

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  • Steve Parrish MAD Tour dates added

    12 December 2014 by Andy Downes

    Steve Parrish MAD Tour dates added

    More dates have been added to the successful stage tour of former 500GP racer, BBC commentator and well-known practical joker Steve Parrish. The MAD tour – which stands for My Adolescent Dad – is a...

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  • Bike of the Day: £695 Triumph Tiger 900

    12 December 2014 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: £695 Triumph Tiger 900

    Yup, that’s right, just 6-9-5 squids. There’s no catch, either. It might not be mint but it all works and is all there. This first Hinckley Tiger might not yet have the allure of the early Speed...

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  • Bike of the Day: 1998 Triumph Thunderbird 900

    11 December 2014 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: 1998 Triumph Thunderbird 900

    Although basically a re-styled Trident, Hinckley Triumph’s 1994-2000 T-bird retains a strong following thanks to its strong mechanicals, handsome retro looks, charismatic three-cylinder powertrain and...

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  • Win with MCN!

    11 December 2014 by Steve Hunt

    Win with MCN!

    Did you know that MCN has its own competition website? At the moment we have over £2000 worth of prizes to give away on winit.motorcyclenews.com and we add more every week. Here are some of our...

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  • The Fight Over Potholes Continues

    11 December 2014 by John Westlake

    The Fight Over Potholes Continues

    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 already have are...

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  • Which biking star for I'm a Celeb...?

    11 December 2014 by MCN

    Which biking star for I'm a Celeb...?

    Four-time WSB champion Carl Fogarty was crowned King of the Jungle at the weekend, but which other biking star would you like to see in the Australian jungle? Foggy has just been crowned King of the...

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  • Bike of the Day: 2008 Suzuki SV1000

    10 December 2014 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: 2008 Suzuki SV1000

    Big SV succeeded Suzuki’s flawed but loved TL series of V-twins and offered impressive twin performance, solid mechanicals, an OK chassis and affordable prices but even so it wasn’t enough to match...

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  • Our Bikes Honda RS125

    10 December 2014 by Emma Franklin

    Our Bikes Honda RS125

    1998 Luyten-Honda RS125 “What is it? How big is it? Goes alright, doesn’t it?” Three things I hear each and every time I wheel my Honda RS125 GP bike out. First thing’s first, it’s a two-stroke,...

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  • New BMW S1000RR: 198bhp on the dyno!

    10 December 2014 by Michael Neeves

    New BMW S1000RR: 198bhp on the dyno!

    Some of the UK's first 2015 BMW S1000RRs have already been tested on dynos and are producing 198bhp at the back wheel. Race teams are starting to receive their new-model 2015 BMW S1000RRs in...

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  • Bid for Neevesy’s Arai

    10 December 2014 by MCN News

    Bid for Neevesy’s Arai

    The Kevin Ash Fund is auctioning MCN Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves’ custom-painted Arai RX-7 GP. Hand painted by Rich-Art Concepts, the helmet was worn by Neevesy in 2010/11for road testing...

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  • Foggy Smashed Final Vote

    10 December 2014 by Andy Downes

    Foggy Smashed Final Vote

    TV bosses have revealed Carl Fogarty smashed the final vote to win I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here thanks to bike fans who managed to net him 60% of the votes logged against rival Jake...

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  • Bike of the Day: 2004 Ducati 749S

    09 December 2014 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: 2004 Ducati 749S

    Surely some kind of bargain, this. OK, the maligned, Pierre Terblanche-styled 999 and its junior sibling the 749 have yet to get the love afforded the 916 and 1098 but they’re still true Ducati...

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  • New MCN December 10: New Norton Dominator

    09 December 2014 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN December 10: New Norton Dominator

    In this week's MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from December 10: - The Norton Dominator is back and we have all the details - Guy Martin: "My plans to do the Dakar" - I'm a Celeb...

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  • Richard Hammond: My life in bikes

    08 December 2014 by Andy Downes

    Richard Hammond: My life in bikes

    Richard Hammond is one third of the Top Gear presenting team, a life-long bike nut, and keeper of an ever-changing stable of motorcycles from the oddball to the iconic How did you get into bikes and...

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  • Bike of the Day: 2002 BMW F650CS Scarver

    08 December 2014 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: 2002 BMW F650CS Scarver

    Oddball based on BMW’s worthy, entry-level 650 single street trailie gained more, er, ‘challenging’ looks and road manners but wasn’t a success. Today, though, that adds up to an interesting,...

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  • Jungle King Foggy thanks the fans

    08 December 2014 by Simon Patterson

    Jungle King Foggy thanks the fans

    New King of ITV's I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Carl Fogarty has thanked the fans who supported him only hours after getting out of the jungle set of the show. In a video posted on his official...

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  • Bike of the Day: Suzuki GSX-R750X SRAD

    05 December 2014 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: Suzuki GSX-R750X SRAD

    Last of the ‘game-changing’ SRADs (the first beam-framed GSX-Rs) in virtually mint, original condition, in the best colourscheme and with just 13K miles on the clock – what’s not to like? OK, it’s not...

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  • VIDEO: Scratching in the dirt with Guy Martin

    05 December 2014 by MCN News

    VIDEO: Scratching in the dirt with Guy Martin

    Guy Martin stormed to victory at Dirt Quake III this summer, and told MCN that it was one the highlights of his manic year. This short film of the event is well worth 18 minutes and 17 seconds of your...

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  • The truth about potholes

    05 December 2014 by MCN

    The truth about potholes

    Most of us have an inkling of the scale of the pothole problem, just from the number we see every day. But the picture is even more dramatic when you look at the research. The latest study by the...

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  • 2015 Goodwood FoS and Revival dates confirmed

    05 December 2014 by Phil West

    2015 Goodwood FoS and Revival dates confirmed

    Goodwood’s hugely popular Festival of Speed and Revival events will take place on 25-28 June and 11-13 September respectively next year, it has been confirmed. The Festival of Speed is reknown for its...

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  • Wales to host new two-day extreme enduro

    04 December 2014 by MCN News

    Wales to host new two-day extreme enduro

    Fans of extreme enduro can get in on the action on 13th-14th December when motocross, enduro and rally riders from across the world – including world champion riders Graham Jarvis and David Knight –...

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  • Freeride the E-Scape with KTM

    04 December 2014 by MCN News

    Freeride the E-Scape with KTM

    The UK’s first dedicated electric motorbike riding facility is now open, and stocked with KTM's excellent new Freeride-E. An official partner of KTM UK, E-SCAPE is a bespoke facility for electric...

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  • Retro-style faired Street Triple

    04 December 2014

    Retro-style faired Street Triple

    This bolt-on kit for the Triumph Street Triple 675 is the work of aftermarket accessory firm Powerbronze. Costing £1800, it transforms the naked roadster into a retro café racer in just a few...

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  • Bike of the Day: Ducati 750 F1 Santamonica

    04 December 2014 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: Ducati 750 F1 Santamonica

    From the ‘pre-851’ era, Ducati supersports don’t come much rarer or more exotic than the 750 F1 Sanatamonica limited edition, right down to its magnesium wheels and flat slide carbs. This one’s also...

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  • Bike of the Day: Honda GL500 Silver Wing

    03 December 2014 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: Honda GL500 Silver Wing

    Maybe it’s my age, but I do find this oddly alluring – right down to its white walls. Oddball CX500-based tourer was never quite the ‘Junior GoldWing’ Honda had planned for it. 30 years on, though,...

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  • Suzuki build all-new TL1000S

    03 December 2014 by MCN

    Suzuki build all-new TL1000S

    Suzuki demonstrated their parts back-up service for older bikes by building a TL1000S from entirely new old stock parts at Motorcycle Live. Suzuki technicians carried out the build on their stand, and...

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  • Bike of the Day: £700 Boost rep Yam

    02 December 2014 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: £700 Boost rep Yam

    OK, it’s not a YZF750SP, it’s the similarly-styled (and equally good-looking) FZR600R, but at this price who cares? Yes it’s a bit tired but it’s straight, MoT-ed, got new chain and sprockets and...

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  • New MCN December 3: Guy Martin's mad year

    02 December 2014 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN December 3: Guy Martin's mad year

    In this week's MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from December 3: - Guy Martin's mad year in pictures - Honda RCV-S tech specs - EBR 1190RX vs Ducati Panigale R - Triumph Daytona 1050R...

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  • 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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