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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2015)

  • Ariel reveal ‘base’ model Ace

    03 December 2015 by Andy Downes

    Ariel reveal ‘base’ model Ace

    Reborn British firm Ariel also bought a new basic version of their Ace roadster to show what the most affordable of the bikes available looks like when no options are added. Previously Ariel have been...

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  • 8 ways to spot a bike’s hidden history

    03 December 2015 by MCN

    8 ways to spot a bike’s hidden history

    Buyer beware is the rule with used bike deal, so here’s how to avoid blowing your hard-earned on a lemon 1. Numbers One of the first things you should look at on a used bike is the frame and engine...

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  • Have Suzuki done enough?

    03 December 2015 by Andy Downes

    Have Suzuki done enough?

    Suzuki revealed what they are calling a ‘Concept’ GSX-R1000 at the Milan motorcycle show two weeks ago, with the firm revealing that the bike is completely new from the ground up. But for all the new...

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  • CBR600FN restoration

    02 December 2015 by Practical Sportsbikes

    CBR600FN restoration

    A bad accident left Phillip Harrison with a broken leg, yet over the past two years he’s rehabilitated not only that but this CBR600FN – the latter with some ingenious techniques...  hillip...

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  • Carole Nash reveal track App-iness

    02 December 2015 by MCN News

    Carole Nash reveal track App-iness

    Motorcycle insurance people Carole Nash have released a new mobile app – called insidebikes – which features a full-throttle, 360-degree track experience, with fans able to...

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  • Obituary: Arturo Magni, 1925-2015

    02 December 2015 by MCN News

    Obituary: Arturo Magni, 1925-2015

    MCN is sad to report the passing of Arturo Magni (24.09.1925 – 02.12.2015). Born in Usmate Velate (Milan), the legendary engineer and race manager started his motorcycle career in the 1947, when the...

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  • Öhlins target small bikes

    02 December 2015 by Richard Newland

    Öhlins target small bikes

    Swedish firm Öhlins have launched a new range of suspension upgrade kits for the Yamaha MT-07, XSR700 and YZF-R3, as well as Honda’s CBR250R, and the Kawasaki Ninja 300. Further kits will also be...

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  • 7 Bikes that share their name with Aircraft

    02 December 2015 by MCN

    7 Bikes that share their name with Aircraft

    Great plane names helped this mixed bag of bikes get off the ground.   Suzuki Hayabusa (1999-present) Billed as the fastest motorcycle ever to come from Japan, and actually, it probably was. It’s...

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  • New MCN December 2: Hot 2016 bikes on test!

    01 December 2015 by Simon Patterson

    New MCN December 2: Hot 2016 bikes on test!

    In this week's edition of MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from December 2: Kawasaki ZX-10R first test! Ducati 959 Panigale first test! KTM 690 Duke first test! Major upgrades for...

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  • My life in bikes: Martin Brundle

    01 December 2015 by MCN

    My life in bikes: Martin Brundle

    ‘I went from a moped to a 500 GP missile’ eteran of 158 Formula 1 races and Le Mans 24-hour winner now F1 commentator for Sky, Martin Brundle reveals his unconventional biking background   When...

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  • MRS unveil stunning Vulcan 'Spirit Charger'

    30 November 2015 by Richard Newland

    MRS unveil stunning Vulcan 'Spirit Charger'

    While many of us Brits are charging headlong to the NEC for our annual dose of Motorcycle Live, our cousins across the Channel have their own two-wheeled soiree to enjoy this week, the Paris...

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  • Honda announce prices for 2016 Africa Twin

    28 November 2015 by Richard Newland

    Honda announce prices for 2016 Africa Twin

    Honda UK have announced pricing and final specification for the eagerly-awaited CRF1000L Africa Twin, which will be launched in early December (see the full first ride report in the December 9 issue...

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  • Kawasaki announce 2016 prices

    27 November 2015 by Richard Newland

    Kawasaki announce 2016 prices

    Kawasaki UK have announced prices for their full 2016 range – including the brand new Ninja ZX-10R, J125, ZZR1400 and ZZR1400 Performance Sport models.  Developed directly with the Kawasaki...

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  • Honda CB400F Restoration

    27 November 2015 by Practical Sportsbikes

    Honda CB400F Restoration

    In 1998, Graham Hugill bought a CB400F that had been lying in bits in a mate’s garden. He spent 30 months restoring the bike, then the next 10 years and 21,500 miles developing the Honda into the bike...

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  • Husqvarna has plans for 400s

    27 November 2015 by Andy Downes

    Husqvarna has plans for 400s

    Husqvarna have confirmed that their stunning Vitpilen and Svartpilen 401 roadsters are just a year away from being revealed in full production form. The news about the smaller 401 bikes was announced...

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  • My life in bikes: Steve Parrish

    27 November 2015 by MCN

    My life in bikes: Steve Parrish

    till dodging getting a proper job, British champion bike (and truck) racer, team manager and now TV commentator, Steve Parrish talks bikes and Barry Sheene.   When did you first get into bikes? I...

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  • Honda go wild with crazy concepts

    26 November 2015 by Liam Marsden

    Honda go wild with crazy concepts

    Honda have a big year ahead of them with two range-defining models finding their way to our roads in the shape of the super-exclusive RC213V-S MotoGP replica, and the much awaited return of the far...

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  • Guy Martin’s Vulcan grip

    26 November 2015 by MCN News

    Guy Martin’s Vulcan grip

    You’ll have to have been living in a very small box, with no windows, internet or TV to have not noticed the crescendo of final flights of the much-loved Vulcan bomber XH558 this year – which flew for...

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  • Benelli bounces back with new 2016 range

    26 November 2015 by Liam Marsden

    Benelli bounces back with new 2016 range

    The resurgence of Benelli continues as the firm unveiled several new models at Milanlas last week, including a 500cc adventure bike and a scrambler. The scrambler, dubbed Leoncino, is powered by a...

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  • Race metal special: Class of 2015 (Part 2)

    26 November 2015 by MCN

    Race metal special: Class of 2015 (Part 2)

    These are the 10 bikes that took our breath away in a memorable year of hot race action MotoGP ‘Never have straights been so short’  HRC’s 2016 Honda RC213V-S By Michael Neeves Senior Road Tester...

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  • Moto Guzzi’s mad bagger

    25 November 2015 by Andy Downes

    Moto Guzzi’s mad bagger

    A year ago Moto Guzzi revealed the crazy MGX-21 Concept bagger and very few believed that the production bike would bear anything more than a passing resemblance to it. But fast forward 12 months and...

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  • CB77: Honda's Brit-slayer

    25 November 2015 by Classic Bike

    CB77: Honda's Brit-slayer

    The CB77 started to swing the balance of biking power from Britain to Japan.  We ride a recently-built example and its brother, the CL77 off-roader. hasing Dennis Murfin along some near-deserted...

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  • Pierobon stuns with X80R

    25 November 2015 by Andy Downes

    Pierobon stuns with X80R

    Italian frame-building masters Pierobon showed their X80R at Milan, a demonstration of the frame and chassis kit it has developed to house engines from the pre-Panigale range of Ducati...

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  • Why James Whitham wants to clean up again

    25 November 2015 by MCN Staff

    Why James Whitham wants to clean up again

    James Whitham has launched his own range of bike cleaning and protecting products. The former British, World Superbike and GP racer turned commentator went his own way because his couldn't find the...

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  • Bimota’s radical cafe racer

    25 November 2015 by Liam Marsden

    Bimota’s radical cafe racer

    Bimota unveiled two new models at the Milan show last week – jumping firmly onto the retro bandwagon with their new hub-centre steered Tesi 3D RaceCafe, and continuing their legacy of performance...

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  • Return of the H1

    25 November 2015 by Liam Marsden

    Return of the H1

    After bringing back the legendary H2 name in 2015, it begged an obvious question – when, if at all, will the H1 be re-joining the line-up? That question seems to have been answered to some degree by...

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  • Race metal special: Class of 2015 (Part 1)

    25 November 2015 by MCN

    Race metal special: Class of 2015 (Part 1)

    These are the 10 bikes that took our breath away in a memorable year of hot race action  World Superbikes   ‘As easy as falling off a log’ Jonathan Rea’s Kawasaki ZX-10R By Adam Child...

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  • 2016 MV Brutale is a beast

    24 November 2015 by Andy Downes

    2016 MV Brutale is a beast

    MV Agusta have given the Brutale 800 a hefty makeover as part of a move to make it more practical, and also to differentiate it more from the Dragster. The Brutale name has been a big success for MV...

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  • Mondial has a new pair of Hipsters

    24 November 2015 by Liam Marsden

    Mondial has a new pair of Hipsters

    Italian firm Mondial have returned with a pair of naked street bikes called the Hipster 125 and Hipster 250. Mondial have bet all their chips on the trendy retro market with two street-scrambler-style...

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