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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2015)

  • New Vertigo goes on trial

    24 November 2015 by Andy Downes

    New Vertigo goes on trial

    This crazy-looking Vertigo scooter/trials bike hybrid is being lined up to compete in the ultra-tough Erzberg Iron Road Prologue according to Vertigo boss Manel Jane, who has ploughed millions of...

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  • CCM GP450 hits the road

    24 November 2015 by Liam Marsden

    CCM GP450 hits the road

    CCM unveiled a second version of their GP450 Adventure bike in Milan last week, which comes on 17in laced road wheels for those customers who never stray off the tarmac. Christofer Ratcliffe, Chief...

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  • Kenny Roberts to headline Motorcycle Live

    24 November 2015 by MCN News

    Kenny Roberts to headline Motorcycle Live

    Three-time 500cc World Champion Kenny Roberts has been added to the impressive list of racing stars confirmed to attend Motorcycle Live, which kicks off at The NEC, Birmingham this Saturday (28...

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  • New MCN November 25: 2015 best bikes test

    24 November 2015 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN November 25: 2015 best bikes test

    In this week's edition of MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from November 25: 2015 best sellers: our verdict Kawasaki's supercharged 675 Indian Scout Sixty first ride Danny Kent: How...

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  • 7 bikes that didn’t make it

    24 November 2015 by MCN

    7 bikes that didn’t make it

    ll seven of these were ditched before they went into production. Neil Murray finds out why    1. Norton Cosworth Challenge (1973) A classic Brit bike screw-up. In 1973 Norton desperately...

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  • BMW recall Sport helmet

    23 November 2015 by MCN News

    BMW recall Sport helmet

    BMW Motorrad are recalling their ‘Sport’ helmet because it does not fully meet the approval test requirements according to the European standard UNECE R 22.05. The helmets in question can be...

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  • 9 ways to keep your shed tidy

    23 November 2015 by MCN

    9 ways to keep your shed tidy

    Decorating Paint the walls, and the concrete floor if you have one in your shed or garage. A light colour – white, or magnolia if you don’t want it to feel like a dentist’s surgery, will maximise the...

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  • New adventure travel book: Don't think, ride.

    20 November 2015 by ped baker

    New adventure travel book: Don't think, ride.

    Acclaimed adventure travel writer and thoroughly nice bloke Nathan Millward has just released his latest book; Don’t think, Ride. A short ride across America. Unlike his previous two books, where...

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  • 7 bikes to buy before they die

    18 November 2015 by MCN

    7 bikes to buy before they die

    These machines are all set to be superseded in 2016. Here's why you should grab one while you still can... Kawasaki ZX-10R (2011-2015) Universally accepted as the best, most extreme and...

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  • Poll: Can Stoner still cut it?

    18 November 2015 by MCN

    Poll: Can Stoner still cut it?

    Just when you thought the 2015 MotoGP season couldn’t get anymore dramatic, Australian Casey Stoner has been linked to a return to the championship riding for Ducati. MCN understands that a deal is...

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  • Get more with your new Honda Africa Twin

    18 November 2015 by Richard Newland

    Get more with your new Honda Africa Twin

    Ahead of its imminent arrival in UK showrooms, Honda have begun taking pre-orders for the much-anticipated CRF1000L Africa Twin and are rewarding customers with an exclusive giveaway.  The first...

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  • New MCN November 18: Revealed - 53 new bikes!

    17 November 2015 by Simon Patterson

    New MCN November 18: Revealed - 53 new bikes!

    In this week's edition of MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from November 18: 2016 New Bike Special: 53 models revealed! 165bhp naked R1 BMW Scrambler Reborn GSX-R1000 Plus - Every...

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  • Picture story: Led Zep and the l'il Suzies

    17 November 2015 by MCN

    Picture story: Led Zep and the l'il Suzies

    You might have seen this shot of Led Zeppelin aboard some Suzukis and wondered what the story was. What hell was about to be raised or was in the process of being escaped from? Well, not much. It was...

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  • ‘I’ve ridden 30,000 bikes’

    16 November 2015 by MCN

    ‘I’ve ridden 30,000 bikes’

    Ex Matchless, AJS and Norton road tester Alan Jones recalls life in the golden age of the British motorcycle industry. fter I'd been in the army in Egypt for three years I came back to England in the...

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  • It happened to me: The day I beat Slippery Sam

    15 November 2015 by Classic Bike magazine

    It happened to me: The day I beat Slippery Sam

    Tony Smith was a farmer when, in front of a huge crowd at Silverstone’s John Player Grand Prix in 1975, he performed an extraordinary feat against lap 
record holder Percy Tait aboard a legendary...

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  • 750/900SS Restorations

    14 November 2015 by Practical Sportsbikes

    750/900SS Restorations

    Cheaper than many Dukes, the Super Sport makes an easy and affordable resto. Just ask this lot... ucati’s 750 and 900SS of the 1990s are great reflections of the firm’s ethos, blending power, handling...

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  • Go sprinting with MCNLive!

    13 November 2015 by MCN News

    Go sprinting with MCNLive!

    Next year’s MCNLive! event at Butlins Skegness is shaping up to be huge, with more bands than ever before, a wide selection of daytime activities, including the opportunity to ride off-road and...

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  • Bright Sparks

    13 November 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Bright Sparks

    Mugen Shinden’s TT Zero-winner is a serious electric power pioneer – but is it really the future? rom silence to 100% torque in one neck-straining second, the Mugen Shinden accelerates out of Motegi’s...

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  • Ride Route 66 at 90

    12 November 2015 by MCN News

    Ride Route 66 at 90

    Next year will be the 90th anniversary of the holy grail of biking roads – Route 66 – and if it’s on your bucket list, Motorcycle Live is a good place to start the planning process, with everything...

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  • My life in bikes: Jenson Button

    12 November 2015 by MCN

    My life in bikes: Jenson Button

    2009 F1 champion talks customs, Monaco commuting and bike escapism... When did you start riding? I actually only did my bike licence five years ago because before that when I was younger my parents...

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  • Indian recall Chief for rear brake issues

    11 November 2015 by Richard Newland

    Indian recall Chief for rear brake issues

    Indian Motorcycle have issued a recall to address a fault with the rear brake master cylinder piston assembly on selected bikes in the Chief family of models.  The fault could lead to complete...

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  • New MCN November 11: Rossi: I feel cheated

    10 November 2015 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN November 11: Rossi: I feel cheated

    In this week's edition of MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from November11: Rossi: 'I feel cheated' 20-page MotoGP Special Danny Kent: champion at last! New Triumph Speed Triple...

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  • Yamaha reveal Roland Sands MT-09 Faster Wasp

    09 November 2015 by Richard Newland

    Yamaha reveal Roland Sands MT-09 Faster Wasp

    Yamaha are expected to reveal a new model based on their phenomenally popular MT-09 at next week’s Milan show, and all the indications are that this Roland Sands special is part of the story. The firm...

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  • Picture story: Inside the heart of an RD500

    09 November 2015 by MCN

    Picture story: Inside the heart of an RD500

    How to pack four cylinders into a small space – these are two views of the 88bhp, 50° V4 two-stroke motor Yamaha introduced in the RD500 in 1984. Inspired by the YZR500 factory racer ridden by Kenny...

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  • 7 bikes that are costly to keep going

    09 November 2015 by MCN

    7 bikes that are costly to keep going

    These bikes will turn a small fortune into an even smaller one. Ducati 900SS (1990-1995) Yes, yes, a Ducati 900SS is (for many) the quintessential Ducati. Simple, light and while not wildly powerful,...

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  • Metzeler announce new Roadtec 01

    09 November 2015 by Liam Marsden

    Metzeler announce new Roadtec 01

    Metzeler have launched a new high-mileage sport touring tyre called the Roadtec 01 to replace the Roadtec Z8 Interact. Although the 01 replaces the Z8, it has been developed from a completely new set...

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