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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2015)

  • Picture story: Before Ducatis were fast

    25 October 2015 by Classic Bike magazine

    Picture story: Before Ducatis were fast

    Here's a trio of pocket-size Ducatis that promises to challenge your preconceptions about this storied Italian marque, currently enjoyiing its most successful year in the UK ever. Petite, sweet and...

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  • MCN Awards 2015: Machine of the year

    23 October 2015 by MCN Staff

    MCN Awards 2015: Machine of the year

    With so many brilliant and groundbreaking machines being unleashed in 2015, choosing a bike of the year was always going to be tough. Motorbikes don’t get as big, bad or as bold as the Kawasaki Ninja...

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  • Project Bol d'Or part 3: Insane Bol-der-dash

    23 October 2015 by MCN

    Project Bol d'Or part 3: Insane Bol-der-dash

    It’s now or never as our eclectic 90s sportsbikes head south for Europe’s biggest biking party Rich’s Paso – Odds 8/1 The Rider: Richard Newland, Deputy Editor The Bike: 1991 Ducati Paso 750 ...

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  • FREE National Motorcycle Museum open day

    22 October 2015 by MCN News

    FREE National Motorcycle Museum open day

    The National Motorcycle Museum are throwing open the doors to their phenomneal collection on Saturday 31 October for their second annual FREE open day. All visitors will be able to view the Museum...

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  • MCN Awards 2015: Best Sportsbike (Unlimited)

    22 October 2015 by MCN Staff

    MCN Awards 2015: Best Sportsbike (Unlimited)

    With so many brilliant sportsbikes released this year, we were spoiled for choice when it came to making a decision about our sportsbike of the year. The new R1 though was outstanding in every...

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  • Project Bol d'Or Part 2: Bold steps

    22 October 2015 by MCN

    Project Bol d'Or Part 2: Bold steps

    With only a week to go until Europe's biggest biking party, we couldn't help but think - will it start without us? Rich’s Paso – Odds 6/1 The Rider: Richard Newland, Deputy Editor The Bike: 1991...

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  • Yamaha dealer specials honoured

    22 October 2015 by James Archibald

    Yamaha dealer specials honoured

    Yamaha have announced the winners of its first ever ‘Dealer Built’ competition, which follows on from the success of their ‘Yard Built’ competition, conceived to promote the firm’s Sports Heritage...

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  • Electric STORM Pulse goes further

    22 October 2015 by MCN News

    Electric STORM Pulse goes further

    A team at Eindhoven University of Technology have unveiled the world’s first touring electric bike, the STORM Pulse. Started by a team of 30 students in 2014, the team unveiled their designs in March...

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  • Classic or Crusher: Gilera CX125

    21 October 2015 by MCN

    Classic or Crusher: Gilera CX125

    The incredibly futuristic CX125 was never a huge seller. The enveloping bodywork hid largely conventional technology (the single front fork was essentially telescopic so had no performance advantage...

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  • Brain-cooling helmet takes a step forward

    21 October 2015 by MCN News

    Brain-cooling helmet takes a step forward

    A team of investors – including former-Managing Director of Silverstone, Richard Phillips – have today launched Halo Active Technologies, a company dedicated to innovative safety products which will...

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  • MCN Awards 2015: Best all-rounder

    21 October 2015 by MCN Staff

    MCN Awards 2015: Best all-rounder

    The Yamaha MT-09 Tracer was a standout motorcycle from the off. It would have been a strong contender for our overall bike of the year, were it not for Kawasaki’s outrageously impressive Ninja H2.

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  • Buying on PCP? Read this first!

    21 October 2015 by MCN

    Buying on PCP? Read this first!

    Neil Murray makes a living buying & selling pre-loved metal – and he’s on your side ‘Buying on PCP? Read this first’ ersonal Contract Purchase sales are attractive because they bring your...

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  • MCNLive! gets it sideways in 2016

    21 October 2015 by MCN News

    MCNLive! gets it sideways in 2016

    Short track racing is one of the fastest growing and most thrilling forms of motorcycle sport in the UK today. It’s an exciting, fast paced and grassroots sport that’s similar to speedway in format...

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  • Rotorheads

    21 October 2015 by Classic Bike magazine

    Rotorheads

    Spectators on the Isle of Man for this year’s Classic TT were treated to a feast of Norton rotary race bikes ridden by legendary racers – and it was all thanks to a superhuman effort by the...

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  • Video: Motorcyclist saves kitten

    21 October 2015 by Liam Marsden

    Video: Motorcyclist saves kitten

    A motorcyclist in the United States has won the hearts of Reddit users, after stopping to save a kitten that was stranded in the middle of a busy intersection when other road users failed to stop. The...

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  • Project Bol d’Or Part 1: To Boldly Go

    21 October 2015 by MCN

    Project Bol d’Or Part 1: To Boldly Go

    The world’s craziest biking party returned to Paul Ricard this year – and we set out to ride there on these! The Mission o ride 1100 miles to the legendary Bol d’Or 24-hour endurance race –...

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  • MCN Awards 2015: Best Retro/Retro Style

    21 October 2015 by MCN Staff

    MCN Awards 2015: Best Retro/Retro Style

    Biking is becoming cool again and the retro scene is playing a massive part in this. With older styled bikes becoming a popular commodity, the Ducati Scrambler had a lot to live up to and prove that...

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  • MCN Awards 2015: Best Scooter

    20 October 2015 by MCN Staff

    MCN Awards 2015: Best Scooter

    This has been one of the busiest years for the MCN road test team in recent memory, and it’s been a long time since we’ve seen the thick and fast introduction of so many exciting new bikes. 2015...

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  • 7 six-cyclinder heroes

    20 October 2015 by MCN

    7 six-cyclinder heroes

    Six sells – or at least it did.  Here’s our pick of six-cylinder heroes. Honda CBX1000 (1978-1982) The one everybody thinks about. Honda’s 1978 tour-de-force had six carbs as well, and produced...

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  • MCN Awards 2015: Best Adventure

    20 October 2015 by MCN Staff

    MCN Awards 2015: Best Adventure

    The Adventure bike segment of the market is a vitally important one and as such there are plenty of manufacturers all fighting for the position to have the best adventure bike of the year. This year...

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  • MCN Awards 2015: Best 125

    19 October 2015 by MCN Staff

    MCN Awards 2015: Best 125

    The out-going CBF125 was the best-selling motorcycle in the UK, so Honda had to make sure they got the new CB125F (they’ve moved the ‘F’ around) right. And, since it’s our 125cc award winner, you can...

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  • MCN Awards 2015: Best Tourer (open class)

    19 October 2015 by MCN Staff

    MCN Awards 2015: Best Tourer (open class)

    For the second year running, the BMW R1200RT has won the MCN award for Best Tourer, and it’s not hard to understand why. Able to effortlessly cruise along or hold its own in the twisties, if you’re...

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  • My life in bikes: Neil Hodgson

    19 October 2015 by MCN

    My life in bikes: Neil Hodgson

    Ex-WSB champ and BT Sport frontman bares his biking soul to MCN ‘I don’t care if I look stupid I love my Confederate Wraith’ What’s your first memory of bikes? My brother is a couple of years older...

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  • MCN Awards 2015: Best Sub-500

    18 October 2015 by MCN Staff

    MCN Awards 2015: Best Sub-500

    The winner of the sub 500 category was the sporty little Yamaha R3, proving that you don’t need an all-out sportsbike to be able to have fun on the road. It provides enough to leave you happy without...

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  • MCN Awards 2015: Best Naked (middleweight)

    17 October 2015 by MCN Staff

    MCN Awards 2015: Best Naked (middleweight)

    Yamaha’s MT-07 came like a bolt from the blue in 2014. We didn’t have big expectations before it arrived – surely it was just a budget, lower-spec version of the MT-09? But it ended up blowing our...

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  • MCN Awards 2015: Best Naked (unlimited)

    16 October 2015 by MCN Staff

    MCN Awards 2015: Best Naked (unlimited)

    MCN’s best big naked accolade has been awarded to big, brash, performance-laden machines, such as the Triumph Speed Triple and Aprilia Tuono in recent years. But for 2015 BMW’s new R1200R...

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  • Seven past MCN Machines of the year

    16 October 2015 by MCN

    Seven past MCN Machines of the year

    All seven of these have won MCN's overall Bike of the Year award in the past. BMW R1200GS (2013) Many secretly suspected BMW would be hard-pushed to continue the GS’s dominance when the German marque...

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  • MCN Awards 2015: Best Adventure Sport

    15 October 2015 by MCN Staff

    MCN Awards 2015: Best Adventure Sport

    Adventure sports bikes are for riders who crave that potent concoction of speed, adventure styling and practicality. But most of these bikes are all about giving you sportsbike kicks in comfort – and...

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  • Ultimate Zed Head

    15 October 2015 by Practical Sportsbikes

    Ultimate Zed Head

    “I just love Zeds, always have. My idea of a cracking afternoon is to sit down with Dave Marsden of Z Power and look at all the old parts microfiches” o says Dave Orrit, Kawasaki Zed collector,...

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  • MCN Awards 2015: Best Middleweight Sportsbike

    15 October 2015 by MCN Staff

    MCN Awards 2015: Best Middleweight Sportsbike

    This has been one of the busiest years for the MCN road test team in recent memory, and it’s been a long time since we’ve seen the thick and fast introduction of so many exciting new bikes. 2015...

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  • Is the 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R enough?

    15 October 2015 by MCN News

    Is the 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R enough?

    Kawasaki revealed the completely revamped 2016 ZX-10R last week, as they aim to capitalise on their domination of World Superbikes with Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes in 2015. Changes include; more low to...

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