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Bike News (January 2015)

  • Obituary: John Durkin 1932-2015

    02 February 2015 by Ray Archer

    Obituary: John Durkin 1932-2015

    Obituary: John Durkin 1932-2015 It is with great sadness we report John Durkin passed away peacefully at his home in Lincolnshire on January 27, aged 82. John loved motorcycle sports and for many he...

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  • Bike of the Day: 1983 Honda CBX550

    02 February 2015 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: 1983 Honda CBX550

    Sophisticated 16-valve four was one of the last of the old school, air-cooled 550s (before the GPZ600R kicked off the liquid-cooled 600cc class) and, along with Kawasaki’s GPz550 and Suzuki’s GSX550 a...

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  • Ducati Scrambler Specials gallery

    30 January 2015 by Andy Downes

    Ducati Scrambler Specials gallery

    The first three Ducati Scramblers worked on by custom builders were shown at last weekend's Verona bike show in Italy and you can now see them all up close thanks to this gallery of images. The three...

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  • New series of Easy Riders starting

    30 January 2015 by Andy Downes

    New series of Easy Riders starting

    A new six-part series of The Easy Riders starring Red Dwarf and Death in Paradise star Danny John Jules and freestyle stunt rider and model Chesca Miles as they ride five countries in five days and...

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  • My Life in Bikes Terry Mynott

    30 January 2015 by Tim Thompson

    My Life in Bikes Terry Mynott

    The star of Channel 4’s hit comedy The Mimic reveals his love for the Honda MBX50 and biking holidays with no plan What are you riding today? A chopped 2008 Yamaha FZ-1, which I’ve had since November.

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  • Bike of the Day: 1982 Honda CB750 Nighthawk

    30 January 2015 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: 1982 Honda CB750 Nighthawk

    We can’t decide whether this is one of the most brazen bikes Honda’s ever designed…. or one of the most banal. Either way, there’s no doubting the US-targetted, DOHC CB750-powered Nighthawk is bold...

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  • Our Bikes Velocette Venom Clubman

    30 January 2015 by Simon Relph

    Our Bikes Velocette Venom Clubman

    ‘It’s smashing to ride head-down, arse-up’   A love story that’s endured three decades, bent valves and duff magnetos, MCN's Senior Designer Simon Relph’s still head-over-heels with his...

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  • Suzuki expands 50/50 finance offer

    29 January 2015 by Andy Downes

    Suzuki expands 50/50 finance offer

    Suzuki has widened the current 50/50 finance campaign to include additional models to the V-Strom 1000 Adventure already covered and it will run until the end of March. New models included in the...

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  • Bike of the Day: 1981 Honda XL185

    29 January 2015 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: 1981 Honda XL185

    Another one of these cute, four-stroke, early ‘80s trail bikes cropped up recently. That one needed little and seemed decent value at over £1500 which makes this ‘project’, albeit one that’s claimed...

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  • Get your design on an MCN t-shirt!

    28 January 2015 by MCN

    Get your design on an MCN t-shirt!

    We're on the lookout for some fresh designs for our t-shirt shop, and if you fancy yourself as a bit of a designer you can send us your ideas and they may make it into the shop. If you have a design...

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  • Bike of the Day: 1973 Kawasaki KH750 H2

    28 January 2015 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: 1973 Kawasaki KH750 H2

    One of the inspirations for Kawasaki’s 2015 H2/H2R is today also one of the most collectable and desirable of all Japanese classics – with the prices to match. Wild, two-stroke triple was one of the...

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  • Bike of the Day: 1999 Yamaha R6

    27 January 2015 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: 1999 Yamaha R6

    The first R6 was as much of a ‘game-changer’ as its bigger brother, the original R1, was in 1998. Light, small and fast, this was the first true supersports 600 and, as such, both a sure-fire future...

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  • Bike of the Day: 1971 Suzuki T350

    26 January 2015

    Bike of the Day: 1971 Suzuki T350

    Sprightly ‘70s two-stroke twin is less celebrated than Yamaha’s rival RD350/400 but is still a classic in its own right and would make a rideable, straightforward classic proposition today. What’s...

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  • New Honda Museum to Open in Suffolk

    23 January 2015 by Steve Hunt

    New Honda Museum to Open in Suffolk

    David Silver is well-known within motorcycling collector circles, and if you own an 'older' Honda, you would have almost certainly come across his specialist parts business. His love for the Honda...

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  • Motorcycle Live 2015 dates change

    23 January 2015 by MCN News

    Motorcycle Live 2015 dates change

    The organisers of Motorcycle Live have announced that the 2015 event will take place one week later than originally planned, opening at its usual venue of The NEC, Birmingham on Saturday 28 November...

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  • Bike of the Day: Triumph Trophy 900

    23 January 2015 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: Triumph Trophy 900

    The very first model from the revived Hinckley Triumph concern was the Trophy 1200 but itwasn’t until the 900 triples came on line that it started to find its feet, which makes this early Trophy 900...

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  • First Ducati Scrambler specials unveiled

    23 January 2015 by Andy Downes

    First Ducati Scrambler specials unveiled

    It was only a matter of time before custom builders got their hands on the new Ducati Scrambler and these first three are being revealed at the Verona bike show in Italy. The three bikes have been...

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  • Bike of the Day: 1993 Honda VFR400R NC30

    22 January 2015 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: 1993 Honda VFR400R NC30

    Honda’s ‘junior RC30’ is a much-loved pocket rocket and one of the best of the supersport 400 breed. By now, sadly, most have had a hard life with the battle scars to show for it, which makes this...

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  • Free accessories with new Triumphs

    21 January 2015 by Andy Downes

    Free accessories with new Triumphs

    Triumph is offering a free range of added extra parts and accessories on selected 2015 models with some packages consisting of over £1000 of free kit. The Street Triple and Street Triple R models will...

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  • Bike of the Day: Yamaha XVZ1300 Venture Royale

    21 January 2015 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: Yamaha XVZ1300 Venture Royale

    Here’s a helluva lot of bike for the money. Short-lived full-dresser was based on V4 Vmax mechanicals (but restyled) in a full-monty, retro-styled, ‘ElectraGlide-esque’ touring package. The result is...

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  • TT stars head for London

    21 January 2015 by MCN

    TT stars head for London

    The Classic TT represents the opportunity to see - and hear - some of the greatest machines in history as they are raced around the Mountain Course by some of the world's most talented riders. At this...

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  • Bike of the Day: 1994 Kawasaki ZXR750

    20 January 2015 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: 1994 Kawasaki ZXR750

    One of the first mass-market ‘racer replicas’ the original 1989 ZXR is now considered a true ‘modern classic’. It had it all: great looks, sublime handling, a howling GPX750-derived motor and racing...

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  • Huge funds for Welsh motorcycle safety

    20 January 2015 by Andy Downes

    Huge funds for Welsh motorcycle safety

    More than £500,000 has been made available for the development of new technology to help reduce motorcycle casualties in Wales. The funding is being provided by the Welsh government, Innovate UK and...

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  • New MCN January 21: Dunlop signs for Yamaha

    20 January 2015 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN January 21: Dunlop signs for Yamaha

    In this week's MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from January 21: - Michael Dunlop signs for Milwaukee Yamaha for 2015 - Sports tourer supertest: Kawasaki Versys 1000 takes on rivals -...

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  • My Life in Bikes Carl Cox

    19 January 2015 by Michael Neeves

    My Life in Bikes Carl Cox

    The bike-mad superstar DJ talks Fizzies, his 60-strong bike collection and running his own team at the TT AGE: 51 OCCUPATION: INTERNATIONAL DJ NATIONALITY: BRITISH How did it all start? My first bike...

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  • Our Bikes Ducati 996

    19 January 2015 by Richard Newland

    Our Bikes Ducati 996

    “It’s like having an affair without being unfaithful” Exotic, beautiful, and iconic – Richard Newland’s 996 is a love affair that never ages It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment when I stopped...

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  • Vincent HRD saved from scrap up for auction

    19 January 2015 by Andy Downes

    Vincent HRD saved from scrap up for auction

    A 1939 Vincent HRD Series-A Rapide rescued from being scrapped has been restored and is now up for auction for an estimated value of between £220,000 and £260,000 at the Bonhams Stafford sale in...

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  • Record sales for BMW in 2014

    19 January 2015 by Andy Downes

    Record sales for BMW in 2014

    BMW sold more than 123,000 motorcycles around the world in 2014 to beat the all-time record for the German company and it represents a 7.2% overall increase. The company sold 123,495 bikes in 2014; it...

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  • Win a trip for your bike......

    19 January 2015 by MCN News Team

    Win a trip for your bike......

    New concept Bikeshuttle take the slog out of getting to the Alps, as you fly and meet your bike, saving time, boredom and money! And MCN have a return place to give away to two lucky...

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