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Bike News (January 2015)

  • Moto2 bikes for sale

    19 January 2015 by MCN News

    Moto2 bikes for sale

    Fancy owning a Moto2 bike with some pedigree? Here's your chance – as AGT REA Racing have acquired the Marc VDS Kalex & Caterham Suter Moto2 race bikes – including Johan Zarcos full bike that...

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  • Bike of the Day: 1977 Yamaha FS1E

    19 January 2015 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: 1977 Yamaha FS1E

    One of the very last of the now highly-collectable ‘sports sixteener’ breed in fairly original, highly restorable condition. There’s a whole cottage industry out there today for restoring these iconic...

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  • Warning: new scam technique in operation

    16 January 2015 by Tony Hoare

    Warning: new scam technique in operation

    Watch out for a new type of attempted scam by tricksters posing as sellers of used motorcycles. This one follows many of the traditional tricks of conmen by requesting payment details without the...

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  • RIDE Videogame Release Date Announced

    16 January 2015 by Steve Hunt

    RIDE Videogame Release Date Announced

    The RIDE videogame, from the developers of the recent MotoGP and SBK titles, has been set for a worldwide release on March 20th this year. The game which features over 100 bikes from the majority of...

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  • Avon unveils tyres for adventurous types

    16 January 2015 by MCN Staff

    Avon unveils tyres for adventurous types

    Avon have announced a new adventure tyre that they promise will offer better wet weather performance than its predecessor without reducing its longevity. The Avon Trailrider will replace the elderly...

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  • Polaris buy Brammo

    16 January 2015 by Phil West

    Polaris buy Brammo

    Electric motorcycles have taken another step closer to the mainstream with the news that electric motorcycles pioneer, Brammo, have been taken over by the huge Polaris Industries – the corporation...

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  • Bike of the Day: 1984 Kawasaki KL250

    16 January 2015 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: 1984 Kawasaki KL250

    You don’t see many of these around these days. Good-looking single from the golden age of trail bikes was Kawasaki’s thumper rival to the likes of Honda’s popular XL250 and Yam’s XT. Oddly this class...

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  • Bike of the Day: 2006 Aprilia Tuono 1000R

    15 January 2015 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: 2006 Aprilia Tuono 1000R

    Second generation V-twin Tuono is basically a naked version of the revamped RSV1000R superbike which blended man-size, hairy-chested performance with classy componentry (though not quite as classy as...

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  • Ducati corner more of the market

    15 January 2015 by MCN News

    Ducati corner more of the market

    Ducati achieved a new sales record in 2014, having put 45,100 bikes into the hands of new customers – 2% more than in 2013. It's the fifth year of growth for the Italian icon, which is now under the...

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  • Bike of the Day: 1994 Ducati 900SS

    14 January 2015 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: 1994 Ducati 900SS

    Bread and butter, old-school, air-cooled Ducati sportster was arguably the bike that turned the Bologna marque around in the early ‘90s thanks to the pioneering use of Japanese Showa and Mikuni...

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  • Bike of the Day: 1982 Honda CB250

    13 January 2015 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: 1982 Honda CB250

    To those who grew up in the early ‘80s, Honda’s learner twin is better known (and knocked) as the ‘Superdream’. But though often mocked as the ‘Wetdream’ for its steady, unexciting image it was a...

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  • Record-breaking 2014 sales for BMW

    13 January 2015 by Andy Downes

    Record-breaking 2014 sales for BMW

    BMW is celebrating a record-breaking year for new motorcycle registrations in the UK with the R1200GS the best-selling motorcycle over 125cc for the fifth consecutive year. Total sales of BMWs in the...

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  • New Kawasaki finance offers revealed

    13 January 2015 by Andy Downes

    New Kawasaki finance offers revealed

    Kawasaki has launched a new finance scheme called “Black and White Promotion which will run until the end of March and includes offers for 0% finance and deposits of just £99. Models covered include...

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  • New MCN January 14: New vs old BMW S1000RR

    13 January 2015 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN January 14: New vs old BMW S1000RR

    In this week's MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from January 14: - S1000RR head-to-head: Most powerful road bike ever raises the bar again - Adventure special: Make 2015 the year of...

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  • Indian Scout in dealers this weekend

    12 January 2015 by MCN Staff

    Indian Scout in dealers this weekend

    Indian Motorcycles have announced a series of dealer launch events this coming Saturday January 17 to herald the arrival of the excellent new Scout – a middleweight cruiser with handling and pricing...

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  • Suzuki launches modern classics website

    12 January 2015 by Andy Downes

    Suzuki launches modern classics website

    Suzuki have launched a new modern classics parts scheme which follows a success of a similar scheme for vintage parts and older bikes. Older bikes like the RGV250 race replica two-stroke are already...

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  • Bike of the Day: 1983 Kawasaki GPz1100 Unitrak

    12 January 2015 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: 1983 Kawasaki GPz1100 Unitrak

    The S1000RR or Hayabusa of its day, the big GPz was THE poster bike of 1983. The curvy Unitrak styling didn’t work so well on the whole family (there were 305, 550 and 750 versions as well) but on the...

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  • Bike of the Day: 1981 BMW R100

    09 January 2015 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: 1981 BMW R100

    Classic, ‘air-head’ BMW boxer twins are in strong demand, both as classics in their own right and as base bikes for the current fashion for customized scrambler or café racer versions. Hopefully this...

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  • First ride: 2015 Yamaha WR250F

    09 January 2015 by MCN

    First ride: 2015 Yamaha WR250F

    Yamaha’s radical new enduro, the WR250F, follows last year’s YZ250F MX-er in having a revolutionary ‘reversed cylinder’. But does it work? MCN Guest Tester Jonathan has been putting it through its...

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  • Bike of the Day: Ducati 620 Sport

    08 January 2015 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: Ducati 620 Sport

    OK, the second generation, Pierre Terblanche-designed Sport/Supersport/SS family is never going to be considered a ‘classic Ducati’ and, this being the smallest, 61bhp version, isn’t exactly the...

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  • Aprilia confirm 2015 pricing

    08 January 2015 by MCN News

    Aprilia confirm 2015 pricing

    Aprilia have confimed their full 2015 price list for motorcycles and scooters. Heading the list is the new-for-2015 Aprilia RSV4 RF, the most highly-spec'd incarnation yet of their award and race...

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  • Suzuki V-Strom 650XT in dealers

    08 January 2015 by Andy Downes

    Suzuki V-Strom 650XT in dealers

    Suzuki’s new V-Strom 650XT has arrived in dealer showrooms to add another model to the V-Strom 650 range. The XT is based on the standard V-Strom 650 but has lightweight DID wire-spoked wheels for...

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  • Bike of the Day: Kawasaki Zephyr 1100

    07 January 2015 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: Kawasaki Zephyr 1100

    Yes, that price at first seems a little salty for what is a fairly basic, 28K-mile, 18-year-old roadster, but the big Zephyr is the original ‘retro’, now has a strong following and ones as good as...

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  • BBC showing Racing Legends John Surtees

    07 January 2015 by Andy Downes

    BBC showing Racing Legends John Surtees

    The final episode of the current series of Racing Legends covers the life and racing career of John Surtees and is hosted by lifelong fan and star of Great British Bake Off, Paul Hollywood. The show...

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  • Danger attempts Evel stunt

    07 January 2015 by MCN News

    Danger attempts Evel stunt

    "I know it’s dangerous, but death has had me by the throat twice in my life, and I spit in its face. When God's ready, he'll take me," says American (in case you hadn't guessed) Doug Danger.

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  • New MCN January 7: Every 2015 new bike

    06 January 2015 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN January 7: Every 2015 new bike

    In this week's MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from January 7: - 12-page special on every new bike for 2015 - MV Agusta Stradale first ride - Why Rossi's 10th title is in sight -...

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  • MASTER makes a difference

    06 January 2015 by MCN News

    MASTER makes a difference

    Westminster City Council has reported a sharp drop-off in bike thefts, particularly in the area of St James’s Square in London, where they’ve had a strong push on tagging bikes through the industry’s...

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  • Bike of the Day: 1980 Honda XL185

    06 January 2015 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: 1980 Honda XL185

    ‘Proper’, old school, late ‘70s/early ‘80s trail bikes are increasingly popular in classic circles for their style, easy mechanics and affordability – particularly Yamaha and Suzuki for their DT/TS...

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  • First ride: Triumph Thruxton Ace

    06 January 2015 by MCN

    First ride: Triumph Thruxton Ace

    Triumph’s new Thruxton Ace limited edition was recently put through its paces by MCN Executive Editor Phil West. His full first ride report is in this week’s MCN, out January 7. But here are his...

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  • Video: Red Bull drivers Puch it to the Maxi

    05 January 2015 by MCN News

    Video: Red Bull drivers Puch it to the Maxi

    Ok, so they might be Gileras rather than the iconic Puch, but nonetheless, nice to see that not all F1 drivers are humourless dullards.  Here's Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat having a lot of...

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  • Our Bikes BMW HP2 Sport

    05 January 2015 by Tim Thompson

    Our Bikes BMW HP2 Sport

    “Will I ever sell it? I can’t see that day coming yet” Sportsbike loving Tim Thompson became boxer fan by accident. Here’s how he came to own the ultimate BMW twin      It seems funny...

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  • Bike of the Day: 1995 Yamaha TDM850

    05 January 2015 by Phil West

    Bike of the Day: 1995 Yamaha TDM850

    The excellent new MT-09 Tracer rekindled memories of the last time Yamaha broke the sport-touring mould, with the Super Tenere trailie-based TDM850. That bike was arguably before its time and never...

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  • My Life in Bikes Mattie Griffin

    05 January 2015 by Michael Neeves

    My Life in Bikes Mattie Griffin

    BMW-backed stunt rider explains how he got to be where he is today, slicing off the top of his fingers and the bikes he has ridden so far. Where did your biking journey begin? My Dad had a scrap yard...

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