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Bike News (March 2015)

  • Bike of the Day: KTM 990 Adventure

    01 April 2015 by MCN

    Bike of the Day: KTM 990 Adventure

    KTM's Adventure 990 was always favoured by those who wanted serious off road capabilities from their adventure bike due to it being lighter than the competition. On the road the punchy 990cc V-twin...

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  • Silverstone's Wing takes off

    31 March 2015 by MCN News

    Silverstone's Wing takes off

    While Rossi may have raised many a roof across the country on Sunday evening as he stormed to his first win of 2015 in Qatar, the roof was quite literally getting raised at Silverstone.  High...

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  • Rossi to ride Goodwood FOS

    31 March 2015 by MCN News

    Rossi to ride Goodwood FOS

    He wowed the world with an incredible tutorial in GP riding at the weekend, and now he’s confirmed that he’ll take part in this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. This year’s event takes place from...

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  • The power to change motorcycling

    30 March 2015 by MCN News

    The power to change motorcycling

    Electric motorcycles and scooters will now qualify for Government subsidy, under plans announced by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles. A pot of up to £7.5 million will be made available from summer...

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  • Monowheel goes to Infinity and beyond

    30 March 2015 by MCN News

    Monowheel goes to Infinity and beyond

    Infinity Motorcycles are backing an attempt to break the current Guinness World Record for the 'Fastest Monowheel Motorcycle' – a one-wheeled vehicle designed so the rider sits either within or next...

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  • Bike of the Day: Benelli Tornado 900

    30 March 2015 by Liam Marsden

    Bike of the Day: Benelli Tornado 900

    The Tornado was never the fastest or best handling sportsbike on the road, but if you want an iconic bike that stands out from the crowd, the Benelli will be right up your street. The three-cylinder...

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  • For Sale: One Tron Light Cycle

    26 March 2015 by MCN News

    For Sale: One Tron Light Cycle

    This would jazz up your daily commute – a fully-rideable custom electric Light Cycle bike inspired by the film Tron: Legacy.

 The unique bike will go under the hammer on May 2 with an estimate of...

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  • London ultra low emission zone approved

    26 March 2015 by Andy Downes

    London ultra low emission zone approved

    A new Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) will be in place in September 2020 according to the Mayor of London Boris Johnson and all motorcycles over 13 years old will have to pay £12.50 per day to...

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  • Yamaha music and bike designers swap roles

    26 March 2015 by MCN News

    Yamaha music and bike designers swap roles

    Yamaha is primarily a company of two halves, one side automotive, the other musical, so what happens when you let them switch roles, and give them free reign to design whatever they want? You get the...

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  • Adventure Ashram Rally 2015

    25 March 2015 by MCN

    Adventure Ashram Rally 2015

    Adventure Ashram is looking for riders to sign up for its 2015 Adventure Ashram Rally on May 9 in Buxton. You can enter the event for a £30 donation, with the proceeds going to Odanadi, an Indian...

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  • Bike of the Day: Aprilia Dorsoduro 750

    25 March 2015 by MCN

    Bike of the Day: Aprilia Dorsoduro 750

    Aprilia's answer to the Ducati Hypermotard and KTM 990 Supermoto, the Dorsoduro is perhaps not as radical or exciting as the competition, but its ease of use makes it a fantastic road bike. The...

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  • Top five warm underlayers on the MCN Shop

    25 March 2015 by MCN Shop

    Top five warm underlayers on the MCN Shop

    The sunshine is starting to tease us by poking its head out from the clouds every so often, raising our expectations of the glorious riding days ahead. But it’s still damned chilly out there, so...

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  • Triumph Street Triple owners wanted

    24 March 2015 by MCN

    Triumph Street Triple owners wanted

    We're celebrating the Triumph Street Triple in an upcoming issue of MCN and we'd love to hear from owners of the bike about what they feel makes it so special. Please send in a picture of yourself and...

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  • New MCN March 25: Sportsbike of the year

    24 March 2015 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN March 25: Sportsbike of the year

    In this week's edition of MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from March 25: - Sportsbike of the year shootout - Honda's small wonders - KTM V4 spied testing - Free 20-page MotoGP...

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  • Bike of the Day: Suzuki B-King

    23 March 2015 by MCN

    Bike of the Day: Suzuki B-King

    Essentially a naked Hayabusa, the B-King quickly became a cult hero when it was launched in 2007. The looks divide opinion, especially those big standard exhausts, but there's no denying the B-King...

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  • Win the ride of your life!

    20 March 2015 by MCN News

    Win the ride of your life!

    Win a place on the Aprilia RSV4 RF and Tuono V4 1100 RR launch – at Misano! Prizes don’t get much more exclusive or exciting than this. MCN has teamed-up with Aprilia to offer one incredibly lucky MCN...

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  • Bike of the Day: Yamaha Thunderace

    19 March 2015 by MCN

    Bike of the Day: Yamaha Thunderace

    The Thunderace was Yamaha's 1000cc superbike before the R1 came along, and by today's standards is a little soft and heavy. Far from hurting the Thunderace this means it's an excellent sports touring...

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  • Who will be the strongest Brit?

    18 March 2015 by MCN

    Who will be the strongest Brit?

    MotoGP kicks off on March 29 under the floodlights of Qatar. The Brits are on their best form for years – so who's your money on for the strongest result in class? Who will be the strongest Brit?

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  • Bike of the Day: Aprilia RST1000 Futura

    18 March 2015 by MCN

    Bike of the Day: Aprilia RST1000 Futura

    The Aprilia Futura, the Italian firm's answer to the Honda VFR800, was only around for two years before production stopped and sales were underwhelming. The Futura is powered by the same engine used...

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  • Top 6 prizes on WIN IT this week!

    17 March 2015 by MCN Staff

    Top 6 prizes on WIN IT this week!

    Did you know that we run a motorcycle competition website? It's the place to find all of the latest giveaways and competitions that we are running - and we've got some amazing prizes up for...

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  • Bike of the Day: Ducati Streetfighter 1100

    17 March 2015 by MCN

    Bike of the Day: Ducati Streetfighter 1100

    You could argue Ducati were slightly ahead of the super naked curve when they unveiled the Streetfighter 1100 in 2009. Powered by the engine from the 1098, the Streetfighter puts out a not-too-shabby...

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  • New MCN March 18: Lotus C-01 first ride

    17 March 2015 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN March 18: Lotus C-01 first ride

    In this week's edition of MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from March 18: - World First Test of Lotus C-01 - New Ducati Multistrada DVT first ride - KTM V4 spied testing - Guy Martin...

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  • Isle of Man TT 2015 ferry bookings up 10%

    16 March 2015 by Andy Downes

    Isle of Man TT 2015 ferry bookings up 10%

    Bookings for the Isle of Man TT ferries through the Steam Packet Company are up 10% compared to the same time last year thanks to increased capacity for motorcycles. More than 13,500 motorcycles are...

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  • Bike of the Day: MV Agusta Brutale 675

    16 March 2015 by Liam Marsden

    Bike of the Day: MV Agusta Brutale 675

    The Brutale 675 is MV's answer to the Triumph Street Triple and they did a pretty good job first time round. The launch models were blighted with snatchy throttle response, but an ECU upgrade fixed...

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  • BMW February sales break records

    16 March 2015 by Andy Downes

    BMW February sales break records

    BMW motorcycle sales in February increased by 14.2% compared to the same period last year with more than 15,000 bikes sold in 2015 so far. The official figures are 9195 motorcycles and maxi-scooters...

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  • Sixty Bikes For Sixty Years!

    16 March 2015 by MCN

    Sixty Bikes For Sixty Years!

    Welcome to MCN’s greatest debate yet MCN has caused a huge mix of celebration and consternation over its 60 years by shooting from the hip when it comes to saying whether a new motorcyle is good, bad...

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  • Bike of the Day: Yamaha R1 SP

    13 March 2015 by Liam Marsden

    Bike of the Day: Yamaha R1 SP

    Yamaha's R1 needs no introduction, but the R1 SP might. The SP model R1 only had a limited production run of 500 and as such it's rare to see one on the roads. What makes the SP better than a standard...

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  • Join Skeggy Beach mayhem at MCN Live!

    13 March 2015 by MCN Staff

    Join Skeggy Beach mayhem at MCN Live!

    Mad new event at MCN bash You’ve heard of the Paris Dakar or the Baja 1000, and maybe even witnessed Le Touquet or the epic Weston beach race, but on April 18-19 this year the Lincolnshire coast will...

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  • 128mph ice wheelie sets record

    13 March 2015 by MCN News

    128mph ice wheelie sets record

    With some help from a BMW S1000RR, 24-year-old Swedish rider Robert Gull has become the first person to wheelie a motorcycle at over 200 km/h on ice, and in doing so has set a new Guinness World...

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  • Former racer Sean Emmett jailed for assault

    13 March 2015 by Andy Downes

    Former racer Sean Emmett jailed for assault

    Former race Sean Emmett has been jailed for 12 weeks for assaulting his girlfriend after an afternoon of heavy drinking at a pub in Surrey because he didn’t like the way she was eating. Emmett and...

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  • Poll: Are electronics boring?

    12 March 2015 by MCN

    Poll: Are electronics boring?

    The latest crop of superbikes are dripping in a dazzling array of incredible electronic rider aids, but have they taken the edginess away?   Are electronics boring? The latest crop of superbikes...

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