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Bike News (November 2015)

  • 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    These machines are all set to be superseded in 2016.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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  • Tell us about your bike!

    09 November 2015 by MCN News

    Tell us about your bike!

    Have you bought one of these best-selling bikes of 2015? If so, we’d love to hear from you and why you reckon your bike has topped the sales chart. We want to know what you have to say about the below...

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  • Landmark launch: Yamaha YZF R1

    08 November 2015 by Bike magazine

    Landmark launch: Yamaha YZF R1

    In January 1998 Bike magazine's rode tester Olly Duke rode the original R1 at the bikes launch in Cartagena. It's fair to say he liked it. He liked it a lot. ESSS! Yes, yess, yeeesss! Omigod,...

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  • The Best In Breed: Ducati Superbike Special

    06 November 2015 by MCN

    The Best In Breed: Ducati Superbike Special

    MCN looks back at the Panigale family tree to uncover how Ducati has turned its once wayward V-twin into the superbike to beat. he 1299 Panigale S is a bike that defies logic, not to mention physics.

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  • Laverda’s Street Sleepers

    04 November 2015 by Classic Bike

    Laverda’s Street Sleepers

    Laverda’s ’70s twins are overshadowed by a certain triple wearing the same badge. But the 500 Alpino and SF750 have their own charm and appeal. ention ‘Laverda’ to any biker of a certain age, and I’d...

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  • New theft threat

    04 November 2015 by Richard Newland

    New theft threat

    Police in the UK, and particularly in London, have noticed a worrying new high-tech trend emerging in the way bike thieves track down their targets, according to bike crime expert Ken German. While...

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  • Lording it up on a new Hesketh

    03 November 2015 by MCN

    Lording it up on a new Hesketh

    Spring, 1981 New V-twin Hesketh V1000 launch n the late 1970s, when the British bike industry was on its deathbed, a high-living, petrol-head aristocrat strode onto the scene like a knight in shining...

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