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Bike News (October 2015)

  • Generation Next

    04 November 2015 by Michael Guy

    Generation Next

    Electric trials bikes are the TY80s of the digital age – but how easy is it to get your kids on two wheels? aving spent most of my adult life juggling work and family commitments in order to make more...

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  • Picture story: Meet a real Jack Sparrow

    01 November 2015 by Classic Bike magazine

    Picture story: Meet a real Jack Sparrow

    It's 1954 and Shrewsbury bike shop manager JJI Sparrow is returning from the Isle of Man where he's just finished 16th in the Lightweight (250) TT. In the rain-affected race he averaged 66.83mph. The...

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  • Foggy reunited with his first bike

    31 October 2015 by Richard Newland

    Foggy reunited with his first bike

    Carl Fogarty’s first bike, given to him on his 10th birthday in 1975, was presented to him again today – a full 40 years later – having been completely restored by the National Motorcycle Museum. A...

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  • Tyre tech talk: Sticky when wet

    31 October 2015 by RIDE magazine

    Tyre tech talk: Sticky when wet

    Rain is a constant threat in the real world. Not a problem if you’ve chosen the right rubber. Michelin experts Tony Charlton and Daley Mathison reveal all... he stickiest sportsbike tyres in every...

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  • Have a blast at MCN Live!

    31 October 2015 by MCN News

    Have a blast at MCN Live!

    Sign up for next year’s MCN Live! event at Butlins and you could find yourself riding a stunning classic, motocross or adventure bike – and all at no extra charge. We’ve teamed up with the National...

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  • Online Rossi petition goes mad

    30 October 2015 by James Archibald

    Online Rossi petition goes mad

    An online petition in response to the incident at the Malaysian MotoGP that saw Valentino Rossi penalised for his riding antics is gathering a huge amount of support, with over half a million people...

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  • 7 Kawasakis for less than an H2R's wing

    30 October 2015 by MCN

    7 Kawasakis for less than an H2R's wing

    The carbon wing on the fairing of Kawasaki’s H2R costs £3360. That’s as much as any of these used machines... Kawasaki ZX-6R (2003-2004) Our £3360 budget covers most ZX-6Rs up to 2006, but it’s the...

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  • Project Bol d'Or Part 6: Run to the sun

    28 October 2015 by MCN

    Project Bol d'Or Part 6: Run to the sun

    It always felt like a fantasy; trying to revive MCN’s long-neglected and badly battered Paso 750 to go head-to-head against a superbly tidy K1 on an aspirational 1700-mile run to the Bol d’Or. The...

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  • Classic or crusher? Yamaha YZF-R7 OW02

    27 October 2015 by MCN

    Classic or crusher? Yamaha YZF-R7 OW02

    Quite possibly the most beautiful homologation special ever, 1999's YZF-R7 signifies everything that was glamorous about the 750cc superbike era. When it came to the R7, Yamaha gave its designers a...

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  • Video: MV Agusta F4 RC & F43 800 RC onboard

    27 October 2015 by MCN News

    Video: MV Agusta F4 RC & F43 800 RC onboard

    MCN Road testers Michael Neeves and Adam Child have been in Italy this week riding MV Agusta’s F4 RC and F3 800 RC around the Tazio Nuvolari circuit south of Milan. While there, they shot some onboard...

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  • Project Bol d'Or Part 5: Back on Cours

    27 October 2015 by MCN

    Project Bol d'Or Part 5: Back on Cours

    To Magny-Cours? ith MCN’s dilapidated Ducati Paso 750 hammering a nail into its own coffin by dint of a fork that sounded like a slide hammer, it never even made it to the start line for its planned...

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  • New MCN October 28: Has he lost it?

    27 October 2015 by Simon Patterson

    New MCN October 28: Has he lost it?

    In this week's edition of MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from October 28: Rossi's tenth title in doubt after massive Marquez clash Guy Martin: 'There's more to life than racing...

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  • 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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  • GSX-R owners go to Motorcycle Live for Free

    22 October 2015 by MCN News

    GSX-R owners go to Motorcycle Live for Free

    Suzuki are giving GSX-R owners free tickets for this year's Motorcycle Live, as part of the GSX-R 30th anniversary celebrations taking place over the course of the show. A selection of classic GSX-R...

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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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