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Bike News (September 2015)

  • Underneath Aleix’s Suzuki GSX-RR

    30 September 2015 by Performance Bikes

    Underneath Aleix’s Suzuki GSX-RR

    Suzuki’s last MotoGP bike was a bit of a dud. During 10 years of racing, the GSV-R scored a single victory, and that was in the rain at Le Mans with rain-master Chris Vermeulen on board. So how are...

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  • Moped Madness

    30 September 2015 by Liam Marsden

    Moped Madness

    Need an antidote for the speed and seriousness of modern life? Try a weekend on the utterly bonkers Red Bull Alpenbrevet rally in Switzerland he needle on the miniscule speedo is stuck firmly at...

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  • Classic or crusher? Aprilia Moto 6.5

    29 September 2015 by MCN

    Classic or crusher? Aprilia Moto 6.5

    Designed by Philippe Starck, the Moto 6.5 is proof that just being a talented designer isn’t necessarily enough to guarantee success when it comes to a production motorcycle. Famed for his work in the...

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  • BMW: Going small to go big

    29 September 2015 by Andy Downes

    BMW: Going small to go big

    BMW is expected to reveal a range if 300cc single-cylinder four-stroke bikes in a matter of weeks and these machines will be a key part of BMW’s strategy as they have the potential to expand sales...

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  • Triumph founder honoured

    29 September 2015 by MCN News

    Triumph founder honoured

    The Lord Mayor of Coventry, Councillor Michael Hammon, unveiled a blue plaque tribute to one of the city’s automotive pioneers on Saturday. 64 years after his death, Siegfried Bettmann – the founder...

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  • New MCN 30 September: IT'S WAR!

    29 September 2015 by Simon Patterson

    New MCN 30 September: IT'S WAR!

    In this week's edition of MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from September 30: It's war: Lorenzo vs Rossi kicks off! Cheap adventure used metal tested 17 pages of used bikes and...

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  • The S1000RR of its day. Yes, seriously

    28 September 2015 by Classic Bike magazine

    The S1000RR of its day. Yes, seriously

    Lists of weird motorcycles always feature a machine called the Megola – a bike with a banana-shaped chassis and the engine in the front wheel. It's good for a chuckle before moving on. But far from...

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  • Save up to £20 on MCNLive! 2016 tickets

    28 September 2015 by MCN News

    Save up to £20 on MCNLive! 2016 tickets

    The build-up to MCN’s Skegness pilgrimage for MCN Live! has started. With John McGuinness, Chris Walker and John Reynolds already confirmed for the season-starting party weekend, 2016’s event is...

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  • Used bike spotlight: Limited editions

    28 September 2015 by MCN

    Used bike spotlight: Limited editions

    Last week, Yamaha revealed a special edition R1 in Kenny Roberts yellow speed block colours to celebrate their 60th anniversary. The new bike will cost £15,749 and will come with an Akropovic slip-on...

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  • Jonny Rea exclusive interview

    28 September 2015 by MCN

    Jonny Rea exclusive interview

    With the dust settling on his title-winning celebrations in Jerez, Jonathan Rea has finally had time to reflect on the fact he’s joined an illustrious list of WSB champions – including fellow Brit...

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  • Blown away by the ultimate NSR rep

    27 September 2015 by Practical Sportsbikes

    Blown away by the ultimate NSR rep

    Stunning build quality, brakes that defy belief and the world’s coolest wife have all merged to make James Mansfield’s Honda NSR500 replica the best special we’ve ever ridden. Seriously…  t’s all...

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  • The Buyer: Cheap bikes still exist

    25 September 2015 by MCN

    The Buyer: Cheap bikes still exist

    You can still find good, MoT’d bikes for less than £500, you just need to hunt them down. hat if you’re on a really tight budget? A grand or under? This week, and next, I’ll be looking at Dole Bikes:...

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  • Video: Yamaha R1 World Superbike

    25 September 2015 by James Archibald

    Video: Yamaha R1 World Superbike

    Yamaha are returning to the World Superbike paddock in 2016 with Alex Lowes and Sylvain Guintoli at the helm of the mighty YZF-R1. In line with this, Yamaha have released a dramatic new video showing...

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  • Suzuki to restore GSX-R750 at Motorcycle Live

    25 September 2015 by Andy Downes

    Suzuki to restore GSX-R750 at Motorcycle Live

    Suzuki will be demonstrating the range of the parts available in the Vintage Parts Programme by restoring an original Suzuki GSX-R750 on the firm’s stand over the course of the show. The bike will be...

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  • Shoei unveil new X-Spirit III race helmet

    24 September 2015 by Tony Hoare

    Shoei unveil new X-Spirit III race helmet

    Shoei have just revealed their new X-Spirit III racing helmet in a press conference at Aragon in Spain. World champion Marc Marquez is expected to give the new lid its race debut in this weekend’s...

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  • Seven longest serving models

    24 September 2015 by MCN

    Seven longest serving models

    Neil Murray celebrates bikes with well-proven staying power Honda CG125 (1976-2008) Initiates make The Sign Of Holy Pushrods (two index fingers pointed skywards and moved up and down) to each other.

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  • Carl Fogarty: Zen master... ish

    23 September 2015 by Bike magazine

    Carl Fogarty: Zen master... ish

    Carl Forgarty: WSB champion, TT winner, jungle expert and notoriously tough customer. Until now. Things have changed for Our Carl and life is good. Calm, relaxed, at peace with himself… they're...

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  • Suzuki calls for GSX-R owners

    23 September 2015 by MCN News

    Suzuki calls for GSX-R owners

    To commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the iconic GSX-R range Suzuki are organising on a display of the machines at the Motorcycle Live at the NEC  (Nov 29 - Dec 6). If you're a GSX-R owner...

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  • Classic or crusher? Honda Rune

    23 September 2015 by MCN

    Classic or crusher? Honda Rune

    This jaw-dropping motorcycle of 2004/5 was never officially brought into the UK, but that hasn’t stopped 16 lucky UK riders getting their hands on one through specialist import companies, ten of...

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  • Video: Honda RC213V-S Launch Report

    22 September 2015 by MCN News

    Video: Honda RC213V-S Launch Report

    Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’re probably aware that MCN got the chance to test the new Honda RC213V-S around Valencia last week. One of the most anticipated road bikes of the last ten...

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  • On the road with the Stranglers

    22 September 2015

    On the road with the Stranglers

    The Stranglers are one of Britain’s longest-surviving rock bands, pre-dating punk and still playing to sell-out crowds around the world. But bassist JJ Burnel and singer Baz Warne are also mad keen...

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  • Triumph fined $1.4m in America

    22 September 2015 by MCN News

    Triumph fined $1.4m in America

    Triumph have been fined a total of $1.4million by the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for reporting and communication failures surrounding a...

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