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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2016)

  • We want your Honda CBR600 stories

    12 September 2016 by MCN News

    We want your Honda CBR600 stories

    Have you ever owned a Honda CBR600? Did it change your biking life? Would you like to be included in a major MCN feature on the CBR? We're looking for readers with great stories to tell about owning...

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  • How to get fit for racing

    12 September 2016 by Andy Davidson

    How to get fit for racing

    Isle of Man TT racer Ian Hutchinson is the only man in history to win five TTs in a week; a true legend. He’s had to battle back from horrific leg injuries, no one knows how to get fit better than...

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  • Mind blowing! Riding Iannone's GP16!

    12 September 2016 by Michael Guy

    Mind blowing! Riding Iannone's GP16!

    Weighing in at just 157kg with over 270bhp on tap, MotoGP machines are the finest motorcycles the human race can produce, capable of mind-boggling lap times, 63-degree lean angles and top speeds well...

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  • Video: Goodwood Revival race highlights

    12 September 2016 by Liam Marsden

    Video: Goodwood Revival race highlights

    A star-studded line up including Michael Dunlop, Troy Corser and John McGuinness took to the track at last weekend's Goodwood Revival to take part in the two Barry Sheene Memorial races on classic...

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  • What happened to Brooklands?

    10 September 2016 by MCN News

    What happened to Brooklands?

    Built in 1907, Brooklands was the world’s first purpose-built racing circuit as well as being one of Britain’s first airfields. By 1918 it had also become the country’s largest aircraft manufacturing...

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  • Guy Martin to return to Bonneville next week

    09 September 2016 by James Archibald

    Guy Martin to return to Bonneville next week

    Things may have seemed fairly quiet surrounding Guy Martin’s Land Speed Record attempt following a string of successful practice runs in August. But Guy will return to Bonneville’s famous Salt...

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  • Valerie's the world's fastest woman

    09 September 2016 by James Archibald

    Valerie's the world's fastest woman

    American NHRA racer Valerie Thompson has become the worlds fastest female motorcycle racer after averaging a speed of 304mph and hitting a top speed of 313mph at the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials...

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  • Bike sales are on the rise

    09 September 2016 by James Archibald

    Bike sales are on the rise

    Bike sales are still going up according to the latest stats from the Motorcycle Industry Association. Figures have so far been good with an increase so far over last year’s statistics of 5.6% with a...

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  • My life in bikes: Tommy Hill

    08 September 2016 by Stuart Barker

    My life in bikes: Tommy Hill

    Former BSB champion and now team owner of the e-PayMe Yamaha squad who walked away from the sport at just 26. Tommy Hill talks about riding round fridges, almost dying… and failing his theory test. ‘I...

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  • Gallery: Barry Sheene Parade at Silverstone

    08 September 2016 by MCN News

    Gallery: Barry Sheene Parade at Silverstone

    Motorcycle racing legends from days past took to the Silverstone circuit on Sunday to commemorate 40 years since Barry Sheene's first world championship title in 1976. Among the riders taking part...

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  • TomTom Vio adds stylish navigation to scooters

    07 September 2016 by Liam Marsden

    TomTom Vio adds stylish navigation to scooters

    Satnav experts TomTom have revealed the Vio, a smartphone-connected satnav system designed primarily with stylish scoter riders in mind. The circular device connects to your smartphone and displays...

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  • Lampkin set for Isle of Man TT wheelie record

    07 September 2016 by Dan Sutherland

    Lampkin set for Isle of Man TT wheelie record

    Dougie Lampkin has undergone a successful private test at Cadwell Park ahead of his attempt to wheelie the entire Isle of Man TT course on September 24. The 12-times world champion was at...

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  • MV Agusta boss: "We're back on course"

    07 September 2016 by Andy Downes

    MV Agusta boss: "We're back on course"

    Six months after MV Agusta were forced to implement a company restructure in the face of rising debts, boss Giovanni Castiglioni has told MCN the company is back on track – and back to full...

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  • Seven top speed heroes

    06 September 2016 by Neil Murray

    Seven top speed heroes

    Kawasaki H2 Ninja (2015-present) The world’s first and, so far, only production supercharged motorcycle. And that rare thing, a completely hand-built Japanese bike. Incredibly fast, with massive power...

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  • Captain Slow caught going fast

    06 September 2016 by James Archibald

    Captain Slow caught going fast

    Former Top Gear presenter James May was caught speeding in London – right after purchasing a Honda CBR600RR. Known as Captain Slow to his co-presenters, the TV personality and passionate biker was...

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  • Riding a rebuilt Suzuki GSX1100SZ Katana

    05 September 2016 by Chris Newbigging

    Riding a rebuilt Suzuki GSX1100SZ Katana

    Niall Gledhill loves Katanas. “I saw one when I was a kid, even before I was into bikes. It didn’t look like something that should be on the road next to what people were riding at the time.” Niall...

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  • Ducati announce new PCP finance plans

    05 September 2016 by Liam Marsden

    Ducati announce new PCP finance plans

    Ducati UK have just launched their latest PCP finance scheme, with deposits as low as £1000 or £399 across the entire Ducati range. The new plan is based on the popular TriOptions finance plan with 37...

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  • How to drift a bike into bends

    05 September 2016 by Andy Davidson

    How to drift a bike into bends

    Racer Christian Iddon talks to us about how to drift a bike into bends. Iddon says: "Most people think that backing a bike into a bend involves the rear brake, but it doesn’t. If you just jump on the...

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  • Gallery: Utterly brilliant engines

    04 September 2016 by MCN News

    Gallery: Utterly brilliant engines

    We are truly living in a blessed time when to comes to two-wheeled development. Gone are any signs of the ‘Universal Japanese Motorcycle’, now every manufacturer is striving to stand out from the...

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  • Whatever happened to British exhausts?

    03 September 2016 by MCN News

    Whatever happened to British exhausts?

    British exhausts? I thought the best pipes were all foreign? You’re probably thinking of Akrapovic (from Slovenia) and Termignoni (from Italy). Or perhaps Yoshimura (Japan) or Vance & Hines...

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  • Gallery: Classic TT

    02 September 2016 by MCN News

    Gallery: Classic TT

    The fourth Classic TT festival proved to be a huge hit with thousands travelling to the Isle of Man to watch TT stars of past and present race the Mountain course on historic race machinery. Current...

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  • Fancy lapping Donington with Thundersport GB?

    02 September 2016 by Michael Neeves

    Fancy lapping Donington with Thundersport GB?

    Spectators will get the chance to ride their road bikes around Donington Park at the penultimate round of the Thundersport GB championships on the 24/25 September. Tickets are just £6.00, if you book...

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  • 70 years of Vespa: 10 things you didn't know

    02 September 2016 by Stuart Barker

    70 years of Vespa: 10 things you didn't know

    To this day a scooter is about the easiest, cheapest, and most convenient mode of powered transport there is, certainly for town riding. You can nip through the tightest of gaps in traffic, park them...

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  • Batman’s Batpod goes up for sale in the UK

    02 September 2016 by Dan Sutherland

    Batman’s Batpod goes up for sale in the UK

    Batman’s Batpod is to be sold in the UK later this month as part of an auction block of over 500 items worth a total of more than £1.5 million. The bike, which featured in both The Dark Knight and The...

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