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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2016)

  • Gallery: Travelling the world on a Vespa

    22 August 2016 by MCN News

    Gallery: Travelling the world on a Vespa

    Think all round-the-world adventures need months of planning, top-of-the-range adventure bikes and plenty of money? Think again. In April 2015, 24-year-old fine art graduate Emma Trenchard embarked on...

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  • How the hell do you...Ride on water?

    22 August 2016 by Andy Davidson

    How the hell do you...Ride on water?

    Here's part 1 Answered by Robbie Maddison - Robbie is one of the world’s biggest nutcases, with a mile-long list of stunts and first feats to his name, from jumping Tower Bridge to the world jump...

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  • The Sheene Machines (Part 2/2)

    22 August 2016 by Stuart Barker

    The Sheene Machines (Part 2/2)

    He liked his handlebars set wide and preferred aluminium crankcases, Heron Suzuki mechanic Martyn Ogborne reveals the secrets behind Barry’s winning bikes  We all know the story of Barry Sheene’s...

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  • Gallery: Riding the highest road in the world

    21 August 2016 by Andy Davidson

    Gallery: Riding the highest road in the world

    Mountains are earth's giants. They're behemoths, slowly pushing their way through the clouds over millions of years to scratch at heaven's belly. The ancient rocks offer us the highest ground we can...

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  • Gallery: Adventure pioneers

    20 August 2016 by Andy Davidson

    Gallery: Adventure pioneers

    We've got it so easy. The first man to motorcycle around the world did it over 100 years ago. Carl Stearns Clancy circumnavigated the globe on a 1912 Henderson Four in 1913. In 1932, a 23-year-old...

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  • The Sheene Machines (Part 1/2)

    20 August 2016 by Stuart Barker

    The Sheene Machines (Part 1/2)

    He liked his handlebars set wide and preferred aluminium crankcases, Heron Suzuki mechanic Martyn Ogborne reveals the secrets behind Barry’s winning bikes  We all know the story of Barry Sheene’s...

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  • Shelsley attracts the iconic and eccentric

    19 August 2016 by MCN News

    Shelsley attracts the iconic and eccentric

    Shelsley Walsh Bike Festival returns on Sunday, September 4 drawing in the weird and wonderful bikes of the motorcycle world. This diverse celebration of engineering excellence features rare, classic,...

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  • The hottest bikes from Suzuka

    19 August 2016 by Simon Patterson

    The hottest bikes from Suzuka

    There is no other motorcycle race like the Suzuka 8-Hour. Like the Isle of Man TT, the Bol d’Or and the Daytona 200 it is one of bike racing’s classics, a standout event that has a flavour and an...

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  • Video: A classic adventure

    18 August 2016 by Andy Davidson

    Video: A classic adventure

    We've got it so easy. The first man to motorcycle around the world did it over 100 years ago. Carl Stearns Clancy circumnavigated the globe on a 1912 Henderson Four in 1913. There were no phones, GPS...

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  • Gallery: Inside the Lotus C-01 factory

    18 August 2016 by James Archibald

    Gallery: Inside the Lotus C-01 factory

    Last year we were lucky enough to get a ride on Lotus’ C-01 motorcycle that was rolled out in a super-limited run of just 100 bikes. We also got the rare chance to explore the Kodewa Perfomance...

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  • A bit of a GS obsession

    18 August 2016 by Michael Guy

    A bit of a GS obsession

    The first time I saw a picture of Corrado Capra’s 1984 BMW GS I knew that it was a bike I had to ride one day. I didn’t know how it was ever going to happen, and when a mutual friend told me that it’s...

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  • Quiz: What's it going for?

    18 August 2016 by MCN News

    Quiz: What's it going for?

    There are many variables which dicatate the price of a used bike; miles covered, service history, aftermarket parts, dealer or private? As a result prices for the same models can vary greatly. Do you...

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  • Yamaha get in on the scrambler game

    18 August 2016 by James Archibald

    Yamaha get in on the scrambler game

    Yamaha have launched this cool new scrambler-styled model over in the US to sit along other models in the Sport Heritage range. Featuring the air-cooled 942cc V-twin engine from the current XV950, the...

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  • See Rossi's M1 at the Bike Shed this weekend

    18 August 2016 by James Archibald

    See Rossi's M1 at the Bike Shed this weekend

    The Bike Shed are known for housing drool-inducing metal at their Shoreditch HQ, but non quite so much as Rossi’s M1, which will be on display there this weekend. Celebrating all things Italian, the...

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  • Triumph announces tempting new summer deals

    18 August 2016 by Dan Sutherland

    Triumph announces tempting new summer deals

    In a bid to get more bikers out enjoying the summer weather, Triumph have unveiled a host of new offers across a range of accessory kits and clothing. Your dream bike is waiting for you, until...

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  • Gallery: Lotus C-01 revisited

    18 August 2016 by James Archibald

    Gallery: Lotus C-01 revisited

    We’ve taken a look back at the stunning Lotus C-01 over the past couple days, it’s a beautiful piece of machinery and has to be seen to be appreciated so we thought we would publish the full gallery...

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  • Honda CRF450 gets powerful makeover

    17 August 2016 by MCN News

    Honda CRF450 gets powerful makeover

    Honda have completely reworked the CRF450R and CRF450RX models in what the firm says is a ‘ground-up redesign’ for their dirt bike range. The motocross CRF450R gets an 11% power boost at the top end...

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  • Lampkin tackles the TT... on his back wheel!

    17 August 2016 by MCN News

    Lampkin tackles the TT... on his back wheel!

    Trials legend Dougie Lampkin will be filmed live as he attempts to wheelie the entire length of the Isle of Man TT course on a modified trials bike next month. The 12-times world trials champion will...

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  • Running the gauntlet on the road to Calais

    16 August 2016 by Richard Newland

    Running the gauntlet on the road to Calais

    “If you want to get through safely, don’t travel at night.” That was the advice imparted to me at Passport Control by a UK Border Agent as I left France in the dark early hours of Monday morning. It...

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  • Rare Lotus C-01 up for £300k

    16 August 2016 by James Archibald

    Rare Lotus C-01 up for £300k

    The Lotus C-01 is one of the most exclusive motorcycles in the world, with a run of only 100 bikes that sold out fairly rapidly. As such, getting your hands on one is a bit of a tricky business,...

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  • This week's issue: Ducati back on top

    16 August 2016 by MCN News

    This week's issue: Ducati back on top

    In this week's edition of MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from August 17: Ducati back on top Ducati scorch to a sensational one-two in Austria after huge gamble on softer...

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  • Whatever happened to Johnny Cecotto?

    16 August 2016 by MCN News

    Whatever happened to Johnny Cecotto?

    Fact File Born 1956, Venezuela Famous for winning the 350cc world title at 19 years of age Best mate Barry Sheene Venezuela’s Alberto ‘Johnny’ Cecotto was a double world champion in the 350cc and...

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  • Pure & Crafted festival gallery

    15 August 2016 by James Archibald

    Pure & Crafted festival gallery

    We were in Berlin for the second Pure & Crafted festival on the weekend to find out what happens when a music festival and bike show collide. Some of Germany’s top custom builders were showing off...

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  • The history of the Ducati Monster family

    14 August 2016 by Jon Urry

    The history of the Ducati Monster family

    300,000 Ducati Monsters have been sold since the range was inroduced in 1993 with the air-cooled 904cc M900. From 1993 to 2000 the Monster family accounted for 42% of all Ducati's sales and helped...

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