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Bike News (February 2016)

  • Video: This drag race doesn't go to plan

    29 February 2016 by Liam Marsden

    Video: This drag race doesn't go to plan

    Drag racing; go as fast as you can in a staight line for a quarter of a mile. Simple. But what happens when both competitors' bikes suffer mechanical failures on the start line? In the video above,...

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  • Interview: Mr Two-Stroke - Stan Stephens

    29 February 2016 by MCN Sport

    Interview: Mr Two-Stroke - Stan Stephens

    1980, and Yamaha launch the RD250 and 350LC. More than anyone else, Stan Stephens was the man who could make them fly or a generation of riders and fans, the early 1980s were about production racing...

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  • The Trackday Revolution (Part 2)

    29 February 2016 by Michael Neeves

    The Trackday Revolution (Part 2)

    Trackdays are more than just turning up at your local circuit and riding around in circles. They’ve evolved into something special – and 2016 is packed full of them Ride and learn days inding tuition...

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  • We ride one of the world's maddest road races

    28 February 2016 by Adam Child

    We ride one of the world's maddest road races

    One of the craziest road races on earth takes place in New Zealand on Boxing Day. Last year was the 60th anniversary of the Cemetery Circuit so we sent MCN’s road racer and senior road tester Adam...

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  • Get set for Suzuki SV650 launch on Monday

    26 February 2016 by Tony Hoare

    Get set for Suzuki SV650 launch on Monday

    Suzuki are launching the re-introduced SV650 on Monday in the north-east of Spain and MCN will be there to give the middleweight V-twin a run for its money. The naked SV returns to replace the curvy,...

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  • MCN's GS Trophy Diary: Day Three

    26 February 2016 by Michael Guy

    MCN's GS Trophy Diary: Day Three

    MCN’s Michael Guy is in Thailand for the BMW GS Trophy, which pits teams from 19 countries against each other in a gruelling series of challenges on R1200GS bikes. Michael is resident journalist for...

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  • The Trackday Revolution (Part 1)

    26 February 2016 by Michael Neeves

    The Trackday Revolution (Part 1)

    Trackdays are more than just turning up at your local circuit and riding around in circles. They’ve evolved into something special – and 2016 is packed full of them or 2016, there will be more track...

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  • MCN's GS Trophy Diary: Day Two

    25 February 2016 by Michael Guy

    MCN's GS Trophy Diary: Day Two

    MCN’s Michael Guy is in Thailand for the BMW GS Trophy, which pits teams from 19 countries against each other in a gruelling series of challenges on R1200GS bikes. Michael is resident journalist for...

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  • Sole Survivor: Suzuki GSX-R750 (Part 2)

    25 February 2016 by Michael Neeves

    Sole Survivor: Suzuki GSX-R750 (Part 2)

    It started a class, mixed it with the best homologation specials, and has outlived them all. Alone again, is the GSX-R750 the most enduring bike of our time? he GSX-R750 still has the potential to...

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  • MCN’s GS Trophy Diary: Day One

    24 February 2016 by Michael Guy

    MCN’s GS Trophy Diary: Day One

    The 2016 BMW GS Trophy starts here! For those of you who don’t know what it is, click here for a video that shows the intensity of the days ahead. Essentially it’s a global event with three-rider...

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  • Sole Survivor; Suzuki GSX-R750 (Part 1)

    24 February 2016 by Michael Neeves

    Sole Survivor; Suzuki GSX-R750 (Part 1)

    It started a class, mixed it with the best homologation specials, and has outlived them all. Alone again, is the GSX-R750 the most enduring bike of our time? t takes the length of the pitlane here at...

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  • 10 pearls of wisdom to pass on to new riders

    23 February 2016 by MCN

    10 pearls of wisdom to pass on to new riders

    Help someone starting out in bikes care for their machine with these top tips 1. Tyres Like everything else, start from the bottom. Tyres are pretty crucial – getting a new motorcyclist in the habit...

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  • My life in bikes: Ian Lougher

    22 February 2016 by MCN

    My life in bikes: Ian Lougher

    ‘I got banned at 17 for burning off the cops’ en-time TT winner comes out of retirement to race the Suter MMX 500 in the 2016 Isle of Man TT   How did you get interested in bikes? My dad had...

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  • MCN Festival goes large

    22 February 2016 by MCN News

    MCN Festival goes large

    With more retail stands, more clubs, more live action and a brand new autojumble, everything about this year’s MCN Festival is bigger, except the ticket price! After the success of last year’s MCN...

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  • In The Pits For Foggy's 40th win

    21 February 2016 by Bike Magazine

    In The Pits For Foggy's 40th win

    Uncompromising and fanatical - Carl Fogarty's your nightmare workmate. Back in August 1997, Bike's Olly Duke joined team Ducati Corse as Foggy became superbike's best rider lorious sunshine beats down...

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  • Tornado hits MCN Festival 2016!

    20 February 2016 by MCN News

    Tornado hits MCN Festival 2016!

    Texas Tornado Colin Edwards, one of the most exciting and charismatic racers of his generation, has been confirmed as star guest at the MCN Festival of motorcycling held on May 14-15 at the...

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  • Whatever happened to Bodywork side panels?

    20 February 2016 by MCN

    Whatever happened to Bodywork side panels?

    Once a visual centerpiece of every bike, why are they now so rarely seen? n the days before fairings, most machines had round headlights, so it was the profile of a bike’s petrol tank and side panels...

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  • We Want It! Bimota YB8

    19 February 2016 by Practical Sportsbikes

    We Want It! Bimota YB8

    In the days before razor-sharp big-bike handling, Bimota were the torch-bearers for brilliant chassis. This YB8 is a piece of (almost) affordable exotica that makes the most of the FZR1000 EXUP’s...

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  • Chris Walker still stalking titles (Part 2)

    19 February 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Chris Walker still stalking titles (Part 2)

    On the eve of his sidecar debut, we sat down with one of Britain’s favourite racers to look back over an incredible 20-year career ew racers of any generation have managed to reinvent themselves as...

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  • Circuit of Wales moves a step closer

    18 February 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Circuit of Wales moves a step closer

    Work may finally be set to get underway at the proposed new home of the British Grand Prix, after reports emerged that the Circuit of Wales has secured £300 million in funding from insurance giant...

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  • 360º onboard video at the North West 200

    18 February 2016 by Liam Marsden

    360º onboard video at the North West 200

    Onboard videos from road races such as the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT are always spectacular, but this video - uploaded to Youtube recently by the BBC NI Technology Innovation Group - takes...

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  • Chris Walker still stalking titles (Part 1)

    18 February 2016 by Simon Patterson

    Chris Walker still stalking titles (Part 1)

    On the eve of his sidecar debut, we sat down with one of Britain’s favourite racers to look back over an incredible 20-year career ew racers of any generation have managed to reinvent themselves as...

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  • 9 bike noises that mean you must take action

    17 February 2016 by MCN

    9 bike noises that mean you must take action

    Simple sounds that need checking out before they turn into something serious 1. Gurgling Does your motor sound like Homer Simpson’s guts after a night on the Duff? Time for a look at your cooling...

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  • MCN London Show spectacular

    17 February 2016 by Andy Downes

    MCN London Show spectacular

    As the doors closed on Sunday night, almost 40,000 bike fans had poured through the doors at London’s ExCeL to face ultimate temptation head-on at the three-day Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle...

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  • Should Lorenzo sign for Ducati?

    17 February 2016 by MCN News

    Should Lorenzo sign for Ducati?

    The 2016 MotoGP season hasn't even begun, but reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo is already Ducati's prime target for 2017. Should Lorenzo make the switch? Should Lorenzo sign for Ducati?

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  • Win a trip of a lifetime with Harley Davidson

    17 February 2016 by James Archibald

    Win a trip of a lifetime with Harley Davidson

    Harley Davidson are running a competition that will see one winner and a friend embark on the trip of a lifetime, anywhere in the world with a purse of £5000 at their disposal.  The ‘Discover...

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  • Triton seals classic glory

    16 February 2016 by Andy Downes

    Triton seals classic glory

    The 2016 Classic Bike of the Year competition drew to a close on Sunday at the Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle show with a stunning Triumph-engined Norton special, built by 55-year-old Doncaster...

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  • Road racing’s 150mph jump

    16 February 2016 by MCN

    Road racing’s 150mph jump

    Ryan Farquhar dominated the racing at Kells in Ireland back in 2009. Not hard to see why… his is Irish road racer Ryan Farquhar landing at 150mph on his Kawasaki ZX-10R from a 40ft long jump over...

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  • Brough come home

    16 February 2016 by Andy Downes

    Brough come home

    The first owner of an all-new Brough Superior SS100 was handed the keys to his motorcycle at the Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle show during the weekend. Eric Patterson, 69, is no stranger to the...

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  • New MCN February 17: Honda's new Fireblade

    16 February 2016 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN February 17: Honda's new Fireblade

    In this week's edition of MCN, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from February 17: Details of Honda's new Fireblade Triumph Tiger Explorer first ride 2016 theft special Chris Walker's mad...

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  • My life in bikes; Brian Sansom

    15 February 2016 by MCN

    My life in bikes; Brian Sansom

    ‘I was a bit of a punk, and used to dress up like Johnny Rotten’ hirty years after starting BKS, Managing director Sansom talks bikes, bands, and kitting out royalty...   What was the first...

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