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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2018)

  • Bike of the day: Triumph Street Triple R

    Yesterday 09:30 by Ben Clarke

    Bike of the day: Triumph Street Triple R

    bikes for saleThe Triumph Street Triple R is everything you could want from a naked bike. Light and agile with incredible brakes and plenty of grunt on tap from the 105bhp, 675cc triple engine, you’ll be...

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  • 5 ways to own a Kawasaki ZX-6R

    22 October 2018 by Ben Clarke

    5 ways to own a Kawasaki ZX-6R

    bikes for saleThe Kawasaki ZX-6R has been the Japanese manufacturers main supersport offering since it was introduced in 1995. Unlike Honda and Suzuki who have both pulled out of the sector in Europe, Kawasaki have...

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  • Bike of the day: Suzuki M1800R Intruder

    22 October 2018 by MCN News

    Bike of the day: Suzuki M1800R Intruder

    BIKES FOR SALEProducing 118ftlb of torque from its 1783cc V-twin powerhouse, the Suzuki M1800R Intruder is as bold and brash as a cruiser can be.  Weighing a staggering 347kg fully wet, at its inception the...

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  • Bike of the day: Ducati XDiavel

    21 October 2018 by Dan Sutherland

    Bike of the day: Ducati XDiavel

    BIKES FOR SALEDucati's XDiavel was a revelation when it hit the cruiser market back in 2016. Boasting a superbike-spec full fat 156bhp Testastretta V-twin powerhouse, the elongated Duke is very, very fast and...

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  • Bike of the Day: Kawasaki Vulcan S

    20 October 2018 by Ben Clarke

    Bike of the Day: Kawasaki Vulcan S

    bikes for saleIt may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but the Kawasaki Vulcan S is a cheap way into the cruiser market and it’s a solid little bike, too. MCN MODEL GUIDES Triumph Bonneville: a brief model history Our...

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  • 5 best motorcycle thermals and base layers

    19 October 2018 by MCN News

    5 best motorcycle thermals and base layers

    MCN ShopStaying warm whilst on your bike this winter is essential and we recommend buying thermal and base layers that offer a close, snug fit as this will help trap warm air against the skin – keeping you...

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  • Bike of the day: Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird

    19 October 2018 by Ingrid Ash

    Bike of the day: Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird

    MCN Bikes for saleThe Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird is a strong example of a comfortable but ballistic power machine, previously holding the record for the fastest production motorcycle in the world. Both a practical...

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  • Bike of the day: Honda PCX125

    18 October 2018 by Ben Clarke

    Bike of the day: Honda PCX125

    bikes for saleMany riders first experience two wheels by riding a 125 scooter. They’re cheap, practical and fun... and you can ride one with L-plates and a CBT from 17 years old. A scooter can also be a great...

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  • Bike of the day: Yamaha R6

    17 October 2018 by Dan Sutherland

    Bike of the day: Yamaha R6

    Bikes for saleYamaha's 2008-2016 R6 ruled the supersport class since from its birth to its death (when it was updated for Euro4) thanks to its razor sharp handling and a screaming motor, complete with an updated...

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  • Bike of the day: Honda VFR800

    16 October 2018 by MCN News

    Bike of the day: Honda VFR800

    bikes for saleWhether you want a motorbike to tour Europe, blast some twisty B-roads at the weekend, commute to work or even a trackday, the Honda VFR800 has got you covered. Its 800cc V4 engine produces more grunt...

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  • 5 ways to own a Kawasaki Ninja

    15 October 2018 by Ben Clarke

    5 ways to own a Kawasaki Ninja

    bikes for saleThe Kawasaki Ninja has been around in one form or another since 1984 and has spanned various engine sizes, cylinder formats and bike categories in that time; from a 125cc single to a 1200cc four and...

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  • Bike of the day: 2013 Yamaha R1

    15 October 2018 by MCN News

    Bike of the day: 2013 Yamaha R1

    bikes for saleFirst launched in 2012, this version of the Yamaha R1 built on the already excellent 2009 model by adding six-stage traction control and a MotoGP-inspired slotted top yoke. The rear...

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  • Edinburgh sees 60% drop in bike theft

    14 October 2018 by Jordan Gibbons

    Edinburgh sees 60% drop in bike theft

    A massive reduction in motorcycle crime in Edinburgh and surrounding areas is the result of an uprated police operation, according to Police Scotland. Between April and September 2018 there was a 60%...

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  • Bike of the day: Vespa PX125

    14 October 2018 by Ben Clarke

    Bike of the day: Vespa PX125

    bikes for saleThe word Vespa has almost become synonymous with scooters in the same way that Hoover is with vacuum cleaners or Jacuzzi with hot tubs. The classic Vespa design is so iconic that owners Piaggio have...

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  • Bike of the day: Yamaha MT-125

    13 October 2018 by Ben Clarke

    Bike of the day: Yamaha MT-125

    bikes for saleThe Yamaha MT-125 is the learner licence-friendly baby of a burgeoning model family. Designed to be the entry point for new riders before they move on to the A2 world of the Yamaha MT-03 and...

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  • Bike of the day: Triumph Bonneville Bobber

    12 October 2018 by Dan Sutherland

    Bike of the day: Triumph Bonneville Bobber

    Bikes for saleSince its introduction in 2017, the Triumph Bonneville Bobber has been a huge hit. Combining post-war styling with modern day performance, the 1200cc Bobber goes, corners and steers like a decent...

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  • Bike of the day: Suzuki SV650S

    10 October 2018 by MCN News

    Bike of the day: Suzuki SV650S

    Bikes for saleThe Suzuki SV650 is a brilliant bike in any form. It’s more than fast enough to keep you interested on the road, makes a solid supertwin on the track and is a flickable traffic-beater in its naked...

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  • The history of the Suzuki Katana

    10 October 2018 by Dan Sutherland

    The history of the Suzuki Katana

    Suzuki’s unveiling of the 2019 Katana at Intermot was a launch that divided opinion, with hundreds of thousands of people engaged in a global discussion surrounding its styling, features and whether...

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  • 6 of the best chain lubes around

    10 October 2018 by MCN News

    6 of the best chain lubes around

    MCN ShopJust in case you need it, here are the top six highest-rated chain lubes on the MCN Shop... Wurth High Performance (500ml) around £9.69  Based on a wax formula, this dry Wurth lube promises...

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  • Bike of the day: Honda VFR800

    09 October 2018 by Ben Clarke

    Bike of the day: Honda VFR800

    mcn bikes for saleAlthough we’re fairly used to V4 road bikes these days, when the Honda VFR800 came onto the scene in 1998 they were generally the reserve of Grand Prix bikes or exotic, Japanese race-reps. MORE MCN...

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  • Riding your motorbike in Europe

    08 October 2018 by MCN News

    Riding your motorbike in Europe

    A European motorbike trip can be a great way to get some miles racked up towards your #ride5000miles total at any time of year; whether it's your summer holiday, a way to extend the riding season...

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  • Gallery: Intermot 2018

    07 October 2018 by Dan Sutherland

    Gallery: Intermot 2018

    The 2018 Intermot motorcycle fair in Cologne came to a close today after a week of new bike releases and product launches across five large exhibition halls.  MCN attended the show at the...

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  • Wheels Motorcycles launch clearance sale

    05 October 2018 by Dan Sutherland

    Wheels Motorcycles launch clearance sale

    Peterborough-based multi-franchise bike dealership Wheels Motorcycles are launching a huge clearance sale on clothing tomorrow, with 20% off everything and up to 50% off all items found within their...

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  • Revisited: KTM 690 SMC R

    04 October 2018 by Bruce Dunn

    Revisited: KTM 690 SMC R

    MCN’s Senior Road Tester, Adam Child first rode the KTM 690 SMC R back in 2008. Here’s what he thought then: "The Supermoto version of the 690 is effectively derived from the Enduro version, so...

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