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Bike News (August 2018)

  • 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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  • 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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  • Video: History-making TT Nortons stir the soul

    07 September 2018 by Adam Child

    Video: History-making TT Nortons stir the soul

    The Manx is Norton’s most successful TT race bike ever, while the SG7 is the reborn firm’s fastest. Seventy years ago, the late Geoff Duke made his debut at the Manx GP and went on to give Norton...

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  • Best 5 paddock stands

    07 September 2018 by Ben Clarke

    Best 5 paddock stands

    mcn shopWe've all been out racking up the miles in this good weather, and it's important not to neglect regular motorbike maintenance. With centre stands seemingly becoming a thing of the past, a good paddock...

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  • 9 great motorbike events to attend this month

    03 September 2018 by MCN News

    9 great motorbike events to attend this month

    There's been a few wet patches and brisk mornings, but the bike season is still going strong and there are lots of great events to attend in September. Get your tickets for September's Devitt MCN...

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  • Bike of the day: Kawasaki ZX-10R

    02 September 2018 by Dan Sutherland

    Bike of the day: Kawasaki ZX-10R

    bikes for saleToday's bike of the day is Kawasaki's ZX-10R and what better bike for a Sunday morning's thrash through your favourite twisties than the Japanese firm's flagship superbike. Launched in 2004, the '10R...

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  • Bike of the day: Harley-Davidson V-Rod

    01 September 2018 by Dan Sutherland

    Bike of the day: Harley-Davidson V-Rod

    Bikes for saleLaunched in 2001, the Harley-Davidson V-Rod was a concept initially shunned by purists of the day, thanks to the bike offering a thoroughly modern take on the Harley ownership experience. After...

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  • Video: Random acts of (biking) kindness

    31 August 2018 by Ben Clarke

    Video: Random acts of (biking) kindness

    Watching Alex Rins selflessly attempt to flag down his fellow riders during FP4 at Silverstone got us thinking about previous positive motorbike videos we've seen to give you that #FridayFeeling. One...

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  • Expert guide to: £4000 nutty nakeds

    31 August 2018 by Jon Urry

    Expert guide to: £4000 nutty nakeds

    bikes for saleNaked bikes used to be fairly mundane commuters. Devoid of soul, they were the workhorses of the two-wheeled world whose purpose in life was to hack through traffic or provide stress-free...

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  • Bike of the day: BMW R1200GS

    31 August 2018 by MCN News

    Bike of the day: BMW R1200GS

    Bikes for saleThe BMW R1200GS is a genuine all-rounder, capable of long-distance tours across Europe, as well as scratching that hooligan itch along your favourite back road. They've even been taken to the odd...

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  • Curtiss Motorcycles announce V8 battery bike

    31 August 2018 by MCN news

    Curtiss Motorcycles announce V8 battery bike

    American-based bike manufacturer Curtiss Motorcycles have announced their second model will be the Hera. Named after the wife of Zeus (Curtiss’ other model and also a Greek God), the bike will be...

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  • Revisited: Kawasaki ZZR1400

    30 August 2018 by Phil West

    Revisited: Kawasaki ZZR1400

    What we said then "The Kawasaki ZZR1400 is not only the fastest, most powerful motorcycle you can buy, it is also an extremely capable all-round machine, too. Limited to 186mph (300kmh) - the Kawasaki...

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  • Adventure riding: Exploring the Pamir Mountains

    30 August 2018 by Andy Davidson

    Adventure riding: Exploring the Pamir Mountains

    I grab the front brake to avoid another rim-wrecking crater, but it’s too late. The front wheel drops in and I wait for the inevitable protest from my overloaded and overworked XT660. There’s a loud...

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  • Kawasaki H2 to get a TFT dash in 2019

    29 August 2018 by Matt Wildee

    Kawasaki H2 to get a TFT dash in 2019

    As the world of electronics evolves, more and more bikes are gaining full-colour TFT dashes, including the incoming 2019 Kawasaki H2. First seen on the Ducati Panigale in 2012, they’ve filtered down...

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  • Ducati give blessing for 1978 Hailwood replicas

    29 August 2018 by Jordan Gibbons

    Ducati give blessing for 1978 Hailwood replicas

    Few bikes are as famous as Mike Hailwood's 1978 TT-winning Ducati NCR 900F1 and now, 40 years on, 12 replicas, to be made as close as possible to the historic racer, are finally to be built, each with...

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  • Bike of the day: Kawasaki ZZ-R1400

    29 August 2018 by Ben Clarke

    Bike of the day: Kawasaki ZZ-R1400

    bikes for saleWhen it was released in 2006, the Kawasaki ZZ-R1400 was the fastest and most powerful motorbike you could buy. Even 12 years on, its 197bhp would still win you a few rounds of Top Trumps. As an ultra...

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  • Zombie-themed motorcycle event cancelled

    28 August 2018 by Ben Clarke

    Zombie-themed motorcycle event cancelled

    The Zom-B-Mad event scheduled for October 2018 has been cancelled, according to a post on the organiser's Facebook page. Bikers Make a Difference (BMAD) said that they were 'gobsmacked' to have had to...

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  • Bike of the day: Honda CBR600RR

    28 August 2018 by Ingrid Ash

    Bike of the day: Honda CBR600RR

    MCN BIKES FOR SALEToday's bike of the day is the Honda CBR600RR. The 600RR has been around since 2003 and is a track-based missile; and an excellent one at that. The bike received some of its final major updates in...

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  • Bike of the day: Yamaha YZF-R125

    27 August 2018 by Ben Clarke

    Bike of the day: Yamaha YZF-R125

    bikes for saleIf you’ve only got a 14.6bhp motorbike, you’ve got to look good. Even A1 licence holders want to pose a bit (it’s half the point of having a bike after all). The Yamaha YZF-R125 has got you covered,...

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  • Expert guide to cut price adventure

    27 August 2018 by Neil Murray

    Expert guide to cut price adventure

    bikes for saleFor riders who want to tackle any terrain with comfort, technology and safety, super-sized adventure bikes are hard to beat. Yet all that spec comes at a price. Add on heated seats, cruise control,...

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  • All-new female biking trip hits the South

    26 August 2018 by Ben Clarke

    All-new female biking trip hits the South

    Calling all female riders in the south! The first ever Motorbike Women - South Rally is going to take place across the weekend of September 14-16, 2018. The event is for female riders who join the...

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  • Bike of the day: Ducati Monster 821

    26 August 2018 by Ben Clarke

    Bike of the day: Ducati Monster 821

    bikes for saleThe Ducati Monster 821 sits pretty much at the bottom of the Ducati Monster family. It was intended to be as user-friendly as possible, but that doesn’t mean it’s slow or boring and should certainly...

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  • Bike of the day: Yamaha FJR1300

    25 August 2018 by Ben Clarke

    Bike of the day: Yamaha FJR1300

    bikes for saleAdventure tourers looked like they’d all but taken over the market for a while, but sports-tourers like the Yamaha FJR1300 are a fantastic alternative if your trip will only ever take you on paved...

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  • Five great bank holiday helmet bargains

    24 August 2018 by MCN News

    Five great bank holiday helmet bargains

    mcn shopWith Autumn looming on the horizon, this bank holiday is a great opportunity to get out and rack up some extra miles on two wheels. If your helmet is a bit past its best, take a look at these...

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  • Ewan and Charley ride again

    23 August 2018 by MCN News

    Ewan and Charley ride again

    They have been around the world and down it, but now Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman are planning a new adventure; riding up from the southern tip of South America to the northernmost point of...

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  • Bike of the Day: BMW F800R

    21 August 2018 by Dan Sutherland

    Bike of the Day: BMW F800R

    MCN Bikes for saleIntroduced in 2009, the BMW F800R was introduced as the firm's entry-level sporty naked bike, designed to take on the likes of the Triumph Street Triple, Honda CB600F Hornet or Yamaha's FZ6. While the...

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  • 10 years of the BMW F series GS

    20 August 2018 by MCN News

    10 years of the BMW F series GS

    bikes for saleThe new BMW F850GS is more than a styling exercise: it’s quicker and sweeter-handling than the 800 with more kit and sounds meaner too, with a thrapping exhaust note, thanks to a new firing order and...

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