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Bike News (December 2018)

  • 5 of the best ways to own an adventure bike

    08 March 2019 by Ben Clarke

    5 of the best ways to own an adventure bike

    bikes for saleWe've been riding the 2019 KTM 790 Adventure and 790 Adventure R and it got us thinking about the adventure bike category in general. If a new bike is beyond reach, there are a wide range of adventure...

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  • Bike of the day: KTM 690 Duke

    31 December 2018 by MCN News

    Bike of the day: KTM 690 Duke

    Bikes for SaleToday's bike of the day is KTM's 690 Duke. Put simply, the 690 is an impressive package and one that you would ideally have in your dream garage. With a versatile, smooth and user-friendly motor, the...

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  • The motorcycle highs and lows of 2018

    30 December 2018 by MCN News

    The motorcycle highs and lows of 2018

    2018 has been a busy year in the world of motorcycling. We enjoyed the joint hottest summer on record, saw new models from top manufacturers and a blistering new lap record from Peter Hickman at the...

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  • 5 of the best ways to own a BMW GS

    30 December 2018 by Ben Clarke

    5 of the best ways to own a BMW GS

    bikes for saleBMW have been using the GS suffix since the early '80s to denote bikes with off-road capability. By the '00s, GS model variants were dominating the newly formed adventure bike class. MORE FROM...

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  • Bike of the day: Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin

    29 December 2018 by Dan Sutherland

    Bike of the day: Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin

    BIKES FOR SALEThe Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin began life in 2016 and resurrected one of the most legendary names in adventure off-road motorcycling.  Sporting a 998cc, 94bhp parallel-twin motor, the original...

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  • MCN Shop bargains just in time for New Year

    28 December 2018 by MCN News

    MCN Shop bargains just in time for New Year

    mcn shopThe sales after Christmas can throw up some great bargains, allowing you to get top-notch motorcycle gear at low prices. It can be a great opportunity to get some fresh, new kit before the...

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  • Bike of the day: Ducati Hypermotard 796

    28 December 2018 by MCN News

    Bike of the day: Ducati Hypermotard 796

    bikes for saleThe Ducati Hypermotard 796 very nearly took a clean-sweep of 5-star ratings when MCN reviewed it in 2009, only falling down with a 4-star score for equipment. The 803cc, entry-level version of...

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  • Best electric bikes to look forward to in 2019

    27 December 2018 by Dan Sutherland

    Best electric bikes to look forward to in 2019

    2018 has been a bumper year for electric motorcycle exploration, with manufacturers pushing the boundaries of performance, charging times and availability (not to mention cost). With major players...

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  • Revisited: 2000-2001 Honda VTR1000 SP-1

    27 December 2018 by Bruce Dunn

    Revisited: 2000-2001 Honda VTR1000 SP-1

    The Honda VTR1000 SP-1 was built with competition in mind. Sick of Ducati ruling the limelight in World Superbikes' golden era, the Japanese firm's V-twin thumper proved to be a capable machine with...

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  • Bike of the day: Yamaha R1

    27 December 2018 by Dan Sutherland

    Bike of the day: Yamaha R1

    BIKES FOR SALEThe Yamaha R1 was first released in 1998 and was an instant hit. In a world of lardy Honda FireBlades, Kawasaki ZX-9Rs, and thumpy V-Twins like the Suzuki TL1000, this 998cc, 150bhp, 20-valve missile...

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  • Bike of the day: Ducati Scrambler 800 Desert Sled

    26 December 2018 by Ben Clarke

    Bike of the day: Ducati Scrambler 800 Desert Sled

    bikes for saleThe Ducati Scrambler 800 Desert Sled isn’t just a posing accessory for parking outside coffee shops in trendy parts of town (although it doesn’t look out of place doing so), it’s a genuine off-road...

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  • Top 9 craziest motorbikes of 2018

    26 December 2018 by Ben Clarke

    Top 9 craziest motorbikes of 2018

    There’s been no shortage of exciting motorbike announcements in 2018, from new models or manufacturers to updates for exciting bikes and a raft of concepts and customs. While we’re excited for bikes...

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  • Gallery: A motorcycling Christmas

    25 December 2018 by MCN News

    Gallery: A motorcycling Christmas

    Welcome to MCN’s Christmas photo gallery; celebrating everything festive in the world of motorcycling from the last 50 years. Ranging from professional racers past and present revelling in yuletide...

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  • Bike of the day: Triumph Scrambler

    25 December 2018 by Ben Clarke

    Bike of the day: Triumph Scrambler

    bikes for saleIt’s Christmas Day and watching The Great Escape is as traditional to some as turkey and sprouts, so today’s bike of the day had to be a Triumph Scrambler. Inspired by classic bikes like the Triumph...

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  • Best electric bikes of 2018

    24 December 2018 by MCN news

    Best electric bikes of 2018

    As much as we may attempt to fight it, the end appears nigh for internal combustion engine powered production motorcycles. In 2016, Germany voted to ban the fossil-fuel-powered polluting motors...

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  • Bike of the day: Kawasaki ZX-6R

    24 December 2018 by Dan Sutherland

    Bike of the day: Kawasaki ZX-6R

    Bikes for saleThe Kawasaki ZX-6R has been a part of the Ninja family for 20 years and ahead of its 2019 update, we thought we'd make it the final bike of the day before Christmas 2018.  The bike we're...

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  • Bike of the day: Honda CBR900RR FireBlade

    23 December 2018 by Ben Clarke

    Bike of the day: Honda CBR900RR FireBlade

    bikes for saleWhen Tadao Baba was given the task of designing a Honda to outperform the Yamaha FZR1000 EXUP and Suzuki GSX-R1100, he used his ‘light is right’ motto to craft the FireBlade, an incredibly nimble and...

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  • Top 9 motorbike films to watch this Christmas

    22 December 2018 by Ben Clarke

    Top 9 motorbike films to watch this Christmas

    If the Christmas TV listings are leaving you as cold as the weather this year, why not get your two-wheel fix with one of these great films featuring motorcycles? There's only so many times you can...

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  • Bike of the day: Suzuki GSF1250S Bandit

    22 December 2018 by MCN News

    Bike of the day: Suzuki GSF1250S Bandit

    bikes for saleThe Suzuki GSF1250S Bandit is a simple, dependable workhorse of a bike. Its lazily tuned big-bore 1255cc engine makes just 97bhp and will run to huge mileages without a problem if serviced...

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  • Bike of the day: Yamaha MT-09

    20 December 2018 by Ben Clarke

    Bike of the day: Yamaha MT-09

    bikes for saleLaunched in 2013, the Yamaha MT-09 is a great middleweight roadster and it’s a good job it is because the imperious Triumph Street Triple it was aimed at was going to take some beating. The engine is...

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  • Police need help to crack plate crime

    20 December 2018 by MCN News

    Police need help to crack plate crime

    A freedom of information request to the police by the AA has revealed that 29,256 numberplates were reported stolen last year. This has gone some way to answering why so many citizens going about...

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  • Secrets of the new Triumph Speed Twin

    19 December 2018 by Jordan Gibbons

    Secrets of the new Triumph Speed Twin

    When Triumph set out to develop their new Speed Twin the goal was to create a bike that combined the style of a modern classic with the performance and handling of a modern roadster. MORE FROM...

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  • Vote for Britain's best biking cafe

    19 December 2018 by MCN News

    Vote for Britain's best biking cafe

    Very few things go together better than a rideout and a steaming hot mug of tea washing a full English past your tonsils. And with more biker-orientated cafés than ever popping up in old service...

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  • Win a Yamaha Tracer 700GT!

    19 December 2018 by MCN News

    Win a Yamaha Tracer 700GT!

    MCN has teamed up with Yamaha to give you the chance to win a brilliant do-anything motorcycle. Using the tried and tested parallel twin motor from the MT-07, the new-for-2019 Tracer 700GT is sure...

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  • Bike of the day: Triumph Speedmaster

    16 December 2018 by MCN News

    Bike of the day: Triumph Speedmaster

    bikes for saleThe Triumph Speedmaster offers a simple, cruiser-style alternative to the Triumph Bonneville. The beauty of the Speedmaster is its simplicity. With non-adjustable forks, twin-shocks and lazy...

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  • British motorbikes are back on top

    16 December 2018 by Adam Child & Phil West

    British motorbikes are back on top

    When was the last time you saw a British manufacturer in MotoGP? Or could walk into a showroom and afford a brand new Norton? Or even confidently look forward to a Norton TT victory? Not in most of...

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  • Top 7 Christmas presents for your motorbike

    16 December 2018 by MCN News

    Top 7 Christmas presents for your motorbike

    mcn shopIf you're not sure what to get the bike-mad loved one in your life for Christmas this year, have you considered getting them a gift for their motorbike instead? If they use their bike at this time of...

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  • 5 of the best ways to own a Ducati Multistrada

    15 December 2018 by MCN News

    5 of the best ways to own a Ducati Multistrada

    bikes for saleThe Ducati Multistrada has been redefining biking since 2002, combining sportsbike power and cutting-edge rider aids in a do-it-all package. In that time there have also been S-versions, the Pikes...

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