Bike News (March 2018)

  • Bike of the day: Honda CB500

    31 March 2018 by Jon Urry

    Bike of the day: Honda CB500

    Why it’s MCN’s pick: With Leon Haslam in action at Donington Park this weekend at the first BSB round of the year, MCN decided to highlight one of the bikes that kick-started his career – the Honda...

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  • Why not try an MT on for size this weekend?

    30 March 2018 by Jon Urry

    Why not try an MT on for size this weekend?

    If MCN’s recent road tests (and high acclaim for) Yamaha’s burgeoning range of naked MT models have whetted your appetite, this Bank Holiday weekend gives you the perfect opportunity to experience the...

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  • Bike of the day: KTM 990 Super Duke

    30 March 2018 by Jon Urry

    Bike of the day: KTM 990 Super Duke

    Why it’s MCN’s pick: This was MCN’s Chief Road Tester Neevesy’s suggestion for Bike of the Day as he reckons the 990 Super Duke was the first ‘bad-ass’ super naked. Which is a fair point… Launched in...

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  • Do you need MCN’s Riding Clinic?

    29 March 2018 by MCN News

    Do you need MCN’s Riding Clinic?

    Have you got a riding problem? Are you feeling uncomfortable going around right-handers? Or maybe it’s lefts? Not sure how to overtake safely, read the road ahead, or brake effectively into corners?...

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  • Met police launch new anti-theft campaign

    29 March 2018 by Jon Urry

    Met police launch new anti-theft campaign

    The Metropolitan Police have just launched a new ‘Be Safe’ campaign that aims to encourage riders to make their bikes less visible, and therefore less attractive, to thieves. Under the banner ‘Lock,...

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  • Bike of the day: BMW HP4

    29 March 2018 by Jon Urry

    Bike of the day: BMW HP4

    Why it’s MCN’s pick: With Michael Dunlop back on a BMW for the TT, now is a great time to be riding an S1000RR – but why not push the boat out and get the best of the best? Ok, the HP4 isn’t the...

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  • Top 5 sub £100 waterproof boots

    28 March 2018 by MCN News

    Top 5 sub £100 waterproof boots

    MCN ShopKeeping your feet warm and dry this winter needn’t cost the earth. Here’s our pick of five best value waterproof boots from the MCN Shop.  Richa Drift Waterproof boot, from £99.99 Sports boot...

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  • Poll: Do you nod at fellow riders?

    27 March 2018 by Jon Urry

    Poll: Do you nod at fellow riders?

    Is biking etiquette a thing of the past? Should we all be looking steadfastly forward and ignoring our fellow two-wheeled riders? Let us know if you are a nodder or not… Do you nod at fellow riders?

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  • Bike of the day: KTM 690 Duke

    27 March 2018 by Jon Urry

    Bike of the day: KTM 690 Duke

    Why it’s MCN’s pick: MCN recently tested Husqvarna’s 701 Vitpilen and declared it the ‘best road-going single ever,’ which is all very well and good if you have the spare £9899 to buy one! Most of us,...

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  • Top 5 Kevlar riding jeans

    26 March 2018 by MCN News

    Top 5 Kevlar riding jeans

    MCN ShopThe clocks have gone forward and perhaps you're preparing to get your riding jeans out.  If you're looking for a new pair, visit the MCN Shop now and check out our top five selection...

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  • We Ride London protest planned

    26 March 2018 by Jon Urry

    We Ride London protest planned

    We Ride London, a pressure group that supports riders of motorcycles and scooters in London, is planning a mass protest on March 27 to raise awareness of two-wheeled issues. The group claims that the...

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  • Can you help MCN? Let us know!

    26 March 2018 by MCN News

    Can you help MCN? Let us know!

    Calling all Suzuki Hayabusa owners, we need your help for a new feature that will be appearing in MCN soon. Our man, Bruce Dunn, is going to help cure faults and improve the handling of lots of...

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  • John Reynolds to race again

    26 March 2018 by Jon Urry

    John Reynolds to race again

    Three-times British Superbike Champion, John Reynolds, is dusting off his leathers and will be taking to the track again this year. Standing in for James Whitham in the Team Classic Suzuki squad, JR...

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  • Ron Haslam Race School Experience dates

    26 March 2018 by Jon Urry

    Ron Haslam Race School Experience dates

    The Ron Haslam Race School has just released its dates for the 2018 season, so if you fancy blasting around Donington Park with Ron, stick these days in your diary and get on the phone to book a...

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  • Bike of the day: Benelli Tornado 900

    26 March 2018 by Jon Urry

    Bike of the day: Benelli Tornado 900

    Why it’s MCN’s pick: Watching the WSB racing at the weekend, MCN’s mind drifted back to the early 2000s when WSB had a new kid on the block. The Benelli Tornado Tre took to the track in 2001, a full...

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  • Fancy owning an Italian twin?

    25 March 2018 by Jon Urry

    Fancy owning an Italian twin?

    When Ducati launched the 851 in 1988, it was a seminal moment in their history. With water cooling, four valves per cylinder and the potential for big power, it set Ducati down a path of countless WSB...

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  • Bike of the day: Kawasaki ZX-12R

    25 March 2018 by Jon Urry

    Bike of the day: Kawasaki ZX-12R

    Why it’s MCN’s pick: This is a bike that will happily smash through 180mph every single day of the week (on closed roads, naturally) yet still take you down to the south of France in reasonable...

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  • Bike of the day: Yamaha YBR125

    24 March 2018 by Jon Urry

    Bike of the day: Yamaha YBR125

    Why it’s MCN’s pick: Ok, it’s not the most glamorous of motorcycles, but the YBR125 has probably put more riders through their CBT test than anything else out there so let’s give it a bit of...

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  • Bike of the day: KTM 1050 Adventure

    23 March 2018 by Jon Urry

    Bike of the day: KTM 1050 Adventure

    Why it’s MCN’s pick: The KTM 1050 Adventure is a massively over-looked bike that suffered at its launch in 2015 due to being priced too highly and never quite recovered, despite KTM chopping its RRP.

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  • Bike of the day: Honda CB1000R

    22 March 2018 by Jon Urry

    Bike of the day: Honda CB1000R

    Why it’s MCN’s pick: MCN are riding Honda’s latest generation CB1000R today, but the new CB has what Honda are calling ‘modern café racer’ looks, which aren’t to everyone’s tastes. If they don’t float...

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  • Top 5 ear plugs for bikers

    21 March 2018 by MCN News

    Top 5 ear plugs for bikers

    MCN ShopEar plugs… what can we say about ear plugs? Well - they’re essential to prevent damage to your hearing. Did you know that speeds in excess of 50mph wind noise under the helmet can reach 110 decibels?...

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  • Hot new Super Duke R spied during testing

    21 March 2018 by Jordan Gibbons

    Hot new Super Duke R spied during testing

    It doesn’t seem five minutes since KTM launched a refreshed 1290 Super Duke R in December 2016, but spy shots obtained by MCN show they are developing a completely new bike ahead of the next step in...

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  • Bike of the day: Kawasaki Z1000SX

    21 March 2018 by Jon Urry

    Bike of the day: Kawasaki Z1000SX

    Why it’s MCN’s pick: When it arrived in 2010, the Kawasaki Z1000SX was the surprise of the year. Loosely based around the Z1000 naked bike, the SX proved a wonderful middle-ground between the...

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  • Cagiva goes electric

    21 March 2018 by Jon Urry

    Cagiva goes electric

    Alongside the announcement that four new 1000cc MV Agusta models are on the way, MV boss Claudio Castiglioni also announced the return of the Cagiva brand as an electric bike manufacturer. Don’t pin...

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  • Ducati’s sales continue to rise

    20 March 2018 by Jon Urry

    Ducati’s sales continue to rise

    Despite a tough global bike market (worldwide sales were down 3.5% for bikes over 500cc), Ducati managed to buck this trend and posted a sales increase last year – their eighth successive yearly...

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