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  • First Ride: Kymco AK550

    05 April 2018 by Alison Silcox

    First Ride: Kymco AK550

    Kymco’s new AK550 is the Taiwanese firm's largest capacity scooter and at £8879 the new addition is priced to compete with the market leading Yamaha TMAX. We’ve been living  with the AK550 and...

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  • Top 5 heated motorcycle grips

    04 April 2018 by MCN News

    Top 5 heated motorcycle grips

    MCN ShopWith the icy cold mornings before the start of most of our days lately, the ride into work is probably getting trickier - especially if the weather is taking its toll. Here at MCN we've picked out our...

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  • Supercharged Kawasaki Z900RS anyone?

    04 April 2018 by Jordan Gibbons

    Supercharged Kawasaki Z900RS anyone?

    Ahead of the unveiling of the Z900RS, Kawasaki gave three pre-production models to three famous Japanese custom builders in what they called the ‘Beyond Z’ project. One of those custom builders was...

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  • First Ride: Husqvarna Vitpilen 401

    04 April 2018 by Jon Urry

    First Ride: Husqvarna Vitpilen 401

    The Vitpilen uses exactly the same basic platform as the Svartpilen, however where the urban enduro comes with high bars and chunky Pirelli tyres, the café racer wears Metzeler M5 tyres and has...

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  • Bike of the day: Aprilia Mana

    04 April 2018 by Jon Urry

    Bike of the day: Aprilia Mana

    Why it’s MCN’s pick: The Mana’s short life is one that will have passed most motorcyclists by, but this is a quirky bike that has a surprising number of fans. Well, amongst those who actually remember...

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  • Honda’s carbon CB1000R

    04 April 2018 by Jordan Gibbons

    Honda’s carbon CB1000R

    As well as the exotic Fireblade Custom Concept, Honda also showed a CB1000R at the recent Tokyo Motorcycle Show which they have built in partnership with Yamamoto Racing and Magical Racing. TOP...

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  • Charity Guinness World Record bid kicks off

    03 April 2018 by Jon Urry

    Charity Guinness World Record bid kicks off

    Today, 22-year-old Henry Crew set off on an epic journey with the intention of becoming the youngest person to circumnavigate the world by motorcycle. A feat which, if all goes well, will see him ride...

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  • Police told they should chase bike thieves

    03 April 2018 by Jordan Gibbons

    Police told they should chase bike thieves

    In an interview with the BBC the minister for policing, Nick Hurd MP, has said that the government is reviewing the law and intend to change regulations to better protect police who chase suspected...

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  • Bike of the day: 2005 Yamaha YZF-R46 Rossi Rep

    03 April 2018 by Jon Urry

    Bike of the day: 2005 Yamaha YZF-R46 Rossi Rep

    Why it’s MCN’s pick: This is quite an interesting bike as the Rossi Rep is an official Yamaha model, as well as a limited edition bike, but it generally fails to command much of a premium despite its...

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  • KTM 790 Duke hits dealers

    02 April 2018 by Jon Urry

    KTM 790 Duke hits dealers

    Stuck for something to do this bank holiday Monday? Well why not take a wander down to your local KTM dealer and check out the firm’s new 790 Duke, which has just landed in the UK. Powered by KTM’s...

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  • MV’s guiding hands…

    02 April 2018 by Jon Urry

    MV’s guiding hands…

    Released under the slightly pretentious title ‘It’s not technology guiding our hands, but our hands guiding technology’ this lovely short video from AV Agusta is worth a quick look. Especially as it...

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  • April’s fools

    02 April 2018 by Jon Urry

    April’s fools

    Sunday saw the traditional display of April Fool’s jokes designed to catch out the unwary. But did you spot them all? Just in case you missed any of them, or still believe they are true, here are some...

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  • Bike of the Day: Royal Enfield Woodsman

    02 April 2018 by Jon Urry

    Bike of the Day: Royal Enfield Woodsman

    Why it’s MCN’s pick: This is a real retro charmer from Enfield that would make an ideal sunny Sunday companion that far from breaks the bank. The Woodsman was Enfield’s take on a kind of semi off-road...

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  • Bike of the day: Yamaha YZR-M1

    01 April 2018 by Jon Urry

    Bike of the day: Yamaha YZR-M1

    Why it’s MCN’s pick: This YZR-M1 is a bit gaudy thanks to a brash MotoGP-rep paint scheme, which isn’t to everyone’s tastes, but it’s not a bad machine if you are after a bike to enjoy on sunny Sunday...

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  • 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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  • First Ride: Husqvarna Svartpilen 401

    29 March 2018 by Jon Urry

    First Ride: Husqvarna Svartpilen 401

    This is the second time in six years that I have been at the unveiling of a new range of Husqvarna street motorcycles. The last time, which was in 2012, involved BMW talking about the Nuda 900. Now,...

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  • Tyre review: Bridgestone Battlax SC2

    29 March 2018 by Michael Neeves

    Tyre review: Bridgestone Battlax SC2

    Tyre: Bridgestone Battlax Scooter SC2 Rain £252.00 per pair (120/70 x 15 & 160/60 x 15) Where was the test: 1200-miles commuting and touring in UK and France. Modern day maxi scooters are...

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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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