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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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  • 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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  • Kymco Ionex electric scooter unveiled

    22 March 2018 by Jordan Gibbons

    Kymco Ionex electric scooter unveiled

    Ahead of the Tokyo Motorcycle Show, which we’ll be covering over the next few days, Kymco have unveiled the Ionex electric scooter that they say eliminates all the barriers to going green. What are...

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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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  • Video: We ride Honda's CB125R

    21 March 2018 by Dan Sutherland

    Video: We ride Honda's CB125R

    The CB125R is Honda’s latest venture into the hugely competitive sports naked 125 class and is aimed squarely at new riders who are looking for their first biking thrill. Replacing the now outgoing...

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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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  • Bike of the Day: Ducati SportClassic

    20 March 2018 by Jon Urry

    Bike of the Day: Ducati SportClassic

    Why it’s MCN’s pick: With MCN currently riding the Scrambler 1100, what better time to look back at the last time Ducati (unsuccessfully it has to be said) attempted an air-cooled large-capacity retro...

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  • Four new 1000cc MVs on the way

    20 March 2018 by Jordan Gibbons

    Four new 1000cc MVs on the way

    At the launch of the new Brutale 800RR, MV Agusta CEO, Giovanni Castiglioni, announced that there will be a trio of new litre bikes in the near future, as well as a special edition F4. Speaking in...

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  • BMW R nineT conversion by Hornig

    19 March 2018 by Jon Urry

    BMW R nineT conversion by Hornig

    German special parts and accessories company Hornig have just released details of their BMW R nineT special. And it’s not a bad looking bike at all. The firm, which started trading in 2001 and...

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  • Bike of the day: Suzuki GSX-R1000 TT Rep

    19 March 2018 by Jon Urry

    Bike of the day: Suzuki GSX-R1000 TT Rep

    Why it’s MCN’s pick: With the news that Michael Dunlop has decided not to re-sign with Suzuki for 2018, this bike can be viewed in two ways. It is either a great memento of Suzuki’s Senior TT win with...

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  • Bike of the day: Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

    17 March 2018 by Jon Urry

    Bike of the day: Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade

    Why it’s MCN’s pick: MotoGP is kicking off this weekend in Qatar, so if you are a fan of MotoGP and especially the Honda team, this bike will certainly appeal. Honda have released several official...

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  • New tyre review: Dunlop SportSmart TT

    16 March 2018 by Michael Neeves

    New tyre review: Dunlop SportSmart TT

    Dunlop’s new SportSmart TT occupies that largely untapped no-man’s land between an all-purpose sports tyre and trackday rubber, aimed at rapid road riders and trackday fans, in equal measure. They'll...

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  • Bike of the day: Cagiva Raptor 650

    15 March 2018 by Jon Urry

    Bike of the day: Cagiva Raptor 650

    Why it’s MCN’s pick: Suzuki’s SV650 engine has appeared in a variety of guises over the years, but this is probably one of its more exotic. The Cagiva Raptor 650 and V Raptor 650 were the smaller...

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  • Top 5 waterproof gloves for under £100

    15 March 2018 by MCN News

    Top 5 waterproof gloves for under £100

    MCN ShopNow the snow has become a distant memory for some and Spring showers are upon us, we've selected five waterproof gloves for under £100, from the MCN Shop and Amazon, for you to choose from. Difi...

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  • Exclusive spy shots: Brough cleans up its act

    15 March 2018 by Jordan Gibbons

    Exclusive spy shots: Brough cleans up its act

    When George Brough built his first SS100 in 1924 with the intention of creating the ‘Rolls Royce of motorcycles’, he cannot have imagined a world of catalytic converters or anti-lock brakes but these...

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  • Destination Nordkapp

    15 March 2018 by Richard Newland

    Destination Nordkapp

    There is somewhere where you can ride for 2000 miles in one direction without ever touching a motorway, seeing a traffic jam, discovering a poorly surfaced road, or fearing for your safety should you...

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  • Aprilia visionary Beggio dies

    14 March 2018 by Phil West

    Aprilia visionary Beggio dies

    Italian motorcycling greats including former world champ Max Biaggi and Piaggio boss Roberto Colaninno have been among those paying tribute to Ivano Beggio, the former president of Aprilia, who has...

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  • Bike of the day: BMW R1150GS Adventure

    14 March 2018 by Jon Urry

    Bike of the day: BMW R1150GS Adventure

    Why it’s MCN’s pick: In this week’s MCN we are celebrating the rise of the adventure bike, so if you are considering a switch from 17-inch wheels to a 19-inch (or even bigger) front, why not start...

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