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  • Prescott Bike Festival postponed until June

    09 April 2018 by Jon Urry

    Prescott Bike Festival postponed until June

    The recent poor weather has seen the Prescott Bike Festival, which was due to be held on the weekend of April 14 and 15, postponed until June 16 and 17. The decision was made by the festival’s...

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  • Bike of the day: Honda DN-01

    08 April 2018 by Jon Urry

    Bike of the day: Honda DN-01

    Why it’s MCN’s pick: If you had a bit of a skin full last night, you may wish to look away now… Let’s face facts, the Honda DN-01 is no looker. It fell out of the ugly tree, hit every branch on the...

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  • Bike of the day: MV Agusta Brutale 910R

    07 April 2018 by Jon Urry

    Bike of the day: MV Agusta Brutale 910R

    Why it’s MCN’s pick: If you are after a naked bike with a bit of Italian style about it, the Brutale 910R could be worth a look. It’s one of the cheapest Brutale models to buy and also in many ways...

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  • Ducati season opening - Saturday April 7

    06 April 2018 by Jon Urry

    Ducati season opening - Saturday April 7

    If you are stuck for something to do this weekend, popping into your local Ducati showroom could see you riding a 959 Panigale on track at Silverstone for free! TOP STORIES What’s the cost of living...

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  • First ride: Yamaha WR250F

    06 April 2018 by Adam Child

    First ride: Yamaha WR250F

    It’s 5-degrees below zero and I’m getting kitted up in a cow shed – but I couldn’t be happier. Normally I'm full of anxiety before a day’s enduro riding, but not today. I’m in the safe hands of the...

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  • Bike of the day: Kawasaki ZRX1200S

    06 April 2018 by Jon Urry

    Bike of the day: Kawasaki ZRX1200S

    Why it’s MCN’s pick: When you hear ZRX1200, the general assumption is that you will be talking about the ‘Eddie Rep’ ZRX1200R. But wait just one second, there is another ZRX1200 and it’s considerably...

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  • Bike of the day: BMW R nineT

    05 April 2018 by Jon Urry

    Bike of the day: BMW R nineT

    Why it’s MCN’s pick: It’s amazing to think that the BMW R nineT is four years old this year as it seems just yesterday that this air-cooled boxer arrived and redefined the retro naked class. Launched...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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