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Triumph Bonneville Bobber Review

I suppose I could compare Triumph’s Bonneville Bobber to mushrooms. Not those naughty magic ones, just simple everyday mushrooms that provide unconditional taste sensations to billions of people around the world. Having spent years neglecting ‘shrooms through a bizarre trepidation, I eventually sampled the blighters well into my 20s and was stunned by their taste, humble yet handsome flavour and… Read more →

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2017 Yamaha MT-09 Review

Working weekends is sometimes acceptable, particularly when it involves pulling mahoosive wheelies and shredding rubber in sunnier climes, and post-ride Spanish-spec G&Ts. You know, the goldfish bowls? As the front wheel returned from Earth’s troposphere for the umpteenth time that day, the 2017 Yamaha MT-09 convinced me this notion is entirely correct. Is this the ultimate roadster? If Yamaha’s MT… Read more →

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Spirit GP-Sport R: 180bhp + 140kg

2017 looks set to become the year of lavish, exclusive supermodels that most of us can merely dream of owning – whilst reaching for the tissues. Joining such extravagances as the Superleggera, Norton V4 and Ariel Ace R, the latest entrants are Spirit Motorcycles’ GP-Sport and GP-Street: hand-built British beauties that will surely go as well as they look given… Read more →

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Want to know more about the 2017 Yamaha MT-09?

You do? Oh, that’s bloody fantastic, because we’re off to the 2017 Yamaha MT-09 press launch next weekend. For next season, Yamaha has jazzed up the already very decent MT-09 package with a clear view to a sportier, more refined ride, adding a dash of aesthetical pleasuring in the process. It certainly looks sharper. There was a mild element of… Read more →

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Unveiled: Ariel Ace R

Manufacturers of insanely fast and naughty cars, Ariel has just unveiled the Ace R: an even more lavish version of the Honda V4-powered supernaked that’s hand-built in Somerset. The standard Ace is nothing short of stunning and this ‘R’ model will have you running for the Kleenex. The best bit? We’ll be riding it early next year. Mimicking the Atom’s… Read more →

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Norton V4 SS + V4 RR

You may well have already seen Norton’s all-new V4 in recent days. MCN had another world exclusive – for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever, MCN – but, because not everyone reads MCN, here are some more alluring Norton nuggets. After five fairly unsuccessful but imperative years testing at the TT, Norton has just… Read more →

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Triumph Bonneville T100 Review

It’s a cold, crisp November afternoon. The autumnal leaves garnish the countryside, or something. I’m bloody freezing and my willy has disappeared. Perhaps the über-vented Alpinestars ankle boots weren’t the sensible option. It’s okay though, because I look cooler than fresh ice cream smeared over the other side of the pillow. Yes, that’s it: I’m riding the new Triumph Bonneville… Read more →

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All you need to know about the Ducati 1299 Superleggera

I don’t care if it’s £72,000. I don’t care if only 500 are being made. Just look at it. It’s the absolute pinnacle for me, AND it’s road-legal. We’re just glad those exhaust can outlets come with grills to prevent random acts of mechaphilia. Ducati has activated full-on beast mode and given us the world’s first entirely carbon fibre production… Read more →

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2017 Honda Fireblade

Weeks after creating hysterics upon releasing the SP/SP2, Honda has just unveiled its stock version of the 2017 Fireblade in Milan, and it looks damn similar to those spy shots snapped in Croatia. Oh, in fact, it’s the same… The SP’s mantra filters down to the stock bike: more power, less weight and the addition of an electronics suite to… Read more →

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2017 MV Agusta F4RC

Fresh from signing Leon Camier for another season of WorldSBK in 2017, MV Agusta has just taken the wraps off next year’s super-sexual F4RC and, at the same time, alleviated fears of its future somewhat. It’s no secret that the Varese factory has been struggling financially after seemingly splitting with AMG and there was a time when zero bikes left… Read more →

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Triumph Bonneville Bobber

Kings of the modern retro scene, Triumph has just unveiled this trendy Bobber – based on the firm’s Bonneville T120 – at a swanky shindig in London. From what we understand, every man and his dog was invited to the press launch in a bid to boost publicity: celebs, journos, bloggers and a few industry cling-ons were present to witness… Read more →

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All you need to know about the 2017 Yamaha R6…

After quite possibly the teasiest of all teasers, one of the most anticipated sportsbikes of all time has finally been unveiled. Yamaha has just released pics and a soupcon of detail on the 2017 YZF-R6 following a public shindig at the AIMExpo show in Florida, with traction control, a quickshifter and new suspension and brakes being the highlights. Here’s what… Read more →