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Aprilia RS4 125 gets quickshifter option

Dan Aspel, 25 May 2011 15:46

Aprilia's new four-stroke RS4 125 will come with an optional quickshifter priced at £99, the Italian firm has announced. Offering the "fun and involvement of split-second clutchless upshifting on a 125cc motorcycle", the move mimics the raft of WSB-grade technology available on the larger capacity RSV4 R APRC. With a liquid-cooled DOHC engine, USD forks, a quick-release pillion seat cowl, underslung ...

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Akrapovič releases new showcase custom

Dan Aspel, 19 May 2011 16:30

Akrapovič has stepped into the world of custom bike building with this one-off showpiece: the Morsus. A scorpion-themed blend of titanium, stainless steel and carbon fibre, the builders of renowned race-exhaust systems describe the bike as a "statement of intent" and a "natural extension of what we do". Award-winning designer Tomaž Capuder of Dreamachine Motorcycles said: "I admire the work ...

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Win this Yamaha YZF-R1!

Dan Aspel, 19 May 2011 12:33

Yamaha is celebrating 50 years of GP racing by giving away this custom painted YZF-R1. The one-off Altamura paint job is accompanied by Akrapovic pipes and – if the prospect of a free thirteen grand sports bike isn’t enough for you – they’re even throwing in two VIP passes to the Silverstone round of this year’s MotoGP. To enter, visit ...

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MV Agusta offers £850 of kit with new bikes

Dan Aspel, 18 May 2011 16:53

Buy a new 2009/10/11 MV Agusta and the Italian firm are throwing in a paddock stand, cover and alarm - worth a total of £850 - for free. The offer applies in the UK, to all officially imported machines except the new Brutale 920 and the upcoming F4-RR. Current prices for the most popular models are as follows: 2011 F4: £14,4992011 ...

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Video: 240bhp electric superbike dyno run

Dan Aspel, 31 March 2011 11:11

Chip Yates' petrol-beating electric superbike has been run through a dyno, with some impressive results. The "world's most powerful electric motorcycle" - which achieved two podium finishes against a grid of petrol-fuelled superbikes in January - came back with a 240bhp rating and a top speed of 227mph. Yates said: "We had two goals - to put down maximum power to the ...

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New Rieju RS3 125 out now!

Dan Aspel, 24 March 2011 17:08

Rieju's Yamaha-powered RS3 125 LC has just been released to UK dealers, priced at £3299 OTR. The Spanish-built machine carries the water-cooled Yamaha YZF-R125 engine, but uses carburettors instead of electronic fuel injection, allowing for easier performance tuning. The lightweight, learner-friendly machine weighs in at 122kg (dry), manages 15bhp, uses upside-down forks, an aluminium swing-arm, 17" wheels and comes with a digital dash, ...

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New Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 video

Dan Aspel, 03 March 2011 11:00

Aprilia has released the following video of the 2011 Dorsoduro 1200. The three-minute clip features plenty of shots of the 1197cc v-twin in action, overlayed with comparative clips of western saddle horse reining. The 130bhp naked comes with ABS and Traction Control as standard, as well as a three selectable fuel maps. RRP is currently set at £9,974 OTR. For ...

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Aprilia offers 0% finance deals

Dan Aspel, 02 March 2011 09:48

Aprilia is offering 0% finance packages on the Shiver 750, Dorsoduro and Dorsoduro Factory until the end of this month. The offer requires a 25% deposit and runs over a 24 month period. Alternatively 1.9% finance offers are available for a lower £99 deposit. OTR prices currently stand at £6,674 for the Shiver, £7,174 for the Dorsoduro and £7,874 for the carbon-fibre laden ...

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Honda announces 2012 Goldwing upgrades

Dan Aspel, 21 February 2011 11:00

Honda has announced a series of upgrades for the 2012 GL1800 Goldwing, with updated GPS systems, storage space, bodywork and speaker sets topping the list. The GPS system will be accessible online, allowing riders to share routes, while the reworked faring will offer better lower body protection for rider and pillion. The 2012 Goldwing will be released to the US ...

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KTM 200 Duke spied

Dan Aspel, 10 February 2011 09:28

This spy shot - snapped in Pune, India - shows a pre-production model of a KTM 200 Duke. The larger cousin to the upcoming 125 Duke is apparently an "India-only" model and will be priced at around £2,200.  Aside from a retuned, or possibly rebored, engine there is no suggestion so far that it will differ from the European-bound 125cc ...

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