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Ducati 1199 Panigale's staggering power and weight figures leak

The new Ducati 1199 Pangiale superbike boasts 195bhp and 176kg weight in road trim – WET. These are staggering figures from a 1200cc twin and go a long way toward justifying Ducati's ditching of traditional belts on the engine and steel trellis on the chassis. The all-new engine features the most radically oversquare engine yet (KTM RC8-R: 105mm, Panigale: 112mm), ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 21 September 2011

Claudio Castiglioni dies at 64: loss of father of 916, Monster, MV F4 "Shocking" says F3 designer

The president of MV Agusta Claudio Castiglioni died in Varese this morning at the age of 64. The motorcycling magnate and sire of iconic Italian bikes including the Ducati 916 and Monster, MV Agusta F4 and imminent F3, whose taste shaped the desires of millions of motorcyclists passed away in a clinic in Varese early this morning. British designer Adrian ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 17 August 2011

First verdicts on 161bhp Motus V4 sports-tourer

New American V4 sports-tourer the Motus MST-01 has completed the first leg of a multi-thousand-mile public development ride. The joyously coarse-sounding pushrod-actuated, direct-injected engine is the star of the soundtrack in this newly released video recap, which also features soundbites from the first journalists to ride the bike. Although to call them independent might be pushing it (both are 'friends' ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 10 August 2011

Nick Sanders approaches record on Super Tenere: "This may never be repeated again, and for good reason"

By the time you read this, Nick Sanders will be 10 days away from becoming the only person ever to complete three complete and consecutive transits of the total 15 000 mile length of the Americas – that’s the very top of Alaska to the very bottom of South America in Tierra del Fuego,Argentina, three times non-stop, two of the ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 14 July 2011

Nick Sanders approaches record on Super Tenere: "This may never be repeated again, and for good reason"

By the time you read this, Nick Sanders will be 10 days away from becoming the only person ever to complete three complete and consecutive transits of the total 15,000 mile length of the Americas – that’s the very top of Alaska to the very bottom of South America in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, three times non-stop, two of the ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 14 July 2011

Ride like King Kenny Roberts

Inspired by Kenny Roberts' still-got-it performance at the Festival of 1000 Bikes at Mallory? You couldn't fail to be. So if you fancy benefiting from the tiniest shard of genius thrown from the master, you could do worse than watch this. We trust Babelgum has full licensing clearance to screen the classic Champions: Kenny Roberts doc in full (a quick ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 11 July 2011

Festival of 1000 Bikes: Freddie Spencer sent back to US

Rumours suggest Freddie Spencer has been put on a flight straight back to the US due to irregularities with his visa. The GP star had landed at Heathrow prior to appearing at this weekend's Festival of 1000 Bikes, organised by the VMCC. He'd been due to ride a Honda NS500 in the event's "Past Masters" track feature on Sunday, his ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 08 July 2011

Motus durability tests the MST-01 in public on 'American Sport Tour'

American sports-tourer start-up Motus has announced plans to very publicly test/demonstrate the durability of its MST-01 on a 7,000-mile trans-USA tour. Prototypes of the 161bhp V4 sports-tourer will complete a round-trip from Birmingham, Alabama, where Motus is headquartered, via the Laguna Seca round of MotoGP. The tour starts July 11 and will also be used to meet with potential dealers, ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 06 July 2011

'It is a joy to be policed by Aprilia Mana GTs' say happy, productive citizens of Chongqing [REDACTED]

Aprilia has secured a landmark deal with China, allowing it to ethically dispose of a large number of Mana 850 GTs. 30 of the twist-and-go middleweights – a year's-worth of sales in the UK – have joined the fleet of Chongqing police force, following a joint venture with the country's massive Zongshen bike business. The Manas are seen here escorting ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 06 July 2011

Riding skills: Turning from a stop

The ever-watchable Captain Crash has some useful advice on how to pull away from a standstill turning, rather than straying too far into (potentially) harm's way.

  • Riding & Events
  • Riding Skills
  • 24 June 2011

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