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Honda VFR1200 exclusive: 160bhp and more secrets leak

Guy Procter, 30 September 2009 17:04

Honda’s imminent VFR1200 will have 160bhp at the crank – 15bhp more than a Yamaha FJR1300 – MCN can reveal. More info on the Honda VFR1200 Our Japanese source also revealed today the all-new V4 sports tourer’s engine is smaller than the VFR800 motor in every dimension, thanks in large part to a vee-angle significantly less than 90 degrees. MCN ...

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Moto Morini: ‘Everything’s alright... unless you’re a supplier’

Guy Procter, 25 September 2009 16:55

Moto Morini says it is “hitting back against internet rumours that have exaggerated the challenges facing the Italian manufacturer”, claiming it has paid all salaries owed to its 65 staff – though admitting its suppliers’ bills will continue to go unpaid. Moto Morini declares itself bankrupt “Moto Morini stated categorically that its own intention is to go straight ahead with ...

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2010 Vmax only available online

Guy Procter, 01 September 2009 15:35

Know anyone who wants a 2010 Vmax but doesn’t have an internet connection? Prepare to gloat: the new Vmax is now only available online, at Reservations for the 1,679cc, machine are being taken on a first-come-first-served basis, with deliveries slated to begin in November. Buyers of the new Vmax will also get a special ‘first owner package’ which includes ...

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Honda bin Evo 6 production plan

Guy Procter, 14 August 2009 10:16

Honda's musclebike looks unlikely to go into production after the firm’s marketers decided they couldn’t sell enough. That’s despite 2011 looking like a boom year for the power cruiser, with Ducati’s Mega Monster (aka Vyper) swelling the class led by Yamaha’s V-MAX, Triumph Rocket 3 and Harley’s V-Rod Muscle. The Evo 6 was a massive hit in the 2007 Tokyo ...

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New Faze 250 confirms relentless march of Honda's snub nose

Guy Procter, 24 July 2009 14:51

First it was the Fireblade, then the MCN-scooped new V4s, now it’s the scooters which are gaining snub noses and the ability to change gear on their own.   Find a scooter for sale Honda’s new Japanese-market scooter confirms the look is set to define Honda’s family look for the next year or two at least. The 23bhp/180kg biffer also features ...

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Motoczysz TTXGP racer on the dyno: it's real! It sounds alright!

Guy Procter, 15 May 2009 10:36

Sceptics who feared MotoCzysz might not be able to deliver its electric TTXGP racer in time for the race behold: it's the E1PC testing on the dyno. And what a lovely sight and sound the couple make. Michael Czysz says his new 'digital superbike' will revolutionise sportsbike ownership, as its PC-like 'open architecture' concept allows owners to upgrade parts and ...

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How the R1200GS should look

Guy Procter, 28 April 2009 15:49

US aftermarket parts-supplier Andrew Serbinski loves the ride but hates the look of his R1200GS so much he’s completely redesigned it. And in developing the new bodywork he's pioneering a new way of producing parts in a process he likens to simply 'printing them out'. The R1200GSM reduces the parts-count and 'visual clutter' of the popular adventure bike, which Serbinsky ...

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Best and worst depreciating bikes revealed

Guy Procter, 10 March 2009 12:43

The Ducati 1098 Tricolour was the best new bike investment last year, price experts Parkers have revealed. The multicoloured superbike lost less than a quarter of its full sticker-price value. That compares with the worst-performing Ducati – the 749 Dark – which lost almost half its value in 12 months. You can read the full story in this week’s MCN ...

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Ducati hikes prices 10% – but breaks out 0% deals

Guy Procter, 06 March 2009 09:45

Ducati has raised the price of all its bikes effective immediately, meaning you can no longer buy a liquid-cooled Duke for under five figures. The 848 is now £10,495, the 1198 starts at £12,995 and the Monster 1100 £8,350. But they’ve countered the rises with 0% finance deals across the range meaning you can now pick up an 1198 from ...


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