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Kawasaki to supply New York with tube trains

Guy Procter, 30 April 2010 13:22

Kawasaki got a boost this week after being awarded an $87 million contract from New York to supply new tube trains and upgrade existing ones (with ram air, presumably). We trust some of the moolah will be used to hasten the arrival of the updated ZX-10R. Cue photo.   

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Beat the MCN quiz team and win an MCN subscription!

Guy Procter, 18 January 2010 16:26

Are you the biking brain of Britain? Do you know your GSs from your GSX-Rs and your Rossis from your Roches? prove it by beating the MCN quiz team and you’ll not only be showered with international acclaim, you’ll also win a year’s subscription to MCN. Whatever happens, if your three-man team is accepted you’ll all get free entry to ...

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Italian firms set to surprise at Verona Bike Expo

Guy Procter, 08 January 2010 16:58

Italian firms Bimota and Vyrus look set to drop some off-radar new-bike bombs at the Verona Bike Expo next week (15-17 January), making it a top visit if you’re anywhere nearby. The Rimini-based firms have a rumoured three new bikes between them to show: Vyrus the newly-finished, Ducati 1198R-engined, 184bhp 987 and Bimota its HB4 Moto2 contender, plus an unconfirmed ...

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First Vyrus 987 bought by heir to Prada millions

Guy Procter, 08 January 2010 14:57

Hub-centre-steered superbike builder Vyrus has delivered the first of its brand new 987s to the heir to the Prada fashion empire.      Lorenzo Bertelli, 20, son of Prada boss Miuccia Prada, was personally delivered the first 987 off the ‘production line’ at his Milan home on Christmas Eve, by Vyrus boss Ascanio Rodorigo. Rodorigo told MCN: “We met at Mugello ...

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‘VFR1200 is the future now’ says design critic Stephen Bayley

Guy Procter, 07 January 2010 09:21

Eminent design critic Stephen Bayley has gone on the record praising Honda’s controversially-styled new VFR1200. Here he explains why he believes it points to a more visually sophisticated future for all bikes.    More news, info and video on the Honda VFR1200 “Much more so than a car, artistically speaking, a motorbike is a diagram of forces…..with a fashionable gloss.  And ...

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Radical Ducati strays into Guzzi waters

Guy Procter, 06 January 2010 16:59

Spanish Ducati modifiers par excellence Radical Ducati have strayed from the L-twin path to create this Moto Guzzi California-based behemoth. Eschewing subtlety with every atom of its being, the Dirt Guzzi is a dirt-track-inspired variant of a 2003 California 1100, with a new 2-into-1 exhaust system and Supertrapp silencer ensuring it sounds as bilious as it looks. The Ohlins shocks ...

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Knievel & Kidd reunited tomorrow

Guy Procter, 15 December 2009 12:11

Legendary daredevils from opposite sides of the Atlantic will be reunited tomorrow, when Robbie Knievel and Eddie Kidd meet up for the first time in 16 years. The pair haven't seen each other since their 1993 Daredevil Duel jump off. Knievel says they've spoken on the phone since then – Kidd "tries really hard but talks like a kid, but ...

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Best flying bike ever? Meet the Super Sky Cycle

Guy Procter, 02 December 2009 11:49

American Larry Neal has developed a fully road-legal flying motorcycle that does 55mph on the road and 100mph in the air. See the video here The Super Sky Cycle has foldable rotors meaning it can be ridden ‘easily’ on the road and stored easily in your garage. Neal says: “There’s nothing else like it, a gyroplane that can fly at ...

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NEC Show: Randy Mamola to auction Rossi, Toseland, Capirossi, Pedrosa and Vermeulen gear

Guy Procter, 27 November 2009 09:26

Randy Mamola will auction exclusive rider-signed gear live on the Black Horse Stage in the NEC’s Arai Entertainment Zone on Friday 27th November. Get all the latest NEC Show news Items on offer include a Tech 3 shirt signed by James Toseland and a Suzuki team shirt signed by Loris Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen. Spanish star, Dani Pedrosa, has donated ...

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Radical Ducati's café racer is monstrously good

Guy Procter, 25 November 2009 16:47

Spanish Ducati builders Radical Ducati have revealed their latest café racer. Called the RAD02 Imola it's a characteristically ravishing tribute to the 750SS Imola, one of the bikes that founded the Bologna firm's reputation for sporting success. Featuring a 900SSie engine with hot cams, Monster S4R chassis with 749S fully-adjustable forks, MV Agusta ride-height adjuster and asymmetric megaphone cans, it's ...

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