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Video: World first ride on the Norton Commando 961

James Keen, 10 March 2009 09:58

MCN's Phil West is one of just a few people in the world to have ridden the new Norton Commando 961. Play the video to see close-up details, hear the Norton's raw growl and watch action footage of Phil riding the bike on Donington's small test track.  "I've ridden so-called 'aspirational' production bikes which fail to come close to the Norton's mouth-watering style, impressive finish and peerless ...

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Electric bike arrives at the MCN office

James Keen, 23 February 2009 17:29

MCN has just taken delivery of the new Quantya Strada - A fully road legal electric bike. Here's a couple of shots of the bike in the MCN office as we charge it up in preparation for testing. MCN's Chris Newbigging has ridden the bike already: "It was really bizarre the first time I tried it because you turn the ignition ...

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Triumph Bonneville SE picture special

James Keen, 10 February 2009 13:53

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale Wednesday 11th February, MCN Road Tester Trevor Franklin braves the snow and takes the new Triumph Bonneville SE for a spin. Here's some more pictures and close-up shots of the new 70's style retro roadster. Fancy a retro 70s style Bonneville? Sell your old bike with MCN for £9.99 The new Bonneville SE's black paint job ...

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Video: 2009 Yamaha R1 engine explained

James Keen, 28 January 2009 15:04

The 2009 Yamaha R1 boasts an all-new crossplane crankshaft engine that runs at an uneven firing interval. Watch this Yamaha promotional video for an explaination of the technology and reasoning behind their new 998cc powerplant. Watch the 2009 Yamaha R1 video test Go onboard the Yamaha R1 for a lap of Eastern Creek The new engine design is said to give the bike a smoother and more linear ...

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Video: Rossi talks on the 2009 Yamaha R1

James Keen, 27 January 2009 11:23

In an arty black and white promotional video, Fiat Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi talks about the 2009 Yamaha R1 and how it's 'Born From MotoGP'.   Watch the 2009 Yamaha R1 video test Go onboard the Yamaha R1 for a lap of Eastern Creek In the official Yamaha video, Rossi has this to say on the 2009 R1's new powerplant: "this engine with the crossplane crankshaft gives ...

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Revised BMW G650 Xcountry for 2009

James Keen, 18 December 2008 16:21

An updated version of the BMW G650 Xcountry will be available in dealerships from January 2009. The revised Xcountry features a new paint scheme and a number of subtle changes designed to make the bike more appealing to urban riders and commuters. The new model should be more manageable in town as it boasts a lower seat height, down from 840-870mm ...

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Honda CBR125R gets best ever paint scheme

James Keen, 08 October 2008 10:26

Honda have revealed an all-new Fireblade-esque paint scheme for their best-selling CBR125R at the Cologne Motorcycle Show. The CBR125R, which has been a massive sales success for the big Japanese firm, was revealed at the Cologne show sporting an all-new paint job. The new colour option is traditional HRC red, white and blue, together with gold wheels, resembling the paint ...

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Honda showcases concept bikes at Cologne

James Keen, 08 October 2008 10:00

Honda have chosen to use the Cologne Motorcycle Show to showcase a selection of stylish concept bikes. Alongside the out-of-this-world V4 concept machine we revealed yesterday, Honda have chosen to showcase the CB1100R and the Evo6 for the first time in Europe. The Evo6 is a concept cruiser, powered by an 1800cc flat six Goldwing engine, that looks like it was ...

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Aprilia Promo Video: RSV4 race bike on track

James Keen, 07 October 2008 10:22

Aprilia have created this arty promotional video of the new RSV4 race bike, featuring on board track action and some nice detail shots of the new machine. The RSV4 will make its debut in the 2009 World Superbike Championship, ridden by Italian Max Biaggi.   The bike features four cylinders, 999cc and 210bhp at the gearbox in the race-ready version. A V-four engine ...

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First 2009 suzuki GSX-R1000 and Intruder launch pics

James Keen, 25 September 2008 12:40

Can't wait for the official 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 pictures? MCN is at the launch in Paris and our news reporter has snapped a few camera phone shots of the bike up close. Information at present is limited, but apparently this is the bike the race teams around the world wanted Suzuki to build. It's an all-new bike, featuring a new ...

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