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'We wanted to create the ultimate Speed Triple'

Phil West, 26 December 2011 15:00

Triumph’s imminent new ‘R’ version of its best-selling super naked is much more than a cosmetic update, MCN can now reveal – in fact it’s been conceived to be “the ultimate Speed Triple”! So, where previous ‘R’ Triumphs, like the Street Triple and 675 Daytona, benefit mostly from uprated suspension and brakes, the new Speed Triple R goes significantly further ...

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New Triumph-powered sportster on the way

Phil West, 20 December 2011 14:17

Is this the machine Brit bike fans have been waiting for? It’s a Triumph 1050 triple-engined sportster equipped with the best in British chassis components and know-how and is on schedule to go into production next year. And although this is only a styling sketch, a working prototype is well under way. It’s been put together by an all-new outfit ...

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Victory’s new ‘Hard-Ball’

Phil West, 12 December 2011 11:22

This is Victory’s new 2012 Hard-Ball – created by blending the American  firm’s recent High-Ball cruiser and its Cross Country pannier-equipped tourers. Or, to put it another way, it’s a ‘bagger’ version of the fat-tyred, new-for-2011 High-Ball – itself characterised by its novel, two-way adjustable ape hanger handlebars. The bike will be available only in black with red pinstripes and ...

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Triumph Tiger Explorer spotted testing

Phil West, 08 December 2011 15:42

Triumph’s all-new Tiger Explorer is currently undergoing final testing – as these pics taken in Cornwall this week prove. Snapped by MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child in a motorway services near Exeter they’re obviously of a well-used, fully laden prototype Explorer. Child said: “It looked like it had been really well used. Its luggage was held on with a ...

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Revamped engine for latest Moto Guzzi V7s

Phil West, 18 November 2011 15:43

Moto Guzzi’s popular smaller V-twin range has received a complete makeover for 2012 – proving once again that parent Piaggio is investing heavily in reviving the historic marque. At last week’s Milan Show, Guzzi unveiled not one but two new V7 models – and both, along with the whole V7 range and the similarly-powered Nevada 750 line-up, will benefit from ...

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Techy Kawasaki Versys 1000 is dark horse of class

Phil West, 17 November 2011 11:45

Despite its derivative styling and the impression of parts sourced from other bikes, Kawasaki’s new entrant into the adventure bike class is much more than a Z1000 in new clothes, MCN can now reveal. In fact, with switchable traction control, ABS, switchable power modes, easily adjustable screen and suspension and impressive tank and luggage capacity, the new Versys 1000 is ...

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Honda's V4 Crosstourer GS-rival gets sporty edge

Phil West, 17 November 2011 11:18

Honda’s all-new adventure bike – the V4 Crosstourer – is significantly different to the prototype version first unveiled a year ago and will bring new sophistication, technology and riding pleasure to the class, its design chief has revealed in an exclusive interview with MCN. Yosuke Hasegawa is Honda’s Large Project Leader – in charge of not only the Crosstourer project ...

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Milan Show: Moto Guzzi unveils new V7

Phil West, 09 November 2011 12:59

Moto Guzzi has unveiled two new versions of its V7 Roadster at the Milan show, both also powered by an updated version of its 750cc Transverse V-Twin.  The new engine is outwardly similar to the old version, but features an all-new top end, including head, pistons, and induction which boosts power and torque by 10 per cent (the current bike ...

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Milan Show: Bimota reveal three new models

Phil West, 09 November 2011 12:21

Bimota were a surprise hit at the Milan show, with three all new-bikes. The DB10 is Bimota’s version of Ducati’s Hypermotard but with its own, tubular steel and aluminium frame.  The DB9 Brivido is an all-new super naked using Ducati’s Testastretta 11 degree engine featuring Bimota’s usual hi-tech frame and exotic cycle parts including Marzocchi suspension, Brembo brakes, and OZ ...

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MV F3 675 – full details released

Phil West, 03 November 2011 10:01

MV’s forthcoming and mouth-watering new supersports, the F3 675, will be the most sophisticated, tech-laden supersports ever when it finally goes on sale next month. The Italian firm has at long last revealed the all-new machine’s full technical specification and it promises to blow away conventions of what middleweight sports bikes are fitted with – and capable of. In short, ...

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