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BMW unveils electric scooter

Andy Downes, 13 September 2011 10:00

BMW has unveiled this new eScooter concept which for the first time promises performance and range that could make an electric scooter viable commuting transport. From the beginning of the eScooter concept development BMW says it was benchmarking the range and performance, even with a pillion on board, of a 600cc scooter with a traditional internal combustion engine. That means ...

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Ducati Streetfighter 848 promises sub £10k price

Andy Downes, 12 September 2011 10:00

Ducati is pitching its new Streetfighter 848 into a less expensive and more fiercely fought sector of the naked bike market with a new model that will cost less than £10,000 in the UK. The current Streetfighter is only available in ultra-expensive 1099cc V-twin form with the cheapest model starting at £12,095 and rising to a whopping £14,695 for the ...

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Husqvarna releases technical details of Nuda 900

Andy Downes, 02 September 2011 14:30

Italian firm Husqvarna has released technical details of the Nuda 900R and lower specification Nuda 900 and has for the first time revealed power figures. The engine is based on the BMW F800 parallel twin but has been boosted in capacity from 798cc to 898 thanks to a 2mm larger bore of 84mm and a longer stroke of 81mm; up ...

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2012 Triumph Daytona 675 gets minor makeover

Andy Downes, 01 September 2011 11:34

The new 2012 Triumph Daytona 675 has broken cover with just minor tweaks to take the bike through the final year before a complete overhaul in 2013. MCN has published a series of spy shots of a radically changed bike in recent weeks but we have made it consistently clear this is a 2013 model undergoing endurance testing on the ...

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Scoop first ride! New KTM 690 Duke prototype

Andy Downes, 31 August 2011 09:29

The world's most powerful single-cylinder bike will get more refined and yet more powerful next year, an MCN world first ride has revealed. MCN rode a prototype version of the 2012 KTM 690 Duke months before it will be seen in finished form, when the Austrian company hopes it will encourage younger riders to move from smaller capacity machines like ...

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First picture: New Husqvarna Nuda 900R

Andy Downes, 01 July 2011 12:15

This is the world first picture of the new Husqvarna Nuda 900R, taken at the official unveiling in Germany minutes ago. And yes, it’s called the Nuda. It’s powered by a heavily worked-on version of BMW’s 800cc parallel twin motor that is apparently good for ‘over 100bhp’ and 73lbft (100Nm) of torque. Dry weight is claimed to be a featherweight ...

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New Aprilia SR Max 125 and 300 scooters

Andy Downes, 23 June 2011 17:14

Aprilia has unveiled two new scooters called the SR Max 125 and 300 with styling Aprilia optimistically suggests is inspired by the RSV4 Superbike. The SR Max will go head to head with bigger scooters like the Suzuki Burgman and the Yamaha T-Max combining big wheels, larger than normal diameter forks for a scooter and decent brakes while keeping the ...

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Day of Champions raises £194,577!

Andy Downes, 10 June 2011 12:16

Riders for Health charity effort Day of Champions managed to raise £194,577 in just one day with £63,830 being raised in the four-hour live auction held at Silverstone yesterday. Day of Champions is the annual money raising day held by Rider for Health at the British MotoGP round. This was the second time the event had been held at the ...

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Staff bikes: MV Agusta Brutale 920 - Something goes wrong

Andy Downes, 24 May 2011 14:20

It started innocently enough with a bit of a hiccup when starting the MV Agusta Brutale one evening for my ride home from work. It just wouldn’t start very easily for a second or two, then fired up and was fine. The problem was then intermittent in frequency but the constant element was the issue always centred around cold starting, ...

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Husqvarna launches teaser video for new 900cc twin

Andy Downes, 18 May 2011 10:48

Italian firm Husqvarna has released a new teaser video for the 900cc engine based around the BMW F800 engine that will power the first of a series of new road bikes being launched in the next five years. Husqvarna revealed the bold new road bike plans to MCN a few weeks ago and revealed the firm was already well underway ...


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