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BMW recalls 2012 S1000RRs

Andy Downes, 02 May 2012 09:47

BMW is recalling around 1500 2012-model year S1000RRs built so far because of concern over gradual loosening of connecting rod bolts which may cause engine damage. The recall – dubbed a ‘technical campaign’ by BMW is not a safety recall and owners will be contacted directly.The work affects 150 bikes in the UK with the majority of the 1500 bikes ...

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Ducati begins 1199 Panigale production

Andy Downes, 25 January 2012 10:19

Ducati has finally started building the hotly-anticipated and all-new 1199 Panigale superbike at the Bologna factory this week. The Panigale is the all-new 200bhp 1200cc V-twin superbike the firm hopes will revolutionise the class when it’s launched in two weeks’ time in Dubai. MCN will be one of the first publications in the world to ride the bike in early ...

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Honda reveals new finance deals

Andy Downes, 18 January 2012 12:06

Honda has revealed details of a host of new offers and finance deals on new motorcycles and scooters which will run until March 31. The deals even include the new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade which is now available with lower rate finance of 8.4% APR over three years. 2012 Honda Fireblades for sale. The CBR600RR, is available at 0% APR over ...

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New Victory High-Ball revealed

Andy Downes, 03 October 2011 11:51

American firm Victory has released details of the 2012 range of bikes with the stripped down High-Ball bobber, an all-new model for the UK, leading a host of other changes including ABS across many ranges including the Cross Country Tour and Vision. The High-Ball is a 1731cc V-twin with 113ftlb torque and 92bhp, a classic bobber style which combines adjustable ...

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New 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 gets traction control

Andy Downes, 14 September 2011 10:39

This is the new 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1 which has six-stage traction control and a mid-life redesign. Images have leaked a few hours before Yamaha’s official announcement later today and MCN will bring full details later on this afternoon. The R1 is still instantly recognisable; Yamaha is holding back on a radical redesign for at least another two years according to ...

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Yamaha to launch host of anniversary models

Andy Downes, 09 September 2011 14:43

Yamaha will unveil four anniversary special edition models as the Japanese firm celebrate 50 years of participation in Grand Prix racing. Yamaha is releasing no official information about the bike until Wednesday, a time which means the new models will miss going into the next issue of MCN out earlier that day. Yamaha won’t even discuss which models are involved ...

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MV Agusta’s Triumph Street Triple killer spied

Andy Downes, 01 September 2011 12:06

MV Agusta's all-new 675cc Brutale has been spied testing for the first time. The bike is a naked version of MV’s F3 675cc inline triple sportsbike, and will rival Triumph's big-selling Street Triple R. Bosses at the iconic Italian firm have also revealed they are planning an 800cc inline three-cylinder version of the Brutale, an 800cc sportsbike, a 675 road-going ...

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Norton granted £625,000 government-backed loan

Andy Downes, 01 August 2011 17:45

British bike firm Norton has been granted the first of a new government-backed trade loan after a visit today by Business Secretary Vince Cable at the Donington Park HQ. The loan is the first of its kind and has been made under the Exports Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme (ExEFG). The funding will support the company’s plans to increase production to ...

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German dealer beats BMW to Custom Concept reality

Andy Downes, 08 July 2011 16:42

German aftermarket parts specialists Wunderlich has beaten BMW to building a fully-working and road legal Custom Concept using a BMW HP2 Sport as the basis. BMW unveiled the Custom Concept (originally called the Lo Rider until Harley-Davidson got the hump for some unknown reason) back in 2008 but there has been complete silence about the production chances of the stripped ...

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Suzuki leaks new 650 V-Strom by mistake

Andy Downes, 22 June 2011 09:38

Suzuki has accidentally leaked full details of the new DL650 V-Strom revealing at last what the finished bike will look like with full technical details. The details show a bike that has been given a fairly hefty makeover in terms of cosmetics but remains pretty close to the current bike in terms of the underlying mechanicals. So far Suzuki has ...

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