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First impressions: Suzuki V-Strom 650 Xpedition

Trevor Franklin, 18 August 2010 14:31

The new Suzuki V-Strom 650 Xpedition adds impetus to the increasing adventure bike market. The £7300 Expedition falls neatly into the middleweight adventure machine section currently populated by the BMW F560 and F800GS models. Based on the popular V-Strom 650 ABS model, the Xpedition comes loaded with a host of genuine Suzuki accessory parts, eg rugged aluminium panniers to turn ...

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Race art for sale

Trevor Franklin, 12 July 2010 16:49

Ever wondered how you can get hold of the same gloriously detailed race action photographs seen in MCN to hang on your wall, take pride of place in the house, or send as a gift? Well now you can... Doublered is a UK bike sport photography specialist with galleries of grade-A racing material – from the bikes to the action, ...

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2010 Kawasaki Z1000 recall issued

Trevor Franklin, 06 July 2010 09:58

Kawasaki has instigated a recall on its 2010 super-naked Z1000 and Z1000 ABS models. Read the Kawasaki Z1000 review The recall has been issued because the left front brake hose can make contact with the left disc under heavy braking causing the outer rubber hose to rub and wear through to the inner fluid-carrying line. The resulting front brake failure ...

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Ultimate used motorbike buyer's guide: Suzuki SV650

Trevor Franklin, 03 March 2010 11:11

Has there been a better bike than the Suzuki SV650 to make the jump from learner-legal machinery to the world of horsepower and big-bike riding qualities? It’s a debateable question, but when you consider 20,700 SV650s have been bought over the ten years it’s been on sale in the UK (1999 up until December 2009), we can safely say the ...

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2010 Yamaha Super Tenere - special edition comes first

Trevor Franklin, 25 February 2010 12:00

Yamaha’s XT1200Z Super Tenere will first appear in a limited ‘first edition’ guise during 2010. This first model will come with parts that will be available as optional accessories in 2011.        2010 Yamaha Super Tenere - full technical details No prices or production amounts for this machine have been released, but going by public interest generated so far Yamaha ...

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Triumph grow in 2009

Trevor Franklin, 19 January 2010 16:26

Despite an overall drop of 10% in sales of large capacity motorcycles in the UK, Triumph increased sold 26% more bikes in 2009, with a record figure of 7450. Triumph also grew its market share of +500cc machines from 9.2% in 2008 to 13% (+3.8%). Triumph has further reason to open the bubbly with increased market share in other key ...

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Kawasaki W650 special ‘built over Christmas’

Trevor Franklin, 14 January 2010 09:09

This Kawasaki W650 flat-tracker is one of the best specials to appear this winter, but the builder claims he produced it in his garage over Christmas! We suspect Sean Kynnersley, 40, took rather longer than that, judging by the quality of the execution. Kynnersley said: “I just fancied doing something different – it was a case of why not. I ...

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First ride on sportiest Bonneville: the Hyde Harrier

Trevor Franklin, 15 December 2009 11:00

The latest Hyde Harrier is the sportiest, most enticing road-going Bonneville ever made, MCN can reveal after an exclusive first ride. Find a Triumph Bonneville for sale Ohlins suspension and a chassis made by race gurus Harris mean it handles, and Triumph legend Norman Hyde has tuned the parallel engine to make 82bhp. That might seem moderate compared to modern ...

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BMW S1000RR group test: "An exciting and surprising bike"

Trevor Franklin, 11 December 2009 16:21

MCN’s Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin is in the South of France pitting the new BMW S1000RR against the Honda Fireblade, Kawasaki ZX-10R, Suzuki GSX-R1000 and Yamaha R1. He has just phoned in his end of day report: “We’ve just done 200 miles on the Route Napoleon near Cannes in the South of France and it’s clear that out of ...

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BMW S1000RR group test first impressions

Trevor Franklin, 11 December 2009 10:59

MCN’s Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin is in the South of France pitting the new BMW S1000RR against the Honda Fireblade, Kawasaki ZX-10R, Suzuki GSX-R1000 and Yamaha R1. He has just phoned in this initial report: “We’ve just stopped after riding 63 miles up the Route Napoleon out of Cannes in the south of France. "It was bloody cold to ...

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