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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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Triumph Rocket III Roadster first ride impressions

Trevor Franklin, 05 October 2009 11:53

The UK launch of Triumph’s Rocket III Roadster is under way this what MCN’s chief road tester Trevor Franklin has to say about it... Although not a completely new machine, the Roadster is a brave departure from the custom cruiser segment with Triumph now lumping this version of its 2294cc Rocket III in the streetfighter category. With footpegs pushed back ...

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Kevin Schwantz owned my bike!

Trevor Franklin, 26 August 2009 15:30

Bikes with history take on many forms. Take, for example, this plain-looking 1990 air-cooled Suzuki DR350S. Would you believe it was once owned by 1993 GP500 World Champion Kevin Schwantz? The 385cc big-bore air-cooled DR350 was presented to Kevin Schwantz as a ‘ranch bike’ by the technicians of Team Pepsi Suzuki, who Schwantz was signed to at the time. The ...

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Suzuki GSX-R1000 K1 to K9 - the facts

Trevor Franklin, 28 May 2009 13:20

In next week's MotorCycle News (June 3 issue), we feature a six-page special on Suzuki's highly regarded GSX-R1000. From the original 2001 GSX-R1000 K1, to today's GXR1000 K9, information like claimed power and torque figures versus actual rear wheel numbers, chassis ID numbers, model by model registration figures, and historic race results can all be found in MCN (June 3). ...

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Video: AC Schnitzer F800 GS tested

Trevor Franklin, 12 December 2008 13:06

German tuning company AC Schnitzer has developed an excellent reputation for producing some stunning aftermarket accessories for all manner of BMW motorcycles. Most recently it has turned its attentions to that stunning workhorse the BMW F800GS. But rather than simply adding on choice bits and pieces, this time it has developed a complete new model: an F800GS supermoto. Replacing the ...

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2009 Triumph Daytona 675 first test - road riding update

Trevor Franklin, 03 December 2008 11:00

The world first test of the 2009 Triumph Daytona 675 is taking place in Spain - and this is today's update - how the Daytona 675 performs on challenging mountain roads. Triumph motorcycles for sale See all motorcycle reviews For yesterday's track riding impression of the Triumph, click here Road impression: Triumph's new Daytona 675 motorcycle performs faultlessly on the road. The fully ...

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Picture gallery: AC Schnitzer BMW F800GS

Trevor Franklin, 02 December 2008 13:11

Specialist BMW accessory company AC Schnitzer has stepped in to fill a gap in BMW's range. BMW can cater for nearly all tastes, ages and heights. Well, it would if it listed a supermoto midway between the 650cc X-Moto and the mad, large capacity HP2 Megamoto. This is where AC Schnitzer's F800GS supermoto steps in. Video: BMW F800GS first ride ...

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ABS Honda CBR600RR gets thumbs up

Trevor Franklin, 11 June 2008 12:59

MCN man Trevor Franklin has just ridden the much hyped ABS  Honda CBR600RR and said for the road it makes perfect sense. Trev rode a CBR600RR equipped with one of the three ABS prototypes at a test facility in Germany and it’s obvious that this is completely different from anything that Honda has produced so far. See the new Honda ...

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Video: 2008 KTM RC8 - it was worth it

Trevor Franklin, 05 March 2008 12:49

KTM already produces decent V-twin powered bikes in the shape of the 990SM and the Super Duke but these aren't machines burdened with the 'tag' of Superbike like the new RC8. MCN' Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin went to ride the 2008 KTM RC8 at the motorcycle's launch. So after four years of development will it live up to expectations and ...

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Video: MV F4 goes 1078

Trevor Franklin, 26 February 2008 11:04

The latest MV Agusta to wear the F4 badge has an extra 80cc, more power and an extra 'R' tagged onto its name. Watch the video as MCN road tester Trevor Franklin puts the MV F4 1078RR 312 through its paces to see if it can compete with the best Japenese superbikes. Watch last years review of the MV Agusta F4 ...


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