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Neevesy's predicted 2010 top five motorcycles

Michael Neeves, 29 December 2009 13:30

The global financial crisis seems to have hit the Japanese motorcycle manufacturers the hardest. There’s very little to get excited about from them next year except for Kawasaki’s funky Z1000. One notable exception is the Honda VFR1200, but it’s clear it doesn’t live up to the hype, so doesn’t make it onto my top five new bikes list of 2010. ...

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New Aprilia RSV4 R on the road!

Michael Neeves, 25 December 2009 13:00

MCN raved about Aprilia’s new ‘budget’ RSV4R (if you can call £12,743 budget) when we rode it at Mugello in November. It was all going well until five of the launch bikes suffered terminal con rod failures.  Aprilia were keen to prove this mechanical hiccup was a one-off, so invited us back to Portugal to ride it again on the ...

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2010 Kawasaki Z1000 first ride: “Japan’s best super-naked”

Michael Neeves, 18 November 2009 17:56

Michael Neeves has just finished riding the all-new Kawasaki Z1000 that hopes to better the Triumph Speed Triple, KTM Super Duke and Ducati Streetfighter. He sent back this report: “On paper the new Z1000 looks like it could be a full-bloodied ‘super naked’ – an intoxicating mixture of raucous engine, sharp handling and bad attitude. In reality it’s something slightly ...

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Ducati boss predicts growth

Michael Neeves, 14 October 2009 16:50

At the world launch of the new 796 Hypermotard, Ducati boss Gabriele Del Torchio exclusively told MCN how they were faring in the current financial crisis. Ducatis for sale “It’s a tough time for everybody and the market is declining all over the world and down by 32, but Ducati’s market share is constantly growing. "I believe at the end of ...

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Yamaha R6 owners needed

Michael Neeves, 14 October 2009 16:42

MCN would like Yamaha R6 owners to join us for a celebration of '10 years of the R6' at Bruntingthorpe on Wednesday 21st October. We're after owners of R6s in standard condition, or as close to standard as possible, and who would be available the day to have their bike and them featured in MCN. Owners should be able to get ...

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New Ducati Hypermotard 796 first ride!

Michael Neeves, 12 October 2009 10:39

The new Ducati Hypermotard 796 is a smaller version of the Hypermotard 1100, with an all-new engine and a lighter, lower chassis aimed at new riders. Watch the Hypermotard 796 video test Michael Neeves is currently testing the bike in Bologna, here are his first impressions. “This is a mid-range version of the Hypermotard 1100 using an engine derived from ...

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Could this be the world’s trickest Ducati 848?

Michael Neeves, 28 August 2009 17:00

With no 848R expected from Ducati any time soon, Ducati Glasgow has decided to create their own. This machine, built for one of their customers, cost a whopping £28,000. Starting with a standard £10,616 Ducati 848, it has a custom Ducati Glasgow paintjob, Ohlins forks from a 1098R, complete with a 25mm TTX fork kit and an Ohlins TTX rear ...

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Moto Guzzi planning Harley-Davidson rival

Michael Neeves, 24 June 2009 14:22

Moto Guzzi is setting its sights on Harley-Davidson with an all-new 1600cc cruiser, MCN reveals this week. Conceived to take on Harley’s 1584cc ‘big twins’, the new bike will be a new, big-bore version of the Italian firm’s Guzzi’s traditional across-the-frame V-twin and will carry the historic ‘California’ name. in an exclusive interview with MCN, Moto Guzzi’s Head of Communications, ...

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Aprilia Mana 850 GT ABS - first ride

Michael Neeves, 23 June 2009 19:55

The £6999 Mana 850 GT ABS is much more than its specs suggest. On paper it’s a bike with a 839.3cc V-twin scooter engine (the same lump, incidentally, you’ll find in the GP800 made by Aprilia’s sister company Gilera). Thinking of trading in? Sell your bike with MCN for just £9.99 Like the scooter it has a CVT (continuously variable ...

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Kawasaki VN1700 Voyager v Harley-Davidson Street Glide v Victory Vision Tour

Michael Neeves, 04 June 2009 14:59

Kawasaki’s new VN1700 Voyager is the Japanese firm’s first fully-dressed V-twin American-style tourer. It’s a Harley clone through and through, albeit loaded with the sort of cutting-edge technology you’d normally find on a Fireblade or R1, like electronically-controlled linked brakes and a ride-by-wire throttle system. It might not have the Harley badge, but it’s got the looks, the shiny chrome ...

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