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The history of BMW's wonky headlights

Chris Newbigging, 27 March 2009 11:41

New spy shots have shown that BMW’s S1000RR will continue the firm’s proud tradition of asymmetrical headlights.  The shots show that the right-hand side headlight is smaller than the left and kidney shaped, housing only one projector light. See the BMW S1000RR spy shots BMW has been producing bikes with wonky headlights since the BMW R1100S in 1999, so we celebrate 10 ...

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Video: MCN’s Honda CBF125 in the snow

Chris Newbigging, 06 February 2009 15:17

Lightweight bikes are perfect tools to carry on motorcycling through the snow, as our Honda CBF125 demonstrates in this video. MCN’s Steve Farrell rode the bike 80 miles from MCN’s office in Peterborough to North London, but before he left we had some fun in a deserted car park! See MCN February 18 for Steve’s report on how the bike ...

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Video: Wild hill climb with jumps!

Chris Newbigging, 27 December 2008 09:00

If you’re familiar with the crazy bike sport of hill climbing you’ll know that it’s pretty spectacular – elongated Frankenstein machinery trying to get up near-vertical hills.  But this compilation of clips shows an even wilder variant with huge ramps halfway up that more often than not causes the competitors to get a little out of shape!

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The future of bike gearboxes – made in the UK

Chris Newbigging, 24 December 2008 07:30

A UK company is working to put one of the fastest and most efficient gearboxes in to production in the next few years. Zeroshift are a UK-based firm who have developed the system for car racing and HGV use, but have now adapted the split-second change system to fit in to the compact gearbox of a bike. The idea’s simple ...

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Poll: Should BMW build the Lo-Rider?

Chris Newbigging, 12 November 2008 16:22

BMW is looking for feedback on the Lo-Rider concept revealed at the Milan Show last week, so MCN has setup an online poll to see what you think. BMWs for sale The motorcycle is based on BMW’s 1170cc boxer engine and uses parts already used in the BMW range with a funky, minimalist style. The concept is also designed to be ...

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Milan Show: Bimota DB7 Oronero

Chris Newbigging, 04 November 2008 11:34

Bimota has just revealed the carbon-framed DB7 Oronero at the Milan show. The bike is based around the same basic design as the standard Bimota DB7 launched earlier this year, but is eight kilograms lighter thank to the front section of the frame, the central section of the swingarm and all of the bodywork being made from carbon fibre. Claimed ...

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BMW S1000RR revealed in road-trim

Chris Newbigging, 28 October 2008 13:47

BMW’s S1000RR superbike has broken cover in finished form testing at Albacete. The pictures show a near production ready machine complete with final trim details and parts like indicators, number plate hanger and the final exhaust design. ABS is also evident (the sensor ring can be seen on the left brake disc), and overhead shots show the BMW has a multi-function ...

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Latest 2009 Aprilia RSV4 spy shots

Chris Newbigging, 17 September 2008 17:30

Aprilia’s new RSV4 superbike has been spied days before its official launch in Rome this weekend. The new pictures from the ApriliaNews Blog show a finished road bike minus a few pieces of trim – otherwise the bike is exactly as you’ll be able to buy it next year. The 999cc V4 is Aprilia’s first new superbike since the launch of the ...

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Power-sliding on a scooter!

Chris Newbigging, 14 August 2008 10:27

Check this mad scooter rider, who somehow manages to back-in and power slide his humble Vespa!  

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First impressions: Aprilia SX125 launches in Italy

Chris Newbigging, 14 May 2008 11:08

MCN’s Chris Newbigging is currently at the Pomposa kart track near Venice in Italy testing Aprilia’s brand new SX125 and RX125. Here are his first impressions after riding the Aprilia SX125: “The SX125 is the supermoto version of Aprilia’s RX125 two-stroke trailie and, perhaps as you’d expect, it is very nimble and agile round the tight and twisty circuit. “The ...

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