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2010 Yamaha FZ8: official first picture

Chris Newbigging, 23 November 2009 10:51

Yamaha has unveiled this first official picture of the new FZ8 middleweight naked – but nothing else. There’s no information or pictures beyond this headlight shot – Yamaha UK wasn’t even aware of the picture’s release! It is believed the FZ8 will replace Yamaha’s current FZ6 models as a sporty middleweight naked, leaving the XJ6, XJ6 Diversion and the new-for-2010 ...

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New Piaggio MP3 500 and MP3 500 Sport

Chris Newbigging, 19 November 2009 11:58

Piaggio is replacing the MP3 400 with a new MP3 500 for 2010, and the Gilera Fuoco 500 is now branded the MP3 500 Sport. Piaggios for sale Both MP3 500s share the same 492cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine with CVT transmission, putting out 40bhp. The standard MP3 500 is much the same as the rest of the MP3 range introduced ...

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Milan show: Moto Guzzi concepts '80% production ready'

Chris Newbigging, 10 November 2009 17:26

Moto Guzzi’s V12LM, V12X and V12 Strada concept motorcycles are 80% production ready, according to co-designer Pierre Terblanche. The concepts were revealed today (10 November) at the EICMA show in Milan. Using the latest 110bhp four-valve per cylinder version of the air-cooled transverse Moto Guzzi v-twin, the machines concentrate on compact size and minimalist style. The three motorcycles were only ...

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Milan show: Moto Guzzi V7 Clubman concept

Chris Newbigging, 10 November 2009 11:44

Moto Guzzi has unveiled this customised concept V7 Clubman – based on the V7 Café already on sale. Moto Guzzi has transferred most of the technical details over from the V7 Café to the V7 Clubman, but with a unique styling package. An Arrow exhaust system with wrapped header pipes, a polished aluminium fuel tank and numberboards are the key ...

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Aprilia Shiver 750 revised for 2010

Chris Newbigging, 09 November 2009 10:49

The Shiver 750 is widely regarded as a good bike, but rivals like the Triumph Street Triple have beaten the bike both in back-to-back tests and in sales.  Find an Aprilia Shiver 750 for sale For 2010 the Aprilia Shiver now comes with a cowl around the headlight, wave brake discs and new colours to make it stand out. Under ...

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VFR1200F shaft drive explained

Chris Newbigging, 23 October 2009 09:20

Honda has made a big deal of its unique shaft drive on the VFR – but the initial information didn’t explain exactly how it works or why it’s better. MCN has clarified the advantages of the design – here’s our breakdown of how it works and why it’s better. Traditional shaft drives have the shaft running from the swingarm pivot ...

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Canadian grabs first quick spin on Honda VFR1200F

Chris Newbigging, 19 October 2009 17:22

Canadian Motorcycle Guide grabbed a first 20-minute quick spin for pictures on the new Honda VFR1200F at the weekend. More info on the Honda VFR1200 MCN is riding the new bike in an exclusive extended track test later this week – for now here’s CMG’s Costa Mouzouris’ first impressions. See the full story here “The new VFR1200F has barely finished ...

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10th Anniversary Yamaha TMAX WHITE MAX

Chris Newbigging, 08 October 2009 11:46

To celebrate 10 years of the Yamaha TMAX 500 maxi-scooter, the firm is released a limited-edition white version. Technically the scooter is the same 500cc parallel twin as the 2008/2009 model, but comes in white with anodised aluminium detailing and the wheels are titanium-colour with polished rims. Yamaha’s press kit says: “In 2000, the first TMAX revolutionised the scooter market. ...

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New Yamaha BW’s 125 for 2010

Chris Newbigging, 08 October 2009 11:28

Yamaha is adding a 125cc four-stroke version of the long-running BW’s to its scooter range for 2010. The BW’s 125 has an air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke engine, and has the same short wheelbase/fat-tyred design as the BW’s 50 so it’s nimble around town and rides over rough surfaces better. “New for 2010, the BW’s 125 ensures that even on the longest, ...

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2010 Yamaha YBR125

Chris Newbigging, 08 October 2009 10:25

Continuing with the ‘barely changed’ theme of Yamaha’s 2010 models, the Yamaha YBR125 learner bike gets a restyled fuel tank cover, exhaust shroud, grab rail and instruments. Technically, it’s still the same simple air-cooled single cylinder commuter machine as the 2009 model. Yamaha says: “Featuring an economical and reliable air-cooled engine housed in a compact, easy-handling chassis, the YBR125 has ...

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