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F4 RR is the best MV Agusta yet!

Michael Neeves, 03 August 2011 14:14

Our world-first test of the stunning new 201bhp F4 RR Corsacorta has revealed it to be not only the fastest MV Agusta we've ever ridden - but also the most refined. MCN rode the new £18k superbike at a special test on the Adria circuit, north-east of Bologna, Italy and can reveal that, thanks to the RR's new Ohlins suspension and lightweight ...

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Video: Aprilia USA in Space Shuttle tribute

Dan Aspel, 08 July 2011 10:39

Aprilia’s USA division has released the following tribute to the now decommissioned space shuttle program. It’s essentially an RSV4 advert, but with enough heart-stopping shots of 81 million horsepower rockets to justify the association. The Aprilia team says: “Crossing performance boundaries never thought possible and forging new frontiers in innovation… making and racing motorcycles wouldn't be entirely alien to the ...

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MCN in 3D: Neil Hodgson riding the Ducati 1198

MCN, 04 July 2011 15:21

With the latest Aprilia RSV4 R APRC and Ducati 1198, electronic rider aids are becoming more affordable. Both machines are equipped with eight-stage traction control and a quickshifter, which saves you from having to manually shut the throttle when changing up through the gears, whilst the Aprilia takes it a stage further with anti-wheelie and launch control systems along with ...

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Electronics for the people: Aprilia RSV4 R v Ducati 1198

MCN, 01 July 2011 10:33

With the price of Japanese superbikes edging ever closer to European 'exotica', the products of Italian factories such as Aprilia and Ducati are starting to appear better value than ever - especially these base model machines. Actually, it's a bit unfair to call the RSV4 R APRC or 1198 'base' models, because they're a long way from being basic. They ...

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New MCN June 29: Lorenzo: 'Ban Simoncelli'

Liam Marsden, 28 June 2011 09:51

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale 29 June, MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo vents his fury at MotoGP wildman Marco Simoncelli Plus, you could win a Suzuki GSX-R600 when you insure your bike with MCNcompare Also in this week's issue we test the the electronics packages on the Aprilia RSV4 APRC and Ducati 1198, Triumph's new 1200 Trophy spied and all ...

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Hodgson tests Aprilia and Ducati rider aids for MCN

MCN news team, 24 June 2011 15:13

Even the base spec versions of Aprilia and Ducati’s latest superbikes, the RSV4 and 1198, are now bristling with electronic rider aids such as traction control and anti-wheelie – but how good are they? To find out we roped in ex-WSB world champ and MCN guest tester Neil Hodgson to put both bikes through their paces on road and track ...

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VIDEO: Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE v some Datsun – are bike firms growing their balls back?

Guy Procter, 23 June 2011 17:17

Look at bike ads from decades passed and you come away thinking some manufacturers today aren’t fighting hard enough for the customers they have. Most of all, why did they ever decide to let cars get away with selling themselves as fast or exciting or reasonably priced? So we're pleased to see a tentative return to the glory days with ...

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New Aprilia SR Max 125 and 300 scooters

Andy Downes, 23 June 2011 17:14

Aprilia has unveiled two new scooters called the SR Max 125 and 300 with styling Aprilia optimistically suggests is inspired by the RSV4 Superbike. The SR Max will go head to head with bigger scooters like the Suzuki Burgman and the Yamaha T-Max combining big wheels, larger than normal diameter forks for a scooter and decent brakes while keeping the ...

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Aprilia RS4 125 first ride

Liam Marsden, 31 May 2011 15:48

The all-new four-stroke Aprilia RS4 125 is being launched at the Vairano test track in Italy, and MCN web producer Liam Marsden is at the launch of the new bike. After a session on the RS4, here are his thoughts. "From a distance, the RS4 looks almost exactly like the RSV4 superbike, which its styling is based on, it's not ...

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Aprilia RS4 125 gets quickshifter option

Dan Aspel, 25 May 2011 15:46

Aprilia's new four-stroke RS4 125 will come with an optional quickshifter priced at £99, the Italian firm has announced. Offering the "fun and involvement of split-second clutchless upshifting on a 125cc motorcycle", the move mimics the raft of WSB-grade technology available on the larger capacity RSV4 R APRC. With a liquid-cooled DOHC engine, USD forks, a quick-release pillion seat cowl, underslung ...

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