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What MotoGP savvy can do for your bike

John Westlake, 29 May 2009 15:33

Next week’s MCN features one of the best ZX-10Rs ever created. It was made by an ex-MotoGP technician who turned a 2004 bike into a track weapon that’s two seconds a lap faster than a £45,000 Ducati Desmosedici Video: Onboard the MotoGP mechanic's Kawasaki ZX-10R Here are the bits that ex-MotoGP tech guru Stewart Miller’s bolted to the five-year-old ZX-10R ...

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Supercharged Honda Blackbird on the dyno

Rupert Paul, 28 May 2009 16:05

This supercharged Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird makes a staggering 65bhp and 24lb-ft more torque than standard. Video: Supercharged Blackbird MCN has been testing the bike this week – a bike that’s docile and manageable at low revs, but by 7000rpm it’s already more powerful than the standard machine is at its peak! Torque is consistently around 20lb-ft higher throughout the ...

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Secrets of Ohlins' 2-wheel drive R1 revealed

Guy Procter, 18 May 2009 16:56

Ohlins’ 2WD project manager reveals: it was faster dry or wet, suffered only a 2.5bhp power loss, and that there were four manufacturers who had Ohlins 2WD-equipped mules. This is an extended version of a story which appeared in MCN in April. A week before he retires, Lars Jansson - Öhlins’ R&D manager of future projects and the man behind the ...

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From push-bikes to Hayabusas: the maddest race on the planet

Guy Procter, 23 April 2009 11:22

There may never be another race like this again: 2009’s TTXGP is set to feature a lineup of machines the like of which hasn’t been seen since Muttley ruled the Wacky Races.   The inaugural TTXGP will have a 24-strong grid when it kicks off on 12 June. And since it’s the first ever zero-carbon-emission race, no consensus has been arrived ...

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CB1100R replica Honda Super Blackbird

Laura Kennerley, 16 December 2008 14:15

The team at Dream Machine in Nottingham has transformed this six-year-old Honda CBR1000XX Super Blackbird in to an homage to the 1982 Honda CB1100R RD model. The CB1100R RD was the last CB1100R released by Honda and features distinctive blue, white and red body work. The paintscheme can also be seen on the prototype Honda CB1100R.

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Britain’s Got Biking Talent with Carole Nash: Show us your motorcycle special to win

Anonymous, 23 July 2008 06:00

Think you’ve got a special motorcycle? Spent thousands getting it just how you want it? Well now’s your chance to show it off and win something back in the second Britain’s Got Biking Talent with Carole Nash, contest. By uploading a photo of it onto our website, you’ll be in with a chance to win a bunch of great prizes ...

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Video: Ace Cafe Racer unveiled

Michael Carroll, 18 June 2008 11:10

MCN was invited to take a sneak peak at the completed Ace Cafe Racer before it is shipped to the United States and we have some video footage of it running. Mark Wilsmore, Managing Director of the Ace Cafe, unveiled the bike to a select group of family and friends. Upon its arrival in America it will be part of the 50th anniversary ...

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World Exclusive: Roger Allmond’s finished Rocket III-powered one-off

Chris Newbigging, 15 April 2008 10:35

This is the world exclusive first photo shoot for what could be the most stunning custom motorcycle of the year – Roger Allmond’s Triumph Rocket III. See the motorcycle close up in our video Commissioned by Bennetts Insurance, the unnamed machine retains only the standard engine and part of the shaft drive – the rest has been designed and created by ...

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Controversial Buell 1125R transformed with a paintjob

Chris Newbigging, 08 April 2008 12:45

It's fair to say the new Buell 1125R’s styling hasn’t been received to well – but this one-off created for insurance company Bennetts shows how a simple colour change transforms the bike. The red and black scheme is reminiscent of the Yamaha World Superbike squad’s Santander livery, and it helps disguise the bulbous radiator shrouds, and the top fairing seems ...

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Ghezzi-Brian turn Moto Guzzi V11 into a sportsbike

Chris Newbigging, 21 March 2008 14:08

The team behind Moto Guzzi’s MGS-01 race bike have turned the relaxed V11 naked roadster into this – the Ghezzi-Brain Monza sportsbike. Designed as a kit that can be fitted as a whole or in steps, the Monza retains the stock Moto Guzzi engine cases and frame but everything else can be replaced with the kit. The ‘Aesthetic Kit’ comprises ...

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