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2012 Kawasaki MXer debuts launch control

Phil West, 19 May 2011 12:14

Holeshot-grabbing ‘launch control’ comes to the motocross world for the first time next year following this week’s unveiling of Kawasaki’s new 2012 KX450F. The new open class or ‘MX1’ bike uses a sophisticated engine map which reduces the chances of rear wheel spin when starting in low-grip conditions. It also, like many modern road machines, features three-way switchable engine maps, ...

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Supersport star tests GSR750 for MCN

Adam Child, 28 April 2011 16:19

48 hours after tacking a hard fought win in the British Supersport Championship on board his Relentless GSX-R600 Suzuki by TAS, Alistair Seeley was back at Brands Hatch joining the MCN team putting Suzuki’s new GSR 750 through its paces. Alistair had given Suzuki their first win on board the all new GSX-R600 on Monday, but was on unfamiliar ground ...

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New KTM Duke 690 spied

MCN, 27 April 2011 11:09

This prototype is the new 70bhp KTM Duke 690. It was spotted being filled up with fuel yards from the KTM factory in Mattighofen, Austria, by an eagle-eyed Austrian KTM owner who took pictures and video on his mobile phone. The bike is clearly a prototype machine and was in fairly shabby, test-hack shape with matt black paint, mis-matched wheels ...

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ABS compulsory on US BMWs but 86% of UK BMW buyers opt for it anyway

Guy Procter, 21 April 2011 16:48

ABS will be standard on all BMWs sold in America from 2012, the firm's US bosses have announced. But it's a move unlikely to spread to British beemers while 86% of us are happy to pay between £645 and £965 to spec our BMWs up with anti-lock, (including 94% of S1000RR buyers) according to the firm. BMW's US vice president Pieter ...

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New Triumph Street Triple imminent

Guy Procter, 24 March 2011 16:50

Triumph is days away from revealing a Speed Triple-style overhaul to its big-selling 675cc naked. The Street Triple will gain its bigger stablemate’s modernised headlights, as revealed in MCN this week, and a higher-quality level of finish throughout, despite prices being pegged at or near current levels. Insiders claim a tastefully matched range of new colours adds to the perceived ...

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BMW and Honda ready new scooters for 2012

MCN, 24 March 2011 13:30

BMW has confirmed it will be showing two production-ready versions of the Concept C scooter at the Milan show in November. Details are scarse but it's thought they will share an all-new 800cc, two-cylinder engine. Insiders insist it won't be based on the F800 engine. It's thought there will be a higher spec version alongside a more basic one with ...

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Ducati announces roadshow dates across the UK

Andy Downes, 18 March 2011 17:03

Ducati has announced dates for the 2011 roadshow with a truck and demonstration fleet attending more events than ever before. The demonstrator fleet showcases the 2011 range including the Diavel, Multistrada 1200, the Superbike range, the Monster range and the Streetfighter. Ducati says: “Although the Diavel may be grabbing the headlines, it will not be overshadowed by a test fleet ...

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Moto Guzzi cans concepts

MCN, 11 February 2011 17:35

After revealing a new 1400cc California cruiser, Moto Guzzi has admitted the stunning concept bikes unveiled at the 2009 Milan show will not be made. The concept bikes, which were built around the traditional Guzzi transverse V-twin motor, were designed by Miguel Galuzzi (Aprilia RSV4) and Pierre Terblanche (ex-Ducati and the creator of the first Multistrada, now at Norton). To ...

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New Super Ténéré colour announced

Dan Aspel, 26 January 2011 09:35

Yamaha have announced a new colour for the 2011 XT1200Z Super Ténéré: Competition White.  Find a Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré for sale Due in dealerships in the Spring, Yamaha says the new paint scheme has been released to celebrate the Japanese firm’s 50th year of competitive racing. To find out more about the Super Ten – or to book a ...

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What Rossi's input on Ducati road bikes means for us

MCN, 20 January 2011 11:31

Ducati has officially confirmed that Valentino Rossi will be integral in developing the next generation of road bikes using technology from his Ducati MotoGP machine. Video: Valentino Rossi’s 2011 Ducati unveiled So, what does that mean for us?   Rossi buttonIt's thought that the new 1198 sportsbike replacement will have electrically adjustable suspension, just like the hugely successful new Multistrada. This opens up ...

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