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2012 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade revealed

Trevor Franklin, 26 September 2011 10:06

Honda’s new-for-2012 CBR1000RR Fireblade was officially shown to the world at simultaneous unveilings over the weekend, at the Imola round of WSB and Le Mans 24-Hour. Not surprisingly the bikes displayed turned out to be the same machine that MCN highlighted after details were released on a Hong-Kong Honda dealer’s website. Official Honda press information underlined MCN’s details of the ...

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First ride: Vyrus Moto2 bike

John Westlake, 20 July 2011 15:13

Vyrus are testing their new Moto2 bike at Misano, so Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves has joined the Italian firm to ride the innovative bike on track. Here are his first impressions: 'This is one of the most unconventional Moto 2 machines made so far. It has a carbon fibre monocoque chassis, hub centre steering and a Formula One style ...

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Rieju taking deposits on new “Duke Killer”

Dan Aspel, 15 July 2011 15:15

Catalan marque Rieju is taking deposits on a new, high spec. supermoto special, codenamed the "Duke Killer". Aimed at the same class of young riders as KTM’s recent 125 Duke (RRP £3495), the £3699 race-quality Pro SM Black Series represents a top-drawer upgrade to the existing MRT125 Pro. Upgrades to the 125cc Yamaha-engined stock MRT125 include: • Fully adjustable 40mm USD ...

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Video: Keith Flint's FTR Moto2

Michael Neeves, 24 June 2011 10:00

If you’ve got deep enough pockets you can now buy your very own Grand Prix bike. This £75,000 FTR Moto2, belonging to Prodigy front man Keith Flint, is the first customer machine to be built by the British firm. It’s the same spec as their actual Moto2 racer, but has a tuned 135bhp CBR600RR motor. Flint is using a break ...

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Will Suzuki's new middleweight live up to its own hype?

Guy Procter, 15 June 2011 10:23

Suzuki has released yet more (blurred) teaser pics of its new 'middleweight motorcycle' - almost certainly a new V-Strom 650. Something about the way Suzuki is drip-feeding these images suggests a huge amount of confidence that the bike is going to make a big splash – or that they're a bit more excited about the bike than we yet have ...

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MV Agusta F4 RR into production next week

Andy Downes, 19 May 2011 14:08

Italian firm MV Agusta will put into production next week the first run of the recently revealed, 201bhp F4 RR Corsacorta superbike. The new F4 is the range-topping version of the F4 superbike given a complete makeover last year with the new £17,999 version packing the highest claimed power figure for a production superbike. A limited run of bikes are ...

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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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