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New V-twin will have 3500cc and six-inch pistons

Guy Procter, 19 June 2009 17:07

US firm Bad Dog Cycles is working on a monstrous 3.5l bike engine featuring six inch-wide pistons. Owner Bill Price says: “I'm not too happy with the first version of the frame and will be making some improvements there. Our focus is going to be on the power unit itself for a while yet. “The motor has several modern features ...

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New Honda V4 will be VFR1200

Guy Procter, 19 June 2009 16:46

Honda’s all-new V4 will have a 1200cc engine and be called the VFR1200 MCN believes. The information emerged as the firm edges ever closer to releasing what is sure to be the most significant bike of 2010. The bike, which will stay true to the concept originally unveiled in 2008 will have a broader range of abilities than any previous ...

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Mike Willis, boss of MW Leathers, dies

Guy Procter, 19 June 2009 11:28

Founder of London-based MW Leathers Mike Willis died yesterday aged 64. Mike was recovering from a successful operation to remove a cancer when he contracted septicaemia. He passed away at 8.15pm on Wednesday 17 June. Mike’s leathers were the choice of many racers in diverse classes. He leaves wife Olive and daughter Danielle.

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Kawasaki VN1700 Classic & Classic Tourer first rides

Guy Procter, 22 April 2009 16:27

MCN’s Guy Procter reports from the VN1700 launch in the South of France. Kawasaki claims fans of it cruisers prize the firm’s heavy-industry heritage and the weight of these bikes certainly evokes that earth-moving, ship-building DNA. The Classic is 30kg heavier than a Harley Fatboy and the same’s true of the Classic Tourer versus the Roadking Classic. Much of that’s ...

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BMW S1000RR a Yamaha R6 copy?

Guy Procter, 12 February 2009 12:11

Is the new BMW S1000RR a Yamaha R6 rip-off? YouTuber mca8690 certainly thinks so, and he’s gone to the trouble of producing this video to prove it. The S1000RR was spotted early in its development sporting modified R6 panels, which it wore ‘with space to spare’ according to BMW development boss Peter Mueller. We don’t agree with mca8690’s embittered suggestion the ...

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