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World’s first sexy Goldwing?

Guy Procter, 01 June 2009 15:52

Yes, it’s a Honda Goldwing – stripped-back, straight-barred and oozing a purpose and poise Honda never intended for it. Danish film production designer Lars Nielson set about a 1976-model GL1000 to see if a sportier, lighter, faster ’Wing lay within, and boy did he find it. “I also found great joy in pissing-off my Brit-bike riding friends by building a Honda ...

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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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How the R1200GS should look

Guy Procter, 28 April 2009 15:49

US aftermarket parts-supplier Andrew Serbinski loves the ride but hates the look of his R1200GS so much he’s completely redesigned it. And in developing the new bodywork he's pioneering a new way of producing parts in a process he likens to simply 'printing them out'. The R1200GSM reduces the parts-count and 'visual clutter' of the popular adventure bike, which Serbinsky ...

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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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MotoGP in 2020: riders bash fairings with unmanned bike-bots

Guy Procter, 03 March 2009 15:34

The Rossis of tomorrow will do battle with riderless bikes like this, according to one Japanese bike visionary. 31-year-old Yutaka Igarashi works a 40-hour-week in a sawmill cutting timber, but by night he designs some of the best bike concepts we’ve seen. You can see his vision of a successor to the legendary Brough Superior in this week’s MCN. This ...

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