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Teams prepare for world’s daftest bike adventure

Andy Downes, 24 January 2012 14:32

In just a few weeks 15 teams will navigate 1000 miles across the frozen rivers of Siberia in a fleet of 1940s Russian Ural sidecar outfits with temperatures of as low as -40C. Competitors will have to find their own route to the finish line and camp along the way. Brit Simon Limpus, 31, and New Zealand team-mate Dave Murray, 32, ...

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Kawasaki dealers launch 2012 range on 2 February

Andy Downes, 16 January 2012 11:39

More than 70 Kawasaki dealers on the evening of February 2 will be launching four new-for-2012 motorcycles, with each event also including some free prizes in a countrywide free-to-enter draw. New models being shown include the Versys 1000 adventure bike, ER-6f and ER-6n parallel-twin middleweights, plus the 200bhp ZZR1400 hypersports machine. Kawasaki states: “Divided into the North (including Scotland and ...

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Video: Loon stunt riding a Ducati Diavel

Andy Downes, 04 January 2012 17:05

Brilliantly talented German stunt rider Micha Threin has become the first in the world to take the 162bhp Ducati Diavel sports cruiser into the world of stunt riding. While the Diavel has bags of power and is reasonably lightweight when compared to other cruisers the wheelbase alone is enough to make it seem wildly inappropriate for this sort of riding. ...

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German tuning firm builds KTM RC4 690R track machine

Andy Downes, 03 January 2012 13:34

German tuners Mototech has developed this fairing, suspension and handlebar kit which fits the outgoing KTM Duke 690 to turn it into a trackday weapon with 70bhp and weighing just 125kg. It’s basically a lightweight, faired track bike which costs £4000 for the kit and with secondhand examples of the KTM Duke 690 available for a little over £4000 it ...

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Metzeler expands winter tyre range for scooters

Andy Downes, 20 December 2011 10:58

Tyre firm Metzeler has extended the size fitments for the Feelfree Wintec range of scooter winter tyres which have been specifically designed to work at colder temperatures. The range available has now been expanded with the introduction of the new 100/80-16, 110/70-16 and 110/70-13 sizes for the front and 120/80–16, 130/70 R16 and 140/60-14 for the rear. MCN tested the ...

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Tom Cruise personally asks for Chris Pfeiffer stunt show

Andy Downes, 16 December 2011 15:34

BMW stunt rider Chris Pfeiffer was asked to put on his spectacular stunt show by Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise earlier this week after bike fan Cruise spotted him near the red carpet entrance to the premier of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. The stunt rider had been asked by Paramount Pictures to put on a show at the European premiere of ...

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Revealed: The secrets behind MV Agusta's F3

Andy Downes, 15 December 2011 13:04

MV Agusta’s all-new three-cylinder F3 is days away from going into full production and looks set to rewrite the class rules as it takes on supersport all-comers with more power, lower weight and more advanced electronics. MCN gained exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the key engineers to discover out how a tiny company like MV Agusta made a bike that looks ...

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MV reveals finished Brutale 675 - £7999 in the UK

Andy Downes, 04 November 2011 14:51

MV Agusta has officially taken the wraps off the Brutale 675 for the first time with the Triumph Street Triple rival confirmed as being priced at £7999 in the UK. The Brutale shares the same basic inline three-cylinder 675cc engine with the F3 but in this naked bike version it has been retuned for 115bhp at 12,500rpm. Despite being the ...

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New 2012 BMW S1000RR tech details

Andy Downes, 20 October 2011 11:00

Just two years after BMW launched the class-leading 1000cc sportsbike the firm has given the bike a long list of changes aimed at improved handling, more mid-range torque and improved throttle response. The overall look of the bike might, at first glance appear the same but on closer inspection the long list of minor revisions becomes clear. A new tailpiece, ...

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Staff bikes: MV Agusta Brutale - Brutale turns storm chaser

Andy Downes, 13 October 2011 15:41

The plan was simple enough. The reality turned out to be a tiny bit different thanks to the howling gales that affected the North of England courtesy of Hurricane Katia. It was supposed to be a two-day trip on the MV Agusta Brutale to Moffat in Scotland to stay at the brilliantly biker-friendly Buccleuch Arms Hotel, taking in five National ...

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