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Video: World exclusive Ducati 848 Evo first ride coming up

Michael Neeves, 19 August 2010 17:23

Two months ahead of its official launch in Imola, MCN has got its hands on the new Ducati 848 Evo. Replacing the current 848, the 140bhp Evo has more power, a steering damper and Monobloc Brembos from the Ducati 1198R superbike. Senior Road tester, Michael Neeves has tested Ducati’s new mini-superbike on the track and road and says, “The 848 ...

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The world's lightest Hypermotard

Michael Neeves, 18 August 2010 10:44

NCR's new Leggera 1200 Special is the lightest Hypermotard ever - shedding an astonishing 57kg from the already minimal Ducati thanks to a strict titanium-only diet, while gaining 20bhp. Based on the 1100 Hypermotard the vast majority of the parts are in titanium, the front brake is in ceramic-carbon and the bodywork in carbon-fibre. Engine work includes new bigger-bore cylinders, ...

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Bimota DB8 first test!

Michael Neeves, 06 July 2010 14:05

We’re in Rimini riding Bimota’s new DB8, which is their first new model since the DB7 was released in June 2008 and this is the very first pre-production machine that exists. Here’s what Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves has to say about it: “The big difference between this and the DB7 superbike is the DB8 has a Ducati 1198 motor ...

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Reader's race reps needed for MCN road test

Michael Neeves, 08 June 2010 10:12

MCN needs to get hold of some specific models for a race rep road test. If you have one of the following bikes and you'd like to see it in the paper, please get in touch:   2008-current Repsol Honda Fireblade K9-L0 Rizla Suzuki GSX-R1000 2009/2010 Fiat Yamaha R1  The test would begin at MCN's office in Peterborough at 9am and end at ...

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Moto Guzzi Nevada Anniversario

Michael Neeves, 07 June 2010 17:15

To celebrate twenty years of the middleweight Moto Guzzi Nevada cruiser, the Italian firm have created a new addition to their model line-up: the Nevada Anniversario, which will only be available in Italy. The Nevada Anniversario has the same chassis and 48bhp, 744cc 90° V-twin motor as the standard £6274 Nevada Classic, but features a number of detail changes. These ...

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Racing blog: Vari-Trac BMW Park Lane S1000RR

Michael Neeves, 17 May 2010 09:58

After sampling BMW Park Lane’s MRO Stocksport S1000RR at Brands GP on Thursday I got the amazing opportunity to race it at the historic Kent track at the weekend. Team Vari-Trac BMW Park Lane looked after me alongside regular riders: young hotshot Stefan Capella and the super-fast Steve Mercer. The team is headed up by Rick Capella and runs with ...

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MCN rides the world's first production electric superbike

Michael Neeves, 05 May 2010 16:24

We’ve been granted an exclusive first ride on the Mavizen TTX02, the world’s first production superbike. Video: Mavizen TTX02 electric superbike - first ride preview Powered by twin 96V DC Agni 95R electric motors, it makes the equivalent of 81bhp and has 77ftlb of torque (impressively, just 10% short of a Japanese 1000cc sportsbike), which it delivers smoothly and instantly ...

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Triumph Thunderbird gets hot-rodded

Michael Neeves, 30 April 2010 11:58

In standard trim the Triumph Thunderbird has a grunty 1597cc parallel twin-cylinder engine, beautiful steering and solid stability. Next week in MCN we reveal a Thunderbird that’s like that, but more so. Thanks to modifications by dealer Jack Lilley, this ABS-equipped Thunderbird ‘Hot Rod Special’ looks that bit meaner, has a meatier soundtrack and even sharper handling. Like most of ...

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Suzuki GSX-R750s that rocked the world

Michael Neeves, 21 April 2010 14:46

There's something quite regal about a Silver Jubilee, so it's fitting that the undisputed king of sports bikes - the Suzuki GSX-R750 - celebrates its 25th birthday this year. It still lives on and is as great now as it was in 1985.        Read Suzuki GSX-R reviews Find a GSX-R750 for sale     Read the full 6-page feature on 25 years ...

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Australia Blog: Day 6 - Wayne Gardner's kids, future GP heroes?

Michael Neeves, 13 January 2010 13:46

Today I learned the secret to the success of Aussie world champions like Mick Doohan, Casey Stoner, Troy Bayliss and Wayne Gardner. It’s dirt track racing.    Brought up riding small-capacity motocross bikes on tracks that are like road-racing circuits, but are dirt instead of tarmac (so have left and right bends, not just an oval) as kids, they learned ...

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