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World first test: Aprilia SL750 Shiver GT

Chris Newbigging, 02 June 2009 17:39

MCN has just finished the world-first test of the new Aprilia SL750 Shiver GT. The motorcycle is a new model for 2009, taking its complete chassis and engine from the naked Aprilia SL750 Shiver but adding a smart new half-fairing with cubby holes to store personal belongings, and a 12v socket to charge phones, sat-nav and other accessories. Read the ...

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Launch report: 2009 KTM 990 Adventure R

Chris Newbigging, 12 January 2009 15:25

MCN has just ridden the new for 2009 KTM 990 Adventure R for the first time on a 250km on/off road trek in Sardinia. The new motorcycle takes over from the 990 Adventure S as the top-of-the-range on/off road machine in KTM’s range, and is also the most powerful yet with 115bhp from the Superduke-derived engine, 18bhp more than the ...

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Aprilia RX125 and SX125 first test

Chris Newbigging, 15 May 2008 11:15

MCN has just arrived back from the world launch of Aprilia's SX125 and RX125 two-stroke supermoto and trail motorcycles, revamped to meet Euro3 emissions laws and also to look and feel closer to the SXV550. Here's our tester's first conclusions on the new bikes: "The two bikes are very similar - the only difference is the wheels and tyres - ...

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First impressions: Aprilia SX125 launches in Italy

Chris Newbigging, 14 May 2008 11:08

MCN’s Chris Newbigging is currently at the Pomposa kart track near Venice in Italy testing Aprilia’s brand new SX125 and RX125. Here are his first impressions after riding the Aprilia SX125: “The SX125 is the supermoto version of Aprilia’s RX125 two-stroke trailie and, perhaps as you’d expect, it is very nimble and agile round the tight and twisty circuit. “The ...

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Video: Yamaha YZF-R125 first ride

Chris Newbigging, 23 February 2008 01:00

Yamaha launched the all-new YZF-R125 in Valencia this week, and MCN was the first to test ride the new motorcycle on Spanish roads and Valencia's go-kart track, a miniature replica of the MotoGP circuit. The R125 is a direct rival to the Honda CBR125R, and you can see our exclusive video of the motorcycle here first. See the full test ...

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Yamaha YZF-R125 world’s first test

Chris Newbigging, 22 February 2008 23:59

MCN has just completed the first road test of Yamaha’s new learner sportsbike, the YZF-R125. Built to steal the massive sales figures off the Honda CBR125R, the R125 is an all-new liquid-cooled four-valve four-stroke motorcycle designed for European riders and styled as part of the R-series – from a distance you’ll struggle to tell the R125 from Yamaha’s own YZF-R6. ...

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Carl Fogarty and Scott Russell speak about their 1994 race bikes at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Chris Newbigging, 26 June 2007 14:27

In this week’s MCN (Wednesday, June 27, 2007)our road testers ride a pair of stunning retro WSB homologation motorcycles – the 916SPS and ZXR750R from 1994. The bikes are the road going versions of the factory bikes campaigned by Scott Russell and Carl Fogarty in one of the most memorable seasons of World Superbikes ever.   The two riders were at ...

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