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MILAN SHOW: Yamaha’s 200bhp YZF-R1 revealed

MCN, 03 November 2014 21:00

Highlights• New 998cc crossplane in-line 4-cylinder, 4-valve engine• 200PS without ram air• Large capacity 10.5 litre airbox• Titanium 4-2-1 exhaust• Lightweight assist and slipper clutch• Newly designed asymmetric aluminium Deltabox frame• 1405mm wheelbase• 199kg wet weight / 179kg dry weight• Lightweight cast-magnesium wheels• ABS with Yamaha Unified Brake System The only thing the new YZF-R1 shares with the outgoing model is the name that has graced Yamaha’s superbikes since the ...

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MILAN SHOW: Ducati Monster ‘Stripe’ released

MCN, 03 November 2014 17:00

Over 290,000 Monsters have been sold since launch in 1992, and now the Italian firm have added another couple of options to the range with two new ‘Stripe’ models. The Monster 821 Stripe and Monster 1200 S Stripe versions are characterised by a red colour scheme with a white double side-stripe on mudguard, tank and passenger seat cover. Both bikes ...

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MILAN SHOW: 205bhp Ducati 1299 Panigale unveiled

MCN, 03 November 2014 17:00

Ducati’s flagship Panigale superbike has been given a technical and technological makeover aimed at keeping the road bike ahead of a very strong field of rivals in 2015, and the racing machine up the front of the Superstock grid. As MCN revealed weeks ago there are now two different engines in the 1299 range; one for the standard 1299 and ...

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MILAN SHOW: All-new Ducati Multistrada 1200 revealed

MCN, 03 November 2014 17:00

Ducati’s big-selling Multistrada 1200 gets a massive overhaul for 2015, making it an almost all-new bike, with variable valve control engine, all-new electronics, revised styling and improvements to rider comfort and convenience. There are two models – the standard 1200, and an ‘S’ model which also includes the D-Air version that links to Dainese’s electronically-controlled rider airbag system. The overall ...

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MILAN SHOW: Ducati launch Diavel limited edition

MCN, 03 November 2014 17:00

Also new for 2015 will be a limited edition Diavel Titanium, which will be a production run of just 500 units, each getting a host of cosmetic changes, such as forged black wheels, a titanium fuel tank and headlight covers, and lashings of carbon fibre. The exhausts get a Zircotec ceramic lining and a stainless steel silencer, and each bike ...

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Watch Ducati's 2015 model launch live

MCN, 31 October 2014 16:24

You can watch the Ducati press conference for the launch of their 2015 models live, right here, when it takes place on Monday November 3 at 4:15pm. Ducati previously launched the much-hyped Scrambler at the recent Intermot Show in Cologne and they're expected to unveil the Panigale 1299 and updated Multistrada in Milan.

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2015 Honda Crossrunner ridden

MCN, 31 October 2014 14:45

Honda's all-new 2015 VFR800X Crossrunner is currently being put through its paces for the first time in southern Spain by MCN Executive Editor Phil West. These are his first impressions. "Don't be put off by the Crossrunner tag. Although the original 2011 version of Honda's VFR-based 'crossover' machine blew a bit hot and cold, this version's pretty much all-new – ...

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Daimler announce MV Agusta partnership

Liam Marsden, 31 October 2014 11:30

As MCN reported last week, German automotive giant Daimler have announced a longterm partnership with MV Agusta, which includes Mercedes-AMG GmbH acquiring a 25% stake in the Italian bike manufacturer for an undisclosed fee. Daimler will co-operate with MV Agusta in the marketing and sales department, while Mercedes-AMG will appoint one member of MV Agusta's board of directors. Giovanni Castiglioni, President and ...

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Matchless Model X Reloaded revealed

MCN, 30 October 2014 17:38

Reborn Brit marque Matchless have released a solitary image of the all-new Model X Reloaded, which will be launched at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan next week. The image reveals that all that design details hinted at by CAD drawings and leaked build shots have made it onto he final version of the bike.  The Model X is the ...

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Moto Guzzi launch V7 II range in Italy

MCN, 30 October 2014 12:53

Moto Guzzi’s trio of new-for-2015 V7 IIs are being put through their paces around the city streets of Pisa and the surrounding countryside by MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child. Here are his first impressions. "I’ve always liked the V7. I admire its simplicity, ease of use, and the fact it’s a A2 licence friendly, it makes a surprising alternative ...

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