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Opinion: why Honda will make an RVF1000

John Westlake, 07 January 2011 17:12

In next week's MCN, industry expert Ben Purvis explains why he believes Honda is laying plans to bring back the RVF name on a new 1000cc V4-engined superbike. Find a used Honda motorcycle for sale Just like the RVF750R (RC45), the new bike would be a race-oriented machine, set above the Fireblade in the firm's range and offering a new ...

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Near-standard S1000RR hits 202mph

John Westlake, 24 September 2010 17:12

A standard BMW S1000RR with an off-the-shelf Akrapovic exhaust, a smaller rear sprocket and some gaffer tape over slots in the screen cracked 202mph from a standing start in one mile. The speed run was part of an experiment by Performance Bikes magazine to discover the new BMW’s ultimate speed potential, and is featured in this month’s issue, out October ...

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£22 gets BMW S1000RR to 197mph!

John Westlake, 01 September 2010 11:04

A standard BMW S1000RR with a new £22 rear sprocket and gaffer tape over slots in the screen has come close to cracking 200mph. The bike had a standard exhaust and no engine modifications whatsoever, and hit 197. 289mph during an experiment by MCN’s sister title Performance Bikes – out today – which explored the bike’s high speed potential. PB’s ...

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New Ducati 649R special

John Westlake, 12 August 2010 14:39

Sean Kynnersley had to go to extreme lengths to race a Ducati in the UK MiniTwins series. Why? Because the awkward Italians never made a 650 – the maximum capacity eligible for the ultra-competitive championship. So he made a Ducati 649R himself. Kynnersley said: “I bought a couple of blown up 748 motors, and then a SV650 cylinder and piston ...

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New MV 675cc triple will spearhead company relaunch

John Westlake, 12 August 2010 11:14

New MV Agusta owner Claudio Castigilioni has confirmed a 675cc three-cylinder sportbike and Brutale will be at the heart of the relaunch of the Italian firm. MCN has caught the 675cc – called the F3 – testing a number of times in the past year but development was halted because of the uncertainty over the future of the company once ...

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Britain's Got Biking Talent: Kawasaki ZX-10R

John Westlake, 12 August 2010 09:36

This stunning 2005 Kawasaki ZX-10R is just one of the hundreds of bikes entered into MCN’s Britain’s Got Biking Talent competition with Carole Nash. The annual free competition closes in six days, so if you’ve got a special bike you think stands a chance you’ll need to get onto sharpish. The ex-Vivaldi ZX-10R you see here has kevlar bodywork ...

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What price should the new ER-4f be in the UK?

John Westlake, 28 June 2010 14:13

Kawasaki have announced that the new Ninja 400R (or ER-4f in English) will be sold in Canada at $7499 (£4800), but have not confirmed whether it will be coming to the UK. New 400cc Kawasaki models The bike ­ a sleeved down version of the twin-cylinder ER-6f ­ is seen by many as an important way to ease beginners up ...

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"No no no! Tom Cruise is on a Ducati" - updated

John Westlake, 24 June 2010 17:03

The plot thickens. First an American journalist spotted that the Ducati Hypermotard ridden by Tom Cruise in his latest film had assorted Aprilia bits bolted on, such as an engine and swingarm (see here).  Tom Cruise’s Ducati is an Aprilia! The implication was that the Hypermotard wasn't capable of some of the films' stunts. Now Ducati has responded by saying ...

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New Bimotas tested

John Westlake, 28 May 2010 17:37

To celebrate the announcement of a new UK importer, Bimota brought along the DB5S, DB6, DB7 and Tesi 3D to Brands Hatch for us to ride, to refresh British riders' memories of the exotica they hand-build. Here are our verdicts in brief – for full details, see next week’s MCN out on Wednesday June 2. DB6 - £16,605Easily one of the ...

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New 2010 Triumph Sprint GT gets power and torque boost

John Westlake, 17 May 2010 14:47

Triumph’s new Sprint GT has more power and torque than the old ST, and will be one of the best value tourers on the market when it goes on sale in three weeks. Details just released by Triumph reveal the 1050cc GT – standing for Grand Tourer – will have ABS and panniers as standard, and cost £9499 – that’s £2576 ...


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