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New Yamaha XT660 supermoto on the way

John Westlake, 12 August 2010 11:31

MCN has uncovered designs showing the next-generation Yamaha XT660 supermoto with Ducati Hypermotard-like styling. It’s a far cry from the dumpy current XT, which lacks excitement and desirability compared to thoroughbred European supermotos from the likes of KTM. The new one has a leaner, more exciting look. The detailed patent drawing shows the single-cylinder bike with what appears to be ...

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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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Dorsoduro 1200 leak: Aprilia stay silent

John Westlake, 12 August 2010 10:59

Aprilia is remaining tight-lipped after a 183 page owners manual for the new 1200cc Dorsoduro was leaked on the internet. The official document confirms MCN’s insider reports of the past two years about the existence of the supermoto-style bike. The manual was posted online by an Aprilia owners forum and reveals the bike – which will rival KTM’s 990SM among ...

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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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New Honda Sabre

John Westlake, 28 May 2010 17:56

This is the brand new Honda Sabre 1300 cruiser – proof that the firm’s new, more extreme chopper styling, as pioneered on last year’s Fury, is no one-off. The US-only model – revealed in full in next week’s MCN, out on Wednesday June 2 – shares not just the Fury’s 1300cc V-twin, shaft-drive engine, but also many of its styling ...

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Norton picture: proof of full production

John Westlake, 28 May 2010 16:14

This is the picture that sceptics thought they'd never see and proves reborn Norton is now in full production.  In next week's MCN, out on Wednesday June 2, we get exclusive access to Norton's factory, and watch production of the £15,995, 961 Commando SE. Around 30 examples of the retro-styled, twin cylinder roadster have now been completed, with 20 already ...

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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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Save £2800 on a new Yamaha R6

John Westlake, 23 April 2010 14:15

Brand new 2008 Yamaha R6s are for sale at £7199 – £1800 less than the 2010 model’s £8999 – despite rumours that Yamaha had stopped dealers discounting the bikes.    Find a Yamaha R6 for sale Dave Brown of Arnold’s Motorcycles in Burton-on-Trent explains: “A magazine article said Yamaha had stopped us discounting 2008 bikes because they’re identical to the latest ...

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Ducati Monster 796 colours: They’re not all vile!

John Westlake, 22 April 2010 17:32

Some of Ducati’s new replacement panels for the Monster 696, 796 and 1100 are, admittedly, repulsive. Monster 796 colours: did no-one tell the designers the red frame was staying? But tucked away among the ill-judged mauve/red combos on the press CD are some far more palatable colour-schemes. In fact, they’re stunning. Pillaging from Ducati’s rich history of iconic logos and ...

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“We’re the fastest” claim ZEV

John Westlake, 20 April 2010 13:40

Electric scooter manufacturer ZEV has windmilled into competitors over the performance of their new machine, the ZEV7000. Here’s what they say on their website: “Zev has had it with all of the claims by various companies that they have the fastest street legal production bike around. We tell them to bring their street legal production bike and to bring their ...

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