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New Ducati Monster 796 launch this Wednesday

John Westlake, 19 April 2010 12:39

MCN will be first to ride Ducati’s new middleweight Monster 796 this Wednesday on the roads surrounding Ducati’s Bologna HQ in Italy. The V-twin sits between the beginner-friendly Monster 696 and the beefier Monster 1100, and will rival bikes such as the new Yamaha FZ8, BMW F800R and Triumph Street Triple R. First official pictures and details of the bike ...

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Three men in a garage build electric RGV250

John Westlake, 09 April 2010 17:02

This electric Suzuki RGV250 has been built by three Derbyshire bike fanatics to tackle the big-cash efforts in the TTXGP UK electric bike racing series. It’s possibly the most shoestring electric race effort yet – the chassis cost £13.  The trio of Network Rail engineers have taken a combination of parts bought, begged and borrowed to pull together an almost ...

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New Harley-Davidson Softail Convertible

John Westlake, 09 April 2010 16:54

MCN editor Marc Potter has just ridden the new Harley-Davidson Softail Convertible from the company’s Custom Vehicles Operation – the department where Harley engineers sit and stroke their beards and come up with outrageous versions of their standard showroom bikes. Read Harley Softail bike reviews This CVO Softail gets a 219cc increase in engine capacity from 1584cc to the Screamin’ ...

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New MV middleweight is definitely a triple

John Westlake, 09 April 2010 16:48

MV Agusta’s new middleweight sports bike has been spotted again testing in Spain, and this time the spy pictures prove it has a three cylinder engine. Browse MV Agustas for sale The new shots – which will be published in MCN on Wednesday April 14 – include a fairing-off close-up of the engine showing three exhaust downpipes and a triple-exit ...

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2010 Ducati launch weekend

John Westlake, 09 April 2010 13:17

Ducati dealers will launch the entire 2010 range during the April 17/18 weekend. Ducati motorcycles for sale Headline act will be the new Multistrada, which will be available for test rides in every Ducati dealer, with the 848 Dark, Hypermotard EVO, ABS Monsters and 1198 Corse models also in attendance. Demand for the new Multistrada has taken Ducati by surprise, ...

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New 210bhp Norton rotary

John Westlake, 23 March 2010 17:25

Norton is set to make a stunning return to racing next year with an all-new 200bhp+ rotary superbike. The news – which is revealed in full in tomorrow’s MCN – means Norton could have a BSB and even WSB bike over the next three years. The new Donington Park-based factory is currently in full flow building the limited edition Commando ...

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Ducati Multistrada 1200 rivals compared

John Westlake, 02 March 2010 16:21

Ducati’s new Multistrada 1200S has just blown us away at its launch in Lanzarote with an astonishing mixture of power, flexibility and sophistication. Video preview: 2010 Ducati Multistrada 1200 tested In MCN this week (out Wednesday Mar 3) we analyse the bike’s strengths and weaknesses. As a taster, take a look at this table showing the key attributes of the ...

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“Make more Multistradas!”

John Westlake, 23 February 2010 16:42

Ducati UK have asked the Italian factory to increase production of the new Multistrada 1200 after British dealers took over 200 deposits and ‘far exceeded expected order levels’. And that’s before anyone has even ridden the bike. UK bosses made the request after the bike’s appearance at the MCN Carole Nash London Show and tour of dealerships created a surge ...

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New Norton special edition revealed

John Westlake, 04 February 2010 13:24

Norton revealed a new version of their Commando Cafe Racer at the Carole Nash MCN Motorcycle Show today. It’s the first day of the show, held in London’s Excel Centre. The lightly tweaked bike features black yokes, a gorgeous black and silver paintjob and black wheel rims. It will cost the same as the normal Cafe Racer: £13,495. Norton’s UK ...

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2010 1200cc Yamaha Super Tenere gets R1 lights

John Westlake, 06 January 2010 10:17

Yamaha's drip-feed of information about the new 1200cc parallel twin Super Tenere continues. The latest press release for the bike – which will rival the BMW R1200GS, new Ducati Multistrada and Triumph Tiger – contains a silhouette showing the headlight design is more R1 than XT660 Tenere. The twin lights are side-by-side (rather than stacked as per the 660 Tenere) ...


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