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World’s most important Honda launched

John Westlake, 11 December 2009 17:14

We might assume Honda’s VFR1200F is the most important bike on the Japanese giant’s agenda for 2010, and that the company’s desperately concerned about criticism of its iffy tank range, but chances are we’re wrong.  Instead, it’s more likely Honda will be concentrating on this; the CB Twister – a 9bhp, 186mpg 110cc bike that was launched in India today. ...

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New Yamaha Super Tenere 1200 video

John Westlake, 10 December 2009 14:58

Yamaha has released a promotional video of the new 1200cc Super Tenere – the upcoming rival to the BMW R1200GS, Triumph Tiger 1050 and KTM 990 Adventure. See the video here 2010 Yamaha Super Tenere spy pictures The video was shown on Yamahas’ stand at the Tokyo Show in October, where Yamaha revealed the cloth Super Tenere concept bike. It ...

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BMW Concept6 six cylinder teaser video

John Westlake, 18 November 2009 17:01

BMW has released a video showing the new six cylinder Concept6 bike that was revealed at the Milan Show last week. BMWs for sale There’s no sound of the engine on the video (just the inevitable dance music), and no action footage of the bike, but you get a half-decent impression of the size of the engine. Read a full ...

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Facts and figures: BMW S1000RR vs Fireblade vs GSX-R1000 vs R1 vs ZX-10R

John Westlake, 13 November 2009 11:23

MCN will be riding the new BMW S1000RR at the world launch next Tuesday. All the latest info on the S1000RR Chief road tester Trevor Franklin will be riding the Honda Fireblade, Suzuki GSX-R1000, Yamaha R1 and Kawasaki ZX-10R during the days before he flies out to Portimao in Portugal, so he can give the best idea of how the ...

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Electric superbike launched with new video

John Westlake, 06 November 2009 14:57

The company that built the world’s first electric superbike has unveiled the machine at the SEMA tuning show in the US. The company has produced a new video of the bike to accompany the launch. The Mavizen – which was first shown in MCN two weeks ago – is based around a KTM RC8. It has a lithium-ion battery, and ...

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New Ducati Multistrada name confirmed

John Westlake, 30 October 2009 17:17

Ducati has finally officially confirmed that its new GS-rival will be called the Multistrada.      Read Ducati motorcycle reviews In a press release announcing that the 1198cc bike will appear at the Milan Show in 10 days, the company referred to the bike throughout as the Multistrada 1200. Find a Ducati for sale Though MCN has called the new bike the ...

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Video: See and hear new VFR dual clutch in action

John Westlake, 09 September 2009 09:40

Honda has quietly released video of its new VFR1200 going through the gears on a rolling road to demonstrate its new dual clutch.   More info on the Honda VFR1200 Honda confirms dual clutch on new VFR1200 The new clocks and switchgear are shown, with gear changes made via two switches on the left bar – you use your finger to ...

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Honda confirms dual clutch on new VFR1200

John Westlake, 08 September 2009 10:52

Honda has officially announced that the new VFR1200 Blackbird replacement will feature a dual clutch transmission, as reported in MCN on July 15, 2009. It will be the world's first fully automatic motorcycle dual clutch transmission on a big sports tourer.   Honda V4: tech details of the VFR1200 revealed There is speculation about whether the clutch – which allows rapid ...

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Hayden-rep 848 launched at Laguna Seca MotoGP

John Westlake, 03 July 2009 15:32

Ducati will launch a special edition Nicky Hayden 848 at the Laguna Seca MotoGP in America this weekend. Besides the paintjob inspired by Ducati’s struggling MotoGP rider, the 848 features an LED dash, 30mm mirror extension kit (thereby rendering them useful) and aluminium cam belt tensioners to reduce weight. Price in the US is rumoured to be $14,495 (£8858), which ...

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All new Honda Pan European goes high tech

John Westlake, 30 April 2009 12:10

The all-new Honda Pan European is going to be a technical masterpiece utilising the very latest technology, including a push button operated, double-clutch transmission, variable cylinder management and the next generation of the V-Tec variable valve system. In next week’s MCN a Honda insider will also reveal when the new bike will go on sale.

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