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Motus durability tests the MST-01 in public on 'American Sport Tour'

Guy Procter, 06 July 2011 14:30

American sports-tourer start-up Motus has announced plans to very publicly test/demonstrate the durability of its MST-01 on a 7,000-mile trans-USA tour. Prototypes of the 161bhp V4 sports-tourer will complete a round-trip from Birmingham, Alabama, where Motus is headquartered, via the Laguna Seca round of MotoGP. The tour starts July 11 and will also be used to meet with potential dealers, ...

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'It is a joy to be policed by Aprilia Mana GTs' say happy, productive citizens of Chongqing [REDACTED]

Guy Procter, 06 July 2011 14:06

Aprilia has secured a landmark deal with China, allowing it to ethically dispose of a large number of Mana 850 GTs. 30 of the twist-and-go middleweights – a year's-worth of sales in the UK – have joined the fleet of Chongqing police force, following a joint venture with the country's massive Zongshen bike business. The Manas are seen here escorting ...

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VIDEO: Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE v some Datsun – are bike firms growing their balls back?

Guy Procter, 23 June 2011 17:17

Look at bike ads from decades passed and you come away thinking some manufacturers today aren’t fighting hard enough for the customers they have. Most of all, why did they ever decide to let cars get away with selling themselves as fast or exciting or reasonably priced? So we're pleased to see a tentative return to the glory days with ...

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New Ducati 1199 stuns Bayliss in test at Mugello

Guy Procter, 23 June 2011 10:41

Ducati's rivals are reeling after retired Ducati legend Troy bayliss matched his fastest ever time around Mugello, in a sensational three-day test of the new 1199. The 52-time WSB race winner left the track stunned by the pace of the machine at such an early stage: "All I can say is the bike is a beast and she is on ...

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300mph, jet-assisted Hayabusa: meet the Bullet 1236

Guy Procter, 23 June 2011 09:12

So this is the theory: a bike could go a lot faster on the straights if it didn't have wheels dragging on the ground. The solution? A small jet engine and a few subtle wings contributing enough thrust and lift to hold the bike a metre off the ground at 300mph along long straights. Manoeuvrability is promised 'excellent' in the ...

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2012 Husqvarna enduro models revealed

Guy Procter, 17 June 2011 16:12

Revitalised BMW-owned Husqvarna has released details of its updated 2012 range of enduro bikes. Each gets new graphics, new black chassis and new silver wheels while the TE250 and TE310 four-stroke models now have a Kayaba rear shock, LeoVince racing exhaust pipe and updated frame. Husqvarna says its engineers have worked on all models to make their traditionally hardcore bikes ...

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Pro-bike Prince of Wales meets Royal Legion's biker branch

Guy Procter, 17 June 2011 16:01

The House of Windsor's quiet pro-biking campaign goes on, as the Prince of Wales today met members of The Royal British Legion Riders Branch to thank them for their services to the British Armed Forces. Charles, father of Triumph-riding Harry and the Ducati-loving Duke of Cambridge, met 90 of the club's members at Clarence House where he took the opportunity ...

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Will Suzuki's new middleweight live up to its own hype?

Guy Procter, 15 June 2011 10:23

Suzuki has released yet more (blurred) teaser pics of its new 'middleweight motorcycle' - almost certainly a new V-Strom 650. Something about the way Suzuki is drip-feeding these images suggests a huge amount of confidence that the bike is going to make a big splash – or that they're a bit more excited about the bike than we yet have ...

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New EBR 1190RS on sale in UK in 2011

Guy Procter, 15 June 2011 09:16

Magnesium wheels, 175bhp, 97ft-lb, 176kg, all-carbon bodywork, £27k, plans for three more new models…. THIS is how you bounce back from a breakup you even managed to lose your name in. And it'll be on sale in the UK before the end of 2011. Denied the right to append to his own name to bikes that are more his than ever (Harley-Davidson ...

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MV Agusta F3 first ride: "Unusual but intuitive" says designer Adrian Morton

Guy Procter, 14 June 2011 14:19

The designer of MV's new F3 Adrian Morton has told MCN what the bike is like to ride. Naturally he thinks it's good, but given it's his first ever ride on the machine he styled, and he's a regular rider just like the rest of us rather than a superhero Stig-style tester, his observation the handling feels 'unusual but intuitive' is ...

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