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New MV Agusta F3-based ‘Hypermotard’ in the works

Guy Procter, 14 June 2011 14:00

MV Agusta F3 designer Morton says a third F3-based bike - in addition to the expected naked Brutale variant, styled by an Italian colleague - is in the works. He tells MCN: “Since concluding the F3, I have been assigned to the Street Motard project. It's an entirely new category of motorcycle for us so I have had more freedom ...

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MV Agusta F3: How it could have looked, how it does sound

Guy Procter, 14 June 2011 13:45

MV Agusta’s radically small, sexy and advanced new triple – which is heard for the first time in this video from an MV owners group event in Italy – started life in even more extreme form, its British designer has revealed. How the new F3 sounds Speaking for the first time about the 140bhp, 675cc machine – which looks set ...

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Art of noise: Ducati exhaust ringtones free for your phone

Guy Procter, 10 June 2011 15:35

Ducati has made the exhaust notes of nine of its bikes available for listening to, downloading or using as your ringtone. From Monster to GP10, WSB machine and new Diavel (with and without Termignonis) it's a soul-stirring, potentially bowel-loosening collection. It's also liable to prompt the intensely dispiriting observation from your other half that 'they all sound like tractors' Ducati ...

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Why artists should stay away from bikes. Especially Ducati 1198s

Guy Procter, 08 June 2011 11:23

A Danish artist has produced 10 special edition Ducati 1198s under the title 'Kill me Fast'. Of the £62,500 bikes Kristian von Hornsleth  says: "It is precisely the bikes' blend of beauty, speed and death, which inspired me to include this 'scuplture' in my artistic work. "The painted lines and forms interacts in a 'futilistic' attempt to investigate and challenge ...

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What KTM taught Bajaj about promoting its new Pulsar 220

Guy Procter, 08 June 2011 10:43

Paint it orange, ride it lairy: it's a tried and trusted sales technique for KTM, whose partnership with Indian giant Bajaj has yielded the new Duke 125 and access to a wonderfully cost-efficient supply chain for the Austrian firm. Allowing the Pune-based firm to copy its marketing methods is the most obvious form of payback. It's hard to see how ...

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New Suzuki V-Strom 650 adventure bike teaser pics

Guy Procter, 08 June 2011 10:30

Suzuki has let out two more tantalising images of its new adventure bike, the all-new V-Strom 650. The illustrations are scarcely more informative than the Sound of Music-style mountain scene in the first release, but their drip-drip release at least shows how excited Suzuki is about the new bike. Which in turn leads us to expect more than a refresh ...

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Why the MotoCzysz E1pc is a dead cert to win, but makes nothing like 200bhp

Guy Procter, 06 June 2011 16:23

MotoCzysz's '200bhp' E1pc will undoubtedly win the 2011 TT Zero race barring mishap, but its 142.8mph top speed tells a different story to its press bumf, its practice performance reveals. The speed, recorded along Sulby Straight, reveals a motor putting out a peak of around 80bhp, rather than the 200bhp regularly mentioned in connection with its D1-11 VDR D1g1tal Dr1ve. ...

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2011 Motoczysz E1PC – M1cha3l Rutt3r's 200bhp digital watch

Guy Procter, 03 June 2011 17:41

This is the bike Michael Rutter wil ride in this year's electric TT, though if MotoCzysz had it their way no doubt it would be the Digital TT. Because what with all the over-promising and under-delivering the word 'electric' has kind of lost its caché in connection with motorcycling. MotoCzysz are going all-in with 'd1g1tal' - like 'digital' but even ...

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Tiger 800 fastest-selling Triumph for a decade

Guy Procter, 03 June 2011 14:49

The Tiger 800 has become the fastest-selling new Triumph in over a decade. The Hinckley firm shifted 700 Tiger 800s and XCs in just the first four months of 2011. It's a timely riposte to BMW, whose boss Hendrik von Kuenheim lays into Triumph for 'copying' its F800GS in this week's MCN. In an outspoken interview he says he feels ...

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World's first Harley-Davidson Road King backflip nearly works

Guy Procter, 02 June 2011 15:44

You’re looking at the first time in history a Harley-Davidson Road King has been asked to perform a back flip. You’re also looking at a very lucky man. See the backflip sequence below Aussie stunt rider Kain Saul – who on an XR1200 became the first man to successfully flip a Harley in 2009 – only just avoided having the ...

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