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You bought their kitchens. Will you buy their bikes?

Guy Procter, 28 April 2011 12:13

The Ikea incursion has seen the Swedish way of life occupy our homes and give us undreamt-of storage options. Now they’re after your garage, as long defunct brand Swedish brand Ockelbo ponders a revival. Former snowmobile-maker Ockelbo has been helped by a group of students from the Umeå Institute of Design, who’ve created a range of concept bikes aimed at ...

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Motus MST-01: first studio shots fire enthusiasm for 'hot rod' V4

Guy Procter, 09 March 2011 11:12

American start-up Motus’ new sport tourer has met with enthusiasm among riders and designers in spite of initial luke-warm commentary over its looks. Former Ducati and Piaggio star Pierre Terblanche has hailed the 1650cc V4 a “wonderful achievement – a great concept, great engine, and don’t forget this is a conservative market so I think the looks are fitting.” Norton’s ...

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New Husqvarna TE 125 is go-anywhere teen dream

Guy Procter, 21 May 2010 11:38

Sister bike to Husqvarna’s new 125 supermoto is this credible looking beginner’s enduro bike, the TE125. Costing £100 less at £3495 the fully road-legal TE uses the same liquid-cooled 15bhp motor, 40mm forks and progessive-link shock as the supermoto and weighs just 117kg. It’s available in white only from June. More info: 01962 771122; http://www.husqvarna-motorcycles.co.uk

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'Fake' Bimota HB4 track day bike is real

Guy Procter, 13 May 2010 15:54

Rumours of a semi-official track-day-only HB4 costing a whopping £146,500 circulated last month after an advert for just such a bike was posted on a German website. Bimota was quick to dismiss the ad as a fake, but MCN has discovered it IS in negotiations with a German dealer to offer very top-end HB4s to rich track day enthusiasts. The ...

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KTM RC4 - it lives!

Guy Procter, 13 May 2010 15:38

Rumours of a rebirth of the serious small-capacity sportsbike led by KTM have circulated for ages, and we’re glad to see they’re well founded. Sort of. Sadly it’s not the longed-for official RC4 they have actually been evaluating, but a home-brewed supermono created in idle hours by KTM R&D engineers. 80bhp/140kg. Now all we need is the marketing department to ...

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Skidoo/bike/quad thing is ultimate desert racer

Guy Procter, 24 July 2009 14:57

What’s the best way of crossing the desert at speed? Bike? Car? Snowmobile? Tell you what – hedge your bets and combine all three into this epically focused machine. The Platune Sand-X 800 T-ATV is powered by an 800cc 2-stroke Rotax twin making 151bhp, and is good for 116 terrifying miles per hour, and a superbike-rivalling 0-60 time of 2.8sec.  ...

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Kawasaki refines ‘flattened’ engine

Guy Procter, 16 July 2009 14:05

Kawasaki’s next-generation Ninjas look set to feature this radical new engine design after plans for a ‘flattened’ motor were refined and re-patented for a third time in eighteen months. The dramatically re-imagined inline four is the work of the man behind the firm’s MotoGP-contending 800cc ZX-RR, Yoshimoto Matsuda, and promises to solve a number of problems at a stroke. Its ...

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Zero launch electric supermoto with torque of a GSX-R750

Guy Procter, 08 April 2009 09:17

US bike firm Zero has launched a road-legal ‘high-performance supermoto’ that packs the torque of a GSX-R750 but costs less than a penny a mile to run. The silent-running electric Zero S - which costs $9950 - has a useful commuting range of 60 miles, charges in four hours from a normal socket and boasts high quality suspension including inverted ...

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