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Experts sceptical of Motus claims

Guy Procter, 01 April 2011 16:16

Fresh scepticism has greeted the new Motus MST-01 V4 following its public unveiling at Daytona, raising suspicions the men behind the MST-01 have a steeper mountain to climb than they realise. Engineers, design consultants and US-market specialists contacted by MCN were swift to counter the initial enthusiasm for the unconventional 2012 model fanned by its muscle-car technical roots, questioning its ...

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MV Agusta ready with Street Triple rivalling B3 Brutale

Guy Procter, 24 March 2011 17:19

Triumph might be ready with a new-look Street Triple, but MV Agusta will be hoping to lodge a big question mark in buyers' minds when it goes semi-public with its own 675cc naked next week. The B3 'baby' Brutale will, like the Triumph, be powered by a 675cc, three-cylinder motor, but is widely expected to beat it for claimed power. ...

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Motus MST-01: from the saddle

Guy Procter, 16 March 2011 17:20

The Motus MST-01, self-proclaimed saviour of the American bike business, had some surprises in store for MCN photographer Bob Clarke when he became one of the handful of people to take a first-person view of the bike from the hot seat. Bound to feel a bit American-shoddy but sound awesome, right? You better read on... "To sit on the Motus ...

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Suzuki's fuel cell scooter gets mass-production approval - but should you want one?

Guy Procter, 09 March 2011 16:48

Suzuki's hydrogen-powered Burgman scooter has become the first fuel-cell vehicle to get European Whole Vehicle Type Approval ­- a license to start mass production. Hydrogen power might be a technological cul-de-sac but various governments, including our own, are determined to make it as long a one as Brookside. Hydrogen fuelling stations are being incentivised into existence from London out, and ...

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Return of the 'real bike'? Motus MST-01 revealed

Guy Procter, 04 March 2011 17:29

New US bike firm Motus has at last revealed its brutal new sports tourer, the MST-01. Its Corvette-aping pushrod-operated 1650cc transverse V4 puts out 160bhp but despite that impressive peak Motus claim it’s tuned not for power but real roads, real revs grunt that promises to leave rivals feeling weedy. And before you say it’s ugly, remember it’s up against ...

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Track day Bimota HB4 nearly ready

Guy Procter, 27 August 2010 16:04

Bimota’s HB4 Moto2 contender will soon be available as an ultra-exclusive track-day bike, and here it is in preparation. The bikes are powered by 140bhp World Supersport-spec engines so are more powerful than the Moto2 racers themselves. They’re being prepared by Germany’s Bimota importer under license from the factory and look set to cost a scary £146,000. Boss Denis Hertrampf ...

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Kawasaki W800 Bonneville-rival is real

Guy Procter, 27 August 2010 15:56

Kawasaki is about to reveal a bigger replacement for the defunct W650 Triumph Bonneville replica, confirming internet speculation. The bike will be called the W800 and feature a largely similar chassis, but feature a disc brake at the rear and power hiked to match Triumph’s own modern-day Bonneville, at around 60bhp. Kawasaki’s original W650 was popular with customisers, especially in ...

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Ducati plans GP-style frameless superbikes

Guy Procter, 17 February 2010 11:22

Ducati is planning a ‘frameless’ future for its road-going superbikes – with the firm set to bet the farm on an aluminium version of its GP10’s revolutionary carbon design, MCN can reveal.   A new patent application purports to protect the composite semi-monococque design – which bolts headstock to engine via a structural airbox rather than a frame – used on ...

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Ducati mulls big-money new Desmosedici RR road bike

Guy Procter, 09 February 2010 14:48

Factory sources suggest Ducati is debating whether to reprise the runaway success of its Desmosedici RR with a new carbon-framed model following MotoGP's 2012 switch to 1000cc. Ducati Desmosedicis for sale Reaction to 2008's original ultimate race replica staggered the Bologna firm, which believes it could have sold the 1500 production run twice over. That number had already mushroomed from ...

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Stunning Alitalia Aprilia RSV4 revealed

Guy Procter, 09 February 2010 14:37

This is Aprilia's gorgeous new Alitalia liveried-RSV4. The Italian airline will sponsor Max Biaggi and Leon Camier's 200mph+ V4s in WSB this season, lending the bikes a stunning tricolore paint scheme that perfectly suits its angluar lines.

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