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Tuono V4R too ugly? French to the rescue!

Guy Procter, 27 April 2011 17:26

Fabulous new Aprilia Tuono V4R too ugly for you? Here come the French, with what they hope is the answer - a modified RSV4, dubbed the V4 Street. Arriving just after the launch of the Tuono V4R the V4 Street would be the perfect riposte, if its prolapsed air intakes and hat-wearing headlight didn’t achieve the opposite of what was ...

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'Handling of a race bike, comfort of a street bike' - Motus MST-01 on track

Guy Procter, 26 April 2011 09:49

Of course you¹d expect to hear that in a promotional video, but it¹s an Ohlins technician talking, even if he couches his comments in the bubblewrap of 'This is the beginning... I can't imagine what the finished product's going to be'. As the 1645cc sports tourer mules blat or rather blart round Barber motorsports park it's hard to disagree that ...

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KTM 125 Duke - world's coolest 125 or what?

Guy Procter, 21 April 2011 16:35

Great behind-the-scenes video for some of the promos for KTM’s new 125 Duke. Has a bike firm ever made an eighth-litre bike look so damn good? And has anyone pulled off such a phenomenal piss-take on the motorcycling 'straight' world than KTM is by putting this stuff put, while its CEO Pierer presides over ACEM, the European representative of motorcycle ...

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New Kawasaki ZX-10R gets mean (not green) makeover

Guy Procter, 01 April 2011 17:02

Kawasaki’s new ZX-10R may have lost the outright power battle with the BMW S1000RR and the handling scrap to Aprilia’s RSV4 APRC but it’s determined to walk away from the tussles head held high in the styling department. To that end Kawasaki USA’s taken the big Ninja to the ‘king of custom sportsbikes’ Robert Fisher, boss of Florida’s Roaring Toyz, ...

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How new Triumph Tiger 800 matches up to BMW F800GS

Guy Procter, 01 September 2010 16:59

This week’s MCN (out now) exclusively reveals more details of Triumph’s new adventure bike, the Tiger 800. But how does it match up to its obvious rival, BMW’s F800GS? Armed with a brawnier version of the already muscular 675 motor means the new Tiger is off to a headstart, with Triumph testers remarking on ‘startling’ torque from the longer-stroke 800 ...

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2011 Yamaha R6 delayed

Guy Procter, 27 August 2010 16:16

Supersport fanatics eagerly awaiting an all-new Yamaha R6 for 2011 are being told they’ll have to wait another year. Yamaha is known to be working on a replacement for the current machine, which has been in production since 2006 with only minor changes since, but buyers asking dealers about a new bike are being told the bike won’t be on ...

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Honda CBF1000F deals price blow to Yamaha FZ1 Fazer

Guy Procter, 27 August 2010 15:44

It’s another black day for Yamaha dealers as Honda announces its UK price of the new CBF1000F-ABS all-rounder. The 106bhp Fireblade-engined CBD1000F will cost £1500 less than its opposite number the admittedly more powerful 147bhp R1-engined FZ1 Fazer. The ABS-equipped CBF1000FA will cost £8875 on the road compared to the FZ1 Fazer’s £10,349. Says Honda of the new bike: ‘The ...

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Gordon Ramsay test rides Ducati ‘Monster 1100 superbike’

Guy Procter, 24 August 2010 13:34

Bike-loving Desmosedici owner Gordon Ramsey has been spotted test-riding a ‘Ducati Monster 1100’ in Los Angeles. Not particularly interesting news you might think, and you’d be right. But it’s always amusing to see how the nationals handles a story involving something so foreign and mysterious as motorcycling, and there are some gems in the Daily Mail’s coverage. The Mail surmises ...

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Video: Buell hints at 1190RR road bike return

Guy Procter, 30 July 2010 17:17

Lamentably axed last year, Buell might soon be back in the roadbike business if a new picture and video showing a semi-road-legal 1190RR are to be believed. Watch the video They show a bona fide Erik Buell 11900RR race bike fitted with indicators and cooling fan – neither of which are required items on the racetrack. Buell should soon be ...

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Video: The Yamaha Super Tenere trick that could save your bacon

Guy Procter, 14 July 2010 15:09

Yamaha’s new 1200cc Super Tenere is a superb all-rounder, but in common with other bikes with ABS it can be a liability off-road for one simple reason...  Read the Yamaha Super Tenere review ABS can prevent your bike coming to a stop at all if off-road, if (for example) you’re descending a slope and trying to slow down. When the ...

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