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World first ride on hydrogen fuel cell Suzuki Burgman

Guy Procter, 04 February 2010 16:12

Suzuki and its British collaborator Intelligent Energy have revealed a hydrogen fuel-cell scooter based on the Burgman 125 – and MCN will be the first in the world to bring you a first ride report tomorrow. The innovative scooter runs for a claimed 210 miles on hydrogen – four times further than battery-powered rivals. It works by reacting hydrogen and ...

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Bimota DB8 revealed tomorrow

Guy Procter, 14 January 2010 10:38

Bimota will reveal its eagerly-awaited new road bike tomorrow, along with its exquisite new Moto2 contender, the HB4.         Read Bimota motorcycle reviews Long rumoured to be a naked version of the DB7, MCN will be first to bring you the official shots of the DB8 and all the technical info – plus the full story of the first Honda-powered ...

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Yamaha FZ8 and Super Tenere prices leaked?

Guy Procter, 13 January 2010 11:07

French site MotoStation says ‘reliable sources’ have leaked the price of Yamaha’s star bikes of 2010.   2010 Yamaha FZ8: official first picture They claim the R1200GS-rivalling Super Tenere will cost €14,999 (£13,416) inclusive of ABS and arrive in June and the middleweight roadster FZ8 €7999 (£7155) and arrive in May.    That would put the Tenere at least £2500 above the ...

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How the Honda VFR1200 should have looked says designer

Guy Procter, 06 January 2010 14:17

“It’s like a hippopotamus” says British bike designer John Keogh, deriding Honda’s new VFR1200 as “Pug-nosed, disappointing… the wrong direction – not a patch on the two bikes [Blackbird and VFR800] it replaces.” More info on the Honda VFR1200 The VFR1200’s designer Teofilo Plaza says the bike represents the “highest achievement” of Honda’s engineering and styling departments working in unity. ...

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Designers rally behind 'ugly' VFR1200

Guy Procter, 06 January 2010 11:07

Rival designers have defended Honda’s new VFR1200 after internet forums were flooded with messages slating the controversial new design.  More info on the Honda VFR1200 Guzzi V12 LM designer Pierre Terblanche condemned the web as “the worst thing to ever happen to bike design”.    Honda’s Teofilo Plaza styled the new VFR. He says: “When you do something new it’s ...

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New AJS 125 supermoto test published Wednesday

Guy Procter, 04 December 2009 17:13

Don’t miss Wednesday’s MCN for our exclusive verdict on this spicy-looking new 125 supermoto from AJS. The new £1795 JSM Super Motard 125 features what the firm claims is a super-smooth balance shaft-equipped engine and aims to combine the flair of European styling and build quality with the affordable price that manufacturing in China offers. Does no other 125 in ...

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New 2010 Kawasaki Versys 650 pics surface

Guy Procter, 04 December 2009 16:54

Pics and spec of 2010’s eagerly-awaited Kawasaki Versys have been released by the firm, pointing to a refreshed and even perkier middleweight. Kawasaki USA says:Now and then, a clean-sheet idea that just plain works appears from out of nowhere, and everybody wonders why nobody thought of it before… That’s the Kawasaki Versys. Following its debut just a couple of years ...

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Video: Honda V4 test rider's thoughts revealed

Guy Procter, 29 September 2009 14:48

Honda test rider Dave Hancock features in the latest Honda VFR1200 promo video, in which he claims the bike’s most at home on twisty roads, where its effortless torque makes it fast for a rider of even limited ability, comparing it favourably to the firm’s Fireblade and SP2. More info on the Honda VFR1200 Hancock has helped develop every key ...

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2010 Triumph Rocket III: more power, torque, ABS and a new name

Guy Procter, 28 September 2009 14:37

Triumph's 2300cc Rocket has more power, more torque, ABS as standard, a different riding position and a new name - making it the Hinckley firm’s most dramatically uprated bike in 2010. The renamed Rocket III Roadster's power is hiked an unspecified amount, but torque rises 15% to 165lb-ft - double a Yamaha R1 - with ABS making a welcome debut on the 302kg hot rod. ...

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2010 Triumph Sprint is last of the 'real' sports-tourers

Guy Procter, 28 September 2009 12:04

Triumph's Sprint ST will be the last sports-tourer standing in 2010, and to celebrate it’ll wear this refreshingly un-muted Tornado Red paintscheme. It'll be the last of the sport-tourer genre as defined by Honda's original VFR750/800 – the kind of bike that to civilians looks like sportsbike, but with the practicalities and comfort enough to ride all day. The VFR ...

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