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Gordon Murray reveals: "The new 916 Ducati asked me to design"

Guy Procter, 23 September 2009 17:34

Ducati could have had an ultralight, carbon-framed roadgoing superbike years before its GP9 debuted the technology in MotoGP - and a sexier successor to the 998 than the unloved 999. Gordon Murray, designer of the 240mph McLaren F1, was secretly approached by the firm's then-American owners with a brief to design a bike to replace the legendary 916 bloodline in the late ...

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Yamaha R6 gets power boost for 2010

Guy Procter, 08 September 2009 17:18

Yamaha has boosted the midrange power of its dominant YZF-R6 in an attempt to broaden the appeal and performance of its 16,000rpm supersport screamer. The firm, keen to re-emphasise the R6 as the bike which benefits from race-derived technology first, still doesn’t give it a crossplane crank however. Find a Yamaha R6 for sale The midrange-boost comes from tweaks to ...

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CBR600RR gets lairy new colour for 2010

Guy Procter, 04 September 2009 09:56

Honda’s CBR600RR is getting this graffitied zebra look for 2010, joining a range of refreshed colours that now includes:    - Graphite Black (Mono-Black) - Graphite Black/Victory Red - Pearl Sunbeam White/Tricolour Find a Honda CBR600RR for sale Read the Honda CBR600RR review Only the non-ABS CBR gets the ‘Special Edition’ (Pearl Sunbeam White with bold graphics) as an option.    ...

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Revised 2010 Honda Fireblade brings all-new colours & tweaks

Guy Procter, 04 September 2009 09:39

Honda’s CBR1000RR and CBR1000RR C-ABS lead a blizzard of tweaked and colour-changed Hondas for 2010.    Find a Honda Fireblade for sale Under the new paintschemes a handful of subtle crankshaft-focused changes aim to make the bike a stronger platform for racing.  Read the Honda Fireblade review The new Fireblades get:      - Sharper rear styling with revised shape and new tail-light ...

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Mysterious bike firm launches Phantom EG bike

Guy Procter, 19 June 2009 17:00

A mysterious bike firm claiming hundred-year heritage has launched an excluisve new bike based around a Norton Commando engine. You can read full details in MCN soon, but until then this is what we have from Phantom founder ‘Erasmus Thump’: “This first model is destined for a specific client who requested the existing configuration. It is well within our capability ...

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Kawasaki’s VN1700 Voyager, Classic and Classic Tourer pile on the tech

Guy Procter, 22 April 2009 16:45

The eye might skim over Kawasaki’s new range of 1700 cruisers as business-as-usual Harley-clones, but they’re a hotbed of new technologies that take the cruiser genre forward, as we found out when we rode the bikes on this week’s launch. Kawasaki VN1700 Classic & Classic Tourer first rides Kawasaki has spent far longer developing the VN1700s than it did the ...

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Kawasaki surprise with new VN900 Light Tourer

Guy Procter, 21 April 2009 09:42

Kawasaki has announced a surprise fourth new bike at the European launch of the VN1700. The VN900 Light Tourer adds a screen, passenger back rest, spot lights and saddlebags to extend the range of their entry-level cruiser for what Kawasaki hopes will be a small £400-600 premium over the £5999 base machine. Read the Kawasaki VN900 Light Tourer first ride ...

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