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Blindspot electric bikes may be green, but they're not pretty

Laura Kennerley, 22 October 2009 16:58

A new American company is transforming junkyard relics in to zero emission bikes. But despite all of their green credentials, its difficult to get round the fact they lack looks thanks to the bulky batteries. So far Blindspot has created El Chopper, based on a 1986 Honda Rebel 250. It is powered by a 48 volt battery and has a ...

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Yamaha launches two new X-Max scooter models

Laura Kennerley, 16 October 2009 17:07

Yamaha has unveiled two new X-Max scooters – with 250cc and 125cc engines. The new X-Max’s have new rigid frames, increased storage capacity and a new dashboard design.   They echo the groundbreaking 500cc TMAX scooter design, with one-piece construction of the front cowling, with a fixed instrument panel inspired by a luxury sports car. They also have a new footboard ...

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New British bike firm wants to hear from you!

Laura Kennerley, 08 October 2009 08:21

You’ve still got time to have your say about which motor new British bike firm Mac sticks in its first bike. The company had planned to use the 500cc Buell Blast single in its range of four bikes. But when Eric Buell publically rubbished the bike – going as far as to stick it in a crusher – they had ...

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First ride: MCN rides KTM’s revised four stroke off-roaders

Laura Kennerley, 28 August 2009 17:23

KTM is not launching any new models for 2010, but has listened to riders and made a number of changes to its existing line-up of four-stroke off road bikes. The biggest changes are seen on the 400, 450 and 530-engined bikes, which now have a new chassis design, reduced seat and tank height and more responsive steering. MCN’s Michael Guy ...

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Orange County Choppers build world's first electric custom chopper

Laura Kennerley, 13 August 2009 10:38

Orange County Choppers have unveiled the world’s first custom electric chopper in New York. The Siemens bike has the customary OCC look, but is powered by an electric motor which will manage about 60 miles to a single charge and achieve a claimed 100mph. "We really went full-bore on this,” OCC’s Paul Teutul Snr told “Recycled steel, water-based paint, ...

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First Mac Motorcycles will be ready in 2010

Laura Kennerley, 24 July 2009 15:28

Britain’s newest manufacturer Mac Motorcycles will have a working prototype within months and bikes for sale by spring 2010, MCN can reveal. It will commence production of its first prototype – likely to be the Spud - within weeks and believes it will set out the company’s stall as the next British motorcycle manufacturer. The best of British metal A ...

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Triumph Thunderbird gets thumbs up from riders

Laura Kennerley, 14 July 2009 15:25

Triumph’s new Thunderbird cruiser is just as good as the reviews, according to the first people to ride it.   Triumph Thunderbird launch centre Scores of riders flocked to Jack Lilley Triumph in Ashford, Middlesex, to ride the 1600cc parallel twin cruiser on its launch weekend.     Video: Triumph Thunderbird details None of them had a bad word to say about ...

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Harley-Davidson XR1200 race bike

Laura Kennerley, 10 July 2009 15:36

A month before Harley Davidson’s international Race of Stars at Silverstone, MCN has tested the XR1200 they’ll be riding.  Read the Harley-Davidson XR1200 review The XR1200 race bike has been developed in conjunction with suspension and race experts Harris Performance for a one-make race series due to be launched next year.      Find a Harley-Davidson XR1200 for sale As a result ...

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Aprilia sports 600s on the cards?

Laura Kennerley, 10 July 2009 15:30

The Piaggio group, which owns Aprilia, Gilera and Derbi has told investors it intends to develop a range of sports bikes with mid-sized engines for the American market, MCN can reveal. Find an Aprilia for sale The Italian manufacturer announced its intentions in its 2009-2012 Strategic Plan. But it has yet to reveal any concrete details about the bikes. However, ...

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Yamaha turbo diesel

Laura Kennerley, 10 July 2009 14:32

Yamaha is developing an inline-four intercooled and turbocharged diesel engine, according to patents unearthed by American journalists. The Japanese manufacturer has filed a number of patents, including one which appears to have an intercooler located above the engine or concealed in the frame and a turbocharger mounted adjacent to the cylinder head.   Find a Yamaha for sale   The patent, found ...


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