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2013 BMW R1200GS – your questions answered

MCN, 31 January 2013 13:18

This week’s edition of Motor Cycle News (30 Jan 2013) features a 7-page first test of the all-new BMW R1200GS, which was launched in South Africa last week. Senior Road Tester, Adam Child, was highly impressed by the new partially water-cooled all-roader, grab your copy now to read his thorough appraisal of the new bike. Adam invited your questions before ...

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KTM 1190 Adventure vs 990 adventure: The specs

MCN, 22 January 2013 07:30

When KTM first announced their new adventure bike with a 200cc capacity hike, there was concern in the MCN office that it would just be another oversize adventure bike and lose the lightweight and agile handling of the former 990. With a smaller capacity and a 21in front wheel, the old KTM's off-road credentials were the very thing that separated ...

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New Suzuki Inazuma 250 shown off

MCN, 02 November 2012 10:41

Suzuki have released a promo video for their new Inazuma 250 prior to it's official unveiling at Motorcycle Live later in the month. The 250 commuter, let to rival Honda's CBR250 and Kawasaki's 300 ninja, will be built in China, allowing a competitive on the road price of only £3499. Expect performance of around 24bhp and an economic 85 miles ...

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New Ossa Trialster for 2013

MCN, 17 August 2012 15:42

This is Ossa's brand new, 2013 flagship trials machine, the TR280i. The new bike gets front suspension from Marzocchi and rear suspension from Ohlins as well as an improved clutch and improved gearbox. Ossa hopes the new bike will help the company improve on their eight position in last year's world trials championship. The changes for 2013 are: - New ...

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Poll: What puts UK Fireblade buyers off ABS?

MCN, 17 July 2012 12:02

Quick question for you: how many new Fireblades were sold in Germany without ABS last year? Answer: none. Every single one bought was the ABS-equipped model. For Britain, 35% of Blades had ABS, in France it was 20% and in Italy and Spain it was just 5%. Setting aside the racial stereotypes for a moment, let's concentrate on the UK, ...

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Honda Crosstourer SE unveiled

MCN, 06 April 2012 10:56

The Honda Crosstourer is to be joined by a higher spec SE model, when the new adventure bike hits dealers April 14-15. The Crosstourer SE comes with an aluminium look 32 litre top box, which can be expanded to 39 litres, matching panniers, taking the total capacity to 123 litres, heated grips, centre stand and a front cowl bar. The ...

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Triumph Explorer 1200: How it compares to its rivals

MCN, 02 March 2012 14:34

The Triumph Explorer 1200 represents Triumph's first foray in to the ultra-competitive big adventure bike class, competing against bikes like the BMW R1200GS, KTM 990 Adventure and new Honda VFR1200X Crosstourer. Video: Triumph Explorer 1200 first ride MCN editor Marc Potter rode the Explorer 1200 recently at the world launch in Spain and was impressed: "I have to say I am ...

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Ducati 1199 Panigale - A new way of building a superbike

MCN, 29 December 2011 12:00

The targets laid down for the 1199 Panigale were so strict, so binding and so difficult to achieve that nothing less than a complete rethink was going to be enough. That maent ditching Ducati's tradition of a steel trellis frame and embracing something completely new. Monocoque chassis design The biggest break with Ducati tradition is the all-new aluminium monocoque chassis ...

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Ducati 1199 Panigale - Where it all began

MCN, 25 November 2011 12:16

It would be nice to imagine that the Panigale was born of a single meeting; a frantic day of wild ideas, fiercely strong espresso and line drawings hastily scrawled into an artist's sketch book. But, of course, it wasn't quite like that. There was no single meeting. The bike was formed from a series of ideas and it was actually ...

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BMW adds QR codes to prototypes

MCN, 02 November 2011 11:12

BMW is now incorporating QR codes into the camouflaging used on disguised road-going prototypes, so sharp-eyed and curious onlookers can use their smartphones to scan the codes and go to an official website to find out exactly what they have just seen. The first test mule to have the QR codes plastered across its flanks is BMW’s forthcoming maxi scooter which ...

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