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New KTM 1190 Adventure breaks cover

Phil West, 19 September 2012 12:27

This official brochure pic of KTM’s all-new 1190 Adventure has leaked out of the factory ahead of its scheduled unveiling at the Cologne Show on October 2. Apparently, KTM themselves mistakenly posted the brochure page on its own website, where it was quickly picked up by other sites, before taking the image down again. As expected it confirms the spec ...

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2013 ‘Skyhook’ Ducati Multistradas unveiled

Phil West, 18 September 2012 16:03

Ducati’s updated 2013 Multistrada line-up has just broken cover – with the top-of-the-range models now featuring the firm’s innovative new semi-active suspension system, ‘Skyhook’, as predicted by MCN last month. There will be four different models, as before, all with significant revisions, but the current 1200S Sport model will be discontinued and replaced by a new flagship machine – the ...

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Triumph unveil new Explorer XC

Phil West, 03 September 2012 11:24

This is Triumph’s new XC version of its Explorer 1200 – the surprise unveiling and one of the highlights of the weekend’s Triumph Live at Mallory Park. Built as a more, rugged, off-road orientated version of the Explorer (in a similar way to its smaller Tiger 800 and Tiger 800 XC double act) and undoubtedly aimed squarely at BMW’s R1200GS ...

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WK 650i: the first big bike from China

Phil West, 27 July 2012 16:23

The Chinese motorcycle industry has been churning out big, big numbers for a long time – over 50% of the world’s motorcycles are built there after all. Until now, however, they’ve often been small capacity copies; scooters and learner bikes built for commuters yet dismissed by true enthusiasts as cheap and poor quality. But one ‘large number’ has eluded them ...

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New Suzuki Inazuma 250 details confirmed

Phil West, 12 July 2012 12:05

Suzuki’s new 250 commuter, the twin-cylinder Inazuma will go on sale from September priced a competitive £3499 OTR and capable of 85mpg, it has been confirmed. The all-new, liquid-cooled roadster, which is to be built in China, and will rival Honda’s CBR250R and Kawasaki’s 250R Ninja, has been expected for many months, but now details about price or performance from ...

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Stunt star Pfeiffer to perform at Silverstone GP

Phil West, 31 May 2012 16:48

Four times world stunt riding champ Chris Pfeiffer will be among the highlights at this year’s Silverstone British Grand Prix. His stunt show will follow the MotoGP race on Sunday 17 June and adds to a huge line-up of free entertainment over the weekend, including: a Saturday evening Grand Prix Party featuring on-stage appearances and interviews with current MotoGP riders; Live ...

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Get a Ducati 848 Evo for £149 per month

Phil West, 25 May 2012 15:05

Ducati’s new PCP finance scheme means dream bikes like 848 Evo, Diavel and even Panigale are more accessible than ever. Called ‘TriOptions ‘, the new Personal Contract Purchase scheme applies to all new Ducatis and means bikes like the 848 Evo can now be had for as little as £149 per month. Under the scheme, a fixed amount is paid ...

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Kawasaki launches 2013 motocross collection

Phil West, 24 May 2012 14:22

Kawasaki has launched its 2013 motocross collection, with the new KX250F and KX450F. Both bikes come with updated styling and improved performance. The KX450F comes with a new ‘pneumatic spring fork’ (PSF), the first on a production motocross, which replaces conventional fork springs with pressurised air, Kawasaki claims, to deliver firmer suspension and less resistance. Power is up across the ...

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BMW K1300S HP first ride

Phil West, 29 March 2012 15:28

With the new K1300S HP (for High Performance), BMW has taken one of its established, but aging standards, and sought to both extend its shelf-life and broaden its appeal by producing a limited edition, 'blinged-up' incarnation. The recipe is simple: tweak the cosmetics with a sprinkling of carbon fibre, tinted screen and model-specific paint job; add some substance by way ...

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Harley-Davidson Softail Slim first ride

Phil West, 17 February 2012 15:34

Considering the turmoil Harley-Davidson has been through the last couple of years, what with plummeting US sales, the MV and Buell shockers and the little matter of having to restructure fundamentally its main production facillity, it’s more than a little encouraging that the American legend has any new models at all for 2012. And while the word ‘new’, in typical ...

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