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Kevin Schwantz and Randy Mamola to headline Festival of 1000 Bikes

Phil West, 10 February 2012 14:42

Kevin Schwantz on his works Suzuki RGV500 and Randy Mamola riding his 1980 XR31 RG500 will be two of the stars at this summer’s Festival of 1000 Bikes at Mallory Park. The two ‘80s and ‘90s GP legends will both be riding in the classic event’s ‘Past Masters’ headline feature on the Sunday of the three day festival which takes ...

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New Triumph-powered sportster on the way

Phil West, 20 December 2011 14:17

Is this the machine Brit bike fans have been waiting for? It’s a Triumph 1050 triple-engined sportster equipped with the best in British chassis components and know-how and is on schedule to go into production next year. And although this is only a styling sketch, a working prototype is well under way. It’s been put together by an all-new outfit ...

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Triumph Tiger Explorer spotted testing

Phil West, 08 December 2011 15:42

Triumph’s all-new Tiger Explorer is currently undergoing final testing – as these pics taken in Cornwall this week prove. Snapped by MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child in a motorway services near Exeter they’re obviously of a well-used, fully laden prototype Explorer. Child said: “It looked like it had been really well used. Its luggage was held on with a ...

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Techy Kawasaki Versys 1000 is dark horse of class

Phil West, 17 November 2011 11:45

Despite its derivative styling and the impression of parts sourced from other bikes, Kawasaki’s new entrant into the adventure bike class is much more than a Z1000 in new clothes, MCN can now reveal. In fact, with switchable traction control, ABS, switchable power modes, easily adjustable screen and suspension and impressive tank and luggage capacity, the new Versys 1000 is ...

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Milan Show: Moto Guzzi unveils new V7

Phil West, 09 November 2011 12:59

Moto Guzzi has unveiled two new versions of its V7 Roadster at the Milan show, both also powered by an updated version of its 750cc Transverse V-Twin.  The new engine is outwardly similar to the old version, but features an all-new top end, including head, pistons, and induction which boosts power and torque by 10 per cent (the current bike ...

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MV F3 675 – full details released

Phil West, 03 November 2011 10:01

MV’s forthcoming and mouth-watering new supersports, the F3 675, will be the most sophisticated, tech-laden supersports ever when it finally goes on sale next month. The Italian firm has at long last revealed the all-new machine’s full technical specification and it promises to blow away conventions of what middleweight sports bikes are fitted with – and capable of. In short, ...

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New Triumph Tiger Explorer revealed

Phil West, 24 October 2011 00:05

Triumph has just released the first official pictures of its hugely-anticipated all-new adventure bike – the ‘Tiger Explorer’. The newcomer has been expected for over a year. MCN published the first spy pictures of the bike in prototype form 12 months ago. But this is the first time the finished, production-ready machine has been shown. The c.1200cc, three-cylinder, shaft drive ...

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KTM unveils ‘Freeride 350’

Phil West, 18 October 2011 17:21

Say hello to KTM’s new ‘Freeride’, a road-legal, ‘fun’, dirt bike powered by a 350cc single and weighing just 99kg. It’s been announced in advance of the Milan Show where it will receive its official public unveiling before going on sale next spring. The powerplant is a detuned version of KTM’s fuel-injected and liquid-cooled 350 single, producing a claimed 24bhp. ...

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MV Agusta F3 prices confirmed

Phil West, 11 October 2011 16:36

MV Agusta has just announced the price and availability of its 2012 models including the eagerly awaited new F3 and F3 Brutale. As expected, the F3 sportster – a direct rival for the Triumph 675 Daytona and Daytona R, is priced at £9999 and will become available in February next year. MV has also confirmed the bike will produce 130bhp. ...

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First ride: New V-Strom wins over the sceptics

Phil West, 07 July 2011 13:03

While the timing of Suzuki's 2012 V-Strom 650 launch remains a mystery, our first ride of the revamped middle-weight adventure bike this week blows away any doubt that it's been changed for the better. When news of the new V-Strom first broke a few weeks ago following a baffling series of leaked 'teaser' pictures, the sceptics, myself included, had a ...


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