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2012 Kawasaki MXer debuts launch control

Phil West, 19 May 2011 12:14

Holeshot-grabbing ‘launch control’ comes to the motocross world for the first time next year following this week’s unveiling of Kawasaki’s new 2012 KX450F. The new open class or ‘MX1’ bike uses a sophisticated engine map which reduces the chances of rear wheel spin when starting in low-grip conditions. It also, like many modern road machines, features three-way switchable engine maps, ...

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Now even Jordan’s on two wheels…sort of

Phil West, 04 March 2011 11:13

She might be currently banned from driving but that hasn’t stopped controversial glamour model Jordan, AKA Katie Price, taking delivery of this, um, distinctive 125cc scooter. The pink machine has even been sprayed up with the 32-year-old’s equestrian crest on the side. The £849 bike, called apparently the ‘Tommy Scooter’ (and, no, we hadn’t heard of it either) was supplied ...

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Ducati in Hollywood again: I am Number Four

Phil West, 25 February 2011 14:45

Ducati seem to have no equal when it comes to getting its bikes into the latest Hollywood blockbuster. The latest evidence is this week’s hot teen-scream release, ‘I am Number Four’ which features female lead Teresa Palmer trying to escape the baddies (or something) aboard a Ducati 848. Doesn’t she look nice aboard it, too? Almost as nice, in fact, ...

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The Green Hornet’s custom Harley

Phil West, 21 January 2011 17:29

Honda might be making a commemorative green Hornet, but that’s not the only special bike to come out of Cameron Diaz’s latest flick, The Green Hornet. This special customised Harley V-Rod features in the superhero film as ridden by the hero’s sidekick, Kato. Kato is played by Asian music superstar Jay Chou while the bike itself features a chopped rear fender, ...

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Cologne Bike Show: 2011 Triumph Speed Triple gallery

Phil West, 05 October 2010 09:27

Triumph's all new 2011 Speed Triple is set to be the most exciting yet, with more power, less weight and more nimble feel mimicking the 675cc Street Triple. Triumph officially pull the wraps off the new model today at the Intermot show in Cologne. It has a brand new chassis, new five-spoke wheels, new Showa forks and shock and is ...

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Best of bikemart: Modern classics up for grabs this week

Phil West, 22 September 2010 14:34

We've been browsing MCN bikes for sale every day to bring you some of our top picks from over 10,000 motorcycles for sale.   Read more modern classics news and features Here's just a few of the fantastic modern classic machines available this week:  1981 Honda CB250RS - £495XL250 single-powered roadster was nimble, useful and a surprise early ‘80s hit.We say: Still cute, easy to ...

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Poll: Yamaha Fazer 8 goes head-to-head

Phil West, 03 August 2010 09:04

In this week’s MCN we pit the new half-faired version of Yamaha’s new 800 – the Fazer8 – against its closest middleweight rivals. The BMW F800ST and Aprilia Shiver GT are the Fazer8’s competition in terms of spec and performance. And although they’ve two cylinder less, with twin cylinder engines compared to the Yamaha’s transverse four, they’re  also nearly £2000 cheaper to ...

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Multistrada racer unveiled

Phil West, 24 May 2010 12:28

Is this the first race-prepped Ducati Multistrada? Sponsored by Spider Grips, it’s been built by American dealers Ducati Newport Beach to take on the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Saucy red/white/black 1198-mimicking paintjob aside, the bike, a 1200S, is only subtly updated by being stripped of road equipment such as lights, number plate holder, luggage rack and so on. ...

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Five Desmosedici RRs up for grabs on MCN Bikemart

Phil West, 27 April 2010 14:42

A mouth-watering FIVE examples of Ducati’s fabulously exotic, ultra-exclusive Desmosedici RR MotoGP replica are for sale in MCN Bikemart this week. The V4 machines, which are faithful, road-going, 200bhp replicas of the Italian factory’s 2004 GP3 1000cc MotoGP racer, are all used examples and are priced as low as £30,995. And although that’s still a mighty big chunk of cash, ...

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Best of bikemart: Modern classics up for grabs this week

Phil West, 25 February 2010 15:05

We've been browsing MCN bikes for sale every day to bring you some of our top picks from over 9,000 motorcycles for sale.     Read more modern classics news and features Here's just a few of the fantastic modern classic machines available this week:  1994 Honda CBR900RR FireBlade - £1600Original, landmark Blade in 2nd year guise (slightly diff graphics etc) now becoming collectable – ...

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