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Norton granted £625,000 government-backed loan

Andy Downes, 01 August 2011 17:45

British bike firm Norton has been granted the first of a new government-backed trade loan after a visit today by Business Secretary Vince Cable at the Donington Park HQ. The loan is the first of its kind and has been made under the Exports Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme (ExEFG). The funding will support the company’s plans to increase production to ...

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German dealer beats BMW to Custom Concept reality

Andy Downes, 08 July 2011 16:42

German aftermarket parts specialists Wunderlich has beaten BMW to building a fully-working and road legal Custom Concept using a BMW HP2 Sport as the basis. BMW unveiled the Custom Concept (originally called the Lo Rider until Harley-Davidson got the hump for some unknown reason) back in 2008 but there has been complete silence about the production chances of the stripped ...

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Suzuki leaks new 650 V-Strom by mistake

Andy Downes, 22 June 2011 09:38

Suzuki has accidentally leaked full details of the new DL650 V-Strom revealing at last what the finished bike will look like with full technical details. The details show a bike that has been given a fairly hefty makeover in terms of cosmetics but remains pretty close to the current bike in terms of the underlying mechanicals. So far Suzuki has ...

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Husqvarna designer explains new 900

Andy Downes, 16 June 2011 10:31

Spy shots of the new Husqvarna 900 were revealed earlier this week in MCN but now the Italian firm has released a video where a designer explains what the new bike is all about. The video explains how the challenge of a firm only known for off-road bikes is tackling the issue of making a road bike. Italian firm Husqvarna ...

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Husqvarna 900 spy shots in today’s MCN

Andy Downes, 14 June 2011 09:54

Spy photographs of the new Husqvarna 900 grabbed outside a BMW testing facility in Munich, Germany show the new Husqvarna 900cc parallel-twin undergoing endurance testing on the road. Italian firm Husqvarna is wholly owned by BMW and the pure road bike is a first for the off-road biased firm which is using a bored-out version of the F800 engine developed ...

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Husqvarna reveals new 900cc parallel twin road bike sketches

Andy Downes, 26 May 2011 13:27

Italian firm Husqvarna has revealed these official sketches showing what an all-new 900cc parallel twin road bike is going to look like when unveiled later this year. The designs don’t show the finished bike but give a clear indication as to what the final version of the bike will look like when it’s unveiled at the Milan motorcycle show in ...

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Honda's shock new 700cc auto scooped

Andy Downes, 24 May 2011 09:49

These world exclusive spy shots show a radical new Honda with an all-new 700cc parallel-twin engine and the advanced dual clutch transmission of the VFR1200F. The bike was snapped in the Alps last week as it underwent final testing with the Honda Research and Development team. It is expected to be officially shown in November at the Milan show and ...

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Terblanche Norton sketches revealed

Andy Downes, 20 May 2011 17:12

Just three months after starting work at Norton, legendary bike designer Pierre Terblanche has opened his sketch book to give a tantalising glimpse into possible future bikes from the British firm. Terblanche has been the man behind some of the most famous designs in bikes; from the Ducati Supermono, Hypermotard, 999 and original Multistrada through to the recent Moto Guzzi ...

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BMW-backed Husqvarna to launch five new road bikes

Andy Downes, 04 May 2011 14:37

Italian motorcycle firm Husqvarna is just months away from unveiling the first of five new road bikes which will have BMW-derived twin and single cylinder engines. Find a Husqvarna for sale. There’s even a chance the radical concept Mille3 could make it into production. MCN visited the firm’s Varese headquarters after receiving tip-offs that the company was about to announce dramatic ...

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Carl Fogarty picks up a Ducati Diavel

Andy Downes, 04 April 2011 12:44

Four-times World Superbike champion Carl Fogarty has just picked up a Ducati Diavel and he will be keeping it through the summer months. Foggy has borrowed a black Diavel from Ducati Manchester and reckons he will be calling the dealership every day for the next few weeks to be reminded how the bike works thanks to the array of technology ...


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