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VFR1200F first ride blog: The Toyko Motor Show

Andy Downes, 21 October 2009 09:22

MCN's Andy Downes will be testing the new VFR1200F in Japan later this week. He will be posting regular updates of his experiences. More info on the Honda VFR1200 I've just spoken with Hasegawa - Project leader for the new VFR1200F bike. He revealed the first versions of the Honda Dual Clutch Transmission was too boring and was too much like ...

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VFR1200F first ride blog: in Japan, the day before the Toyko Motor Show

Andy Downes, 20 October 2009 12:00

MCN's Andy Downes will be testing the new VFR1200F in Japan later this week. He will be posting regular updates of his experiences. 'Tomorrow is the 41st Toyko Motor Show where we will get to see the new Hondas (VFR1200F, CB1100 and some electric scooters) and other interesting stuff like the fuel cell Suzuki Burgman scooter which runs on hydrogen to produce ...

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Honda VFR1200 spied in finished form

Andy Downes, 21 September 2009 10:41

Honda’s new VFR1200 V4 has been spied in completely finished form in the Alps – the first time the production specification, colours and looks of the bike have been seen in action. More info on the Honda VFR1200 The bike was spotted filming a Honda promotional video in the Alps and categorically backs up what MCN exclusively revealed in June ...

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New Schnitzer BMW F800R and K1300R tested

Andy Downes, 21 August 2009 13:25

First ride of AC Schnitzer’s hotted-up F800R in next week’s MCN Handling dramatically improved Cost - £8000 (est) German tuning wizards AC Schnitzer has unleashed its full aftermarket tuning range on the new BMW F800R and MCN is the first to ride it, and its 185bhp K1300R brother. The F800R is the latest parallel twin machine from BMW – essentially ...

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2009 BMW K1300GT first ride report

Andy Downes, 16 January 2009 11:15

MCN’s Andy Downes is on  the BMW K1300 series launch in Spain with three new bikes being ridden for the first time - the K1300 R naked bike, the faired S and the touring GT model. Andy has just stepped off the new BMW K1300GT after a 60 mile ride and here’s what he has to say. First ride report on ...

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2009 BMW K1300R on test!

Andy Downes, 15 January 2009 14:21

MCN’s Andy Downes is on the new BMW K1300 launch in Spain with three new bikes being ridden for the first time - the K1300 R naked bike, the faired S and the touring GT model and has now just stepped off the new BMW K1300R after riding the new K1300S earlier today. This is what he has to say. ...

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Video: Akrapovic adds more power to Kawasaki Z1000

Andy Downes, 10 October 2007 09:27

Watch this exclusive MCN video to see the fitting of a full Akrapovic exhaust to my long term test Kawasaki Z1000 motorcycle, which not only dropped loads of weight off the motorcycle but also gave another 11bhp. The Kawasaki Z1000’s stock exhausts are the only ‘Marmite’ part of the motorcycle, judging by MCN readers’ comments, which range from ‘distinctive’ to ‘minging’. Find ...

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Video: Z1000 to Brno

Andy Downes, 16 August 2007 12:50

 MCN man Andy Downes took his long-term-test Kawasaki Z1000 to Brno to watch World Superbikes and filmed his trip. Check out the video below to see how he got on. Zoom & Watch more videos on MCN | TV http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid1119137831http://www.brightcove.com/channel.jsp?channel=711881422 // By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C // found at http://corp.brightcove.com/legal/terms_publisher.cfm. ...

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MCN's Brno run finally arrives

Andy Downes, 21 July 2007 15:36

MCN Features Editor Andy Downes has finally arrived at Brno, just in time to catch the practice for Sunday's race. "We finally arrived in Brno after 1100 miles with conditions varying from 41 degree celcius heat to hailstones as big as gobstoppers! It was me not the Kawasaki Z1000 that was wilting by the time we arrived at our hotel. "A ...

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