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French firm unveils carbon-framed V-twin superbike

Steve Farrell, 29 November 2011 16:55

A carbon-framed turbo-charged V-twin superbike has been unveiled by French manufacturer Boxer Design. Called the Superbob, its 1000cc engine has been developed in partnership with Akira Technologies, the firm behind Inmotec's V4 MotoGP engine. The Superbob makes a claimed 158bhp and weighs 175kg. It was unveiled today at the Paris motorcycle show as a concept which will go into production in ...

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New G650GS-powered Husqvarna street bike unveiled

Steve Farrell, 29 November 2011 13:30

A new Husqvarna 650cc single-cylinder road bike has been unveiled today. The Strada uses the engine from BMW's G650GS. It has been shown as a 'concept' at the Paris motorcycle show but is set to go into production late next year. It's a street bike with off-road capabilities according to Husqvarna. Official power and torque figures have not been released but ...

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Comment: Why the G650GS is the first of a new breed of hooligan bike

Steve Farrell, 28 April 2011 16:09

Yes, I know it sounds unlikely. But stop shaking your head and listen. Here’s why, despite its mild-mannered exterior, BMW’s G650GS is a hooligan bike: The original hooligan bikes of the seventies and eighties were two-strokes. The GT250 X7, air-cooled RD400, the 250 and 350LC (possibly the quintessential hooligan bike) and, arguably, all the later two-stroke 250s, from Gamma to ...

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Why new bikes aren’t as heavy as you think

Steve Farrell, 21 April 2011 16:23

The specifications of some small-to-middle-weight new bikes have caused disquiet on the forums of MCN this year. One user wrote of the new Honda CBR250R, which weighs 162kg and makes a claimed 26bhp: “I can't believe how heavy these things are. Modern four-cylinder 600s are down to this sort of weight.” Another user said both the CBR250R and the 169kg ...

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Grab a finance deal as sales plummet

Steve Farrell, 08 December 2010 14:03

Motorcycle sales have been hit hard in the recession. By July 2009, as the ‘credit crunch’ bit, new bike registrations were already 27% down year-on-year. Latest figures show they dropped a further 14.5% by this October. Browse over 10,000 bikes for sale now This is terrible news if you’re in the business of selling bikes, which is why the Motorcycle Industry ...

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Kawasaki Z1000SX a hit with sportsbike refugees

Steve Farrell, 01 December 2010 14:01

The Kawasaki Z1000SX - a sports touring version of the Z1000 - proved very popular in our snap poll of Motorcycle Live show-goers. Read the Kawasaki Z1000SX review Les Baines, 56, Hayfield, Derbyshire: “I love it. It’s got everything. It’s got the touring capability and a sports bike engine. They handle well and you’ve got the luggage for long distances. At the moment ...

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Suzuki GSR750 praised by Motorcycle Live show-goers

Steve Farrell, 01 December 2010 13:53

Suzuki’s naked GSR750 has borrowed its styling from Kawasaki’s Z range, according to riders at Carole Nash Motorcycle Live. 2011 Suzuki GSR750 photos revealed Show-goers praised the looks and colour schemes and said the new model would make a good city bike.    Robin Adelman, 33, from Boreham Wood, Herts said: “It’s a nice looking bike. The styling is a bit ...

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New Aprilia Tuono V4R reaction

Steve Farrell, 30 November 2010 15:49

Aprilia’s new Tuono V4R was eagerly anticipated by existing Tuono RSV1000 owners who have been waiting two years for the new V4 - many of them saw it for the first time at Carole Nash Motorcycle Live this week. Find an Aprilia Tuono 1000 for sale The new Tuono takes the chassis and 1000cc V4 engine from the World Superbike ...

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Carole Nash Motorcycle Live: MV Agusta F3 buyers line up with cash

Steve Farrell, 30 November 2010 15:38

MV staff at Motorcycle Live had to turn away deposits for the company's new three-cylinder 675cc sports bike. Find an MV Agusta for sale Show rules don't allow manufacturers to sell bikes from the stands, so eager customers for the new F3 went away with the bank accounts intact. David Brown of the UK MV importer said: “The interest in ...

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Carole Nash Motorcycle Live: £6000 Yamaha YZF-R125

Steve Farrell, 29 November 2010 10:00

Yamaha has unveiled a show-special YZF-R125 – but at over £6000, it could take the average teenager a while to save up for one. Find a Yamaha YZF-R125 for sale The popular sports 125, which already costs £3999, gets a £478 full Akropovic exhaust system, Galfer Wave brake discs,  a bubble screen, pillion seat cover, frame protectors and a £1200 ...

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