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Do we need electronic rider aids? You decide.

Michael Neeves, 17 November 2011 15:26

Hi, it’s Michael Neeves, Senior Road tester here and I’m looking for willing volunteers to help me with a road test feature. I would like to invite a couple of you to try some bikes fitted with and without traction control and ABS, to see what you think of electronic rider aids. The bikes would include the 2012 R1, so ...

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2012 KTM Duke: most potent single-cylinder road bike ever

Michael Neeves, 14 November 2011 10:59

More power, less weight, improved refinement and ABS as standard  - the new KTM 690 Duke promises to be more fun, easier to ride and safer. Now making a claimed 70bhp, it’s also the most powerful single-cylinder bike ever. The 690 Duke’s 654cc engine has been comprehensively reworked, and now has a twin-spark head and an electronic ride-by-wire throttle system. ...

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Why you want Husqvarna’s new Nuda 900

Michael Neeves, 02 November 2011 15:04

The Nuda 900 is the first of an "explosion" of new BMW-derived Husqvarna road bikes, according to Husqvarna boss Klaus Allisat. We went along to its world launch in Sardinia and asked some searching questions about the new bike, based on a BMW F800. We rode the Nuda on the road and also test the ‘R’ version on the tight and ...

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Gilsons Type 1: New Brit café racer

Michael Neeves, 13 October 2011 12:27

Owned by a trio of die-hard biking enthusiasts, this is Gilson’s first creation: the Type 1 Café Racer, yours for £12,500. Jules and Mike Gilson and Mark Robbins have based the retro custom on an 07/08 vintage, carburetted Triumph Thruxton, although it would be easy to be fooled into thinking it’s a 1964 machine. Gilsons are planning to put the ...

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Staff bikes: Suzuki GSX-R750: The surprise tourer

Michael Neeves, 26 September 2011 12:05

It's fair to say my GSX-R750 has lived most of its short life with the rev needle pinging against the redline on track. It's a sensational-handling bit of kit, devilishly fast and intoxicatingly involving. But most surprisingly it's really good at long journeys, too. So far I've been to Le Mans, travelled over to the TT and been to Le Touquet. ...

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MRO Powerbike blog: Snetterton 200 3/4th September

Michael Neeves, 05 September 2011 16:56

For the penultimate round of the MRO Powerbike championship, we raced on the new two-mile-long Snetterton 200, the first ever meeting to be held on this mid-layout version of the new track. It’s the closest to how the 'old' Snetterton was - basically the 300 circuit without the infield section. There’s a chicane leading on to the back straight now ...

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Hooligan Triumph Street Triple R café racer special

Michael Neeves, 26 August 2011 12:31

This Street Triple R is the latest in the line of brilliantly-executed specials created by Triumph dealer Jack Lilley. Designed to mimic the café racer style, it actually looks uncannily like any number of RD350LC and YPVS specials that terrorised the streets in a haze of two-stroke smoke back in the 80s. That bellypan, those low LSL clip-ons and the ...

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MV Agusta F4 RR First Ride!

Michael Neeves, 22 July 2011 09:47

"We're at the Adria circuit in Italy to ride the new MV Agusta F4 RR. "The new short stroke engine has 15bhp more than the standard model and produces over 200bhp. It also comes with Ohlins suspension, lightweight wheels and Brembo monobloc calipers. "My guess is it'll be quite fast! I'll report back later to let you know how it ...

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MRO Powerbike blog: Snetterton 300

Michael Neeves, 12 July 2011 16:12

Another good weekend racing in the bag, with two second places and a third. It’s the second time we’ve visited the Snetterton 300 circuit this year and we’re back again in September racing on the smaller ‘200’ layout. It’s very hard to grind out a good lap time around this place. There’s a real mix of ultra-fast, heart-in-the-mouth turns and ...

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Aprilia RSV4 R gets tech goodies

Michael Neeves, 12 May 2011 15:22

This is undoubtedly the year of the RSV4. Aprilia's cutting-edge V4-engined superbike had its ups and downs when it was launched in 2009 but now the rough edges are smoothed off and it's a class-leading diamond. The all-singing, all-dancing £16,474 2011 RSV4 Factory APRC is already our superbike of the year, beating the BMW S1000RR. However, the new £14,124 RSV4 ...

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