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How to TT-proof your GSX-R1000 by Guy Martin team boss Philip Neill

Michael Neeves, 24 June 2011 09:48

Suzuki's GSX-R1000 will get you round the TT at 125mph+ no problem. But that fancy feather-light race bodywork you've been hankering after? It could cost infinitely more time than it saves, says Relentless Suzuki by Tas boss, Philip Neill, as he talks us through how they prepare Guy Martin’s Superstock gixxer for the TT. "Frequently round here you see things ...

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WK SM50 - Sexiest 50cc bike ever?

Michael Neeves, 27 May 2011 16:49

Here's a bike to make any 16-year-old's visor steam up: the 50cc supermoto-styled SM50, made in Taiwan and exclusively branded 'WK' in the UK. The £2099 six-speed two-stroke WK SM50 looks the part with its aggressive supermoto bodywork, spoked wheels, a funky stainless steel underslung exhaust, blue anodised Renthal-style aluminium handlebars, wavy brake discs, a digital dash, a polished aluminium ...

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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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First ride – new Moto Guzzi Stelvio and Norge

Michael Neeves, 05 April 2011 16:01

MCN Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves, has just arrived in a sunny Florence, Italy ahead of the launch test of the new Moto Guzzi Stelvio and Norge which both feature a host of modifications from engine to suspension to cycle parts. Check back tomorrow for Michael’s first impressions or follow him on Twitter @neevesy33

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Vyrus 986 M2: First Moto2 racer for the road

Michael Neeves, 25 February 2011 17:02

Exotic Italian manufacturer Vyrus is planning a road-going version of its new 986 M2 Factory Moto2 racer - yours for £21,000. The 124bhp, 155kg hand-built 986 M2 SL Replica will go into production by the end of the year. The first shake-down tests for the actual Moto2 racer, which weighs in at just 235kg, are taking place now in Italy. ...

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New Buell 1190RS superbike – first look

Michael Neeves, 18 February 2011 10:04

Erik Buell Racing has finally given us a complete look at the new 1190RS sportsbike which will be shown in public this weekend in America. The bike promises to be the first new road-legal machine produced by the innovative designer, Erik Buell, since parent company Harley-Davidson pulled the plug on Buell Motorcycles at the end of 2009. It should be ...

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New Buell roadster – first look

Michael Neeves, 17 February 2011 13:14

Erik Buell Racing has released another teaser picture of what we believe to be its new 1190RS sportsbike. It promises to be the first new road-legal machine produced by the legendary designer, Erik Buell, since parent company Harley-Davidson pulled the plug on Buell Motorcycles at the end of 2009. Soon after, Buell left Harley and founded Erik Buell Racing to ...

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2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R ridden? Not quite…

Michael Neeves, 05 October 2010 10:30

It would appear the new 2011 Kawasaki ZX-10R has been ridden by American magazine, Cycle World, if these pictures, taken from their website are to be believed. There a number of shots with a rider wearing Cycle World leathers aboard the new Superbike on the road, although there are no riding impressions in their accompanying story. Speaking to Cycle World, ...

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Cologne Bike Show: 2011 Suzuki GSR750 gallery

Michael Neeves, 05 October 2010 09:54

MCN is at the Cologne show where the 2011 Suzuki GSR750 has been unveiled. The new sports naked is powered by a liquid-cooled, inline-four cylinder 749cc motor. It has a 72mm x 66mm bore and stroke, similar to the early 2000s GSX-R750s and different to the longer stroke, bigger-capacity 750cc motor in the 2010 and 2011 GSX-R750. Power figures arte ...

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The world's lightest Hypermotard

Michael Neeves, 18 August 2010 10:44

NCR's new Leggera 1200 Special is the lightest Hypermotard ever - shedding an astonishing 57kg from the already minimal Ducati thanks to a strict titanium-only diet, while gaining 20bhp. Based on the 1100 Hypermotard the vast majority of the parts are in titanium, the front brake is in ceramic-carbon and the bodywork in carbon-fibre. Engine work includes new bigger-bore cylinders, ...

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