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Inside Vyrus: the epicentre of hub-centre

Michael Neeves, 03 August 2010 15:28

Praise the lord for biking heroes like Ascanio Rodrigo and his company Vyrus. Based in Rimini, the very heartland of the Italian motorcycle industry, Vyrus create high-tech, one-off, hand-built motorcycles that are unapologetically impractical, unconventional and expensive. The latest is the Ducati 1198R-powered 987. For most of us a Vyrus is an irrelevance, but the world would be a far ...

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Moto Guzzi Nevada Anniversario

Michael Neeves, 07 June 2010 17:15

To celebrate twenty years of the middleweight Moto Guzzi Nevada cruiser, the Italian firm have created a new addition to their model line-up: the Nevada Anniversario, which will only be available in Italy. The Nevada Anniversario has the same chassis and 48bhp, 744cc 90° V-twin motor as the standard £6274 Nevada Classic, but features a number of detail changes. These ...

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First ride: Thruxton 904 Ace Special

Michael Neeves, 04 June 2010 13:48

Few bikes tick the boxes in so many ways as Triumph's Thruxton. Its big, meaty air-cooled parallel twin-cylinder engine has chunky power all the way through the revs and it¹s as enjoyable purring through town as it is blasting through tree-lined country roads on a sunny Sunday morning. It's also comfortable, loves corners and always draws a crowd. With its ...

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KTM launch new KTM 350 SX-F

Michael Neeves, 19 May 2010 09:45

We’re out in the hills an hour north of Valencia to try one of the most important machines in KTM’s recent history.  Find a KTM for sale With the company recovering from the fallout from the credit crunch, the Austrian firm hope the new £6345 KTM 350 SX-F motocross machine will lead them back to prosperity. KTM say their new ...

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Bespoke BMW S1000RR track bikes from BMW Park Lane

Michael Neeves, 07 May 2010 12:04

BMW’s magnificent S1000RR has already proved itself to be the most powerful and technologically-advanced superbike money can buy. It’s turned the sports bike world on its head. Now dealers BMW Park Lane are catering for S1000RR customers who want take their BMW on track, by producing aftermarket parts like fairings and rearsets. On top of that, the really innovative bit ...

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Triumph Thunderbird gets hot-rodded

Michael Neeves, 30 April 2010 11:58

In standard trim the Triumph Thunderbird has a grunty 1597cc parallel twin-cylinder engine, beautiful steering and solid stability. Next week in MCN we reveal a Thunderbird that’s like that, but more so. Thanks to modifications by dealer Jack Lilley, this ABS-equipped Thunderbird ‘Hot Rod Special’ looks that bit meaner, has a meatier soundtrack and even sharper handling. Like most of ...

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New Husqvarnas for 2010

Michael Neeves, 23 March 2010 17:31

Italian off-road manufacturer Husqvarna has two new models for 2010. The enduro-styled TE630 and the SMS630 supermoto replace the out-going TE610 and SM610ie. As well as restyled bodywork, both machines receive an updated engine featuring a twin-cam head (replacing the single cam head on the 610), a capacity hike from 576cc to 600cc, twin exhausts, a hydraulic clutch and more ...

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New Aprilia RSV4 R on the road!

Michael Neeves, 25 December 2009 13:00

MCN raved about Aprilia’s new ‘budget’ RSV4R (if you can call £12,743 budget) when we rode it at Mugello in November. It was all going well until five of the launch bikes suffered terminal con rod failures.  Aprilia were keen to prove this mechanical hiccup was a one-off, so invited us back to Portugal to ride it again on the ...

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Aprilia RSV4-R launch cut short

Michael Neeves, 28 October 2009 10:20

The launch of the new Aprilia RSV4-R at Mugello was cut short yesterday after five of the bikes suffered terminal con rod failures. Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves was there: “I did two 20-miniute sessions at the high-speed Italian track on the RSV4-R, which is a slightly lower spec version of the Factory model launched earlier this year. I had ...

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Moto Guzzi planning Harley-Davidson rival

Michael Neeves, 24 June 2009 14:22

Moto Guzzi is setting its sights on Harley-Davidson with an all-new 1600cc cruiser, MCN reveals this week. Conceived to take on Harley’s 1584cc ‘big twins’, the new bike will be a new, big-bore version of the Italian firm’s Guzzi’s traditional across-the-frame V-twin and will carry the historic ‘California’ name. in an exclusive interview with MCN, Moto Guzzi’s Head of Communications, ...

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