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New Kawasaki Z750R revealed

Chris Newbigging, 15 September 2010 12:30

Kawasaki could finally have turned the Z750 in to the brilliant budget supernaked it should have been with new styling and an improved chassis. The current Z750 has been a resounding success in Europe – French, Italian and Spanish riders in particular have made it a top seller. But throughout its life the Zed has come under constant criticism for ...

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Triumph Tiger 800 spotted in high-speed track tests

Chris Newbigging, 08 September 2010 17:17

These new pictures show Triumph’s new Tiger 800 taking part in final high-speed track tests weeks before the bike is officially launched. The bike was circulating the Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in Leicestershire at the same time as an MCN road test was taking place, and our photographer took this series of pictures as the test rider hammered the bike round. ...

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Wanted: Ducati 848, 1098 or 1198 owner

Chris Newbigging, 24 August 2010 13:40

MCN is searching for one owner of an 848, 1098 or 1198 to loan us their bike a forthcoming feature.  We’re not ready to share all the details of the story just yet, but there’s a reward in for the owner who can help us out. We won’t be riding your bike, but we will need it for around a ...

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Staff bikes: Victory Hammer S: Vic 'n chips

Chris Newbigging, 07 July 2010 17:00

For an upcoming long-term test feature in the print edition of MCN, I invited Harley owners out for a ride on my Victory Hammer S. Yesterday myself and three Harley owners headed to the coast to swap bikes, swap banter and see where 12 year-old upstart firm Victory fits next to Harley-Davidson, riding on 107 years of history and glamour. ...

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BMW announces K1600 GT and K1600 GTL six-cylinder tourers

Chris Newbigging, 02 July 2010 11:16

BMW will produce TWO versions of it’s all-new 1600cc straight six-cylinder tourer – the K1600GT and K1600GTL. Video: BMW K1600GT adaptive headlight explained The K1600 GT will be similar in concept to the K1300GT – a comfortable, gadget-laden tourer but with a riding position and setup to give it some sporting ability. BMW K1600LT spy shot The K1600GTL will be ...

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New BMW K1600LT spy shot

Chris Newbigging, 17 June 2010 11:05

This is the first picture showing BMW’s new six-cylinder K1600LT luxury tourer, due on sale next year. The new machine uses the forward-canted engine shown in the BMW Concept 6 show at the Milan Show. The pictures taken in California show everything you’d expect from a Honda Goldwing-rivalling tourer – a large fairing with adjustable screen, a large dual seat ...

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Staff bikes: Victory Hammer S - Hey you, pipe down at the back!

Chris Newbigging, 03 June 2010 16:37

The genuine Victory accessory performance 2-1 exhaust on my Hammer S looks lovely. Deep chrome, neat welds and a shape that really suits the hot-rod shape of my Victory. So I’m gutted that I’ve damaged it. Not maliciously, or in an act of stupidity, but through enjoying it a bit too much. The hero blobs don’t take much to dispense ...

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New CBF1000F will cost around £9000

Chris Newbigging, 27 May 2010 12:56

Honda has revealed that the new CBF1000F will cost in the region of £9000 when it goes on sale in the autumn. The updated, alloy-framed CBF is a late addition to Honda UK’s range – initially the bike wasn’t included, but it will now run alongside the old-type CBF as a higher-spec model. The new CBF1000F boasts an extra 10bhp ...

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Roland Sands reveals finished Harley-Davidson XR1200 café racer

Chris Newbigging, 06 May 2010 15:50

Roland Sands’ latest project, a café racer, has been unveiled for the first time on his blog. Only the basics of Harley-Davidson’s weighty street-tracker remain – the rest has been thrown away and replaced with a selection of performance and cosmetic upgrades selected by the Californian former 250 racer. At the front is a set of Ohlins forks carrying radial ...

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£20,000 James Dean tribute Harley Fat Boy

Chris Newbigging, 30 April 2010 12:55

If you have enough money, you can have anything you want. If the object of your desires is a custom Harley styled like the Porsche Spyder that killed James Dean, star of iconic movie ‘Rebel Without a Cause’, then Shaw Speed and Custom is the place to spend your cash.  Everything on the Spyder is about the attitude – the riding ...


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