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New Piaggio MP3 500 and MP3 500 Sport

Chris Newbigging, 19 November 2009 11:58

Piaggio is replacing the MP3 400 with a new MP3 500 for 2010, and the Gilera Fuoco 500 is now branded the MP3 500 Sport. Piaggios for sale Both MP3 500s share the same 492cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine with CVT transmission, putting out 40bhp. The standard MP3 500 is much the same as the rest of the MP3 range introduced ...

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Milan show: Moto Guzzi concepts '80% production ready'

Chris Newbigging, 10 November 2009 17:26

Moto Guzzi’s V12LM, V12X and V12 Strada concept motorcycles are 80% production ready, according to co-designer Pierre Terblanche. The concepts were revealed today (10 November) at the EICMA show in Milan. Using the latest 110bhp four-valve per cylinder version of the air-cooled transverse Moto Guzzi v-twin, the machines concentrate on compact size and minimalist style. The three motorcycles were only ...

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Milan show: Moto Guzzi V7 Clubman concept

Chris Newbigging, 10 November 2009 11:44

Moto Guzzi has unveiled this customised concept V7 Clubman – based on the V7 Café already on sale. Moto Guzzi has transferred most of the technical details over from the V7 Café to the V7 Clubman, but with a unique styling package. An Arrow exhaust system with wrapped header pipes, a polished aluminium fuel tank and numberboards are the key ...

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Aprilia Shiver 750 revised for 2010

Chris Newbigging, 09 November 2009 10:49

The Shiver 750 is widely regarded as a good bike, but rivals like the Triumph Street Triple have beaten the bike both in back-to-back tests and in sales.  Find an Aprilia Shiver 750 for sale For 2010 the Aprilia Shiver now comes with a cowl around the headlight, wave brake discs and new colours to make it stand out. Under ...

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VFR1200F shaft drive explained

Chris Newbigging, 23 October 2009 09:20

Honda has made a big deal of its unique shaft drive on the VFR – but the initial information didn’t explain exactly how it works or why it’s better. MCN has clarified the advantages of the design – here’s our breakdown of how it works and why it’s better. Traditional shaft drives have the shaft running from the swingarm pivot ...

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10th Anniversary Yamaha TMAX WHITE MAX

Chris Newbigging, 08 October 2009 11:46

To celebrate 10 years of the Yamaha TMAX 500 maxi-scooter, the firm is released a limited-edition white version. Technically the scooter is the same 500cc parallel twin as the 2008/2009 model, but comes in white with anodised aluminium detailing and the wheels are titanium-colour with polished rims. Yamaha’s press kit says: “In 2000, the first TMAX revolutionised the scooter market. ...

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New Yamaha BW’s 125 for 2010

Chris Newbigging, 08 October 2009 11:28

Yamaha is adding a 125cc four-stroke version of the long-running BW’s to its scooter range for 2010. The BW’s 125 has an air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke engine, and has the same short wheelbase/fat-tyred design as the BW’s 50 so it’s nimble around town and rides over rough surfaces better. “New for 2010, the BW’s 125 ensures that even on the longest, ...

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2010 Yamaha YBR125

Chris Newbigging, 08 October 2009 10:25

Continuing with the ‘barely changed’ theme of Yamaha’s 2010 models, the Yamaha YBR125 learner bike gets a restyled fuel tank cover, exhaust shroud, grab rail and instruments. Technically, it’s still the same simple air-cooled single cylinder commuter machine as the 2009 model. Yamaha says: “Featuring an economical and reliable air-cooled engine housed in a compact, easy-handling chassis, the YBR125 has ...

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2010 Yamaha FZ1 and FZ1 Fazer

Chris Newbigging, 08 October 2009 10:20

Yamaha’s FZ1 and FZ1 Fazer will only get a new ECU map for ‘increased drivability’ for the 2010 model year – the rest of the bike remains technically unchanged. Yamaha says: “For 2010 both the FZ1 and FZ1 Fazer feature revised ECU mapping which is designed to deliver even better drivability whilst maintaining the engine’s outstanding mid and high-rpm performance.”

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BMW unveils C1-E scooter prototype

Chris Newbigging, 06 October 2009 11:30

BMW has revealed pictures of a new electric enclosed scooter prototype – the C1-E. Based on the design for the discontinued C1, the concept is updated with a lighter rollover cage covered with clear plastic, where the original had a more substantial roof. The electric motor is powered by lithium ion batteries with technology developed by electric scooter manufacturer Vectrix. ...

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