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Samurai Type 9 Shogun: off-the-shelf show bikes

Ben Purvis, 24 December 2008 04:30

Despite appearances this isn't just another money-no-object Harley-based special created to win custom bike awards – in fact it's the latest production bike from new Japanese manufacturer Samurai Choppers. Called the Type 9 Shogun, the bike is the first machine Samurai has designed specifically for the European market, which it plans to enter next year with a five-bike range. Where ...

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The motorcycles Honda never built

Ben Purvis, 05 December 2008 10:58

Honda has never been shy to introduce new technology – but now for the first time MCN can reveal some of the designs that were too far out for even Honda to give the green light. This so-called Ground-effects bike isn’t the work of a lunatic, it was conceived 20 years ago by former HRC boss Satoru Horiike – the ...

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MV Agusta denies Harley-Davidson buyout

Ben Purvis, 11 June 2008 17:18

President of MV Agusta, Claudio Castiglioni, has said there is no truth in rumours that his firm is set to be bought out by Harley-Davidson. Castiglioni told MCN that "there are no negotiations in progress with Harley-Davidson" following reports in Italian newspaper Il Messaggero that a buyout was imminent. In recent months, MV Agusta has been linked to several potential ...

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First look at Honda's ABS CBR600RR

Ben Purvis, 10 June 2008 09:31

Honda has revealed a CBR600RR with ABS brakes and MCN is due to ride the motorcycle today. The prototype CBR600RR is the first ever supersports motorcycle to feature the ABS that it plans to roll out across all its production machines within the next two years.  The CBR600RR is fitted with a completely new brake-by-wire Combined ABS system, which uses a computer control ...

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Harley-Davidson to buy MV Agusta?

Ben Purvis, 09 June 2008 11:00

Harley-Davidson could be on the verge of buying the MV Agusta group - including Cagiva - if reports in Italy prove correct. Italian paper Il Messaggero claims Harley is planning a buyout that will see it take a majority stake in the ailing Italian superbike firm, buying around 80-85 percent of the company. That means Harley would be taking on ...

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Online demo-locator launched by Suzuki

Ben Purvis, 30 May 2008 09:48

Suzuki is aiming to simplify the task of setting up test rides on its motorcycles, by launching an online demonstrator locator service. To arrange a test ride, users input their postcode and details of the Suzuki motorcycle they want to try, and the Web service would then point them to the closest dealer with that model. More details are available ...

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Official: Michael Schumacher to race in German Superbike championship

Ben Purvis, 16 May 2008 15:29

Former seven-times F1 world champion Michael Schumacher WILL race this weekend in Germany's leading bike racing series, the IDM Superbike championship. Bernie Ecclestone warns Michael Schumacher of dangers The 37-year-old is set to be a wildcard in the race at Oschershleben aboard a Honda CBR1000RR entered by current series champions Holzhauer Racing, alongside German superbike champion Martin Bauer. See the ...

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Anthony Gobert charged with theft

Ben Purvis, 16 May 2008 15:02

Anthony Gobert, who was once considered among the most naturally talented riders ever to throw a leg over a motorcycle appeared in court last week – unemployed and charged with stealing a handbag and robbing a pensioner. Gobert was first charged on Tuesday, police alleging he stole two $20 notes from the hand of a 70-year-old man who was paying ...

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Video: Honda plans dual-clutch gearbox

Ben Purvis, 14 May 2008 11:28

Motorcycles are set to join the gearbox revolution that has hit the car world, with Honda preparing to unleash dual-clutch semi-automatic technology for motorcycles. Dual-clutch gearboxs have been around for cars since 2003 and now Honda are the first bike maker to show an interest in the system, hoping to install it into an inline four-cylinder sports bike engine. Skip the video ...

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Derbi’s motorcycle/bicycle hybrid

Ben Purvis, 09 May 2008 12:10

This week’s MotOh show in Barcelona saw the first showing of Derbi’s latest concept motorcycle – a machine that’s part motorcycle, part mountain bike. Called the DH2.0 – DH stands for Down Hill – the 100cc machine might make just 8bhp but with an all-in weight of less than 40kg it promises to be wieldy as a bicycle. And the firm ...

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