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Picture special: The Radd-ical Suzuki GSX-R1000

Ben Purvis, 27 December 2007 08:00

The designer of Yamaha’s GTS1000 has turned his hand to superbikes by creating this awesome hub-centre-steered version of Suzuki’s GSX-R1000. James Parker has spent decades working on alternative front suspension systems, and his designs have led to the only mass-produced hub-centre-steered machine ever offered in the form of the Yamaha GTS1000. And now he hopes his latest version will also ...

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Ducati design boss Pierre Terblanche leaves

Ben Purvis, 20 December 2007 09:32

Pierre Terblanche, Ducati’s design boss for the last decade, has left the firm to set up a design studio of his own. Terblanche, who can count designs including the Ducati 900SS, 999, Supermono and Multistrada among his achievements, will officially leave Ducati at the end of the year. Speaking to MCN, he said: “I’m not with Ducati as from the ...

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Video: First tuned 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa unveiling

Ben Purvis, 18 December 2007 12:09

No motorcycle is more closely associated with tuning than Suzuki’s Hayabusa and this is the first of the new 2008 models to have been given a thorough going-over.Suzuki America commissioned the machine from Florida-based specialists Custom Sportbike Concepts (CSC), and roped in clothing firm L-R-G, Lifted Research Group, to design and sponsor the bike.Clear fairing sections reveal the engine, and ...

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Ducati Desmosedici sells out

Ben Purvis, 12 December 2007 14:34

If you want a Ducati Desmosedici and haven’t placed your order yet, you better start scouring the classifieds as the firm has now completely sold out its planned production run of 1500 machines. Ducati always said the Desmosedici RR would be available in limited numbers, and originally expected to make just a couple of hundred. But the incredible response to ...

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Roehr superbike gets go-ahead

Ben Purvis, 12 December 2007 10:41

The Harley-Davidson V-Rod engined Roehr superbike has got the go-ahead to reach production in the middle of 2008. The motorcycle, which has been developed over several years by Walter Roehrich, uses a V-Rod engine bored out to 1250cc and mounted in a aluminium beam frame giving it superbike proportions. While the prototype, shown here, featured Ducati-esque bodywork and a double-sided ...

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Motorcycle legend Evel Knievel's body arrives in Montana

Ben Purvis, 10 December 2007 09:58

A fireworks display accompanied the arrival of the body of motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel as his hearse reached Butte, Montana last night (Sunday, December 9, 2007) in preparation for his funeral today. The motorcycle legend died on November 30 after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis, a condition that causes hardening of the lungs. Evel Knievel will be buried at 11am (6pm GMT) after a ...

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First design of the Ariel Supercharged Single...

Ben Purvis, 10 December 2007 09:17

This is the first drawing supplied by Ariel of their possible return to the motorcycling market with a supercharged single cylinder motorcycle. This design is one of three posibilities for a new Ariel motorcycle, and will be powered by a bought-in engine, probably from Honda, with a supercharger bolted on to give a huge whack of power and torque. It ...

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Robbie Maddison dedicates new world record jump attempt to Knievel

Ben Purvis, 07 December 2007 14:42

In an email, stunt rider Robbie Maddison has said his forthcoming world record attempt will be dedicated to Evel Knievel.See the email text below: After returning to the U.S. from Australia where I was promoting my upcoming record jump attempts, I had sadly learned of the passing of the man who originally inspired me, Robert Craig "Evel" Knievel. He captivated me ...

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Special edition paintschemes for the 2008 Kawasaki ZX-6R and ZZR1400

Ben Purvis, 07 December 2007 11:40

The 2008 Kawasaki ZX-6R and the 2008 Kawasaki ZZ-R1400 will be available in two very special paintschemes - but fortunately they’re not going to be offered in the UK. The America-only special edition 2008 Kawasaki ZX-6R gains black paint, with red wheels and chrome-effect stickers. To complete the unusual appearance, even the fork legs are anodised red to match the ...

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What motorcycle do you want Ariel to build?

Ben Purvis, 06 December 2007 12:49

British firm Ariel is set to make a motorcycle comeback under the guidance of boss Simon Saunders. You can read about his plans in MCN (December 5, 2007), on sale now, but here's a sneak preview of the motorcycles he's got in mind. So far, three very different ideas are being thrown around for a bike to carry the Ariel ...


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