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BMW's uncrashable motorcycle

Ben Purvis, 13 February 2008 13:37

However hard kit manufacturers try to make crashing safer there’s always set to be a risk if you come off your motorcycle – but now manufacturers are working on ways to make the very act of falling off a far more remote possibility. One of the leaders in the field is BMW, the firm that pioneered ABS brakes, electronic suspension ...

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Unique Rocket III build is shaping up

Ben Purvis, 23 January 2008 16:05

One of the top custom bike builders in Britain, Roger Allmond, is currently finishing off the most extreme project he has ever taken on in the form of a Rocket III - based beast Roger shot to fame when he competed in the annual AMD Championships in 2005 with his Ducati T - Bob and has now been commissioned by ...

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Honda CB1100R concept could reach production

Ben Purvis, 08 January 2008 09:58

The designer of Honda's stunning CB1100R concept bike has said he would like to see the machine reach production. The retro-styled race-rep was the star of the Tokyo Motor Show last October. Now, after its incredible reception at the show, the designer of the machine has said that although it was originally just a concept, the possibility of production has ...

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Speeding only minor cause of motorcycle crashes

Ben Purvis, 31 December 2007 07:00

A new Government report has once again revealed that speeding is actually only a minor cause of motorcycle accidents. The Government’s “Compendium of Motorcycle Statistics 2007” repeats earlier findings showing that exceeding the speed limit is put down as a contributory factor – and even then not necessarily as the main cause – of just four percent of bike crashes ...

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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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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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Video: Med Hughes: “We are expected to abide by the law”

Ben Purvis, 05 December 2007 16:46

This video clip of shamed top traffic cop Med Hughes shows him preaching about the benefits of speed cameras – just a month before he was nabbed by a camera himself. He was caught on camera in May, and banned today for 42 days for doing 90mph on an A road. The clip was recorded in April for the DVD: ...

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KTM RC4 details revealed

Ben Purvis, 30 November 2007 12:31

KTM insiders have revealed the first details of the RC4 single-cylinder sportsbike which the firm has been developing in secret. You can read all about the bike in MCN next week, but the headline numbers include a power figure of 78bhp, which is allied to a low weight of just 132kg – giving the a power-to-weight ratio similar to a ...

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Aprilia to release Van Den Bosch replica

Ben Purvis, 12 November 2007 10:08

IN the world of supermotos they don’t come much cooler than Aprilia’s SXV – but now the firm has made it even better in the form of the new Van Den Bosch replica.   Both the VDB and the stock 2008 SXV get revised engines, including two selectable engine maps, but on top of that the VDB – available in ...

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Aprilia’s high-tech FV2 concept motorcycle revealed

Ben Purvis, 06 November 2007 15:18

The Aprilia FV2 concept bike debuts the firm’s new 1200cc V-twin engine, a DOHC design based on the 750c motor from the Shiver. The V-twin is mounted in a fully carbon-fibre chassis, which is both the main structure of the bike and, thanks to its hollow design, doubles as the airbox for the engine. Overall, the firm claims the prototype ...


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