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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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Milan Show: Aprilia launches SMV750 Dorsoduro motorcycle in Milan

Ben Purvis, 06 November 2007 14:03

Aprilia has just unveiled the new SMV Dorsoduro supermoto at the Milan show. The power for the new SMV750 comes from an updated version of the 750cc V-twin used in the firm’s Shiver naked bike, which has also donated its basic chassis design to the new machine. The V-twin engine, making a claimed 95bhp, uses a second-generation version of the ...

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Milan Show: BMW officially releases new F800GS adventure motorcycle

Ben Purvis, 06 November 2007 13:03

BMW today revealed the new F800GS for the first time at the Milan show in Italy. While the other F800 models use an alloy frame, the GS gets a tubular steel chassis designed to cope with the stresses of off-road use, with a repositioned engine – mounted almost vertically where the F800S and ST’s are angled at 30 degrees forward ...

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Milan Show: BMW unveils its new G450X

Ben Purvis, 06 November 2007 13:02

The completely road-legal G450X is BMW’s first hardcore off-road competition offering in the 450 class. Based on the competition prototype that’s been publicly tested for several months, the production version meets the latest Euro III emissions regulations and offers some unusual technology. Highlights include a reverse-rotating crank, and an innovative layout with a shorter gearbox than conventional bikes, allowing a ...

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Honda previews new motorcycle models for Tokyo show

Ben Purvis, 20 September 2007 09:15

Honda has revealed a preview of the concept bikes it will show at next month’s Tokyo Motor Show. No less than three concept bikes are set to be shown. These are headed by the stunning Evo6 – a Goldwing-engined naked bike along the lines of Suzuki’s B-King or Yamaha’s V-Max. On top of that, Honda will show the CB1100F – ...

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2008 Kawasaki 250cc Ninja - Hit or Miss?

Ben Purvis, 13 September 2007 11:09

The first pictures of Kawasaki's forthcoming 2008 Ninja 250 motorcycle are circulating on the internet - and we can reveal it's just one element of a whole new range of 250cc, four-stroke parallel twin motorcycles which Kawasaki is set to launch. As well as the sportsbike, there's set to be a naked Kawasaki ER250 and a Kawasaki Versys-style 250cc machine in the new ...

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BMW to make it's mark in motorsport

Ben Purvis, 25 July 2007 10:08

The revelation that BMW is set to enter the World Superbike Championship in 2009 – as revealed in MCN this week – perhaps shouldn’t be such a surprise, since the firm has been gradually revamping its image for the last five years. While the firm has long been involved in four-wheeled motorsport, and has competed on two wheels in events ...

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Aprilia's RS-V4 caught on test

Ben Purvis, 25 July 2007 09:39

Less than four months before it is set to be shown in public for the first time we can reveal that Aprilia’s forthcoming V4 superbike is still testing in heavy disguise with little sign of the final body styling in place. Snapped last week at an Italian test track, these exclusive pictures reveal the latest stage of the machine’s development ...

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