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Milan Show: BMW F650GS launched

Ben Purvis, 06 November 2007 13:14

As well as the new F800GS, BMW has unveiled the all-new F650GS – but don’t be fooled by the name, as its capacity is also 800cc. Basically a lower spec version of the new F800GS, the F650GS replaces the old single-cylinder bike of the same name, using a detuned parallel twin engine. Power is 71bhp – which is a full ...

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Milan Show: First look at production KTM RC8 motorcycle

Ben Purvis, 06 November 2007 12:00

At last KTM has shown the production version of the RC8 superbike at the Milan show – four years after the prototype was first revealed. Compared to the 999cc prototype, the production bike’s capacity is up to 1149cc for the new “1190” engine, which now makes a claimed 155bhp. Compared to the original concept, it features a redesigned steel trellis ...

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Milan Show: New 2008 Ducati Monster launched

Ben Purvis, 05 November 2007 18:00

Ducati has revealed the first all-new Monster in the model’s 15 year history at a preview event on the eve of the Milan show. For the new Monster 696 – only the entry level version has been revealed so far – the firm has concentrated on keeping the hunchbacked shape of the Monster, emphasising it further with a low-mounted headlight. ...

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Milan Show: Ducati unveils 180bhp 1098R motorcycle in Milan

Ben Purvis, 05 November 2007 18:00

With a claimed 180bhp in road-legal form, and well over 200bhp in race trim, this is the machine Ducati’s works riders, Troy Bayliss and Michel Fabrizio, will be using next year in an effort to reclaim the World Superbike championship. And around £20,000 will put one in your garage. The new Ducati 1098R gets a bored-out 1198cc engine to give ...

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New 2008 BMWs revealed: BMW F800GS, F650GS, R1200GS, R1200GS Adventure and G450X

Ben Purvis, 02 November 2007 12:11

BMW's 2008 new models have emerged before the bikes are officially launched next week with the first pictures of the 2008 BMW F800GS, the 2008 BMW G450X, the 2008 BMW R1200GS and 2008 BMW R1200GS Adventure, plus the 2008 BMW F650GS Don't be fooled by the name of the 2008 BMW F650GS, as the cheaper motorcycle actually uses another version of the 800cc parallel ...

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KTM RC8 to launch next week

Ben Purvis, 24 October 2007 12:02

KTM will launch the new RC8 superbike next week in its final production form – a whole four years on from the concept motorcycle’s first appearance. The teasing shot of the new KTM motorcycles’s dashboard reveals a rider’s eye view of the motorcycle, which looks like no other from this angle. Just like the original KTM concept, it sticks with ...

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Yamaha shows new XS-V1 Sakura motorcycle

Ben Purvis, 16 October 2007 09:34

Yamaha will reveal this new prototype retro motorcycle at the Tokyo Motor Show next week. The Yamaha XS-V1 Sakura is designed to hark back to the firm's first four-stroke machine, the 650cc XS-1 of 1970, but is fitted with a new 1000cc Yamaha air-cooled V-twin. The bike shows Yamaha is following in the footsteps of Honda, which will also use ...

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Video: World's first turbo-diesel production bike

Ben Purvis, 11 October 2007 10:11

Take a look at our MCN-exclusive video of the first turbo-diesel motorcycle in production, the Neander. Costing £65,000, you probably won't see many on the roads, so our video is your best chance to see the air-cooled 1340cc parallel twin, which has been in development for seven years. It's got so much torque that the only comparable motorcycle is the ...

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Yamaha releases more concept motorcycles

Ben Purvis, 05 October 2007 09:19

Yamaha has revealed more of the weird concept bikes it will show at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month. The new models include: Yamaha Tesseract This is a hybrid 4-wheeled vehicle powered by a combination of a liquid-cooled V-twin gasoline engine and an electric motor. It is designed with "dual-scythe" suspension that lets it lean like a motorcycle despite ...

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Honda reveals production version of DN-01 concept motorcycle

Ben Purvis, 04 October 2007 10:00

Honda has released the first pictures of the production-ready version of its DN-01 - which was originally shown as a concept bike two years ago. The radical Honda DN-01 is designed to blur the line between cruisers, scooters and sportsbikes, and features an innovative hydraulic transmission, ditching a conventional drive system in favour of using high-pressure hydraulic fluid to transmit ...

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