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Honda Ape gets injected

Ben Purvis, 06 December 2007 12:00

The tiny Honda Ape 50 motorcycle has just been revamped to make sure it can stay in production. The air-cooled 49cc single, a slightly bigger version of the classic Monkey bike, has been given Honda’s PGM-FI fuel injection system to help it stay a step ahead of emissions laws. Although it’s only officially still sold in Japan, the Honda Ape ...

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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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New Suzuki Bandit 1250 GT aimed at long-distance touring

Ben Purvis, 23 November 2007 14:36

Suzuki only decided the night before the show opened to reveal its new Bandit 1250 GT in Birmingham. The machine, which will go on sale as a complete bike, is basically a Bandit 1250S, but with a selection of options aimed at turning the all-rounder into a proper touring bike. By adding a full fairing, Suzuki has given the Bandit ...

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Royal Enfield Woodsman launched

Ben Purvis, 23 November 2007 14:00

It might not have the glamour of some more mainstream bikes but Royal Enfield has revealed its latest motorcycle for the first time at the NEC show. The Royal Enfield Electra Woodsman is a new variation on the firm’s mainstay Royal Enfield Bullet model, which is the world’s longest-lived production motorcycle – with continuous production since 1949! The Woodsman was inspired by ...

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Enfield gears up for the future

Ben Purvis, 23 November 2007 13:52

It might have been around for nearly 60 years but Royal Enfield has no intention to allow the Bullet to be killed by the latest emissions regulations. The firm revealed a redesigned version of its 499cc engine at the NEC, complete with electronic fuel injection which allows it to beat Euro III emissions regulations. The new motor is set to ...

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Aprilia V4 breaks cover at Jerez

Ben Purvis, 23 November 2007 09:07

Aprilia's forthcoming V4-engined superbike broke cover this week at the Jerez circuit in Spain, with test rider Alex Hoffman at the controls. The new machine took to the track during a test session for Aprilia's 125cc and 250cc GP bikes, only lapping during breaks in the GP test caused by rain at the track. The Aprilia V4 also tested in ...

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The world's most expensive motorcycle - Ecosse Heretic Titanium

Ben Purvis, 21 November 2007 14:32

This is the most expensive new production motorcycle you can buy the Ecosse Heretic Titanium series at £133,000. For the same money could buy a grid full of 600cc sportsbikes, so what exactly do you get for your money? Check out these exclusive photographs showing the finest detailing even down to the intricate welding. To see just what makes up ...

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Hyosung reveals 30th anniversary Aquila motorcycle

Ben Purvis, 20 November 2007 09:41

Korean firm Hyosung is, believe it or not, 30 years old next year and to celebrate it's revealed this limited-edition version of its 650cc Aquila cruiser. The V-Rod-esque Aqulia uses Hyosung's own fuel-injected, 650cc V-twin, making an impressive 80bhp. That power goes through a five-speed gearbox and belt drive to the rear wheel. The anniversary model is marked out by ...

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Subaru Sportsbike

Ben Purvis, 18 November 2007 15:00

This new single-cylinder sportsbike features a Subaru-badged engine and could be on sale next year at a bargain price. The engine for the HS500sa comes directly from Fuji Heavy Industries, the parent company of Subaru. It’s a 499cc, water-cooled, DOHC single, originally developed to be used in quad bikes and used by Polaris. The motor is notable for its lightweight ...

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The world's most expensive bike

Ben Purvis, 17 November 2007 14:00

This Ecosse Heretic Titanium is the most expensive new bike on the market – with a list price that’s the equivalent of £133,000. The engine is machined from a solid block of billet aluminium and features a race-spec crankshaft, a supercharger, intercooler and fuel injection. From its 2147cc capacity, the pushrod V-twin pumps out some 207bhp and a mighty 218ftlb ...


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