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BMW K1200 LT gets the luxury treatment

Ben Purvis, 15 November 2007 13:50

The massive BMW K1200LT tourer has been given a boost for 2008, with every UK motorcycle gaining the full BMW Lux package as standard. For 2008, the basic and SE versions of the K1200LT are being removed from the UK BMW motorcycle range, leaving only the highest-specification machine, which will be available to order. The full £15,395 package includes virtually every ...

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Benelli BX570 Motard unveiled

Ben Purvis, 13 November 2007 15:36

We've already brought you the Benelli BX449 motocross motorcycle and the Benelli BX505 enduro motorcycle. But in Motorcycle News on Wednesday, November 14, 2007, you can see the supermoto variant, the Benelli BX570, which was finished just in time to go on show at Milan. It features the biggest of the three variations of the firm's new DOHC single-cylinder, four-valve ...

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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: New Aprilia SX125 and RX125 motorcycles revealed

Ben Purvis, 06 November 2007 15:14

Aprilia has extended its supermoto range with a new 125cc two-stroke machine in the same mould as its championship-winning SVX. The SX125 and its enduro-spec RX125 sibling feature a simple tubular steel trellis frame and box-section swingarm, along with motocross-inspired styling.Only the wheels and brakes differentiate the two models, with the SX125 featuring 17-inch wires and a big, 320mm front ...

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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 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: 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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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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