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Revised BMW G650 Xcountry for 2009

James Keen, 18 December 2008 16:21

An updated version of the BMW G650 Xcountry will be available in dealerships from January 2009. The revised Xcountry features a new paint scheme and a number of subtle changes designed to make the bike more appealing to urban riders and commuters. The new model should be more manageable in town as it boasts a lower seat height, down from 840-870mm ...

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Aprilia lift the veil on the new RSV4

James Keen, 21 September 2008 08:51

Aprilia have revealed the first official pictures of their road-going 1000cc V4 supersports machine, the RSV4. Click here to read more on the Aprilia V4 race bike The Aprilia RSV4 is powered by an engine developed and built in-house by Aprilia. This 65° V four unit uses state of the art electronics, including multi-mapping ride-by-wire technology, a solution that offers virtually infinite opportunities for ...

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Derbi’s motorcycle/bicycle hybrid

Ben Purvis, 09 May 2008 12:10

This week’s MotOh show in Barcelona saw the first showing of Derbi’s latest concept motorcycle – a machine that’s part motorcycle, part mountain bike. Called the DH2.0 – DH stands for Down Hill – the 100cc machine might make just 8bhp but with an all-in weight of less than 40kg it promises to be wieldy as a bicycle. And the firm ...

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Full production of Harley’s XR1200 is underway

Michael Carroll, 01 May 2008 16:08

Production of Harley Davidson’s XR1200 kicked off at the firm’s manufacturing facility in Missouri yesterday. The model is one of the most significant motorcycles produced by the manufacturer because it has been designed exclusively for the European market. The XR1200 was inspired by Harley’s XR750 flat track racer, and features a 1200cc Evolution V-Twin engine that produces around 90bhp. Harley ...

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Suzuki set to be first with production fuel cell motorcycle

Ben Purvis, 27 March 2008 09:19

Suzuki and British firm Intelligent Energy have announced an extension of their agreement to develop hydrogen fuel-cell motorcycles with the intention of creating a production-ready hydrogen-powered bike in the near future. The colaboration between the two firms bore fruit last autumn with the showing of the Suzuki Crosscage motorcycle, a hydrogen fuel-cell powered concept bike with similar performance to a ...

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Percy’s MV Agusta Brutale

Ben Purvis, 14 February 2008 10:02

Just when you think MV Agusta can’t possibly launch another limited-edition version of one of its bikes, another one crops up – and the Brutale is the latest in line for the treatment. The all-white Brutale “By Percy” is an official link-up with Percy Irausquin, a fashion designer, who’s been personally responsible for removing every last trace of taste from ...

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Chris Vermeulen Australia GP replica Suzuki GSX-R1000

Rob Hull, 13 February 2008 08:47

Stamford Superbikes is selling six of these Chris Vermeulen replica GSX-R1000s, the colour scheme used by the Aussie as a tribute to his protégé Barry Sheene at the Australian MotoGP last year. Only available from Stamford Superbikes, each of the six specially painted machines is individually numbered on the airbox cover and come with twin titanium Arrow silencers with carbon ...

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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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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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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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