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Yamaha’s YZF-R125 almost set to roll

Michael Carroll, 03 April 2008 10:24

The long-wait for Yamaha’s YZF-R125 is almost over, with dealers confirming the motorcycle is due to arrive during April. With a price tag of £3,000 and around 15hp available as standard, the sporty little number should help Yamaha draw younger riders into the R-series.  

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Four-wheeled "motorcycle" due for launch this week

Ben Purvis, 04 March 2008 14:51

This four-wheeled tilting motorcycle is set to be unveiled this week at the Geneva motor show. Created by madcap Swiss design firm Sbarro - famous in the past for its prototype bikes built around hubless wheels - the Pendolauto is a similar concept to Yamaha's recently revealed Tesseract concept bike, designed to offer the experience of a two-wheeler, but with ...

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Ducati design boss Pierre Terblanche leaves

Ben Purvis, 20 December 2007 09:32

Pierre Terblanche, Ducati’s design boss for the last decade, has left the firm to set up a design studio of his own. Terblanche, who can count designs including the Ducati 900SS, 999, Supermono and Multistrada among his achievements, will officially leave Ducati at the end of the year. Speaking to MCN, he said: “I’m not with Ducati as from the ...

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Modern take on a classic BMW

Rob Hull, 14 December 2007 16:03

German BMW aftermarket part gurus Wunderlich have brought the current R1200R back to the seventies with a conversion kit to transform the bike into the seventies classic R90S. The kit, which they’ve called the ‘Trophy’ consists of a selection of Wunderlich specialist parts to bring the 1973 classic back to the road in modern form. The R90S, a favourite BMW ...

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Ducati Desmosedici sells out

Ben Purvis, 12 December 2007 14:34

If you want a Ducati Desmosedici and haven’t placed your order yet, you better start scouring the classifieds as the firm has now completely sold out its planned production run of 1500 machines. Ducati always said the Desmosedici RR would be available in limited numbers, and originally expected to make just a couple of hundred. But the incredible response to ...

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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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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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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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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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