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Cologne Show: All-new BMW R1200RS

MCN, 29 September 2014 17:11

• 1170cc water-cooled boxer twin• 125bhp / 92lbft • Return of the famous RS name BMW’s rush to fill every single niche in motorcycling continues at a frantic pace with this new R1200RS slotting into the R-Series and marks a welcome return for the RS name on a sports touring machine to carry on the legacy of the R100RS of 1976. The R1200RS ...

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Cologne Show: Radical Kawasaki Ninja H2

MCN, 29 September 2014 16:48

• 998cc supercharged inline-four• 296bhp / 115lbft (est)• 200mph+ capability• Trellis frame• Single-sided swingarm It’s been a long time coming, but there’s no doubt whatsoever that Kawasaki’s new Ninja H2R has been worth the wait. The sharp eyed will already have spotted the lack of headlamps, a numberplate hanger, indicators and mirrors (not to mention the fitment of slick Bridgestone V01 rubber), but don’t despair, ...

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Cologne Show: New BMW S1000RR

BMW, 29 September 2014 14:37

• 999cc, inline four-cylinder, water-cooled • 199bhp / 83.3lbft• New twin spar aluminium frame• Semi-active suspension• Restyled bodywork BMW’s superbike rivals must be wondering just what they have to do to keep up as the German firm reveals a completely new, lighter, more powerful and even more advanced version of the S1000RR; a bike that already dominates the class. The 2015 S1000RR is the first ...

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New Yamaha R1 on the way

MCN, 31 July 2014 11:15

Yamaha is just three months away from unveiling a completely new YZF-R1 superbike that it hopes will have the same class-defining impact the original 1998 model had when it was launched. The new bike retains the basic engine design of the current model, but it is understood to share almost nothing else with the current bike as it attempts to ...

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BMW S1000R and R1200RT unveiled

Phil West, 05 November 2013 09:54

BMW’s long-anticipated new S1000RR-based super naked has just been unveiled at the Milan Show and these are the first official pictures. It features a retuned, 160bhp version of the S1000RR’s 999cc inline four engine, an electronics package including BMW’s Race ABS, ASC traction control and two power modes, kerb weight of just 207kg and is expected to be priced under ...

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KTM first with anti-lowside ABS brakes

Andy Downes, 24 September 2013 13:45

KTM will be the first manufacturer to sell a bike equipped with the latest generation of ABS to work as an anti-lowside braking system on the 2014 KTM Adventure 1190R. The new braking system is the latest innovation from electronics giant Bosch and is called Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC) and it’s the first time ABS has been officially claimed to ...

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BMW S1000RR gets mid-life refresh

MCN, 01 July 2013 07:30

BMW is months away from launching a revised S1000RR which insiders say will get semi-active suspension from the HP4, a host of minor revisions along with an even more sophisticated ABS system which can even work when cornering to prevent lowside crashes. This prototype BMW confirms the company is continuing development of the class-leading superbike with a mid-life refresh that ...

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Pictures of supercharged Bimota emerge

MCN, 15 May 2013 14:48

These are the first pictures to emerge of Bimota's upcoming supercharged DB11 VLX, under development, taken by a factory insider. The completed machine is expected to go on sale early next year. The standard DB11 is currently the Italian firm's range-topping superbike, featuring a 162bhp V-twin1198 engine, taken from the current Ducati Diavel. It's an evolution of the 1098-engined DB7 ...

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New BMW R1200GS vs KTM 1190 Adventure: the debate

MCN, 05 March 2013 09:30

Fresh from their respective launches, MCN’s testers of the new BMW R1200GS and KTM 1190 Adventure sat down to debate which made the biggest splash. What surprised you?Adam Child: How good it looked. It was never a good-looking bike.Michael Guy: Adventure bikes never are.AC: But now it is.  They’ve hidden the water-cooling really well and the huge header pipes are ...

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New Yamaha R1 spied testing

MCN, 28 February 2013 09:00

Early prototypes for Yamaha’s next-generation R1 superbike have been spied being put through their paces by the firm’s test riders. Two of the machines were caught by our colleagues at Australian Motor Cycle News as they were pitted against the bike that’s become the standard-bearer for the 1000cc class, BMW’s S1000RR. Don’t be fooled by the temporary bodywork, which is ...

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