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New Yamaha R6 rumoured for 2015

MCN, 01 August 2014 07:30

If Yamaha’s YZF-R1 is getting on a bit, having not had a major facelift since 2009, its supersport R6 brother is now positively ancient. Its last notable tweak was revealed in 2007 when the ’08-spec bike was shown, but the basic design dates back to the 2006 model, which was first unveiled to the world in late 2005. So it’s ...

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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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Future classics

MCN Staff, 28 February 2014 14:00

2003 Ducati 999Few bikes have proved as controversial as Pierre Terblanche’s replacement for the iconic 916 and this fact alone makes it a worthy future classic.Launched in 2003 the 999 instantly hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons. The graceful and flowing lines of the 916 were replaced with an angular look, weird stacked headlights and a double sided ...

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Litre sportsbikes for less than £3,000

MCN Staff, 14 November 2013 17:29

1998/99 Yamaha YZF-R1In 1998 theYamaha YZF-R1 arrived and rewrote the rulebook when it came to litre sportsbikes. Where the FireBlade had effectively created the genre in 1992, the R1 moved the game on a giant leap by introducing new technology that brought with it both incredible power figures and previously unheard of levels of handling. Fifteen years later this revolutionary ...

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Yamaha MT-09: Beyond the hype

MCN, 08 July 2013 08:00

Completely new large capacity bikes are rare in these austere times, and for one to be formed around a brand new engine – which so firmly breaks with the maker’s recent tradition – is even more unusual. But triples are where it’s at right now, and Yamaha has been wise to couple the configuration of the moment with further rider ...

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Used buying guide: Yamaha R1

Jon Urry, 03 July 2013 10:18

If you have to pick out a year that marked the revival of the litre bike category then look no further than 2004. With World Superbikes turning to 1000cc inline fours rather than 750cc homologation specials, the pressure was on the Japanese in the early-noughties to deliver to riders a whole new breed of affordable sportsbike. The litre bike war ...

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New MCN April 24: World's Fastest Adventure

MCN, 23 April 2013 11:13

In this week's MCN, out April 24th, we test the ultimate fast adventure bikes on the Isle of Man TT course We have a Texas GP special on Marc Marquez - MotoGP's youngest ever winner Also this week: KTM 390 world first test, and the secrets of Yamaha's new R1 revealed In sport: Marquez rewrites the record books, Guy Martin ...

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Bike Chooser: Cheap Litre Superbikes

Chris Dabbs, 21 March 2013 07:00

"I have been saving up to buy a new superbike but after being made redundant recently I have been forced to scale back my plans. I don’t want to give up on my dream of owning a litre sportsbike but I need to think a bit more economically. I reckon I can stretch to around £4,000. Any ideas?" James Dewhurst, ...

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Bike chooser: Fun 125s

MCN, 14 March 2013 09:30

"I’m 23 years old and have recently got into bikes having passed my CBT. I’m looking for a 125 to learn on and also pass my test. "I’m not looking to get straight up onto big bikes as I feel this would be unwise so I’m happy to stick with a 125 for a few years. What would you recommend ...

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New MCN November 14: New Metal

MCN, 13 November 2012 10:20

In this week's MCN, out November 14, we bring you all the latest news from the Milan bike show, including the all-new Triumph Daytona 675. We also look at new offerings from a whole host of manufacturers, including Honda's trio of 500s, Ducati's range updates, and Aprilia's new adventure bike. Also this week, we exclusivly test the new Kawasaki ZX-6R ...

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