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New MCN October 26: Marco Simoncelli 1987-2011

Liam Marsden, 25 October 2011 10:01

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale Wednesday 26 October, MCN and the racing world remember's Marco Simoncelli after the Italian tragically passed away after an incident during the Sepang MotoGP race. We ride the 2012 BMW S1000RR at the track launch in Valencia. The BMW was already the class-leader, but have BMW taken it to another level with changes to ...

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Video: Aprilia RSV4 v Nissan GT-R: Battle of the computers

MCN, 20 October 2011 16:04

Electronic rider aids are where it's at right now, love 'em or loathe 'em, and the Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) has the smoothest, most sophisticated system of any current motorcycle. The Italian machine's clever computerised brain will help you change gear, control a spinning rear wheel, keep the front wheel on the ground under hard acceleration ...

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Would you buy a hyper-scooter?

Guy Procter, 19 October 2011 15:29

It might be the first big scooter ever to catch your attention – and then only for an instant, because you thought it was a melted RSV4 – but the new Aprilia SRV850 begs the question: would you? It's 2011 after all, sports bikes no longer attract universal esteem and we've all got a bit more broad-minded. Are you ready ...

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New Aprilia SRV850 superscoot debuts

Phil West, 18 October 2011 11:50

Aprilia has just released this picture of its new maxi-scoot – the SRV850. It’s basically an updated, face-lifted version of sister-company Gilera’s GP800. The Noale firm took a similar approach recently when it launched the  SR Max 300 scoot which was also essentially an updated, facelifted version of Gilera’s Nexus. The SRV has the same basic rolling chassis as the ...

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New MCN October 19: Aussie rules

MCN, 18 October 2011 10:01

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale Wednesday 19 October, we examine Casey Stoner's MotoGP world championship win in an eight-page special, with MotoGP legends Rainey, Gardner and Doohan on why Stoner could be the best. Plus, Kawasaki's shock new Versys 1000 spied, with the details on the Z1000-based adventure bike - the firm's fourth new model for 2012. Also, ...

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Aprilia SR Max 300: Taken to the Max

Trevor Franklin, 07 October 2011 14:26

Aprilia’s new SR Max 300 fits neatly into the overcrowded maxi-scooter class, but with a less than subtle difference from its rivals – the Aprilia actually looks exciting to ride. With styling allegedly based on the RSV4 superbike – a little far-fetched, although the black/red colour scheme is eye-catching and the angular layout of the bike is striking – it ...

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Gallery: MCN Awards 2011

MCN, 22 September 2011 10:00

The 2011 MCN Awards were held on Tuesday September 20 at a glittering dinner where the cream of the motorcycle industry met with senior members of the MCN team. See the gallery to the right for pictures from the event. The winners are listed below: Machine of the Year: Ducati DiavelRunner-up: BMW K1600GT Manufacturer of the Year: BMWRunner-up: Ducati Best ...

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F4 RR is the best MV Agusta yet!

Michael Neeves, 03 August 2011 14:14

Our world-first test of the stunning new 201bhp F4 RR Corsacorta has revealed it to be not only the fastest MV Agusta we've ever ridden - but also the most refined. MCN rode the new £18k superbike at a special test on the Adria circuit, north-east of Bologna, Italy and can reveal that, thanks to the RR's new Ohlins suspension and lightweight ...

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Video: Aprilia USA in Space Shuttle tribute

Dan Aspel, 08 July 2011 10:39

Aprilia’s USA division has released the following tribute to the now decommissioned space shuttle program. It’s essentially an RSV4 advert, but with enough heart-stopping shots of 81 million horsepower rockets to justify the association. The Aprilia team says: “Crossing performance boundaries never thought possible and forging new frontiers in innovation… making and racing motorcycles wouldn't be entirely alien to the ...

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MCN in 3D: Neil Hodgson riding the Ducati 1198

MCN, 04 July 2011 15:21

With the latest Aprilia RSV4 R APRC and Ducati 1198, electronic rider aids are becoming more affordable. Both machines are equipped with eight-stage traction control and a quickshifter, which saves you from having to manually shut the throttle when changing up through the gears, whilst the Aprilia takes it a stage further with anti-wheelie and launch control systems along with ...

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