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10 bad ideas that made great bikes

Guy Procter, 30 November 2011 09:27

When Ducati set out to build the 1199 – the most extreme superbike it could envisage – it did everything but address the bad idea at its core. With good reason. The firm’s L-twin engine layout is one of many examples of the rationally wrong ways of doing things that have characterised so many of our most- loved bikes. Porsche’s ...

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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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'It is a joy to be policed by Aprilia Mana GTs' say happy, productive citizens of Chongqing [REDACTED]

Guy Procter, 06 July 2011 14:06

Aprilia has secured a landmark deal with China, allowing it to ethically dispose of a large number of Mana 850 GTs. 30 of the twist-and-go middleweights – a year's-worth of sales in the UK – have joined the fleet of Chongqing police force, following a joint venture with the country's massive Zongshen bike business. The Manas are seen here escorting ...

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VIDEO: Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE v some Datsun – are bike firms growing their balls back?

Guy Procter, 23 June 2011 17:17

Look at bike ads from decades passed and you come away thinking some manufacturers today aren’t fighting hard enough for the customers they have. Most of all, why did they ever decide to let cars get away with selling themselves as fast or exciting or reasonably priced? So we're pleased to see a tentative return to the glory days with ...

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Why Rossi has Ducati worried sick about their new superbike

Guy Procter, 04 May 2011 09:31

It’s November 2011. MotoGP’s just finished with [insert Stoner/Lorenzo/Pedrosa/Spies here] and Rossi, um, fifth. Press releases are hurriedly despatched – ‘It was his shoulder!’; ‘It was mainly his shoulder but also the engine still needed a tweak!’; ‘You should see our 1000!’. But the whole world knows ‘the truth’. It’s The Chassis. The frameless/stressed airbox/monocoque/call-it-what-you-will chassis, which comprises a stiff ...

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Tuono V4R too ugly? French to the rescue!

Guy Procter, 27 April 2011 17:26

Fabulous new Aprilia Tuono V4R too ugly for you? Here come the French, with what they hope is the answer - a modified RSV4, dubbed the V4 Street. Arriving just after the launch of the Tuono V4R the V4 Street would be the perfect riposte, if its prolapsed air intakes and hat-wearing headlight didn’t achieve the opposite of what was ...

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New Kawasaki ZX-10R gets mean (not green) makeover

Guy Procter, 01 April 2011 17:02

Kawasaki’s new ZX-10R may have lost the outright power battle with the BMW S1000RR and the handling scrap to Aprilia’s RSV4 APRC but it’s determined to walk away from the tussles head held high in the styling department. To that end Kawasaki USA’s taken the big Ninja to the ‘king of custom sportsbikes’ Robert Fisher, boss of Florida’s Roaring Toyz, ...

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Stunning Alitalia Aprilia RSV4 revealed

Guy Procter, 09 February 2010 14:37

This is Aprilia's gorgeous new Alitalia liveried-RSV4. The Italian airline will sponsor Max Biaggi and Leon Camier's 200mph+ V4s in WSB this season, lending the bikes a stunning tricolore paint scheme that perfectly suits its angluar lines.

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Honda V4 VFR1200 is a triple too

Guy Procter, 13 August 2009 16:39

Honda's new Pan European- and Blackbird-replacing V4 can run as a twin, triple or V4, not just the parallel twin and four-cylinder modes expected, MCN has discovered. The latest news emerged from Japan where the final intensive stages of testing are in progress. Honda engineers and testers have been particularly hard at work ensuring the engine has the expected Honda ...

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Electric Aprilia RS125 is the father of the TTX01

Guy Procter, 03 March 2009 15:13

The TTX01 could well be the most famous electric motorcycle in the world, following its promotional duties for this year’s world-first zero-emission motorcycle race. But it isn’t the first electric bike to come out of the Peacehaven Electric Vehicle Workshop. That honour goes to this kermit-green Aprilia RS125, with claimed performance comparable to the delicious petrol-power zinger itself.

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