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Ducati's 848 Streetfighter overpowers Triumph Street Triple R

Trevor Franklin, 17 November 2011 13:06

Ducati say their Streetfighter 848 is suitable for riders who want Ducati’s legendary sports bike performance without the head down, arse up seating stance of a race replica. And our world first group test proves they are right. The Streetfighter 848 is Ducati’s usable naked Streetfighter (unlike its bigger brother), complete with traction control, data log facility and modern day ...

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Milan Show: Husqvarna unveils all new MOAB concept Scrambler

Trevor Franklin, 08 November 2011 09:15

Husqvarna has just unveiled this brand new Steve McQueen concept bike at the Milan Show. Powered by a 650 single, it’s got 60/70s inspired ‘On Any Sunday’ styling, including chrome detailed tank, perforated heat shields and retro style seat, all to make it look half 60s scrambler, half modern fun bike. This is not just a concept, Husqvarna started the ...

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Lambretta returns! But it's made in Taiwan

Trevor Franklin, 01 September 2011 16:34

The new LN125 is the first scooter 'branded' Lambretta for decades. But while the name is synonymous with Italian style - and the new scoot is styled by an Italian - it's based on a Taiwanese-made Sym four-stroke. So while the LN125's silhouette harks back to the iconic two-stroke workhorse of the '60s and '70s, any similarity ends there. And ...

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Used bikes of the week - Nov 30

Trevor Franklin, 30 November 2010 16:29

Every week we have over 10,000 bikes for sale online and in the paper. Look carefully and you can find gems at amazing prices.                 Browse bikes for sale Here's my picks of the week to suit any budget:     UNDER £1000 - 1996 Yamaha XJ600 Diversion, £599A lot of cheap bike for the money which would be ...

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Used bikes of the week - Nov 24

Trevor Franklin, 24 November 2010 16:19

Every week we have over 10,000 bikes for sale online and in the paper. Look carefully and you can find gems at amazing prices.                 Browse bikes for sale Here's my picks of the week to suit any budget:     UNDER £1000 - 1994 Honda CB250, £99519,559 miles, 2 keys, aftermarket fairing fitted, very tidy for age.We say: ...

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Kawasaki UK returns to Facebook

Trevor Franklin, 11 August 2010 16:51

Kawasaki fans will be relieved to know they can fill a void in their life with the successful reintroduction of Kawasaki Motors UK Facebook page. KMUK’s previous Facebook page collapsed beyond repair several months ago and it has taken KMUK time to retrieve important data. But retrieve it has and, from the smouldering depths of broken social networks., a new ...

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Trevor Franklin's top three bikes of 2009

Trevor Franklin, 23 December 2009 10:55

1) KTM RC8R When KTM introduced the 1190 RC8 in 2008, its specification promised so much. The 1148cc motor was credited with a 152.6bhp and 88.56ftlb of torque – big figures for a 75° V-twin. With this potent lump bolted into a taut, lithe chassis and dressed in sharper than sharp clothes, the RC8 became a serious rival to Ducati’s ...

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First ride on sportiest Bonneville: the Hyde Harrier

Trevor Franklin, 15 December 2009 11:00

The latest Hyde Harrier is the sportiest, most enticing road-going Bonneville ever made, MCN can reveal after an exclusive first ride. Find a Triumph Bonneville for sale Ohlins suspension and a chassis made by race gurus Harris mean it handles, and Triumph legend Norman Hyde has tuned the parallel engine to make 82bhp. That might seem moderate compared to modern ...

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New cheap off-roaders

Trevor Franklin, 17 September 2009 16:51

These new 150cc and 250cc off-roaders aren’t the usual Chinese fare. They’re made for American company SMC (Southern Motorcycles), who aim to deliver affordable and reliable intermediate trail bikes. Both are pitched between road trailies and full-on competition tools and cost under £2000. The SMC YB150 and YB250 are air-cooled motocross-style machines with adjustable upsidedown front forks, a modern single ...

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Harley-Davidson 2010 CVO bikes announced - Softail Convertible and Street Glide

Trevor Franklin, 11 August 2009 13:33

Harley-Davidson’s 2010 model line-up of Fat Boy Special – a heavily revised Fat Boy with a lower and enhanced chassis components – a new Dyna Wide Glide custom and Electra Glide Ultra Limited tourer, also includes four bikes new to the CVO (Custom Vehicle Operations) range. CVO bikes are essentially bikes lifted from H-D’s current model range and treated to ...

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