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Cologne Show: New BMW S1000RR

• 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 ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 29 September 2014

WSB Australia: Guintoli takes pole with fastest ever lap

Sylvain Guintoli will start the first round of the 2014 World Superbike campaign from pole position after a blisteringly fast lap of Phillip Island from the Aprilia rider during the first new-look WSB qualifying session. Guintoli set a lap only 0.038 away from breaking the 1:30 barrier two thirds of the way through the new 15-minute second qualifying session to ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • World Superbikes
  • 22 February 2014

Turkey WSB: Double win for Laverty

Factory Aprilia rider Eugene Laverty made it two wins in two in Istanbul today to narro the gap to championship leader Tom Sykes. Sykes finished second ahead of his main championship rival Sylvain Guintoli in third. Marco Melandri finished fourth on the GoldBet BMW ahead of an impressive Toni Elias in fifth. 1. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 34'58.7752. Tom ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • World Superbikes
  • 15 September 2013

WSB Moscow Race One: Eventful race sees Melandri take victory

The twenty-five laps of race one at the tight Moscow raceway saw Chaz Davies make a great start to lead from turn one. The same could not be said of Carlos Checa however, who was taken out on only the second corner by Cluzel running alongside him. Indeed, it was an expensive first lap for several riders as Savadori and Iannuzzo also ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • World Superbikes
  • 21 July 2013

2014 Aprilia Tuono has big changes

Aprilia has given the Aprilia Tuono V4R a comprehensive makeover just two years after the bike was launched, with more power, even more advanced electronics, new brakes and a larger fuel tank. The naked Tuono V4R has received the same host of changes that were seen on the RSV4 earlier this year, with the 999cc V4 engine given a bit ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 19 July 2013

Norton V4 tech analysis

Norton was brought back into British hands in 2009. After tqo previous attempts, Norton is back at the TT in just a few weeks with two almost completely new 1000cc V4 bikes, two riders and a bundle of determination to make this the start of a new racing era for the firm. Here's the technical lowdown on the new bike. ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 24 May 2013

The ultimate superbike test

These are ‘Top Trump’ superbikes – the kind of machines you’ll probably only ever see in pictures and rarely in the flesh. The new Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC, BMW HP4 Carbon, Ducati 1199R Panigale and MV Agusta F4RR are all about the big numbers: power, capacity, top speed, electronic rider aids and, of course, price. If you’re in the market ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 13 May 2013

Monza WSB: Laverty battles to race two victory

Factory Aprilia rider Eugene Laverty prevailed in the second race at Monza today to take his sixth World Superbike victory and third of the season. It was another race long battle between Laverty, Marco Melandri, Tom Sykes and Sylvain Guintoli, with Laverty moving in to first place on the penultimate lap. The Irishman was able to hold his lead and ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • World Superbikes
  • 12 May 2013

MCN exclusive on new Norton V4 TT racer

Norton is putting the finishing touches to the latest V4 race it will contest the 2013 Isle of Man TT in just three weeks with virtually every part of the bike new for this year. The team hope the unsilenced, 200bhp monster with two riders for this year will be enough to bring some credible results for the team with ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 03 May 2013

Aprilia Caponord 1200 – world first ride

Aprilia's all-new and eagerly-anticipated entry into the adventure bikes class, the Caponord 1200, is currently being put through its paces by MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child. These are his first impressions: "We're in Sardinia in unseasonably torrential rain – which is restricting how hard we can push the bike – but I'm still impressed. "The Caponord is loaded with ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 13 March 2013

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