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Airbag suits? You ain't seen NOTHING yet: 'Safety Sphere'

Guy Procter, 14 December 2011 12:03

A Canadian inventor has come up with the ultimate airbag, whose operation has to be seen to be believed. We don't want to spoil the surprise, so please, watch the clip before reading any further. Rejean Neron's Safety Sphere is a protective suit which inflates to a man-sized sphere, completely enveloping the rider in the event of a crash. It ...

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MV Agusta F3 first ride: "Unusual but intuitive" says designer Adrian Morton

Guy Procter, 14 June 2011 14:19

The designer of MV's new F3 Adrian Morton has told MCN what the bike is like to ride. Naturally he thinks it's good, but given it's his first ever ride on the machine he styled, and he's a regular rider just like the rest of us rather than a superhero Stig-style tester, his observation the handling feels 'unusual but intuitive' is ...

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Piaggio Yourban 300LT: an English proofreader short of genius

Guy Procter, 27 May 2011 17:16

Piaggio's new £5699 Yourban 300 LT is so clever in so many ways it would be a shame if its stupid name got in the way of anyone warming to it. It's a lighter-weight, less troll-like version of the MP3 LT, designed to appeal more to chic inner-city types. Like its non-Yourban MP3 LT sibling it's got the two front ...

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Video: the Ducati Diavel that went racing

Guy Procter, 27 May 2011 16:47

It's got the power to out-drag a Ducati 1198 and it can out-brake one too. So why is nobody racing the highly-acclaimed new Ducati Diavel? Well, several reasons actually, but thinking it through would have taken all the fun out of finding out. You can find out more about exactly how this experiment ended up in next week's MCN.

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Video: S1000RR faster than an M3 even in the wet

Guy Procter, 03 May 2011 17:00

BMW's M3 saloon is lame, according to a shock video admission by the firm itself. It’s released this video of its ‘fastest’ four-wheeler racing its fastest bike in what we can only interpret as a farewell to the car-making business. They could have waited for a dry day to make it a fair fight, but no, so determined were they ...

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'Handling of a race bike, comfort of a street bike' - Motus MST-01 on track

Guy Procter, 26 April 2011 09:49

Of course you¹d expect to hear that in a promotional video, but it¹s an Ohlins technician talking, even if he couches his comments in the bubblewrap of 'This is the beginning... I can't imagine what the finished product's going to be'. As the 1645cc sports tourer mules blat or rather blart round Barber motorsports park it's hard to disagree that ...

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KTM 125 Duke - world's coolest 125 or what?

Guy Procter, 21 April 2011 16:35

Great behind-the-scenes video for some of the promos for KTM’s new 125 Duke. Has a bike firm ever made an eighth-litre bike look so damn good? And has anyone pulled off such a phenomenal piss-take on the motorcycling 'straight' world than KTM is by putting this stuff put, while its CEO Pierer presides over ACEM, the European representative of motorcycle ...

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Video: The Yamaha Super Tenere trick that could save your bacon

Guy Procter, 14 July 2010 15:09

Yamaha’s new 1200cc Super Tenere is a superb all-rounder, but in common with other bikes with ABS it can be a liability off-road for one simple reason...  Read the Yamaha Super Tenere review ABS can prevent your bike coming to a stop at all if off-road, if (for example) you’re descending a slope and trying to slow down. When the ...

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Monster 796 colours: did no-one tell the designers the red frame was staying?

Guy Procter, 20 April 2010 14:31

Ducati has rightly got highly excited by the near-instant colour-changing capabilities of its new Monsters, and the new 796 heralds the launch of a new set of tasty ‘logomania’ panels. Except, nobody appears to have told designers to bear in mind the 796 has a red frame. Just a red frame. Only red. Which has led to some eye-watering children-discover-mummy’s-makeup ...

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Scariest crash ever?

Guy Procter, 06 January 2010 13:44

It’s 2004 and the brakes on dutch Superstock champion Richard Fluttert’s GSX-R1000 have failed just before a heavy braking area, in this brilliant video found by Twowheelsblog. Skip to 2:13 and wait. Be nervous.  He was fine by the way.


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