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Video: Honda plans dual-clutch gearbox

Ben Purvis, 14 May 2008 11:28

Motorcycles are set to join the gearbox revolution that has hit the car world, with Honda preparing to unleash dual-clutch semi-automatic technology for motorcycles. Dual-clutch gearboxs have been around for cars since 2003 and now Honda are the first bike maker to show an interest in the system, hoping to install it into an inline four-cylinder sports bike engine. Skip the video ...

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Video: Custom Ducati goes into production

Ben Purvis, 07 May 2008 11:00

Custom motorcycle designer Jens vom Brauck has decided to put his Moto Scrambler Ducati special into production.Vom Brauck was crowned winner of the Design Your Dream Ducati competition in 2004 and we have already ridden the special that the new bike is based on.Watch the video to below to see the Scrambler in action and the video on the right to see one of ...

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Video: Dougie Lampkin calls at Goodwood!

Ben Purvis, 17 April 2008 11:26

Twelve times world trials champion Dougie Lampkin took Goodwood House by storm last week as Lord March announced plans for the 2008 Festival of Speed. Lampkin made several explosive entrances, riding down a staircase inside Goodwood House at the pre-event dinner and repeating the feat on Wednesday in front of the world's assembled press. Watch Lampkin perform some of his ...

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Video: Aprilia RSV-4 in action

Ben Purvis, 27 February 2008 14:55

Last Friday Aprilia revealed the prototype of its new RSV-4 WSB challenger at a dealer meeting in Italy - and thanks to video-equipped mobile phones you can now even see and hear it in action. See pictures of the bike here See video of the Aprilia FV2 The bike was fired-up on stage at its unveiling, allowing dealers present to ...

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Snow-going motorcycle

Ben Purvis, 15 February 2008 16:22

While we don’t quite get the winters for it in this country, this creation from Canadian firm AD Bovin is designed to turn your road bike into a snow-cycle. Although it’s not the first firm to make such a kit – replacing the rear wheel with tracks and the front with a ski – the new Explorer kit is designed ...

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Video: First tuned 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa unveiling

Ben Purvis, 18 December 2007 12:09

No motorcycle is more closely associated with tuning than Suzuki’s Hayabusa and this is the first of the new 2008 models to have been given a thorough going-over.Suzuki America commissioned the machine from Florida-based specialists Custom Sportbike Concepts (CSC), and roped in clothing firm L-R-G, Lifted Research Group, to design and sponsor the bike.Clear fairing sections reveal the engine, and ...

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Video: Med Hughes: “We are expected to abide by the law”

Ben Purvis, 05 December 2007 16:46

This video clip of shamed top traffic cop Med Hughes shows him preaching about the benefits of speed cameras – just a month before he was nabbed by a camera himself. He was caught on camera in May, and banned today for 42 days for doing 90mph on an A road. The clip was recorded in April for the DVD: ...

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Video: World's first turbo-diesel production bike

Ben Purvis, 11 October 2007 10:11

Take a look at our MCN-exclusive video of the first turbo-diesel motorcycle in production, the Neander. Costing £65,000, you probably won't see many on the roads, so our video is your best chance to see the air-cooled 1340cc parallel twin, which has been in development for seven years. It's got so much torque that the only comparable motorcycle is the ...

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Electric motorcycle becomes a reality

Ben Purvis, 10 July 2007 10:51

From early next year a practical, useable electric motorcycle – with decent performance and range – is set to go into production in America. The Enertia is a purpose-made electric bike, officially revealed today (Tuesday July 10), and due to go on sale in America in the first quarter of 2008. Designed and built by Brammo Motorsports in Ashland, Oregon, ...

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Battery-powered Killacycle set to be fastest bike ever

Ben Purvis, 23 May 2007 13:26

Already holding the record as the fastest ever two or four-wheeled electric-powered drag racer, the KillaCycle is now being aimed at the outright drag bike record. To take the electric record, ther machine completed an 8.168s quarter-mile at 155.74mph, but the American engineeer behind the project, Bill Dube, is confident they can chalenge the outright record of 5.88 seconds at ...

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