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2008 Honda VFR revealed in new motorcycle patent

Details of Honda’s 2008 VFR1000 have been revealed in a newly published motorcycle patent document – which shows the motorcycle to have a radical new frame design. The Honda V-four sports tourer motorcycle, which gets a capacity boost to 1000cc for next year with an all-new engine, features a two-piece chassis, with separate front and rear sections. The engine itself provides the ...

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  • New bikes
  • 16 August 2007

Exhaust patents reveal next generation Honda Fireblade

These patent drawings are conclusive proof that the next Fireblade is to use a Hornet-style under slung exhaust system. The current Fireblade design will be fours years old next year, and in the world of superbike development that means a complete redesign is on the cards. The CBR1000RR was all-new for 2004, and received detail tweaks for 2006, but in ...

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  • New bikes
  • 25 July 2007

Video: Ecosse Spirit ES1 motorcycle unveiled at Laguna Seca MotoGP

Tonight (Friday 20 July) the Ecosse Spirit ES1 superbike will be officially launched at the US MotoGP at Laguna Seca. MCN snuck in before the official unveiling to see the prototype, and its designer, Dick Glover, explained the thinking behind it. Check out the video to see the bike in all its carbon fibre glory, and read about it in ...

  • Motorcycle News
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  • 20 July 2007

Electric motorcycle becomes a reality

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, ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 10 July 2007

Suzuki's 2008 Hayabusa shows its aerodynamic skills

THIS is how the all-new 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa GSX-R1300R motorcycle will cut through the air. The image, directly from the Suzuki motorcycle R&D Department, has been made to show just how effective the swoopy fairing and new droop tail section are at whipping speed-sapping airflow efficiently around the rider. The Suzuki1340cc, 198bhp, 220kg Hayabusa is due to be available in October ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 05 July 2007

Big Twin racer

Back in 1997 I built a sports bike using a Harley big twin motor. The first event I attended was a huge success - not only was the bike a crowd favourite but it also got the attention of Erik Buell. Since then I've built two other bikes based on the same style, all the while perfecting the design. Three ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 08 June 2007

F1 designers re-invent the motorcycle

Two top British Formula 1 designers have created the Ecosse-Spirit ES1 - a radical new superbike which promises to offer 220mph performance. The new design goes back to the very first principles of motorcycle architecture – starting with a new riding position aimed at hugely improving aerodynamics, and then designing the rest of the bike to allow that riding position to ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 06 June 2007

Video: Revolutionary new British superbike

A pair of British F1 designers have revealed to MCN what they are calling the "fastest, lightest, best handling superbike" and we've got an exclusive interview and pictures of the new bike. Check out the video below to hear the two designers explain the concepts behind the Spirit ES1 and see the 3D model. Get more in for on the bike at ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 06 June 2007

2007 R1 chopped

Following the unveiling of the brand new R1, Yamaha secluded a small section of their stand at this years Intermot in Cologne for one of the best features of the show. Not only was the superb looking new R1 rotating on a beautifully lit turntable, but across the walkway was this glorious stripped down version. One side showcased the R1's ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 07 December 2006

Goldwing airbag explodes

Honda gave a graphic demonstration of its Goldwing airbag system at its pre-Intermot show in Cologne, Germany, and we’ve got video of it going off on stage. Honda made a big play on its new push towards safer motorcycling and showed the airbag in action for the first time in public and you can watch the video below

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 07 December 2006

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