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Triumph Trophy 1200 revealed

John Westlake, 22 June 2012 21:00

Triumph have just unveiled the new Trophy Tourer. The full report will be in next week's MCN (out Wednesday June 27), but in the meantime here are the raw facts from Triumph's press release • Three cylinder 1215cc engine developing 132bhp and 89lb.ft of torque at just 6,450rpm.• Virtually maintenance free shaft drive.• The most highly technologically advanced Triumph with ride by wire, ...

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New BMWs to feature raft of safety tech

John Westlake, 01 July 2011 11:44

MCN's senior reporter Andy Downes is in Germany for the launch of a range of as yet undisclosed BMW technology. Though some will inevitably be pie-in-the-sky concept ideas, it's thought much of the technology will appear on 2012 and 2013 models. Downes said: "I’m about to go into the main presentation and I’m expecting a lot of innovations to do ...

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Are you young? Would you buy a Kawasaki W800?

John Westlake, 03 March 2011 17:27

Kawasaki has revealed they expect their new W800 retro to attract younger buyers. Kawasaki's Martin Lambert told MCN that, surprisingly, their research showed the Triumph Bonneville-rival would be popular with under 30s as well as older classic fans. The research has been backed up by experience, said Lambert: "I've spoken the Kawasaki UK field sales team to get a flavour ...

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Official new 2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 and GSX-R750 photos revealed

John Westlake, 04 October 2010 14:34

These are the first official shots of the 2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 and GSX-R750. The heavily revised bikes are due to be revealed at the Cologne Show, but were leaked by Italian website www.motoblog.it No details accompany the shots, but a quick look through the pics reveals both bikes have Showa Big Piston Forks for the first time (as the current ...

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Three men in a garage build electric RGV250

John Westlake, 09 April 2010 17:02

This electric Suzuki RGV250 has been built by three Derbyshire bike fanatics to tackle the big-cash efforts in the TTXGP UK electric bike racing series. It’s possibly the most shoestring electric race effort yet – the chassis cost £13.  The trio of Network Rail engineers have taken a combination of parts bought, begged and borrowed to pull together an almost ...

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New 210bhp Norton rotary

John Westlake, 23 March 2010 17:25

Norton is set to make a stunning return to racing next year with an all-new 200bhp+ rotary superbike. The news – which is revealed in full in tomorrow’s MCN – means Norton could have a BSB and even WSB bike over the next three years. The new Donington Park-based factory is currently in full flow building the limited edition Commando ...

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“Make more Multistradas!”

John Westlake, 23 February 2010 16:42

Ducati UK have asked the Italian factory to increase production of the new Multistrada 1200 after British dealers took over 200 deposits and ‘far exceeded expected order levels’. And that’s before anyone has even ridden the bike. UK bosses made the request after the bike’s appearance at the MCN Carole Nash London Show and tour of dealerships created a surge ...

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New Norton special edition revealed

John Westlake, 04 February 2010 13:24

Norton revealed a new version of their Commando Cafe Racer at the Carole Nash MCN Motorcycle Show today. It’s the first day of the show, held in London’s Excel Centre. The lightly tweaked bike features black yokes, a gorgeous black and silver paintjob and black wheel rims. It will cost the same as the normal Cafe Racer: £13,495. Norton’s UK ...

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Video: See and hear new VFR dual clutch in action

John Westlake, 09 September 2009 09:40

Honda has quietly released video of its new VFR1200 going through the gears on a rolling road to demonstrate its new dual clutch.   More info on the Honda VFR1200 Honda confirms dual clutch on new VFR1200 The new clocks and switchgear are shown, with gear changes made via two switches on the left bar – you use your finger to ...

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