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New Honda CBR250R: how fast?

John Westlake, 18 March 2011 16:50

At first glance, Honda's new £3688 CBR250RR is a lot of bike for its price. Which might sound a little odd from the standpoint of being ‘just’ a single-cylinder bike with power output capped to just 26bhp. But a comparison with the competition speaks volumes: Kawasaki’s Ninja 250R costs £861 more at £4549, and Hyosung’s capable GT250R is £3799. And ...

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Near-standard S1000RR hits 202mph

John Westlake, 24 September 2010 17:12

A standard BMW S1000RR with an off-the-shelf Akrapovic exhaust, a smaller rear sprocket and some gaffer tape over slots in the screen cracked 202mph from a standing start in one mile. The speed run was part of an experiment by Performance Bikes magazine to discover the new BMW’s ultimate speed potential, and is featured in this month’s issue, out October ...

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New Bimotas tested

John Westlake, 28 May 2010 17:37

To celebrate the announcement of a new UK importer, Bimota brought along the DB5S, DB6, DB7 and Tesi 3D to Brands Hatch for us to ride, to refresh British riders' memories of the exotica they hand-build. Here are our verdicts in brief – for full details, see next week’s MCN out on Wednesday June 2. DB6 - £16,605Easily one of the ...

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First ride: Honda VFR1200F DCT

John Westlake, 05 May 2010 15:53

Phil West, Executive Editor, is near Frankfurt testing Honda’s new VFR1200F DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) which is Honda’s much vaunted and radical new auto gearbox. Phil – a confirmed techno-sceptic – has just phoned through this report “After Ducati’s Multistrada, I thought we’d had enough new radical mode systems for one year but Honda’s new gearbox system matches it in ...

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New Norton Commando v Triumph Bonneville

John Westlake, 09 April 2010 13:48

MCN testers have just returned from riding the new Norton Commando 961 SE alongside the latest Triumph Bonneville. It’s the first time the Norton has been road tested against another bike. There’s a hell of a price differential (Norton: £15,995, Triumph £5899), but MCN’s riders still came back buzzing about both British machines. Chief road tester Trevor Franklin said: “Surprisingly, ...

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BMW K1300S wins ABS test, beats car

John Westlake, 23 December 2009 10:38

MCN recently conducted a rigorous test of ABS to see how the latest and most sophisticated versions fared against more basic systems. We also tested a standard family car with ABS. The bikes tested were: • BMW S1000RR – has a phenomenally sophisticated ABS system that will not only stop the front wheel locking, but – in race mode – ...

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