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Very serious technical awards: sneak preview

John Westlake, 27 December 2011 12:00

The most important event of the year for all motorcycle engineers is the MCN Golden Piston Awards for New Technologies (G-PANT). Each year these prestigious awards celebrate the most cunning and cretinous developments in motorcycle technology. The full awards are revealed in the December 28 edition of MCN, but we can give you a sneak preview of two... Multiple Acronym ...

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2012 GSX-R1000: bigger midrange, new brakes and better fuel economy

John Westlake, 24 October 2011 17:49

Suzuki’s 2012 GSX-R1000 gets new Brembo Monobloc brakes, more midrange power and is 2kg lighter than this year’s model. Though Suzuki list dozens of changes to the outgoing model, the majority are subtle – anyone hoping for BMW-beating traction control or dramatic power increases will be disappointed.  Here are the highlights: 2kg off the kerb weight Brembo’s Monobloc calipers More ...

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The Monotracer: What do you think?

John Westlake, 12 October 2011 09:24

This is a Monotracer; a £100,000 fully-enclosed motorcycle powered by a BMW K1200 engine. In one form or another, they’ve been around for decades, and MCN has generally placed them on the pile marked ‘Interesting but largely irrelevant’ because of their price. But a Monotracer fan keeps pestering us to write more about them in the newspaper so we’d like ...

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Poll: Are 600s still relevant?

John Westlake, 13 September 2011 13:51

Would you buy a new 600? Though MV and Triumph have developed new supersports bikes, the Japanese seem to have all but given up on the class, with only Kawasaki rumoured to be doing more than planning a new paint job. So what do you think? Are 600s still relevant? And if not, why not?  

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New Tiger 800 gives Triumph a big boost in sales

John Westlake, 05 September 2011 13:51

The story of Triumph's astonishing success continues, with the latest sales figures showing 5814 Triumphs were sold in the UK so far this year - that's more than Aprilia, Ducati and Suzuki combined. Only Honda sold more. Though Honda, Yamaha and BMW dominate the sales chart Top 10 with big-selling 125s, the Fireblade and R1200GS, Triumph scores by getting 11 ...

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New 2012 Honda Fireblade pictures leaked

John Westlake, 18 August 2011 17:53

These are the first photos of Honda’s 2012 Fireblade. Besides the new angular styling, the bike has Big Piston Forks, new rear suspension, new clocks and lightweight wheels. Those hoping for a V4 will be disappointed, as the engine appears almost identical to this year’s model. Also, there are no signs of any traction control – the switchgear has no ...

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All-new Triumph Daytona 675 spied

John Westlake, 19 July 2011 12:43

This grainy picture is the first ever shot of the new Triumph Daytona 675. It was one of four pictures – including a much clearer side-on shot you can see in tomorrow’s MCN – taken by an MCN reader near Triumph’s Hinckley factory. As you’ll see in tomorrow’s paper, the 675cc inline triple sportsbike has undergone a comprehensive overhaul – the ...

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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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Naked women draped over Ducatis

John Westlake, 26 January 2011 10:11

Ducati have launched a range of arty pics of naked women draped over their bikes. Find a Ducati for sale Here's how Ducati describe the collection – we would be grateful if anyone acquainted with art-speak could suggest what they actually mean... Ducati say: "An exploration of the aesthetical relationship between the female body and the mechanical body of iconic ...

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Which manufacturer has the best bike range?

John Westlake, 14 January 2011 14:00

In next week's MCN, technical expert Kevin Ash discusses how Kawasaki has methodically rejuvenated its range of bikes, so that it now has an impressive model in almost every category. Find a Kawasaki for sale So if you were to rate each of the major manufacturers' ranges, who would come out top? Here's a quick summary of how they stack ...

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