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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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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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Guzzi to build new engine – and a new Mandello factory too

John Westlake, 16 September 2011 15:13

MCN’s executive editor Phil West is at the Moto Guzzi factory in Mandello, Italy, covering the company’s 90th anniversary celebrations. He’s just come out of a presentation by Roberto Colaninno - the chairman and CEO of Guzzi’s owner-company Piaggio. Phil said: "The big news is that Guzzi will be building a new factory on the historic Mandello site, and are ...

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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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First ride: Vyrus Moto2 bike

John Westlake, 20 July 2011 15:13

Vyrus are testing their new Moto2 bike at Misano, so Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves has joined the Italian firm to ride the innovative bike on track. Here are his first impressions: 'This is one of the most unconventional Moto 2 machines made so far. It has a carbon fibre monocoque chassis, hub centre steering and a Formula One style ...

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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 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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