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Poll: Should the AR125 be rescued from history’s dustbin?

Guy Procter, 25 July 2012 07:30

When the Government relegated learners from 250s to 125s nearly 30 years ago, hopes of luring the next generation of riders hinged on two new two-strokes from Yamaha and Kawasaki. History has remembered the wrong one, argues Steve Farrell in this week's MCN. But is he right? Vote!

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Suzuki reveals sub-£3500 Inazuma 250

Guy Procter, 19 November 2011 10:00

Suzuki has launched an all-new 250 called the Inazuma at the NEC show. An all-new 248cc parallel twin powers what Suzuki says is B-King-influenced design for newcomers and returning riders. No price, power or weight figures have yet been announced, but MCN understands Suzuki will seek to undercut both the Kawasaki Ninja 250R (£4182) and the Honda CBR250R (£3688). The ...

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Ducati burns the history books with new 1199 superbike

Guy Procter, 01 June 2011 10:14

The first spy shot of Ducati's 1198-replacing new superbike confirms the firm is a lot less sentimental about traditional Ducati characteristics than many fans. The result is the most extreme V-twin ever, but with its RSV4-alike tail, Kawasaki-style side-mounted shock and Buell-pattern belly-mounted exhaust it's without question less distinctively Ducati. But the fact is the firm can't afford to care. ...

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Horex VR6 - how it all fits together

Guy Procter, 03 May 2011 10:02

Six cylinders no wider than four, big vee-engine character from an inline-sized lump? Reborn German manufacturer Horex promises this and up to 200bhp from its 1218cc VR motor (V for vee, R for in a row). Here’s how the engine works and the whole lot fits together. The bike features two banks of three cylinders set at a 15 degree ...

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Honda CBR 250 v Kawasaki Ninja 250R - will either go ton-up?

Guy Procter, 15 April 2011 17:24

Senior MCN road tester Adam Child and MCN road tester Bruce Dunn are currently at Bruntingthorpe proving ground pushing Honda's new CBR250 and Kawasaki's Ninja 250R to the limit flat out down the two mile straight. But which will come out on top, the single cylinder driven Honda or the parallel twin Kawasaki? Will either bike make the magic 100mph ...

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New Triumph Street Triple revealed

Guy Procter, 28 March 2011 13:23

Triumph has bumped the spec of its 675cc Street Triples gently upward while keeping hold of the prices. The new bikes get a de-chromed look, chunkier aluminium bars (previously just on the Street Triple R model) and of course ‘those’ headlights. The standard bike will cost £6649 on the road with the R set at £7349. The makeover also marks ...

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Ducati CEO confirms 1198 replacement for 2012

Guy Procter, 04 August 2010 10:36

Ducati’s new 1198-replacing superbike will be ready in 2012, Ducati boss Gabriele del Torchio has confirmed. A relaxed del Torchio let the info slip in an interview with an Italian journalist in which he also spoke casually about the fait accompli that is next season’s MotoGP dream team of Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden. Find a used Ducati for sale ...

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Ducati dealer leaks Project 0803 muscle bike sketch to customer

Guy Procter, 16 July 2010 17:11

A Ducati dealer in the US has leaked a sketch of the firm’s forthcoming muscle bike, the details and working title of which were revealed in this Wednesday’s MCN. The sketch appears to confirm the 1198cc motor is that of the Multistrada, the bike will have a class-leading 40 degree max lean angle and that it will debut at the ...

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The pill that could cure you of motorcycling

Guy Procter, 08 June 2010 15:04

You better hope nobody from the EU reads this, but there's a pill that some experts think could 'cure' you of motorcycling. The new drug ­called co-trimoxazole­ has been proven ten times more effective than previous remedies against the condition Toxoplasmosis ­a bacterial infection Dr Robert Sapolsky of Stanford University says is unusually common in motorcyclists, and which he believes ...

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Bimota DB8 v DB7: compare and contrast

Guy Procter, 15 January 2010 14:17

More powerful, a little torquier, a little heavier, and a slightly lower spec explains the new 1198-powered DB8’s cheaper price.   New Bimota DB8: 1198 engine, two seats & cheaper price At £20,300 it’s their ‘entry level’ superbike says Bimota, and the 1098-powered DB7 remains in the range, at £23,000. “Many people are waiting for this model” says Bimota’s Anna Carla ...

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