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Honda launches 2012 CBR1000RR Fireblade mini-site

Guy Procter, 14 October 2011 10:44

Honda has opened a mini-website dedicated to the new 2012 Fireblade. It promises to tell the full story of the bike which will mark the 20th anniversary of the Fireblade series next year. Honda is keen to stress the easy-to-ride 'Total Control' philosophy which has shaped the Fireblade dynasty. You only need traction control if there's something wrong with your ...

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Will Suzuki's new middleweight live up to its own hype?

Guy Procter, 15 June 2011 10:23

Suzuki has released yet more (blurred) teaser pics of its new 'middleweight motorcycle' - almost certainly a new V-Strom 650. Something about the way Suzuki is drip-feeding these images suggests a huge amount of confidence that the bike is going to make a big splash – or that they're a bit more excited about the bike than we yet have ...

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ABS compulsory on US BMWs but 86% of UK BMW buyers opt for it anyway

Guy Procter, 21 April 2011 16:48

ABS will be standard on all BMWs sold in America from 2012, the firm's US bosses have announced. But it's a move unlikely to spread to British beemers while 86% of us are happy to pay between £645 and £965 to spec our BMWs up with anti-lock, (including 94% of S1000RR buyers) according to the firm. BMW's US vice president Pieter ...

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New Triumph Street Triple imminent

Guy Procter, 24 March 2011 16:50

Triumph is days away from revealing a Speed Triple-style overhaul to its big-selling 675cc naked. The Street Triple will gain its bigger stablemate’s modernised headlights, as revealed in MCN this week, and a higher-quality level of finish throughout, despite prices being pegged at or near current levels. Insiders claim a tastefully matched range of new colours adds to the perceived ...

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Honda VFR1200 exclusive: 160bhp and more secrets leak

Guy Procter, 30 September 2009 17:04

Honda’s imminent VFR1200 will have 160bhp at the crank – 15bhp more than a Yamaha FJR1300 – MCN can reveal. More info on the Honda VFR1200 Our Japanese source also revealed today the all-new V4 sports tourer’s engine is smaller than the VFR800 motor in every dimension, thanks in large part to a vee-angle significantly less than 90 degrees. MCN ...

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2010 Vmax only available online

Guy Procter, 01 September 2009 15:35

Know anyone who wants a 2010 Vmax but doesn’t have an internet connection? Prepare to gloat: the new Vmax is now only available online, at www.new-vmax.com. Reservations for the 1,679cc, machine are being taken on a first-come-first-served basis, with deliveries slated to begin in November. Buyers of the new Vmax will also get a special ‘first owner package’ which includes ...

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Honda bin Evo 6 production plan

Guy Procter, 14 August 2009 10:16

Honda's musclebike looks unlikely to go into production after the firm’s marketers decided they couldn’t sell enough. That’s despite 2011 looking like a boom year for the power cruiser, with Ducati’s Mega Monster (aka Vyper) swelling the class led by Yamaha’s V-MAX, Triumph Rocket 3 and Harley’s V-Rod Muscle. The Evo 6 was a massive hit in the 2007 Tokyo ...

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New Faze 250 confirms relentless march of Honda's snub nose

Guy Procter, 24 July 2009 14:51

First it was the Fireblade, then the MCN-scooped new V4s, now it’s the scooters which are gaining snub noses and the ability to change gear on their own.   Find a scooter for sale Honda’s new Japanese-market scooter confirms the look is set to define Honda’s family look for the next year or two at least. The 23bhp/180kg biffer also features ...

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Motoczysz TTXGP racer on the dyno: it's real! It sounds alright!

Guy Procter, 15 May 2009 10:36

Sceptics who feared MotoCzysz might not be able to deliver its electric TTXGP racer in time for the race behold: it's the E1PC testing on the dyno. And what a lovely sight and sound the couple make. Michael Czysz says his new 'digital superbike' will revolutionise sportsbike ownership, as its PC-like 'open architecture' concept allows owners to upgrade parts and ...

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