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New Kawasaki ZX-10R gets mean (not green) makeover

Guy Procter, 01 April 2011 17:02

Kawasaki’s new ZX-10R may have lost the outright power battle with the BMW S1000RR and the handling scrap to Aprilia’s RSV4 APRC but it’s determined to walk away from the tussles head held high in the styling department. To that end Kawasaki USA’s taken the big Ninja to the ‘king of custom sportsbikes’ Robert Fisher, boss of Florida’s Roaring Toyz, ...

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Radical Ducati's café racer is monstrously good

Guy Procter, 25 November 2009 16:47

Spanish Ducati builders Radical Ducati have revealed their latest café racer. Called the RAD02 Imola it's a characteristically ravishing tribute to the 750SS Imola, one of the bikes that founded the Bologna firm's reputation for sporting success. Featuring a 900SSie engine with hot cams, Monster S4R chassis with 749S fully-adjustable forks, MV Agusta ride-height adjuster and asymmetric megaphone cans, it's ...

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World’s first sexy Goldwing?

Guy Procter, 01 June 2009 15:52

Yes, it’s a Honda Goldwing – stripped-back, straight-barred and oozing a purpose and poise Honda never intended for it. Danish film production designer Lars Nielson set about a 1976-model GL1000 to see if a sportier, lighter, faster ’Wing lay within, and boy did he find it. “I also found great joy in pissing-off my Brit-bike riding friends by building a Honda ...

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Secrets of Ohlins' 2-wheel drive R1 revealed

Guy Procter, 18 May 2009 16:56

Ohlins’ 2WD project manager reveals: it was faster dry or wet, suffered only a 2.5bhp power loss, and that there were four manufacturers who had Ohlins 2WD-equipped mules. This is an extended version of a story which appeared in MCN in April. A week before he retires, Lars Jansson - Öhlins’ R&D manager of future projects and the man behind the ...

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How the R1200GS should look

Guy Procter, 28 April 2009 15:49

US aftermarket parts-supplier Andrew Serbinski loves the ride but hates the look of his R1200GS so much he’s completely redesigned it. And in developing the new bodywork he's pioneering a new way of producing parts in a process he likens to simply 'printing them out'. The R1200GSM reduces the parts-count and 'visual clutter' of the popular adventure bike, which Serbinsky ...

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From push-bikes to Hayabusas: the maddest race on the planet

Guy Procter, 23 April 2009 11:22

There may never be another race like this again: 2009’s TTXGP is set to feature a lineup of machines the like of which hasn’t been seen since Muttley ruled the Wacky Races.   The inaugural TTXGP will have a 24-strong grid when it kicks off on 12 June. And since it’s the first ever zero-carbon-emission race, no consensus has been arrived ...

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MotoGP in 2020: riders bash fairings with unmanned bike-bots

Guy Procter, 03 March 2009 15:34

The Rossis of tomorrow will do battle with riderless bikes like this, according to one Japanese bike visionary. 31-year-old Yutaka Igarashi works a 40-hour-week in a sawmill cutting timber, but by night he designs some of the best bike concepts we’ve seen. You can see his vision of a successor to the legendary Brough Superior in this week’s MCN. This ...

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