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Cologne Show: New Yamaha XJR1300s unveiled

MCN, 29 September 2014 13:52

• 1251cc air-cooled inline-four• 97bhp / 80lbft• Twin Ohlins shocks• Black 4-2-1 exhaust• Solo seat design Yamaha have deepened their love affair with the yard-built scene, and given their ancient XJR1300 a thorough makeover for 2015 to capitalise on the continued hipster insurgence. Just a couple of years ago, the XJR was destined for the corner marked ‘discontinued’, but just like it’s air-cooled 1251cc lump, ...

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Cologne Show: New Yamaha MT-07 Moto Cage unveiled

MCN, 29 September 2014 13:46

• 689cc parallel-twin• 74bhp / 50bhp• Frame and engine guards• Red front / black rear wheel• Adjustable light mask Those with a keen eye and long memory might recall the XJ6-based Moto Cage 6 that was unveiled as a concept bike a few years ago, and now Yamaha have applied the same creativity to the MT-07, and this time it’s a version you can buy. ...

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Cologne Show – Yamaha 125s get ABS

MCN, 29 September 2014 13:25

Following the launch of the new higher-specification model for the 2014 season, the YZF-R125 has maintained its position as the top selling supersport bike in the 125cc class. In January 2015 it will be joined by an ABS-equipped version. New for 2014, the MT-125 also grabbed the headlines by delivering big bike naked attitude from the YZF-R125 platform. Just like ...

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New Yamaha R1 on the way

MCN, 31 July 2014 11:15

Yamaha is just three months away from unveiling a completely new YZF-R1 superbike that it hopes will have the same class-defining impact the original 1998 model had when it was launched. The new bike retains the basic engine design of the current model, but it is understood to share almost nothing else with the current bike as it attempts to ...

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Honda's naked VF800 designs

MCN, 22 July 2013 08:30

New patents show that Honda is developing a new low-cost, high-spec naked bike around its venerable – but legendary – VFR800 V4 engine. The bike’s overall design is hinted at in an innocuous-sounding patent titled “Hollow-welded assembled frame structure”, which refers to a fairly technical aspect of how a steel trellis frame can be made. What’s interesting about the patent ...

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New limited edition Moto Morini Scrambler

MCN, 26 February 2013 09:30

The latest from Italian firm Moto Morini is this Scrambler special, lavished with goodies and priced at £9394. The Scrambler 1200 Military Green comes with leather saddlebags, slipper clutch and more. Here's what we said when we first rode the Moto Morini Scrambler: "If the idea of a 1187cc, 115bhp V-twin machine with Scrambler clothing and mild off-road capability provokes ...

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New Hayabusa unveiled with ABS and Brembo brakes

MCN, 24 October 2012 13:33

Suzuki have released details of their new-for-2013 Hayabusa. The big capacity sports bike will get only it's second update in it's fourteen year history, and becoming a member of the GSX-R family. The main changes to the newly-named GSX-1300R will be the addition of more stopping power, in the form of Brembo monobloc calipers and ABS, bringing it in line ...

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Honda Dakar contender revealed

MCN, 02 October 2012 15:16

This is Honda’s all-new CRF450 Rally Paris-Dakar desert racer as officially unveiled at the Cologne Show. Based on Honda’s current CRF450X enduro and developed in conjunction with HRC, the Honda Racing Corporation, the bike will make it’s race debut in the Morocco Rally starting October 15. Honda has signed an impressive five-strong rider line-up including Brit Sam Sunderland, who’ll shake-down ...

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Peugeot Onyx concept unveiled

MCN, 27 September 2012 10:58

This is French car/scooter/cycle firm Peugeot's latest concept vehicle, the Onyx Supertrike, as unveiled at the Paris Motor Show. Although at first glance it seems to be just another MP3-alike, there's much more to it: the detachable 'hump' in the middle is claimed to allow it to switch between normal scooter/commuter style, with the rider's legs in the gap or, ...

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Video: Horex VR6 onboard

MCN, 15 August 2012 09:39

Video shot by German magazine Motorrad has revealed the distinctive sound of the new Horex VR6 Roadster. The VR6 makes 161bhp and produces 100ftlb of torque, delivered at low rpm - 66ftlb of torque is delivered at 2000rpm, while 3500rpm delivers 74ftlb of torque. MCN rode the all-new 1218cc V6-engined roadster recently and said: "The 160bhp VR6 engine responds instantly to ...

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