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First Ride: Triumph 2014 Thunderbird Cruisers

Phil West, 10 February 2014 09:23

Triumph’s two new 2014 Thunderbird-based cruisers, the ‘Road King’ style LT bagger and the fat, reto-styled Commander, are currently being put through their paces for the first time by MCN Executive Editor Phil West in the USA. The LT is possibly the more significant of the two bikes being aimed directly at one of Harley’s best sellers in America’s biggest ...

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New Harley Street 750 goes ice racing

Phil West, 24 January 2014 14:21

Harley's all-new entry level V-twin – the Street – has been turned into an ice racer to star in this week's Winter X Games. The American manufacturer is sponsoring this week's extreme sports event in Aspen, Colorado and as part of the deal, and to boost publicity both for the new bike and the event, a special one-off ice race ...

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MV tease new Dragster 800

Phil West, 20 January 2014 18:35

These are the first official images of MV Agusta's forthcoming new Dragster 800. They're taken from an official 'teaser' promotional video of the new machine which was released by the Varese factory on Monday evening. The aggressively styled machine, which is accompanied by the tag line 'Adrenaline Addicts Only', is only glimpsed briefly in the video but from what we ...

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Staff blog: Garage blues

Phil West, 26 November 2013 14:45

As you’ll all, no doubt, have noticed, winter has arrived. And as you’ll all equally no doubt know, winter is a time for garages. Though I’m planning to run the Tiger Sport through as much of this year’s cold and slime as possible, there’s no getting away from the fact that, for a fair proportion of this winter the Triumph ...

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BMW S1000R and R1200RT unveiled

Phil West, 05 November 2013 09:54

BMW’s long-anticipated new S1000RR-based super naked has just been unveiled at the Milan Show and these are the first official pictures. It features a retuned, 160bhp version of the S1000RR’s 999cc inline four engine, an electronics package including BMW’s Race ABS, ASC traction control and two power modes, kerb weight of just 207kg and is expected to be priced under ...

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Aggressive new Z1000 unveiled in Milan

Phil West, 05 November 2013 09:52

Kawasaki has just unveiled this significantly new Z1000 super naked at the Milan Show. Although not completely new – the basic engine and chassis are unchanged, for example – Kawasaki’s super naked has received a raft of changes to the powertrain, chassis, equipment and, most obviously, styling which effectively renders it an all-new machine. The key changes are as follows: ...

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Triumph's 2014 newcomers revealed

Phil West, 05 November 2013 09:30

Triumph is revamping its cruiser line-up for 2014 with two new ‘baggers’, a new Thunderbird variant called the Commander and updates to both the entry-level, Bonneville-based America and Speedmaster. Plus there’s a special edition version of the Tiger 800 XC. The star of the cruiser line-up is the Thunderbird LT (which stands for ‘Light Touring’). a ‘bagger’ version of the ...

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Yamaha’s MT-09 ‘supermotard’

Phil West, 04 November 2013 21:00

This is Yamaha’s new ‘supermotard’ style version of its MT-09 triple, as just unveiled at the Milan Show. Essentially it’s an MT-09 with a range of different body panels, including: headlight cover, fuel tank shrouds, side number plates, wind deflector and knuckle guards. The Street Rally also comes with a slim and flat seat as well as supermotard style footrests. ...

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NR750 sells for £57K at Stafford

Phil West, 21 October 2013 14:51

This immaculate NR750 was the headline sale at the Bonhams auction at the rain-hit Stafford Show at the weekend. The 6000-mile, German registered Honda sold for £57,500 at the event – traditionally one of the biggest classics auctions of the year – in a sale which also saw a 1951 Vincent Black Shadow sell for an identical £57,500, a 1966 ...

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Honda announce CBR300R

Phil West, 17 October 2013 12:13

Honda has announced the imminent arrival of a new CBR300R, a bigger version of its current CBR250R. The news came at the Chinese International Motorcycle Trade Exhibition in Chongqing, where Seiji Kuraishi, Honda’s Chief Operating Officer in China, said: “Honda is exhibiting the world premiere of the CBR300R, a global motorcycle model for which Honda is planning to begin production in the ...

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