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Harley-Davidson: ‘LiveWire is just the start'

Andy Downes, 18 July 2014 12:47

Harley-Davidson President vows to show the world what the company is capable of. Harley-Davidson stunned the world with the launch of the all-electric LiveWire two weeks ago, and MCN was amongst the very first in the world to test the new bike, but according to Harley president Matt Levatich, this is just the beginning.Levatich explained to MCN how it was ...

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Who says electric bikes are only for geeks?

Andy Downes, 15 July 2014 11:04

Hot on the heels of Harley’s surprisingly-cool LiveWire, new start-up electric bike company Lito has gone into production with this stunning-looking bike called the Sora, with claims of a 119mph top speed and a combined city and highway range of around 125 miles. The bike manages to look a lot more stylish than many electric offerings, but is also packing ...

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Indian Chief 2015 colour changes

Andy Downes, 14 July 2014 14:53

Indian has shown off the first of the new 2015 models with a raft of colour changes including red, blue and green with cream contrasts for the Chief and Chieftain range of three bikes. Two tone colour schemes seem to be the order of the day and they will be available in Autumn in the UK. The three bike range ...

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Naked Suzuki GSR1000 on the way

Andy Downes, 10 July 2014 08:30

Suzuki’s new bike resurgence is set to accelerate in style in just three months’ time, as the firm unveils a naked version of its GSX-R1000 superbike. According to MCN sources in Japan, the new bike – likely to be called GSR1000 – will use a re-tuned version of the 182bhp 999cc inline four-cylinder from the GSX-R1000, and will retain a ...

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Spy Shots: K1600 ‘Bagger’ spied

Andy Downes, 05 July 2014 11:30

This is a new BMW K1600 bagger spied testing at a top-secret test track last week and signals a new direction for the straight-six engine first seen in the K1600GT and GTL, launched in 2011. While baggers make only the smallest impact on UK or European sales charts they are huge news in the American market and BMW is the ...

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Harley goes electric with Livewire

Andy Downes, 19 June 2014 09:12

Harley-Davidson has now officially released information and images on the all-new Livewire which is the firm’s first foray into the world of electric power and also makes it the first mainstream manufacturer to produce an electric motorcycle. The all-electric Livewire has a 55kW three phase electric motor which produces the equivalent of 74bhp and insiders suggest it has a claimed ...

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Special edition Suzuki GSR750

Andy Downes, 17 June 2014 10:17

Suzuki has announced a new ‘factory’ special GSR750 and it will be available immediately. The bike features a new blue and white colour scheme and gets a Yoshimura R11 silencer along with a standard bellypan, gold anodised fork outers and red adjusters, a blue-coloured drive chain, matt-finished handlebars and a red spring on the rear shock. Suzuki denotes all factory ...

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Updated KTM 1190 Adventure spied

Andy Downes, 11 June 2014 17:11

KTM is set to change its 1190 Adventure model to more directly tackle the class-dominating BMW R1200GS, as these new spy shots reveal. The bike is still relatively new, having been launched at the start of 2013, and we would normally expect it to last three years before an update. But these pictures show a host of mid-life updates aimed ...

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Ducati makes official announcement on Scrambler

Andy Downes, 09 June 2014 13:39

Ducati has at last officially confirmed the existence of the new Scrambler model and also presented a prototype model to the workers at the factory in Bologna on Monday. There are still no official images of the bike at this stage and the bike was locked away inside a large yellow container where small groups of employees were shown the ...

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BMW's naked revolution

Andy Downes, 06 June 2014 15:19

BMW revealed this stunning, hardcore boxer-engined roadster in Italy last weekend with bosses promising the production version will be on sale within a year.The Concept Roadster is a vision of the future development of the boxer engine in a naked bike. It takes the engine and some of the running gear from the best-selling R1200GS, but grafts on superbike-spec brakes ...

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