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BMW launches retro-fit cornering ABS for HP4

Andy Downes, 21 July 2014 11:27

BMW has become the first manufacturer to launch cornering ABS for a sportsbike which will available as a retro-fit option on the S1000RR HP4 from October.The new system is called ABS Pro and it’s expected this will be the first of many models being offered with the Bosch-developed ABS system that works to stop the bike crashing even when hard ...

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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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Norton Academy gets Government backing

Andy Downes, 16 July 2014 12:21

Norton owner Stuart Garner has been promised Government backing for a new British Motorcycle Manufacture Academy (BMMA) after asking Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne for help on Twitter. Garner, who bought Norton from American hands in 2009 and has been working to bring the brand back to former glory aims to make the BMMA a way of improving the ...

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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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Win a Vincent Rapide worth £35k

Andy Downes, 18 June 2014 11:21

This year the National Motorcycle Museum is celebrating 30 years since first opening to the public by holding a series of events including a raffle with a Vincent Rapide worth £35,000 as top prize. The 1951 Vincent Series C Rapide is completely original and has matching engine and frame numbers and it will be completely checked over by the museum’s ...

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New Monster 800 revealed

Andy Downes, 28 May 2014 10:00

This is the new water-cooled Monster 821 which joins the range below the recently launched 1200 version to replace the outgoing Monster 796. The bike is powered by the 821cc Testastretta 11 V-twin engine first seen in the Hypermotard which has 112bhp along with the completely overhauled styling, chassis and running gear first seen with the bigger 1200cc model. MCN ...

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Bayliss shows off front wheel burn out

Andy Downes, 21 May 2014 10:37

Anyone who has ever locked the front wheel of their bike will tell you of the buttock-clenching sense of fear and the reality of it often causing a bike to crash. Now imagine doing it on purpose, accelerating up to over 100mph for more than 200 metres and not crashing. And then doing it again the next lap. Multiple World ...

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Honda shocks with new NM4 Vultus

Andy Downes, 21 March 2014 08:17

Don’t be fooled by the futuristic styling and concept bike looks, this is a full production bike from Honda called the NM4 Vultus which has just been officially announced.The looks are going to be something of an opinion divider for sure and it remains unclear why Honda has done something as oddball as this when the Honda DN-01 was such ...

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Yamaha teases new R3 sportsbike and Tricity three-wheel scooter

Andy Downes, 17 March 2014 15:11

Yamaha has released a brief 15 second teaser video which appears to show a new 300cc sportsbike along with the final production version of the Tricity three-wheel scooter. The video gives no real information other than a countdown which is pinned at eight days from now, meaning both bikes will be shown on March 25. MCN revealed plans by Yamaha ...

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