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Yamaha price cut shock

Trevor Franklin, 21 November 2011 12:35

Yamaha has announced dramatic and favourable price reductions on five key 2012 models. The bikes are all 600cc plus and are from several classes including sports, adventure and roadster models. The biggest saving of £1400 is on its flagship sports R1, which, until the announcement at Motorcycle Live, the 2011 model had a list price of £13,528 including On The ...

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BMW K1300S Special Edition with BMW HP package

Trevor Franklin, 08 November 2011 10:14

A special edition model BMW K1300S will be available in early 2012, complete with BMW’s own HP (high performance) Package. The 175bhp sports-cum-tourer missile will feature an exclusive ‘Edition’ badge on the airbox cover, with striking white, black and blue paint scheme to set it apart from the standard K1300S. HP components are liberally dotted around the bike and include ...

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Honda Integra promises low running costs

Trevor Franklin, 24 October 2011 13:03

Honda has just released full details on the new dual-clutch Integra maxi-scooter including a claimed 76mpg fuel consumption figure (250 mile tank range) and reduced service costs with an 8000 mile service limit with spark plug replacement at 32,000 miles. The Integra is the first of a proposed three-model line-up (the other two will likely be a naked roadster and ...

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Lambretta returns! But it's made in Taiwan

Trevor Franklin, 01 September 2011 16:34

The new LN125 is the first scooter 'branded' Lambretta for decades. But while the name is synonymous with Italian style - and the new scoot is styled by an Italian - it's based on a Taiwanese-made Sym four-stroke. So while the LN125's silhouette harks back to the iconic two-stroke workhorse of the '60s and '70s, any similarity ends there. And ...

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Harley-Davidson Switchback new for 2012

Trevor Franklin, 21 July 2011 12:05

Harley-Davidson has just released details of its 2012 model range, which includes the new £13,499 Dyna Switchback – a custom convertible with removable hard panniers and screen. The idea is to provide two bikes from one chassis – a tasteful cruiser when naked and a competent ‘bagger’ with the two colour-matched panniers and screen in place. Harley claims both touring ...

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BMW HP2 – only 20 left to buy

Trevor Franklin, 30 June 2011 12:22

BMW Motorrad UK has announced (30-6-2011) only 20 of its HP2 boxer-twin sports bikes exist in UK BMW dealers and that any prospective buyers should be quick to snap one up because production of the £15,250 air-cooled weapon has now ceased. The limited production HP2 first appeared in 2008 and was the first boxer-powered BMW production bike to have the ...

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Ducati Monster 1100 Evo lands in UK

Trevor Franklin, 28 April 2011 11:08

Ducati's latest big-bore, air-cooled Monster, the 1100 Evo, has arrived in UK Ducati dealers - and at MCN's office door. MCN is currently testing the new £10,119 Monster 1100 Evo on UK roads and it will feature in MCN issue 11 May. Ducati has built and sold a shade under a quarter-of-a-million (246,483 recorded as of February end 2011) Monsters ...

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Kawasaki ZX-10R: "high rpm problems"

Trevor Franklin, 21 December 2010 13:30

A Kawasaki insider has revealed that the new ZX-10R has been recalled because "on some engines, at very high RPM and in harsh operating conditions, ie on a race track, there have been some problems."  There is still no official statement from Kawasaki about what it refers to as 'a technical hold' on the ZX-10R. The Kawasaki insider, who does ...

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First impressions: Suzuki V-Strom 650 Xpedition

Trevor Franklin, 18 August 2010 14:31

The new Suzuki V-Strom 650 Xpedition adds impetus to the increasing adventure bike market. The £7300 Expedition falls neatly into the middleweight adventure machine section currently populated by the BMW F560 and F800GS models. Based on the popular V-Strom 650 ABS model, the Xpedition comes loaded with a host of genuine Suzuki accessory parts, eg rugged aluminium panniers to turn ...

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2010 Kawasaki Z1000 recall issued

Trevor Franklin, 06 July 2010 09:58

Kawasaki has instigated a recall on its 2010 super-naked Z1000 and Z1000 ABS models. Read the Kawasaki Z1000 review The recall has been issued because the left front brake hose can make contact with the left disc under heavy braking causing the outer rubber hose to rub and wear through to the inner fluid-carrying line. The resulting front brake failure ...

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