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Akrapovic Morsus: If Carlsberg built custom bikes...

Factory customs don’t get any more ‘factory’ than this. Say hello to Morsus, a unique custom machine built for aftermarket exhaust giant Akrapovic. They commissioned specialists Dreamachine Motorcycles of Slovenia to build a bike to promote Akrapovics new range of custom exhausts. Morsus is the result. And what a result. It went from drawing to finished article in just two-and-a-half ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 27 December 2011

New Honda Fireblade still on top after 20 years

Honda’s legendary Fireblade is 20-years-old and while the weight, shape and engine capacity in fact everything about it has changed since Tadao Baba’s rule-changing 1992 original, the fact that Honda has retained the Fireblade moniker for its ultimate superbike proves just how important this model is to the Big H. Oh, and so does the impressive sales figure of 445,208 ...

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  • 03 December 2011

Ducati's 848 Streetfighter overpowers Triumph Street Triple R

Ducati say their Streetfighter 848 is suitable for riders who want Ducati’s legendary sports bike performance without the head down, arse up seating stance of a race replica. And our world first group test proves they are right. The Streetfighter 848 is Ducati’s usable naked Streetfighter (unlike its bigger brother), complete with traction control, data log facility and modern day ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 17 November 2011

Aprilia SR Max 300: Taken to the Max

Aprilia’s new SR Max 300 fits neatly into the overcrowded maxi-scooter class, but with a less than subtle difference from its rivals – the Aprilia actually looks exciting to ride. With styling allegedly based on the RSV4 superbike – a little far-fetched, although the black/red colour scheme is eye-catching and the angular layout of the bike is striking – it ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 07 October 2011

Staff bikes: KTM 990 SMT ABS - Retuned to perfection

Although the KTM 990 SM-T looks the same black and white bike I'd left at BSD Performance for a dyno run and fuelling check, the bike I got back now runs like a completely different machine. The KTM's low-rpm throttle snatch around town is now nothing more than a memory. Throttle response in first and second gearis smoother with the ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 05 October 2011

Husqvarna SMS4 125: Teenage kicks - Husky style

While we await the arrival of the Nuda 900, Husqvarna's new F800-powered supermoto, two other equally important models from the now BMW-owned but Italian-based company have gone on sale. The SMS4 125 and TE125 are 124.45cc, four-stroke, learner-legal machines styled to mimic the company's off-road competition bikes. Both bikes are a big departure from the unrestricted 125cc two-strokes Husqvarna are ...

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  • 12 September 2011

Blown away: TTS supercharged Suzuki Hayabusa

Suzuki's 195bhp Hayabusa has never been a wallflower. But compared to this latest supercharged example, which has been built by tuning experts TTS of Silverstone and puts out a massive 283bhp with no loss of usability, it certainly feels like one. Richard Albans is the man behind the Northants-based tuning shop and has long been convinced that supercharging is the ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 11 August 2011

Kawasaki's VN1700 'bagger' rolls into UK

The new, chopped-down, touring VN1700 Voyager Custom is the third bike in Kawasaki's Voyager line-up to hit the UK and neatly fills a gap between the fully-dressed touring Voyager and laid-back, unfaired Classic. Effectively it's jumping on the 'bagger' bandwagon - a bagger being a cruiser with panniers (bags) and decent comfort. That means you can have your cake and ...

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  • First rides & tests
  • 05 August 2011

Poll: Suzuki GSR750 vs Triumph Street Triple, Yamaha FZ8 and Kawasaki Z750

Triumph's successful Street Triple exploded onto the market in 2007 and hasn't been outclassed since. But there's a new bike in town... The Suzuki GSR750 has received rave reviews since its 2011 launch. Handling, tractable engine and ultra-sharp styling are everything we expect of a new bike, and the GSR has these. But can it's 105bhp ex-GSX-R750 engine and sharp ...

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  • First rides & tests
  • 12 May 2011

2011 BMW R1200R first ride!

MCN Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin is currently in deepest Wales testing the new BMW R1200R, it’s the last of the Boxer engine range to receive the new four valve DOHC engine; first seen on the BMW HP-2 Sport in 2009. Here are his first impressions:“The power output is a claimed 110bhp but it’s the 84ftlb torque that is most ...

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  • 05 April 2011

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