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Triumph Explorer 1200: What do you want to know?

Marc Potter, 16 February 2012 12:11

Next week MCN is riding the new Triumph Explorer 1200 at its world launch in Spain, and we want to put your questions to the Triumph team who built the bike. The new 139bhp three-cylinder adventure bike uses an all-new engine, chassis and shaft-drive system which Triumph hopes will put it ahead of the best-selling BMW R1200GS and BMW R1200GS ...

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Staff bikes: KTM 450EXC - shattered plans!

Marc Potter, 22 November 2010 16:46

Everytime I fire up my KTM450 EXC-F there’s a feeling that only a pure race bike can bring. The way it jumps on the sidestands responding to every angry rise and fall of the  revs, the way it barks angrily even out of the standard can just gets me going everytime.     Following a full service at Gear4 KTM in Market ...

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Staff bikes: KTM 450EXC - This bike is all about the engine

Marc Potter, 01 April 2010 12:00

Ever since former MCN editor Adam Duckworth used to let me terrify myself on his KTM 450 SX-F, I’ve always lusted after a 450 to have in the garage. There’s something about the way KTM grabs you that means I’m now spending lunchtimes at Gear 4 in Market Deeping and filling up my garage with orange KTM carrier bags full of ...

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Live from the launch of the 2010 BMW R1200RT

Marc Potter, 19 January 2010 08:26

The new BMW R1200RT is gunning for the title of best tourer, and we're in Spain at the bike's launch to see if the bike's updated engine lives upto BMW's hype. For 2010, the UK's best-selling tourer gets a new 110bhp twin-cam motor putting out 110bhp, and new electronic suspension (ESA2) which allows the rider to adjust damping and spring ...

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Video: BMW R1200GS Adventure longterm test report

Marc Potter, 31 July 2009 16:49

MCN Editor Marc Potter has clocked up 5500 trouble free miles on his long term test BMW R1200GS. Here’s a short video review of the bike in action showing it’s more than capable of anything Potter can throw at it.   Read the BMW R1200GS Adventure review Find a BMW R1200GS Adventure for sale   Zoom & Watch more videos ...

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Ducati Streetfighter weight revealed

Marc Potter, 25 March 2009 09:32

Ducati Streetfighter project leader Giulio Malagoli has just revealed the new 155bhp bike's weight and the world press launch in Spain. More news, pictures and details of the Ducati Streetfighter The streetfighter S weighs just 167kg dry, making it 17kg lighter than the bike it replaces, the S4RS, and the best in class. Although it looks just like a crashed 1098, ...

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First ride of Ducati Streetfighter today

Marc Potter, 24 March 2009 17:43

We've just arrived at the hotel in preparation of the world launch of the Ducati StreetFighter at the Ascari circuit in Spain. Read the world first ride of the Ducati Streetfighter The standard StreetFighter is parked in reception looking masculine compared to even the beautiful lines of the air cooled Ducati Monster 1100. Although the bike pictured is the standard ...

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Video: Yamaha V-Max tears up the tarmac at Santa Pod

Marc Potter, 26 February 2009 16:14

Yamaha’s new V-Max is the most powerful production motorcycle we have ever put on our dyno.   The new 2009 Yamaha V-Max made a whopping 184bhp at the rear tyre, and 116ft lb of torque. In numbers it has more torque than a Yamaha R6 has got in horsepower, and makes it more powerful than our previous best – the Suzuki ...

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Harley's latest model

Marc Potter, 10 October 2008 11:52

Harley-Davidson has hooked up with American supermodel Marisa Miller for its latest advertising campaign promoting the 2009 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle. The ads will be used in American bloke’s magazines like GQ, Esquire and Road and Track, but we thought you’d like to see them first. Californian babe Miller claims she grew up watching her dad and uncle ride Harleys. Frankly we ...

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First test: Honda CB1000R is the bike to beat

Marc Potter, 12 April 2008 10:01

MCN Editor Marc Potter has just ridden Honda’s new naked CB1000R on the banks of Lake Como in Italy and to say he is impressed would be putting it mildly. He said: “The engine is an absolute peach. Honda have put in a detuned 2007 Fireblade engine but given it loads more midrange and the result is one of the ...

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