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New 123bhp Speed Triple rival

Chris Newbigging, 29 January 2010 16:33

Dutch chassis guru Nico Bakker has built a sexy rival to Triumph’s Speed Triple using the brilliant engine from Suzuki’s TL1000R V-twin. The 123bhp 996cc motor was one of the best engines of the 1990s, but was let down by an inadequate chassis. The surge in naked bike sales has prompted Bakker to rehome the TL lump in a Speed ...

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Kawasaki ER-6n design competition launches

Chris Newbigging, 01 February 2009 17:44

Kawasaki has kicked off its Europe-wide design competition with this custom-painted ER-6n to fire up MCN London Motorcycle Show-goers’ imagination. The competition will see riders from across the continent entering their own ideas for a one-off paint scheme on a new 2009 ER-6n using a special online design facility at www.kawasaki.co.uk/er-6n to create their vision. To kick the competion off ...

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Video: The £40,000 Kawasaki ER6

Chris Newbigging, 05 March 2008 15:37

£40,000 buys you a Ducati Desmosedici RR, or a dream garage full of bikes. But 3UpRacing spent the money on this - the four-stroke answer to a 250GP bike, powered by a humble Kawasaki ER-6 engine tuned for 95bhp in a chassis weighing just 110kg wet. You can read the story in this week's MCN, out Wednesday March 5, but ...

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Dustbin Ducati

Chris Newbigging, 10 January 2008 10:17

You wouldn't believe it but  the motorcycle underneath this bizarre hand beaten metal dustbin fairing is a Ducati Monster! The bizarre creation was seen being used by an untraced rider in the US, so little more is known about the machine, but it's hard to imagine the air-cooled engine getting much cooling air through the enclosed aluminium body! Click here ...

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Video: R1150GS-powered GG quad

Chris Newbigging, 25 July 2007 10:41

Watch the R1150GS-powered four wheeler in action i this video clip

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Never-raced 500GP prototype

Chris Newbigging, 04 July 2007 14:31

THE Ducati motorcycle heritage stand at World Ducati Week, exhibited a 1970’s 500GP prototype that never made it to a racing grid.   The 90-degree air cooled v-twin used the tried and tested desmodromic valve system, but couldn’t compete with the multi-cylinder bikes.    

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Military Monster at World Ducati Week

Chris Newbigging, 04 July 2007 13:24

The Italian military were on hand at World Ducati Week to take Troy Bayliss for a spin in a helicopter gunship, and brought this military-themed 900 Monster.     Painted in olive-green, the bike also featured straight through exhausts and military-themed details such as missile shaped indicators.

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