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Investigation: how the VAT rise affects bikes

Chris Newbigging, 17 November 2010 12:16

It’s tough times for the bike market, and the forthcoming VAT rise looks to be yet another unwelcome price rise. But how will it really affect prices in the showroom? Find a new or used motorcycle for sale The rise from the current rate of 17.5% to 20% comes in to effect from January 1 2010, adding 2.5% of the ...

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Ducati Diavel wins over UK riders

Chris Newbigging, 16 November 2010 13:07

Ducati is covering new ground with the Diavel – a boldly-styled cruiser/muscle bike with sportsbike power and chassis parts. When spy pictures first appeared, the reaction from some motorcyclenews.com users was negative in the extreme, but now potential buyers have seen comprehensive photographs. So do they like it? Sean Moore is a 43 year-old Suzuki B-King owner. He’s looked at ...

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Milan bike show: Ducati Diavel - Price and first impression

Chris Newbigging, 02 November 2010 10:06

Ducati's new Diavel will cost £12,995 for the base model when it arrives in the UK in January 2011, MCN can reveal. The higher-spec Carbon model will be £15,495, or £15,895 for the Carbon Red with it's more detailed paint scheme. The bikes will be available to UK customers in January, as production in the Bologna factory starts imminently. MCN ...

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Wanted: Ducati 848, 1098 or 1198 owner

Chris Newbigging, 24 August 2010 13:40

MCN is searching for one owner of an 848, 1098 or 1198 to loan us their bike a forthcoming feature.  We’re not ready to share all the details of the story just yet, but there’s a reward in for the owner who can help us out. We won’t be riding your bike, but we will need it for around a ...

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NCR Millona M16: 145kg, 200bhp, carbon-framed Ducati Desmosedici

Chris Newbigging, 01 June 2010 10:26

NCR is set to unveil the world’s most extreme Desmosedici road bike on June 10: a carbon framed, 200bhp, 145kg version of the already exclusive Ducati MotoGP replica. The outrageous limited-run machine will have a carbon fibre monocoque chassis designed with a matching carbon swingarm. The wheels and all of the bodywork will be made from carbon fibre for minimal ...

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Wanted: Ducati Monster 696 and 1100 owners for road test

Chris Newbigging, 17 May 2010 16:30

MCN is looking for Ducati Monster owners to come on a group test this Thursday (May 20) – we want one 696 owner and an 1100 rider too. The test will pit the new Monster 796 against the 696 and 1100 variants of the Monster range, so we want two owners to help us determine the 796’s place in the ...

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Roland Sands reveals finished Harley-Davidson XR1200 café racer

Chris Newbigging, 06 May 2010 15:50

Roland Sands’ latest project, a café racer, has been unveiled for the first time on his blog. Only the basics of Harley-Davidson’s weighty street-tracker remain – the rest has been thrown away and replaced with a selection of performance and cosmetic upgrades selected by the Californian former 250 racer. At the front is a set of Ohlins forks carrying radial ...

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Ducati reveals rider friendly Monster 796

Chris Newbigging, 19 April 2010 14:07

Ducati has launched a new Monster 796 with the 803cc engine from the Hypermotard 796 and other improvements based on owner feedback. Broadly, the new bike is similar to the 696 and 1100 version of the Monster, both of which will continue, but the air-cooled two-valve 803cc engine is an all-new unit that debuted at the tail end of 2009 ...

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In MCN this week: Ducati 848 Dark first ride

Chris Newbigging, 01 April 2010 14:58

Ducati is offering a cut-price version of its base model superbike for 2010, dubbed the 848 dark. It costs £700 less than the stock 848 despite sharing the same 849cc engine, steel trellis frame and high quality chassis parts. The only difference is a matt-black paint finish on the bodywork rather than the gloss white or red colours offered on ...

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Staff bikes: Victory Hammer S - The coolest bike on the fleet

Chris Newbigging, 29 March 2010 08:30

I have, by far, the coolest long term test bike on fleet. Forget the BMW S1000RR and Ducati Multistrada, my Victory Hammer S is the most widely admired. How can I claim this? I’ve put it to the ten year-old boy test – the industry standard test for any vehicle’s desirability. Parking it up after a sunny Sunday ride, a ...

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