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Kawasaki ER-6n revamped

Ben Purvis, 10 October 2011 14:00

Kawasaki’s ER-6n has been heavily updated for 2012 as these pictures show. The naked middleweight shares mechanical components with the faired ER-6f and gets the same changes as that bike, including a new twin-tube steel frame, new swingarm, retuned engine and revised seating position. The bodywork has gained better-defined angles and curves and the headlight and instrument panel have become ...

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Derbi’s motorcycle/bicycle hybrid

Ben Purvis, 09 May 2008 12:10

This week’s MotOh show in Barcelona saw the first showing of Derbi’s latest concept motorcycle – a machine that’s part motorcycle, part mountain bike. Called the DH2.0 – DH stands for Down Hill – the 100cc machine might make just 8bhp but with an all-in weight of less than 40kg it promises to be wieldy as a bicycle. And the firm ...

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Suzuki set to be first with production fuel cell motorcycle

Ben Purvis, 27 March 2008 09:19

Suzuki and British firm Intelligent Energy have announced an extension of their agreement to develop hydrogen fuel-cell motorcycles with the intention of creating a production-ready hydrogen-powered bike in the near future. The colaboration between the two firms bore fruit last autumn with the showing of the Suzuki Crosscage motorcycle, a hydrogen fuel-cell powered concept bike with similar performance to a ...

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Video: Aprilia RSV-4 in action

Ben Purvis, 27 February 2008 14:55

Last Friday Aprilia revealed the prototype of its new RSV-4 WSB challenger at a dealer meeting in Italy - and thanks to video-equipped mobile phones you can now even see and hear it in action. See pictures of the bike here See video of the Aprilia FV2 The bike was fired-up on stage at its unveiling, allowing dealers present to ...

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Percy’s MV Agusta Brutale

Ben Purvis, 14 February 2008 10:02

Just when you think MV Agusta can’t possibly launch another limited-edition version of one of its bikes, another one crops up – and the Brutale is the latest in line for the treatment. The all-white Brutale “By Percy” is an official link-up with Percy Irausquin, a fashion designer, who’s been personally responsible for removing every last trace of taste from ...

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BMW's uncrashable motorcycle

Ben Purvis, 13 February 2008 13:37

However hard kit manufacturers try to make crashing safer there’s always set to be a risk if you come off your motorcycle – but now manufacturers are working on ways to make the very act of falling off a far more remote possibility. One of the leaders in the field is BMW, the firm that pioneered ABS brakes, electronic suspension ...

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Honda CB1100R concept could reach production

Ben Purvis, 08 January 2008 09:58

The designer of Honda's stunning CB1100R concept bike has said he would like to see the machine reach production. The retro-styled race-rep was the star of the Tokyo Motor Show last October. Now, after its incredible reception at the show, the designer of the machine has said that although it was originally just a concept, the possibility of production has ...

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First design of the Ariel Supercharged Single...

Ben Purvis, 10 December 2007 09:17

This is the first drawing supplied by Ariel of their possible return to the motorcycling market with a supercharged single cylinder motorcycle. This design is one of three posibilities for a new Ariel motorcycle, and will be powered by a bought-in engine, probably from Honda, with a supercharger bolted on to give a huge whack of power and torque. It ...

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What motorcycle do you want Ariel to build?

Ben Purvis, 06 December 2007 12:49

British firm Ariel is set to make a motorcycle comeback under the guidance of boss Simon Saunders. You can read about his plans in MCN (December 5, 2007), on sale now, but here's a sneak preview of the motorcycles he's got in mind. So far, three very different ideas are being thrown around for a bike to carry the Ariel ...

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KTM RC4 details revealed

Ben Purvis, 30 November 2007 12:31

KTM insiders have revealed the first details of the RC4 single-cylinder sportsbike which the firm has been developing in secret. You can read all about the bike in MCN next week, but the headline numbers include a power figure of 78bhp, which is allied to a low weight of just 132kg – giving the a power-to-weight ratio similar to a ...

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