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Video: Honda plans dual-clutch gearbox

Ben Purvis, 14 May 2008 11:28

Motorcycles are set to join the gearbox revolution that has hit the car world, with Honda preparing to unleash dual-clutch semi-automatic technology for motorcycles. Dual-clutch gearboxs have been around for cars since 2003 and now Honda are the first bike maker to show an interest in the system, hoping to install it into an inline four-cylinder sports bike engine. Skip the video ...

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Roehr superbike gets go-ahead

Ben Purvis, 12 December 2007 10:41

The Harley-Davidson V-Rod engined Roehr superbike has got the go-ahead to reach production in the middle of 2008. The motorcycle, which has been developed over several years by Walter Roehrich, uses a V-Rod engine bored out to 1250cc and mounted in a aluminium beam frame giving it superbike proportions. While the prototype, shown here, featured Ducati-esque bodywork and a double-sided ...

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Special edition paintschemes for the 2008 Kawasaki ZX-6R and ZZR1400

Ben Purvis, 07 December 2007 11:40

The 2008 Kawasaki ZX-6R and the 2008 Kawasaki ZZ-R1400 will be available in two very special paintschemes - but fortunately they’re not going to be offered in the UK. The America-only special edition 2008 Kawasaki ZX-6R gains black paint, with red wheels and chrome-effect stickers. To complete the unusual appearance, even the fork legs are anodised red to match the ...

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The world's most expensive motorcycle - Ecosse Heretic Titanium

Ben Purvis, 21 November 2007 14:32

This is the most expensive new production motorcycle you can buy the Ecosse Heretic Titanium series at £133,000. For the same money could buy a grid full of 600cc sportsbikes, so what exactly do you get for your money? Check out these exclusive photographs showing the finest detailing even down to the intricate welding. To see just what makes up ...

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Five new BMW motorcycles due for Milan debut

Ben Purvis, 05 November 2007 07:00

We can’t talk about them just yet but in Wednesday’s issue of MCN you’re going to get the chance to see no fewer than five new BMW machines for 2008. Spanning the firm’s whole range, the new models will offer something for every type of rider. You’ll be able to see video and pictures from the official BMW unveiling on ...

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Honda schemes stage two of its new model offensive

Ben Purvis, 05 November 2007 06:30

While most of Japan’s makers revealed all their new models back at September’s Paris bike show, insiders say Honda has held back a selection of new machines to be launched at Milan on Tuesday. The firm has sent out invites to a press unveiling, and we hear there are several new motorcycles that will be seen for the first time at ...

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Ducati’s fastest-ever V-twin ready to be revealed

Ben Purvis, 04 November 2007 06:00

On Monday night Ducati will reveal its 2008 range for the first time – and on Wednesday you’ll be able to read all about it in MCN. The firm’s still keeping a tight lid on what it’s got to offer, but we’re expecting to see the new 848 for the first time – with the same stunning looks as the ...

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Aprilia prepares 2008 range for launch next week

Ben Purvis, 02 November 2007 10:54

Hot on the heels of its new 2007 bikes like the Shiver and Mana, Aprilia is preparing another onslaught with its 2008 range. And you can be first to see them in the new issue of MCN, out on November 7. We’ve seen them already, and you’ll be impressed by what the Noale firm has come up with for its ...

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2008 Buells updated

Ben Purvis, 09 July 2007 09:00

While the New Buell 1125R is guaranteed to be the talking point of the 2008 Buell range, the firm’s other bikes haven’t gone unchanged. While the Buell Firebolt has been dropped in favour of the new water-cooled machine, the rest of the air cooled line-up remains, and all the bikes have been improved for 2008. All Buell's air-cooled models, including the City X, ...

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New Suzuki prices and availability announced

Ben Purvis, 03 July 2007 09:27

Suzuki has confirmed that the new 2008 Hayabusa, which was officially unveiled on Monday night.  The new motorcycle is set to cost between £8,900 and £9,100 when it goes on sale later this year. Initially, the black and grey Suzuki Hayabusa and the dark blue version with gold wheels will be offered in the UK. Dealers are set to receive ...

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