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Four-wheeled "motorcycle" due for launch this week

Ben Purvis, 04 March 2008 14:51

This four-wheeled tilting motorcycle is set to be unveiled this week at the Geneva motor show. Created by madcap Swiss design firm Sbarro - famous in the past for its prototype bikes built around hubless wheels - the Pendolauto is a similar concept to Yamaha's recently revealed Tesseract concept bike, designed to offer the experience of a two-wheeler, but with ...

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Ducati design boss Pierre Terblanche leaves

Ben Purvis, 20 December 2007 09:32

Pierre Terblanche, Ducati’s design boss for the last decade, has left the firm to set up a design studio of his own. Terblanche, who can count designs including the Ducati 900SS, 999, Supermono and Multistrada among his achievements, will officially leave Ducati at the end of the year. Speaking to MCN, he said: “I’m not with Ducati as from the ...

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Ducati Desmosedici sells out

Ben Purvis, 12 December 2007 14:34

If you want a Ducati Desmosedici and haven’t placed your order yet, you better start scouring the classifieds as the firm has now completely sold out its planned production run of 1500 machines. Ducati always said the Desmosedici RR would be available in limited numbers, and originally expected to make just a couple of hundred. But the incredible response to ...

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New Suzuki Bandit 1250 GT aimed at long-distance touring

Ben Purvis, 23 November 2007 14:36

Suzuki only decided the night before the show opened to reveal its new Bandit 1250 GT in Birmingham. The machine, which will go on sale as a complete bike, is basically a Bandit 1250S, but with a selection of options aimed at turning the all-rounder into a proper touring bike. By adding a full fairing, Suzuki has given the Bandit ...

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Enfield gears up for the future

Ben Purvis, 23 November 2007 13:52

It might have been around for nearly 60 years but Royal Enfield has no intention to allow the Bullet to be killed by the latest emissions regulations. The firm revealed a redesigned version of its 499cc engine at the NEC, complete with electronic fuel injection which allows it to beat Euro III emissions regulations. The new motor is set to ...

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Subaru Sportsbike

Ben Purvis, 18 November 2007 15:00

This new single-cylinder sportsbike features a Subaru-badged engine and could be on sale next year at a bargain price. The engine for the HS500sa comes directly from Fuji Heavy Industries, the parent company of Subaru. It’s a 499cc, water-cooled, DOHC single, originally developed to be used in quad bikes and used by Polaris. The motor is notable for its lightweight ...

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The world's most expensive bike

Ben Purvis, 17 November 2007 14:00

This Ecosse Heretic Titanium is the most expensive new bike on the market – with a list price that’s the equivalent of £133,000. The engine is machined from a solid block of billet aluminium and features a race-spec crankshaft, a supercharger, intercooler and fuel injection. From its 2147cc capacity, the pushrod V-twin pumps out some 207bhp and a mighty 218ftlb ...

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BMW K1200 LT gets the luxury treatment

Ben Purvis, 15 November 2007 13:50

The massive BMW K1200LT tourer has been given a boost for 2008, with every UK motorcycle gaining the full BMW Lux package as standard. For 2008, the basic and SE versions of the K1200LT are being removed from the UK BMW motorcycle range, leaving only the highest-specification machine, which will be available to order. The full £15,395 package includes virtually every ...

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Benelli BX570 Motard unveiled

Ben Purvis, 13 November 2007 15:36

We've already brought you the Benelli BX449 motocross motorcycle and the Benelli BX505 enduro motorcycle. But in Motorcycle News on Wednesday, November 14, 2007, you can see the supermoto variant, the Benelli BX570, which was finished just in time to go on show at Milan. It features the biggest of the three variations of the firm's new DOHC single-cylinder, four-valve ...

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Milan Show: New Aprilia SX125 and RX125 motorcycles revealed

Ben Purvis, 06 November 2007 15:14

Aprilia has extended its supermoto range with a new 125cc two-stroke machine in the same mould as its championship-winning SVX. The SX125 and its enduro-spec RX125 sibling feature a simple tubular steel trellis frame and box-section swingarm, along with motocross-inspired styling.Only the wheels and brakes differentiate the two models, with the SX125 featuring 17-inch wires and a big, 320mm front ...

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