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New Aprilia Caponord 1200 revealed

This is the long-anticipated Aprilia Caponord, designed to rival machines such as Ducati's Multistrada 1200 as a road-oriented dual-sport-tourer. The bike was snapped at Piaggio Group’s annual dealer convention in Monte Carlo just days after MCN discovered patent diagrams showing the same bike (see MCN out this Wednesday). Referred to as either the Tuareg or Caponord, both revivals of old ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 06 February 2012

New ZZR1400: “Fastest accelerating production bike”

The 2012 ZZR1400 will be the fastest production bike in the world off the line, according to manufacturer Kawasaki. Specifications haven’t been officially revealed but sources in Japan say power is in excess of 200bhp. Kawasaki said in an official statement it would be "the world’s fastest accelerating production motorcycle".  Professional drag racer Rickey Gadson has already managed a 1/8th ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 10 October 2011

All new 2012 Kawasaki ER6f

Kawasaki's ER-6f has been given a complete makeover for 2012 – but you might have to look hard at these pictures to spot the difference. Despite similar styling to the current version, the budget middleweight gets its biggest round of changes since its launch six years ago. Updates include a completely new tubular steel chassis, a 'banana' shaped twin-tube swingarm, adjustable-height ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 10 October 2011

Kawasaki ER-6n revamped

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 ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 10 October 2011

Kawasaki's supercharged ZZR1400 plans

Kawasaki is working on a supercharged four-cylinder bike as a replacement for the mighty ZZR1400. A flurry of new patent documents from the company show enough detail to suggest the idea of supercharging a new high-performance machine is far more than just an engineering exercise. Recent power increases in 1000cc superbikes, exemplified by the 190bhp BMW S1000RR, have created a ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 10 August 2011

Suzuki's 250cc mini B-King

Suzuki is preparing to launch this miniaturised 250cc take on the B-King theme as part of its 2010 range – filling a vital hole in its range for new riders. Find 250cc motorcycles for sale Where Suzuki has long known the vital importance of offering mid-range bikes – its line-up of 600cc-class models is simply enormous – the firm has ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 23 July 2009

Tech guide: How the Honda VFR1200 can switch from V4 to parallel twin

The Honda V4's radical design means that the 200bhp engine’s cylinders can be shut down, turning the V4 into a parallel-twin, so it can sip fuel on the commute and chase superbikes at the weekend.  Honda is giving nothing away. The only official information from the company is that it’s a V4. But our monitoring of patents filed by the firm reveals it’s a ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 09 July 2009

Honda VFR1200 is the basis for new Pan European

As well as creating a V4 replacement for the Blackbird, Honda’s engineers have been working flat-out on a full-scale tourer using the same engine and chassis wrapped in completely different skin.   Find a Honda Pan European for sale While the new Honda V4 was revealed as a concept last year, Honda has said nothing about this touring version, revealed here ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 09 July 2009

Honda V4: tech details of the VFR1200 revealed

The VFR1200 is set to take Honda into the next decade by attracting virtually every sort of rider – combining effortless touring ability, race-sharp handling and everyday practicality into a single package.    More news and info on the VFR1200 Can't wait for the Honda V4? Try one of these... UK Exclusive: New Honda V4 spied in action Perhaps the biggest surprise is ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 08 July 2009

Carbon-fibre bikes – a potted history

This official drawing shows how British firm C-Tech, which supplies bodywork to superbike teams, is developing a carbon chassis to suit the latest generation of inline four-cylinder engines. But the C-Tech bike is not the first carbon-fibre motorcycle. Below is a short list of other bikes which have used carbon-fibre. Cagiva C194Back in 1994 Cagiva's C194 500cc two-stroke pioneered a ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 25 February 2009

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