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Triumph Tiger Explorer: 135bhp/£11,000ish

Guy Procter, 08 November 2011 13:09

Triumph's new Tiger Explorer will give its R1200GS rival a 135bhp mauling the firm has revealed. That makes the Explorer's all-new 1200cc+ motor 35% more powerful than its German rival's, at least for now, and on a par with the expected new Versys 1000. It also means it's the set to be the most powerful shaft-driven adventure tourer for the ...

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The Ducati 1199 Panigale files: 24 page supplement FREE in MCN

Guy Procter, 07 November 2011 16:11

Ducati's incredible new 1199 Panigale has just been unveiled, and MCN is the only publication in the world to be able to tell the full and exclusive inside story of the world's most extreme v-twin. Our 24-page special Panigale supplement – produced in great secrecy in the past few weeks based on factory visits, access to exclusive material and interviews ...

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10 things bike firms could learn from their own ads

Guy Procter, 07 November 2011 13:42

Look at bike ads from decades past and you come away thinking some manufacturers today aren’t fighting hard enough for the customers they could have. What happened to having the balls to compare yourselves to your competitors? When did pointing out there are compelling reasons to ride other than fulfilling a trackday fantasy become a dumb idea? Why did you ...

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Why Yamaha's good news is bad news for you

Guy Procter, 04 November 2011 10:03

Yamaha has released its latest set of financial figures amid fanfare, proclaiming it has 'secured profitability in all business segments'. That's about as close to a whoop as Japanese businesses get. But it's ominous news for European Yamaha fans – the firm's impressive motorcycle performance (just a 0.4% decline year-on-year) has been driven entirely by 'large increases in unit sales ...

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Would you buy a hyper-scooter?

Guy Procter, 19 October 2011 15:29

It might be the first big scooter ever to catch your attention – and then only for an instant, because you thought it was a melted RSV4 – but the new Aprilia SRV850 begs the question: would you? It's 2011 after all, sports bikes no longer attract universal esteem and we've all got a bit more broad-minded. Are you ready ...

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Honda launches 2012 CBR1000RR Fireblade mini-site

Guy Procter, 14 October 2011 10:44

Honda has opened a mini-website dedicated to the new 2012 Fireblade. It promises to tell the full story of the bike which will mark the 20th anniversary of the Fireblade series next year. Honda is keen to stress the easy-to-ride 'Total Control' philosophy which has shaped the Fireblade dynasty. You only need traction control if there's something wrong with your ...

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Ducati launches 'Fight For Me' aftershave

Guy Procter, 13 October 2011 15:57

A bunch of pretty Italian ladies turned out last week to mark Ducati's latest launch – the 'Fight for Me' range of male grooming products. Starting with the Fight For Me aftershave (£22 for a 100ml bottle) Ducati plans to roll out a range of manscaping unguents under the intriguingly named brand. Laura Squizzato, Michela Quattrociocche and Chiara Giallonardo were ...

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New pub honours 100mph TT hero

Guy Procter, 12 October 2011 11:29

Pub chain Wetherspoon has named its new boozer in Caerphilly after a Welsh TT hero who lived in the town. The Malcolm Uphill, which opened on Cardiff Road yesterday, celebrates the life of the first man to record a production bike 100mph TT lap – which Uphill did on a Bonneville in 1972. The pub was set to be called ...

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Kawasaki refuses to deny new Versys 1000 adventure bike

Guy Procter, 12 October 2011 10:24

Kawasaki is refusing to deny the authenticity of a new 1000cc Versys that appears in spy shots emerging from French online motorcycle magazine Moto-Net.com, saying simply it 'has no details' about the bike, suggesting an official EICMA launch may be imminent. The Versys, clearly bearing '1000' decals and sporting what appears to be Z1000 main frame and engine, with a ...

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Triumph Announces 'Young Guns' Finalists

Guy Procter, 10 October 2011 11:10

The three finalists in Triumph's Young Guns initiative are Adam Robinson (17), Lee Jackson (16) and Chrissy Rouse (16). They were the three riders to most impress judges – including Frankie Chili and MCN editor Marc Potter – during a season spent being coached and assessed on their riding skills, fitness, attitude and ability to use a variety of media ...

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