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Milan Show: Aprilia launches SMV750 Dorsoduro motorcycle in Milan

Ben Purvis, 06 November 2007 14:03

Aprilia has just unveiled the new SMV Dorsoduro supermoto at the Milan show. The power for the new SMV750 comes from an updated version of the 750cc V-twin used in the firm’s Shiver naked bike, which has also donated its basic chassis design to the new machine. The V-twin engine, making a claimed 95bhp, uses a second-generation version of the ...

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Milan Show: BMW F650GS launched

Ben Purvis, 06 November 2007 13:14

As well as the new F800GS, BMW has unveiled the all-new F650GS – but don’t be fooled by the name, as its capacity is also 800cc. Basically a lower spec version of the new F800GS, the F650GS replaces the old single-cylinder bike of the same name, using a detuned parallel twin engine. Power is 71bhp – which is a full ...

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Milan Show: BMW officially releases new F800GS adventure motorcycle

Ben Purvis, 06 November 2007 13:03

BMW today revealed the new F800GS for the first time at the Milan show in Italy. While the other F800 models use an alloy frame, the GS gets a tubular steel chassis designed to cope with the stresses of off-road use, with a repositioned engine – mounted almost vertically where the F800S and ST’s are angled at 30 degrees forward ...

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Milan Show: BMW unveils its new G450X

Ben Purvis, 06 November 2007 13:02

The completely road-legal G450X is BMW’s first hardcore off-road competition offering in the 450 class. Based on the competition prototype that’s been publicly tested for several months, the production version meets the latest Euro III emissions regulations and offers some unusual technology. Highlights include a reverse-rotating crank, and an innovative layout with a shorter gearbox than conventional bikes, allowing a ...

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Milan Show: First look at production KTM RC8 motorcycle

Ben Purvis, 06 November 2007 12:00

At last KTM has shown the production version of the RC8 superbike at the Milan show – four years after the prototype was first revealed. Compared to the 999cc prototype, the production bike’s capacity is up to 1149cc for the new “1190” engine, which now makes a claimed 155bhp. Compared to the original concept, it features a redesigned steel trellis ...

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Milan Show: Ducati unveils 180bhp 1098R motorcycle in Milan

Ben Purvis, 05 November 2007 18:00

With a claimed 180bhp in road-legal form, and well over 200bhp in race trim, this is the machine Ducati’s works riders, Troy Bayliss and Michel Fabrizio, will be using next year in an effort to reclaim the World Superbike championship. And around £20,000 will put one in your garage. The new Ducati 1098R gets a bored-out 1198cc engine to give ...

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Milan Show: New 2008 Ducati Monster launched

Ben Purvis, 05 November 2007 18:00

Ducati has revealed the first all-new Monster in the model’s 15 year history at a preview event on the eve of the Milan show. For the new Monster 696 – only the entry level version has been revealed so far – the firm has concentrated on keeping the hunchbacked shape of the Monster, emphasising it further with a low-mounted headlight. ...

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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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