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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 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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Honda previews new motorcycle models for Tokyo show

Ben Purvis, 20 September 2007 09:15

Honda has revealed a preview of the concept bikes it will show at next month’s Tokyo Motor Show. No less than three concept bikes are set to be shown. These are headed by the stunning Evo6 – a Goldwing-engined naked bike along the lines of Suzuki’s B-King or Yamaha’s V-Max. On top of that, Honda will show the CB1100F – ...

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Approved Used Suzukis

Ben Purvis, 14 September 2007 16:11

Suzuki has launched an approved used bike scheme. Available at selected Suzuki dealers, the ‘Suzuki Used Approved’ scheme offers to a mandatory provenance check, a six-month guarantee and a roadside recovery package as standard. Suzuki GB sales & marketing director Nick Palmer commented, “We believe the scheme will give buyers of used Suzuki’s the same confidence that customers of new ...

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2008 Kawasaki 250cc Ninja - Hit or Miss?

Ben Purvis, 13 September 2007 11:09

The first pictures of Kawasaki's forthcoming 2008 Ninja 250 motorcycle are circulating on the internet - and we can reveal it's just one element of a whole new range of 250cc, four-stroke parallel twin motorcycles which Kawasaki is set to launch. As well as the sportsbike, there's set to be a naked Kawasaki ER250 and a Kawasaki Versys-style 250cc machine in the new ...

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New Bat Bike in action

Ben Purvis, 17 August 2007 14:50

The Bat Bike - or Batpod as it will be called in the forthcoming 2008 Batman: The Dark Knight movie - has been spotted in action for the first time in this leaked still from next year's film.   As many of six fully-working Batpods have been built by a production company in the UK, and stuntman Jean Pierre Goy ...

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Police confirm murdered biker was Hells Angel

Ben Purvis, 17 August 2007 12:57

It might not come as a surprise but in a press conference today Warwickshire Police have confirmed that Gerry Tobin, the biker murdered on the M40 last Sunday, was a member of the Hells Angels. During today's press conference, police also revealed that two shots were fired from the green Rover car which pulled alongside Tobin's Harley-Davidson Night Train as ...

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BMW to make it's mark in motorsport

Ben Purvis, 25 July 2007 10:08

The revelation that BMW is set to enter the World Superbike Championship in 2009 – as revealed in MCN this week – perhaps shouldn’t be such a surprise, since the firm has been gradually revamping its image for the last five years. While the firm has long been involved in four-wheeled motorsport, and has competed on two wheels in events ...

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Aprilia's RS-V4 caught on test

Ben Purvis, 25 July 2007 09:39

Less than four months before it is set to be shown in public for the first time we can reveal that Aprilia’s forthcoming V4 superbike is still testing in heavy disguise with little sign of the final body styling in place. Snapped last week at an Italian test track, these exclusive pictures reveal the latest stage of the machine’s development ...


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