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Suzuki GSX-R1000s ‘recalled’ for extra frame bracing

MCN News Desk, 04 February 2009 16:03

Owners of 2005/2006 Suzuki GSX-R1000s can to hear from Suzuki soon, following reports of frames cracking around the headstock. VOSA hasn’t deemed the incidents - which occurred following ‘extreme situations’ including heavily-landed wheelies - worthy of a full recall, but Suzuki aims to fit every bike of the period with extra bracing. All owners, including those buyers of used machines, will ...

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Father reunited with Sunbeam motorcycle

MCN News Desk, 03 February 2009 10:49

Two sons have reunited their 77-year-old father with the Sunbeam S7 Deluxe he rode in the 1950s. Paul and John Kilminster from Guernsey spent 17 years tracking down KNM 664, which their father Dave had bought for £145 in May 1955.    Kilminster used the bike as his daily commute and for trips to everywhere from Newquay to the south of ...

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Hubless wheels in action

MCN News Desk, 30 January 2009 12:03

A new video released by American chopper designers shows hubless wheels, similar to those featured on Honda’s stunning V4 concept bike, being successfully used on the roads. Tennessee-based Amen Design built a concept chopper based around Italian engineer Franco Sbarro’s hubless wheels back in 2005. They have finally got the Hubless Monster out on the road and just released a ...

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CCM unveils CXR230 and XTR250

MCN News Desk, 20 January 2009 15:54

CCM has launched two new models – the CXR230 and XTR250 at the Trade Expo at the NEC in Birmingham. The updated CXR230 is now Euro III emissions homologated and boasts a new engine with a single overhead cam, other enhancements include a striking white colour scheme which is sure to make this already popular model even more attractive. CCM ...

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Revealed: Yamaha's plans for a two-wheel-drive GTS1000

MCN News Desk, 22 December 2008 11:41

For the first time we can reveal what might have been for Yamaha if the firm's hub-centre-steered GTS1000 had proved a sales success. These images show the designs for two bikes which were under development during the early 1990s when the GTS was on sale, both with input from the one of the GTS's designers, Hiroshi Takimoto. First is a ...

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James Blunt test rides Ducati Monster 1100

MCN News Desk, 10 December 2008 14:03

Chart topping British singer James Blunt was spotted zipping round Italy on a new Ducati Monster 1100 last week. The You're Beautiful singer was in the city as guest editor of the Rome edition of Metro newspaper. He took time out from his editorial duties to tour the city with a group of bikers from Ducati Roma. He said: "The ...

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New BMW dealership for Cardiff

MCN News Desk, 04 December 2008 15:53

Riders Motorcycles based in Bristol and Bridgwater are extending their reach across the South West with the opening of a new BMW Motorrad dealership in Cardiff. The company, formed in 1976, has two existing motorcycle dealerships, a Bridgwater site which opened in 1989 and a Bristol store which opened in 2003. Both sites supply Harley-Davidson, Ducati and Buell motorcycles and ...

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Ducati unveil GT1000 Touring and offer free back protector with every bike sold

MCN News Desk, 08 October 2008 09:43

Ducati unveiled a new GT1000 Touring at yesterday’s Cologne Show. The new bike, based on the standard Sport Classic GT1000 features a high screen and luggage rack. No prices are yet available. Based on the GT1000 and sporting, it is black with a white stripe, and comes pre-equipped with 70's style chromed front and rear fenders, chrome passenger grab-rail and ...

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BMW unveils new K1300R, K1300S and K1300GT

MCN News Desk, 07 October 2008 18:45

BMW has unveiled the changes made to its K-series motorcycles, the K1300S, K1300R and K1300GT. Here's the lowdown on the most important changes for 2009. What’s new at a glance:• Big bore, 1293cc engine good for 175bhp• ESAII – new version of automatic suspension adjustment system• Conventional indicators – no more oddball BMW flasher switches!• Optional quickshifter – the first on a mainstream production ...

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Aprilia changes for 2009

MCN News Desk, 07 October 2008 18:06

Aprilia has introduced the Shiver GT for 2009, but a lot of motorcycles in their existing range have also received updates. Here's what you can expect to find at your local Aprilia dealer in 2009. Aprilia Shiver gets ABSThe Shiver was only introduced last year but there have been some changes – notably the introduction of ABS as an option for ...

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