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Kawasaki ER-6n revamped

Ben Purvis, 10 October 2011 14:00

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 ...

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Samurai Type 9 Shogun: off-the-shelf show bikes

Ben Purvis, 24 December 2008 04:30

Despite appearances this isn't just another money-no-object Harley-based special created to win custom bike awards – in fact it's the latest production bike from new Japanese manufacturer Samurai Choppers. Called the Type 9 Shogun, the bike is the first machine Samurai has designed specifically for the European market, which it plans to enter next year with a five-bike range. Where ...

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Harley-Davidson to buy MV Agusta?

Ben Purvis, 09 June 2008 11:00

Harley-Davidson could be on the verge of buying the MV Agusta group - including Cagiva - if reports in Italy prove correct. Italian paper Il Messaggero claims Harley is planning a buyout that will see it take a majority stake in the ailing Italian superbike firm, buying around 80-85 percent of the company. That means Harley would be taking on ...

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Official: Michael Schumacher to race in German Superbike championship

Ben Purvis, 16 May 2008 15:29

Former seven-times F1 world champion Michael Schumacher WILL race this weekend in Germany's leading bike racing series, the IDM Superbike championship. Bernie Ecclestone warns Michael Schumacher of dangers The 37-year-old is set to be a wildcard in the race at Oschershleben aboard a Honda CBR1000RR entered by current series champions Holzhauer Racing, alongside German superbike champion Martin Bauer. See the ...

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Derbi’s motorcycle/bicycle hybrid

Ben Purvis, 09 May 2008 12:10

This week’s MotOh show in Barcelona saw the first showing of Derbi’s latest concept motorcycle – a machine that’s part motorcycle, part mountain bike. Called the DH2.0 – DH stands for Down Hill – the 100cc machine might make just 8bhp but with an all-in weight of less than 40kg it promises to be wieldy as a bicycle. And the firm ...

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Suzuki set to be first with production fuel cell motorcycle

Ben Purvis, 27 March 2008 09:19

Suzuki and British firm Intelligent Energy have announced an extension of their agreement to develop hydrogen fuel-cell motorcycles with the intention of creating a production-ready hydrogen-powered bike in the near future. The colaboration between the two firms bore fruit last autumn with the showing of the Suzuki Crosscage motorcycle, a hydrogen fuel-cell powered concept bike with similar performance to a ...

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Video: Aprilia RSV-4 in action

Ben Purvis, 27 February 2008 14:55

Last Friday Aprilia revealed the prototype of its new RSV-4 WSB challenger at a dealer meeting in Italy - and thanks to video-equipped mobile phones you can now even see and hear it in action. See pictures of the bike here See video of the Aprilia FV2 The bike was fired-up on stage at its unveiling, allowing dealers present to ...

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Snow-going motorcycle

Ben Purvis, 15 February 2008 16:22

While we don’t quite get the winters for it in this country, this creation from Canadian firm AD Bovin is designed to turn your road bike into a snow-cycle. Although it’s not the first firm to make such a kit – replacing the rear wheel with tracks and the front with a ski – the new Explorer kit is designed ...

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Department for Transport admits motorcycle tax evasion figures “were inflated”

Ben Purvis, 14 February 2008 11:23

New tax evasion figures released today show that only 6.5 percent of bikes seen on the road during surveys are without tax – making a mockery of earlier Department for Transport reports claiming nearly 40 percent of motorcyclists dodged road tax. The report comes just three weeks after the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee singled out motorcyclists as lawbreakers, ...

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Percy’s MV Agusta Brutale

Ben Purvis, 14 February 2008 10:02

Just when you think MV Agusta can’t possibly launch another limited-edition version of one of its bikes, another one crops up – and the Brutale is the latest in line for the treatment. The all-white Brutale “By Percy” is an official link-up with Percy Irausquin, a fashion designer, who’s been personally responsible for removing every last trace of taste from ...

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