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Liam Marsden  says:

New MCN May 16: Honda V4 celebration

In this week's MCN, out May 16, we celebrate 30 years of the Honda V4.. We test iconic Honda V4s - the RC30, NR750 and RC45. We also test the new Honda VFR1200 against the outgoing model. Also this week, the new KTM Super Duke 1290 spied during testing. Plus we have all the news from an eventful and controversial WSB race weekend...

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jollyboy

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jollyboy says:

The thing this made me think of was the British press and their sudden and irrational conversion to the V4 faith. Almost as soon as the VF750 came along most of the British press were predicting that the rest of the big 4 would be producing V4s before long. Like virtually every prediction made by the industry "experts" in the specialist press this proved to be wrong.

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ow01fogno1

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ow01fogno1 says:

nc30 1st bike

proud to say my 1st big sports bike was an nc30 i loved it then and i still love the honda v4 to this date, cant wait for the rvf 1000 if they ever prduce one. i hope they do before i pop me clogs!!

 

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sack1

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sack1 says:

Jolly Boy, If that's what you remember then it was most likely because Honda was (and is) the big player. Suzuki dabbled with V4's but only in their cruiser line. Still, that doesn't detract from what the V4 Hondas were and became.

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sprintst955

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sprintst955 says:

old motorcycle news

What is with all this old news rubbish ? every week now its 25 years of this 30 years of that ,what a piss take.Where is the coverage of moto 2 and world supersport ? How about proper tyre tests and not a load of sales blurb from the tyre manufacturers same goes for helmets when they do a so called guide it is all sales blurb.What about testing different exhausts to see which fit properly and make most power.Mcn has lost its way it now contains very little news.Lets face it the spy shots of new bikes are ridiculous.Mcn needs a good shake up from top to bottom.Lets get to MOTORCYCLE NEWS you know like when you covered all levels of racing plus speedway grass track trials etc not just bsb wsb moto gp.Lazy effort.

 

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neilybabe

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neilybabe says:

New MCN

I agree with sprintst955,  I wonder if the MCN readership would rather see week after week of nostalgia and secret bikes or real world testing of performance add-ons and tweeks to riding experience? Would a 2009 gixer1000 or R1 with better brakes, full system and dyno set-up, and decent rear shock, wipe the floor with the latest offerings from Italy and Germany. Regular comparisons of this nature across all the bike range and product testing for the masses would I'm sure keep readers interested. Performance Bike mag does this very well, but seems restricted by budget.

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jollyboy

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jollyboy says:

sack1

The point is that the British press predicted that all of the big four would switch to V4 sport bikes. Yes Suzuki and Yamaha built V4 cruisers and tourers and the British press predicted that V4 sports bikes would soon follow. The reason that V4 cruisers were developed was simple. Japanese cruisers were trying to look like Harleys, but the big four wanted to capitalize on performance. Hence a V4 gave something of a traditional cruiser look, but with 4 cylinder power outputs. I recall Which Bike? printing a grainy pre-production photograph of the Suzuki alongside a confident prediction that a sports bike would follow. Of course shortly after that Suzuki anounced the all new GSX-R750 which was of course a inline four. One reason the press were so keen on the V4 was it's narrowness, but Yamaha announced another all new inline four which was narrower than the Honda V4. Your point that Honda are a big player is somewhat moot, the fact that Yamaha and Suzuki could develop a V4 proves they could play those games, but felt that an inline four had advantages in a sports bike. And obviously continues to do so given the way inline fours continue to win races.

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