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CB1100 gets mid-life tweaks

Andy Downes, 20 November 2013 09:46

The Honda CB1100 – now designated the CB1100EX – may only have been introduced into Europe for 2013 but it was first unveiled in Japan in 2009, and has now been given a mid-life refresh with spoked wheels, a larger fuel tank and a bit of a restyle and – most importantly – a six-speed gearbox.Unless you are an existing ...

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Video: KTM 1290 Super Duke R features

Richard Newland, 09 October 2013 11:28

The new issue of MCN is out today, with seven pages of exclusive insider interviews at KTM and Kiska Design, in Austria, exposing the whole story behind the development of this incredible new model. MCN even got to the ride the prototype ahead of the bike's official launch in two week's time, and you can read our first ride report in-paper, ...

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Kawasaki confirms new Z1000 for imminent release

MCN News, 01 October 2013 13:37

Kawasaki’s Z1000 has been a strong player in the naked litre class since the reintroduction of the model in 2003, replete with shotgun-style exhausts in homage to the original Zed. And on November 5, at the upcoming EICMA show in Milan, Kawasaki has confirmed it will unveil the next iteration of Z1000. Head of Motorcycle Design at Kawasaki, Keishi Fukumoto, ...

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Now there’s a retro Jawa!

Phil West, 01 October 2013 09:57

Latest to jump on the retro-styling bandwagon – although possibly with more integrity than some – is Jawa. The Czech, former Soviet bloc, manufacturer still produces utilitarian, budget, old-fashioned, two-stroke twin cylinder runabouts to this day, which have been long-time exclusively imported into the UK by F2 Motorcycles. Now, this ‘new’ 350 Retro joins a range comprising 350 Classic, limited ...

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First Ride: Kawasaki Z1000SX

MCN Staff, 23 September 2013 09:45

Kawasaki’s updated Z1000SX is currently being put through it’s paces in Austria by MCN’s Phil West and here are his first impressions. ‘The SX has been a massive hit for Kawasaki in the UK being by far their best selling bike, so there wasn’t much they needed to change but even so they have made a host of changes which ...

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Horex unveils new VR6 Classic model

Andy Downes, 14 August 2013 14:22

German firm Horex has shown a new Classic model based on the VR6 roadster with the same 1218cc six-cylinder motor but a host of cosmetic changes that have come about as a result of customer feedback. Horex has responded to calls from owners for a more old school look with wire spoked wheels, a new red paintjob and an engine ...

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Honda's naked VF800 designs

MCN, 22 July 2013 08:30

New patents show that Honda is developing a new low-cost, high-spec naked bike around its venerable – but legendary – VFR800 V4 engine. The bike’s overall design is hinted at in an innocuous-sounding patent titled “Hollow-welded assembled frame structure”, which refers to a fairly technical aspect of how a steel trellis frame can be made. What’s interesting about the patent ...

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Lotus to make 200bhp motorcycle

Andy Downes, 21 June 2013 17:24

Iconic British sportscar brand Lotus is gearing up to build a 200bhp motorcycle which will use Formula One technology and will be built by a car racing team Kodewa and designed by the man who designed the Tron Lightcycle. Details are sketchy right now but there is a single image of a carbon-fibre fuel tank which has been released along ...

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Video: Ducati Hyperstrada first ride

Michael Neeves, 14 June 2013 17:34

MCN road tester Michael Neeves gives us a look at his first ride on the new Ducati Hyperstrada – his long term test bike for 2013.  brightcove.createExperiences();

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