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Very serious technical awards: sneak preview

John Westlake, 27 December 2011 12:00

The most important event of the year for all motorcycle engineers is the MCN Golden Piston Awards for New Technologies (G-PANT). Each year these prestigious awards celebrate the most cunning and cretinous developments in motorcycle technology. The full awards are revealed in the December 28 edition of MCN, but we can give you a sneak preview of two... Multiple Acronym ...

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2012 GSX-R1000: bigger midrange, new brakes and better fuel economy

John Westlake, 24 October 2011 17:49

Suzuki’s 2012 GSX-R1000 gets new Brembo Monobloc brakes, more midrange power and is 2kg lighter than this year’s model. Though Suzuki list dozens of changes to the outgoing model, the majority are subtle – anyone hoping for BMW-beating traction control or dramatic power increases will be disappointed.  Here are the highlights: 2kg off the kerb weight Brembo’s Monobloc calipers More ...

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Poll: Are 600s still relevant?

John Westlake, 13 September 2011 13:51

Would you buy a new 600? Though MV and Triumph have developed new supersports bikes, the Japanese seem to have all but given up on the class, with only Kawasaki rumoured to be doing more than planning a new paint job. So what do you think? Are 600s still relevant? And if not, why not?  

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New Tiger 800 gives Triumph a big boost in sales

John Westlake, 05 September 2011 13:51

The story of Triumph's astonishing success continues, with the latest sales figures showing 5814 Triumphs were sold in the UK so far this year - that's more than Aprilia, Ducati and Suzuki combined. Only Honda sold more. Though Honda, Yamaha and BMW dominate the sales chart Top 10 with big-selling 125s, the Fireblade and R1200GS, Triumph scores by getting 11 ...

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New 2012 Honda Fireblade pictures leaked

John Westlake, 18 August 2011 17:53

These are the first photos of Honda’s 2012 Fireblade. Besides the new angular styling, the bike has Big Piston Forks, new rear suspension, new clocks and lightweight wheels. Those hoping for a V4 will be disappointed, as the engine appears almost identical to this year’s model. Also, there are no signs of any traction control – the switchgear has no ...

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All-new Triumph Daytona 675 spied

John Westlake, 19 July 2011 12:43

This grainy picture is the first ever shot of the new Triumph Daytona 675. It was one of four pictures – including a much clearer side-on shot you can see in tomorrow’s MCN – taken by an MCN reader near Triumph’s Hinckley factory. As you’ll see in tomorrow’s paper, the 675cc inline triple sportsbike has undergone a comprehensive overhaul – the ...

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Which manufacturer has the best bike range?

John Westlake, 14 January 2011 14:00

In next week's MCN, technical expert Kevin Ash discusses how Kawasaki has methodically rejuvenated its range of bikes, so that it now has an impressive model in almost every category. Find a Kawasaki for sale So if you were to rate each of the major manufacturers' ranges, who would come out top? Here's a quick summary of how they stack ...

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Opinion: why Honda will make an RVF1000

John Westlake, 07 January 2011 17:12

In next week's MCN, industry expert Ben Purvis explains why he believes Honda is laying plans to bring back the RVF name on a new 1000cc V4-engined superbike. Find a used Honda motorcycle for sale Just like the RVF750R (RC45), the new bike would be a race-oriented machine, set above the Fireblade in the firm's range and offering a new ...

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£22 gets BMW S1000RR to 197mph!

John Westlake, 01 September 2010 11:04

A standard BMW S1000RR with a new £22 rear sprocket and gaffer tape over slots in the screen has come close to cracking 200mph. The bike had a standard exhaust and no engine modifications whatsoever, and hit 197. 289mph during an experiment by MCN’s sister title Performance Bikes – out today – which explored the bike’s high speed potential. PB’s ...

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New MV 675cc triple will spearhead company relaunch

John Westlake, 12 August 2010 11:14

New MV Agusta owner Claudio Castigilioni has confirmed a 675cc three-cylinder sportbike and Brutale will be at the heart of the relaunch of the Italian firm. MCN has caught the 675cc – called the F3 – testing a number of times in the past year but development was halted because of the uncertainty over the future of the company once ...

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