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New Loncin uses BMW G650GS engine

Steve Farrell, 13 October 2012 15:00

A road bike using the same engine as BMW's G650GS has been unveiled at the Chinese motorcycle show. Chinese firm Loncin, which makes the single-cylinder 650 engine for BMW under licence, is using it to power its new CR9 naked roadster. It comes with the same 47bhp power output as the BMW and costs just over £5,000. But because of ...

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Husqvarna Strada and Terra on sale next month

Steve Farrell, 14 September 2012 11:54

Husqvarna’s latest road bike is due to arrive in UK dealers early in October. The supermoto-style TR650 Strada uses the single-cylinder engine from BMW’s G650GS but tuned for 57bhp, up from 47. It costs £5971. A trailie version, the Terra, starts at £5271.

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Comment: Why the G650GS is the first of a new breed of hooligan bike

Steve Farrell, 28 April 2011 16:09

Yes, I know it sounds unlikely. But stop shaking your head and listen. Here’s why, despite its mild-mannered exterior, BMW’s G650GS is a hooligan bike: The original hooligan bikes of the seventies and eighties were two-strokes. The GT250 X7, air-cooled RD400, the 250 and 350LC (possibly the quintessential hooligan bike) and, arguably, all the later two-stroke 250s, from Gamma to ...

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“Motorcyclists are uncongenial”

Steve Farrell, 08 February 2010 17:16

A website moderator for a national cycling body has exposed the irrational depths of anti-motorcycle bigotry in the group with an unintentionally comical rant. In a searingly smug denouncement of all traffic except for cycles, the moderator for CTC brands us irrelevant to the future of transport. Using the name Simon L6, he goes on to say we are uncongenial ...

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Ducati GS rival won't be called Cayenne

Steve Farrell, 21 August 2009 15:52

Reports that Ducati’s new BMW R1200GS rival will be called the Cayenne have been denied by a factory sources. It had been reported elsewhere the bike would be named after Porsche’s four-wheel-drive SUV but insiders told MCN this was untrue. It is more likely to be named the Strada Aperta according to sources. The 1098-powered Multistrada replacement – revealed by ...

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This week in MCN: The all-new Kawasaki ZRX1200

Steve Farrell, 03 December 2008 13:30

Here's a first glimpse of Kawasaki’s stunning new ZRX1200. The retro muscle bike has been given a new lease of life with a ground-up redesign. Kawasaki ZRX1200s for sale Get MCN, on sale December 10, for full details and more pictures. 

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2009 Honda Fireblade ABS - First official pictures

Steve Farrell, 05 September 2008 17:58

The flagship Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade becomes the first superbike to get ABS in 2009 and comes in a range of new colours. Video: 2008 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade launch test The optional anti-lock brakes have been designed specifically for fast track riding. Honda claims that in tests of the anti-lock version against expert riders on non-ABS Blades, the experts needed several attempts before ...

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2009 Honda CBR600RR ABS - First official pictures

Steve Farrell, 05 September 2008 17:22

Honda has released the full details and pictures for the revised 2009 Honda CBR600RR ABS. The main news is the addition of Electronically-Controlled Combined ABS – an all-new ABS system using electronic control to not only regulate brake pressure to prevent wheels locking, but also to spread braking force between front and rear brakes to give optimum stopping. Video: Honda's ...

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Ducati 1098 recall

Steve Farrell, 14 May 2007 18:00

Ducati’s 1098 is being recalled over two separate problems, the firm said today, Monday, May 14, 2007. A statement issued by the firm said: “There are currently two safety recalls for the 1098 which are being dealt with under usual Department of Transport guidelines. The first recall concerns the cam belt pulley tensioners which were found to not be within ...


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