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New Aprilia Caponord 1200 revealed

Ben Purvis, 06 February 2012 10:52

This is the long-anticipated Aprilia Caponord, designed to rival machines such as Ducati's Multistrada 1200 as a road-oriented dual-sport-tourer. The bike was snapped at Piaggio Group’s annual dealer convention in Monte Carlo just days after MCN discovered patent diagrams showing the same bike (see MCN out this Wednesday). Referred to as either the Tuareg or Caponord, both revivals of old ...

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All new 2012 Kawasaki ER6f

Ben Purvis, 10 October 2011 14:00

Kawasaki's ER-6f has been given a complete makeover for 2012 – but you might have to look hard at these pictures to spot the difference. Despite similar styling to the current version, the budget middleweight gets its biggest round of changes since its launch six years ago. Updates include a completely new tubular steel chassis, a 'banana' shaped twin-tube swingarm, adjustable-height ...

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New ZZR1400: “Fastest accelerating production bike”

Ben Purvis, 10 October 2011 14:00

The 2012 ZZR1400 will be the fastest production bike in the world off the line, according to manufacturer Kawasaki. Specifications haven’t been officially revealed but sources in Japan say power is in excess of 200bhp. Kawasaki said in an official statement it would be "the world’s fastest accelerating production motorcycle".  Professional drag racer Rickey Gadson has already managed a 1/8th ...

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Kawasaki's supercharged ZZR1400 plans

Ben Purvis, 10 August 2011 14:11

Kawasaki is working on a supercharged four-cylinder bike as a replacement for the mighty ZZR1400. A flurry of new patent documents from the company show enough detail to suggest the idea of supercharging a new high-performance machine is far more than just an engineering exercise. Recent power increases in 1000cc superbikes, exemplified by the 190bhp BMW S1000RR, have created a ...

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Tech guide: How the Honda VFR1200 can switch from V4 to parallel twin

Ben Purvis, 09 July 2009 15:26

The Honda V4's radical design means that the 200bhp engine’s cylinders can be shut down, turning the V4 into a parallel-twin, so it can sip fuel on the commute and chase superbikes at the weekend.  Honda is giving nothing away. The only official information from the company is that it’s a V4. But our monitoring of patents filed by the firm reveals it’s a ...

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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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Video: Custom Ducati goes into production

Ben Purvis, 07 May 2008 11:00

Custom motorcycle designer Jens vom Brauck has decided to put his Moto Scrambler Ducati special into production.Vom Brauck was crowned winner of the Design Your Dream Ducati competition in 2004 and we have already ridden the special that the new bike is based on.Watch the video to below to see the Scrambler in action and the video on the right to see one of ...

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Four-wheeled "motorcycle" due for launch this week

Ben Purvis, 04 March 2008 14:51

This four-wheeled tilting motorcycle is set to be unveiled this week at the Geneva motor show. Created by madcap Swiss design firm Sbarro - famous in the past for its prototype bikes built around hubless wheels - the Pendolauto is a similar concept to Yamaha's recently revealed Tesseract concept bike, designed to offer the experience of a two-wheeler, but with ...

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Radical Ducati Cafe Racer

Ben Purvis, 09 January 2008 10:30

Spanish tuner Radical Ducati is set to launch its first complete homologated road bike later this month - the RAD 02 Cafe Racer. Designed around Ducati's two-valve and three-valve V-twin engines, the bike has been developed around two versions of Radical Ducati's own frame, in either aluminium or steel. The aluminium frame weighs just 4.1kg, while the steel version is ...

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Picture special: The Radd-ical Suzuki GSX-R1000

Ben Purvis, 27 December 2007 08:00

The designer of Yamaha’s GTS1000 has turned his hand to superbikes by creating this awesome hub-centre-steered version of Suzuki’s GSX-R1000. James Parker has spent decades working on alternative front suspension systems, and his designs have led to the only mass-produced hub-centre-steered machine ever offered in the form of the Yamaha GTS1000. And now he hopes his latest version will also ...

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