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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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Kawasaki ER-6n revamped

Ben Purvis, 10 October 2011 14:00

Kawasaki’s ER-6n has been heavily updated for 2012 as these pictures show. The naked middleweight shares mechanical components with the faired ER-6f and gets the same changes as that bike, including a new twin-tube steel frame, new swingarm, retuned engine and revised seating position. The bodywork has gained better-defined angles and curves and the headlight and instrument panel have become ...

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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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Suzuki's 250cc mini B-King

Ben Purvis, 23 July 2009 13:49

Suzuki is preparing to launch this miniaturised 250cc take on the B-King theme as part of its 2010 range – filling a vital hole in its range for new riders. Find 250cc motorcycles for sale Where Suzuki has long known the vital importance of offering mid-range bikes – its line-up of 600cc-class models is simply enormous – the firm has ...

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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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Honda VFR1200 is the basis for new Pan European

Ben Purvis, 09 July 2009 14:55

As well as creating a V4 replacement for the Blackbird, Honda’s engineers have been working flat-out on a full-scale tourer using the same engine and chassis wrapped in completely different skin.   Find a Honda Pan European for sale While the new Honda V4 was revealed as a concept last year, Honda has said nothing about this touring version, revealed here ...

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Honda V4: tech details of the VFR1200 revealed

Ben Purvis, 08 July 2009 14:50

The VFR1200 is set to take Honda into the next decade by attracting virtually every sort of rider – combining effortless touring ability, race-sharp handling and everyday practicality into a single package.    More news and info on the VFR1200 Can't wait for the Honda V4? Try one of these... UK Exclusive: New Honda V4 spied in action Perhaps the biggest surprise is ...

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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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