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Cologne Show: New BMW R1200R

MCN, 29 September 2014 17:07

• 1170cc water-cooled boxer twin• 125bhp / 92lbft • Conventional fork The R1200R has never really been a big hit in the UK market; it lacks the cool of the R1200GS, the touring talents of the R1200RT and despite its talent of just being a no-nonsense boxer-powered roadster it’s been hard to get excited by. BMW is hoping the new 125bhp water-cooled motor ...

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Cologne Show: Suzuki’s new V-Strom 650

MCN, 29 September 2014 16:08

• 645cc liquid-cooled V-twin• 68bhp / 44lbft• Wire wheels• V-Strom 1000 style ‘Beak’• Optional hard luggage The massively popular V-Strom 650 has been a real gem in the Suzuki range over the last decade, and 2015 sees it get a decent raft of updates to make it even more relevant for riders looking to cross continents, with the massive millstone of a large capacity adventure ...

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Cologne Show: Triumph Street Triple RX

MCN, 29 September 2014 15:23

• 675cc inline-triple• 105bhp / 50lbft• Daytona 675 tail unit• Quickshifter as standard• Seat cowl, belly pan & fly screen The naked middleweight market has been dominated by Triumph’s Street Triple ever since it first launched in a maelstrom of surprise and giggling back in 2007. The R model only added to the depth of the naked’s talents, and both models continue to attract a ...

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Harley-Davidson: ‘LiveWire is just the start'

Andy Downes, 18 July 2014 12:47

Harley-Davidson President vows to show the world what the company is capable of. Harley-Davidson stunned the world with the launch of the all-electric LiveWire two weeks ago, and MCN was amongst the very first in the world to test the new bike, but according to Harley president Matt Levatich, this is just the beginning.Levatich explained to MCN how it was ...

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Who says electric bikes are only for geeks?

Andy Downes, 15 July 2014 11:04

Hot on the heels of Harley’s surprisingly-cool LiveWire, new start-up electric bike company Lito has gone into production with this stunning-looking bike called the Sora, with claims of a 119mph top speed and a combined city and highway range of around 125 miles. The bike manages to look a lot more stylish than many electric offerings, but is also packing ...

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New Suzuki DR200S for US

MCN, 02 July 2014 11:18

Suzuki has recently unveiled their 2015 off-road range, which includes the DR200S you see here. The DR200S uses a 199cc air-cooled engine which should provide enough punch for town riding without being too intimidating on the trails. Unfortunately, due to Europe's strict emissions laws the little DR won't be coming to the UK. At the moment it's a US-only model. ...

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Harley goes electric with Livewire

Andy Downes, 19 June 2014 09:12

Harley-Davidson has now officially released information and images on the all-new Livewire which is the firm’s first foray into the world of electric power and also makes it the first mainstream manufacturer to produce an electric motorcycle. The all-electric Livewire has a 55kW three phase electric motor which produces the equivalent of 74bhp and insiders suggest it has a claimed ...

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Ducati makes official announcement on Scrambler

Andy Downes, 09 June 2014 13:39

Ducati has at last officially confirmed the existence of the new Scrambler model and also presented a prototype model to the workers at the factory in Bologna on Monday. There are still no official images of the bike at this stage and the bike was locked away inside a large yellow container where small groups of employees were shown the ...

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New Monster 800 revealed

Andy Downes, 28 May 2014 10:00

This is the new water-cooled Monster 821 which joins the range below the recently launched 1200 version to replace the outgoing Monster 796. The bike is powered by the 821cc Testastretta 11 V-twin engine first seen in the Hypermotard which has 112bhp along with the completely overhauled styling, chassis and running gear first seen with the bigger 1200cc model. MCN ...

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Turbos or superchargers: Which are you most excited about?

MCN, 16 April 2014 09:07

Turbos and Superchargers are set to make a comeback on motorcycles, with Suzuki's Recursion concept looking most likely to be the first to bring the turbo back, and Kawasaki looking close to releasing a supercharged Ninja. But which are you most excited about?

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