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Akrapovic Morsus: If Carlsberg built custom bikes...

Trevor Franklin, 27 December 2011 14:00

Factory customs don’t get any more ‘factory’ than this. Say hello to Morsus, a unique custom machine built for aftermarket exhaust giant Akrapovic. They commissioned specialists Dreamachine Motorcycles of Slovenia to build a bike to promote Akrapovics new range of custom exhausts. Morsus is the result. And what a result. It went from drawing to finished article in just two-and-a-half ...

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Video: Ducati Monster 1100S

Trevor Franklin, 06 January 2009 11:35

MCN road tester Trevor Franklin already tested the new Ducati Monster 1100 at the launch, but how does the 1100cc V-twin powered naked fair on bumpy British roads? Trev has tested the 1100S version on UK roads and here's some of his thoughts: "The new Ducati Monster 1100S scores highly straight from the off. "The combo of stiff chassis and ...

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Video: LSL Kawasaki Clubman W 740R road test

Trevor Franklin, 29 December 2008 13:00

Kawasaki's W650 surfaced in 1998 and dipped back under the radar sometime in 2003. Based on a very early Kawasaki model from an age where where hippies were all the rage (and itself a very good copy of 1960s Brit-iron), this delightful two-wheeled slice of nostalgia could never be tagged a performance machine and was sadly out of date when ...

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Video: AC Schnitzer F800 GS tested

Trevor Franklin, 12 December 2008 13:06

German tuning company AC Schnitzer has developed an excellent reputation for producing some stunning aftermarket accessories for all manner of BMW motorcycles. Most recently it has turned its attentions to that stunning workhorse the BMW F800GS. But rather than simply adding on choice bits and pieces, this time it has developed a complete new model: an F800GS supermoto. Replacing the ...

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Video: Ducati 1198 first ride

Trevor Franklin, 20 November 2008 10:58

Just as we were all thinking the Ducati 1098 was the best V-twin ever, out of nowhere Ducati's 1198 appears and you can see it here in our video. Watch Troy Bayliss riding the Ducati 1198 MCN senior road tester Trevor Franklin travelled to Portugal's Circuito de Algarve to get the first ride of Ducati's 1198 to see if bigger ...

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Video: Miles Per Gallon Fuel Test

Trevor Franklin, 12 November 2008 15:45

With the downward spiral from credit crunch to full-on recession MCN senior roadtester Trevor Franklin wanted to see if the economy of motorcycles can still be highly prized. To find out Trevor took Suzuki's Sixteen, BMW's F650GS, Kawasaki's Z1000 and a Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade to Bruntingthorpe testing circuit in Leicestershire to conduct two tests. How far would a gallon of ...

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Video: Ducati Desmosedici RR top speed test

Trevor Franklin, 30 June 2008 16:14

MCN has ridden the Ducati Desmosedici RR before but we've never had the chance to take the motorcycle out on a proving ground and really test the full performance of the MotoGP replica. Check out the video below to see the bike in action at Elvington test facility as we try out the Desmosedici's full acceleration and top speed. Find ...

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Video: Full volume Ducati Desmosedici comes to MCN

Trevor Franklin, 06 June 2008 10:00

Ever wondered what Ducati’s exclusive Desmosedici RR sounds like? Well, to be honest, with the stock exhaust can the motorcycle sounds pretty much like two Ducati 1098 side-by-side. But, as we at MCN discovered when it arived at our offices, if you swap the standard unit for the ‘race’ version – part of the Desmosedici package – you get a near as dammit MotoGP bike. ...

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Video: Triumph Bonneville Evel Knievel replica

Trevor Franklin, 27 March 2008 15:20

In 1968 Evel Knievel jumped the Caesar's Palace casino fountains on a Triumph Bonneville T120. To make sure that the Las Vegas event isn't forgotten Triumph specialist dealer Jack Lilley has built a motorcycle to commemorate the fact it was Triumph who kickstarted Knievel's career. Watch the video below to see what MCN Chief road tester Trevor Franklin thought of ...

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Video: Have Buell solved their 1125R problems?

Trevor Franklin, 13 March 2008 10:59

The launch of Buell's 1125R last year showed it to be a woefully under developed motorcycle and six months later, Buell claims that all the problems have been sorted. MCN chief road tester Trevor Franklin travelled to Seville to test the Buell on the roads and the twisting Monteblanco circuit. Watch the video to see the bike put through it's ...

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