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Cologne Show: New Triumph Bonnevilles

MCN, 30 September 2014 11:30

Bonneville Spirit edition • T100 based retro• Chopped mudguards• Minimalist black headlamp• £7499 Since 1959, when the Triumph Bonneville launched, riders have been customising and making them their own. Over the decades Bonneville has spawned countless customs from landspeed record holders to the most contemporary of custom specials. This ‘Spirit’ is one of three new classic special editions, and boasts a Spirit Blue / ...

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Cologne Show: Radical Kawasaki Ninja H2

MCN, 29 September 2014 16:48

• 998cc supercharged inline-four• 296bhp / 115lbft (est)• 200mph+ capability• Trellis frame• Single-sided swingarm It’s been a long time coming, but there’s no doubt whatsoever that Kawasaki’s new Ninja H2R has been worth the wait. The sharp eyed will already have spotted the lack of headlamps, a numberplate hanger, indicators and mirrors (not to mention the fitment of slick Bridgestone V01 rubber), but don’t despair, ...

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Cologne Show: KTM 1290 Super Adventure

MCN, 29 September 2014 16:33

• 1301cc liquid-cooled V-twin• 160bhp / 100ftlb (est)• Bigger fairing for more protection• Semi-active suspension• Optional ‘hill hold control’ MCN showed you the 2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure back in mid August, prompting an official release from KTM two weeks later confirming the model, but offering little more details. Now the bike has been officially unveiled at Cologne, we have confirmation for all our assumptions ...

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Cologne Show: All-new Suzuki GSX-S1000

MCN, 29 September 2014 15:48

• 999cc inline-four• 155bhp (est) / 80lbft (est)• GSX-R1000 K5 engine• All-new chassis• 3-mode traction control If disaffected sportsbike owners need somewhere to channel their desires to – Suzuki’s new GSX-S1000F could well have the answer. It’s not an adventure bike, retro, cruiser or even a sports-tourer – no, this is what sports-tourers should have become, and there’s a naked version, too. Based around the ...

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Cologne Show: Aprilia Caponord Rally revealed

MCN, 26 September 2014 10:20

Aprilia has added a new model to the Caponord 1200 range in the form of this heavily-optioned Rally version which gets a host of new parts aimed at appealing to long distance riders and those who might take the bike off road for light use. The Rally model gets a 19 inch spoked front wheel, 24-litre fuel tank, LED running lights, a ...

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Is there any point in a 250bhp road bike?

MCN, 18 September 2014 17:29

Kawasaki’s all-new supercharged H2 is going to be packed with high-spec components, will pump out around 250bhp and is expected to cost in excess of £20,000. But is there any point in a 250bhp plus road going sportsbike?

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Best sellers: Kawasaki ER-6f

MCN, 29 August 2014 14:26

The 10 best-selling bikes in Britain for the first half of 2014 makes fascinating reading. BMW holds three out of the top five positions (for bikes over 125cc); the best-selling bike in the UK is one of the most expensive you can buy, especially in fully loaded trim, and there isn’t a sports bike in sight – with only the ...

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Penalty for mobile use could double

MCN, 08 August 2014 12:01

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has suggested the penalty for using a mobile phone while driving could be doubled from three points to six, backing up Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe's similar call. The increased penalties would also mean any driver convicted twice in three years would get banned from driving as a result of totting up points. The transport ...

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Has Cal Crutchlow made the right move defecting to Honda?

MCN, 07 August 2014 09:20

Two weeks ago Cal Crutchlow was staying with Ducati for the second year of his contract, but now he's announced he'll be moving to the LCR Honda squad in 2015.

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Testing time for teens

MCN, 04 August 2014 09:30

Stricter motorcycle licence rules have caused a massive drop in young riders taking their tests. New learner rider rules introduced in January last year stopped under-19s from riding anything bigger than a 125cc bike, even if they pass a motorcycle test where previously they could take a step up to a larger-capacity bike once the test was passed. Recent figures ...

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