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Aggressive new Z1000 unveiled in Milan

Phil West, 05 November 2013 09:52

Kawasaki has just unveiled this significantly new Z1000 super naked at the Milan Show. Although not completely new – the basic engine and chassis are unchanged, for example – Kawasaki’s super naked has received a raft of changes to the powertrain, chassis, equipment and, most obviously, styling which effectively renders it an all-new machine. The key changes are as follows: ...

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Triumph's 2014 newcomers revealed

Phil West, 05 November 2013 09:30

Triumph is revamping its cruiser line-up for 2014 with two new ‘baggers’, a new Thunderbird variant called the Commander and updates to both the entry-level, Bonneville-based America and Speedmaster. Plus there’s a special edition version of the Tiger 800 XC. The star of the cruiser line-up is the Thunderbird LT (which stands for ‘Light Touring’). a ‘bagger’ version of the ...

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Video: Honda CB1100 old vs new

Phil West, 16 March 2013 12:30

The all-new Honda CB1100 is intended as a faithful 'homage' not juut to the original CB750K0 of 1969 but also to Honda's whole family of celebrated air-cooled CB fours of the '70s. But how well does it pull it off? brightcove.createExperiences();

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WK 650i: the first big bike from China

Phil West, 27 July 2012 16:23

The Chinese motorcycle industry has been churning out big, big numbers for a long time – over 50% of the world’s motorcycles are built there after all. Until now, however, they’ve often been small capacity copies; scooters and learner bikes built for commuters yet dismissed by true enthusiasts as cheap and poor quality. But one ‘large number’ has eluded them ...

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Harley-Davidson Softail Slim first ride

Phil West, 17 February 2012 15:34

Considering the turmoil Harley-Davidson has been through the last couple of years, what with plummeting US sales, the MV and Buell shockers and the little matter of having to restructure fundamentally its main production facillity, it’s more than a little encouraging that the American legend has any new models at all for 2012. And while the word ‘new’, in typical ...

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New Harley-Davidson 72 and Softail Slim unveiled

Phil West, 02 February 2012 09:58

Say hello to Harley-Davidson’s brand new ‘Seventy-Two’ and Softail Slim – its two major new model releases for 2012. The XL1200V Seventy Two is based on the 1200 Sportster and inspired by the metalflake and ape-hangered customs of the early 1970s – hence the name. Key features are its small peanut tank, high, pull back bars, big 21 inch wire ...

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Hollyoaks star launches Bennetts babe search

Phil West, 31 January 2012 11:45

Hollyoaks star Jorgie Porter, who’s also fresh out of the BBC’s Dancing on Ice is the face of the 2012 search for the Bennetts Babes Squad The bike insurance specialists is looking for a new set of eight beauties to become its Babes Squad for 2012. Now in its ninth year, the competition has played a big part in the ...

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'We wanted to create the ultimate Speed Triple'

Phil West, 26 December 2011 15:00

Triumph’s imminent new ‘R’ version of its best-selling super naked is much more than a cosmetic update, MCN can now reveal – in fact it’s been conceived to be “the ultimate Speed Triple”! So, where previous ‘R’ Triumphs, like the Street Triple and 675 Daytona, benefit mostly from uprated suspension and brakes, the new Speed Triple R goes significantly further ...

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Victory’s new ‘Hard-Ball’

Phil West, 12 December 2011 11:22

This is Victory’s new 2012 Hard-Ball – created by blending the American  firm’s recent High-Ball cruiser and its Cross Country pannier-equipped tourers. Or, to put it another way, it’s a ‘bagger’ version of the fat-tyred, new-for-2011 High-Ball – itself characterised by its novel, two-way adjustable ape hanger handlebars. The bike will be available only in black with red pinstripes and ...

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Honda's V4 Crosstourer GS-rival gets sporty edge

Phil West, 17 November 2011 11:18

Honda’s all-new adventure bike – the V4 Crosstourer – is significantly different to the prototype version first unveiled a year ago and will bring new sophistication, technology and riding pleasure to the class, its design chief has revealed in an exclusive interview with MCN. Yosuke Hasegawa is Honda’s Large Project Leader – in charge of not only the Crosstourer project ...

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