New bikes (March 2007)

  • BMW SportBoxer spotted

    30 March 2007 by Ben Purvis

    BMW SportBoxer spotted

    BMW’S forthcoming Le Mans race bike has been spotted testing at Cartagena in Spain – and alongside two racers appears to be something closer to the road-going HP2 Sport road-going superbike. The two...

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  • Three new Yamahas to be shown in Japan

    29 March 2007 by Ben Purvis

    Three new Yamahas to be shown in Japan

    Yamaha is to show a rash of new models at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show in Japan this weekend. Three new bikes – the WR250R, WR250X and YP250 Majesty scooter - will be unveiled. The two WRs are both fully...

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  • Derbi's race-rep Senda supermoto

    29 March 2007 by Ben Purvis

    Derbi's race-rep Senda supermoto

    Derbi has released this garish version of its Senda supermoto in the colours of its Malassi race team. The bike is set to go on sale in Europe at a cost of 3450 Euros (£2350), although UK...

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  • Airbag Goldwings arrive in June

    29 March 2007 by Ben Purvis

    Airbag Goldwings arrive in June

    Honda has announced its airbag-equipped Goldwing is to finally go into production in its American factory in the near future, with the first machines arriving in American dealerships on June 29,...

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  • Aprilia plans 1200cc onslaught

    29 March 2007 by Ben Purvis

    Aprilia plans 1200cc onslaught

    Aprilia insiders have confirmed it's working on a range of 1200cc bikes based on a bigger version of the new Shiver's 750 V-twin. The motor will be stretched from 749cc to 1149cc by increasing the...

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  • Ducati delivers gift packs for Desmo owners

    29 March 2007 by Andy Downes

    Ducati delivers gift packs for Desmo owners

    Prospective Ducati Desmosedici RR owners have received gift packs preparing them for the arrival of the bikes later this year. The gift packs – sealed inside black envelopes and needing to be signed...

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  • Video: Harley XR1200 in action

    26 March 2007 by Angus Farquhar

    Video: Harley XR1200 in action

    We've seen Harley's incredible XR1200 prototype sitting on trade stands and even there it looks impressive, but now you can see it in action. The bike, which is based on Harley's old flat-track...

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  • Roehr superbike revealed

    26 March 2007 by Ben Purvis

    Roehr superbike revealed

    An American-made superbike powered by Harley-Davidson's V-Rod engine has finally been revealed by designer Walter Roehrich. The V-Roehr has been under development for several years, and is set to go...

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  • King of the road

    25 March 2007 by Anonymous

    King of the road

    I had never seen or heard of the Boss Hoss until my mate, Steve Drinkwater emailed me a picture of one. From then on I had to have one, so I imported one myself. I own the small...

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  • Kawasaki Z750 first launch pics

    23 March 2007 by Trevor Franklin

    Kawasaki Z750 first launch pics

    MCN Chief Roadtester Trevor Franklin reports from Alicante, Spain on the launch of the revamped Kawasaki Z750. “Kawasaki’s Z750 continues the trend of being an agile performer. Though the previous...

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  • BMW heads to Le Mans

    23 March 2007 by Ben Purvis

    BMW heads to Le Mans

    This is the first works road race bike to emerge from BMW in 50 years – a prototype racer which will appear at the Le Mans 24 hours next month. Based on an R1200S, the prototype will race in the...

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  • Bimota Tesi 3D: World first ride

    22 March 2007 by Michael Neeves

    Bimota Tesi 3D: World first ride

    MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves has just become the first rider, other than Bimota personnel, to ride the third generation Bimota Tesi, the 3D. "Just one example of this radical, hub-centre...

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  • New Nexus 125

    22 March 2007 by Ben Purvis

    New Nexus 125

    Gilera has revealed its new Nexus 125 scooter this afternoon - the smallest machine in the firm's sporty Nexus range. The 125, which is launched alongside an updated 250cc version, gets a 14.5bhp...

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  • Aprilia 750 sports bike confirmed

    16 March 2007 by Chris Newbigging

    Aprilia 750 sports bike confirmed

    Early news has come from the Aprilia factory that the faired version of the 750cc v-twin Shiver predicted by MCN in early February will be one of a line up of new models on the way from Aprilia for...

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  • Honda's new 125cc S-Wing

    15 March 2007 by Chris Newbigging

    Honda's new 125cc S-Wing

    This is Honda’s new smaller-engined sibling to the Silverwing 600. Called the S-Wing 125 (not ‘swing’), it uses the fuel injected four-stroke 125 motor from the PS125 in a larger, more protective...

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  • New Hornet dyno tested

    15 March 2007 by Chris Newbigging

    New Hornet dyno tested

    Tests have revealed that the new Honda Hornetmakes 98bhp on an independent dyno – only two bhp shy of Honda’s claimed output. The bike uses a detuned version of the latest CBR600RR engine instead...

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  • Stelvio back to the drawing board

    15 March 2007 by Ben Purvis

    Stelvio back to the drawing board

    After being shown to dealers in a secret meeting last month, Moto Guzzi’s Stelvio has been sent back the firm’s R&D department to have a series of alterations made. Guzzi insiders say the bike...

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  • Kawasaki MotoGP rep

    15 March 2007 by Ben Purvis

    Kawasaki MotoGP rep

    Kawasaki Netherlands has released a limited-edition MotoGP replica version of its ZX-10R – but it’s based on last year’s colours and riders. The 50-off limited-edition run gives the bikes an Akrapovic...

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  • TT celebration GSX-Rs revealed

    15 March 2007 by Ben Purvis

    TT celebration GSX-Rs revealed

    Suzuki has revealed the 600 and 750cc versions of its limited-edition GSX-R TT range. Designed to celebrate the centenary of the Isle of Man TT, the bikes get exclusive paint schemes unlike any other...

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  • Exciting vision of six new Italian beauties

    14 March 2007 by Oberdan Bezzi

    Exciting vision of six new Italian beauties

    I am a freelance bike designer and have come up with some imaginary concepts for the big Italian bike factories. They're all just my idea of what they should build - not based on any facts or special...

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  • Reader poll

    14 March 2007 by Ben Purvis

    Reader poll

    What do you want to see from the next generation of super-fast sports tourers? Both Honda's Blackbird and Suzuki's Hayabusa are reaching the end of their lives, but what do you want their replacements...

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  • Suzuki reveals TT GSX-R

    14 March 2007 by Ben Purvis

    Suzuki reveals TT GSX-R

    Suzuki has officially revealed the first of three limited-edition GSX-Rs it will sell this year to celebrate the centenary of the Isle of Man TT. The first bike – the GSX-R1000TT – will be joined by a...

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  • Honda's Spencer tribute

    13 March 2007 by Ben Purvis

    Honda's Spencer tribute

    Honda today revealed a tribute to former world champion Freddie Spencer in the form of a new limited-edition CB750. The bike, which will only be sold in Japan, features paintwork derived from...

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  • Street triple launch date leaked

    12 March 2007 by Chris Newbigging

    Street triple launch date leaked

    Word has leaked from the Triumph factory that the new Street Triple 675 is to be launched at this year's Tridays event on June 29 - July 1. The three day event in Neukirchen, Germany will be the...

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  • Ecosse Heretic on sale in UK

    09 March 2007 by Rob Hull

    Ecosse Heretic on sale in UK

    Got about £30K to part with? Then how about getting your hands of one of only 100 Ecosse Heretics ever made. Brand spanking new in 2005, the Heretic would set you back over £45,000, but that was only...

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  • KTM's 690SM launch

    08 March 2007 by Adam Child

    KTM's 690SM launch

    KTM is launching its brand new 690 Supermoto in Spain and Road Tester Adam Child is on hand to give his first impressions: The 690SM is an entirely new bike from the Austrian manufacturer, which was...

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  • Megamoto to compete

    08 March 2007 by Rob Hull

    Megamoto to compete

    Three BMW Megamotos will participate in this years Belgain Moto Tour from May 16 – 19. This will be the first competitive appearance for the radical new BMW on a World Championship stage. Brothers,...

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  • Tesi 3D goes testing

    08 March 2007 by Chris Newbigging

    Tesi 3D goes testing

    Bimota has released these snapshots of the new Tesi 3D undergoing final stages of development. The 3D is the latest evolution of Bimota’s hub-steer bikes dating back to the 1980s. The Tesi is famed...

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  • KTM reveals X-Bow sports car

    07 March 2007 by Ben Purvis

    KTM reveals X-Bow sports car

    KTM officially launched its X-Bow sportscar in Geneva yesterday - announcing plans to make 500 of the £27,000 machines each year. Initially, 100 of the cars will be made in Italy by race car...

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  • World’s fastest production bike revealed

    07 March 2007 by Ben Purvis

    World’s fastest production bike revealed

    MV Agusta today revealed the new F4R 312 – which it claims is the fastest production bike in the world. Replacing the previous F4R, the new 312 version is named after its 312km/h top speed – which is...

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  • Triumph’s naked 675 confirmed

    06 March 2007 by Chris Newbigging

    Triumph’s naked 675 confirmed

    After 18 months of denying its existence, MCN can exclusively reveal that the naked version of the Daytona 675 is finally finished. Dealers are now taking orders on the bike – and we’ve got an MCN...

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  • Hypermotard impresses

    06 March 2007 by Rob Hull

    Hypermotard impresses

    Ducati MotoGP test rider Vito Guareschi has been putting the Hypermotard through its final stages of development at the Mores circuit in Sardinia before the official global release in May. Guareschi...

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  • BMW's 450 Enduro - First look

    06 March 2007 by Tom Rayner

    BMW's 450 Enduro - First look

    Here's the world’s first pictures of BMW’s prototype 450cc enduro bike. The next-generation beemer was spotted undergoing final tests as part of the Uelsen Enduro race in Germany at the weekend. The...

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  • Three-wheeled MP3 at music awards

    05 March 2007 by Chris Newbigging

    Three-wheeled MP3 at music awards

    Piaggio’S three-wheeled scooter, the MP3, was guest of honour backstage at the music industry's BRIT awards. The scooter was signed by all of the winning artists and performers, including Lily Allen,...

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