New bikes (Jan - Dec 2008)

  • My new GSX-R750 - better than I'd hope for

    23 March 2008 by Andy Harrod

    It was a cold wet saturday afternoon but that did not stop me going to pick up my new K8 GSX-R750. I was trading up from a K6 GSX-R600 and I must admit that this new bike had a lot to live up to. As soon as I left the dealer I could feel the bike still felt as comfy and precise as the bike i had just left behind. As it was wet and blowing a gale I had the excuse to...

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  • Prague 2008

    21 March 2008 by Dave Sandham

    Prague 2008

    I was over in Prague for a stag party when I happend to spot a group of bikers coming out of the underground station all carrying what looked like newly purchased motorcycle lids. I followed the trail...

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  • 2008 Aprilia Tuono colours revealed

    21 March 2008 by Chris Newbigging

    2008 Aprilia Tuono colours revealed

    Aprilia has released these pictures of the 2008-spec Tuono 1000 in new silver and orange colour schemes. In a break with Aprilia’s usual trend of painting their motorcycles in lairy colours with bold...

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  • Riders rush to buy the KTM RC8

    10 March 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Riders rush to buy the KTM RC8

    KTM has already pre-sold 180 of the 350 RC8’s destined to come to the UK. The motorcycle has been causing quite a stir since it was introduced last year so it is no surprise it is selling well. Watch...

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  • Wet weather leaves '08 bikes un-collected

    10 March 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Wet weather leaves '08 bikes un-collected

    Scotland’s weather isn’t known for being the most forgiving, but a particularly unpleasant start to March has impacted deliveries of new motorcycles in the country. Dealers who had geared up for the...

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  • Sbarro reveals four-wheeled motorcycle

    05 March 2008 by MCN Newsdesk

    Sbarro reveals four-wheeled motorcycle

    Geneva-based designer Franco Sbarro has revealed the Pendolauto concept bike at the annual Geneva Motor Show. The four-wheeled leaning "bike" uses independent front and rear suspension to allow it to...

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  • New Sachs SX1 Scooter

    04 March 2008 by Liam Marsden

    New Sachs SX1 Scooter

    Sachs has released a new learner-legal 50cc sport scooter – the SX1. The scooter features halogen and LED lights at the front and an LED light cluster at the rear. The SX1 has 12” tri-spoke alloy...

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  • Honda DN-01 price announced

    03 March 2008 by MCN Newsdesk

    Honda DN-01 price announced

    Honda has announced the price of its new DN-01 automatic motorcycle - but only in Japan. Over there, the innovative machine with its hydraulic drive system will cost 1,239,000 Yen, which translates to...

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  • The Tail of the Dragon

    29 February 2008 by Captain Keyes

    Valentino Rossi fan that loves bikes more than anything else. This video is a trip my buddies and I made to Deal's Gap or The Tail of the Dragon. It's a road on the TN, NC border that is 11 miles long and has 318 turns in it! Make the trip, it's worth it.

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  • Voxan GTV1200 tourer to go into production

    29 February 2008 by Chris Newbigging

    Voxan GTV1200 tourer to go into production

    Sources in France have told MCN that the Voxan GTV1200 touring motorcycle shown at last year’s Paris Motorcycle Show is being developed ready for 2009. The quirky-looking GTV1200 was shown as a...

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  • Honda DN-01 power and weight announced

    28 February 2008 by Chris Newbigging

    Honda DN-01 power and weight announced

    Honda has finally announced performance figures for the DN-01, four months after the production motorcycle was unveiled at the Tokyo show. The DN-01 makes a claimed 60bhp, and has a hefty claimed...

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  • Video: Aprilia RSV-4 in action

    27 February 2008 by Ben Purvis

    Last Friday Aprilia revealed the prototype of its new RSV-4 WSB challenger at a dealer meeting in Italy - and thanks to video-equipped mobile phones you can now even see and hear it in action. The bike was fired-up on stage at its unveiling, allowing dealers present to hear its 1000cc V4 engine running through a race exhaust. Although the machine has no visible redline on the rev counter, it reads...

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  • Casey Stoner tests new Ducati Monster 696

    22 February 2008 by Chris Newbigging

    Casey Stoner tests new Ducati Monster 696

    Ducati has released this video of Casey Stoner swinging a leg over the new 2008 Ducati Monster 696 on a recent trip to Ducati's Bologna factory. The MotoGP world champion shares his thoughts on bike's...

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  • Picture gallery: Bakker Grizzly All-Road

    19 February 2008 by Liam Marsden

    Picture gallery: Bakker Grizzly All-Road

    This crazy looking motorcycle is the Bakker Grizzly All-Road and is the creation of Dutch chassis specialist Nico Bakker. The motorcycle uses a tuned 2002 GSX-R1000 engine in a hand built frame. The...

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  • Repsol replica 2008 Honda Fireblade unveiled

    15 February 2008 by Chris Newbigging

    An Italian dealer has created the first 2008 Honda Fireblade in MotoGP replica Repsol colours. The new CBR1000RR is stock apart from the Dani Pedrosa and Nicky Hayden replica paint, and isn't due to be offered as an official model at the moment.  

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  • Sachs update MadAss 125 for 2008

    15 February 2008 by Liam Marsden

    Sachs update MadAss 125 for 2008

    German motorcycle firm Sachs has released an updated version of the MadAss 125. The changes for 2008 have been mostly cosmetic with the addition of matt black alloy wheels with polished rims and a...

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  • New colours for Ducati Monster 696 revealed

    15 February 2008 by Chris Newbigging

    New colours for Ducati Monster 696 revealed

    Ducati has revealed new colours for the Monster 696 launched at the Milan Show last year. As well as Ducati’s traditional red, the Monster 696 will also be available in white or black. Price is the...

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  • Spy pics: New BMW superbike breaks cover

    15 February 2008 by Ben Purvis, Photo: Friedrich Weisse

    Spy pics: New BMW superbike breaks cover

    This is the first picture of the near-finished version of BMW's new superbike which has appeared after the motorcycle was caught testing in Spain. You can read our full story on...

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  • Wallpaper gallery: Triumph Speed Triple

    14 February 2008 by Liam Marsden

    Wallpaper gallery: Triumph Speed Triple

    Triumph recently launched the latest version of its Speed Triple in Lanzarote. While the 2007 model was a hit, Triumph has made some subtle changes based on owners' opinions. The changes to the...

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  • Percy’s MV Agusta Brutale

    14 February 2008 by Ben Purvis

    Percy’s MV Agusta Brutale

    Just when you think MV Agusta can’t possibly launch another limited-edition version of one of its bikes, another one crops up – and the Brutale is the latest in line for the treatment. The all-white...

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  • Gallery: KTM RC4 leaked pictures

    13 February 2008 by Liam Marsden

    Gallery: KTM RC4 leaked pictures

    Last week KTM leaked official sketches of the RC8's little sibling, the RC4. The motorcycle first broke cover in 2007, testing in Cagiva Mito bodywork. On track it was only two seconds slower than the...

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  • BMW's uncrashable motorcycle

    13 February 2008 by Ben Purvis

    BMW's uncrashable motorcycle

    However hard kit manufacturers try to make crashing safer there’s always set to be a risk if you come off your motorcycle – but now manufacturers are working on ways to make the very act of falling...

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  • Triumph USA

    11 February 2008 by charlie colburn

    I am a Triumph rider from as far back as 1964. I am now riding a 2006 Rocket 3 and love it. It is better than any thing Harley Davidson make, allthough I love the bonnevilles they are not large enough for the USA. Unless you are happy with being the little dog. The rocket takes no prisoners. Come on with the new 1700cc's. Everything's big in Texas.

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  • First Kawasaki ZX-10R is competition prize

    08 February 2008 by Michael Carroll

    First Kawasaki ZX-10R is competition prize

    Kawasaki has announced the winner of a competition to win a 2008-spec ZX-10R. Stephen Crooks won the prize-draw, which was organised to attract customers to launch events conducted throughout...

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  • Honda announces Fireblade launch date

    01 February 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Honda announces Fireblade launch date

    Day two of the London Motorcycle Show saw Honda announce its latest CBR1000RR, XL700V Transalp, and CBF600 and 600S ABS models, which are due to be officially launched on February 21. The...

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  • Suzuki reveals 2008 GSX-R prices

    01 February 2008 by Ben Purvis

    Suzuki reveals 2008 GSX-R prices

    Suzuki revealed the final pricing of the new GSX-R600 and 750 at the MCN London Motorcycle Show and announced plans for a limited-edition white version. Click here for news from the Suzuki GSX-R 750...

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  • Picture gallery: Insanity 749 minibike

    30 January 2008 by Liam Marsden

    Picture gallery: Insanity 749 minibike

    The Insanity 749 minibike is claimed to be the smallest road legal motorcycles in the UK. MCN road tester Phil West reviews the bike in this weeks MCN (Wednesday 30th January) and we have a...

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  • Video: Honda EVO6 concept looks good for producation

    29 January 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    Honda's EVO6 concept bike that was unveiled at the Tokyo show in October could well be making its way into production. Factory insiders have confirmed to MCN that the 1800cc flat-six naked bike is seriously being considered. You can read the full article in the January 30 edition of MCN but in the mean-time check out the video on the right for a view of the bike on stage at the Tokyo show.

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  • Triumph launches tweaked 2008 Sprint ST

    29 January 2008 by Chris Newbigging

    Triumph has just launched the 2008 Sprint ST with detail changes based on customer feedback. The bike now has a steel fuel tank to allow the use of magnetic tank bags, a new headlamp design to improve night vision and new footrests are claimed to be covered with more durable rubber. The bike’s engine, chassis and bodywork is otherwise unchanged. It costs £7999 (£8599 for the ABS version) on the...

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  • New Peugeot Sum up 125cc scooter

    28 January 2008 by Liam Marsden

    New Peugeot Sum up 125cc scooter

    Peugeot has announced the release of their brand new scooter, the Sum Up 125cc. The scooter features halogen headlights and a broad two person seat, ideal for carrying a pillion. Under the seat is the...

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  • MCN Daily 25/01/08: Your daily video motorcycle news

    25 January 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    In episode 32 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show we hear Ken Livingstone proposing all urban areas of London get a 20mph speed limit, the first UK delivery of a Ducati Desmosedici takes place and Dani Pedrosa's succesful hand surgery means he should be back riding next month.  Subscribe to this podcast with RSS  Subscribe with iTunes Check out the video below...

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