New bikes (Jan - Dec 2009)

  • Yamaha reveal futuristic electric scooter

    23 October 2009 by Luke FitzGerald

    Yamaha reveal futuristic electric scooter

    Yamaha have unveiled two electric concept scooters, the EC-F and the EC-Fs, at the Tokyo Motor Show. Described by Yamaha as "electric commuter vehicles", they are far more ambitious in design than...

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  • Kawasaki 1400GTR First Ride!

    23 October 2009 by Adam Child

    Kawasaki 1400GTR First Ride!

    The 2010 Kawasaki GTR1400 has incredible traction control according to our man who is testing the bike on wet and cold Tuscan roads. At the launch of the new 2010 Kawasaki GTR1400 MCN's Adam Child...

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  • Zero emissions Suzuki Burgman unveiled

    23 October 2009 by Laura Kennerley

    Zero emissions Suzuki Burgman unveiled

    The new Suzuki Burgman fuel cell scooter will be available in the UK within months. The zero emissions scooter is due to be unveiled at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show today. The scooter has been developed...

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  • Moto Morini unveils up-dated Granpasso

    23 October 2009 by Laura Kennerley

    Moto Morini unveils up-dated Granpasso

    Engineers at the Bologna factory have concentrated on ergonomic changes and improvements to the off-road handling of the 118bhp v-twin. The handlebars have been upgraded with risers that allow...

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  • VFR1200F shaft drive explained

    23 October 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    VFR1200F shaft drive explained

    Honda has made a big deal of its unique shaft drive on the VFR – but the initial information didn’t explain exactly how it works or why it’s better. MCN has clarified the advantages of the design –...

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  • Video: Honda VFR1200F 360 view

    21 October 2009 by MCN

    Video: Honda VFR1200F 360 view

    MCN's Andy Downes will be testing the new VFR1200F in Japan later this week, but right now he's at the Toyko motor show and he just sent back this quick mobilephone video showing 360-degrees of the...

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  • New Yamaha Tenere concept is made of cloth!

    21 October 2009 by Andy Downes

    New Yamaha Tenere concept is made of cloth!

    Yamaha has shocked the Tokyo Motor Show crowds by unveiling a concept version of the new Super Tenere which is due for release next year. Weirdly, the concept bike is made of cloth, though...

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  • Yamaha launches two new X-Max scooter models

    16 October 2009 by Laura Kennerley

    Yamaha launches two new X-Max scooter models

    Yamaha has unveiled two new X-Max scooters – with 250cc and 125cc engines. The new X-Max’s have new rigid frames, increased storage capacity and a new dashboard design.   They echo the...

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  • Video: Ducati Hypermotard 796 promo

    16 October 2009 by MCN

    The new Ducati Hypermotard 796 is a smaller version of the Hypermotard 1100, with an all-new engine and a lighter, lower chassis aimed at new riders. Here's Ducati's promotional video for the new bike.  

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  • Inside the technology of the VFR1200F

    16 October 2009 by Andy Downes

    Inside the technology of the VFR1200F

    Honda has spent years developing the technology making up the new VFR1200F – some of it will only be making an appearance on future versions – but this is the first close look at the technology...

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  • VFR1200F test rider speaks

    14 October 2009 by Andy Downes

    VFR1200F test rider speaks

    Honda test rider Dave Hancock is adamant the new VFR1200F is so good it will change the world of bikes for the next decade. More info on the Honda VFR1200 Hancock has been a Honda test rider for the...

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  • 2010 Ducati Multistrada squares up against GS

    14 October 2009 by Marc Potter

    2010 Ducati Multistrada squares up against GS

    These latest exclusive pictures of Ducati’s new 2010 Multistrada show the Italian firm is going straight after sales of BMW’s R1200GS. The extreme test conducted on a motocross track was spotted...

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  • 10th Anniversary Yamaha TMAX WHITE MAX

    08 October 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    10th Anniversary Yamaha TMAX WHITE MAX

    To celebrate 10 years of the Yamaha TMAX 500 maxi-scooter, the firm is released a limited-edition white version. Technically the scooter is the same 500cc parallel twin as the 2008/2009 model, but...

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  • New Yamaha BW’s 125 for 2010

    08 October 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    New Yamaha BW’s 125 for 2010

    Yamaha is adding a 125cc four-stroke version of the long-running BW’s to its scooter range for 2010. The BW’s 125 has an air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke engine, and has the same short...

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  • 2010 Yamaha YBR125

    08 October 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    2010 Yamaha YBR125

    Continuing with the ‘barely changed’ theme of Yamaha’s 2010 models, the Yamaha YBR125 learner bike gets a restyled fuel tank cover, exhaust shroud, grab rail and instruments. Technically, it’s still...

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  • 2010 Yamaha FZ1 and FZ1 Fazer

    08 October 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    2010 Yamaha FZ1 and FZ1 Fazer

    Yamaha’s FZ1 and FZ1 Fazer will only get a new ECU map for ‘increased drivability’ for the 2010 model year – the rest of the bike remains technically unchanged. Yamaha says: “For 2010 both the FZ1 and...

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  • 2010 Yamaha R6 official picture

    08 October 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    2010 Yamaha R6 official picture

    Yamaha has confirmed the only changes to the 2010 Yamaha R6 are a revised ECU map and a new, longer exhaust can. The new mapping is claimed to give smoother acceleration – other wise the bike is...

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  • 2010 Yamaha XJ6 Diversion F official pictures

    08 October 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    2010 Yamaha XJ6 Diversion F official pictures

    These are the first official pictures of the European model Yamaha XJ6 Diversion F – a fully-faired version of the XJ6 Diversion launched in 2009. Technically the bike share the same steel...

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  • 2010 Suzuki Hayabusa and GSX650F colours

    08 October 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    2010 Suzuki Hayabusa and GSX650F colours

    The 180bhp Suzuki Hayabusa and the GSX650F all-rounder only get new colours for 2010. The Hayabusa comes in black with orange graphics, metallic blue or a pearl white. Suzuki Hayabusas for sale The...

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  • Kawasaki’s boring video for 2010 Z1000

    08 October 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    Kawasaki’s boring video for 2010 Z1000

    The 2010 Kawasaki Z1000 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting and interesting bikes of 2010 – but watch as Kawasaki completely undersell the machine in this official video. Kawasaki...

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  • Did I design the new Rocket III Roadster

    07 October 2009 by od-DD

    Did I design the new Rocket III Roadster

    Here’s a small extract from an article I wrote for the OD-Racing website 3 years ago. As you can see I saw Triumph’s new Rocket III Roadster coming, although I called it the Super Rocket III. As I...

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  • Hours until MCN reveals Honda VFR1200F

    07 October 2009 by Andy Downes

    Hours until MCN reveals Honda VFR1200F

    Motorcycle News will be bringing all of the images and information about the new Honda VFR1200F in just two hours (11am UK time) when the bike is officially launched by the Japanese...

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  • BMW unveils C1-E scooter prototype

    06 October 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    BMW unveils C1-E scooter prototype

    BMW has revealed pictures of a new electric enclosed scooter prototype – the C1-E. Based on the design for the discontinued C1, the concept is updated with a lighter rollover cage covered with clear...

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