New bikes (October 2009)

  • New Ducati Multistrada name confirmed

    30 October 2009 by John Westlake

    New Ducati Multistrada name confirmed

    Ducati has finally officially confirmed that its new GS-rival will be called the Multistrada.      Read Ducati motorcycle reviews In a press release announcing that the...

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  • Rossi's naked Yamaha M1

    30 October 2009 by Andy Downes

    Rossi's naked Yamaha M1

    This is what Valentino Rossi¹s YZR-M1 looks like stripped of all sponsor logos and painted in Yamaha corporate racing colours.     Find a Yamaha R1 for sale Read the 2009 Yamaha...

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  • The Honda Cub returns in Japan

    30 October 2009 by Andy Downes

    The Honda Cub returns in Japan

    This recently launched version of the classic Honda Cub is an all-new incarnation that meets new emissions regulations yet still looks like the model that helped start up the Honda company with...

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  • More green bikes at the Tokyo show

    30 October 2009 by Andy Downes

    More green bikes at the Tokyo show

    Honda had two zero emissions bikes with the EVE-neo and EV-Cub. Suzuki was the first to bring out a production fuel cell bike with the hydrogen burning Burgman Fuel-Cell, which takes compressed...

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  • Suzuki Gladius 400 revealed

    30 October 2009 by Andy Downes

    Suzuki Gladius 400 revealed

    Suzuki showed a 400cc version of the brilliant Gladius at the Tokyo show. Find a Suzuki for sale The 400cc version with ABS of the 650 V-twin so well received in Europe is completely identical,...

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  • Yamaha SR400 returns

    30 October 2009 by Andy Downes

    Yamaha SR400 returns

    Yamaha has brought back the SR400 one year after the model was deleted because it failed stricter emissions rules.     Find a Yamaha for sale The bike is now fuel injected,...

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  • Honda CB1100R 'can't stay a concept'

    30 October 2009 by Andy Downes

    Honda CB1100R 'can't stay a concept'

    The man behind the Honda CB1100 road bike has told MCN he's going to fight to get the gorgeous CB1100R in production. Chief Engineer Hirofumi Fukanaga was responsible for several recent generations of...

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  • Video: Honda VFR1200F in action

    29 October 2009 by Andy Downes

    Video: Honda VFR1200F in action

    We’ve just got some action video sent back from Japan following the preview launch of the new Honda VFR1200F last week.  More info on the Honda VFR1200 First impressions of the VFR1200F The...

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  • Aprilia Dorsoduro Factory on the way

    29 October 2009 by Andy Downes

    Aprilia Dorsoduro Factory on the way

    Aprilia will unveil a new Factory version of the Dorsoduro 750 and a mildly tweaked Shiver at the Milan motorcycle show in two weeks. Aprilia motorcycles for sale There is no official word on the two...

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  • Aprilia RSV4-R launch cut short

    28 October 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Aprilia RSV4-R launch cut short

    The launch of the new Aprilia RSV4-R at Mugello was cut short yesterday after five of the bikes suffered terminal con rod failures. Senior Road Tester, Michael Neeves was there: “I did two 20-miniute...

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  • Yamaha hybrid scooter for production?

    26 October 2009 by Andy Downes

    Yamaha showed a new hybrid scooter at last week’s Tokyo Motor Show and it’s thought the clever petrol and electric technology may well make production in 2010. The concept bike was kept mysteriously out of the main talk of the Yamaha bosses on stage but it appears this bike is the latest evolution of the Gen-Ryu bike we saw a couple of years ago. The HV-X combines a 15KW electric motor with a...

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  • 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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