New MCN Aug 25: Ducati 848 EVO world first ride

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In this week's issue of MCN, on sale August 25, we ride the bike that's sexier than a Fireblade, £2000 cheaper than an R1 and better than an 1198 - the new Ducati 848 EVO. 

The Norton boss confirms their MotoGP plans and Ducati have finally revealed the name of their new Project 0803 muscle bike - find out what it is on page 8.

We test the new Suzuki V-Strom Xpedition that fancies itself as a bargain BMW F800GS alternative and uncover designs for Yamaha's new sexier Hypermotard-style XT660.

Plus read about a smuggled ride on the 160bhp Buell superbike that never was and check out part 2 of our £1500 used bike challenge.

What you'll find in the August 25 issue of Motorcycle News:


Scoop! Ducait 848 EVO
Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire, Tuesday 17 August, 10am. It's two months before the official launch, but we're about to get an exclusive ride on the 848 EVO...




Norton reveal their plans to enter MotoGP in 2012 with an all-new four-cylinder bike. Plus we ride the new Suzuki V-Strom Xpedition, based on the successful V-Strom but with £1250 worth of rugged accessories. At £7,300, is this a bargain rival for BMW's F800GS?



Racing for everyone!
There's 2 things most of think about racing: 1)It's a money pit, and 2) It's difficult to get in to. The No Budget Cup aims to prove us wrong.




MCN Classic Bike Challenge: Part 2
Now the bikes are bought and the easy fun of searching for a new ride is over, it's time to get serious...



How Yamaha is facing life after Valentino
Yamaha aren't just losing a superstar. The crew and a major backer are going with Rossi. What future now for the Japanese manufacturer?




Lorenzo: My results pushed Rossi out
After his stellar start to the season, he says there wasn't room at Yamaha for them both and claims Rossi couldn't stomach the idea of not being top dog.

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James Keen

By James Keen