New MCN December 7: Kawasaki Versys 1000 tested

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In this week’s issue of MCN, on sale Wednesday December 7, we test the 2012 Kawasaki Versys 1000 and find out if a four-cylinder adventure bike makes any sense?

We chart the full development story of the new Triumph Tiger 1200 Explorer, Husqvarna’s new G650GS powered road bike, and all the news from the WSB test at Portimao.

Also in this issue, we ride the incredible Akrapovic Morsus.

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What you’ll find in the December 7 issue of Motorcycle News:

Kawasaki Versys 1000 first ride
Does a four-cylinder adventure bike make any sense? On the strength of our world first ride of the Kawasaki Versys 1000, the answer is ‘Yes’,,, and ‘No’…

 MCN November 16

MCN November 16


 Husqvarna’s new G650GS powered ‘street bike’
Husqvarna has unveiled the Strada, a street bike concept based on the BMW G650GS, which it says could be on sale in September 2012, and is aimed at younger riders.


Designing the Triumph Tiger 1200 Explorer
The exclusive, inside story of how Triumph built its ‘GS-beater’ – and why it underwent dramatic change just a year before production started.

 MCN November 16

 MCN November 16

Akrapovic Morsus ridden
Factory customs don’t get any more ‘factory’ than this. Say hello to ‘Morsus’, a unique custom machine built for aftermarket exhaust giant Akrapovic.


Project KR-1S: Part 4
MCN’s Steve Farrell takes his completed Kawasaki KSR-1S to the Ace Cafe’s ‘Blue Haze Sunday’ to see what the public think the bike is worth after much fettling.




Haslam’s strong start on new look BMW
Sweeping staff changes and a revised electronics system saw BMW Motorrad rider Leon Haslam make significant steps to the front of WSB during three days of testing at Portimao last week.

Liam Marsden

By Liam Marsden

Former MCN Web Producer