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Pierre Terblanche in his own words

Pierre Terblanche is Ducati’s top designer. He is in charge of the project to create a bike to replace the 996.He joined us in the VIP Lounge in the TALK BIKES area of the site on Friday, March 23 and answered your questions for an hour-and-a-half.In a frank interview he talked about the pressures he’s under, how the " new 996 " is shaping up and how he hasn’t taken a break from work...

New 996 will be lighter, faster… and redder

New 996 will be lighter, faster… and redder

Pierre Terblanche, the man who is working on a replacement for the Ducati 996, gave a few hints about how it will look when he joined in a live chat session on motorcyclenews.com on Friday.Terblanche,...

Hailwood memorial run this Sunday

Hailwood memorial run this Sunday

JOIN a ride-out to mark the 20th anniversary of Mike Hailwood’s death on Sunday, March 25.The run goes from Fort Dunlop, Birmingham to Portway Motor Centre, to the spot where Mike and his daughter...

Agostini in action

Agostini in action

A clip from Duke’s homage to arguably the greatest of them all, Giacomo Agostini

Dad’s the way to do it

Dad’s the way to do it

Just in case you forgot Kenny Roberts’ dad was the first American GP legend… here’s a few reasons why

Schwantz’s first win

Schwantz’s first win

Well, wouldn’t your favourite GP be the first one you won? It is for Kevin Schwantz

Don’t judge this Duke by its cover

Don’t judge this Duke by its cover

YOU can hardly see the Valencia pit wall because there are people in red Ducati shirts swarming all over it. But these aren’t fans. These are people who actually work for Ducati. And they’re all...

Tony, John: Our safety isn’t a game

Tony, John: Our safety isn’t a game

Tony Blair and John Prescott have drawn up a host of unpleasant plans for riders during their time in power – and now they’re looking at another one. There has been the sudden saturation of our...

Underneath it all… there’s a Valkyrie

Underneath it all… there’s a Valkyrie

Japanese tuning firm WhiteHouse is due to put this Valkyrie-based monster into limited production later this year.While the bike bears little resemblance to the original Honda, under the skin it’s a...

Bimota shutdown confirmed

Bimota shutdown confirmed

AN ITALIAN court has finally brought an end to Bimota’s drawn-out death, closing the struggling company for good.After more than 25 years of producing some of the most desirable bikes on the planet,...

Is the Bonnie best?

Is the Bonnie best?

WE’RE taking the new Triumph Bonneville to Brighton together with the Kawasaki W650 and a Royal Enfield.You can also look forward to a meeting with the man with Britain’s biggest collection of Monkey...

First pictures of new Mondial WSB racer

First pictures of new Mondial WSB racer

THESE are the first pictures of the long-awaited superbike which will carry the legendary Mondial name back on to the race track later this year.The 999cc V-twin Piega, which has only been seen in...

Yamaha updates its XJR400R

Yamaha updates its XJR400R

SPY shots direct from Japan show Yamaha has given its XJR400R its first major update since its launch in 1994.While the styling has been left untouched, there are plenty of mechanical changes. The new...

Triumph tests new Daytona

Triumph tests new Daytona

TRIUMPH’S new Daytona is undergoing extensive last-minute testing to prepare for its release to the public in May. MCN spotted this all-black pre-production machine testing at Bruntingthorpe proving...

2001 CBR600 recalled

2001 CBR600 recalled

Following on the heels of a worldwide recall of FireBlades to correct faulty clutches, Honda’s reputation as the world’s most reliable motorcycle manufacturer has taken another knock.The firm has...

First ride on the ZRX1200

First ride on the ZRX1200

THE new ZRX has stonking six-piston Tokico calipers and a new 1164cc engine which pulls out of tight turns like a Japanese bullet train from 2000rpm all the way up to the 10,500rpm red line.But...

ZR-7S takes more of the strain

ZR-7S takes more of the strain

THE ZR-7 is a great value fuss-free bike which gives you 750cc for very little money. And now it gives you just a little bit more.Thanks to the addition of a cowling on the new ZR-7S, windblast is a...

MV Agusta ready to unveil 1000cc superbike

MV Agusta ready to unveil 1000cc superbike

THE new MV Agusta F5 promises to be the most desirable bike in the world.With a 150bhp 1000cc four-cylinder engine and the design genius of Massimo Tamburini (the man responsible for the F4 and, of...

More scenes from Daytona

More scenes from Daytona

Our man in Florida has been busy with the camera again and sent us his latest batch of images for you to enjoy.The Daytona Bike Week is warming up and the streets are getting more and more lairy, so...

Rainey remembers…

Rainey remembers…

Racing legend Wayne Rainey talks of his most memorable 500 GP win, the epic 1989 German GP at Hockenheim

Mladin sets pole for Daytona 200

SUZKI’S Mat Mladin started his U.S superbike championship title defence in perfect style today when he set pole for the first round of the American series at Daytona in Florida.The Australian finished front row qualifying well ahead of countryman Anthony Gobert in second on a Yamaha R7 and Honda’s Nicky Hayden in third. Mladin’s team-mate Aaron Yates completed the front row for Sunday’s...

Daytona by night

Daytona by night

Daytona Bike Week is now in full swing in Florida, attracting close to 300,000 bike fans.Based around the Daytona 200 race, the Bike Week action is actually more about babes in their underwear and the...

GSX-R shows V-twins the way at the Speedbowl

LITRE-SIZED twins may be the bikes to beat in World Superbikes at present, but it’s a four-cylinder bike which is leading practice for the prestigious Daytona 200 race in America so far.Reigning U.S. superbike champion Mat Mladin is leading the field by a clear 0.38s on his Suzuki GSX-R750 after final practice before tomorrow’s qualifying session.He’s well ahead of the bike in second, a Ducati 996...

Brits take the classic cake at Daytona

Brits take the classic cake at Daytona

British classic racers continued their annual pillage of the AHRMA (America Historic Racing Motorcycle Association) vintage road races at Daytona this week.In the first day of racing at the famous...

Woman airlifted to hospital from coleslaw wrestling

COLESLAW wrestling often reveals some of the finer points of Daytona Bike Week.But the crowd gathered at the Cabbage Patch for the annual bikini-clad bouts got more than their usual eyeful.A skydiver, hired to impress the crowd, misjudged his landing and came down heavily on a woman serving beer.She was knocked out and had to be taken to hospital by helicopter and last reports indicate she was...

Catch up on the TT

Catch up on the TT

The 2000 TT was one of the best ever. Didn’t go? Have a look at some of these memories and then make up your mind

In memory of Joey Dunlop

In memory of Joey Dunlop

Scenes from Duke Video’s moving tribute to the greatest road racer ever, the late, great Joey Dunlop

CapoNord looks ready for anything

CapoNord looks ready for anything

THE CapoNord is going to be a genuine rival for bikes like BMW’s R1150GS and Honda’s Varadero.It even coped with a little bit of off-road riding in Sardinia. " I tried it on a bit of green laning...

Watch video of the 996R in action

Watch video of the 996R in action

Join MCN’s Marc Potter on board the 996R in Valencia, Spain today.

MZ reveals how its muscle bike will look

MZ reveals how its muscle bike will look

THIS is how MZ wants its planned 1000cc muscle bike to look. The image shown here is an official factory sketch.It is due to go into production next year and cost under £7800.The 1000N will use a...

Supermoto-style F650 due

Supermoto-style F650 due

BMW is ready to use its popular F650 single as a basis for an exciting new supermoto-style road bike.The new bike will combine high-rise suspension with sticky sports tyres on 17-inch rims.According...

World first test on the Ducati 996R

World first test on the Ducati 996R

AFTER his first ride on Ducati’s 996R, MCN’s Marc Potter believes it is the firm’s finest sports bike yet. Potter rode the bike at the Valencia circuit in Spain on Wednesday, March 7, and said: ...

GP bike reveals clues to new R1

GP bike reveals clues to new R1

YAMAHA’S new four-stroke GP bike has been spotted in tests in Australia. And that gives a tantalising glimpse of some of the technology that could feature on next year’s expected replacement for the...

Bultaco ready to return to the road

Bultaco ready to return to the road

THE Bultaco badge hasn’t been seen on a road bike since the 1980s – but that’s will change if this prototype makes it into production.Power for the retro-styled machine comes from a single-cylinder...

If only all decisions were as enjoyable

If only all decisions were as enjoyable

HERE in Britain, our roads are titchy and crammed with traffic, our speed limits are archaic and proliferating speed cameras mean our chance of making the most of our bikes’ performance seem to...