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New bikes (Jan - Dec 2007)

  • Scorpa trials quad

    10 April 2007 by Ben Purvis

    Scorpa trials quad

    This weird-looking creation is headed for production according to its designers at Scorpa. Based on a trials bike, the trials quad simply adds another two wheels, and was originally shown last year as...

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  • Honda E4-01 production likely

    10 April 2007 by Ben Purvis

    Honda E4-01 production likely

    Honda’s 2005 E4-01 concept bike is looking increasingly likely to become a production machine with the firm patenting several technical aspects of the design. When the bike was first shown in Tokyo,...

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  • Hungarian bike firm back after 30 years

    08 April 2007 by Ben Purvis

    Hungarian bike firm back after 30 years

    Hungarian bike firm Pannonia is being revived this year with a new V-twin cruiser. It’s just a 234cc motor, making 18.5bhp, but it’s the first bike to carry the Pannonia name since the mid 1970s, when...

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  • Buy a MotoGP minibike replica

    06 April 2007 by Rob Hull

    Buy a MotoGP minibike replica

    Honda's old Ape 100 might not be the obvious starting point if you’re making a road-legal MotoGP replica – but that’s exactly why Japanese tuner Kijima has opted to do just that. The firm is...

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  • Suzuki offers new finance option

    03 April 2007 by Ben Purvis

    Suzuki offers new finance option

    Suzuki GB has announced a new three-year 0% typical APR finance deal running from 1st April - 30th June 2007. With a minimum £1 deposit, buyers can ride away on the Bandit 650 (K6), SV650 (K6),...

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  • Japanese 1098 special

    02 April 2007 by Ben Purvis

    Japanese 1098 special

    Japanese tuner Moto Corse revealed this modified Ducati 1098 at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show at the weekend. Called the 1098AC, for Alta Compressione – Italian for High Compression – the bike is dripping...

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  • Cheap insurance on GSX-R600

    02 April 2007 by Ben Purvis

    Cheap insurance on GSX-R600

    Suzuki has just announced that buyers of its GSX-R600 could be eligible for a remarkable £99 deal for a year’s fully comprehensive insurance. The scheme, worked out with Suzuki’s official insurers,...

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  • Gotcha!

    02 April 2007 by MCN

    Gotcha!

    Thanks to everyone who has rated MCN’s story about the new Russian superbike, but unfortunately for you, it’s an April Fool’s day joke! The story is nothing more than a gag – the bike in the picture...

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  • BMW SportBoxer spotted

    30 March 2007 by Ben Purvis

    BMW SportBoxer spotted

    BMW’S forthcoming Le Mans race bike has been spotted testing at Cartagena in Spain – and alongside two racers appears to be something closer to the road-going HP2 Sport road-going superbike. The two...

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  • Three new Yamahas to be shown in Japan

    29 March 2007 by Ben Purvis

    Three new Yamahas to be shown in Japan

    Yamaha is to show a rash of new models at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show in Japan this weekend. Three new bikes – the WR250R, WR250X and YP250 Majesty scooter - will be unveiled. The two WRs are both fully...

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  • Derbi's race-rep Senda supermoto

    29 March 2007 by Ben Purvis

    Derbi's race-rep Senda supermoto

    Derbi has released this garish version of its Senda supermoto in the colours of its Malassi race team. The bike is set to go on sale in Europe at a cost of 3450 Euros (£2350), although UK...

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  • Airbag Goldwings arrive in June

    29 March 2007 by Ben Purvis

    Airbag Goldwings arrive in June

    Honda has announced its airbag-equipped Goldwing is to finally go into production in its American factory in the near future, with the first machines arriving in American dealerships on June 29,...

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  • Aprilia plans 1200cc onslaught

    29 March 2007 by Ben Purvis

    Aprilia plans 1200cc onslaught

    Aprilia insiders have confirmed it's working on a range of 1200cc bikes based on a bigger version of the new Shiver's 750 V-twin. The motor will be stretched from 749cc to 1149cc by increasing the...

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  • Ducati delivers gift packs for Desmo owners

    29 March 2007 by Andy Downes

    Ducati delivers gift packs for Desmo owners

    Prospective Ducati Desmosedici RR owners have received gift packs preparing them for the arrival of the bikes later this year. The gift packs – sealed inside black envelopes and needing to be signed...

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  • Video: Harley XR1200 in action

    26 March 2007 by Angus Farquhar

    Video: Harley XR1200 in action

    We've seen Harley's incredible XR1200 prototype sitting on trade stands and even there it looks impressive, but now you can see it in action. The bike, which is based on Harley's old flat-track...

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  • Roehr superbike revealed

    26 March 2007 by Ben Purvis

    Roehr superbike revealed

    An American-made superbike powered by Harley-Davidson's V-Rod engine has finally been revealed by designer Walter Roehrich. The V-Roehr has been under development for several years, and is set to go...

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  • King of the road

    25 March 2007 by Anonymous

    King of the road

    I had never seen or heard of the Boss Hoss until my mate, Steve Drinkwater emailed me a picture of one. From then on I had to have one, so I imported one myself. I own the small...

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  • Kawasaki Z750 first launch pics

    23 March 2007 by Trevor Franklin

    Kawasaki Z750 first launch pics

    MCN Chief Roadtester Trevor Franklin reports from Alicante, Spain on the launch of the revamped Kawasaki Z750. “Kawasaki’s Z750 continues the trend of being an agile performer. Though the previous...

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  • BMW heads to Le Mans

    23 March 2007 by Ben Purvis

    BMW heads to Le Mans

    This is the first works road race bike to emerge from BMW in 50 years – a prototype racer which will appear at the Le Mans 24 hours next month. Based on an R1200S, the prototype will race in the...

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  • Bimota Tesi 3D: World first ride

    22 March 2007 by Michael Neeves

    Bimota Tesi 3D: World first ride

    MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves has just become the first rider, other than Bimota personnel, to ride the third generation Bimota Tesi, the 3D. "Just one example of this radical, hub-centre...

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  • New Nexus 125

    22 March 2007 by Ben Purvis

    New Nexus 125

    Gilera has revealed its new Nexus 125 scooter this afternoon - the smallest machine in the firm's sporty Nexus range. The 125, which is launched alongside an updated 250cc version, gets a 14.5bhp...

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  • Aprilia 750 sports bike confirmed

    16 March 2007 by Chris Newbigging

    Aprilia 750 sports bike confirmed

    Early news has come from the Aprilia factory that the faired version of the 750cc v-twin Shiver predicted by MCN in early February will be one of a line up of new models on the way from Aprilia for...

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  • Honda's new 125cc S-Wing

    15 March 2007 by Chris Newbigging

    Honda's new 125cc S-Wing

    This is Honda’s new smaller-engined sibling to the Silverwing 600. Called the S-Wing 125 (not ‘swing’), it uses the fuel injected four-stroke 125 motor from the PS125 in a larger, more protective...

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  • New Hornet dyno tested

    15 March 2007 by Chris Newbigging

    New Hornet dyno tested

    Tests have revealed that the new Honda Hornetmakes 98bhp on an independent dyno – only two bhp shy of Honda’s claimed output. The bike uses a detuned version of the latest CBR600RR engine instead...

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  • Stelvio back to the drawing board

    15 March 2007 by Ben Purvis

    Stelvio back to the drawing board

    After being shown to dealers in a secret meeting last month, Moto Guzzi’s Stelvio has been sent back the firm’s R&D department to have a series of alterations made. Guzzi insiders say the bike...

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  • Kawasaki MotoGP rep

    15 March 2007 by Ben Purvis

    Kawasaki MotoGP rep

    Kawasaki Netherlands has released a limited-edition MotoGP replica version of its ZX-10R – but it’s based on last year’s colours and riders. The 50-off limited-edition run gives the bikes an Akrapovic...

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  • TT celebration GSX-Rs revealed

    15 March 2007 by Ben Purvis

    TT celebration GSX-Rs revealed

    Suzuki has revealed the 600 and 750cc versions of its limited-edition GSX-R TT range. Designed to celebrate the centenary of the Isle of Man TT, the bikes get exclusive paint schemes unlike any other...

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  • Exciting vision of six new Italian beauties

    14 March 2007 by Oberdan Bezzi

    Exciting vision of six new Italian beauties

    I am a freelance bike designer and have come up with some imaginary concepts for the big Italian bike factories. They're all just my idea of what they should build - not based on any facts or special...

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  • Reader poll

    14 March 2007 by Ben Purvis

    Reader poll

    What do you want to see from the next generation of super-fast sports tourers? Both Honda's Blackbird and Suzuki's Hayabusa are reaching the end of their lives, but what do you want their replacements...

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  • Honda's Spencer tribute

    13 March 2007 by Ben Purvis

    Honda's Spencer tribute

    Honda today revealed a tribute to former world champion Freddie Spencer in the form of a new limited-edition CB750. The bike, which will only be sold in Japan, features paintwork derived from...

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  • Street triple launch date leaked

    12 March 2007 by Chris Newbigging

    Street triple launch date leaked

    Word has leaked from the Triumph factory that the new Street Triple 675 is to be launched at this year's Tridays event on June 29 - July 1. The three day event in Neukirchen, Germany will be the...

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  • Ecosse Heretic on sale in UK

    09 March 2007 by Rob Hull

    Ecosse Heretic on sale in UK

    Got about £30K to part with? Then how about getting your hands of one of only 100 Ecosse Heretics ever made. Brand spanking new in 2005, the Heretic would set you back over £45,000, but that was only...

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  • KTM's 690SM launch

    08 March 2007 by Adam Child

    KTM's 690SM launch

    KTM is launching its brand new 690 Supermoto in Spain and Road Tester Adam Child is on hand to give his first impressions: The 690SM is an entirely new bike from the Austrian manufacturer, which was...

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  • Megamoto to compete

    08 March 2007 by Rob Hull

    Megamoto to compete

    Three BMW Megamotos will participate in this years Belgain Moto Tour from May 16 – 19. This will be the first competitive appearance for the radical new BMW on a World Championship stage. Brothers,...

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