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New bikes (Jan - Dec 2011)

  • Redesigning the Trumph Tiger 1200 Explorer

    28 December 2011 by MCN

    Redesigning the Trumph Tiger 1200 Explorer

    The all-new Triumph Tiger 1200 Explorer - directly targeted at the BMW R1200GS - went through a major, late transformation to end up as we see it now. MCN was given exclusive access to Triumph's...

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  • Very serious technical awards: sneak preview

    27 December 2011 by John Westlake

    Very serious technical awards: sneak preview

    The most important event of the year for all motorcycle engineers is the MCN Golden Piston Awards for New Technologies (G-PANT). Each year these prestigious awards celebrate the most cunning and...

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  • 'We wanted to create the ultimate Speed Triple'

    26 December 2011 by Phil West

    'We wanted to create the ultimate Speed Triple'

    Triumph’s imminent new ‘R’ version of its best-selling super naked is much more than a cosmetic update, MCN can now reveal – in fact it’s been conceived to be “the ultimate Speed Triple”! So, where...

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  • Track diesel comes of age

    23 December 2011 by Peter Henshaw

    Track diesel comes of age

    The latest version of the diesel-powered Track T800CDi is on test in MCN next week and if 80mpg and 16,000-mile service intervals sounds your sort of bike, it’s worth a look. Until now, diesel bikes...

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  • New Triumph-powered sportster on the way

    20 December 2011 by Phil West

    New Triumph-powered sportster on the way

    Is this the machine Brit bike fans have been waiting for? It’s a Triumph 1050 triple-engined sportster equipped with the best in British chassis components and know-how and is on schedule to go into...

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  • Revealed: The secrets behind MV Agusta's F3

    15 December 2011 by Andy Downes

    Revealed: The secrets behind MV Agusta's F3

    MV Agusta’s all-new three-cylinder F3 is days away from going into full production and looks set to rewrite the class rules as it takes on supersport all-comers with more power, lower weight and more...

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  • Victory’s new ‘Hard-Ball’

    12 December 2011 by Phil West

    Victory’s new ‘Hard-Ball’

    This is Victory’s new 2012 Hard-Ball – created by blending the American  firm’s recent High-Ball cruiser and its Cross Country pannier-equipped tourers. Or, to put it another way, it’s a ‘bagger’...

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  • 2013 Triumph Street Triple spotted!

    09 December 2011 by MCN

    2013 Triumph Street Triple spotted!

    This exclusive shot is one of the best yet of Triumph's 2013 Street Triple. Spotted in Spain, where Triumph has a testing base, the 2013 machine is a significant evolution of the existing Street...

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  • Triumph Tiger Explorer spotted testing

    08 December 2011 by Phil West

    Triumph Tiger Explorer spotted testing

    Triumph’s all-new Tiger Explorer is currently undergoing final testing – as these pics taken in Cornwall this week prove. Snapped by MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child in a motorway services near...

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  • World’s first titanium framed Monster

    07 December 2011 by Andreas Exarheas

    World’s first titanium framed Monster

    American Randy Martin has built the world’s first titanium-framed Ducati Monster S4RS and says his custom-made frame is half the weight of the original – but it does cost around £4000! Martin said:...

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  • Ducati 1199 Panigale - Where it all began

    25 November 2011 by MCN

    Ducati 1199 Panigale - Where it all began

    It would be nice to imagine that the Panigale was born of a single meeting; a frantic day of wild ideas, fiercely strong espresso and line drawings hastily scrawled into an artist's sketch book. But,...

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  • KTM drops prices for 2012

    23 November 2011 by Rich Mellor

    KTM drops prices for 2012

    KTM has cut the prices on three of its 2012 models. The Austrian firm has reduced the price of the new 690 Duke and 2012 versions of its 990 Super Duke R and 990 Supermoto R. The Supermoto R is down...

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  • Yamaha price cut shock

    21 November 2011 by Trevor Franklin

    Yamaha price cut shock

    Yamaha has announced dramatic and favourable price reductions on five key 2012 models. The bikes are all 600cc plus and are from several classes including sports, adventure and roadster models. The...

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  • Suzuki reveals sub-£3500 Inazuma 250

    19 November 2011 by Guy Procter

    Suzuki reveals sub-£3500 Inazuma 250

    Suzuki has launched an all-new 250 called the Inazuma at the NEC show. An all-new 248cc parallel twin powers what Suzuki says is B-King-influenced design for newcomers and returning riders. No price,...

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  • Revamped engine for latest Moto Guzzi V7s

    18 November 2011 by Phil West

    Revamped engine for latest Moto Guzzi V7s

    Moto Guzzi’s popular smaller V-twin range has received a complete makeover for 2012 – proving once again that parent Piaggio is investing heavily in reviving the historic marque. At last week’s Milan...

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  • Honda's incredible RC-E Tokyo Show concept

    10 November 2011 by Guy Procter

    Honda's incredible RC-E Tokyo Show concept

    Honda will reveal this breathtaking electric sportsbike at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show next month. Dubbed the RCE, the  road-legal supersport-style bike uses the large, powerful electric motor...

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  • Milan Show: Moto Guzzi unveils new V7

    09 November 2011 by Phil West

    Milan Show: Moto Guzzi unveils new V7

    Moto Guzzi has unveiled two new versions of its V7 Roadster at the Milan show, both also powered by an updated version of its 750cc Transverse V-Twin.  The new engine is outwardly similar to the...

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  • Milan Show: Bimota reveal three new models

    09 November 2011 by Phil West

    Milan Show: Bimota reveal three new models

    Bimota were a surprise hit at the Milan show, with three all new-bikes. The DB10 is Bimota’s version of Ducati’s Hypermotard but with its own, tubular steel and aluminium frame.  The DB9 Brivido...

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