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2018 Kawasaki ZX-10R SE + Ninja H2 SX

After unveiling the Z900RS at the recent Tokyo Motor Show in, erm, Tokyo, Kawasaki has saved some of its freshest metal for release in Milan – including a supercharged sport-tourer and another addition to the ZX-10R family. The Kawasaki ZX-10R SE (Special Edition) sits alongside the basic ZX-10R and sportier ZX-10RR, and features semi-active suspension, unique 7-spoke forged Marchesinis and… Read more →

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2018 KTM 790 Duke

Remember last year’s EICMA? And KTM stealing the show with its 790 prototype? Well, say hello to the mass-produced puppy. Although the production bike looks nothing like last year’s showstopper, this all-new 2018 KTM 790 Duke still looks like a mini Beast. With the middleweight class growing rapidly, KTM has chucked some serious effort into making the ultimate road scalpel.… Read more →

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Ducati Panigale V4 Unveiled

Months after unveiling the Desmosedici Stradale engine, the wraps have officially come of the entire Ducati Panigale V4 in Milan. Or should I say V4s as, unsurprisingly, there are three of the beautiful buggers up for grabs, brimming with the latest Gucci technology: the base model Panigale V4, the S version, and a limited-edition ‘Speciale’ that’s clearly aimed at affluent… Read more →

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MV Agusta RVS #1

During ambiguous times for the Varese factory, MV Agusta has unveiled its latest eccentric creation: the RVS #1, which is the first bike from a brand within a brand. RVS is Reparto Veicoli Speciali – Special Vehicles Department to you and I – and low volume, high-end exotica is something that Giovanni Castiglioni suggested would be the future of MV… Read more →

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2018 Husqvarna FS 450

It’s a shame that supermoto, in the UK, is about as loved as syphilis, but that hasn’t stopped Husqvarna releasing details of the heavily revised 2018 FS 450. This is a full-fat, thoroughbred supermoto intended for competition use (there’s no road version), brimming with gadgets and fancy components.      It looks downright badass. The sort of bike we’d use for… Read more →

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BMW HP4 Race becomes reality…

After unveiling a naughty prototype teaser at the end of last year, BMW has finally made the HP4 Race a reality with a launch at the Auto Shanghai show in China. The all-carbon circuit specialist uses a carbon frame (weighing just 7.8kg) and wheels, and weighs just 171kg fully fuelled – which is lighter than any WSBK machine and not… Read more →

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Yamaha XSR900 Abarth: Online Reservation

Launched at the EICMA show in Milan last year, the Yamaha XSR 900 Abarth – like so many bikes unveiled at the motorised über cattle market – didn’t get the attention it deserved at the time amidst a quagmire of fresh releases. The café racer is stuck in between another modern retro and a unique styling exercise, with Yamaha ably… Read more →

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All-new 2017 Triumph Street Triple

After weeks of teasing and game-changing assurances, Triumph has finally unveiled its 765cc naked roadster at another swanky shindig in London. It may look damn similar, but the 2017 Triumph Street Triple comes laden with prerequisite gizmos, fresh technology and components of splendour, which should take the ST back to the top of the middleweight pyramid.   I’ve always maintained that… Read more →

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Triumph Bonneville Bobber Review

I suppose I could compare Triumph’s Bonneville Bobber to mushrooms. Not those naughty magic ones, just simple everyday mushrooms that provide unconditional taste sensations to billions of people around the world. Having spent years neglecting ‘shrooms through a bizarre trepidation, I eventually sampled the blighters well into my 20s and was stunned by their taste, humble yet handsome flavour and… Read more →

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Spirit GP-Sport R: 180bhp + 140kg

2017 looks set to become the year of lavish, exclusive supermodels that most of us can merely dream of owning – whilst reaching for the tissues. Joining such extravagances as the Superleggera, Norton V4 and Ariel Ace R, the latest entrants are Spirit Motorcycles’ GP-Sport and GP-Street: hand-built British beauties that will surely go as well as they look given… Read more →

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Want to know more about the 2017 Yamaha MT-09?

You do? Oh, that’s bloody fantastic, because we’re off to the 2017 Yamaha MT-09 press launch next weekend. For next season, Yamaha has jazzed up the already very decent MT-09 package with a clear view to a sportier, more refined ride, adding a dash of aesthetical pleasuring in the process. It certainly looks sharper. There was a mild element of… Read more →

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Unveiled: Ariel Ace R

Manufacturers of insanely fast and naughty cars, Ariel has just unveiled the Ace R: an even more lavish version of the Honda V4-powered supernaked that’s hand-built in Somerset. The standard Ace is nothing short of stunning and this ‘R’ model will have you running for the Kleenex. The best bit? We’ll be riding it early next year. Mimicking the Atom’s… Read more →