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Aprilia Dorsoduro

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By Kevin Ash


Pictures: Aprilia Press

Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 review

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Before you even ride Aprilia`s new Dorsoduro 1200, the very existence of the bike poses an obvious question:

Aprilia RS4 125

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What chance did Aprilia have when time and emissions laws finally dictated that Europe`s best selling eighth litre sports bike, the compact, crackling little RS125, should be replaced by a four-stroke?

Aprilia RSV4 Factory

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By Kevin Ash


Pictures: Milagro

Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE review

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Zero to World Superbike Championship in two years... That`s a stunning performance from the Italian factory, and it's celebrated with a stunning bike.

Aprilia RSV4-R

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If Aprilia`s RSV4 Factory is a little pricey the RSV4 R might just be the answer.

Aprilia Shiver GT review

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It wasn`t going to take long for Aprilia to put some clothes on the naked Shiver.

Aprilia Tuono V4R APRC review

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Aprilia has form when it comes to creating mad streetfighters. The original Tuono in 2002 was not so much based on the RSV Mille R superbike, it was an RSV Mille R superbike...

BMW F650 GS

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Pictures: Jason Critchell, Paul Bryant

BMW F800GS

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Pictures: Jason Critchell, Paul Bryant

BMW HP2 Sport

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Pictures: Daniel Kraus, Alberto Martinez

BMW K1600GT review

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BMW has trodden a narrow line in its extensive build-up to the new K1600GT and K1600GTL models.

BMW K1600GTL review

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BMW is aiming to make the broadest sweep possible across the big tourer classes with its new six-cylinder engine.

BMW R1200GS 2010

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If it ain`t broke, don`t fix it- but for bike manufacturers, doing nothing is a luxury they can`t indulge in, even when it comes to a machine as towering - metaphorically as well as physically - as BMW`s seminal R1200GS.

BMW R1200R Classic review

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Beauty might well depend on the beholder`s personal preferences but I`ve yet to meet anyone who doesn`t think BMW`s R1200R Classic is a fine looking motorcycle.

BMW R1200RT 2010

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While the Japanese draw in the horns during the recession, so BMW keeps on pumping out new models, and not just new ones but good and great new ones.

BMW S 1000 RR

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There is so, so much that could have gone wrong with the introduction of the BMW S1000RR.

Buell 1125CR

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By Kevin Ash


Pictures: Double Red

Can-Am Spyder

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The Can-Am Spyder certainly looks different, no doubt about that. And knowing there`s an Aprilia RSV motor hidden beneath that funky bodywork only adds to the anticipation of driving, riding or whatever it is you do with the thing.

Daelim VJF250 review

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Daelim, that's Chinese isn`t it? I wouldn't touch one of them, it'll fall to bits, the warranty's worthless, you're wasting your money....

Ducati 1198 S

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By Kevin Ash


Pictures: Milagro

Ducati 1198SP

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It almost doesn`t matter what you`re riding when you go out on a circuit as historic as Imola for the first time. But when it`s a flagship Ducati superbike, that does help a lot.

Ducati 916

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Ducati needed to produce a miracle to come up with a bike which was significantly better than the outrageously brilliant 888.

Ducati Desmosedici RR

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By Kevin Ash


Pictures: Milagro

Ducati Diavel

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Phenomenal. Never mind starting this review with some background and building up to the conclusion, you have to know right now: the new Ducati Diavel delivers way beyond the most optimistic expectations.

Ducati Diavel UK road test

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The Diavel has been a phenomenon, wowing reviewers, this one included, with its compelling mix of huge thrust, liquid power delivery, outstanding handling and wild, forbidding looks. But it's flawed.

Ducati Hypermotard 1100 Evo

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Just two years after the mad Hypermotard 1100 wheelied down its first high street, Ducati has given it an all-new engine and jettisoned an amazing 7kg!

Ducati Hypermotard 796

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When former Ducati designer Pierre Terblanche came up with the Hypermotard, he always visualised it first as having one of the Bologna factory`s smaller air-cooled engines, around the 750cc level.

Ducati Monster 1100 Evo review

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The Monster M900 was pragmatic, as minimal bodywork aside it was built entirely from existing parts, such as the 888 frame and 900SS engine, this at a time when Ducati was desperately strapped for cash.

Ducati Monster 1100

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By Kevin Ash


Pictures: Milagro

Ducati Monster 796 review

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Sometimes there are test reports you feel you could write in advance...

Ducati Multistrada 2011 engine map

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After a false start my long term 2010 Multistrada has been given the 2011 model engine and ABS map, as well as some other upgrades.

Ducati MTS1200 Multistrada S

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It hardly needs an introduction, does it? The Ducati Multistrada is the most hotly anticipated, intensely discussed new motorcycle since- okay, since the Honda VFR1200F.

Ducati 1199 Panigale S

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Wrench open the throttle, feel the bike beneath you writhe as it punches forward with hungry force, and you`re not thinking about breathtaking technology, taut and feline style or searing performance. It`s much simpler than that: the Ducati 1199 Panigale is just the sexiest motorcycle ever built.

Ducati Streetfighter S

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By Kevin Ash


Pictures: Milagro

Ducati Streetfighter 848

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Ducati could so easily have ended up making the new 848 Streetfighter like the 1098 version, only less.

Harley-Davidson Blackline

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If you like to suffer for your style, you could do worse than consider Harley-Davidson`s new 2011 Blackline.

Harley-Davidson SuperLow

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It`s no accident that Harley-Davidson is concentrating much of its new model development on the entry level Sportster range...

Harley-Davidson FLD Dyna Switchback

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If you`re after a Harley-Davidson for all-rounder duties your best bet is to start with the Dyna range.

Honda CB1000R

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Pictures: Giuseppe Gori, Simone Romeo, Howard Boylan

Honda CBF125

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By Kevin Ash


Pictures: Paul Harmer

Honda CBR250R review

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It`s important to have the right expectations of the Honda CBR250R if you`re going to get the most from it, and the looks don`t help.

Honda CBR600F 2011

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You can see why Honda is keen to revive the CBR600F moniker: nearly a quarter of a million were sold in Europe alone since its introduction in 1987 until the last ones in 2006.

Honda Crossrunner review

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How times have changed. Not so long ago the Japanese would design a new engine as readily as changing a colour scheme, but in this harsh new world that`s a luxury they can no longer afford.

Honda Crosstourer

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If we needed a definitive answer to the question, which is best: conventional sports tourer or adventure bike, Honda`s new Crosstourer should help provide the answer.

Honda Deauville

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By Kevin Ash


Pictures: Double Red, Giuseppe Gori

Honda Fireblade 2012

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Honda has been busy looking after its lucrative far-eastern markets and exploring western utility ones with the DN-01 and NC700X.

Honda NC700S review

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The motorcycle as utility transport is making a return, and like many other things, it's a change being driven by the faltering economy.

Honda NC700X

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Project leader Soya Uchida laughed: “I got a hacksaw and cut a Jazz engine in half, but it really didn`t run very well, so we had to put some more work into the NC700X.”

Honda VFR1200F

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Honda`s new VFR1200F always had a huge amount to live up to, not least of which is its role as the latest bike to bear the iconic VFR moniker.

Husqvarna Nuda 900

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BMW`s plans for its recently acquired off-road brand are nothing if not ambitious: Husqvarna will be to the bike division what Mini is to BMW cars.

Husqvarna TR650 Strada and Terra

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Two more new Husqvarnas have been released and we should be getting a better idea of where owner BMW wants its Italian dirt bike subsidiary to be heading. But the TR650 is confusing instead.

Kawasaki 1400GTR 2010

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When Kawasaki released the 1400GTR in July 2007 it was the factory`s first touring bike in 21 years.

Kawasaki ER-6f

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Pictures: Kawasaki Press

Kawasaki ER-6n 2012

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After you`ve had a ride on the new Kawasaki ER-6n you understand why the factory thoroughly renewed the bike for 2012.

Kawasaki Versys 1000 review

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Kawasaki is the first company to respond to the question: can a four-cylinder engine work in an adventure bike?

Kawasaki Versys 2010

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Kawasaki doesn`t feel the Versys was as successful as it should have been. If that's so then the 2010 version deserves to make amends...

Kawasaki VN1700 Voyager

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Kawasaki rather coyly says the 1700 Voyager`s styling is inspired by 1960s sports cars... Well that`s one way of avoiding a mention of the Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra, but few people will be fooled.

Kawasaki W800 review

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Kawasaki`s W800 is the kind of bike you`d want to have in your garage just because of the way it looks.

Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja

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By Kevin Ash


Pictures: Kawasaki Press

Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja 2011 review

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How times have changed: this is the first presentation of a Japanese superbike where the benchmark, the bike to beat, is not another Japanese superbike!

Kawasaki ZZR1400 ZX-14 review

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The claims are unequivocal: more power and harder acceleration than any other production bike, and the press launch venue was Europe`s fastest vehicle proving ground. Has Kawasaki forgotten the ZZR1400 is a road bike?

KTM 1190 RC8

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Pictures: Redeye Media, Francesc Montero, Herwig Peuker, Heinz Mitterbauer

KTM 990 SM T ABS

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We know about the SM T already, so although it`s a great bike, the addition of ABS is hardly headline news is it?

KTM Duke 690

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Nasty things, single-cylinder bikes. Reluctant to rev, not much power, unreliable idling, severe vibration and all this stuff about lugging them at low revs, well you can't when they're threatening to grenade the transmission.

KTM Duke 125 review

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KTM is flying to the moon with its new Duke 125. That at least is how the company`s Thomas Kutruf describes its entry into the 125 street bike sector, an area in which it has absolutely no experience.

Ducati Panigale - Living With...

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Riding Ducati's spectacular 1199 Panigale at the exotic Abu Dhabi circuit on its press launch was a huge privilege, and a dry circuit was essential to make a judgement about the bike's performance capabilities.

Moto Guzzi Griso 1200 8v

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When it comes to many Italian brands the word `styling` is prefixed by `gorgeous Italian...` almost by default.

Moto Guzzi Norge 8V GT 2011

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Moto Guzzi`s new Norge GT 8V doesn`t look very different to the old model. Which just goes to show how much appearances can deceive, as 80 per cent of the 2011 version is new.

Moto Guzzi Stelvio 2011 review

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Moto Guzzis so often are nearly there... but not quite. They`ll have the spec, the looks, the power, plenty of goodwill towards this 90 year old company, then some irritating flaw will break the deal.

Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX

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By Kevin Ash


Pictures: Milagro

Moto Guzzi V7 Special

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Moto Guzzi`s thoroughly revised V7 Special is hardly lacking in authenticity. Not only is it built in the same factory as the original V7 machines of the 1970s, its engine is directly developed from the V50 of the same decade.

MV Agusta Brutale

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By Kevin Ash


Pictures: Milagro

MV Agusta Brutale 920

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MV Agusta is still the most exotic name in motorcycling.

MV Agusta F3

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When Claudio Castiglioni bought MV Agusta back from Harley-Davidson in the summer of 2010 he must, surely, have wondered at his good fortune.

Royal Enfield Bullet 2011

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There`s still something about fifties and sixties motorcycles which makes them the benchmark for how a real motorcycle ought to look.

Royal Enfield Trials

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Pictures: Paul Bryant

Suzuki Bandit 650

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Pictures: Jason Critchell

Suzuki DR125SM

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By Kevin Ash


Pictures: Double Red

Suzuki Gladius

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Pictures: Double Red, Markus Jahn

Suzuki GSR750 review

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Streetfighter builders have been doing it for years, now at last Suzuki has had a go itself: creating a naked bike out of the GSX-R750.

Suzuki GSX-R1000 L2 2012

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The wheels of development are turning slow in Japan these days. While the Europeans are racing ahead, both technically and literally, so the once pace-setting GSX-R1000 has been treated to the mildest of facelifts for 2012.

Suzuki GSX-R600

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Pictures: Milagro

Suzuki GSX-R750 L1

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My expectations of the 2011 Suzuki GSX-R750 L1 were high, and that was nothing to do with Suzuki`s pre-launch promotion. Quite simply, the three quarter litre GSX-R has always been a great bike, on top of which the new and nearly identical 600 has been getting rave reviews.

Suzuki GSX-R750

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Pictures: Jason Critchell

Suzuki GSX1250FA test

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Suzuki tried to avoid mentioning the word `Bandit` when the GSX650F was introduced. They tried again with the new GSX1250FA, but it hasn`t worked, has it?

Suzuki GSX650F

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Pictures: Jason Critchell

Suzuki V-Strom 650 2011

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The Suzuki V-Strom 650 has a new engine that isn't that new, the same chassis and a fresh set of clothes. Is this really enough to for a convincing fight back? The answer's a bit of a surprise...

Suzuki V-Strom XP test

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Suzuki`s V-Strom has rarely been given the credit it deserves. As an all-round motorcycle that`s competent as well as fun, it`s consistently offered outstanding value with little sacrifice to be made for its class-beating price.

Sym Wolf SB125Ni review

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The difference between Chinese and Taiwanese-built motorcycles amounts to a great deal more than the politics of the two countries.

Triumph Bonneville 2009

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Pictures: Triumph Press

Triumph Daytona 675

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Pictures: Jason Critchell, Paul Barshon

Triumph Rocket 3 Roadster

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The world`s biggest production motorcycle, Triumph`s Rocket 3, has sold reasonably well for an expensive machine but it`s not been the roaring success Triumph was hoping for.

Triumph Speed Triple 2011

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Triumph boss John Bloor knows very well the importance of the Speed Triple to his company. And at the beginning of the development process for the new 2011 model the design team was under no illusions either, after he told them: “Whatever you do, don`t f*** it up!”

Triumph Speed Triple R

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Take a fine bike like the Triumph Speed Triple, throw some Öhlins, Brembos and carbon fibre at it and unless you make a horrible mistake, you`re going to create a great bike. But is it a great value bike?

Triumph Sprint GT review

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The new Sprint GT is batting not just for Triumph it seems, but the traditional sport-tourer class in general.

Triumph Thunderbird

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Pictures: Jason Critchell, Paul Bryant

Triumph Tiger 1050 2012

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One bike that`s slipped through my testing net is Triumph`s consistently popular Tiger 1050.

Triumph Tiger 800 review

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It`s very tempting for manufacturers to hype up a forthcoming model when it`s not replacing an old one. Bikes entering new categories always get more publicity, and the only sales that should be harmed are those of potential rivals.

Triumph Tiger Explorer review

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It's rare enough for to any manufacturer to admit its new adventure bike is a rival for BMW, even when that's stating the very obvious. But Triumph has gone a step further, it's not only said the R1200GS is in its sights, we've been told some rather more contentious stuff about the German bike...

Triumph Trophy review

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Say what you like about Triumph's lack of originality in its engineering and model range, the British factory consistently is churning out some rocking good motorcycles. And the new Trophy is the best Triumph yet.

Victory Hammer S

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It`s not often that I find myself having to explain exactly who a motorcycle company is.

Yamaha FZ8 / FAZER8 review

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Yamaha`s argument for a bike to slot in between the 600 and one litre roadster class is persuasive...

Yamaha Super Ténéré test

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There`s no doubting which bike Yamaha`s new Super Ténéré is pitched at. In fact, it's almost a copy of the BMW R1200GS...

Yamaha VMAX

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By Kevin Ash


Pictures: Bryan Nelson, Tom Riles, Alessio Barbanti

Yamaha YZF-R1

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By Piotr Surowiec


Pictures: Paul Barshon

Zero Electric Motorcycles 2011

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The first electric motorcycles haven`t come, as you might have expected, from mainstream manufacturers adding them to their existing ranges of bikes.

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