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Suzuki SV650X to be unveiled at Tokyo Motor Show

Suzuki will unveil the new SV650X at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show – which takes place October 27 to November 5 – a year after the bike was first unveiled as the SV650 Rally concept. The original concept bike was based on the styling of 1970s tarmac rally cars and featured large front lights reminiscent of the spotlights used on rally cars for night racing. The original concept also featured a shotgun-style Yoshimura exhaust, clip-on handlebars, new side panels, and a metal grill on the headlight. The Rally concept was an original…

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Moto Guzzi ready to show new engine concept

After the range was thinned by Euro4, Guzzi will show us new concept at EICMA Tightening emissions standards are not air-cooled engines’ best friends, so it came as no real surprise when the adventure touring Stelvio quietly bowed out of Moto Guzzi’s 2017 range. While the bike did have a following, it wasn’t exactly a sales storm (just 7000 units over its eight year run) and ultimately Guzzi said that the investment needed to bring the engine in line with Euro4 wasn’t worth it. The by-product of this is that the Guzzi…

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Watsonian Sidecars get, er, sporty

British manufacturer Watsonian-Squire have released a new sidecar to mark the company’s 105th anniversary. Called the Flight, the sidecar has been designed to suit modern motorcycles. It features a lot of legroom with an upholstered seat that pulls forward to reveal a luggage compartment. The outfit has been fabricated from a tubular steel chassis and features a swinging arm suspension design with a hydraulic shock that’s connected to a 15-inch cast wheel. The body of the sidecar is made from fibreglass which is both light and durable. It helps keep the weight down…

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Crouching Tiger, hidden engine

When Triumph opened their new visitors centre, they regaled us with stories of legendary victories at the TT and on the saltflats but there was a distinct gap. While they’ve had off-road bikes in their range for decades, and sent various intrepid adventurers off around the world, they’ve never competed in rallies. That is until very recently when they rather suddenly sent two of their test riders to the Panafrica Rally. Now a spyshot has emerged of a brand new and completely finished Tiger 800, we think they’ve got something…

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BMW’s 2018 R1200GS Adventure arriving in dealers now

The new-for-2018 incarnation of the R1200GS Adventure has arrived in dealers, bringing all the updates enjoyed by the 2017 R1200GS to conform to Euro4 regulations – and adding a whole host of optional extras to the Adventure’s repertoire, as well as new model variants such as the Rallye version. BMW barely sell any standard bikes, with owners almost unanimously choosing to slap the majority of the upgrade packs onto their purchase. The list is long, and includes several modifications that are as important for your riding pleasure as they are…

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2018 Triumph Speedmaster and Bobber Black: Reaction

Last night Triumph took the wraps off the new Speedmaster, which features the same 1200cc T120 high-torque as used in the Hinckley firm’s popular Bobber. The new model is also built around the same chassis as the Bobber, but has a style and purpose all of its own. Triumph also took the covers off the new Bobber Black, which features a smaller 16inch front wheel compared to the 19 inch item of the standard Bobber, and lots of black parts to make it look mean and moody. MCN was present at the…

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Kawasaki Z900RS will come in two versions

Kawasaki will launch a retro Z900RS at this year’s Tokyo Motorcycle Show on October 25, as the Japanese firm get set to take on the likes of BMW’s R nineT family and Yamaha’s XSR900. MCN first learnt of their plans in 2016, and Kawasaki have now confirmed the new bike in a series of teaser videos which name the new model as the Z900RS and use the ‘True Spirit’ hashtag. Based heavily on the current Z900, the new RS will share its engine, frame and running gear, but sport all-new…

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Interbike 2017: latest news and show highlights

Single-ring road bikes, tiny tire inflators, smart utility bikes and gadgets galore from Sin City Interbike is North America’s largest bicycle industry trade show. The five-day event kicks off on 18 September with Outdoor Demo. This two-day event is held in the desert outside of Las Vegas and gives retailers and the media a chance to ride the latest models. From there, the bicycle industry descends upon the 300,000sq.ft. Mandalay Bay Convention Center, which is packed full of the latest bikes, components, clothing, riding gear and gadgets. The 2017 show marks the…

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Quantify just how rad you are with the ShredMate

Does your carefully curated Instagram account that’s filled to the brim with riding shots not do your shredding skills justice? Are you looking for another way to show your friends just how rad you are? If so, the ShredMate may be just the doodad for you. The ShredMate is a small, Bluetooth enabled device that attaches to your fork leg and syncs with your phone, and via the magic of accelerometers it can time and locate jumps on a trail and track your — we have no doubt — epic…

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Aldi’s ridiculously cheap cycling gear is back once again

Several times a year, German supermarket chain Aldi sets the budget-savvy cycling world ablaze, with queues outside of shops to nab some bargain-tastic swag not uncommon. Now its latest kit is soon to land in stores nationwide, so here’s the scoop what to expect — including a turbo trainer for just £49.99 and enough winter clothing to dress a rider from head to toe. Giving you a penny back from that wad of fifty pound notes you carry around all the time is Aldi’s new turbo trainer which surely has to be…

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