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xx 100bhp limit and mandatory ABS proposed for EU | 06 Mar 10
10:40:42 by Rincewind | Views: 10799 | Comments: 80

General News
Motorcycles could be subjected to 100bhp power limits under proposals to be set out by the European Commission this summer.    

The Commission is expected to propose European-wide consistency on the issue, raising the prospect that countries will have to change in line with France, where a 100bhp limit is already in place.


http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/News/newsresults/General-news/2010/March/mar0510-100bhp-limit-looms-again/


xx Multistrada 1200 Introduces New Ducati Maintenance Program | 05 Feb 10
14:30:25 by UFO | Views: 15247 | Comments: 80

Ducati
Press release...



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With the arrival of the new Multistrada 1200, Ducati will reach a significant milestone in the company's engineering history by extending the periods between major services on the new model to an owner-friendly 15,000 miles.

Doubling the mileage between valve clearance inspection has been made possible with the introduction of a new valve seat material combined with improved combustion efficiency and temperature management designed into the Multistrada's new Testastretta 11° engine.

So called because of its minimised 11° of 'valve overlap' - the interval of crankshaft rotation during which both the intake and e
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xx VFR1200F Dyno Numbers [motorcyclistonline.com] | 05 Feb 10
14:25:28 by UFO | Views: 17862 | Comments: 63

Honda
Motorcyclist has posted up some of the first official dyno numbers of the new VFR1200F that I've seen.  The numbers are solid, but far from impressive for a modern 1200cc.  Honda has touted the "seamless power delivery" of this bike.  We'll have to wait for more official reviews to determine if they've delivered.



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Word to the wise future VFR1200 owner: make sure the technician preparing to service your pride/joy has peeled one before signing turning him loose on anything more than an oil change. After innumerable phone calls, all seven of the words you can't say on television and one instructional web video, we've peeled away just  enough plastic to lift the f
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xx 2010 Kawasaki Versys Review [ashonbikes.com] | 02 Feb 10
18:20:18 by UFO | Views: 22647 | Comments: 47

Kawasaki
The 2010 model receives some design changes to give the looks a facelife and address some vibration niggles.



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Well if a superbike rider really thought a 650 twin with long travel suspension was going to give him the same thrill as a ZX-10R, he’s taken a few too many knocks to the head. As for me, I loved it and rated it as one of the best bikes of 2006. If it hasn’t been on enough riders’ radars at purchase time since then, maybe Kawasaki’s marketing departments should shoulder some of the blame because more effort promoting it surely would have resulted in more, and deserved, sales.

Kawasaki certainly listened to Versys owners, who lik
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xx MCN Video: KTM SMT longterm report | 02 Feb 10
14:28:12 by Schneegz | Views: 16967 | Comments: 36

KTM



xx Erik Buell Interview Exclusive [motorcycle-usa.com] | 28 Jan 10
11:48:05 by Schneegz | Views: 17554 | Comments: 144

Buell
Remember how Mr. Buell once said that he didn't want a water cooled engine, an how air cooled engines were perfect for sport bikes?  And remember how some Buell fans actually bought that crap and claimed (some continue to claim) that Harley never held Buell back from producing a water cooled engine?  Here's Erik Buell on that subject.

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I built the prototype of the 1125 in 1988, so it took me 20 years to get it to market. And then we had another run at it, we were actually supposed to have a water-cooled bike out by 1998, but that became the motor, Harley Davidson decided to take the motor and changed it into a cruiser motor and that became the V-Rod. But it actually started out as our engine. We were trying to get a water-cooled bi
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xx Honda UK bans VFR800 owners from testing VFR1200 [hellforleathermagazine.com] | 27 Jan 10
23:44:26 by UFO | Views: 14919 | Comments: 79

Honda
Head scratcher of the week.  If true, surely not to make many fans who aren't keen on plopping down a lot of cash on a highly priced new model.



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Apparently fearing unflattering comparisons, Honda UK has effectively banned owners of the VFR800 and other previous VFRs from riding the 2010 Honda VFR1200. MCN, England's largest bike publication, had scheduled a loan of Shamu post media launch in order to get real riders' opinions of the new bike. So far so good, that's standard operating procedure for the paper with Hondas and most other mainstream bikes. But, when Honda got wind of MCN's plans to put VFR owners on the bike and then publish their opinions it balke
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xx FIM announce 2010 provisional MotoGP entry list | 27 Jan 10
23:29:00 by UFO | Views: 4494 | Comments: 15

MotoGP
The 2010 provisional entry list for the FIM MotoGP World Championship as announced by the FIM on Wednesday, January 27 is as follows:



4. ANDREA DOVIZIOSO, ITALIAN
REPSOL HONDA TEAM, HONDA

5. COLIN EDWARDS, USA
MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3, YAMAHA

7. HIROSHI AOYAMA, JAPANESE
INTERWETTEN HONDA MOTOGP, HONDA

11. BEN SPIES, USA
MONSTER YAMAHA TECH 3, YAMAHA

14. RANDY DE PUNIET, FRENCH
LCR HONDA MOTOGP, HONDA

19. ALVARO BAUTISTA, SPANISH
RIZLA SUZUKI MOTOGP, SUZUKI

26. DANI PEDROSA, SPANISH
REPSOL HONDA TEAM, HONDA

27. CASEY STONER, AUSTRALIAN
DUCATI MARLBORO TEAM, DUCATI

33. MARCO MELANDRI, ITALIAN
SAN...


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