transmission gears are lighter despite being stronger. Claimed max output is 166bhp at 11,750rpm, within a few horsepower of its Japanese rivals.The new MV's chassis, like its bodywork, is essentially that of the 750. The frame combines chrome-molybdenum steel
flagship with the horsepower to compete on equal terms. The DB7, powered by the 160bhp, eight-valve V-twin motor from Ducati’s 1098, has been created to do just that.In looks and layout the DB7 is on a different level to the DB5, due largely to the power
Cruiser engines are getting so huge these days that Yamaha's new Midnight Star is billed as a middleweight even though its V-twin motor displaces 1304cc, the traditional American 80 cubic inches.The liquid-cooled XVS1300A squeezes into Yamaha's range between the Midnight Star 190...
The fresh-off-the-production line MV Agusta I'm sitting on is special even by the standards of limited-edition, £30,000 superbikes. The last three digits of the frame number were 012, signifying this was the 12th of the 300 F4 1000 Tamburinis MV is building.And it so happens that...
Japanese bikes don't come much more Italian than the revamped Hornet 600. Despite the name on its tank, the Hornet was shaped by Honda's European design studio in Italy, and built at the factory in Atessa. Given Italian sales were largely responsible for the original Hornet 600 t...
"Brake at the point where the kerb ends, keep the bike a little bit away from the edge of the track because it's slippery there, and turn into the corner when you get to about... here."Valentino Rossi's words of advice are echoing through my mind as I squeeze the YZF-R6's front b...
Aprilia's Tuono is one of the more curious of machines to come from Italy. This is the Noale firm's belated entry in the big-bore naked roadster class, designed to take on bikes like the big Hornet and Fazer, as well as the daddy of them all, Ducati's Monster. But while naked bik...
If you had to pick a bike to ride at the relentlessly twisty Valencia circuit on a brutally hot Spanish summer day, a smart choice would be something light, nimble and not too powerful. Preferably also a bike to admire, cold drink in hand, between short strength-sapping sessions ...
It's late on a Friday afternoon near Varese, and I'm heading back to MV's factory after an enjoyable few hours aboard the latest Brutale. In no great rush, I'm making use of the four-cylinder motor's flexibility; short-shifting through the 'box and using the ample midrange to zip...
10. MV Agusta F4CCMV Agusta F4CCIf power is the ultimate aphrodisiac, then MV Agusta’s F4CC is the planet’s most sexually charged motorcycle. Not simply because of its sheer horsepower; a claimed 200bhp with the titanium race exhaust in place. Nor
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