2018’s hottest bikes and their secrets

Hurray! It’s officially 2018, which means there’s not long to wait until we get to ride some of the amazing bikes unveiled at the back end of last year. To get us in the mood, we spoke to some of the men behind the hottest bikes of 2018 to find out just how they came into existence. Ducati V4 Panigale Claudio Domenicali, Ducati CEO After decades of V-twin superbikes, Ducati’s latest flagship bike has four cylinders. CEO Claudio Domenicali explains why… “What seems a huge decision is actually simpler from…

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Bike of the Day: Ducati 848

Do you remember back when middleweight Ducati sportsbikes really were middleweights?This 848 is today’s bike of the day, and it comes in white too, to match those snowy landscapes. Seller says “This Ducati 848 is presented in excellent condition with low mileage. It comes fitted with a Venture Shield, Termi exhaust system and a colour-matched seat cowl which finishes this 848 off perfectly.” MCN says “The Ducati 848 issn’t just a small 1098, it’s much more than that. The 848 is a proper fast (top speed is 166mph), fine-handling, gorgeous…

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BMW are planning a pocket-rocket

Stunning TVS Apache sportsbike is expected be the base for a striking new BMW G310RR. TVS have just released the Apache RR 310, a lightweight sportsbike that should be big news for BMW fans. Eh – BMW? Back in 2013, the German brand struck a deal with Indian motorcycle manufacturer TVS to produce a range of small-capacity bikes. The first fruit born of that partnership was the BMW G310R (a baby S1000R) in 2016, followed by the G310GS (a baby R1200GS) earlier this year. So, the TVS Apache RR 310…

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Spy shots! New KTM 1290 Super Duke GT spotted

Sports-touring took a massive turn for the better when KTM released the 1290 Super Duke GT in 2016 – and now it looks like the wildly entertaining continent-crosser is to get a dose of added practicality and luxury. The current KTM 1290 Super Duke GT is great because it’s so bonkers. The 170bhp V-twin can back into a corner while exiting on the back wheel one minute, then ridden two-up with luggage the next. It’s one of the daftest and most brilliant bikes in the sector – although it’s still…

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KTM’s bargain 790 Duke

KTM revealed their new 790 Duke will cost £8499 – which looks like excellent value to us. The 103bhp, twin gets adjustable WP suspension, cornering ABS, lean-angle suspension, TC and a two-way quickshifter. Form a queue, fast. MCN rides the 790 Duke as a prototype Hot on the heels of MCN’s recent exclusive ride on a prototype 790 Duke, comes the real thing, announced at motorcycle show Eicma in Milan last month. Touted as the ‘ultimate street weapon’ it’s set to stir up the middleweight naked market, and possibly steal…

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