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Honda CB500X (2013-current)

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The CB500X is the last of Honda’s new-for-2013, novice and A2-licence friendly 500-twin triumvirate – the others being the CB500F roadster and CBR500R sports bike – and for our money it’s the best of the bunch. The X’s subtly larger proportions make it more versatile, more man-sized machine, while losing virtually nothing in terms of …

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Honda Fireblade SP (2014-current)

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For the first time in 14 years, Honda is offering a higher-spec version of their trusty Fireblade. The Fireblade SP has a blueprinted engine, Ohlins suspension, Brembo monobloc brakes and Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP trackday tyres. Underneath the glitz, the SP is based on the updated 2014-model Fireblade, which has a revised riding position, a …

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J&S buys 12 Hein Gericke stores

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J&S accessories has bought 12 of the 16 Hein Gericke stores affected by the recent return to administration of the German-owned firm and they will all be relaunched as J&S stores later in January.The 12 stores include Aberdeen, Braintree, Farnborough, Gants Hill, Glasgow, Hanger Lane, Leeds, Leicester, Maidstone, Oxford, Preston and Stockwell.Hein Gericke was put …

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BMW S1000R (2014-current)

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Very few performance bikes give you so much of everything, as the S1000R does. It’s two hugely capable bikes in one: it’s smooth, comfortable and safe, thanks to its flawless electronic rider aids, perfect throttle and usable power, but it’s wild when you want it to be, too. It’s exactly how you’d imagine a superbike …

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MV Agusta Rivale 800 (2014-current)

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A departure from their usual sportsbike and super naked range, the Rivale 800 is MV Agusta’s first ever supermoto-style machine. In fact, despite its looks it rides more like a naked sportsbike and doesn’t suffer the bar-wagging flightiness you get with a big, road-going supermoto. It’s also the Italian firm’s first machine to feature their …