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Motorcycle Show

The 2010 Milan EICMA show is in full swing with the Italian motorcycle manufacturers taking the chance to unveil some impressive new machinery on home turf.

Aprilia and Ducati fans needn’t wait long to see these motorcycle in the metal – they’ll arrive in the UK in just under four weeks time for Carole Nash Motorcycle Live.

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Aprilia finally put an end to speculation about the long-awaited naked version of the almighty RSV4 superbike with the launch of the Tuono V4R. Taking the impressive V4 162 HP engine that dominated the 2010 World Superbike Championship and encasing it in an aluminum dual beam chassis, the new Aprilia boasts power never before installed on a naked.

Ducati impressed the Milan crowd with the stunning new Diavel – a light and agile 163hp, twin-cylinder machine packed with state-of-the-art technology and boasting extraordinary riding pleasure. The new model will be available from January 2011 in two versions – the Diavel and the flagship Diavel Carbon. The latter features a mix of aesthetic and performance components from carbon fibre bodywork to forged and specially-machined Marchesini wheels.

On the non-Italian front, Honda chose to wait until Milan to reveal its ten new or updated models for 2011 – including the CBR125R entry-level sports bike and an updated version of the CBR600F. It also unveiled the Crossrunner – a 800cc V4 naked performance bike with the rugged appearance of an adventure bike.

See these bikes – and many more – at Carole Nash Motorcycle Live at The NEC, Birmingham from Nov. 27 – Dec. 5. This year’s event promises to be the biggest and best yet, with the introduction of a huge array of interactive features alongside the traditional attractions that keep motorcycle fans coming back year after year.

Tickets for Motorcycle Live are £15 ($24) in advance for adults, £10 ($16) for Seniors, £5 ($8) for children aged 11-16 – kids under 10 go free. For details, visit motorcyclelive.co.uk.

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Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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