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New 996 will be lighter, faster… and redder

Anonymous, 18 March 2001 00:00

Pierre Terblanche, the man who is working on a replacement for the Ducati 996, gave a few hints about how it will look when he joined in a live chat session on motorcyclenews.com on Friday.Terblanche, said it would handle sharper, go faster and be lighter, but he also revealed it would be more practical than the current bike. " It ...

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2001 CBR600 recalled

Anonymous, 11 March 2001 00:00

Following on the heels of a worldwide recall of FireBlades to correct faulty clutches, Honda’s reputation as the world’s most reliable motorcycle manufacturer has taken another knock.The firm has issued a rectification notice for their newly released CBR600F-1 over fears that a badly fitted fuel line could rupture with potentially disastrous consequences. The problem is due to the incorrect fitting ...

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Yamaha updates its XJR400R

Anonymous, 11 March 2001 00:00

SPY shots direct from Japan show Yamaha has given its XJR400R its first major update since its launch in 1994.While the styling has been left untouched, there are plenty of mechanical changes. The new exhaust system, which features a conventional silencer rather than the megaphone can of the old model, hints at internal engine modifications.Sources in Japan claim the bike’s ...

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ZR-7S takes more of the strain

Anonymous, 11 March 2001 00:00

THE ZR-7 is a great value fuss-free bike which gives you 750cc for very little money. And now it gives you just a little bit more.Thanks to the addition of a cowling on the new ZR-7S, windblast is a much more easily dealt with foe.But that’s about where the changes over the stock ZR-7 end.Riders who complained that the original ...

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Dad’s the way to do it

Anonymous, 11 March 2001 00:00

Just in case you forgot Kenny Roberts’ dad was the first American GP legend… here’s a few reasons why

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Tony, John: Our safety isn’t a game

Anonymous, 11 March 2001 00:00

Tony Blair and John Prescott have drawn up a host of unpleasant plans for riders during their time in power – and now they’re looking at another one. There has been the sudden saturation of our roads with speed cameras, and the move to allow police to keep money from speeding fines, which means more are on the way. Then ...

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MV Agusta ready to unveil 1000cc superbike

Anonymous, 11 March 2001 00:00

THE new MV Agusta F5 promises to be the most desirable bike in the world.With a 150bhp 1000cc four-cylinder engine and the design genius of Massimo Tamburini (the man responsible for the F4 and, of course, the Ducati 916), knees are likely to go weak the world over when the bike is revealed.The firm is now expected to show off ...

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Underneath it all… there’s a Valkyrie

Anonymous, 11 March 2001 00:00

Japanese tuning firm WhiteHouse is due to put this Valkyrie-based monster into limited production later this year.While the bike bears little resemblance to the original Honda, under the skin it’s a stock F6C Valkyrie. The 1500cc flat-six motor, which makes 100bhp in standard form, is unchanged, although the new exhaust with its six tiny end-cans could add a few bhp.But ...

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Agostini in action

Anonymous, 11 March 2001 00:00

A clip from Duke’s homage to arguably the greatest of them all, Giacomo Agostini

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Don’t judge this Duke by its cover

Anonymous, 11 March 2001 00:00

YOU can hardly see the Valencia pit wall because there are people in red Ducati shirts swarming all over it. But these aren’t fans. These are people who actually work for Ducati. And they’re all waiting to get a glimpse of the bike that’s about to break the still, humid air on the race track beyond that wall.Ducati staff are ...

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