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Triumph to roll out 2200cc cruiser and Blackbird rival

Anonymous, 01 October 2001 00:00

Triumph’s much-anticipated super cruiser will have a world-beating 2.2 litre capacity, but it won’t be here until 2003.It’s the latest move in a capacity race among cruiser makers, currently led by Honda’s 1800cc VTX.Triumph is close to completing development of its 2200cc machine. And it will be a triple. It will also be the only triple on sale with the ...

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Firebird

Anonymous, 23 September 2001 00:00

Things are starting to make sense now to MCN road tester Kev Smith. He’s just noticed the bright yellow, stripped-to-the-bone special he’s just been riding has a 150bhp Blackbird engine in place of the 115bhp Blade motor he was expecting. " I thought the front came up quickly, " he says. Creator Judd Cave delights in surprising people like that. ...

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First pictures of Suzuki’s finished V-Strom

Anonymous, 16 September 2001 00:00

You’ve seen our spy shots of the Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom, now here’s our first close-up and detailed pictures of the showroom-ready TL1000-powered V-twin.No official details have been released on the V-Strom yet, but sources close to Suzuki suggest its being tuned for around 110bhp and 130mph.The new pictures show more than ever this is a bike built for comfortable riding, ...

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2002 Ducati 998: More different than it looks

Anonymous, 16 September 2001 00:00

Ducati’s 2002 flagship superbikes may look little changed, but the new 998, 998R and 998S are significantly updated compared to the current 996.The three machines unveiled at Milan all feature the Testastretta engine first used last year in the limited-edition big money 996R. The motor also provided the power for the Italian factory’s World Superbike racers.Apart from the change of ...

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2002 VFR, Blade, Hornet 900, Pan European, SP-2 and more

Anonymous, 09 September 2001 00:00

Honda’s 2002 line-up is full of surprises including an all-new VFR, Blade, Pan and Hornet 900 plus updates to a host of other bikes across the range.Follow the links, right to see all the official pictures and get all the latest information we have. Follow the link, left, to Latest on new bikes, for all our most recent news on ...

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2002 Deauville gets linked brakes

Anonymous, 09 September 2001 00:00

Honda’s 650cc Deauville is getting linked brakes for 2002.The firm’s Combined Braking System has been used in the past on the firm’s VFR800, Pan-European and Super-Blackbird. Now the Deauville, by far the biggest-selling touring bike in the first seven months of 2001, will get a derivative of the system.It links the front and back brakes, adding a helping of rear ...

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First look at the 2002 ZX-9R

Anonymous, 02 September 2001 00:00

Here is the first picture of the new-look ZX-9R from Kawasaki.The uprated superbike has a new, stiffer frame. Compare it to the current bike (by following the link, right, or searching for the current ZX-9R in our BIKES section) and you’ll see the engine mounts are changed and the bodywork has been slightly changed to accommodate this.The swingarm is now ...

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More details on the ZX-9R

Anonymous, 02 September 2001 00:00

AT first glance Kawasaki’s 2002 ZX-9R looks pretty similar to this year’s bike – but looks can be deceptive because it actually boasts more than 130 changes.With Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 the undisputed champion and new challengers from Yamaha and Honda coming soon, the ZX-9R was set to be swamped by its rivals – but Kawasaki hopes its latest revisions will help ...

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Bonneville Speed Week

Anonymous, 26 August 2001 00:00

Lee Burkey stares out into the white and blue yonder. " The worst thing that can happen is that I fall on my butt " he muses. There are, of course, various degrees of falling on your arse. Falling off a rocking horse from three feet onto a nice thick shagpile carpet, for example, is slightly less uncomfortable than, say, ...

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Jamie Dobb, in his own words

Anonymous, 26 August 2001 00:00

MCN: Jamie, how does it feel to be a British Champion after we've all gone so long without oneJamieDobb: It's not really sunk in yet. I’ve been trying for so long. It's going to take a little bit of time to sink in. I can probably answer that question better in a few weeksMCN: How come road racers where thick ...

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