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Piaggio tests 750cc…scooter

Anonymous, 08 April 2002 00:00

Piaggio is testing a superbike-sized 750cc V-twin scooter which it hopes to launch later this year. Disguised as an X9 500 at this stage, the new bike runs a smaller version of the four-valve single-overhead cam 850cc motor which MCN exclusively tested in a Raptor frame and chassis last month. It is not known if the new prototype uses a ...

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New BMW R1150GS Adventure tested

Anonymous, 18 March 2002 00:00

OFF-ROADING on a BMW R1150GS isn’t for the faint-hearted. But the factory have made the prospect of go-anywhere riding slightly more realistic with its new Adventure version of its hugely popular big trailie.So what’s different? For a start, the suspension at both ends has 20mm more travel, which is great for floating over boulders – though shorties and vertigo sufferers ...

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Piaggio 500cc scooter arrives late… 1000cc to follow?

Anonymous, 11 March 2002 00:00

Piaggio’s X9 500 scooter has finally made it into showrooms – almost a year late.Originally launched last Spring, it was sent back to the drawing board after test riders reported an unnerving high-speed wobble and unstable handling at lower speeds.Piaggio said it has fixed those problems by fitting a new rear tyre, up from a 140/60 to a 140/70, and ...

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KTM 250 EXC Racing tested

Anonymous, 25 February 2002 00:00

KTM’s new four-stroke 250EXC Racing costs almost £5000. But you can find out if you’re prepared to fork out for it by trying it out in a weekend of off-road fun for just under £300.That’s the deal with KTM Adventure Tours. For £299, they’ll kit you out with Alpinestars gear, plonk you on a 250EXC Racing and take you on ...

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Cruisers

Anonymous, 18 February 2002 00:00

Most popular cruiser: Harley-Davidson 883Fancy buying into the Harley mystique on a budget? Well, the 883 could be ideal.But make sure you know what you’re getting – Harleys are all about image, so don’t expect Japanese levels of go. Despite being on its way to being a litre bike, the 883 can’t even crack a ton and struggles to accelerate ...

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’94 CBR900RR-R

Anonymous, 28 January 2002 00:00

HONDA must have received hundreds of complaints about the manners of its early bikes because the Blade changed markedly in 1994.MCN’s first group test – against a Suzuki RF900, Kawasaki ZX-9R and Triumph Daytona 900 – saw test rider Kevin Ash proclaim it " surprisingly good at playing the sports-tourer role " as well as dominate the pure sports class, ...

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First ride on new ZX-9R

Anonymous, 28 January 2002 00:00

Kawasaki’s 2002 ZX-9R seems faster than ever, showing 300kmh at 12,000rpm.while we all know speedos can be inaccurate, the bike feels significantly quicker than a 900 should!But top speed isn’t the only change. The new ZX-9R’s chassis, swingarm and extra kick in the mid-range all help to create a more flexible Kawasaki. The chassis is beefed-up for extra-strength, especially around ...

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The one that got away

Anonymous, 21 January 2002 00:00

Jonathan Durrant, 53 is fromWarwickshire. He’s owned 26 bikes " When I first started work at 16 there was a chap I worked with who was an avid motorcyclist. I was earning very little money, only £3 a week when I started, and he helped me find a bike. We put our earnings together bought an old Ariel single, cadged ...

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Piaggio tests 850cc twist-and-go bike

Anonymous, 14 January 2002 00:00

THE world’s first full-size twist-and-go bike is now being tested in Italy.Piaggio’s850cc V-twin prototype has a fuel-injected sohc engine which originally designed for a big-bore scooter. But the massive popularity of naked bikes in Italy has prompted Piaggio to explore its potential in a " proper " bike.The engine is effectively two cylinders from Piaggio’s X9 scooter bolted together.It makes ...

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Triumph Sprint ST

Anonymous, 14 January 2002 00:00

Compared to the new Honda VFR the Sprint ST feels a bit big, a bit flat and looks a bit dated, writes Marc Potter. But for the type of rider Triumph’s aiming the Sprint ST at it’s obviously working a treat as it was their third best seller last year with 585 bikes sold new in 2001.It’s a wildy capable ...

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