The Honda CBR600RR is the top bike in the MCN 2003 sports 600 shootout, but it had to come through intensive testing in demanding conditions to get there.
You can read all about it in Motor Cycle News, out today, February 5. The week-long, 17-page test included top speed, acceleration and braking tests at Bruntinthorpe, dyno-testing, road testing in Southern Spain, two days at the twisty and demanding Cartegena circuit, and hundreds of miles on motorways, A-roads, B-roads, around towns, solo and with pillions.
The result is that the Honda takes top honours, but the contest was incredibly close in places. Each bike is examined in minute detail, with in-depth analysis, plus all the facts and figures you need to decide which is the bike for you. The Suzuki GSX-R600 is still the machine that became MCN’s 600 class Machine of the Year 2002, but you can find out exactly why it lost out to the Honda overall. The datalog chart from Cartegena is examined, along with every corner on the twisty and challenging Spanish track. You can also see everything from power and top speed comparisons, to braking from 70mph to 0mph times.
Plus we have pictures of the new 2.3-litre Triumph cruiser in a world exclusive, with details of the bike, and the engine layout that propels the prototype to around 150mph. To keep up with that, you might want a Foggy FP1 road bike, and we have all the details on the first 77 to be built and homologated. The £25,000 road-going version will have around 140bhp, and the number completed means the firm is now cleared to race in World Superbikes. We also have rumours of a £50,000 road-going RC211V Rossi replica. Plus, how to turn an Aprilia RSV into an Aprilia RS3 Cube MotoGP replica, with the help of QB Carbon’s kit, and a one-off Brescia Harley-Davidson V-Rod.
If you missed the Ally Pally show, or fancy seeing more motorcycle mayhem, we have details of the first MCN Summer Sports Bike Show, on June 7 and 8. Part of the event will be the MCN Special of the Year, and if your bike is a contender, then you’ll need the entry form in MCN, February 5.
The Products section this week includes everything from the new AGV Ti-Tech helmet, as worn by Valentino Rossi, to kids pyjamas which look just like the race leathers worn by World Superbike stars Ben Bostrom and Colin Edwards.
What’s On has details of the 23rd Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show, and Round Seven of the British Winter Supermoto Championship, plus all the bike meets and other events around the country in the next week.
MCN are also offering exclusive travel deals to top European races. The events include Monza WSB, Catalunya MotoGP, Imola WSB, the Bol D’or 24 hour race and Biketoberfest. For full details see MCN.
In the Sport section Kenny Robert’s new technical chief and Formula 1 car legend John Barnard tell us what he thinks the next generation of MotoGP bikes will look like. We explain how Foggy was floored by a runner bean, what happens to a WSB Suzuki when the racing is over, and we speak to Chris Walker about his first season on the HM Plant Ducati.
We also look at the riders who can boast about beating racing legends. Four ‘ordinary’ blokes who work in a paper mill, freezer plant, welder and tyre dealers, all explain how they managed to beat the likes of Rossi, Foggy and Jamie Whitham.
In the Off Road section we reveal that the British Motocross GP is back. For the first time in three years world motorcross retruns to England.
We look at the two Brits who are vying to be the first to perform a 360 degree backflip. We also reveal the $90 million motocrosser from Cannondale, and then we test it. We tell you whether the high-spec X440 crosser is worth the money.
Finally, be an expert on the Kawasaki KDX220, probably the perfect mixture of a novice dirt bike and a full on screaming enduro machine.
All this and more is in Motor Cycle News, out February 5. Comment on this story on the News message board by following the link on the right.