Bike news

  • Moriwaki offers 150bhp SP-1

    15 April 2001

    Moriwaki offers 150bhp SP-1

    Japanese tuner Moriwaki is launching a 150bhp version of the Honda SP-1.Called the MP101, they are hand built to order, with a range of specifications for use either on the road or track. The firm...

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  • GS500 gets a makeover

    15 April 2001

    GS500 gets a makeover

    Suzuki has revamped its GS500. The 2001 model features a new, sportier tail unit and rear light. It comes with a new yellow and black colour option and the fuel tank capacity has been increased to...

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  • £50,000-worth of retro Harley

    15 April 2001

    £50,000-worth of retro Harley

    THE Trakker might be a Harley under the skin, but its looks might make fans of more sporting bikes drool.Designed to resemble a Harley board-track racer of the 1920s, it harks back to a time when the...

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  • Buell to build full-on 1000cc sports bikes

    15 April 2001

    Buell to build full-on 1000cc sports bikes

    BUELL is finally going to make the bikes its founder has always wanted to – full-on, sports bikes.So far the Buell badge has been standing for grunt-laden bikes which are bags of fun but not quite on...

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  • SV650 gets a winning makeover

    15 April 2001

    SV650 gets a winning makeover

    Suzuki’s V-twin SV650 is winning races in America against Ducati 750s, 250GP bikes and 400cc in-line fours.And all the parts that make it a winner are available to SV owners in the UK.Most of the...

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  • The ultimate Katana specials

    15 April 2001

    The ultimate Katana specials

    Yoshimura has got hold of five of the last Suzuki Katanas to be built and is turning them into jaw-droppers.After 20 years of continuous production, Suzuki has finally pulled the plug on the Katana,...

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  • KTM reveals plans for muscle bike

    15 April 2001

    KTM reveals plans for muscle bike

    KTM’S plans to place more focus on road bikes have taken a major step forward with proposals for a 1000cc naked musclebike.The Austrian firm’s chief executive Stefan Pierer says it will be a bike in...

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  • Women on track days

    08 April 2001

    Women on track days

    Girls on bikes used to mean pretty pillion passengers. And you blokes seemed more than happy with a stunner of a girlfriend who would sit limpet-like on your back for the ride to the races, then step...

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  • Getting my 996 is a dream fulfilled

    08 April 2001

    Getting my 996 is a dream fulfilled

    THE sight of the bike in front of me stopped me in my tracks and caused a sharp intake of breath inside my helmet. I had been waiting for this moment for a long time. Almost trembling with...

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  • The ‘sportiest’ sports tourer yet

    08 April 2001

    The ‘sportiest’ sports tourer yet

    DUCATI’S new ST4S has uprated suspension, new brakes and the 996 V-twin engine and our first ride reveals that all adds up to the most sporting sports-tourer yet.On Wednesday (April 12), Kevin Ash...

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  • Yes, it really is made in China

    08 April 2001

    Yes, it really is made in China

    The machine pictured here is the first sign that China has what it takes to build bikes we in the west might actually desire.China is the biggest bike producer in the world, but it’s generally known...

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  • V8 is back… for £70,500

    08 April 2001

    V8 is back… for £70,500

    REMEMBER the 850cc Morbidelli V8? Only four were ever sold when they went into production in 1997.But now the firm has announced the model’s comeback… if UK dealer George Beale can drum up enough...

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  • Honda V5 GP bike breaks cover

    08 April 2001

    Honda V5 GP bike breaks cover

    THESE are the world's first action pictures of the all-new four-stroke Honda Grand Prix bike destined to start racing in 2002.The shots of the V5-engined bike were taken at Sugo in Japan today, where...

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  • The shape of forks to come

    08 April 2001

    The shape of forks to come

    Dutch designer Roel van der Heide reckons some day all bikes will be this way.Called the Chiqane 2, the bike that uses his system is the result of years of development.Van der Heide first developed a...

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  • Aprilia Futura recalled

    08 April 2001

    Aprilia Futura recalled

    APRILIA has recalled all of the first batch of Futuras in the UK because of a possible loose nut.A fault with a machine on the production line in Italy has meant that a retaining nut in the generator...

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  • 700 miles by scooter

    08 April 2001

    700 miles by scooter

    HONDA’s new Silver Wing is as happy touring two-up as it is dealing with the brake, swerve, squirt of urban riding in Europe’s busiest cities.The engine is new. It’s a four-stroke parallel twin with...

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  • Video action from Donington

    01 April 2001

    Video action from Donington

    For a unique perspective of Donington, join us a foot from the ground as we bring you on-board video from a World Championship sidecar.190bhp, three wheels and plenty of rain.

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  • How the Cagiva Xtra Raptor could be

    01 April 2001

    How the Cagiva Xtra Raptor could be

    THIS bike might be one of the only machines in the country that looks like a Cagiva Xtra-Raptor, but it’s the sound which makes it one in a million. Anything ridden through a tunnel as long as...

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  • 193mph… on a GSX-R600

    01 April 2001

    193mph… on a GSX-R600

    WE’VE had 600s that go as fast as 750s. We’ve had 750s that perform as well as 1000s. But never before have we had a 600 that gets to within 1mph of a Hayabusa. That’s faster than a ZZ-R1100, a...

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  • Hold on tight…

    01 April 2001

    Hold on tight…

    This is my second cigarette in ten minutes. It’s also only my second cigarette in five years. The reason for my nervousness is just a few feet away. It’s Steve Webster’s sidecar outfit. And he wants...

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  • Now you see them

    01 April 2001

    THE council in Doncaster have started playing the game. They’ve joined Plymouth in starting to paint GATSO cameras eye-catching colours rather than melt-into-the-background grey.There’s been a 43 per cent reduction in accidents since one of Plymouth’s GATSOs was given dayglow yellow stripes – now all 26 cameras in the Devon city are to be given bright colourschemes.Doncaster Metropolitan Borough...

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  • First test of the Yamaha Maxster

    01 April 2001

    First test of the Yamaha Maxster

    Taking a 125cc scooter on a race track doesn’t sound like a good idea given the lack of power, poor handling and shoddy brakes associated with the breed.But things look different if that track is...

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  • All-rounders to master all trades

    01 April 2001

    All-rounders to master all trades

    The latest generation of big-bore all-rounders offer all the comfort you could dream of and handling and power to take your breath away.We took in huge hits of motorway, trickled through busy city...

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  • New Bonnie spotted in Oz

    01 April 2001

    New Bonnie spotted in Oz

    THE cruiser-style version of Triumph’s Bonneville has been spied on test in Australia.The bike, which was first reported in MCN last year, will use the same air-cooled, 790cc, four-stroke parallel...

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  • MV Agusta F5 spied on test

    01 April 2001

    MV Agusta F5 spied on test

    IT’S the datalogging kit strapped to the pillion seat that gives the game away. This is no F4 1+1. It is, you can be assured, a well disguised F5, complete with that tempting 998cc engine.It’s a...

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  • The return of the Hesketh

    01 April 2001

    The return of the Hesketh

    IT’S 22 years since Hesketh tried to bring us an all-British superbike with the benefit of breeding. Now it’s back, as a well-to-do classic. Now you can own a brand new version for £11,750.According...

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  • The most powerful BMW ever

    01 April 2001

    The most powerful BMW ever

    BMW is preparing to build a range-topping genuine superbike.It should be the bike that finally shrugs off any remnants of the pipe and slippers image the brand has accrued.The firm is thought to be...

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  • MBK adds Thunder to its scooter range

    01 April 2001

    MBK adds Thunder to its scooter range

    Yamaha-owned scooter firm MBK has added a ninth scooter to its UK range.The Thunder 125 features front and rear disc brakes and a 12bhp, four-stroke engine which MBK claims will take it to 70mph.It...

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