New bikes (Jan - Dec 2001)

  • The new bikes of 2002

    30 December 2001

    The new bikes of 2002

    We’ve gathered together the bikes of 2002 in this one, easy access section.Follow the links, right to see them all.

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  • Guzzi continues air-cooled development

    23 December 2001

    Guzzi continues air-cooled development

    Those who prefer the traditional sound of an air-cooled Guzzi to the Euro-conformity of a water-cooled engine will be relieved to hear that the company has not stopped development of it’s water-less...

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  • Finally, the Kawasaki ZX-10R

    23 December 2001

    Finally, the Kawasaki ZX-10R

    Kawasaki’s ZX-9R is a much admired sports bike. But it has started to lag behind the new breed of 1000cc superbikes. What’s really needed here is a ZX-10R: Enter TTS.Tuning firm TTS has bored out this...

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  • Malaguti shows shape of things to come

    16 December 2001

    Malaguti shows shape of things to come

    Developed as a prototype, Malaguti’s Super Climber has been debuted in Bologna to gauge public reaction. " We want it to show people that Malaguti is thinking about motorcycles. We will see how...

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  • Haydon signs up with Foggy for WSB

    16 December 2001

    Haydon signs up with Foggy for WSB

    Yamaha British superbike star James Haydon has signed to ride with Carl Fogarty’s Petronas team in WSB for 2002.Haydon will be replaced in the Virgin Yamaha line-up by Simon Crafar, making a return to...

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  • Czech supermoto arrives in the New Year

    16 December 2001

    Czech supermoto arrives in the New Year

    The 610cc Praga four-stroke off-roader has a hand-built engine and aluminium fuel tank, a choice of Paioli or Marzocchi forks and Brembo brakes.And those features are just part of the appeal of the...

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  • Carl Fogarty: In his own words

    16 December 2001

    Jonny: Carl how long do you think it will take to get a race win with the new bike?CarlFogarty: Oh, it's impossible to say really. It would be great to have one in the first year, although that's unrealistic. But certainly in 2003Dave: How difficult will it be to stop yourself jumping on the bike during testing to get the fastest lap times?CarlFogarty: Oh that won't be difficult at all. Especially...

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  • Project X900: hub-centre steering cracked?

    09 December 2001

    Project X900: hub-centre steering cracked?

    Hans Helms has been developing this bike for over two decades. Now, with plans to put the bike into production unrealised, its bright ideas are up for sale.The majority of the patents are associated...

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  • Two-wheel drive R1 spotted… and it rocks

    09 December 2001

    Two-wheel drive R1 spotted… and it rocks

    These pictures provide the first proof that Yamaha is seriously working on two-wheel-drive technology for its most powerful bikes. And one man who has ridden the 2WD R1 claims the system improves the...

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  • Would you give the Dog a home?

    09 December 2001

    Would you give the Dog a home?

    Yamaha’s BT1100 Bulldog doesn’t fit comfortably into any of the pigeonholes we are used to. It’s a cross between a Ducati Monster and a Buell. Yamaha believes there’s big demand for such a hybrid. But...

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  • How Yamaha’s 2WD works

    09 December 2001

    Ohlins/Yamaha’s system is light and so simple it can be fitted to virtually any bike with minimal modifications to the standard suspension and transmission.It uses hydraulic pressure to transmit the power to the front.A small hydraulic pump is attached to the engine, and driven by an extra chain running from the front sprocket of the stock gearbox. It uses six or more tiny pistons to pump...

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  • The super tourer rider

    09 December 2001

    The super tourer rider

    Super Blackbird rider Smith likens the Bulldog to " a great commuter bike, but with style, " and thinks Yamaha has copied elements from a Buell and Monster.He says: " I’m impressed...

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  • BMW launches slower bike for cops

    09 December 2001

    BMW launches slower bike for cops

    BMW has launched yet another new bike. It’s a smaller capacity, lighter but slower version of its R1150RT and it’s only available to the police.The R850RT has the addition of a sixth " cruising...

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  • The Harley rider

    09 December 2001

    The Harley rider

    YAMAHA is pitching the Bulldog at people exactly like Smith. She steers away from sports bikes and likes a more relaxed ride. But can this pooch tempt her away from her beloved Hog?She says the...

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  • The Superbike rider

    09 December 2001

    The Superbike rider

    " LOOK at those nasty alloy fork seal protectors, they’re horrible! " Brown’s initial impression of the Bulldog isn’t favourable as he wanders over, doing up his race rep lid. Fortunately,...

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  • Video: Track action at Estoril

    02 December 2001

    Video: Track action at Estoril

    Click the links in the download videos box, right, titled RM (if you use Real Player) or MOV (for Quicktime users) to see a clip of MCN’s Keith Farr lapping Estoril at the FireBlade launch.

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  • Two new Aprilias unveiled

    02 December 2001

    Two new Aprilias unveiled

    APRILIA has revealed a brand new contender in the naked bike market for 2002 – the Tuono – as well as a close-to-production prototype for a hybrid multipurpose machine, called the Mana.The Tuono,...

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  • Audio: Blade designer Tadao Baba speaks

    02 December 2001

    Audio: Blade designer Tadao Baba speaks

    Click the links in the download videos box, right, titled RM (if you use Real Player) or MOV (for Quicktime users) to hear FireBlade project Chief Engineer Tadao Baba answering questions about future...

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  • Main changes to the 2002 FireBlade

    02 December 2001

    HONDA has opted to update the Blade rather than reinvent it. Its move into 2002 is evolutionary rather than revolutionary. On paper, at least.It isn’t until you ride it that you realise the changes are actually very significant ones, each with a dramatic effect on the bike’s overall character and capabilities.This is the sixth generation of FireBlade and the changes are as follows:* 1mm increase...

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  • Ducati launch Bayliss rep

    18 November 2001

    Ducati launch Bayliss rep

    Ducati is going to launch a road-going replica of World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss’ machine.It will be a 998 with the red Infostrada paintscheme, not the silver one the Aussie rode in the final...

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  • World’s first ride of new Yamaha TDM900

    11 November 2001

    World’s first ride of new Yamaha TDM900

    Second update: 3.05pm, November 12: MCN’s Adam Morrissey has had more time to get used to the feel of the new Yamaha TDM900 now. Here’s what he has to say. " The brakes are very powerful, but...

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  • Thinking of buying or selling a bike?

    11 November 2001

    Thinking of buying or selling a bike?

    If you’re thinking of buying or selling a bike you’ve come to the right site.If you are looking to buy you have access to an unrivalled archive of information combined with enviable contact with...

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  • It’s AKA a motorcycle…

    11 November 2001

    It’s AKA a motorcycle…

    The NEC Show features plenty of jaw-dropping models, but few are quite as " stand-out " as this machine from AKA Design. But we want to hear what you think of it.The Hitchin, Herts-based...

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  • First ride on Yamaha’s Road Star Warrior

    04 November 2001

    First ride on Yamaha’s Road Star Warrior

    Yamaha's new Road Star Warrior is no ordinary cruiser.With a mere 2000rpm displayed on the LCD tachometer (an arc of blocks which sweep around an analogue-style scale) the bike punches forward with a...

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  • Kawasaki seeks out new niches

    04 November 2001

    Kawasaki seeks out new niches

    Kawasaki has found a new niche - retro bikes that are only legal to ride on the road in the daytime (that’s about seven hours a day in the UK right now).One is a 1970s-style grasstracker. It looks...

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