New bikes (Jan - Dec 2001)

  • BMW launches R1150GS Adventure

    09 September 2001

    BMW launches R1150GS Adventure

    BMW’s tough R1150GS is being made even more ready to take on the world. The new Adventure version comes complete with all you need to tackle long distances on almost any terrain.It has new "...

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  • First pictures of the VTR1000 SP-2

    09 September 2001

    First pictures of the VTR1000 SP-2

    The SP-1 was already hard to fault but the firm has used what it’s learnt from a year of racing it in WSB to make the SP-2 faster and more powerful.The handling – already near perfect on the SP-1 –...

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  • First picture of all-new Pan emerges

    09 September 2001

    First picture of all-new Pan emerges

    Honda’s Pan European has been through a major revamp for 2002 with completely new bodywork and, we believe, a larger capacity engine.Details are sketchy at this stage, but we have at least got a first...

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  • 2002… the others

    09 September 2001

    If it ain’t from the big four Japanese manufacturers and it ain’t from Triumph, Germany, Italy, or America, you’ll find it in the links, right.

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  • First official pictures of the 2002 Blade

    09 September 2001

    First official pictures of the 2002 Blade

    As spyshots revealed on motorcyclenews.com in June, the FireBlade has undergone a visual makeover for 2002 which includes a host of other components have been altered to make this the sharpest Blade...

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  • What the big-bore 2002 ZX-6R could be like

    09 September 2001

    What the big-bore 2002 ZX-6R could be like

    Kawasaki’s 2002 ZX-6R will have a capacity of 636cc. They aren’t the first to create a bigger-bore version of the 6R. So we thought we’d try a tuner’s version to see how the new stock bike might...

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  • 2002 Deauville gets linked brakes

    09 September 2001

    2002 Deauville gets linked brakes

    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...

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  • New firm GluGlu gives us dirt-track style

    09 September 2001

    New firm GluGlu gives us dirt-track style

    Japan is being swept by dirt-track mania, and here’s the cash-in from new firm GluGlu.Taking their styling cues from the all-American XR750 flat-track racer, and popular 70’s colour schemes,...

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  • XJR1300 loses weight and gains grunt

    09 September 2001

    XJR1300 loses weight and gains grunt

    The 2002 Yamaha XJR1300 weighs 6kg (13lb) less than the current model and, thanks to larger carbs and a new exhaust system, torque is up from 73.8ftlb to 79ftlb.The reduction to 224kg (493lb) is aided...

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  • All-new 1260cc Pan is here

    09 September 2001

    All-new 1260cc Pan is here

    It took 10 years, but Honda has finally updated the popular ST1100 Pan European. And this is no facelift – it’s a whole new bike from the wheels up.Even the name has changed – it’s now called the STX.

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  • First test on Gas Gas Supermotard

    09 September 2001

    First test on Gas Gas Supermotard

    In town it’s quick enough to blow anything away, it’s tall enough to see over cars, it’ll cope on back roads but the urban environment is where it’s at.This is a Gas Gas, built by the men famous for...

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  • First official pictures of CB900 Hornet

    09 September 2001

    First official pictures of CB900 Hornet

    HONDA’S all-new CB900 Hornet F will make 110bhp and boast 67ftlb of torque when it reaches dealers.We first revealed the 600cc Hornet’s bigger brother in July but now more technical details have come...

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  • More details on the ZX-9R

    02 September 2001

    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 it keep up.The ZX-9R faces a tough...

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  • More details on the ZZ-R1200

    02 September 2001

    With the ZX-12R now acting as Kawasaki’s high-speed standard-bearer, the firm has decided to soften the ZZ-R1200 into a full-on tourer.This scoop picture shows it’s clearly a new bike – but peel away the skin and you find plenty of parts have been carried over.The chassis is virtually identical. It might not be cutting-edge, but the twin-spar alloy beam frame doesn’t exactly lag behind the...

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  • New look of TDM900 revealed

    02 September 2001

    New look of TDM900 revealed

    Yamaha’s TDM850 IS turning into the TDM900 for 2002 and our artist’s impression reveals exactly how the bike will look.As well as an increase in capacity and an aluminium frame, the new bike will have...

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  • First pictures of the 2002 Kawasaki ZX-12R

    02 September 2001

    First pictures of the 2002 Kawasaki ZX-12R

    Kawasaki has made a host of changes to its ZX-12R to boost handling and real-world performance, giving it a more sporting focus.They intend it to be as good on corners as it is on long, ridiculously...

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  • First look at the 2002 ZX-9R

    02 September 2001

    First look at the 2002 ZX-9R

    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...

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  • More details on the 636cc ZX-6R

    02 September 2001

    Kawasaki has made a radical move with the latest version of the ZX-6R, the bike which was named top 600 in the annual MCN awards last October.It has created a whole new category – a sports 600 with a bit more on top. The new ZX-6R has just outgrown its rivals.Despite the new 636cc capacity, the majority of the 2002 engine is identical to the 2000 model’s.Kawasaki’s engineers have simply increased...

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  • Yes, it’s a ZZ-R1200

    02 September 2001

    Yes, it’s a ZZ-R1200

    Hot on the heels of a new 636cc ZX-6R and a revamped ZX-9R, here’s Kawasaki’s 2002 ZZ-R1200.The fast tourer’s bodywork is considerably changed from the ZZ-R1100 which precedes it, the lights are...

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  • Suzuki’s TL-powered giant trailie spotted

    01 September 2001

    Suzuki’s TL-powered giant trailie spotted

    Suzuki’s 1000cc V-twin trailie has been spied for the first time, so here’s your first chance for a look.It’s called the DL1000 V-Strom (and no, that isn’t a typing error).It has an all-new alloy...

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  • He’s come a long way

    26 August 2001

    He’s come a long way

    The Boxer factory was started by a man with a dream. The man is Thierry Henriette, and the dream was to give the public the kind of bikes he liked to build for himself.The 45-year-old had been...

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  • First test on Boxer VB1 Sport

    26 August 2001

    First test on Boxer VB1 Sport

    If there’s one race that can really appreciate beauty, it’s the French. Look at their women, their art, their fashion, their food and – just to make doubly sure – have another look at their women...

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  • First picture of the VB2 twin

    26 August 2001

    First picture of the VB2 twin

    Here’s a first look at Boxer’s VB2, the Voxan-powered machine to rival Ducati’s Monster.The Toulouse-built bike will go on show for the first time, officially, at the Parish Show next month. Given the...

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  • Help shape the next generation R1 and R6

    26 August 2001

    Help shape the next generation R1 and R6

    Yamaha is asking for your ideas and advice on how the current R1 and R6 should be changed.You can post your feedback on this site in the relevant Talk Bikes boards and we’ll gather it up to deliver to...

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