New bikes (Jan - Dec 2001)

  • CCM’s new road-focused single

    15 July 2001

    CCM’s new road-focused single

    CCM’s R30 comes with the kind of creature comforts that the British firm hopes will attract a wider audience.It’s got a rev-counter, cush-drive, alloy wheels and even a fully-painted pearlescent...

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  • Cool Britannia… but only in Japan

    15 July 2001

    Cool Britannia… but only in Japan

    THE JAPANESE infatuation with old British bikes will lead to the introduction of the new Honda GB400RS next year.Our artist’s impression shows the bike is based on the current CL400 – a low-cost retro...

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  • First test on Suzuki’s new Volusia

    15 July 2001

    First test on Suzuki’s new Volusia

    Look closely at this bike and you’ll see Suzuki has kept the familiar Intruder name, and bolted on the " Volusia " tag to mark this new but even more traditional style. It’s named after...

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  • New details of 2002 R1 revealed

    15 July 2001

    New details of 2002 R1 revealed

    Next year’s Yamaha R1 will be radically revised to challenge the competition from Suzuki’s class-leading GSX-R1000. It will also have to deal with new machines in the form of Honda’s 2002 FireBlade –...

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  • New scooters from Italjet and She-Lung

    08 July 2001

    New scooters from Italjet and She-Lung

    Italjet’s retro-meets-future-styled Jet-Set will be available here in August and there will be a 50cc too. And the Taiwanese Freespirit scooter is also available now. The Jet-Set is expected to be the...

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  • Sachs to add 125 to its range

    08 July 2001

    Sachs to add 125 to its range

    GERMAN firm Sachs is adding a new 125 machine to its range, the ZZ Funbike.It uses the Yamaha DT125R engine. Sachs says the bike is designed for use either on or off road, but it comes with Pirelli MT...

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  • Kawasaki shows its Mean Streak

    08 July 2001

    Kawasaki shows its Mean Streak

    Kawasaki wants the latest member of its Vulcan family to be its most performance-oriented yet.The 1470cc V-twin engine has been retuned for more power by increasing the size of the intake and exhaust...

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  • Designed and built outside Japan

    01 July 2001

    THE Bulldog, or BT1100, claims to address a change in the market. The bike is the first Yamaha to be both designed and built outside of Japan. In true V-twin tradition this is an Italian bike, created by Yamaha’s Italian importer Belgarda. Unlike the UK importer, Belgarda is now a full construction company and key staff have been taken from Japan to oversee quality control in Italy.The engine of...

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  • First full test on the Bulldog

    01 July 2001

    First full test on the Bulldog

    On Friday we heard from Adam Morrissey with his first impressions on the new Yamaha Bulldog. Now after some reflection and consideration, here’s his verdict on the first bike Yamaha has both designed...

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  • You vote new Gilera 600 a gorgeous hit

    01 July 2001

    You vote new Gilera 600 a gorgeous hit

    UPDATED WITH EXTRA PICTURES 2.45PM, JUNE 28You’ve been mesmerised by the magic of the new Gilera 600’s looks, if comments in our Talk Bikes section are anything to go by.Rmezza, said: " It’s...

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  • Gilera’s Ice is very cool

    24 June 2001

    Gilera’s Ice is very cool

    Italians have a fantastic ability to design bikes that are striking and different. The Ice is just that, totally unique, beautiful – but in a quirky kind of way.The crazy look of the bike is only...

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  • Latest Blade marks 10th anniversary

    24 June 2001

    The original Blade went on sale in March 1992 – almost exactly a decade before the latest version will hit the showrooms. With a 122bhp, 893cc engine mounted in a race-style alloy frame, it had the power of a contemporary litre bike, but at 185kg it was the weight of a 600cc machine.Ever since its launch, the Blade has been subject to regular updates every two years – making the new bike the sixth...

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  • A very special FireBlade

    17 June 2001

    A very special FireBlade

    American race team Erion has an enviable record which has helped them craft a fine range of race products. Put their best together and you get this showcase bike, the Erion Blade.Created by UK...

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  • Update for Suzuki’s SV650

    17 June 2001

    Update for Suzuki’s SV650

    The SV650 twin is being updated with the addition of adjustable front suspension.The change is being made in both naked and the faired " S " version. Both already 41mm forks – the...

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  • Suzuki Intruder Volusia arrives at last

    17 June 2001

    Suzuki Intruder Volusia arrives at last

    SUZUKI’S 2001 VL800 Intruder Volusia has finally reached UK showrooms. Named after a biker gathering place in Florida, the Volusia is a traditional, Harley-style cruiser using the well-proven,...

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  • Phoenix rises with Laverda’s name

    17 June 2001

    Phoenix rises with Laverda’s name

    LAVERDA’S first new machine since the Aprilia take over is a 150cc scooter designed and built in China by SYM.Aprilia has arranged the deal to sell the re-badged SYM Joyride under the Laverda banner...

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  • New Guzzi Le Mans ridden and rated

    17 June 2001

    New Guzzi Le Mans ridden and rated

    The new Le Mans is no longer a superbike like the one which first bore the name back in 1976. The cynics will see it as a marketing exercise by Aprilia, the new owners of Moto Guzzi’s 80-year-old...

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  • 1700cc super Harley

    17 June 2001

    1700cc super Harley

    This started life as a stock 1450cc FXDX Dyna Super Glide Sport. But it’s been bored out to 1700cc, making it the largest-capacity Harley-Davidson ever officially sold in the UK. It’s a stock 1450cc...

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  • First pictures of Road Star Warrior

    10 June 2001

    First pictures of Road Star Warrior

    Yamaha’s new XV1700 Road Star Warrior is unveiled today, boasting sports bike technology and cruiser styling.The Warrior’s engine is pure cruiser. Based on the XV1600 Wild Star’s 48 degree air-cooled...

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  • Yamaha Bulldog revealed

    03 June 2001

    Yamaha Bulldog revealed

    Yamaha’s new Bulldog BT1100 is revealed today for the first time.The Japanese firm claims the Bulldog is specifically designed to meet the needs of the European market.Yamaha reckons its new machine...

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  • First ride on Honda’s Varadero 125

    03 June 2001

    First ride on Honda’s Varadero 125

    Like its bigger brother, this Varadero uses a V-twin, but it has a learner-friendly 125cc capacity.That’s not really enough to cope with gusting headwinds, reducing your rpm to 10,000 instead of...

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  • Suzuki plans 650cc scooter

    03 June 2001

    Suzuki plans 650cc scooter

    September will see the launch of Suzuki’s new Skywave 650 – a big bore scooter aimed at bikes like Yamaha’s T-max and Honda’s Silverwing.Like its competitors, the bike will use a two-cylinder engine...

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  • Enter the 200mph ZX-12R

    03 June 2001

    Enter the 200mph ZX-12R

    The last time I rode a ZX-12R, it topped out with a less than hyperbolic 183mph, or 12mph slower than a politically castrated 2000 Hayabusa, leaving in its wake more questions than answers. But let...

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  • Rare Ducatis become available

    03 June 2001

    Rare Ducatis become available

    Just when you thought Ducati’s super-exclusive MH900E was impossible to get hold of… a British dealer has managed to bag a couple.But if you want one you really shouldn’t hang about. DK has just two...

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  • Kawasaki comes up with a Sportster rival

    01 June 2001

    Kawasaki comes up with a Sportster rival

    Kawasaki is launching a budget cruiser aimed at the Harley Sportster market.The bike will join the firm’s VN1500 family next year, say sources close to the factory. The Japanese firm’s VN range...

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  • Death of the TL1000S

    27 May 2001

    Death of the TL1000S

    The TL1000S is no longer being made or officially imported to the UK. Stocks of the Suzuki sports twin you now find in dealers are the last there is.And although the TL1000R will remain in production...

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