New bikes (Jan - Dec 2001)

  • Four new bike sections now open

    22 April 2001

    Four new bike sections now open

    Follow the ‘BIKES’ link at the top of the page and you’ll immerse yourself in a world of facts and figures, tests and tips on the motorcycles you own, admire and lust after.The latest additions to...

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  • First test of the best sports twins

    22 April 2001

    First test of the best sports twins

    It’s twice the price of an SP-1. It’s six grand dearer than the RSV-R… It can’t be that much better, can it? I mean, how can you need more than the Honda or Aprilia? On the road, or anywhere?The fact...

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Falling like nine pins

    25 March 2001

    Falling like nine pins

    It was tempting fate to invite a load of bike journalists to a go-kart track in Kent to ride a scooter that Yamaha said was designed to handle.Rain, on top of a track laced with oil and rubber,...

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  • Raptor special is a big noise in the city

    25 March 2001

    Raptor special is a big noise in the city

    FROM their bike emporium in North London Moto-Casoli are used to adding extra special touches to their customers’ already special bikes.Their's is an Aladdin's cave of Italian exotica; MV Agustas...

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  • The shape of the R1 to come

    25 March 2001

    The shape of the R1 to come

    YOU’LL have to wait the best part of a year before this will be in our showrooms, but if the ultimate in sports performance is what you’re after, you might find it’s worth the wait.The current R1 is a...

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  • Enfield Clubman takes you back

    25 March 2001

    Enfield Clubman takes you back

    " What year is it mate? " " Err, 2000 actually. " This innocent question, asked by a passer-by just seconds after I parked the Clubman, demonstrates exactly what this bike is...

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  • Hailwood memorial run this Sunday

    18 March 2001

    Hailwood memorial run this Sunday

    JOIN a ride-out to mark the 20th anniversary of Mike Hailwood’s death on Sunday, March 25.The run goes from Fort Dunlop, Birmingham to Portway Motor Centre, to the spot where Mike and his daughter...

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  • Pierre Terblanche in his own words

    18 March 2001

    Pierre Terblanche is Ducati’s top designer. He is in charge of the project to create a bike to replace the 996.He joined us in the VIP Lounge in the TALK BIKES area of the site on Friday, March 23 and answered your questions for an hour-and-a-half.In a frank interview he talked about the pressures he’s under, how the " new 996 " is shaping up and how he hasn’t taken a break from work...

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