New bikes (Jan - Dec 2001)

  • ZR-7S takes more of the strain

    11 March 2001

    ZR-7S takes more of the strain

    THE ZR-7 is a great value fuss-free bike which gives you 750cc for very little money. And now it gives you just a little bit more.Thanks to the addition of a cowling on the new ZR-7S, windblast is a...

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  • First ride on the ZRX1200

    11 March 2001

    First ride on the ZRX1200

    THE new ZRX has stonking six-piston Tokico calipers and a new 1164cc engine which pulls out of tight turns like a Japanese bullet train from 2000rpm all the way up to the 10,500rpm red line.But...

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  • 2001 CBR600 recalled

    11 March 2001

    2001 CBR600 recalled

    Following on the heels of a worldwide recall of FireBlades to correct faulty clutches, Honda’s reputation as the world’s most reliable motorcycle manufacturer has taken another knock.The firm has...

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  • Triumph tests new Daytona

    11 March 2001

    Triumph tests new Daytona

    TRIUMPH’S new Daytona is undergoing extensive last-minute testing to prepare for its release to the public in May. MCN spotted this all-black pre-production machine testing at Bruntingthorpe proving...

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  • Yamaha updates its XJR400R

    11 March 2001

    Yamaha updates its XJR400R

    SPY shots direct from Japan show Yamaha has given its XJR400R its first major update since its launch in 1994.While the styling has been left untouched, there are plenty of mechanical changes. The new...

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  • First pictures of new Mondial WSB racer

    11 March 2001

    First pictures of new Mondial WSB racer

    THESE are the first pictures of the long-awaited superbike which will carry the legendary Mondial name back on to the race track later this year.The 999cc V-twin Piega, which has only been seen in...

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  • Is the Bonnie best?

    11 March 2001

    Is the Bonnie best?

    WE’RE taking the new Triumph Bonneville to Brighton together with the Kawasaki W650 and a Royal Enfield.You can also look forward to a meeting with the man with Britain’s biggest collection of Monkey...

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  • Bimota shutdown confirmed

    11 March 2001

    Bimota shutdown confirmed

    AN ITALIAN court has finally brought an end to Bimota’s drawn-out death, closing the struggling company for good.After more than 25 years of producing some of the most desirable bikes on the planet,...

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  • Underneath it all… there’s a Valkyrie

    11 March 2001

    Underneath it all… there’s a Valkyrie

    Japanese tuning firm WhiteHouse is due to put this Valkyrie-based monster into limited production later this year.While the bike bears little resemblance to the original Honda, under the skin it’s a...

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  • Bultaco ready to return to the road

    04 March 2001

    Bultaco ready to return to the road

    THE Bultaco badge hasn’t been seen on a road bike since the 1980s – but that’s will change if this prototype makes it into production.Power for the retro-styled machine comes from a single-cylinder...

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  • GP bike reveals clues to new R1

    04 March 2001

    GP bike reveals clues to new R1

    YAMAHA’S new four-stroke GP bike has been spotted in tests in Australia. And that gives a tantalising glimpse of some of the technology that could feature on next year’s expected replacement for the...

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  • World first test on the Ducati 996R

    04 March 2001

    World first test on the Ducati 996R

    AFTER his first ride on Ducati’s 996R, MCN’s Marc Potter believes it is the firm’s finest sports bike yet. Potter rode the bike at the Valencia circuit in Spain on Wednesday, March 7, and said: ...

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  • Supermoto-style F650 due

    04 March 2001

    Supermoto-style F650 due

    BMW is ready to use its popular F650 single as a basis for an exciting new supermoto-style road bike.The new bike will combine high-rise suspension with sticky sports tyres on 17-inch rims.According...

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  • MZ reveals how its muscle bike will look

    04 March 2001

    MZ reveals how its muscle bike will look

    THIS is how MZ wants its planned 1000cc muscle bike to look. The image shown here is an official factory sketch.It is due to go into production next year and cost under £7800.The 1000N will use a...

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  • CapoNord looks ready for anything

    04 March 2001

    CapoNord looks ready for anything

    THE CapoNord is going to be a genuine rival for bikes like BMW’s R1150GS and Honda’s Varadero.It even coped with a little bit of off-road riding in Sardinia. " I tried it on a bit of green laning...

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  • The meanest green machine

    25 February 2001

    The meanest green machine

    KAWASAKI’S Ninja nine has enjoyed a cult following amongst the big cube cognoscenti, not just for its sheer performance but also for its styling and brute-force engine. Determined not to let their...

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  • All these first tests coming soon

    25 February 2001

    MCN’S Marc Potter will ride Ducati’s new 996R on Wednesday March 7, becoming one of the first people outside the factory to do so.And we’ll be bringing you his first reactions on that very day.In the next fortnight you can also look forward to the world’s first tests of the Aprilia CapoNord, Kawasaki RZX1200S and ZR7S and Piaggio’s new 500cc super-scooter, the X9.Keep checking back with...

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  • Honed to perfection

    25 February 2001

    Honed to perfection

    HAVING honed and refined the FireBlade over the eight years since its introduction in 1992, Honda entered the new millennium with perhaps its most radical incarnation of the model yet.Although always...

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  • Ducati plans Foggy rep Monster

    25 February 2001

    Ducati plans Foggy rep Monster

    DUCATI bosses in Italy have confirmed they are working on a Monster tribute to four-times WSB champion Carl Fogarty based on the latest S4 version of the bike.It uses a 916cc water-cooled motor making...

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  • 25 February 2001

    INSURANCEThe bike falls into the group 16 category in the UK, which means that certain types of cover in certain parts of the country for some riders isn't available at all from a handful of firms, making shopping around for quotes essential rather than merely advisable.MODEL VARIATIONSWhen buying a ZX-9R, potential purchasers essentially have a choice of two main model types - the pre-1998 "B"...

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  • There can be only one

    18 February 2001

    There can be only one

    AUSTRALIAN firm Hunwick Harrop has released full details of the Phantom 1500 cruiser. The bike, which is to go on sale over the Internet towards the end of the year, is the first in a range due for...

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  • Triumph’s Daytona gets 147bhp

    18 February 2001

    Triumph’s Daytona gets 147bhp

    A BRITISH-built superbike with the potential to take on the best Japanese and Italian machines is enough to get any rider’s mouth watering. And Triumph reckons its new 955i Daytona is exactly that.

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  • ZX-9R to power new musclebike

    18 February 2001

    ZX-9R to power new musclebike

    KAWASAKI is planning to launch a naked musclebike using a retuned version of the ZX-9R’s 144bhp engine. The 899cc four-cylinder engine could be tweaked to make more torque than the ZX-9R’s formidable...

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  • Gilera plans September unveiling for 600

    11 February 2001

    Gilera plans September unveiling for 600

    GILERA is expected to unveil a new 600cc sports bike at the Milan Show in September. Italian scooter giant Piaggio, Gilera’s parent company, has confirmed plans to reveal its first big bike since the...

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  • Kawasaki’s big-bore response

    04 February 2001

    Kawasaki’s big-bore response

    KAWASAKI is working on a tourer which is destined to rival Yamaha’s all-new FJR1300. A new bike, thought to be called the ZZ-R1200, will be 2002’s answer to Yamaha’s 145bhp tourer, which has attracted...

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  • A standard R1 just wasn't enough

    28 January 2001

    A standard R1 just wasn't enough

    MODIFIED R1s can be found at every pub meet in the country, but few are as desirable as QB Carbon's Yamaha. More than £12,000 has been lavished on the bike to turn it into the ultimate R1 - and it's...

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  • Suzuki’s biggest brute yet

    28 January 2001

    Suzuki’s biggest brute yet

    THIS is the first picture of the biggest-capacity four-cylinder bike Suzuki has ever made – the new 2001 GSX1400.The photo appears to have been leaked from Suzuki’s own press material, which is due to...

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