New bikes (August 2001)

  • 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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  • Here it is… the 2002 R1

    26 August 2001

    Here it is… the 2002 R1

    Yamaha’s 2002 R1 will be faster, more powerful and even lighter than the current bike in response to Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 and the challenge of Honda’s revamped 2002 FireBlade.MCN’s exclusive...

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  • Aprilia to launch naked musclebike

    19 August 2001

    Aprilia to launch naked musclebike

    Aprilia’s RSV-based naked musclebike has been undergoing road tests in Italy and will go on show for the first time at next month’s Milan show.It will have a similar twin-spar frame and the 1000cc...

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  • TT 600 gets naked

    19 August 2001

    TT 600 gets naked

    Triumph is thought to be ready to launch a naked TT600 sports bike after this successful experiment in Italy.Italian Triumph importer Numero Tre has built a run of 50 unfaired bikes and dubbed it the ...

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  • Ducati trailie IS coming

    19 August 2001

    The long-rumoured big-bore Ducati trailie is finally nearing a launch, probably at the Milan Show next month.It will be powered by the same 916cc engine as the Monster S4 and ST4.It will compete with bikes such as the Cagiva Navigator, Suzuki XF1000L, Honda Varadero, Triumph Tiger and BMW R1150GS.An MCN source revealed Ducati has completed testing the bike on Italian roads.It is likely to make...

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  • 2001 and 2002 Gas Gas bikes arrive

    19 August 2001

    2001 and 2002 Gas Gas bikes arrive

    The first 2002-model Gas Gas Pamperas have arrived in the UK – at the same time as the first batch of the firm’s 2001-model Supermotos finally arrive. The all-new Pampera is a lightweight two-stroke...

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  • Yamaha updates revealed

    19 August 2001

    Yamaha updates revealed

    We’ve got exclusive details of two new Yamahas. Both the updated Fazer 600 and all-new TDM900 will be launched at shows this autumn, according to insiders.The TDM900 replaces the outgoing TDM850...

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  • 1000cc V8 to power new Aussie neck-snapper

    12 August 2001

    1000cc V8 to power new Aussie neck-snapper

    What’s got eight cylinders, up to 175bhp and will be ready for sale within six weeks?Our artist’s impression shows the answer, the latest 1000cc derivation of the Drysdale V8 concept, a naked bike...

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  • How would you like your R1?

    12 August 2001

    How would you like your R1?

    Yamaha has been asking for opinions on a whole host of new colour schemes for its R1. The bike is due a revamp and insiders now believe the 2002 bike will be offered in plain blue, plain red or in a...

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  • See the Hodgson rep in video action

    12 August 2001

    See the Hodgson rep in video action

    Neil Hodgson has been testing the replica of his WSB 996 on the Isle of Man… and getting incredibly high....Now we’ve added video clips showing his high-flying riding frame-by-frame. Follow the link,...

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  • SV650 goes enduro

    12 August 2001

    SV650 goes enduro

    You’ve seen the half-faired version, you’ve seen the naked version, now here’s the enduro version of the Suzuki SV650.This one isn’t straight from the factory, it’s straight f;rom the imagination of...

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  • Biggest twin is full of surprises

    12 August 2001

    Biggest twin is full of surprises

    Honda’s VTX1800 may be the biggest twin in production but the huge weight doesn’t overwhelm even at low speeds. It actually handles surprisingly well.The majority of the 320kg (and that’s dry) is...

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  • Honda launches CB1300R

    12 August 2001

    Honda launches CB1300R

    Honda is launching the CB1300R in Japan at the end of the month.Based on the Japan-only CB1300 Super Four, the CB1300R will be sold in limited numbers to celebrate Honda’s 500 GP victories. Initially...

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  • First test on Cagiva Xtra Raptor

    12 August 2001

    First test on Cagiva Xtra Raptor

    The Cagiva Xtra Raptor is exactly that, a Raptor with a little bit more: a bit more adjustment for the suspension, a bit better handling, a bit more carbon-fibre, a bit less weight, a bit more...

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  • First ride on the Hodgson Replica 996S

    05 August 2001

    First ride on the Hodgson Replica 996S

    Marc Potter has been riding the Hodgson Replica 996S and you can read his first test verdict here. Next week you’ll be able to see video of Hodgson himself on the bike on the Isle of Man.And the WSB...

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  • First test of new BMW R1150RS

    05 August 2001

    First test of new BMW R1150RS

    New images added at 5pm, WednesdayThe R1150RS is beyond competent. It is genuinely, spirit-lifting fun… whatever the weather.The changes over the old R1100RS are few and far between. Essentially, the...

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  • VFR800 to get VTEC for 2002

    05 August 2001

    VFR800 to get VTEC for 2002

    HONDA is giving the VFR800 its biggest ever makeover for 2002.The styling has been completely revamped and the factory has fitted an ultra clean-burning engine, which uses technology to meet looming...

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  • Blackbird goes red

    05 August 2001

    Blackbird goes red

    Honda’s 2002 Super Blackbird will only be changed in one respect from the current model, it will be available in Candy Blazing Red. The eye-catching colour will add to those currently available; blue,...

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  • Revealed: Suzuki’s giant trailie

    01 August 2001

    Revealed: Suzuki’s giant trailie

    We’ve been talking about it since 1999, now Suzuki has finally given it a name and a finished form, and here it is: the XF1000L.Our artist’s impression is just as you’ll see the bike when it is...

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  • The new look of the R1

    01 August 2001

    The new look of the R1

    This exclusive drawing is the most accurate impression yet of how the new Yamaha R1 will look for 2002. It’s based on detailed information from the factory. Only the colour-scheme is likely to change.

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  • First test of Foggy rep Monster S4

    01 August 2001

    First test of Foggy rep Monster S4

    According to the crowds at Brands there is only one Carl Fogarty. Fortunately there is more than one Fogarty replica. First there was the 996SPS Foggy rep. Now there is the Monster S4 Foggy rep.So...

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