New bikes (October 2001)

  • Bostrom-style Ducati 998 launched

    28 October 2001

    Bostrom-style Ducati 998 launched

    Ducati chose its first big U.S. rally to unveil its Ben Bostrom replica 998S. The bike was shown off for the first time at the Ducati Revs America event in Las Vegas.Bostrom’s helmet design was the...

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  • Kawasaki 250TR takes us back

    28 October 2001

    Kawasaki 250TR takes us back

    The fashion for retro looks has reached off-road styled bikes. The latest to reflect the trend is Kawasaki’s 250TR.It looks like a 1970s scrambler – but is actually aimed at style-conscious...

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  • Honda’s vision of future commuting

    21 October 2001

    Honda’s vision of future commuting

    IT seems Honda is not even pausing for breath after launching the the new all-new VFR800, Blade, Pan-European and Hornet 900 – for the firm will reveal no less than 15 new designs later this week,...

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  • Drysdale V8 1000 ready to roll

    21 October 2001

    Drysdale V8 1000 ready to roll

    Aussie firm Drysdale is putting the finishing touches to its new 1000cc naked bike.Only a handful will be built each year and it’s no surprise – with a tiny team of engineers and a price tag of...

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  • Suzuki GS1200SS revamped for 2002

    21 October 2001

    Suzuki GS1200SS revamped for 2002

    Suzuki’s muscular GS1200SS has been updated only a year on from its Japan-only launch.The most obvious change is to the fuel tank. It’s now heavily sculpted to give a sportier riding position and make...

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  • CB400SS given a taste of the ’60s grid

    21 October 2001

    CB400SS given a taste of the ’60s grid

    Honda’s own custom version of its CB400SS has made it a retro to be proud of.The bike has been transformed with aftermarket parts to give it a look like a 1960s GP racer.All the original bodywork –...

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  • New look for 2002 GSX1400

    21 October 2001

    New look for 2002 GSX1400

    There’s a new style for the GSX1400 for 2002, but there are no mechanical changes.When it was launched last year it was not expected to be coming to the UK. But the clamour for it grew and Suzuki...

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  • First details of bigger-bore Blade

    21 October 2001

    First details of bigger-bore Blade

    Honda’s FireBlade is to get a 1060cc capacity and a far more torque-laden power delivery.The idea is to open up a wider gap in character between the CBR600 and the Blade. The changes to the Blade are...

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  • Yamaha builds a bike to handle like a BMX

    21 October 2001

    Yamaha builds a bike to handle like a BMX

    Yamaha’s new Tricker concept bike combines the 223cc SOHC four-stroke single of the new TW225 with an alloy beam frame.Yamaha says the bike was inspired by the X-Games – where BMXs and skateboards are...

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  • XR250 goes supermoto

    21 October 2001

    XR250 goes supermoto

    Honda has given its XR250 crosser a supermoto spin and dubbed it the Custom.The bike – revealed at Tokyo – is a one-off to show how customers can transform the XR using readily available parts.In many...

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  • Van Van is back… with a bigger engine

    21 October 2001

    Van Van is back… with a bigger engine

    Suzuki’s first VanVan, a 90cc fun bike, appeared in 1971. Now there’s a new version to go head-to-head with Yamaha’s TW200.Yamaha has struck back with the new TW225. Both bikes aim to be the...

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  • Sauber GP bike run in public at Sepang

    14 October 2001

    Sauber GP bike run in public at Sepang

    NIALL MACKENZIE gave the new Sauber-Petronas four-stroke GP machine its first public outing on the eve of the Malaysia GP at Sepang.The Scot completed a couple of slow but impressively noisy laps on...

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  • Specifications

    14 October 2001

    Specifications

    Availability: If you’re Neil HodgsonDeals, offers and bonuses: NoneColours: Orange/purple/silverInsurance Group: N/aSpecification: Liquid-cooled 996cc (98x66mm) 8v four-stroke 90 degree V-twin.

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  • Six new supermotos launched in UK

    14 October 2001

    Six new supermotos launched in UK

    SUPERMOTO race and road bikes are rapidly gaining in popularity, or so we’re told. And here’s some evidence it might be true – in the shape of SIX new models coming to the UK.Italian firm Vertemati...

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  • Husaberg refines line-up for 2002

    07 October 2001

    Husaberg refines line-up for 2002

    After last year’s all-new range of machines, Husaberg has been busy refining its new designs further.All the new models feature re-designed engine cases, which are stronger and lighter. The electric...

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  • How long must we wait for 2002 bikes?

    07 October 2001

    How long must we wait for 2002 bikes?

    You’ve seen the new bikes of 2002, first on this site. Now you’ll want to know when they will hit a show room near you… and be available to buy.Use our round-up to see when the new bikes will be...

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  • First test and video action of the new 998

    07 October 2001

    First test and video action of the new 998

    The new 998 has a new frame and a new 123bhp Testastretta engine based around the new narrow head Testastretta motor. Here you’ll read our first full test and get the chance to see and hear the bike...

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  • Honda reveals new 230 and 150 four-strokes

    01 October 2001

    Honda reveals new 230 and 150 four-strokes

    JUST weeks after revealing the 2002 CRF450 four-stroke moto cross contender, Honda has revealed not one but two more four-stroke off-road machines. In 2003 Honda’s CRF230 and 150 will be launched to...

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  • Hybris takes streamlining to extremes

    01 October 2001

    Hybris takes streamlining to extremes

    It’s got bucket seats, will lean over as far as 45-degrees and is capable of well over 150mph… it’s the Hybris.French firm Hybris Concept put the bike on display at Paris. It comes complete with a...

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