New bikes (Jan - Dec 2002)

  • First test: Gilera’s 850cc twin

    11 March 2002

    First test: Gilera’s 850cc twin

    Updated March 14, 2002: We’ve had a first ride on a bike using Gilera’s new 850cc 90 degree V-twin engine and it could prove the basis of a genuine rival for Ducati.The full story is in the March 13...

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  • Guzzi revises Nevada 750

    11 March 2002

    Guzzi revises Nevada 750

    Moto Guzzi has revealed a revised version of its bottom-of-the-range Nevada cruiser – the final bike in the line-up to get a series of updates influenced by Guzzi’s new owner, Aprilia.The 750cc V-twin...

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  • Testastretta Ducati 748 for 2003

    04 March 2002

    Testastretta Ducati 748 for 2003

    Ducati’s 748 will get a power boost for 2003 thanks to a new version of the Testastretta engine already in use in its 998.The new model is expected to make its first appearance at the Munich bike show...

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  • First test: Buell Firebolt

    04 March 2002

    First test: Buell Firebolt

    We’ve been riding Buell’s radical new Firebolt. It’s an R1-light, quick-steering beam-framed thriller aimed at European sports bike nuts, but does it hit its target?For our full report, make sure you...

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  • 1200cc Blackbird for 2003

    04 March 2002

    1200cc Blackbird for 2003

    Honda insiders have confirmed the Super Blackbird is getting a mid-range boost and a restyle for 2003.Although the changes are expected to raise power by as much as 20bhp to around 155bhp, the real...

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  • World first test: The 2002 ZX-12R

    04 March 2002

    World first test: The 2002 ZX-12R

    Kawasaki has raised the power of the ZX-12R AND given it an even more sporting focus.Our full report is published in MCN, out on Wednesday, March 6, 2002. But here are our first impressions.(i) The...

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  • 2002 bikes added to our reviews section

    25 February 2002

    2002 bikes added to our reviews section

    The 2002 R1, TDM900, VFR800 VTEC and Hornet 900 have all been added to our BIKE REVIEWS section.Each comes complete with pictures, specs, road tests and links to its own dedicated chat board. Each...

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  • KTM 250 EXC Racing tested

    25 February 2002

    KTM 250 EXC Racing tested

    KTM’s new four-stroke 250EXC Racing costs almost £5000. But you can find out if you’re prepared to fork out for it by trying it out in a weekend of off-road fun for just under £300.That’s the deal...

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  • First test on 636cc Kawasaki ZX-6R

    25 February 2002

    First test on 636cc Kawasaki ZX-6R

    We’ve been riding Kawasaki’s new bigger-bore ZX-6R for 2002 and the extra ccs add up to a serious boost for torque and mid-range.Our full report is in MCN, out on Wednesday, February 27, but in the...

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  • World first pictures of Triumph cruiser

    25 February 2002

    World first pictures of Triumph cruiser

    These exclusive pictures show Triumph’s long-awaited 2.2litre cruiser.If you want to see more of it, make sure you get MCN, out on Wednesday, February, 28.The bike is due to be launched next year and...

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  • First test on 2002 R1

    18 February 2002

    First test on 2002 R1

    The secret is out. We’re the first people in the world outside of Yamaha to get the key to the 2002 R1. And that means the speculation over whether it can match the GSX-R1000 is over.That ignition key...

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  • Blueprint for the changes

    18 February 2002

    Blueprint for the changes

    IF you think the R1 doesn’t really look that different, that’s just the way Yamaha planned it. The firm reckons people like the way the R1 looks and simply want styling that’s a bit more futuristic.

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  • First test of 2002 R1

    18 February 2002

    First test of 2002 R1

    We’ve been among the first in the world to ride Yamaha’s 2002 R1.And while you’ll have to wait for Wednesday’s MCN (out on February 20, 2002) for the full story, here are some of the highlights, from...

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  • Indian relaunches the Chief

    18 February 2002

    Indian relaunches the Chief

    Indian has relaunched its Chief with its own engine replacing the aftermarket unit which has been used since the firm was brought back from the dead in 1998.The 1638cc 45° V-twin air-cooled unit,...

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  • World’s first test on Suzuki’s V-Strom

    18 February 2002

    World’s first test on Suzuki’s V-Strom

    We’ve been riding Suzuki’s new TL-powered giant trailie, the V-Strom, on the world launch of this new challenger in an increasingly popular sector.You’ll find a full test in MCN, out on Wednesday,...

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  • New Rotax engine range bound for bikes

    11 February 2002

    New Rotax engine range bound for bikes

    ROTAX has patented a new range of engines which will be available for use in motorcycles.They include a 610cc single, a 1000cc parallel twin, a 1000cc V-twin, plus an inline triple of between 1000 and...

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  • World’s first ride on Ducati 998S

    04 February 2002

    World’s first ride on Ducati 998S

    This is what I always hoped a Ducati 998 would be like. First-look suggests there is only one little change from the standard machine – the letter " S " on the end of the numbers. But what...

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  • Paul Smart rep Ducati ready to roll

    01 February 2002

    Paul Smart rep Ducati ready to roll

    Ducati’s tribute to British racer Paul Smart is at last ready to go into production and our artist’s impression is thought to be very close to how the finished article will look.The retro-styled...

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  • First ride on new ZX-9R

    28 January 2002

    First ride on new ZX-9R

    Kawasaki’s 2002 ZX-9R seems faster than ever, showing 300kmh at 12,000rpm.while we all know speedos can be inaccurate, the bike feels significantly quicker than a 900 should!But top speed isn’t the...

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  • Hundreds of half-price bargains wait for visitors

    28 January 2002

    Half-price Shoei lids are among the top bargains at the Ally Pally show – and that’s just the start.Alpinestars race boots are down to just £99 on many stands, as are Sidi Vertebraes. Arai helmets, including 2001 designs, are reduced by as much as £100 on just as many.Custom Lids on stand 70/71 and Titanium Racing on 60/61, are specialising in cut-price lids from dozens of different manufacturers.

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  • Ducati to build road-going replicas of S4 race bikes

    28 January 2002

    Ducati is to launch a new version of its Monster S4 race bikes to coincide with the debut of the one-make race series this season.Retailing at £9500 each bike will come with nearly £3000 worth of extras for just £1800 more than the list price of a stock S4. " With the specifications essentially the same as the race bike, these will be very special Monsters, " said Ducati UK managing...

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  • Exclusive video brings the Ally Pally show to you

    28 January 2002

    The Ally Pally show is now on in London complete with stunt shows, the UK debut of Suzuki’s B-King, the world launch of Triumph’s Speed 4 and bargains galore. If you’ve already been our video will bring back the memories. If you’ve yet to go, it’ll give you a great taster.The video plays for close to two minutes and is approximately 2.8mb, so if you haven’t got a particularly fast connection it...

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  • R1150GS goes supermoto

    21 January 2002

    A limited-edition R1150GS could pave the way for a factory produced BMW Supermoto.The R1150 " SM " uses a set of wide, 17 inch BBS " Phoenix " solid wheels to mount sticky tyres to the normally knobbly-shod GS. The handling tweaks don’t stop there though, as the entire rear swingarm has been replaced with the unit from a road-focused R1150R, as has the front Telelever arm.

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  • CCM plans tie-up with Suzuki

    21 January 2002

    British bike maker CCM is looking outside Europe for engines which could power a new range of singles and twins for 2003.For the past few months, the Lancashire firm has been in negotiation with Suzuki to buy a variety of engines beginning with its DRZ400 engine.Sources also suggest that other Suzuki power plants, such as the 644cc single and V-twin SV650 could be included in future deals.The...

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  • Buy a bargain bike at the Ally Pally show

    21 January 2002

    Fancy bagging yourself a race bike, even if only for track days? Maybe you just want a great deal. Best make your way to the Ally Pally Show in London from January 26 to February 3, 2002.The paddock bargains area will be rammed with used bikes waiting for a new home.This year they include one of Paul Brown’s 600s, a host of race bikes, and some great used road bike bargains, too.Buying one...

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  • World’s first test on Honda SP-2

    21 January 2002

    World’s first test on Honda SP-2

    If you believe the hype then the £9999 SP-2 is more than just another new Honda. This one has been developed by the equivalent of the motorsport division: HRC.It feels like no time at all since the...

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  • MV’s tribute to Senna finally arrives

    21 January 2002

    MV’s tribute to Senna finally arrives

    MV Agusta’s special edition F4 Senna will finally hit UK showrooms next month.The bikes – which are built as a tribute to three-times F1 champion Ayrton Senna were originally supposed to be on sale...

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  • Top Yamaha man hints at road-going M1

    14 January 2002

    Top Yamaha man hints at road-going M1

    A leading Yamaha development engineer is suggesting that the four-stroke YZR-M1 GP bike will spawn a road-going replica which could eclipse the R1.Ichiro Yoda has led the M1 project since last April.

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  • Corser finally signs for Team Foggy

    14 January 2002

    Corser finally signs for Team Foggy

    Troy Corser has finally signed to ride in Team Foggy Petronas Racing in the WSB series this season.Both sides had made their intentions to work together clear before Christmas and the delay since has...

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  • Piaggio tests 850cc twist-and-go bike

    14 January 2002

    Piaggio tests 850cc twist-and-go bike

    THE world’s first full-size twist-and-go bike is now being tested in Italy.Piaggio’s850cc V-twin prototype has a fuel-injected sohc engine which originally designed for a big-bore scooter. But the...

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