New bikes (March 2002)

  • World’s first test: ZZ-R1200

    25 March 2002

    World’s first test: ZZ-R1200

    We’ve been riding in France to test the new ZZ-R1200 for the first time.The full test will be published in MCN, out on Wednesday. But here are our first impressions:i. Even the updated engine has a...

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  • Smart replica by 2004

    25 March 2002

    Smart replica by 2004

    Ducati’s retro-styled Paul Smart replica won’t go on sale until 2004 – even though it was designed four years ago. Chief designer Pierre Terblanche created the bike, which has never been seen in...

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  • Norwich Union puts ZX-6R in higher group

    25 March 2002

    Norwich Union puts ZX-6R in higher group

    Kawasaki’s new 636cc ZX-6R has been bumped up one insurance group by Britain’s biggest bike insurer, Norwich Union. The move brings the Kawasaki into line with the likes of Yamaha’s R6 in Group 15,...

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  • Triumph factory blaze: Video added

    18 March 2002

    Fire tore through Triumph’s Hinckley factory on Friday leaving Britain’s biggest bike firm in a state of disarray.For more on this, complete with dramatic pictures, see MCN, out on Wednesday, March 20. To see the video, shot by fire crews, click on the link on the right.Firefighters were called to the scene when the fire at 8.41pm on Friday night. When the blaze was at its peak, at around...

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  • First test: Triumph Speed Four

    18 March 2002

    First test: Triumph Speed Four

    We’ve been riding Triumph’s new Speed Four. And while the firm faces the nightmare of a fire-ravaged factory after Friday night’s blaze, at least bosses can be comforted by the fact that their new...

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  • New BMW R1150GS Adventure tested

    18 March 2002

    OFF-ROADING on a BMW R1150GS isn’t for the faint-hearted. But the factory have made the prospect of go-anywhere riding slightly more realistic with its new Adventure version of its hugely popular big trailie.So what’s different? For a start, the suspension at both ends has 20mm more travel, which is great for floating over boulders – though shorties and vertigo sufferers might be intimidated by...

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  • CCM style, Suzuki power

    18 March 2002

    CCM style, Suzuki power

    THE first Suzuki-engined CCMs have just started rolling off the production line and MCN has been one of the first to try them.The new R30, 604 Dual Sport supermoto and 604 Trail off-roader have had...

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  • 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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