New bikes (Jan - Dec 2003)

  • Triumph cans Hayabusa rival

    07 October 2003

    Triumph cans Hayabusa rival

    MCN has learnt that Triumph has scrapped its project to build the first genuine 200mph production motorcycle.For last three years the British factory has been developing a 1300cc hypersport bike to...

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  • 175mph BMW superbike

    01 October 2003

    175mph BMW superbike

    In this week’s MCN, you can see the 175mph, 165bhp Hayabusa-style BMW that is set to shatter the German firm’s staid image.The bike will be powered by a completely new, in-line transverse...

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  • New GSX-Rs for 2004

    16 September 2003

    New GSX-Rs for 2004

    Suzuki has launched the latest version of its GSX-R600 at the Milan motorcycle show and surprised many by launching an all-new GSX-R750.The company is now the only Japanese manufacturer to continue...

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  • Firms reveal new ranges in Milan

    16 September 2003

    Firms reveal new ranges in Milan

    The international motorcycle show in Milan kicked off on Tuesday with almost every motorcycle manufacturer turning up to show their latest bikes.Ducati turned out with a multitude of new and special...

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  • KTM unveils Duke 990

    16 September 2003

    KTM unveils Duke 990

    KTM has unveiled the finished pre-production version of its all-new V-twin powered Duke 990.The bike has been seen before in a prototype form but the version unveiled at the International Motorcycle...

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  • Triumph unveils new café racer

    16 September 2003

    Triumph unveils new café racer

    Triumph has officially unveiled the new Triumph Thruxton 900 café racer at the Milan motorcycle show.The bike was first seen in MCN’s spy shots (see link on the right), but now the details have...

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  • New bikes dominate Milan show

    16 September 2003

    New bikes dominate Milan show

    The international motorcycle show in Milan continues today with more manufacturers unveiling their new line-ups for 2004.Yamaha’s new R1, Honda’s Fireblade and the Kawasaki ZX-10R, as revealed in MCN...

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  • Tiger roars on for another year

    09 September 2003

    TRIUMPH was rumoured to be ditching the Tiger from its line-up – but this prototype shows there’s life in the big trailie yet.Insiders claim an all-new replacement Tiger has been put on hold but that hasn’t stopped Triumph giving the current model a revamp.The biggest change is clearly the wheels. Triumph has chosen an all-new alloy design, that appears to extremely lightweight, in place of the...

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  • New Harleys on show at birthday bash

    09 September 2003

    New Harleys on show at birthday bash

    HARLEY revealed its full 2004 model range at the weekend’s 100th anniversary celebrations in Milwaukee – but there were no great birthday surprises.The biggest change was to the Sportsters, which get...

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  • Cafe racer Bonnie spied

    09 September 2003

    Cafe racer Bonnie spied

    TRIUMPH’S new line-up doesn’t end with the Daytona 1300 revealed on page two – as this spy shot of the new cafe racer version of the Bonneville proves.MCN’s snappers caught it in action at...

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  • 200mph secret is out

    09 September 2003

    200mph secret is out

    THESE are the exclusive first pictures of the 200mph bike Triumph is building to rival the Hayabusa and the ZX-12R.Triumph has continually denied the existence of a new 1300cc, four-cylinder...

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  • ZX-12R updated for ’04

    09 September 2003

    ZX-12R updated for ’04

    Kawasaki’S high velocity ZX-12R has been updated with upside down forks and radially-mounted brakes for 2004. The changes bring the bike into line with the ZX-6R and ZX-10R (revealed in MCN last...

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  • Reborn in the USA

    09 September 2003

    Reborn in the USA

    NORTON has promised it’ll be back more times than Arnie – but this latest attempt to revive the name looks like it might actually stand a chance of success.Kenny Dreer, who owns Norton America and the...

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  • 2004 ZX-6RR gets major updates

    02 September 2003

    2004 ZX-6RR gets major updates

    KAWASAKI has answered the prayers of racers around the world by updating the engine, fuel injection and chassis of its track-biased ZX-6RR.The RR was launched into the ultra-competitive supersport...

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  • Z750 is no poor relation

    02 September 2003

    Z750 is no poor relation

    THESE are the first official pictures of Kawasaki’s new Z750, the long-predicted, smaller capacity version of its Z1000 roadster.And despite an expected price of around £5000, it is much more than a...

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  • Tough single takes XT into the future

    02 September 2003

    Tough single takes XT into the future

    YAMAHA has replaced its air-cooled XT600E with a rugged new liquid-cooled machine with more power, up-to-the-minute styling and sharpened handling. The XT660-R becomes the latest in a long line of XTs...

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  • Kawasaki creates its ultimate superbike

    02 September 2003

    Kawasaki creates its ultimate superbike

    KAWASAKI has finally delivered the bike so many have waited so long for – a genuine top-drawer, no-compromise, balls-out machine to top anyone’s superbike wish-list.With 160bhp and weighing just...

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  • VN2000 is biggest twin yet

    02 September 2003

    VN2000 is biggest twin yet

    THE new Kawasaki VN2000 cruiser will be the largest capacity V-twin to roll off a bike production line. The giant chrome-laden Kawasaki makes 120ftlb of torque and 95bhp.It doesn’t quite match the...

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  • Streak is meaner for 2004

    02 September 2003

    Streak is meaner for 2004

    Kawasaki’s custom-style Mean Streak cruiser gets the bigger 1552cc engine from the VN1600 in its update for 2004.But despite the extra 72cc over the outgoing 1470cc motor, its power stays unchanged at...

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  • First pictures of new Fazer 600s

    15 July 2003

    First pictures of new Fazer 600s

    These are the first pictures of Yamaha’s new Fazer 600s. The spy pictures were taken close to Yamaha Europe’s Amsterdam base and show both faired and unfaired versions. Both bikes have new frames and...

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  • World first tests: Two new Ducatis

    15 April 2003

    World first tests: Two new Ducatis

    MCN has exclusively tested two of the most important new Ducatis to emerge in years.The 999R is the Italian firm’s most powerful production bike yet. And, after riding it on British roads, MCN’s Marc...

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  • Testing the Triumph Bonneville Ace Replica

    21 January 2003

    Testing the Triumph Bonneville Ace Replica

    There is, of course, only one place to take a Triumph Bonneville Ace Café Replica – the reborn Ace itself.London’s legendary biker caff of the ’50s and ’60s was rebuilt and reopened five years...

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  • Two Schwantz Specials

    21 January 2003

    Two Schwantz Specials

    Ten years after GP legend Kevin Schwantz won the 500cc world championship, Crescent Suzuki are celebrating with two unbelievably quick specials.The Crescent/Hyside Hayabusa is a one-off, £20,500...

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  • We test the Triumph Speedmaster

    14 January 2003

    We test the Triumph Speedmaster

    Triumph’s cruiser-styled Bonneville America was the British firm’s best selling motorcycle of 2002, thanks to buyers in – you guessed it – America. While Europeans have been regarding the model with...

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  • Honda release Dream 50R

    01 January 2003

    Honda release Dream 50R

    Honda has released a racing version of its classic styled 50cc street racer, the Dream 50.The new race-spec Dream 50R echoes Honda racers of the 1960s but uses a modern twin-cam 49cc engine and ’60s...

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