175mph BMW superbike

Published: 01 October 2003

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 four-cylinder engine, and it will be pitched to compete with the Honda Blackbird and Kawasaki ZX-12R.

It will feature radical suspension and low weight, and signals a huge shift for the company.

We’ve also got the French-made Voxans that are UK-bound next year, including the exotic Voxan VB1 superbike, the new Street Scrambler, the Roadster and the Café Racer. There’s a stunning £100,000 Ducati 996 special from the paris Show. We’ve also rounded up a stack of 50s from Derbi, Malaguti and Peugeot. We take a look at the final development testing of the Kawasaki ZX-10R, the first nitrogen gas tyre pump in the country, and find out how you can help in the aftermath of the fire at the National Motorcyle Museum.

There’s Kevin Ash in adventurous mood, savings of over £100 on jackets and lids in Insider, be an expert on the Kawasaki ZX-6R, Andy Ibbott’s riding tip, a Suzuki GSX-R1000 trike, the Yamaha Aerox GP1 tested and a long-term report on our Kawasaki Z1000.

We test the CBR600R that Karl Harris wonn the 2003 British Supersport title on, and the CBR900RR that John McGuinness rode to victory at the Macau GP. We reveal what makes both bikes so special and what you’d need to know to create your own version.

In Sport, Toseland is tipped as the No1 Ducati factory rider next year, Neil Hodgson writes for MCN, World Superbike chief turns his back on Honda, and Kawasaki quits World Supersport. Plus we’ve got all the news from the British Superbike season finale at Donington, including which teams will be moving up to WSB. And find out why Valentino Rossi is getting so frustrated with Honda.

In off-road we reveal the Yamaha Supermoto bike that is being used to develop fuel injection.

All this and more in the October 1 issue of MCN, out now.