New bikes (Jan - Dec 2004)

  • US bike sales boom

    01 September 2004

    US bike sales boom

    Bike sales are booming in the US with sales up by as much as 50 per cent for some dealers. American industry watchers say sales have grown steadily for the last 11 years but this year they have gone...

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  • All-new Speed Triple

    01 September 2004

    All-new Speed Triple

    These are the first official pictures of Triumph's all-new Speed Triple - exclusively released to motorcyclenews.com On top of the new look the 2005 Speed Triple uses a new 1050cc engine, has new...

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  • GS tops sales chart

    01 September 2004

    GS tops sales chart

    BMW is boosting production of its R1200GS in a bid to keep up with demand. It has proved to be the biggest-selling bike of 1000cc-plus in the UK so far this year. Latest Motor Cycle Industry...

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  • Prizes for BMW test rides

    01 September 2004

    Prizes for BMW test rides

    Take a test ride on a number of current BMW models at an official dealer, and you'll be entered into a competition to win one of ten BMW Motorrad Navigator II sat-nav systems, worth £1350 each. ...

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  • 05 Suzukis go public

    25 August 2004

    05 Suzukis go public

    Suzuki's big-selling bargain Bandit 600 is being upgraded with more grunt for 2005. The new GSF650 and GSF650S are just two of a line-up of six new bikes revealed by the firm on Friday, August 27,...

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  • New ZZ-R600 launched

    25 August 2004

    New ZZ-R600 launched

    Kawasaki has revealed a new version of the ZZ-R600 based on a previous ZX-6R. Kawasaki is not thought to be bringing the bike to the UK. It appears to be essentially the same as the old J1 model...

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  • Kawasaki updates Nomad

    25 August 2004

    Kawasaki updates Nomad

    Kawasaki has launched a new Vulcan Nomad cruiser in the US. The original 1500cc bike was discontinued from the European line up at the beginning of 2002 but the machine continued to sell well in the...

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  • Superbike stunner due

    25 August 2004

    Superbike stunner due

    A stunning new superbike is causing a stir in the MCN office today. We're gathering first details - and seeing first pictures - of an important new four-cylinder sports bike which looks set to take...

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  • New Triumph 646 spied

    25 August 2004

    New Triumph 646 spied

    Our spies have spotted Triumph's new Daytona 600 being tested with a new 646cc engine. It was spotted close the the British firm's Hinckley HQ. The bigger bore is expected to raise power by as much...

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  • 20th anniversary V-Max

    25 August 2004

    20th anniversary V-Max

    Yamaha has launched an anniversary special V-Max in the US to celebrate the bikes 20th year in production. The new edition is essentially the same bike but gets a special ‘Shift Red’...

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  • 2005 ZX-6R revealed

    25 August 2004

    2005 ZX-6R revealed

    Kawasaki's 2005 ZX-6R features a slipper clutch as standard, MotoGP-style fuel injection, wavy brake discs and a high-revving 107bhp engine. Full details are revealed in the issue of MCN dated August...

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  • 05 GSX-R1000 unveiled

    25 August 2004

    05 GSX-R1000 unveiled

    This is the first official picture of Suzuki's 2005 GSX-R1000. It promises to be even more powerful and even sharper handling than the current cutting edge K4 version. Engine capacity is up from...

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  • MZ 1000N revealed

    18 August 2004

    MZ 1000N revealed

    MZ's new naked 1000 will be the cheapest bike in its class when it goes on sale next year. But this first picture, taken at the firm's R&D HQ, shows it won't lack style. The MZ1000N is expected...

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  • New ZX-6R spotted

    18 August 2004

    New ZX-6R spotted

    Sneak previews of an important new bike have been leaked on to the internet - and we’re convinced it’s the new ZX-6R. Kawasaki will be launching its 2005 range at the end of August and...

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  • VFR1200 revealed

    11 August 2004

    VFR1200 revealed

    Honda is to launch a 1200cc V5-engined replacement for the Blackbird. It will be packed full of anti-crash electronics and be capable of cracking 200mph. Factory insiders say it will be on sale in...

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  • 'Don't blame leathers!'

    11 August 2004

    'Don't blame leathers!'

    You say industry watchers have got it wrong when they lay the blame for a fall in bike sales on those of us who choose to wear the right kit Glass’s Guide editor Randal Thomas said: “too...

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  • CBR600RR recall

    11 August 2004

    CBR600RR recall

    Honda is recalling some CBR600RRs built in 2003 and 2004. It's to fix a potential problem with the rear brake. Bearings on the rear brake actuating rod on some bikes can seize if exposed to road...

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  • Aprilia signs Piaggio deal

    11 August 2004

    Aprilia signs Piaggio deal

    Aprilia is reported as having signed a preliminary agreement opening the way for Piaggio to buy up the company. The agreement is expected to be finalised by September 30. A report on Italian news...

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  • ZX-10R recall update

    04 August 2004

    ZX-10R recall update

    Kawasaki is moving swiftly to replace front wheels on the recalled ZX-10R as it investigates another two potential cases of the fault. Last week the firm announced a product safety recall which meant...

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  • Meet the babes at CMC

    04 August 2004

    Meet the babes at CMC

    CMC motorcycles has a load of special offers running at its Sheffield store this weekend with the MCN Babes in attendance, test rides on all new Yamahas and the chance to win an R1. For this weekend...

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  • Has good kit hit sales?

    04 August 2004

    Has good kit hit sales?

    The increasing number of riders wearing full leather on their bikes has contributed to a decline in sales of new bikes according to industry price watcher Glass’s guide. Glass’s...

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  • Bimota DB5 due soon

    04 August 2004

    Bimota DB5 due soon

    Bimota will use the Munich motorcycle show in September to show the prototype for its latest road bike, the DB5. The new bike will be based around a Ducati 1000DS v-twin engine, which currently...

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  • Deals on 999 and ZZ-R

    04 August 2004

    Deals on 999 and ZZ-R

    Panniers worth £460 are now being supplied free of charge with remaining stocks of Kawasaki's 2002 ZZ-R1200. motorcyclenews.com Editor David Cushman ran a ZZ-R1200 in 2002 and ended up fitting...

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  • MZ's Monster at Munich

    04 August 2004

    MZ's Monster at Munich

    MZ will reveal its rival for Ducati's Monster at next month's Munich Show. The firm says it will show a first prototype at the big German bike show and aims to have the bike in production in Spring...

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  • Special edition Piega

    04 August 2004

    Special edition Piega

    To celebrate the revival of Mondial the firm is planning to launch a special limited edition version of the Piega Evo signed by Roberto Ziletti, the man responsible for the initial revival of the...

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  • Z750 wins shootout

    04 August 2004

    Z750 wins shootout

    Kawasaki’s Z750 just edges it in our naked four-cylinder middleweights road test. We score it 86% - beating Yamaha’s FZ6 with 85%, Honda’s CBF600 with 78% and leaving Suzuki’s...

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  • UK firm buys Indian

    04 August 2004

    UK firm buys Indian

    Indian Motorcycles was given another chance to bounce back from bankruptcy after it was bought last week by a UK based investment firm. The brand was revived in 1998 but struggled to meet its budgets...

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  • Ducati's Aprilia bid fails

    04 August 2004

    Ducati's Aprilia bid fails

    Aprilia's bosses have rejected Ducati's bid to buy their troubled firm - leaving the way clear for Piaggio. The Ducati offer appears to have floundered over the price the firm was prepared to pay and...

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  • An R1 rival from BMW

    04 August 2004

    An R1 rival from BMW

    BMW's new focus on building high-performance sports machines is getting sharper still - with plans for a bike to rival the likes of Yamaha's R1. The triple-cylindered bike will effectively use...

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  • New era for showrooms

    04 August 2004

    New era for showrooms

    One of the UK's biggest bike brands is making a radical change to the way its showrooms look. At leading Piaggio dealers you're likely to feel like you've entered a top notch bike show when you...

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  • Fresh start for Mondial

    01 August 2004

    Fresh start for Mondial

    The new owner of Italian bike firm Mondial has put the Piega and Nuda back in to production and promised an all-new bike by 2007. American firm, Superbike Racing, bought Mondial last week for an...

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  • How 05 Busa will look

    28 July 2004

    How 05 Busa will look

    Suzuki is updating the Hayabusa for 2005 and while the looks aren't much changed the weight is cut by up to 10kg and suspension internals are being revamped. More details are available in this week's...

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  • ZX-10R recall warning

    28 July 2004

    ZX-10R recall warning

    Kawasaki is recalling the ZX-10R and advising owners NOT TO RIDE until they have had their front wheels replaced. The firm says only three front wheels have been reported as defective, globally, but,...

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  • 05 Harleys revealed

    21 July 2004

    05 Harleys revealed

    Harley-Davidson is adding three new models to its range for 2005 – two retro-styled versions of existing bikes and one new entry-level 1450cc cruiser. The FLSTNI Softail Deluxe and FLTSCI...

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  • Hawk offer new custom

    21 July 2004

    Hawk offer new custom

    Dutch design house Highway Hawk is offering a new show bike based on the Yamaha Road Warrior. The Highway Hawk Warrior shares the engine and chassis with the Yamaha cruiser but the rest of the parts...

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  • MT-01: Torque monster

    14 July 2004

    MT-01: Torque monster

    Yamaha's new MT-01 will make more torque than a Hayabusa. Insiders say it will thump out 110ftlb of torque. A Hayabusa makes around 100ftlb while a GSX-R1000 makes a little over 80ftlb. And it's the...

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