New bikes (Jan - Dec 2004)

  • Mystery of falling sales

    14 July 2004

    Mystery of falling sales

    The number of used bikes bought and sold is up – so are the number of riders on the road and the total number of miles we’re riding – so why have new bike sales taken a tumble? ...

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  • £50M for MV Agusta

    07 July 2004

    £50M for MV Agusta

    Proton has agreed to invest around £50 million in MV Agusta in return for an undisclosed stake in the business. The deal was revealed in a statement from MV Agusta this week. The cash means the...

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  • Ducati bids for Aprilia

    07 July 2004

    Ducati bids for Aprilia

    Federico Minoli, Ducati Chairman and CEO, said: "We are not financial investors. We are moved by passion and we are dedicated to the success of Italian bikes worldwide. "We are conscious...

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  • Pick up a bargain bike

    07 July 2004

    Pick up a bargain bike

    If you’re after a new bike then there are a whole range of offers available at the moment. Here are just a few to choose from. Ducati are offering a special insurance deal on the 999 and 749.

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  • 05 GSX-R1000 revealed

    07 July 2004

    05 GSX-R1000 revealed

    Suzuki will launch an updated and even more powerful version of its GSX-R1000 for 2005 complete with MotoGP inspired dimensions and a radical snout designed to scoop in more air. Its weight is being...

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  • Meet race stars

    07 July 2004

    Meet race stars

    If you’re at a loose end this weekend then there are a whole host of open days and special offers to take advantage of and plenty of chance to meet top British racers. The Bike People in...

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  • CCM on the ropes

    07 July 2004

    CCM on the ropes

    CCM went into voluntary administration on Wednesday July 8 - and there seems little hope that the company can be saved. The British off-road and supermoto manufacturer told staff they were all being...

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  • New look 999

    07 July 2004

    New look 999

    Ducati has listened to calls from racers riding its 999 and announced a series of changes to the bike for 2005 that will see a new upper fairing and more powerful engine. These are the first official...

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  • We ride new 999R

    07 July 2004

    We ride new 999R

    MCN's Adam Child rode the new Ducati 999R at Laguna Seca this week. Here are our first pictures as they arrive from the States, and his first impressions of the bike. They will be followed by a full...

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  • 2005 Suzuki cruisers

    01 July 2004

    2005 Suzuki cruisers

    Suzuki’s 2005 cruiser line-up has been launched in the U.S. with a new model and completely new names for the whole range. All Suzuki cruisers are now called Boulevards in the US but it is not...

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  • Real price for 600s

    01 July 2004

    Real price for 600s

    How much should you really pay for your new sports 600? The recommended retail price that manufacturers issue is only a guide price, and most dealers have got plenty of room to manoeuvre. A little bit...

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  • Powersports open day

    30 June 2004

    Powersports open day

    Powersport bikes in Bradford are holding an open weekend on July 10 and 11 with test rides on the 2004 Suzukis, a bike show, trade stands and dyno run. You’ll be able to ride anything from a...

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  • Cruiser chaos at MCN

    30 June 2004

    Cruiser chaos at MCN

    The news that a Honda Rune was in the MCN car park was enough to see the office empty this morning, Wednesday June 30, 2004. The added news that there was a Triumph Rocket and a Boss Hoss parked next...

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  • 2005 Yamaha YZs launch

    23 June 2004

    2005 Yamaha YZs launch

    Yamaha has unveiled it's 2005 range of YZ off-road bikes at the Belgian motocross Grand Prix in Neeroeteren (Saturday, June 26, 2004). The two-stroke 125cc and 250cc bikes both feature aluminium...

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  • Honda's super cruiser

    23 June 2004

    Honda's super cruiser

    Honda could be preparing to launch another mad super cruiser - following in the tradition of the US-built Goldwing-powered Rune. The new power cruiser shown here uses a VTX1800 twin cylinder engine...

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  • New CBR600RR revealed

    23 June 2004

    New CBR600RR revealed

    Honda will reveal a revamped CBR600RR this September with reworked brakes, upside-down forks and Blade-inspired styling. Insiders who have already ridden the new bike reveal more in MCN, out on...

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  • MV 1000 is fastest yet

    23 June 2004

    MV 1000 is fastest yet

    The new MV Agusta F4 1000 has the highest top speed of any superbike we’ve ever tested. The previous record holder was a high-speed run on a Suzuki GSX-R1000K3 - which maxxed out at 182mph late...

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  • Great deals this weekend

    23 June 2004

    Great deals this weekend

    There are plenty of bargains to be had if you are in the market for a new bike this weekend. Cheltenham Motorcycles is running a special discount on its range of Suzuki’s and offering a...

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  • Suzuki launches RM-Z450

    16 June 2004

    Suzuki launches RM-Z450

    Suzuki has finally launched a production version of the RM-Z450 motorcross machine that has been competing in the World MX1 championship all this year. The bike, which took its first win in the...

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  • First-bike bargains

    16 June 2004

    First-bike bargains

    If you're ready to get on two wheels for the first time there are some great deals to be had on many of the novice bikes on the market, even the latest offerings from Honda and Kawasaki. Our latest...

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  • Naked Moto Morini

    16 June 2004

    Naked Moto Morini

    These are the latest pictures of the bike that Moto Morini hopes will be the first off its production line since 1993. The engine for the naked v-twin, which still hasn't been officially named, was up...

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  • Rocket III first test

    16 June 2004

    Rocket III first test

    MCN has ridden the staggering Triumph Rocket III – the heavyweight cruiser which Triumph claims can beat an R1 to 100mph - at its world launch in the United States. In Wednesday’s MCN...

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  • R1 tops sales chart

    09 June 2004

    R1 tops sales chart

    Yamaha's R1 is topping bike sales so far this year, according to figures released by the Motorcycle Industry Association on June 11, 2004. It's no coincidence that the R1 is the most-popular search in...

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  • Foggy FP1 at Goodwood

    09 June 2004

    Foggy FP1 at Goodwood

    Carl Fogarty will ride his new Foggy Petronas FP1 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 25-27, 2004. The event will also feature F1 stars Jenson Button in the BAR Honda, Olivier Panis in the...

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  • RCV for the road

    09 June 2004

    RCV for the road

    Insiders are hinting that Honda is planning a version of its RCV MotoGP bike for road riders. Rumours of the road-legal V5 superbike follow news that Ducati is going to build a road bike inspired by...

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  • Deals for beginners

    09 June 2004

    Deals for beginners

    Thinking of buying your first bike? Our latest 'Target Price' survey reveals the prices you should be aiming for when buying a new 125cc learner bike. Whether you are ready to take the plunge...

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  • BMW superbike to outgun Busa

    02 June 2004

    BMW superbike to outgun Busa

    BMW's new K1200S could outgun the likes of the Hayabusa thanks to a peak power of 167bhp and less weight than the outrageous Suzuki. It will be BMW's most powerful road bike so far by almost 40bhp.

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  • Honda crossers slim down and power up

    02 June 2004

    Honda crossers slim down and power up

    Honda's new motocross lineup for 2005 is leaner and meaner with the firm managing to shave off weight from almost every component of the 2004 bikes. The CRF450, CRF250 and CR85 all get a complete...

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  • Benelli and MV test rides

    02 June 2004

    Benelli and MV test rides

    Red Dog Motorcycles’ open weekend on June 5 and 6 offers the chance to test ride the new Benelli TNT, the Tornado, MV Agustas and a range of CCMs. If you order a new Benelli on either day you'll...

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  • Fila rep Malaguti

    02 June 2004

    Fila rep Malaguti

    To celebrate its status as official paddock bike supplier to the Ducati MotoGP and World Superbike squads, Malaguti has launched a limited edition F15 scooter in full Fila Ducati livery, called the...

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  • Grab an '03 bargain

    01 June 2004

    Grab an '03 bargain

    If price is the first thing you think about when you're shopping for a new bike then there are some great deals to be had if you're prepared to go without that '04 tag. There are minimal changes on...

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  • Naked 1000cc Blade due

    01 June 2004

    Naked 1000cc Blade due

    The Hornet 900 is set to be replaced by a new naked Honda using a derivative of the latest 1000cc Blade engine. Insiders say the update is a response to tougher competition from the likes of the...

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  • 2004 Fireblade recall

    01 June 2004

    2004 Fireblade recall

    Honda is recalling a number of its 2004 CBR1000RR Fireblades to fix a potential speedo fault. The fault can make your bike show that it's going 25 per cent slower than it actually is. Honda claims...

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  • Suzuki offers Bank Holiday bargains

    26 May 2004

    Suzuki offers Bank Holiday bargains

    Suzuki says its dealers will offer amazing deals this coming Bank Holiday weekend – particularly on Bandit GSF600/SK4 and GSF1200/S, GSX-R1000K4, GSX-R600K4, GSX600FK3 and the SV1000K3. The...

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  • Nexus hits the UK

    07 April 2004

    Nexus hits the UK

    Gilera has aimed its newly launched Nexus 500 scooter squarely at the weekend sports bike rider in a bid to tempt them out of the car during the week. And with the offer of an easy, no hassle, but...

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  • GSX-R750: Our first impressions

    18 February 2004

    GSX-R750: Our first impressions

    Suzuki’s GSX-R750 could be the perfect sports compromise – it handles as sweetly as the firm’s 600 yet offers huge bhp for performance that won’t see it lagging too far behind a GSX-R1000 on the...

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