New bikes (Jan - Dec 2004)

  • First ride: '04 Yamaha R1

    11 February 2004

    First ride: '04 Yamaha R1

    Yamaha has launched the 2004 YZF-R1 in Australia and MCN road tester Michael Neeves was there to get the first ride.But while riding the bike in the perfect Australian weather is one thing, we wanted...

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  • Ridiculously fast made ridiculously easy

    04 February 2004

    Ridiculously fast made ridiculously easy

    THE new Honda CBR1000RR has been developed by the same team that was behind the unstoppable GP-winning RC211V.And boy does it show.After the first track session at the new Blade’s world launch in...

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  • Rossi: Biaggi must win MotoGP title

    04 February 2004

    Rossi: Biaggi must win MotoGP title

    Defending world MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi is tipping bitter rival Max Biaggi for the title this year.The London-based rider speaks out in a world exclusive interview in the Wednesday, February 4...

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  • Kawasaki launches V-Strom rival

    04 February 2004

    Kawasaki launches V-Strom rival

    Kawasaki is launching a rival for Honda's Varadero and Suzuki's V-Strom.The KLV1000 uses a 90-degree V-twin 996cc fuel-injected engine making close to 100bhp in a twin-spar aluminium frame. Outside of...

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  • Honda ups the stakes

    04 February 2004

    Honda ups the stakes

    Just like the GP-winning RC211V (and the CBR600RR, which also shares the same DNA) the new Fireblade is phenomenally quick. But also, just like the RCV and RR, it is so smooth and slick there’s no...

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  • Ducati reveals 2004 Desmosedici

    04 February 2004

    Ducati reveals 2004 Desmosedici

    Ducati unveiled its new 2004 Desmosedici GP4 MotoGP bike in Bologna today (February 4).MCN's Chris Jones was there and will bring you a full report on all the changes to the bike in the next issue of...

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  • ZX-10R vs Blade vs GSX-R1000

    28 January 2004

    ZX-10R vs Blade vs GSX-R1000

    We’re conducting the first full group test of this year’s leading superbikes over the next few days.We’ve got the bikes, we’ve got the riders and we’ve got all the measuring equipment set up. Now all...

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  • First test: CBR125R makes a great start

    21 January 2004

    First test: CBR125R makes a great start

    Honda’s all-new CBR125R could make the ideal beginner’s sports bike.It’s going to cost just £2349 otr, and has a low seat height to make it extremely user-friendly at low speeds.MCN’s Matt Wildee...

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  • World first test: GSX-R600

    21 January 2004

    World first test: GSX-R600

    We’ve been at the world first test of the all-new GSX-R600 over the weekend at the Misano circuit in Italy.MCN’s Michael Neeves rode the new sports 600 on Saturday and Sunday for a full first test...

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  • World first test: Honda CBF600

    21 January 2004

    World first test: Honda CBF600

    MCN has been testing the all new Honda CBF600 in Spain.MCN road tester Matt Wildee has just jumped off it and given his first impressions of the bike. " It’s very user-friendly, with a good mid...

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  • It's a family thing

    07 January 2004

    It's a family thing

    SUZUKI’S new GSX-R600 shares more than just looks with the all new GSX-R750. Both bikes have a wealth of race-derived technical updates.The only immediate visible difference between the new bikes is...

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  • First pictures of all-new GS

    07 January 2004

    First pictures of all-new GS

    These are the first official pictures of the all-new BMW R1200GS.The bike is claimed to be the lightest and fastest incarnation of the imposing off-roader, with a new 1170cc Boxer engine. And MCN is...

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  • Kawasaki bounces back

    07 January 2004

    Kawasaki bounces back

    KAWASAKI’S ZX-10R is the most eagerly awaited superbike in an age. With 181bhp, a 170kg dry weight and chassis dimensions to rival the best 600s, not since the GSX-R1000 arrived have so many expected...

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  • Gixer fights for its crown

    07 January 2004

    Gixer fights for its crown

    The GSX-R1000K4 was the first of the 2004 superbikes to arrive in the UK and it’s ready to defend its mantle of ‘best 1000cc sports bike’ against scorching new tackle from Honda, Yamaha and...

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  • 749 moves to an all new level

    07 January 2004

    749 moves to an all new level

    DUCATI is taking the racing success of it’s all-new £11,000 749R so seriously it has developed a new engine to allow it to take on the best the Japanese can offer.What was initially thought to be a...

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  • Smaller Z looks like big value

    07 January 2004

    Smaller Z looks like big value

    YOU could be forgiven for thinking that Kawasaki’s new naked 750cc roadster is destined to occupy a class of its own, but Kawasaki has set its sights squarely on the hotly-contested middleweight...

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  • Suzuki bucks the trend

    07 January 2004

    Suzuki bucks the trend

    Following the demise of the Kawasaki ZX-7R earlier this year, the GSX-R750 stands out as the only mass-produced Japanese 750cc sports bike on the market.SUZUKI is ignoring talk that the 750 class is...

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  • Z750 dominates naked middleweights

    07 January 2004

    Z750 dominates naked middleweights

    YOU could be forgiven for thinking that Kawasaki’s new naked 750cc roadster is destined to occupy a class of its own, but Kawasaki has set its sights squarely on the hotly-contested middleweight...

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  • Dreamers need not apply

    07 January 2004

    Dreamers need not apply

    THE Aprilia Nera is the first machine in what the factory is calling its new " Dream Series " – not least because a dream is all it is ever likely to remain for all but the obscenely...

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  • The R1 is up for the challenge

    07 January 2004

    The R1 is up for the challenge

    Y AMAHA has raced past the magical 1bhp per kilogram milestone with its all-new 180bhp, 172kg R1 superbike.Those slanting foxeye lights may give it a passing family resemblance to past R-series...

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  • Aprilia's VIP package

    07 January 2004

    Aprilia's VIP package

    THE Aprilia Nera is the first machine in what the factory is calling its new " Dream Series " – not least because a dream is all it is ever likely to remain for all but the obscenely...

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  • The one to beat

    07 January 2004

    The one to beat

    The GSX-R1000K4 is the first of the 2004 superbikes to arrive in the UK and it’s ready to defend its mantle of ‘best 1000cc sports bike’ against scorching new tackle from Honda, Yamaha and...

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  • Aprilia builds a worthy replacement

    07 January 2004

    Aprilia builds a worthy replacement

    Aprilia has reworked and repackaged its stylish RSV Mille V-twin to produce a devastating evolution of the 1000cc superbike that goes every bit as well as it looks.The bike is new from the ground up...

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  • RSV Mille R first ride

    07 January 2004

    RSV Mille R first ride

    Aprilia has reworked and repackaged its stylish RSV Mille V-twin to produce a devastating evolution of the 1000cc superbike that goes every bit as well as it looks – as our world exclusive first ride...

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  • SPECIFICATION

    01 January 2004

    List price£4749 otrAvailabilityNow, Piaggio UK, 0800-203010ColoursRed, SilverEngineLiquid-cooled, 460cc (92mm x 69mm) 4v SOHC four-stroke Single cylinder. Fuel injection. Automatic transmissionChassis Double cradleFront suspension41mm Kayaba telehydraulic forksRear suspensionSingle rear shock with progressive Power Drive linkage, adjustments for pre-load.Tyres120/70 x 15 front, 160/60 x 14...

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