New bikes (Jan - Dec 2005)

  • 2006 Harleys revealed

    22 July 2005

    2006 Harleys revealed

    Harley has revealed its 2006 model line up with a new version of the V-Rod and updates for the Dyna range. The VRSCD Night Rod includes a ‘black denim’ paint option, blacked-out controls,...

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  • Choose your own engine

    22 July 2005

    Choose your own engine

    MZ has launched a special edition version of its odd-looking 1000SF naked bike and you get to choose what engine is used. Only 25 of the Red bikes will be made and each one will come with a matt red...

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  • 06 Buells go on show

    22 July 2005

    06 Buells go on show

    Buell has launched its own entry into the ‘Adventure Sports’ market with the XB12X Ulysses – as predicted by MCN in our July 20 issue. The £8195 twin gets long-travel...

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  • Suzuki extends £1 deal

    15 July 2005

    Suzuki extends £1 deal

    Suzuki has added faired and unfaired Bandit 1200s and the GSX1400 to its 'Ride Away for £1' finance deal. The deal already covers the 650cc Bandit, V-Strom and SV ranges, and offers nought per...

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  • Video: ER-6n first test

    08 July 2005

    Video: ER-6n first test

    Download the video via the link at the end of this story for the Motor Cycle News on Kawasaki's ER-6n - read by our own Sir Trevor... Road test chief Trevor Franklin is just back from the first test...

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  • New bike sales rise

    08 July 2005

    New bike sales rise

    Bike sales for June were up 2% compared to June 2004 – according to the Motor Cycle Industry Association. Adventure sport remains the fastest growing category of bike. Compared to June 2004...

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  • Triumphs in car dealers

    01 July 2005

    Triumphs in car dealers

    Triumph has been trying to expand its network of dealers by offering franchises to car dealers. The British manufacturer has gaps in its network in Reading and Cambridgeshire and hopes that it can...

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  • More Kawasakis all round

    01 July 2005

    More Kawasakis all round

    Reports from the Japanese business media suggest Kawasaki intends to grow its bike sales in Europe by 10 per cent by next March. Insiders say the strategy includes expanding its product range (which...

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  • Kawasaki ER-6n revealed

    24 June 2005

    Kawasaki ER-6n revealed

    First pictures and details of Kawasaki’s radical ER-6n big-value bike are revealed in MCN – out on June 29. The taster picture shown here reveals revolutionary styling in a bike that’s set to be...

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  • Electric scoots on charge

    24 June 2005

    Electric scoots on charge

    American electric scooter maker Evader Inc is tieing up with a Brazillian manufacturer with a plan to build 20,000-plus electric and petrol scooters a year for the next five years. Rio-based Garini...

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  • Heretic at Goodwood

    17 June 2005

    Heretic at Goodwood

    If you go to the Goodwood festival of speed this weekend you’ll get the chance to see the mad Ecosse Heretic for the first time in Europe. The bike has been available for a few years in the US...

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  • GSX-R tops the charts

    10 June 2005

    GSX-R tops the charts

    Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 has knocked the Honda Fireblade of the top of the sales charts by selling a massive 234 more than the Blade and helping to halt the downturn in Sports bike sales. The sports...

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  • Gilera updates DNA

    10 June 2005

    Gilera updates DNA

    Gilera has launched an updated version of its DNA 50 with a new styling and improved handling. Gilera has seen the massive rise in popularity of naked bikes and that reflects in the changes to the...

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  • Bikes boom abroad

    03 June 2005

    Bikes boom abroad

    Motorcycle use is booming in India, as Bajaj Autos, the second-largest bike firm, announces 76 per cent growth for May, 2005 alone. A total of 153973 two-wheelers were sold in May alone, up from...

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  • Infinity expands range

    03 June 2005

    Infinity expands range

    Infinity Motorcycles has now introduced Aprilia and Kawasaki franchises to their York branch, celebrating with an official launch attended by World Superbike star Chris Walker. "We are confident...

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  • Free GPS for BMW tourer

    01 June 2005

    Free GPS for BMW tourer

    Anyone buying a BMW K1200LT tourer will receive a Motorrad Navigator II GPS system worth £1350 for free, including fitting, until the end of September, 2005. The K1200LT has won the MCN Best...

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  • Sachs drops prices

    27 May 2005

    Sachs drops prices

    Sachs has announced that it is cutting huge amounts off it’s stylish 125cc bikes the XTC125 and the X-Road 125. The £800 price cut makes the XTC 125 only £400 more than the market...

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  • Interest free Suzukis

    20 May 2005

    Interest free Suzukis

    Suzuki has launched a new finance deal on all its 650cc bikes letting you pick one up for next to nothing. For just a £1 deposit you can walk away with either a faired or unfaired Bandit 650,...

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  • BMW Adventure special

    20 May 2005

    BMW Adventure special

    BMW has launched a special edition version of its R1150GS Adventure, offering even more focus on enduro and long distance riding. The bike takes the already off-road focused Adventure and adds the...

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  • Yamaha's maxed out 250

    20 May 2005

    Yamaha's maxed out 250

    Yamaha has plugged the hole in its scooter range with the launch of the new Xmax 250 scooter. The new 4-stroke scooter is designed to take the style of the successful Tmax 500cc auto and make it...

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  • Test ride for MCN

    20 May 2005

    Test ride for MCN

    MCN needs you to take part in the testing of a new 163bhp machine. Do you live for fast bikes, fast roads and the odd trackday? Do you and three friends own 1000cc superbikes? If yes, you are...

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  • Limited edition SV special

    13 May 2005

    Limited edition SV special

    Suzuki has launched a special edition of the SV1000, in order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the firm's GSX-R sportsbike. The SV1000SZ comes with a full fairing as standard, painted to mimic...

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  • Video: KTM 950SM

    13 May 2005

    Video: KTM 950SM

    MCN road tester Adam Child has just got back from the world launch of the new KTM 950SM and we grabbed him to get his first impressions. “The 950SM is like no other supermoto,” said Chad.

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  • Breva 11 on sale soon

    13 May 2005

    Breva 11 on sale soon

    Moto Guzzi has announced that its new Breva V1100 will be available from dealers by the end of the month. The new bike, which is much more than just a bigger capacity version of the Breva 750, will...

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  • You track test K1200S

    06 May 2005

    You track test K1200S

    Sports bike riders from across the country came together at Rockingham on Thursday to ride and rate BMW’s K1200S on the track. See video riders’ verdicts and clips of action from the day...

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  • MZ 125 specials

    06 May 2005

    MZ 125 specials

    MZ has released a whole bunch of special editions of its SM125 learner legal supermoto. There will be four special edition bikes available from August plus a new range of colour schemes. The bike...

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  • Bike sales shoot up

    06 May 2005

    Bike sales shoot up

    The motorcycle market looks like it is bouncing back with overall sales in April showing a massive seven percent increase on last year. The figures, provided by the Motorcycle Industry Association...

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  • See K1200R at the Ace

    01 May 2005

    See K1200R at the Ace

    If you liked the look of the BMW K1200R in our world exclusive road test in this week’s MCN, then get down to the Ace Café on Sunday May 15 and you can see it in the flesh. BMW Motorrad...

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  • Test ride a SuperDuke

    01 May 2005

    Test ride a SuperDuke

    KTM’s mad 990 SuperDuke has arrived in the UK and you’ll be able to test ride one at a KTM dealer this weekend. Every KTM dealer across the country is offering free test rides on the...

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  • Viper signs factory deal

    15 April 2005

    Viper signs factory deal

    American cruiser maker Viper has announced a deal for Performance Assembly Solutions to make its bikes and engines at Livonia, Michigan. The big V-twin engines, including a 2500cc version, have been...

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  • BMW confirms HP2 detail

    15 April 2005

    BMW confirms HP2 detail

    BMW has officially released details about its HP2 off-roader – the most powerful production off-road bike ever. MCN carried a world exclusive on the bike in our April 13 issue. Now details are...

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  • 250,000 less Yamahas

    15 April 2005

    250,000 less Yamahas

    Yamaha has admitted it made ‘mistakes in counting’ the number of bikes it made and exported in the last year – to the tune of a quarter of a million motorcycles. According to...

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  • Touring MZ revealed

    15 April 2005

    Touring MZ revealed

    MZ has launched a new touring version of the 1000S offering a more comfortable and practical package for long distance riding. The 1000ST SuperTraveller is basically the same as the 1000S but gets...

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  • Italian sales take a dive

    08 April 2005

    Italian sales take a dive

    New bike sales in Italy are struggling with a 43% fall in scooters and small bikes in the first three months of 2005. In the period January-March 2005 total sales are down around 20% year on year...

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  • Harley cuts production

    08 April 2005

    Harley cuts production

    Harley-Davidson – the bike firm that makes more money than the world’s biggest car maker – is showing signs of a slow-down in its stratospheric growth. It has announced it is...

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  • ZX-6R alternative found

    08 April 2005

    ZX-6R alternative found

    MCN has unearthed some early clay model workings and design sketches for the current Kawasaki ZX-6R – and we want to know what owners think. The early models show how much work went into the...

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