New bikes

  • 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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  • Triumph cans Hayabusa rival

    07 October 2003

    Triumph cans Hayabusa rival

    MCN has learnt that Triumph has scrapped its project to build the first genuine 200mph production motorcycle.For last three years the British factory has been developing a 1300cc hypersport bike to...

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  • 175mph BMW superbike

    01 October 2003

    175mph BMW superbike

    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...

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  • New GSX-Rs for 2004

    16 September 2003

    New GSX-Rs for 2004

    Suzuki has launched the latest version of its GSX-R600 at the Milan motorcycle show and surprised many by launching an all-new GSX-R750.The company is now the only Japanese manufacturer to continue...

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  • Firms reveal new ranges in Milan

    16 September 2003

    Firms reveal new ranges in Milan

    The international motorcycle show in Milan kicked off on Tuesday with almost every motorcycle manufacturer turning up to show their latest bikes.Ducati turned out with a multitude of new and special...

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  • KTM unveils Duke 990

    16 September 2003

    KTM unveils Duke 990

    KTM has unveiled the finished pre-production version of its all-new V-twin powered Duke 990.The bike has been seen before in a prototype form but the version unveiled at the International Motorcycle...

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  • Triumph unveils new café racer

    16 September 2003

    Triumph unveils new café racer

    Triumph has officially unveiled the new Triumph Thruxton 900 café racer at the Milan motorcycle show.The bike was first seen in MCN’s spy shots (see link on the right), but now the details have...

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  • New bikes dominate Milan show

    16 September 2003

    New bikes dominate Milan show

    The international motorcycle show in Milan continues today with more manufacturers unveiling their new line-ups for 2004.Yamaha’s new R1, Honda’s Fireblade and the Kawasaki ZX-10R, as revealed in MCN...

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  • Tiger roars on for another year

    09 September 2003

    TRIUMPH was rumoured to be ditching the Tiger from its line-up – but this prototype shows there’s life in the big trailie yet.Insiders claim an all-new replacement Tiger has been put on hold but that hasn’t stopped Triumph giving the current model a revamp.The biggest change is clearly the wheels. Triumph has chosen an all-new alloy design, that appears to extremely lightweight, in place of the...

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  • New Harleys on show at birthday bash

    09 September 2003

    New Harleys on show at birthday bash

    HARLEY revealed its full 2004 model range at the weekend’s 100th anniversary celebrations in Milwaukee – but there were no great birthday surprises.The biggest change was to the Sportsters, which get...

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  • Cafe racer Bonnie spied

    09 September 2003

    Cafe racer Bonnie spied

    TRIUMPH’S new line-up doesn’t end with the Daytona 1300 revealed on page two – as this spy shot of the new cafe racer version of the Bonneville proves.MCN’s snappers caught it in action at...

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  • 200mph secret is out

    09 September 2003

    200mph secret is out

    THESE are the exclusive first pictures of the 200mph bike Triumph is building to rival the Hayabusa and the ZX-12R.Triumph has continually denied the existence of a new 1300cc, four-cylinder...

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  • ZX-12R updated for ’04

    09 September 2003

    ZX-12R updated for ’04

    Kawasaki’S high velocity ZX-12R has been updated with upside down forks and radially-mounted brakes for 2004. The changes bring the bike into line with the ZX-6R and ZX-10R (revealed in MCN last...

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  • Reborn in the USA

    09 September 2003

    Reborn in the USA

    NORTON has promised it’ll be back more times than Arnie – but this latest attempt to revive the name looks like it might actually stand a chance of success.Kenny Dreer, who owns Norton America and the...

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  • 2004 ZX-6RR gets major updates

    02 September 2003

    2004 ZX-6RR gets major updates

    KAWASAKI has answered the prayers of racers around the world by updating the engine, fuel injection and chassis of its track-biased ZX-6RR.The RR was launched into the ultra-competitive supersport...

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  • Z750 is no poor relation

    02 September 2003

    Z750 is no poor relation

    THESE are the first official pictures of Kawasaki’s new Z750, the long-predicted, smaller capacity version of its Z1000 roadster.And despite an expected price of around £5000, it is much more than a...

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  • Tough single takes XT into the future

    02 September 2003

    Tough single takes XT into the future

    YAMAHA has replaced its air-cooled XT600E with a rugged new liquid-cooled machine with more power, up-to-the-minute styling and sharpened handling. The XT660-R becomes the latest in a long line of XTs...

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  • Kawasaki creates its ultimate superbike

    02 September 2003

    Kawasaki creates its ultimate superbike

    KAWASAKI has finally delivered the bike so many have waited so long for – a genuine top-drawer, no-compromise, balls-out machine to top anyone’s superbike wish-list.With 160bhp and weighing just...

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  • VN2000 is biggest twin yet

    02 September 2003

    VN2000 is biggest twin yet

    THE new Kawasaki VN2000 cruiser will be the largest capacity V-twin to roll off a bike production line. The giant chrome-laden Kawasaki makes 120ftlb of torque and 95bhp.It doesn’t quite match the...

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  • Streak is meaner for 2004

    02 September 2003

    Streak is meaner for 2004

    Kawasaki’s custom-style Mean Streak cruiser gets the bigger 1552cc engine from the VN1600 in its update for 2004.But despite the extra 72cc over the outgoing 1470cc motor, its power stays unchanged at...

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  • First pictures of new Fazer 600s

    15 July 2003

    First pictures of new Fazer 600s

    These are the first pictures of Yamaha’s new Fazer 600s. The spy pictures were taken close to Yamaha Europe’s Amsterdam base and show both faired and unfaired versions. Both bikes have new frames and...

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  • World first tests: Two new Ducatis

    15 April 2003

    World first tests: Two new Ducatis

    MCN has exclusively tested two of the most important new Ducatis to emerge in years.The 999R is the Italian firm’s most powerful production bike yet. And, after riding it on British roads, MCN’s Marc...

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