New bikes

  • World’s first test on new Pan 1300

    15 April 2002

    World’s first test on new Pan 1300

    We’ve been on the world’s first test of the new Honda STX1300 Pan European over the weekend.And while you’ll have to wait until Wednesday’s issue of MCN for the full report on this important new bike,...

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  • Ducati unveils V4 GP bike

    01 April 2002

    Ducati has released its first pictures of the V4 GP bike which could change the face of the Italian firm for ever. Ducati worked closely with us to allow MCN exclusive access to the pictures and key personnel well in advance of its general release on Monday afternoon.That means our next issue, out on Wednesday, April 3, is able to bring you unmatchable pictures and exclusive coverage of how the...

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  • Ride a CCM home for £246

    01 April 2002

    Ride a CCM home for £246

    THE first of the new Suzuki-powered CCMs hits the shops this Friday – and you could ride away on one for £246, including insurance.CCM is marking the occasion with a combined finance and insurance...

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  • Benelli Tornando first test

    01 April 2002

    Benelli Tornando first test

    Benelli has allowed us a first taste of its new Tornado Limited Edition – and preliminary impressions are that the £22,500 machine goes as good as it looks.You can read Marc Potter’s full test in...

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  • World’s first test: ZZ-R1200

    25 March 2002

    World’s first test: ZZ-R1200

    We’ve been riding in France to test the new ZZ-R1200 for the first time.The full test will be published in MCN, out on Wednesday. But here are our first impressions:i. Even the updated engine has a...

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  • Smart replica by 2004

    25 March 2002

    Smart replica by 2004

    Ducati’s retro-styled Paul Smart replica won’t go on sale until 2004 – even though it was designed four years ago. Chief designer Pierre Terblanche created the bike, which has never been seen in...

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  • Norwich Union puts ZX-6R in higher group

    25 March 2002

    Norwich Union puts ZX-6R in higher group

    Kawasaki’s new 636cc ZX-6R has been bumped up one insurance group by Britain’s biggest bike insurer, Norwich Union. The move brings the Kawasaki into line with the likes of Yamaha’s R6 in Group 15,...

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  • Triumph factory blaze: Video added

    18 March 2002

    Fire tore through Triumph’s Hinckley factory on Friday leaving Britain’s biggest bike firm in a state of disarray.For more on this, complete with dramatic pictures, see MCN, out on Wednesday, March 20. To see the video, shot by fire crews, click on the link on the right.Firefighters were called to the scene when the fire at 8.41pm on Friday night. When the blaze was at its peak, at around...

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  • First test: Triumph Speed Four

    18 March 2002

    First test: Triumph Speed Four

    We’ve been riding Triumph’s new Speed Four. And while the firm faces the nightmare of a fire-ravaged factory after Friday night’s blaze, at least bosses can be comforted by the fact that their new...

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  • New BMW R1150GS Adventure tested

    18 March 2002

    OFF-ROADING on a BMW R1150GS isn’t for the faint-hearted. But the factory have made the prospect of go-anywhere riding slightly more realistic with its new Adventure version of its hugely popular big trailie.So what’s different? For a start, the suspension at both ends has 20mm more travel, which is great for floating over boulders – though shorties and vertigo sufferers might be intimidated by...

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  • CCM style, Suzuki power

    18 March 2002

    CCM style, Suzuki power

    THE first Suzuki-engined CCMs have just started rolling off the production line and MCN has been one of the first to try them.The new R30, 604 Dual Sport supermoto and 604 Trail off-roader have had...

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  • First test: Gilera’s 850cc twin

    11 March 2002

    First test: Gilera’s 850cc twin

    Updated March 14, 2002: We’ve had a first ride on a bike using Gilera’s new 850cc 90 degree V-twin engine and it could prove the basis of a genuine rival for Ducati.The full story is in the March 13...

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  • Guzzi revises Nevada 750

    11 March 2002

    Guzzi revises Nevada 750

    Moto Guzzi has revealed a revised version of its bottom-of-the-range Nevada cruiser – the final bike in the line-up to get a series of updates influenced by Guzzi’s new owner, Aprilia.The 750cc V-twin...

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  • Testastretta Ducati 748 for 2003

    04 March 2002

    Testastretta Ducati 748 for 2003

    Ducati’s 748 will get a power boost for 2003 thanks to a new version of the Testastretta engine already in use in its 998.The new model is expected to make its first appearance at the Munich bike show...

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  • First test: Buell Firebolt

    04 March 2002

    First test: Buell Firebolt

    We’ve been riding Buell’s radical new Firebolt. It’s an R1-light, quick-steering beam-framed thriller aimed at European sports bike nuts, but does it hit its target?For our full report, make sure you...

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  • 1200cc Blackbird for 2003

    04 March 2002

    1200cc Blackbird for 2003

    Honda insiders have confirmed the Super Blackbird is getting a mid-range boost and a restyle for 2003.Although the changes are expected to raise power by as much as 20bhp to around 155bhp, the real...

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  • World first test: The 2002 ZX-12R

    04 March 2002

    World first test: The 2002 ZX-12R

    Kawasaki has raised the power of the ZX-12R AND given it an even more sporting focus.Our full report is published in MCN, out on Wednesday, March 6, 2002. But here are our first impressions.(i) The...

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  • 2002 bikes added to our reviews section

    25 February 2002

    2002 bikes added to our reviews section

    The 2002 R1, TDM900, VFR800 VTEC and Hornet 900 have all been added to our BIKE REVIEWS section.Each comes complete with pictures, specs, road tests and links to its own dedicated chat board. Each...

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  • KTM 250 EXC Racing tested

    25 February 2002

    KTM 250 EXC Racing tested

    KTM’s new four-stroke 250EXC Racing costs almost £5000. But you can find out if you’re prepared to fork out for it by trying it out in a weekend of off-road fun for just under £300.That’s the deal...

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  • First test on 636cc Kawasaki ZX-6R

    25 February 2002

    First test on 636cc Kawasaki ZX-6R

    We’ve been riding Kawasaki’s new bigger-bore ZX-6R for 2002 and the extra ccs add up to a serious boost for torque and mid-range.Our full report is in MCN, out on Wednesday, February 27, but in the...

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  • World first pictures of Triumph cruiser

    25 February 2002

    World first pictures of Triumph cruiser

    These exclusive pictures show Triumph’s long-awaited 2.2litre cruiser.If you want to see more of it, make sure you get MCN, out on Wednesday, February, 28.The bike is due to be launched next year and...

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  • First test on 2002 R1

    18 February 2002

    First test on 2002 R1

    The secret is out. We’re the first people in the world outside of Yamaha to get the key to the 2002 R1. And that means the speculation over whether it can match the GSX-R1000 is over.That ignition key...

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  • Blueprint for the changes

    18 February 2002

    Blueprint for the changes

    IF you think the R1 doesn’t really look that different, that’s just the way Yamaha planned it. The firm reckons people like the way the R1 looks and simply want styling that’s a bit more futuristic.

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  • First test of 2002 R1

    18 February 2002

    First test of 2002 R1

    We’ve been among the first in the world to ride Yamaha’s 2002 R1.And while you’ll have to wait for Wednesday’s MCN (out on February 20, 2002) for the full story, here are some of the highlights, from...

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  • Indian relaunches the Chief

    18 February 2002

    Indian relaunches the Chief

    Indian has relaunched its Chief with its own engine replacing the aftermarket unit which has been used since the firm was brought back from the dead in 1998.The 1638cc 45° V-twin air-cooled unit,...

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  • World’s first test on Suzuki’s V-Strom

    18 February 2002

    World’s first test on Suzuki’s V-Strom

    We’ve been riding Suzuki’s new TL-powered giant trailie, the V-Strom, on the world launch of this new challenger in an increasingly popular sector.You’ll find a full test in MCN, out on Wednesday,...

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  • New Rotax engine range bound for bikes

    11 February 2002

    New Rotax engine range bound for bikes

    ROTAX has patented a new range of engines which will be available for use in motorcycles.They include a 610cc single, a 1000cc parallel twin, a 1000cc V-twin, plus an inline triple of between 1000 and...

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  • World’s first ride on Ducati 998S

    04 February 2002

    World’s first ride on Ducati 998S

    This is what I always hoped a Ducati 998 would be like. First-look suggests there is only one little change from the standard machine – the letter " S " on the end of the numbers. But what...

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  • Paul Smart rep Ducati ready to roll

    01 February 2002

    Paul Smart rep Ducati ready to roll

    Ducati’s tribute to British racer Paul Smart is at last ready to go into production and our artist’s impression is thought to be very close to how the finished article will look.The retro-styled...

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  • First ride on new ZX-9R

    28 January 2002

    First ride on new ZX-9R

    Kawasaki’s 2002 ZX-9R seems faster than ever, showing 300kmh at 12,000rpm.while we all know speedos can be inaccurate, the bike feels significantly quicker than a 900 should!But top speed isn’t the...

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  • Hundreds of half-price bargains wait for visitors

    28 January 2002

    Half-price Shoei lids are among the top bargains at the Ally Pally show – and that’s just the start.Alpinestars race boots are down to just £99 on many stands, as are Sidi Vertebraes. Arai helmets, including 2001 designs, are reduced by as much as £100 on just as many.Custom Lids on stand 70/71 and Titanium Racing on 60/61, are specialising in cut-price lids from dozens of different manufacturers.

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