New bikes

  • Ducati to build road-going replicas of S4 race bikes

    28 January 2002

    Ducati is to launch a new version of its Monster S4 race bikes to coincide with the debut of the one-make race series this season.Retailing at £9500 each bike will come with nearly £3000 worth of extras for just £1800 more than the list price of a stock S4. " With the specifications essentially the same as the race bike, these will be very special Monsters, " said Ducati UK managing...

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  • Exclusive video brings the Ally Pally show to you

    28 January 2002

    The Ally Pally show is now on in London complete with stunt shows, the UK debut of Suzuki’s B-King, the world launch of Triumph’s Speed 4 and bargains galore. If you’ve already been our video will bring back the memories. If you’ve yet to go, it’ll give you a great taster.The video plays for close to two minutes and is approximately 2.8mb, so if you haven’t got a particularly fast connection it...

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  • R1150GS goes supermoto

    21 January 2002

    A limited-edition R1150GS could pave the way for a factory produced BMW Supermoto.The R1150 " SM " uses a set of wide, 17 inch BBS " Phoenix " solid wheels to mount sticky tyres to the normally knobbly-shod GS. The handling tweaks don’t stop there though, as the entire rear swingarm has been replaced with the unit from a road-focused R1150R, as has the front Telelever arm.

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  • CCM plans tie-up with Suzuki

    21 January 2002

    British bike maker CCM is looking outside Europe for engines which could power a new range of singles and twins for 2003.For the past few months, the Lancashire firm has been in negotiation with Suzuki to buy a variety of engines beginning with its DRZ400 engine.Sources also suggest that other Suzuki power plants, such as the 644cc single and V-twin SV650 could be included in future deals.The...

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  • Buy a bargain bike at the Ally Pally show

    21 January 2002

    Fancy bagging yourself a race bike, even if only for track days? Maybe you just want a great deal. Best make your way to the Ally Pally Show in London from January 26 to February 3, 2002.The paddock bargains area will be rammed with used bikes waiting for a new home.This year they include one of Paul Brown’s 600s, a host of race bikes, and some great used road bike bargains, too.Buying one...

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  • World’s first test on Honda SP-2

    21 January 2002

    World’s first test on Honda SP-2

    If you believe the hype then the £9999 SP-2 is more than just another new Honda. This one has been developed by the equivalent of the motorsport division: HRC.It feels like no time at all since the...

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  • MV’s tribute to Senna finally arrives

    21 January 2002

    MV’s tribute to Senna finally arrives

    MV Agusta’s special edition F4 Senna will finally hit UK showrooms next month.The bikes – which are built as a tribute to three-times F1 champion Ayrton Senna were originally supposed to be on sale...

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  • Top Yamaha man hints at road-going M1

    14 January 2002

    Top Yamaha man hints at road-going M1

    A leading Yamaha development engineer is suggesting that the four-stroke YZR-M1 GP bike will spawn a road-going replica which could eclipse the R1.Ichiro Yoda has led the M1 project since last April.

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  • Corser finally signs for Team Foggy

    14 January 2002

    Corser finally signs for Team Foggy

    Troy Corser has finally signed to ride in Team Foggy Petronas Racing in the WSB series this season.Both sides had made their intentions to work together clear before Christmas and the delay since has...

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  • Piaggio tests 850cc twist-and-go bike

    14 January 2002

    Piaggio tests 850cc twist-and-go bike

    THE world’s first full-size twist-and-go bike is now being tested in Italy.Piaggio’s850cc V-twin prototype has a fuel-injected sohc engine which originally designed for a big-bore scooter. But the...

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  • Official team statement on Corser deal

    14 January 2002

    Official team statement on Corser deal

    Carl Fogarty today completed the rider line-up of his new Foggy Petronas Racing team by capturing the coveted signature of former team-mate Troy Corser.The 30-year-old Australian former World...

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  • Bikes you’ll find on sale in the Paddock Bargains area

    14 January 2002

    Here are the bikes you’ll find up for grabs in the Paddock Bargains area at this years’ MCN-Backed Ally Pally show.The information (and spelling) included is as supplied.SPONDON CHASSIS COMPLETE WITH YAMAHA RUNNING GEAR. SPONDON YAMAHA 1985 ALUMINIUM BOX FRAME. 400cc CD1 MOTOR. KEHIN FLATSIDES BUILT TO USE ON ROAD. FULLY REGISTERED. [ ‘B’ REG] WITH LIGHTS / HOM ETC. WHITE POWER SHOCK REQUIRES...

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  • New BMW spied in Spain

    07 January 2002

    New BMW spied in Spain

    BMW is testing a new bike in Spain which appears to be a cross between the firm’s R1200C cruiser and the K1200LT tourer.Witnesses say that despite the look, it shares almost no components with either...

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  • The new bikes of 2002

    30 December 2001

    The new bikes of 2002

    We’ve gathered together the bikes of 2002 in this one, easy access section.Follow the links, right to see them all.

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  • Guzzi continues air-cooled development

    23 December 2001

    Guzzi continues air-cooled development

    Those who prefer the traditional sound of an air-cooled Guzzi to the Euro-conformity of a water-cooled engine will be relieved to hear that the company has not stopped development of it’s water-less...

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  • Finally, the Kawasaki ZX-10R

    23 December 2001

    Finally, the Kawasaki ZX-10R

    Kawasaki’s ZX-9R is a much admired sports bike. But it has started to lag behind the new breed of 1000cc superbikes. What’s really needed here is a ZX-10R: Enter TTS.Tuning firm TTS has bored out this...

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  • Malaguti shows shape of things to come

    16 December 2001

    Malaguti shows shape of things to come

    Developed as a prototype, Malaguti’s Super Climber has been debuted in Bologna to gauge public reaction. " We want it to show people that Malaguti is thinking about motorcycles. We will see how...

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  • Haydon signs up with Foggy for WSB

    16 December 2001

    Haydon signs up with Foggy for WSB

    Yamaha British superbike star James Haydon has signed to ride with Carl Fogarty’s Petronas team in WSB for 2002.Haydon will be replaced in the Virgin Yamaha line-up by Simon Crafar, making a return to...

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  • Czech supermoto arrives in the New Year

    16 December 2001

    Czech supermoto arrives in the New Year

    The 610cc Praga four-stroke off-roader has a hand-built engine and aluminium fuel tank, a choice of Paioli or Marzocchi forks and Brembo brakes.And those features are just part of the appeal of the...

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  • Carl Fogarty: In his own words

    16 December 2001

    Jonny: Carl how long do you think it will take to get a race win with the new bike?CarlFogarty: Oh, it's impossible to say really. It would be great to have one in the first year, although that's unrealistic. But certainly in 2003Dave: How difficult will it be to stop yourself jumping on the bike during testing to get the fastest lap times?CarlFogarty: Oh that won't be difficult at all. Especially...

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  • Project X900: hub-centre steering cracked?

    09 December 2001

    Project X900: hub-centre steering cracked?

    Hans Helms has been developing this bike for over two decades. Now, with plans to put the bike into production unrealised, its bright ideas are up for sale.The majority of the patents are associated...

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  • Two-wheel drive R1 spotted… and it rocks

    09 December 2001

    Two-wheel drive R1 spotted… and it rocks

    These pictures provide the first proof that Yamaha is seriously working on two-wheel-drive technology for its most powerful bikes. And one man who has ridden the 2WD R1 claims the system improves the...

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  • Would you give the Dog a home?

    09 December 2001

    Would you give the Dog a home?

    Yamaha’s BT1100 Bulldog doesn’t fit comfortably into any of the pigeonholes we are used to. It’s a cross between a Ducati Monster and a Buell. Yamaha believes there’s big demand for such a hybrid. But...

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