New bikes

  • How Yamaha’s 2WD works

    09 December 2001

    Ohlins/Yamaha’s system is light and so simple it can be fitted to virtually any bike with minimal modifications to the standard suspension and transmission.It uses hydraulic pressure to transmit the power to the front.A small hydraulic pump is attached to the engine, and driven by an extra chain running from the front sprocket of the stock gearbox. It uses six or more tiny pistons to pump...

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  • The super tourer rider

    09 December 2001

    The super tourer rider

    Super Blackbird rider Smith likens the Bulldog to " a great commuter bike, but with style, " and thinks Yamaha has copied elements from a Buell and Monster.He says: " I’m impressed...

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  • BMW launches slower bike for cops

    09 December 2001

    BMW launches slower bike for cops

    BMW has launched yet another new bike. It’s a smaller capacity, lighter but slower version of its R1150RT and it’s only available to the police.The R850RT has the addition of a sixth " cruising...

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  • The Harley rider

    09 December 2001

    The Harley rider

    YAMAHA is pitching the Bulldog at people exactly like Smith. She steers away from sports bikes and likes a more relaxed ride. But can this pooch tempt her away from her beloved Hog?She says the...

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  • The Superbike rider

    09 December 2001

    The Superbike rider

    " LOOK at those nasty alloy fork seal protectors, they’re horrible! " Brown’s initial impression of the Bulldog isn’t favourable as he wanders over, doing up his race rep lid. Fortunately,...

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  • Video: Track action at Estoril

    02 December 2001

    Video: Track action at Estoril

    Click the links in the download videos box, right, titled RM (if you use Real Player) or MOV (for Quicktime users) to see a clip of MCN’s Keith Farr lapping Estoril at the FireBlade launch.

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  • Two new Aprilias unveiled

    02 December 2001

    Two new Aprilias unveiled

    APRILIA has revealed a brand new contender in the naked bike market for 2002 – the Tuono – as well as a close-to-production prototype for a hybrid multipurpose machine, called the Mana.The Tuono,...

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  • Audio: Blade designer Tadao Baba speaks

    02 December 2001

    Audio: Blade designer Tadao Baba speaks

    Click the links in the download videos box, right, titled RM (if you use Real Player) or MOV (for Quicktime users) to hear FireBlade project Chief Engineer Tadao Baba answering questions about future...

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  • Main changes to the 2002 FireBlade

    02 December 2001

    HONDA has opted to update the Blade rather than reinvent it. Its move into 2002 is evolutionary rather than revolutionary. On paper, at least.It isn’t until you ride it that you realise the changes are actually very significant ones, each with a dramatic effect on the bike’s overall character and capabilities.This is the sixth generation of FireBlade and the changes are as follows:* 1mm increase...

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  • Ducati launch Bayliss rep

    18 November 2001

    Ducati launch Bayliss rep

    Ducati is going to launch a road-going replica of World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss’ machine.It will be a 998 with the red Infostrada paintscheme, not the silver one the Aussie rode in the final...

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  • World’s first ride of new Yamaha TDM900

    11 November 2001

    World’s first ride of new Yamaha TDM900

    Second update: 3.05pm, November 12: MCN’s Adam Morrissey has had more time to get used to the feel of the new Yamaha TDM900 now. Here’s what he has to say. " The brakes are very powerful, but...

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  • Thinking of buying or selling a bike?

    11 November 2001

    Thinking of buying or selling a bike?

    If you’re thinking of buying or selling a bike you’ve come to the right site.If you are looking to buy you have access to an unrivalled archive of information combined with enviable contact with...

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  • It’s AKA a motorcycle…

    11 November 2001

    It’s AKA a motorcycle…

    The NEC Show features plenty of jaw-dropping models, but few are quite as " stand-out " as this machine from AKA Design. But we want to hear what you think of it.The Hitchin, Herts-based...

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  • First ride on Yamaha’s Road Star Warrior

    04 November 2001

    First ride on Yamaha’s Road Star Warrior

    Yamaha's new Road Star Warrior is no ordinary cruiser.With a mere 2000rpm displayed on the LCD tachometer (an arc of blocks which sweep around an analogue-style scale) the bike punches forward with a...

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  • Kawasaki seeks out new niches

    04 November 2001

    Kawasaki seeks out new niches

    Kawasaki has found a new niche - retro bikes that are only legal to ride on the road in the daytime (that’s about seven hours a day in the UK right now).One is a 1970s-style grasstracker. It looks...

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  • Cannondale coming to the UK

    04 November 2001

    Cannondale coming to the UK

    U.S. manufacturer Cannondale is starting to bring its off-road bikes to the UK.The 2002 range continues to feature the hand-welded, twin-spar aluminium frames seen on the 2001 bikes rather than the...

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  • Bostrom-style Ducati 998 launched

    28 October 2001

    Bostrom-style Ducati 998 launched

    Ducati chose its first big U.S. rally to unveil its Ben Bostrom replica 998S. The bike was shown off for the first time at the Ducati Revs America event in Las Vegas.Bostrom’s helmet design was the...

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  • Kawasaki 250TR takes us back

    28 October 2001

    Kawasaki 250TR takes us back

    The fashion for retro looks has reached off-road styled bikes. The latest to reflect the trend is Kawasaki’s 250TR.It looks like a 1970s scrambler – but is actually aimed at style-conscious...

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  • Honda’s vision of future commuting

    21 October 2001

    Honda’s vision of future commuting

    IT seems Honda is not even pausing for breath after launching the the new all-new VFR800, Blade, Pan-European and Hornet 900 – for the firm will reveal no less than 15 new designs later this week,...

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  • Drysdale V8 1000 ready to roll

    21 October 2001

    Drysdale V8 1000 ready to roll

    Aussie firm Drysdale is putting the finishing touches to its new 1000cc naked bike.Only a handful will be built each year and it’s no surprise – with a tiny team of engineers and a price tag of...

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  • Suzuki GS1200SS revamped for 2002

    21 October 2001

    Suzuki GS1200SS revamped for 2002

    Suzuki’s muscular GS1200SS has been updated only a year on from its Japan-only launch.The most obvious change is to the fuel tank. It’s now heavily sculpted to give a sportier riding position and make...

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  • CB400SS given a taste of the ’60s grid

    21 October 2001

    CB400SS given a taste of the ’60s grid

    Honda’s own custom version of its CB400SS has made it a retro to be proud of.The bike has been transformed with aftermarket parts to give it a look like a 1960s GP racer.All the original bodywork –...

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  • New look for 2002 GSX1400

    21 October 2001

    New look for 2002 GSX1400

    There’s a new style for the GSX1400 for 2002, but there are no mechanical changes.When it was launched last year it was not expected to be coming to the UK. But the clamour for it grew and Suzuki...

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  • First details of bigger-bore Blade

    21 October 2001

    First details of bigger-bore Blade

    Honda’s FireBlade is to get a 1060cc capacity and a far more torque-laden power delivery.The idea is to open up a wider gap in character between the CBR600 and the Blade. The changes to the Blade are...

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