New bikes

  • 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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  • 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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