New bikes

  • Yamaha builds a bike to handle like a BMX

    21 October 2001

    Yamaha builds a bike to handle like a BMX

    Yamaha’s new Tricker concept bike combines the 223cc SOHC four-stroke single of the new TW225 with an alloy beam frame.Yamaha says the bike was inspired by the X-Games – where BMXs and skateboards are...

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  • XR250 goes supermoto

    21 October 2001

    XR250 goes supermoto

    Honda has given its XR250 crosser a supermoto spin and dubbed it the Custom.The bike – revealed at Tokyo – is a one-off to show how customers can transform the XR using readily available parts.In many...

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  • Van Van is back… with a bigger engine

    21 October 2001

    Van Van is back… with a bigger engine

    Suzuki’s first VanVan, a 90cc fun bike, appeared in 1971. Now there’s a new version to go head-to-head with Yamaha’s TW200.Yamaha has struck back with the new TW225. Both bikes aim to be the...

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  • Sauber GP bike run in public at Sepang

    14 October 2001

    Sauber GP bike run in public at Sepang

    NIALL MACKENZIE gave the new Sauber-Petronas four-stroke GP machine its first public outing on the eve of the Malaysia GP at Sepang.The Scot completed a couple of slow but impressively noisy laps on...

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  • Specifications

    14 October 2001

    Specifications

    Availability: If you’re Neil HodgsonDeals, offers and bonuses: NoneColours: Orange/purple/silverInsurance Group: N/aSpecification: Liquid-cooled 996cc (98x66mm) 8v four-stroke 90 degree V-twin.

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  • Six new supermotos launched in UK

    14 October 2001

    Six new supermotos launched in UK

    SUPERMOTO race and road bikes are rapidly gaining in popularity, or so we’re told. And here’s some evidence it might be true – in the shape of SIX new models coming to the UK.Italian firm Vertemati...

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  • Husaberg refines line-up for 2002

    07 October 2001

    Husaberg refines line-up for 2002

    After last year’s all-new range of machines, Husaberg has been busy refining its new designs further.All the new models feature re-designed engine cases, which are stronger and lighter. The electric...

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  • How long must we wait for 2002 bikes?

    07 October 2001

    How long must we wait for 2002 bikes?

    You’ve seen the new bikes of 2002, first on this site. Now you’ll want to know when they will hit a show room near you… and be available to buy.Use our round-up to see when the new bikes will be...

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  • First test and video action of the new 998

    07 October 2001

    First test and video action of the new 998

    The new 998 has a new frame and a new 123bhp Testastretta engine based around the new narrow head Testastretta motor. Here you’ll read our first full test and get the chance to see and hear the bike...

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  • Honda reveals new 230 and 150 four-strokes

    01 October 2001

    Honda reveals new 230 and 150 four-strokes

    JUST weeks after revealing the 2002 CRF450 four-stroke moto cross contender, Honda has revealed not one but two more four-stroke off-road machines. In 2003 Honda’s CRF230 and 150 will be launched to...

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  • Hybris takes streamlining to extremes

    01 October 2001

    Hybris takes streamlining to extremes

    It’s got bucket seats, will lean over as far as 45-degrees and is capable of well over 150mph… it’s the Hybris.French firm Hybris Concept put the bike on display at Paris. It comes complete with a...

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  • Boxer aims for the mainstream with B2

    30 September 2001

    Boxer aims for the mainstream with B2

    French firm Boxer is about to move into the mainstream with a new model unveiled at the Paris bike show – a naked roadster called the B2.Like the firm’s previous VB1, it uses the 60-degree, 995cc...

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  • Bulldog makeover could go into production

    23 September 2001

    Bulldog makeover could go into production

    The Bulldog makeover Yamaha has shown at the Milan and Paris bike shows could go into production as a new model.And if the firm isn’t prepared to go that far, it’s almost certain that the parts are...

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  • Ghezzi gives us Guzzi in another guise

    23 September 2001

    Ghezzi gives us Guzzi in another guise

    Ghezzi & Brian’s latest Guzzi-based creation has been put on show in Italy.The Furia combines the proven Guzzi V11 Sport engine with Ghezzi’s own Supertwin 1100 frame – a steel box-section design...

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  • Kawasaki launches ZZ-R1200

    23 September 2001

    Kawasaki launches ZZ-R1200

    Kawasaki has given its new ZZ-R1200 an official unveiling in Paris, giving us the chance to bring you more details and pictures of the new super-tourer.The 1164cc engine is expected to make around...

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  • Italian importer restyles Voxan Roadster

    23 September 2001

    Italian importer restyles Voxan Roadster

    Voxan’s Italian importer has decided to give customers something different with the Ciclope special.The bike combines the stock chassis and 100bhp V-twin engine of the French-made Roadster with...

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  • TM ready to roll with new Supermotard

    23 September 2001

    TM ready to roll with new Supermotard

    Italian manufacturer TM has revealed a new 400cc four-stroke supermoto with a cast single-sided swingarm and a rim-mounted front brake disc.The TM400 Supermotard’s swingarm is similar to that on...

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  • First test of Kawasaki’s VN1500 Meanstreak

    23 September 2001

    First test of Kawasaki’s VN1500 Meanstreak

    Kawasaki’s MeanStreak isn’t just an excuse for another exercise in chrome. It’s a performance cruiser and a real blast.On an arrow-straight motorway in the Netherlands with my chin on the tank and the...

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  • Suzuki’s 2002 GSX-Rs

    23 September 2001

    Suzuki’s 2002 GSX-Rs

    Here are our first pictures of Suzuki’s 2002 GSX-R1000, 750 and 600.The only change to the GSX-R1000 is to its graphics. There are tweaks to the red/black/silver and blue/white schemes.The GSX-R750...

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  • MV Agusta updates line-up for 2002

    23 September 2001

    MV Agusta updates line-up for 2002

    MV Agusta has announced changes to its 2002 line-up amid strong suggestions that Italian scooter giant Piaggio is about to increase its 20 per cent holding in the firm to 100 per cent.And that’s...

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  • Guzzi marks 80 years with birthday models

    16 September 2001

    Guzzi marks 80 years with birthday models

    Moto Guzzi has unveiled three special models to celebrate its 80th birthday.First, there’s the Le Mans Tenni which is based on the latest, half-faired Le Mans and named after legendary Guzzi racer of...

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  • KTM unveils look of the 2003 Adventure 950

    16 September 2001

    KTM unveils look of the 2003 Adventure 950

    KTM unveiled how its 2003 950 Adventure will look, at the Milan Show on Tuesday.The bike shown here is actually the competition bike, called the 950 Rally, and the firm has decided the Adventure will...

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  • Aprilia Blue Marlin divides opinion

    16 September 2001

    Aprilia Blue Marlin divides opinion

    Some strong opinions are being expressed on our bulletin boards in the wake of Aprilia unveiling its Blue Marlin.The RSV Mille 1000cc V-twin-powered prototype is targeting the Ducati Monster. The firm...

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