New bikes

  • First test on Gas Gas Supermotard

    09 September 2001

    First test on Gas Gas Supermotard

    In town it’s quick enough to blow anything away, it’s tall enough to see over cars, it’ll cope on back roads but the urban environment is where it’s at.This is a Gas Gas, built by the men famous for...

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  • First official pictures of CB900 Hornet

    09 September 2001

    First official pictures of CB900 Hornet

    HONDA’S all-new CB900 Hornet F will make 110bhp and boast 67ftlb of torque when it reaches dealers.We first revealed the 600cc Hornet’s bigger brother in July but now more technical details have come...

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  • More details on the ZX-9R

    02 September 2001

    AT first glance Kawasaki’s 2002 ZX-9R looks pretty similar to this year’s bike – but looks can be deceptive because it actually boasts more than 130 changes.With Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 the undisputed champion and new challengers from Yamaha and Honda coming soon, the ZX-9R was set to be swamped by its rivals – but Kawasaki hopes its latest revisions will help it keep up.The ZX-9R faces a tough...

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  • More details on the ZZ-R1200

    02 September 2001

    With the ZX-12R now acting as Kawasaki’s high-speed standard-bearer, the firm has decided to soften the ZZ-R1200 into a full-on tourer.This scoop picture shows it’s clearly a new bike – but peel away the skin and you find plenty of parts have been carried over.The chassis is virtually identical. It might not be cutting-edge, but the twin-spar alloy beam frame doesn’t exactly lag behind the...

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  • New look of TDM900 revealed

    02 September 2001

    New look of TDM900 revealed

    Yamaha’s TDM850 IS turning into the TDM900 for 2002 and our artist’s impression reveals exactly how the bike will look.As well as an increase in capacity and an aluminium frame, the new bike will have...

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  • First pictures of the 2002 Kawasaki ZX-12R

    02 September 2001

    First pictures of the 2002 Kawasaki ZX-12R

    Kawasaki has made a host of changes to its ZX-12R to boost handling and real-world performance, giving it a more sporting focus.They intend it to be as good on corners as it is on long, ridiculously...

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  • First look at the 2002 ZX-9R

    02 September 2001

    First look at the 2002 ZX-9R

    Here is the first picture of the new-look ZX-9R from Kawasaki.The uprated superbike has a new, stiffer frame. Compare it to the current bike (by following the link, right, or searching for the current...

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  • More details on the 636cc ZX-6R

    02 September 2001

    Kawasaki has made a radical move with the latest version of the ZX-6R, the bike which was named top 600 in the annual MCN awards last October.It has created a whole new category – a sports 600 with a bit more on top. The new ZX-6R has just outgrown its rivals.Despite the new 636cc capacity, the majority of the 2002 engine is identical to the 2000 model’s.Kawasaki’s engineers have simply increased...

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  • Yes, it’s a ZZ-R1200

    02 September 2001

    Yes, it’s a ZZ-R1200

    Hot on the heels of a new 636cc ZX-6R and a revamped ZX-9R, here’s Kawasaki’s 2002 ZZ-R1200.The fast tourer’s bodywork is considerably changed from the ZZ-R1100 which precedes it, the lights are...

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  • Suzuki’s TL-powered giant trailie spotted

    01 September 2001

    Suzuki’s TL-powered giant trailie spotted

    Suzuki’s 1000cc V-twin trailie has been spied for the first time, so here’s your first chance for a look.It’s called the DL1000 V-Strom (and no, that isn’t a typing error).It has an all-new alloy...

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  • He’s come a long way

    26 August 2001

    He’s come a long way

    The Boxer factory was started by a man with a dream. The man is Thierry Henriette, and the dream was to give the public the kind of bikes he liked to build for himself.The 45-year-old had been...

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  • First test on Boxer VB1 Sport

    26 August 2001

    First test on Boxer VB1 Sport

    If there’s one race that can really appreciate beauty, it’s the French. Look at their women, their art, their fashion, their food and – just to make doubly sure – have another look at their women...

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  • First picture of the VB2 twin

    26 August 2001

    First picture of the VB2 twin

    Here’s a first look at Boxer’s VB2, the Voxan-powered machine to rival Ducati’s Monster.The Toulouse-built bike will go on show for the first time, officially, at the Parish Show next month. Given the...

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  • Help shape the next generation R1 and R6

    26 August 2001

    Help shape the next generation R1 and R6

    Yamaha is asking for your ideas and advice on how the current R1 and R6 should be changed.You can post your feedback on this site in the relevant Talk Bikes boards and we’ll gather it up to deliver to...

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  • Here it is… the 2002 R1

    26 August 2001

    Here it is… the 2002 R1

    Yamaha’s 2002 R1 will be faster, more powerful and even lighter than the current bike in response to Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 and the challenge of Honda’s revamped 2002 FireBlade.MCN’s exclusive...

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  • Aprilia to launch naked musclebike

    19 August 2001

    Aprilia to launch naked musclebike

    Aprilia’s RSV-based naked musclebike has been undergoing road tests in Italy and will go on show for the first time at next month’s Milan show.It will have a similar twin-spar frame and the 1000cc...

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  • TT 600 gets naked

    19 August 2001

    TT 600 gets naked

    Triumph is thought to be ready to launch a naked TT600 sports bike after this successful experiment in Italy.Italian Triumph importer Numero Tre has built a run of 50 unfaired bikes and dubbed it the ...

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  • Ducati trailie IS coming

    19 August 2001

    The long-rumoured big-bore Ducati trailie is finally nearing a launch, probably at the Milan Show next month.It will be powered by the same 916cc engine as the Monster S4 and ST4.It will compete with bikes such as the Cagiva Navigator, Suzuki XF1000L, Honda Varadero, Triumph Tiger and BMW R1150GS.An MCN source revealed Ducati has completed testing the bike on Italian roads.It is likely to make...

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  • 2001 and 2002 Gas Gas bikes arrive

    19 August 2001

    2001 and 2002 Gas Gas bikes arrive

    The first 2002-model Gas Gas Pamperas have arrived in the UK – at the same time as the first batch of the firm’s 2001-model Supermotos finally arrive. The all-new Pampera is a lightweight two-stroke...

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  • Yamaha updates revealed

    19 August 2001

    Yamaha updates revealed

    We’ve got exclusive details of two new Yamahas. Both the updated Fazer 600 and all-new TDM900 will be launched at shows this autumn, according to insiders.The TDM900 replaces the outgoing TDM850...

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  • 1000cc V8 to power new Aussie neck-snapper

    12 August 2001

    1000cc V8 to power new Aussie neck-snapper

    What’s got eight cylinders, up to 175bhp and will be ready for sale within six weeks?Our artist’s impression shows the answer, the latest 1000cc derivation of the Drysdale V8 concept, a naked bike...

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  • How would you like your R1?

    12 August 2001

    How would you like your R1?

    Yamaha has been asking for opinions on a whole host of new colour schemes for its R1. The bike is due a revamp and insiders now believe the 2002 bike will be offered in plain blue, plain red or in a...

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  • See the Hodgson rep in video action

    12 August 2001

    See the Hodgson rep in video action

    Neil Hodgson has been testing the replica of his WSB 996 on the Isle of Man… and getting incredibly high....Now we’ve added video clips showing his high-flying riding frame-by-frame. Follow the link,...

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