New bikes

  • CapoNord looks ready for anything

    04 March 2001

    CapoNord looks ready for anything

    THE CapoNord is going to be a genuine rival for bikes like BMW’s R1150GS and Honda’s Varadero.It even coped with a little bit of off-road riding in Sardinia. " I tried it on a bit of green laning...

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  • The meanest green machine

    25 February 2001

    The meanest green machine

    KAWASAKI’S Ninja nine has enjoyed a cult following amongst the big cube cognoscenti, not just for its sheer performance but also for its styling and brute-force engine. Determined not to let their...

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  • All these first tests coming soon

    25 February 2001

    MCN’S Marc Potter will ride Ducati’s new 996R on Wednesday March 7, becoming one of the first people outside the factory to do so.And we’ll be bringing you his first reactions on that very day.In the next fortnight you can also look forward to the world’s first tests of the Aprilia CapoNord, Kawasaki RZX1200S and ZR7S and Piaggio’s new 500cc super-scooter, the X9.Keep checking back with...

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  • Honed to perfection

    25 February 2001

    Honed to perfection

    HAVING honed and refined the FireBlade over the eight years since its introduction in 1992, Honda entered the new millennium with perhaps its most radical incarnation of the model yet.Although always...

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  • Ducati plans Foggy rep Monster

    25 February 2001

    Ducati plans Foggy rep Monster

    DUCATI bosses in Italy have confirmed they are working on a Monster tribute to four-times WSB champion Carl Fogarty based on the latest S4 version of the bike.It uses a 916cc water-cooled motor making...

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  • 25 February 2001

    INSURANCEThe bike falls into the group 16 category in the UK, which means that certain types of cover in certain parts of the country for some riders isn't available at all from a handful of firms, making shopping around for quotes essential rather than merely advisable.MODEL VARIATIONSWhen buying a ZX-9R, potential purchasers essentially have a choice of two main model types - the pre-1998 "B"...

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  • There can be only one

    18 February 2001

    There can be only one

    AUSTRALIAN firm Hunwick Harrop has released full details of the Phantom 1500 cruiser. The bike, which is to go on sale over the Internet towards the end of the year, is the first in a range due for...

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  • Triumph’s Daytona gets 147bhp

    18 February 2001

    Triumph’s Daytona gets 147bhp

    A BRITISH-built superbike with the potential to take on the best Japanese and Italian machines is enough to get any rider’s mouth watering. And Triumph reckons its new 955i Daytona is exactly that.

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  • ZX-9R to power new musclebike

    18 February 2001

    ZX-9R to power new musclebike

    KAWASAKI is planning to launch a naked musclebike using a retuned version of the ZX-9R’s 144bhp engine. The 899cc four-cylinder engine could be tweaked to make more torque than the ZX-9R’s formidable...

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  • Gilera plans September unveiling for 600

    11 February 2001

    Gilera plans September unveiling for 600

    GILERA is expected to unveil a new 600cc sports bike at the Milan Show in September. Italian scooter giant Piaggio, Gilera’s parent company, has confirmed plans to reveal its first big bike since the...

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  • Kawasaki’s big-bore response

    04 February 2001

    Kawasaki’s big-bore response

    KAWASAKI is working on a tourer which is destined to rival Yamaha’s all-new FJR1300. A new bike, thought to be called the ZZ-R1200, will be 2002’s answer to Yamaha’s 145bhp tourer, which has attracted...

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  • A standard R1 just wasn't enough

    28 January 2001

    A standard R1 just wasn't enough

    MODIFIED R1s can be found at every pub meet in the country, but few are as desirable as QB Carbon's Yamaha. More than £12,000 has been lavished on the bike to turn it into the ultimate R1 - and it's...

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  • Suzuki’s biggest brute yet

    28 January 2001

    Suzuki’s biggest brute yet

    THIS is the first picture of the biggest-capacity four-cylinder bike Suzuki has ever made – the new 2001 GSX1400.The photo appears to have been leaked from Suzuki’s own press material, which is due to...

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  • Time for a change of scenery

    13 October 2000

    Time for a change of scenery

    MOST of us go touring in summer. But if there’s one time when you should really try something different on your bike, it’s autumn. This is the time of year when heavy-duty gloves come out of the...

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