New bikes

  • The ultimate Katana specials

    15 April 2001

    The ultimate Katana specials

    Yoshimura has got hold of five of the last Suzuki Katanas to be built and is turning them into jaw-droppers.After 20 years of continuous production, Suzuki has finally pulled the plug on the Katana,...

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  • KTM reveals plans for muscle bike

    15 April 2001

    KTM reveals plans for muscle bike

    KTM’S plans to place more focus on road bikes have taken a major step forward with proposals for a 1000cc naked musclebike.The Austrian firm’s chief executive Stefan Pierer says it will be a bike in...

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  • The ‘sportiest’ sports tourer yet

    08 April 2001

    The ‘sportiest’ sports tourer yet

    DUCATI’S new ST4S has uprated suspension, new brakes and the 996 V-twin engine and our first ride reveals that all adds up to the most sporting sports-tourer yet.On Wednesday (April 12), Kevin Ash...

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  • Yes, it really is made in China

    08 April 2001

    Yes, it really is made in China

    The machine pictured here is the first sign that China has what it takes to build bikes we in the west might actually desire.China is the biggest bike producer in the world, but it’s generally known...

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  • V8 is back… for £70,500

    08 April 2001

    V8 is back… for £70,500

    REMEMBER the 850cc Morbidelli V8? Only four were ever sold when they went into production in 1997.But now the firm has announced the model’s comeback… if UK dealer George Beale can drum up enough...

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  • Honda V5 GP bike breaks cover

    08 April 2001

    Honda V5 GP bike breaks cover

    THESE are the world's first action pictures of the all-new four-stroke Honda Grand Prix bike destined to start racing in 2002.The shots of the V5-engined bike were taken at Sugo in Japan today, where...

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  • The shape of forks to come

    08 April 2001

    The shape of forks to come

    Dutch designer Roel van der Heide reckons some day all bikes will be this way.Called the Chiqane 2, the bike that uses his system is the result of years of development.Van der Heide first developed a...

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  • Aprilia Futura recalled

    08 April 2001

    Aprilia Futura recalled

    APRILIA has recalled all of the first batch of Futuras in the UK because of a possible loose nut.A fault with a machine on the production line in Italy has meant that a retaining nut in the generator...

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  • 700 miles by scooter

    08 April 2001

    700 miles by scooter

    HONDA’s new Silver Wing is as happy touring two-up as it is dealing with the brake, swerve, squirt of urban riding in Europe’s busiest cities.The engine is new. It’s a four-stroke parallel twin with...

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  • All-rounders to master all trades

    01 April 2001

    All-rounders to master all trades

    The latest generation of big-bore all-rounders offer all the comfort you could dream of and handling and power to take your breath away.We took in huge hits of motorway, trickled through busy city...

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  • New Bonnie spotted in Oz

    01 April 2001

    New Bonnie spotted in Oz

    THE cruiser-style version of Triumph’s Bonneville has been spied on test in Australia.The bike, which was first reported in MCN last year, will use the same air-cooled, 790cc, four-stroke parallel...

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  • MV Agusta F5 spied on test

    01 April 2001

    MV Agusta F5 spied on test

    IT’S the datalogging kit strapped to the pillion seat that gives the game away. This is no F4 1+1. It is, you can be assured, a well disguised F5, complete with that tempting 998cc engine.It’s a...

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  • The return of the Hesketh

    01 April 2001

    The return of the Hesketh

    IT’S 22 years since Hesketh tried to bring us an all-British superbike with the benefit of breeding. Now it’s back, as a well-to-do classic. Now you can own a brand new version for £11,750.According...

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  • The most powerful BMW ever

    01 April 2001

    The most powerful BMW ever

    BMW is preparing to build a range-topping genuine superbike.It should be the bike that finally shrugs off any remnants of the pipe and slippers image the brand has accrued.The firm is thought to be...

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  • MBK adds Thunder to its scooter range

    01 April 2001

    MBK adds Thunder to its scooter range

    Yamaha-owned scooter firm MBK has added a ninth scooter to its UK range.The Thunder 125 features front and rear disc brakes and a 12bhp, four-stroke engine which MBK claims will take it to 70mph.It...

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  • Falling like nine pins

    25 March 2001

    Falling like nine pins

    It was tempting fate to invite a load of bike journalists to a go-kart track in Kent to ride a scooter that Yamaha said was designed to handle.Rain, on top of a track laced with oil and rubber,...

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  • Raptor special is a big noise in the city

    25 March 2001

    Raptor special is a big noise in the city

    FROM their bike emporium in North London Moto-Casoli are used to adding extra special touches to their customers’ already special bikes.Their's is an Aladdin's cave of Italian exotica; MV Agustas...

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  • The shape of the R1 to come

    25 March 2001

    The shape of the R1 to come

    YOU’LL have to wait the best part of a year before this will be in our showrooms, but if the ultimate in sports performance is what you’re after, you might find it’s worth the wait.The current R1 is a...

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  • Enfield Clubman takes you back

    25 March 2001

    Enfield Clubman takes you back

    " What year is it mate? " " Err, 2000 actually. " This innocent question, asked by a passer-by just seconds after I parked the Clubman, demonstrates exactly what this bike is...

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  • Hailwood memorial run this Sunday

    18 March 2001

    Hailwood memorial run this Sunday

    JOIN a ride-out to mark the 20th anniversary of Mike Hailwood’s death on Sunday, March 25.The run goes from Fort Dunlop, Birmingham to Portway Motor Centre, to the spot where Mike and his daughter...

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  • Pierre Terblanche in his own words

    18 March 2001

    Pierre Terblanche is Ducati’s top designer. He is in charge of the project to create a bike to replace the 996.He joined us in the VIP Lounge in the TALK BIKES area of the site on Friday, March 23 and answered your questions for an hour-and-a-half.In a frank interview he talked about the pressures he’s under, how the " new 996 " is shaping up and how he hasn’t taken a break from work...

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  • ZR-7S takes more of the strain

    11 March 2001

    ZR-7S takes more of the strain

    THE ZR-7 is a great value fuss-free bike which gives you 750cc for very little money. And now it gives you just a little bit more.Thanks to the addition of a cowling on the new ZR-7S, windblast is a...

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  • First ride on the ZRX1200

    11 March 2001

    First ride on the ZRX1200

    THE new ZRX has stonking six-piston Tokico calipers and a new 1164cc engine which pulls out of tight turns like a Japanese bullet train from 2000rpm all the way up to the 10,500rpm red line.But...

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  • 2001 CBR600 recalled

    11 March 2001

    2001 CBR600 recalled

    Following on the heels of a worldwide recall of FireBlades to correct faulty clutches, Honda’s reputation as the world’s most reliable motorcycle manufacturer has taken another knock.The firm has...

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  • Triumph tests new Daytona

    11 March 2001

    Triumph tests new Daytona

    TRIUMPH’S new Daytona is undergoing extensive last-minute testing to prepare for its release to the public in May. MCN spotted this all-black pre-production machine testing at Bruntingthorpe proving...

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  • Yamaha updates its XJR400R

    11 March 2001

    Yamaha updates its XJR400R

    SPY shots direct from Japan show Yamaha has given its XJR400R its first major update since its launch in 1994.While the styling has been left untouched, there are plenty of mechanical changes. The new...

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  • First pictures of new Mondial WSB racer

    11 March 2001

    First pictures of new Mondial WSB racer

    THESE are the first pictures of the long-awaited superbike which will carry the legendary Mondial name back on to the race track later this year.The 999cc V-twin Piega, which has only been seen in...

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  • Is the Bonnie best?

    11 March 2001

    Is the Bonnie best?

    WE’RE taking the new Triumph Bonneville to Brighton together with the Kawasaki W650 and a Royal Enfield.You can also look forward to a meeting with the man with Britain’s biggest collection of Monkey...

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  • Bimota shutdown confirmed

    11 March 2001

    Bimota shutdown confirmed

    AN ITALIAN court has finally brought an end to Bimota’s drawn-out death, closing the struggling company for good.After more than 25 years of producing some of the most desirable bikes on the planet,...

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  • Underneath it all… there’s a Valkyrie

    11 March 2001

    Underneath it all… there’s a Valkyrie

    Japanese tuning firm WhiteHouse is due to put this Valkyrie-based monster into limited production later this year.While the bike bears little resemblance to the original Honda, under the skin it’s a...

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