New bikes

  • First ride on the Hodgson Replica 996S

    05 August 2001

    First ride on the Hodgson Replica 996S

    Marc Potter has been riding the Hodgson Replica 996S and you can read his first test verdict here. Next week you’ll be able to see video of Hodgson himself on the bike on the Isle of Man.And the WSB...

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  • First test of new BMW R1150RS

    05 August 2001

    First test of new BMW R1150RS

    New images added at 5pm, WednesdayThe R1150RS is beyond competent. It is genuinely, spirit-lifting fun… whatever the weather.The changes over the old R1100RS are few and far between. Essentially, the...

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  • VFR800 to get VTEC for 2002

    05 August 2001

    VFR800 to get VTEC for 2002

    HONDA is giving the VFR800 its biggest ever makeover for 2002.The styling has been completely revamped and the factory has fitted an ultra clean-burning engine, which uses technology to meet looming...

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  • Blackbird goes red

    05 August 2001

    Blackbird goes red

    Honda’s 2002 Super Blackbird will only be changed in one respect from the current model, it will be available in Candy Blazing Red. The eye-catching colour will add to those currently available; blue,...

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  • Revealed: Suzuki’s giant trailie

    01 August 2001

    Revealed: Suzuki’s giant trailie

    We’ve been talking about it since 1999, now Suzuki has finally given it a name and a finished form, and here it is: the XF1000L.Our artist’s impression is just as you’ll see the bike when it is...

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  • The new look of the R1

    01 August 2001

    The new look of the R1

    This exclusive drawing is the most accurate impression yet of how the new Yamaha R1 will look for 2002. It’s based on detailed information from the factory. Only the colour-scheme is likely to change.

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  • First test of Foggy rep Monster S4

    01 August 2001

    First test of Foggy rep Monster S4

    According to the crowds at Brands there is only one Carl Fogarty. Fortunately there is more than one Fogarty replica. First there was the 996SPS Foggy rep. Now there is the Monster S4 Foggy rep.So...

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  • Sensational TT FireBlade tested

    22 July 2001

    Sensational TT FireBlade tested

    This is the bike Honda hoped would reclaim their TT glory this year. Featuring internals engineered by the FireBlade’s progenitor Tadao Baba himself, this is a very, very special machine indeed. We...

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  • Video: The FireBlade to take on the TT

    22 July 2001

    Video: The FireBlade to take on the TT

    This was the FireBlade Honda had built specially for the TT. Desperate to claw back ground against the Yamahas and hold off the threat from Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 this 180bhp stunner weighs as little as a...

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  • Ducati Monster M620ie first test

    22 July 2001

    Ducati Monster M620ie first test

    HAS there ever been a bike that deserves its name less than the middleweight of the Monster family? Far from being " grotesque " or " gigantic " , which is how the dictionary...

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  • Yamaha’s 2002 colours revealed

    22 July 2001

    Yamaha’s 2002 colours revealed

    Here are the first pictures of the 2002 Fazer 1000 and 2002 Dragstar XV650 in their new silver colour scheme.The silver scheme is replacing the red one in the Fazer 1000 line-up.The Star series is...

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  • Save £100 more than ever on new bikes

    15 July 2001

    Save £100 more than ever on new bikes

    If you thought Carnell-City’s Real Prices were good, you ain’t seen nothing yet!From today, on selected new bikes you’ll want to own, we’ve been able to take even more off the already cut-to-the-bone...

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  • CCM’s new road-focused single

    15 July 2001

    CCM’s new road-focused single

    CCM’s R30 comes with the kind of creature comforts that the British firm hopes will attract a wider audience.It’s got a rev-counter, cush-drive, alloy wheels and even a fully-painted pearlescent...

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  • Cool Britannia… but only in Japan

    15 July 2001

    Cool Britannia… but only in Japan

    THE JAPANESE infatuation with old British bikes will lead to the introduction of the new Honda GB400RS next year.Our artist’s impression shows the bike is based on the current CL400 – a low-cost retro...

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  • First test on Suzuki’s new Volusia

    15 July 2001

    First test on Suzuki’s new Volusia

    Look closely at this bike and you’ll see Suzuki has kept the familiar Intruder name, and bolted on the " Volusia " tag to mark this new but even more traditional style. It’s named after...

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  • New details of 2002 R1 revealed

    15 July 2001

    New details of 2002 R1 revealed

    Next year’s Yamaha R1 will be radically revised to challenge the competition from Suzuki’s class-leading GSX-R1000. It will also have to deal with new machines in the form of Honda’s 2002 FireBlade –...

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  • New scooters from Italjet and She-Lung

    08 July 2001

    New scooters from Italjet and She-Lung

    Italjet’s retro-meets-future-styled Jet-Set will be available here in August and there will be a 50cc too. And the Taiwanese Freespirit scooter is also available now. The Jet-Set is expected to be the...

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  • Sachs to add 125 to its range

    08 July 2001

    Sachs to add 125 to its range

    GERMAN firm Sachs is adding a new 125 machine to its range, the ZZ Funbike.It uses the Yamaha DT125R engine. Sachs says the bike is designed for use either on or off road, but it comes with Pirelli MT...

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  • Kawasaki shows its Mean Streak

    08 July 2001

    Kawasaki shows its Mean Streak

    Kawasaki wants the latest member of its Vulcan family to be its most performance-oriented yet.The 1470cc V-twin engine has been retuned for more power by increasing the size of the intake and exhaust...

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  • Designed and built outside Japan

    01 July 2001

    THE Bulldog, or BT1100, claims to address a change in the market. The bike is the first Yamaha to be both designed and built outside of Japan. In true V-twin tradition this is an Italian bike, created by Yamaha’s Italian importer Belgarda. Unlike the UK importer, Belgarda is now a full construction company and key staff have been taken from Japan to oversee quality control in Italy.The engine of...

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  • First full test on the Bulldog

    01 July 2001

    First full test on the Bulldog

    On Friday we heard from Adam Morrissey with his first impressions on the new Yamaha Bulldog. Now after some reflection and consideration, here’s his verdict on the first bike Yamaha has both designed...

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  • You vote new Gilera 600 a gorgeous hit

    01 July 2001

    You vote new Gilera 600 a gorgeous hit

    UPDATED WITH EXTRA PICTURES 2.45PM, JUNE 28You’ve been mesmerised by the magic of the new Gilera 600’s looks, if comments in our Talk Bikes section are anything to go by.Rmezza, said: " It’s...

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  • Gilera’s Ice is very cool

    24 June 2001

    Gilera’s Ice is very cool

    Italians have a fantastic ability to design bikes that are striking and different. The Ice is just that, totally unique, beautiful – but in a quirky kind of way.The crazy look of the bike is only...

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  • Latest Blade marks 10th anniversary

    24 June 2001

    The original Blade went on sale in March 1992 – almost exactly a decade before the latest version will hit the showrooms. With a 122bhp, 893cc engine mounted in a race-style alloy frame, it had the power of a contemporary litre bike, but at 185kg it was the weight of a 600cc machine.Ever since its launch, the Blade has been subject to regular updates every two years – making the new bike the sixth...

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  • A very special FireBlade

    17 June 2001

    A very special FireBlade

    American race team Erion has an enviable record which has helped them craft a fine range of race products. Put their best together and you get this showcase bike, the Erion Blade.Created by UK...

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