New bikes

  • 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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  • Bultaco ready to return to the road

    04 March 2001

    Bultaco ready to return to the road

    THE Bultaco badge hasn’t been seen on a road bike since the 1980s – but that’s will change if this prototype makes it into production.Power for the retro-styled machine comes from a single-cylinder...

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  • GP bike reveals clues to new R1

    04 March 2001

    GP bike reveals clues to new R1

    YAMAHA’S new four-stroke GP bike has been spotted in tests in Australia. And that gives a tantalising glimpse of some of the technology that could feature on next year’s expected replacement for the...

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  • World first test on the Ducati 996R

    04 March 2001

    World first test on the Ducati 996R

    AFTER his first ride on Ducati’s 996R, MCN’s Marc Potter believes it is the firm’s finest sports bike yet. Potter rode the bike at the Valencia circuit in Spain on Wednesday, March 7, and said: ...

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  • Supermoto-style F650 due

    04 March 2001

    Supermoto-style F650 due

    BMW is ready to use its popular F650 single as a basis for an exciting new supermoto-style road bike.The new bike will combine high-rise suspension with sticky sports tyres on 17-inch rims.According...

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  • MZ reveals how its muscle bike will look

    04 March 2001

    MZ reveals how its muscle bike will look

    THIS is how MZ wants its planned 1000cc muscle bike to look. The image shown here is an official factory sketch.It is due to go into production next year and cost under £7800.The 1000N will use a...

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  • 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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