New bikes

  • Army goes diesel

    06 May 2001

    Army goes diesel

    THE army has spent a quarter of a million pounds developing a diesel-fuelled bike which goes 120mph on one gallon, but makes just 24bhp.Based on a Kawasaki KLR650, the 580cc Combat Military Motorcycle...

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  • What’s new on the 2001 955i

    06 May 2001

    What’s new on the 2001 955i

    ENGINE: Essentially the new Daytona’s three-cylinder is the same basic lump as the old engine but there’s quite a lot of detail changes.It breathes better and is more efficient than the old engine...

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  • Bigger-bore Blade to rival GSX-R 1000

    01 May 2001

    Bigger-bore Blade to rival GSX-R 1000

    Honda’s FireBlade is getting the big-bore makeover it needs to match Suzuki’s GSX-R1000.The heavily revised 2002 FireBlade will have to be a fair-sized step forward because Yamaha’s now legendary R1...

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  • Renault launch two-wheelers

    01 May 2001

    Renault launch two-wheelers

    Renault has launched a new range of bikes developed with Benelli.Rival French car maker Peugeot is already a big player in the scooter marker and it seems Renault wants to grab a bit of the same...

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  • Honda recalls 2001 Wing

    01 May 2001

    Honda recalls 2001 Wing

    The all-new 2001 Honda GoldWing has been recalled just weeks after going on sale.There are two faults which can cause the engine to cut at speed, although they are not serious enough to lead to any...

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  • Bikemart arrives online

    01 May 2001

    Bikemart arrives online

    WE’RE adding Bikemart TM to the range of services on offer here at motorcyclenews.com.In phase one we’ve added a whole load more dealers in new and used bikes to browse alongside the offers from...

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  • Bonnie gets the cafe treatment

    29 April 2001

    Bonnie gets the cafe treatment

    German tuner LSL has taken a new Triumph Bonneville and created a real café racer called the LSL Bonneville Clubman.LSL has changed as few parts as possible to keep the price down.The most...

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  • First ride on bigger-bore C1

    29 April 2001

    First ride on bigger-bore C1

    Riding a 175cc bike from Bracknell, around the M25 then up the M1 to Kettering may not sound like a lot of fun to most people. But then, you probably haven’t tried it on one of the oddest looking ...

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  • First ride on Suzuki’s new GSX1400

    22 April 2001

    First ride on Suzuki’s new GSX1400

    YOU’D have thought the GSX1400 was a real knuckle-dragger of a bike. But there is surprisingly little of the Neanderthal about this big-bore beast.Wrapped around its huge, 1400cc, fuel-injected,...

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  • Mugello test reveals Tornado almost ready

    22 April 2001

    Mugello test reveals Tornado almost ready

    TESTS earlier this week in Mugello reveal Benelli’s WSB hopeful, the Tornado, is almost ready for action. The Italian firm first presented their three cylindered hopeful to a receptive audience at...

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  • Four new bike sections now open

    22 April 2001

    Four new bike sections now open

    Follow the ‘BIKES’ link at the top of the page and you’ll immerse yourself in a world of facts and figures, tests and tips on the motorcycles you own, admire and lust after.The latest additions to...

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  • First test of the best sports twins

    22 April 2001

    First test of the best sports twins

    It’s twice the price of an SP-1. It’s six grand dearer than the RSV-R… It can’t be that much better, can it? I mean, how can you need more than the Honda or Aprilia? On the road, or anywhere?The fact...

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  • Moriwaki offers 150bhp SP-1

    15 April 2001

    Moriwaki offers 150bhp SP-1

    Japanese tuner Moriwaki is launching a 150bhp version of the Honda SP-1.Called the MP101, they are hand built to order, with a range of specifications for use either on the road or track. The firm...

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  • GS500 gets a makeover

    15 April 2001

    GS500 gets a makeover

    Suzuki has revamped its GS500. The 2001 model features a new, sportier tail unit and rear light. It comes with a new yellow and black colour option and the fuel tank capacity has been increased to...

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  • £50,000-worth of retro Harley

    15 April 2001

    £50,000-worth of retro Harley

    THE Trakker might be a Harley under the skin, but its looks might make fans of more sporting bikes drool.Designed to resemble a Harley board-track racer of the 1920s, it harks back to a time when the...

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  • Buell to build full-on 1000cc sports bikes

    15 April 2001

    Buell to build full-on 1000cc sports bikes

    BUELL is finally going to make the bikes its founder has always wanted to – full-on, sports bikes.So far the Buell badge has been standing for grunt-laden bikes which are bags of fun but not quite on...

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  • SV650 gets a winning makeover

    15 April 2001

    SV650 gets a winning makeover

    Suzuki’s V-twin SV650 is winning races in America against Ducati 750s, 250GP bikes and 400cc in-line fours.And all the parts that make it a winner are available to SV owners in the UK.Most of the...

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  • 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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