2001

German and British firms consider link to buy TL engines

German and British firms consider link to buy TL engines

GERMAN firm Sachs and British company CCM are in talks aimed at teaming up to buy Suzuki TL V-twin engines.CCM refuses to confirm it, but an insider at Sachs said: " It helps if we work...

Out and about: Hunstanton

Out and about: Hunstanton

Hunstanton hands over a prime parking spot to motorcycles, close to the bandstand and nestled between amusement arcades and cafes.There are some good routes to it to be found if you scour your map of...

The view from the mudguard…

The view from the mudguard…

The TT might not be on for the racers, but we can still marvel at what they do.

Long term test: Life with an FJR

Long term test: Life with an FJR

I had said farewell to my ZX-12R in mid-December. It was mid-May before I finally got my hands on the FJR. I hadn't even ridden a push bike in the intervening time. You will therefore understand my...

The advantages of lightweight wheels

WHERE do you start when you want to modify your bike? A bit of engine tuning first, maybe upgrade the brakes to suit the improved performance and as it goes along add rear sets and finish off with a spangly new paint job. But would you add lightweight wheels?For most of us, light wheels are something of a luxury item. They cost a fortune, admittedly look good but surely they can’t make that much...

Missing the TT?

Missing the TT?

Let Steve Hislop bring it a little closer…

Rival parties pass their verdict

Conservatives " Labour have been all mouth and no delivery in their integrated transport strategy. The Government doesn’t even measure journey times in congested cities. If they did, they’d find motorcycles to be the shortest. Labour should be promoting two-wheelers instead of clobbering motorists. We will do our utmost to empower bikes. In congested areas in particular, motorcycles play a...

Joining our cameraman at his proper job

Joining our cameraman at his proper job

David Jefferies shows the skills needed to wield the MCN onboard camera

Labour’s roads minister interviewed on bike policy

Labour’s roads minister interviewed on bike policy

EVERY four years, something strange happens to politicians. Suddenly, their horizons broaden.They develop keen interests in anything from farmers to bone marrow transplants, so quickly it makes people...

Our first long term test on a Buell

Our first long term test on a Buell

I was shaking. Part cold, part anticipation, part excitement. But mainly fear. I was just about to to pick up my Buell X1 Lightning. Problem was, I had not ridden a motorcycle in 15 years and I don’t...

Rare Ducatis become available

Rare Ducatis become available

Just when you thought Ducati’s super-exclusive MH900E was impossible to get hold of… a British dealer has managed to bag a couple.But if you want one you really shouldn’t hang about. DK has just two...

Enter the 200mph ZX-12R

Enter the 200mph ZX-12R

The last time I rode a ZX-12R, it topped out with a less than hyperbolic 183mph, or 12mph slower than a politically castrated 2000 Hayabusa, leaving in its wake more questions than answers. But let...

Suzuki plans 650cc scooter

Suzuki plans 650cc scooter

September will see the launch of Suzuki’s new Skywave 650 – a big bore scooter aimed at bikes like Yamaha’s T-max and Honda’s Silverwing.Like its competitors, the bike will use a two-cylinder engine...

Yamaha Bulldog revealed

Yamaha Bulldog revealed

Yamaha’s new Bulldog BT1100 is revealed today for the first time.The Japanese firm claims the Bulldog is specifically designed to meet the needs of the European market.Yamaha reckons its new machine...

Government orders dark visor tests… at night

Government orders dark visor tests… at night

The Government is ordering tests on dark visors… AT NIGHT.The decision (and we wish the testers the best of luck) has been taken after an initial report suggested dark visors are fine for daytime use...

Strange tales from when the racers are at play

There’s a clapped-out cliché that’s been pinned to the noticeboard of many a place of employment over the years which reads as follows: " You Don’t Have To Be Mad To Work Here – But It Helps! " While many workplaces aren’t exactly the lunatic asylums they’d like to think they are, the bike racing industry can rest easy in the knowledge that, for them, this shop-soiled sentiment...

Now this is gonna hurt…

Now this is gonna hurt…

Not your average tank-slapper

Kawasaki comes up with a Sportster rival

Kawasaki comes up with a Sportster rival

Kawasaki is launching a budget cruiser aimed at the Harley Sportster market.The bike will join the firm’s VN1500 family next year, say sources close to the factory. The Japanese firm’s VN range...

Some more dirt to roll around in

Some more dirt to roll around in

Scenes from the 2000 Motocross des Nations, MX's World Cup

Ready for the gun…

Ready for the gun…

36 bikes, one corner… you work it out

How to avoid aches and pains when riding

How to avoid aches and pains when riding

WristsIf you ride a bike for long enough you can fall foul of an affliction known as carpal tunnel syndrome. The ‘carpal tunnel’ is a bracelet of bones and ligament at the base of your hand and anyone...

Hitch a ride with Ronnie

Hitch a ride with Ronnie

Ride with the man who gives David Beckham hair tips

Are "real world" bikes the future?

Are "real world" bikes the future?

Sports bikes have a tradition of outselling all other types of motorcycle in the UK, and the latest sales figures show they’re still our first choice.But they also reveal something else. Though the...

Magni’s retro masterpiece

Magni’s retro masterpiece

The late ’60s and early ’70s will be remembered for plenty of things. It was the era of Afghan coats, stacked boots, keep on trucking badges and hair that was long at the back and short on top.Weeding...

Cache of Ducatis on sale at cost price

Cache of Ducatis on sale at cost price

A batch of two-year-old Ducatis which have never turned a wheel are being offered exclusively to motorcyclenews.com users at cost price.The 1999-spec bikes are to all intents and purposes brand new.

Major revamp for Blade leads rush of new Hondas

Major revamp for Blade leads rush of new Hondas

Honda is bringing us a new Blade, as our artist’s impression shows. It’s an entirely new machine, not due to hit the streets until 2004.But there are also major changes coming this September, as our...

Death of the TL1000S

Death of the TL1000S

The TL1000S is no longer being made or officially imported to the UK. Stocks of the Suzuki sports twin you now find in dealers are the last there is.And although the TL1000R will remain in production...

SP-1 owners watch this

SP-1 owners watch this

V-twins do nice wheelies, as we can see here

Foggy feared retirement. Now he’s loving it

Foggy feared retirement. Now he’s loving it

MISERABLE? Bitter? Or loving his life and more secure than he has ever felt before? Carl Fogarty is a relaxed man a year after the crash that ended his career.He’s bouncing back to life and changing...

You can never have too many revs

You can never have too many revs

Yamaha’s cracking R6 shows off for the cameras

GSX-R750 owners look here

GSX-R750 owners look here

The mad, bad world of the GSX-R laid bare

VFR800 owners watch this

VFR800 owners watch this

Being a capable all-rounder doesn’t mean it has to be boring

What’s changed for wife Michaela?

What’s changed for wife Michaela?

IT’S not just Carl Fogarty who’s life has been changed by his retirement – his wife Michaela has also had to make some serious adjustments. She said: " Sundays will never be the same again –...

The ‘other’ Italian V-twin shows why it’s a world title contender

The ‘other’ Italian V-twin shows why it’s a world title contender

Just like Troy’s, honest

Kawasaki's fastest yet

Kawasaki's fastest yet

Feared by rivals, loved by tyre companies… the ZX-12R

Want a 996SPS? Check this out

Want a 996SPS? Check this out

Feel like Foggy