2001

The super tourer rider

The super tourer rider

Super Blackbird rider Smith likens the Bulldog to " a great commuter bike, but with style, " and thinks Yamaha has copied elements from a Buell and Monster.He says: " I’m impressed...

How Yamaha’s 2WD works

Ohlins/Yamaha’s system is light and so simple it can be fitted to virtually any bike with minimal modifications to the standard suspension and transmission.It uses hydraulic pressure to transmit the power to the front.A small hydraulic pump is attached to the engine, and driven by an extra chain running from the front sprocket of the stock gearbox. It uses six or more tiny pistons to pump...

Road-going Castrol rep CBR and Blade to go on sale

Road-going Castrol rep CBR and Blade to go on sale

The Castrol Honda race squad is adding a 2002 British superbike-spec road-going FireBlade to its previously announced CBR600 supersport racer rep, and is planning to put it on sale in road legal...

Would you give the Dog a home?

Would you give the Dog a home?

Yamaha’s BT1100 Bulldog doesn’t fit comfortably into any of the pigeonholes we are used to. It’s a cross between a Ducati Monster and a Buell. Yamaha believes there’s big demand for such a hybrid. But...

Two-wheel drive R1 spotted… and it rocks

Two-wheel drive R1 spotted… and it rocks

These pictures provide the first proof that Yamaha is seriously working on two-wheel-drive technology for its most powerful bikes. And one man who has ridden the 2WD R1 claims the system improves the...

Project X900: hub-centre steering cracked?

Project X900: hub-centre steering cracked?

Hans Helms has been developing this bike for over two decades. Now, with plans to put the bike into production unrealised, its bright ideas are up for sale.The majority of the patents are associated...

Following a star

Following a star

Follow the star, they said…

Oi mate, this way!

Oi mate, this way!

And it came to pass, that supermoto was invented

Asking for directions

Asking for directions

Excuse me. Do you know the way the Bethlehem?

Road tax reform – have your say before they say it for you

Road tax reform – have your say before they say it for you

ROAD tax for smaller bikes could be cut, but tax on larger superbikes could be increased to make up the shortfall, according to government proposals revealed earlier this week.It’s part of a planned...

Cross-country, supersport-style

Cross-country, supersport-style

Supersport meets grasstrack

This is going to hurt…

This is going to hurt…

ACTUALLY it isn’t. This is stuntman Lutz Schleiser and he does this sort of thing for a living. He’s just hit a barrier at speed, but while his bike is knackered, he’s about to plop safely into a...

Blessed, and I know you hate me…

Blessed, and I know you hate me…

Call me filthy lucky if you like, but somehow I’ve managed to blag rides on all kinds of Honda 500 GP bikes since the company first started racing two-strokes in the early 1980s. I’ve bought my own...

If you like GSX-Rs and men in blue jackets

If you like GSX-Rs and men in blue jackets

Then you’ll love this video. Part two of MCN’s new video magazine is out on December 14 and features everything GSX-R. Don’t miss it

Split lid could save lives

Split lid could save lives

A NEW design of helmet has been developed that can be safely removed from a rider who’s been in an accident with less danger of aggravating possible neck injuries - and allowing more rapid fitting of...

"Hunk of the Year" Ben Bostrom comments on his victory

"Hunk of the Year" Ben Bostrom comments on his victory

THE racing season might have ended a month ago, but the competition has been fast and furious for the title " Hunk of the Year " with over 200 votes from (mostly) female visitors to the...

Strange… but true

Strange… but true

AMERICA: DIET Dr. Pepper is rolling out new spoof ads featuring " CHimPs, " a parody of the hit ‘70s TV show about the California Highway Patrol. In the ad, two " police monkeys...

Is this numberplate big enough for you then?

Is this numberplate big enough for you then?

ANGRY biker Martin Hillier has fitted a numberplate that’s four times the legal size to his 1200 Bandit in protest at being fined for using a too-small illegal plate.And the 33-year-old from...

Guzzi enters new world

Guzzi enters new world

MOTO GUZZI will be releasing an all-new sports bike at the end of 2002 – using water cooling for the first time in the firm’s history.In one of the most radical steps forward for a manufacturer since...

Three fast men

Three fast men

Coming from the East?

Try a new Hornet 900, VFR or Fazer 1000 this weekend

Try a new Hornet 900, VFR or Fazer 1000 this weekend

Get yourself down to Carnell/Motorcycle City in Box Hill, Surrey this Sunday and you can enjoy free rides on the latest Honda models including the exciting Hornet 900 and VFR V-TEC. You can also grab...

Answer the MCN survey and win a prize

Answer the MCN survey and win a prize

Something is changing in the hearts and minds of British riders. Our obsession with sports bikes is giving way to interest in other machines. So we want to know what you’re buying instead and why. If...

Mission Impossible Triumph for sale

Mission Impossible Triumph for sale

HOW much would you pay for a Triumph Speed Triple with bullet holes in the tail, a broken mirror and a smashed tail unit?Well, the best bid so far is £5612, although the bike in question is also a...

Don’t be afraid

Don’t be afraid

Try as they might, they couldn’t get the Kawasaki to bow in the presence of the Angel Gabriel.

Riding Foret’s WSS CBR600

Riding Foret’s WSS CBR600

HONDA’S CBR600 may be as common as muck, but this is no common CBR600. This is Fabian Foret’s CBR racer which nudged a staggering 180mph at the Monza World Supersport round.The CBR is the fastest bike...

Video taster of US stunt stars coming to Scottish Show

Video taster of US stunt stars coming to Scottish Show

THE world famous Starboyz stunt riders are coming to the MCN-backed Scottish Motorcycle Show early next year – but you can get a taste of their extraordinary skills right now by clicking the video...

We ride Rossi’s NSR500, Edwards’ SP-2 and Foret’s CBR600

We ride Rossi’s NSR500, Edwards’ SP-2 and Foret’s CBR600

IF nervousness is just a state of mind, why hasn’t my brain told my legs and hands? Every inch of every limb is shaking in anticipation as the countdown to my ride begins.I’ve ridden hundreds of the...

High speed second-hand bargains

High speed second-hand bargains

EVEN the rich like to get more for their money. Let’s talk cars, just for a moment. Your average millionaire feels he’s bagged a bargain if he forks out for a £45,000 TVR rather than a £100,000...

And now it’s flashing helmets, too

WE’VE had ABS brakes, traction control and variable valve timing, now a British inventor reckons we should follow the lead of four wheels one more time by having car-style high-level brake lights… on the back of our helmets.Grant Belben from Poole, Dorset, has patented a new wireless brake light system. It works like this: A battery/LED unit attaches to the back of the rider’s helmet with tape, so...

Main changes to the 2002 FireBlade

HONDA has opted to update the Blade rather than reinvent it. Its move into 2002 is evolutionary rather than revolutionary. On paper, at least.It isn’t until you ride it that you realise the changes are actually very significant ones, each with a dramatic effect on the bike’s overall character and capabilities.This is the sixth generation of FireBlade and the changes are as follows:* 1mm increase...

Audio: Blade designer Tadao Baba speaks

Audio: Blade designer Tadao Baba speaks

Click the links in the download videos box, right, titled RM (if you use Real Player) or MOV (for Quicktime users) to hear FireBlade project Chief Engineer Tadao Baba answering questions about future...

Two new Aprilias unveiled

Two new Aprilias unveiled

APRILIA has revealed a brand new contender in the naked bike market for 2002 – the Tuono – as well as a close-to-production prototype for a hybrid multipurpose machine, called the Mana.The Tuono,...

2002 FireBlade first test – now with video and audio

2002 FireBlade first test – now with video and audio

MCN had the first test of the heavily-revised 2002 Honda FireBlade in Estoril, Portugal earlier this week. Read Keith Farr’s first impression of the bike below or click the video and audio links in...

Video: Track action at Estoril

Video: Track action at Estoril

Click the links in the download videos box, right, titled RM (if you use Real Player) or MOV (for Quicktime users) to see a clip of MCN’s Keith Farr lapping Estoril at the FireBlade launch.

Tip-toe round the crashed bike

Tip-toe round the crashed bike

And then everything was a blur…

Let us spray

Let us spray

Supersport in the wet… feel those sphincter muscles tighten