2004

Smaller Z looks like big value

Smaller Z looks like big value

YOU could be forgiven for thinking that Kawasaki’s new naked 750cc roadster is destined to occupy a class of its own, but Kawasaki has set its sights squarely on the hotly-contested middleweight...

Suzuki bucks the trend

Suzuki bucks the trend

Following the demise of the Kawasaki ZX-7R earlier this year, the GSX-R750 stands out as the only mass-produced Japanese 750cc sports bike on the market. SUZUKI is ignoring talk that the 750 class is...

Gixer fights for its crown

Gixer fights for its crown

The GSX-R1000K4 was the first of the 2004 superbikes to arrive in the UK and it’s ready to defend its mantle of ‘best 1000cc sports bike’ against scorching new tackle from Honda, Yamaha and...

Kawasaki bounces back

Kawasaki bounces back

KAWASAKI’S ZX-10R is the most eagerly awaited superbike in an age. With 181bhp, a 170kg dry weight and chassis dimensions to rival the best 600s, not since the GSX-R1000 arrived have so many expected...

749 moves to an all new level

749 moves to an all new level

DUCATI is taking the racing success of it’s all-new £11,000 749R so seriously it has developed a new engine to allow it to take on the best the Japanese can offer. What was initially thought to be a...

Used bike prices set to soar

Used bike prices set to soar

Used bike prices are about to rocket – powered by rises in new bike prices and the rush to get back on to two wheels after the worst of the winter weather. Yamaha has announced increases on their 2004...

Z750 dominates naked middleweights

Z750 dominates naked middleweights

YOU could be forgiven for thinking that Kawasaki’s new naked 750cc roadster is destined to occupy a class of its own, but Kawasaki has set its sights squarely on the hotly-contested middleweight...

Aprilia's VIP package

Aprilia's VIP package

THE Aprilia Nera is the first machine in what the factory is calling its new ” Dream Series ” – not least because a dream is all it is ever likely to remain for all but the obscenely wealthy. At...

The one to beat

The one to beat

The GSX-R1000K4 is the first of the 2004 superbikes to arrive in the UK and it’s ready to defend its mantle of ‘best 1000cc sports bike’ against scorching new tackle from Honda, Yamaha and...

The R1 is up for the challenge

The R1 is up for the challenge

Y AMAHA has raced past the magical 1bhp per kilogram milestone with its all-new 180bhp, 172kg R1 superbike. Those slanting foxeye lights may give it a passing family resemblance to past R-series...

Dreamers need not apply

Dreamers need not apply

THE Aprilia Nera is the first machine in what the factory is calling its new ” Dream Series ” – not least because a dream is all it is ever likely to remain for all but the obscenely wealthy. At...

RSV Mille R first ride

RSV Mille R first ride

Aprilia has reworked and repackaged its stylish RSV Mille V-twin to produce a devastating evolution of the 1000cc superbike that goes every bit as well as it looks – as our world exclusive first ride...

Aprilia builds a worthy replacement

Aprilia builds a worthy replacement

Aprilia has reworked and repackaged its stylish RSV Mille V-twin to produce a devastating evolution of the 1000cc superbike that goes every bit as well as it looks. The bike is new from the ground up...

Blade is most talked about bike

Blade is most talked about bike

Honda’s 2000-2001 FireBlade has finished 2003 as the most talked-about bike on motorcyclenews.com with a staggering 12,500 postings about it on its dedicated Discussion board. Our Discussion & Chat...

Move fast for bargain ferry deal

Move fast for bargain ferry deal

Time is running out if you want to take advantage of MCN’s great 50 per cent savings on P&O ferry crossings. The deal is only open until the end of January 2004, and could save you up to £100 on...

Rossi free to test his Yamaha at last

Rossi free to test his Yamaha at last

MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi is officially a Yamaha rider from today. The young Italian’s contract with Honda finally ended at midnight on December 31, 2003. Despite announcing his departure...

Catch up with the world’s maddest specials

Catch up with the world’s maddest specials

The maddest specials in the world are featured in an eight-page supplement free with MCN, Wednesday January 7. Unbelievable creations include the Café Racer style, all aluminium Yamaha R1 from...

BMW updates sat-nav for bikes

BMW updates sat-nav for bikes

BMW is launching an updated version of its Navigator sat-nav system for bikes, which addresses many of the concerns riders had with the original. The Navigator II now has bigger, wider-spaced buttons...

SPECIFICATION

List price £4749 otr Availability Now, Piaggio UK, 0800-203010 Colours Red, Silver Engine Liquid-cooled, 460cc (92mm x 69mm) 4v SOHC four-stroke Single cylinder. Fuel injection. Automatic transmission Chassis Double cradle Front suspension 41mm Kayaba telehydraulic forks Rear suspension Single rear shock with progressive Power Drive linkage, adjustments for pre-load. Tyres 120/70 x 15 front,...