January

Help us improve motorcyclenews.com

Help us improve motorcyclenews.com

Motorcyclenews.com is planning some major changes and we want you to be part of them.We have some cracking ideas to improve the service we provide, but we want to hear your suggestions for a better...

Free wheels with CCMs

Free wheels with CCMs

If you buy a CCM 404 or 644 DS, you’ll get an extra set of wheels to make the conversion from off-road to Tarmac quick and simple.The extra set of wheels mean a saving of £375. The 17 inch road rims...

Sell your bike faster than ever

Sell your bike faster than ever

The countdown is ticking to an all-new way to sell your bike or find the bike of your dreams. From Thursday, January 15 motorcyclenews.com changes.You’ll find a new-look home page, much improved...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

First pictures of all-new GS

First pictures of all-new GS

These are the first official pictures of the all-new BMW R1200GS.The bike is claimed to be the lightest and fastest incarnation of the imposing off-roader, with a new 1170cc Boxer engine. And MCN is...

It's a family thing

It's a family thing

SUZUKI’S new GSX-R600 shares more than just looks with the all new GSX-R750. Both bikes have a wealth of race-derived technical updates.The only immediate visible difference between the new bikes is...

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...

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...

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...

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...

SPECIFICATION

List price£4749 otrAvailabilityNow, Piaggio UK, 0800-203010ColoursRed, SilverEngineLiquid-cooled, 460cc (92mm x 69mm) 4v SOHC four-stroke Single cylinder. Fuel injection. Automatic transmissionChassis Double cradleFront suspension41mm Kayaba telehydraulic forksRear suspensionSingle rear shock with progressive Power Drive linkage, adjustments for pre-load.Tyres120/70 x 15 front, 160/60 x 14...