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Can’t tour on an on-the-edge 600? Think again

Can’t tour on an on-the-edge 600? Think again

THERE were some decent enough reasons for making this voyage of intense pleasure and crippling pain.My new 2001 GSX-R600, in its glorious black and yellow, needed a good thousand miles of running in...

First ride on bigger-bore C1

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 ...

Bonnie gets the cafe treatment

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...

Police are blind to the cause of crashes

Police are blind to the cause of crashes

Research into the cause of bike accidents has consistently suggested that more of them are caused by car drivers than by us. So why are police forces suddenly claiming the vast majority are the result...

Now you know why they call him "Big" Dave Jefferies

Now you know why they call him "Big" Dave Jefferies

Somehow, eight-stone Daijiro Katoh might not have the right physique for the rigours of The Island

No lightweights, these

No lightweights, these

They might call the 250 race the Lightweight, but it's a race for the real heavyweights of The Island.

Making a break from the norm with the BMW R1150R

Making a break from the norm with the BMW R1150R

WHEN I mentioned to someone that I was about to take delivery of a new BMW, the first question they asked was: " Which one? A three-series? " The reaction is understandable. BMW cars have a...

First test of the best sports twins

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...

Why you can rely on a buy from New Bikes Direct

Why you can rely on a buy from New Bikes Direct

COLIN KAY is a Scot. He is also a senior bank manager for a major High Street concern. In short, he knows a thing or two about the value of money.Perhaps that’s why he is the first person to have a...

Four new bike sections now open

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...

KTM reveals official sketches of LC8 Rallye

KTM reveals official sketches of LC8 Rallye

KTM is planning a Rallye version of its new monster trailie, the LC8 Adventure.The bike, which will make its racing debut at Dakar 2002, will form the basis of a production race replica version which...

Mugello test reveals Tornado almost ready

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...

Something to better the new GSXR1000…

Something to better the new GSXR1000…

IF you lived in a small, remote village and had no transport or television, you probably wouldn’t have any idea what lay beyond the end of the field – until you actually crossed the fence that marked...

First test of Ducati’s ST4S

First test of Ducati’s ST4S

Ducati’s choice of venue for the launch of its new ST4S sports tourer seemed rather odd at first. Rather than present us with maps and a demanding long distance road route, we were instead taken to a...

Go Johnny, go!

Go Johnny, go!

McGuinness winds it on through Kirkmichael

2001 BMW R1150R, K1200RS and R1150RT ridden through France

2001 BMW R1150R, K1200RS and R1150RT ridden through France

SPLATT! A direct hit, smack bang in the middle of my visor. Here comes another. Splatt! This one’s even bigger. It looks like the daddy. Splatt! Again, it’s a bull’s eye and the front of my lid is...

You wouldn’t want to do it daily

You wouldn’t want to do it daily

It’s a hell of a long way from Barcelona to London. About 700 miles, in fact – as the crow flies. It’s a little farther by road.For those of you who haven’t ridden the latest generation of...

KTM reveals plans for muscle bike

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...

The ultimate Katana specials

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,...

SV650 gets a winning makeover

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...

Foggy tribute Monster only available online

Foggy tribute Monster only available online

Following internet sales success of the MH900e and 996R, Ducati will sell 300 limited edition MS4 Fogarty Monsters through online only.The order books will open in June, with deliveries starting...

Buell to build full-on 1000cc sports bikes

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...

£50,000-worth of retro Harley

£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...

GS500 gets a makeover

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...

Moriwaki offers 150bhp SP-1

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...

Take one Monster and add £6000 of Gallic flair

Take one Monster and add £6000 of Gallic flair

DUCATI specialist Desmo Shop has employed all its engineering skill and used thousands of pounds-worth of carbon-fibre to create this year 2000 Monster 900-based special.The anodised blue frame,...

New Road safety campaign gets Foggy’s backing

New Road safety campaign gets Foggy’s backing

MOST of us look on road safety campaigns with some suspicion. We want the roads to be safe – it’s probably more in our interests than anyone else’s – but the true dangers, such as careless driving,...

Getting my 996 is a dream fulfilled

Getting my 996 is a dream fulfilled

THE sight of the bike in front of me stopped me in my tracks and caused a sharp intake of breath inside my helmet. I had been waiting for this moment for a long time. Almost trembling with...

Women on track days

Women on track days

Girls on bikes used to mean pretty pillion passengers. And you blokes seemed more than happy with a stunner of a girlfriend who would sit limpet-like on your back for the ride to the races, then step...

Scottish Indian gears up for larger scale production

Scottish Indian gears up for larger scale production

The Scottish firm responsible for building just a few Indian Dakota-4s says it has been selling all of the £23,000 bikes it can make, so now is the time to go into bigger production.They plan to turn...

700 miles by scooter

700 miles by scooter

HONDA’s new Silver Wing is as happy touring two-up as it is dealing with the brake, swerve, squirt of urban riding in Europe’s busiest cities.The engine is new. It’s a four-stroke parallel twin with...

BMW’s updated bikes ridden 1800 miles on first test

BMW’s updated bikes ridden 1800 miles on first test

BMW’S latest bikes prove you can ride 600 miles a day without the aid of a chiropractor.Our 1800-mile round trip to the south of France included the chance to ride three updated models.And the flat...

Aprilia Futura recalled

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...

The shape of forks to come

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...

Ducati boss admits plans for giant trailie

Ducati boss admits plans for giant trailie

THREE years after MCN first predicted it, Ducati is admitting a V-twin giant trailie is very much part of its plans.It will be very much in the mould of Cagiva’s Navigator. The firm’s boss, Federico...

Honda V5 GP bike breaks cover

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...