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We’ve lost

We’ve lost

Dayglo Pink Kit: Like shell suits and mullets, some of the worst fashion atrocities of the eighties still hadn’t had the decency to die gracefully by the time 1991 rolled around. We all have painful...

Full transcript of live webchat with Hislop

Full transcript of live webchat with Hislop

Injured Steve Hislop told motorcyclenews.com users he will never, ever ride in the TT again during a live web chat session. Joining the session from his hospital bed in Kettering, Northants, Hizzy...

First test and video action of the new 998

First test and video action of the new 998

The new 998 has a new frame and a new 123bhp Testastretta engine based around the new narrow head Testastretta motor. Here you’ll read our first full test and get the chance to see and hear the bike...

Your pet hates revealed

Your pet hates revealed

Thousands of riders have been surveyed to find out what we really, really hate – and top of the list is car drivers chucking burning cigarettes out of their windows. The Motorcycle Industry...

The Ducati 998 technical changes

The Ducati 998 technical changes

Engine: The new Testastretta engine is the cornerstone of the 998 range and Ducati’s future sports bike production. It’s an all-new design first shown on the top-of-the-range 996R last year.

Making the GSX-R1000 even more special

Making the GSX-R1000 even more special

FRENCH tuning firm West Bike has changed the current GSX-R so much it looks like a completely new bike. With a retro paintjob and around 170bhp, you know it’s a little different. Combine that with a...

Bike cop killed in hit and run

Police have launched a murder inquiry after a driver sped off after killing a police motorcyclist. They believe the driver deliberately rammed PC Malcolm Walker’s Pan European in Birmingham on Thursday, October 4. If you have any information that could help track the driver, call on: 0845-1135000.

G-Racer points to bikes of the future

G-Racer points to bikes of the future

The firm which helped develop Ducati’s MH900e and Benelli’s beautiful Tornado has come up with a new prototype created to do a lap of the planet. And while the bike itself is unlikely to ever see the...

Evolution of a legend

Evolution of a legend

1993: The 916 Strada is introduced with the look and style we’ve come to know and love. Its 916cc motor makes a claimed 109bhp and it’s only available with a single seat. 1994: The 916 Biposto takes...

motorcyclenews.com wins two major awards

motorcyclenews.com wins two major awards

THIS site was awarded Best New Launch and Best Design in the prestigious PPAi awards at the Millennium Mayfair, London, on Tuesday night. Motorcyclenews.com was also short-listed for Best Integration...

Got a Gixxer? You could star in next MCN video

Got a Gixxer? You could star in next MCN video

Have you got a trick GSX-R? Do you consider yourself something of a hooligan, closet or otherwise? Get in touch and you could be on your way to featuring in MCN’s next video. If you reckon you or your...

We’ve gained

We’ve gained

Aprilia: The Italian firm has grown from a miniscule manufacturer of stylish two-strokes to the second biggest bike-maker in Europe, producing some of the world’s most desirable superbikes. But that’s...

Speed camera loophole lets riders off the hook

Speed camera loophole lets riders off the hook

A newly-discovered legal loophole could mean any rider caught speeding on camera now has a get-out clause and could spell the end of rear-facing cameras… the only ones that could ever catch us...

Rieju reveals Yamaha-powered 125s

Spanish firm Rieju is bringing two new Yamaha-powered supermoto and motocross-style machines to the UK. The MRX and SMX are both 125cc four-strokes with twin-beam steel frames and Showa upside-down forks. The only differences between the SMX supermoto and MRX motocross versions are the addition of road tyres, polished aluminium wheels, an electric start and a rev counter to the SMX bike. There are...

Hybris takes streamlining to extremes

Hybris takes streamlining to extremes

It’s got bucket seats, will lean over as far as 45-degrees and is capable of well over 150mph… it’s the Hybris. French firm Hybris Concept put the bike on display at Paris. It comes complete with a...

Our 996 winner revealed

Our 996 winner revealed

Barry Simkins is the very chuffed and proud winner of out latest give-away: a blood red Ducati 996. Barry won with a simple answer to a simple WSB question in the competitions section of our site and...

Readers

Readers

Paul Walker, Lewisham, London I expected my first ton to be like my first shag. It kinda was – I got there in 20 seconds. But it turned out to be something of an anti-climax too. With 108mph showing...

Why the 2002 TDM900 ended up the way it is

Why the 2002 TDM900 ended up the way it is

This exclusive video interview with the team behind the 2002 TDM900 reveals the new bike is more of a departure from the 850 it replaces than you may have thought. We met up with the head of the...

Longterm BMWR1150R

Longterm BMWR1150R

A LOT of you guys with sports bikes are going to wince or have a quiet chuckle when I say this, but here goes anyway – panniers kick arse. Yeah, that’s right. They rock. And I’m not talking about the...

Honda reveals new 230 and 150 four-strokes

Honda reveals new 230 and 150 four-strokes

JUST weeks after revealing the 2002 CRF450 four-stroke moto cross contender, Honda has revealed not one but two more four-stroke off-road machines. In 2003 Honda’s CRF230 and 150 will be launched to...

Injured Hislop concedes title to Reynolds

Injured Hislop concedes title to Reynolds

Updated at 7.15pm, Monday, with comment from John Reynolds and Rockingham circuit STEVE HISLOP has admitted his season is over as a result of the injuries he sustained after crashing at Rockingham on...

2002 TT will go ahead

2002 TT will go ahead

News is breaking that the Isle of Man TT will definitely go ahead next year. The news follows rumours that the TT looked like being called off for a second year running because Foot and Mouth is still...

You’ve helped set yet more new records

Visits to motorcyclenews.com continue to soar and thanks to your support we’ve managed to smash yet another set of monthly records. In September we registered 5.2 million page impressions, up 700,000 on the previous month to a new monthly record. If you like your measurements in hits, that’s about 50 million of them. The all-important number of unique users has also leaped to a new monthly record.

Best value bikes for under £5000

Best value bikes for under £5000

SOME things can seem more expensive than they really are. Take Ferrero Rocher – nice chocolates that are divvied up at ambassadorial dinner parties, but come Christmas they stack them to the ceiling...

Aprilia Falco

Aprilia Falco

Year: 2000 (W). Mileage: 5425. Price: £4399 The Falco is something a little different. It’s a kind of sports-tourer, but it definitely errs more on the sports side, as a big V-twin is not the ideal...

Terblanche on the MultiStrada part two

Terblanche on the MultiStrada part two

Choose from the Quicktime (MOV) or Real Player (RM) downloads, right, to watch the second part of our exclusive interview with Pierre Terblanche.

Suzuki TL1000R

Suzuki TL1000R

Year: 2000 (W). Mileage: 7958. Price: £4999 The TL1000R isn’t one of the best-selling bikes in Britain, so getting the example you want might take a little more time and patience. But that scarcity is...

Triumph to roll out 2200cc cruiser and Blackbird rival

Triumph’s much-anticipated super cruiser will have a world-beating 2.2 litre capacity, but it won’t be here until 2003. It’s the latest move in a capacity race among cruiser makers, currently led by Honda’s 1800cc VTX. Triumph is close to completing development of its 2200cc machine. And it will be a triple. It will also be the only triple on sale with the crankshaft in-line with the frame. Indian...

TDM video interview part one

TDM video interview part one

Choose from the Real Player (RM) or Quicktime (MOV) video downloads to watch part one of our interview with the TDM900 design team.

Italians take a shine to the Bonnie

Italians take a shine to the Bonnie

Italian firm Roadracing, which specialises in beautifully crafted aluminium panels, has created a set of extras to turn Triumph’s Bonneville into something that to attract attention wherever it...

The bike you voted Worst-Looking of 2002

The bike you voted Worst-Looking of 2002

Call it brave, call it challenging, call it controversial…but more often than not motorcyclenews.com users simply call it ugly… Ducati’s MultiStrada has been voted the Worst-Looking Bike of 2002 in a...

New road rules could spoil the TT party

New road rules could spoil the TT party

The TT is on for 2002… but not quite as we knew it. Expect mobile GATSOs to litter rural roads and speeding offences committed on the island to appear as endorsements on your mainland licence. And, if...

Is police FJR on your tail?

Is police FJR on your tail?

If you get followed by a dark blue Yamaha FJR1300 in Devon or Cornwall, check it doesn’t have a big aerial and the rider isn’t wearing a white flip-up lid. The local police have taken delivery of one...

TDM video interview part two

TDM video interview part two

Choose from Real Player (RM) or Quicktime (MOV) video downloads (right) to watch part two of our video interview with the TDM design team.

Learn off-road skills with BMW

Learn off-road skills with BMW

The BMW Off-Road Skills course has two remaining dates in 2001: October 19-20 and October 21-22. This award-winning course, pioneered in Germany, will take place at BMW’s exclusive off-road facility...

Sigma Ducati 853s

Sigma Ducati 853s

Not everyone is a fan of Ducati’s 748. There’s no doubt it’s as beautiful as the 916 or 996 but because of its smaller capacity it just doesn’t have the same credibility. Related: In-depth Ducati 748...