2001

The new bikes of 2002

The new bikes of 2002

We’ve gathered together the bikes of 2002 in this one, easy access section.Follow the links, right to see them all.

Finally, the Kawasaki ZX-10R

Finally, the Kawasaki ZX-10R

Kawasaki’s ZX-9R is a much admired sports bike. But it has started to lag behind the new breed of 1000cc superbikes. What’s really needed here is a ZX-10R: Enter TTS.Tuning firm TTS has bored out this...

Guzzi continues air-cooled development

Guzzi continues air-cooled development

Those who prefer the traditional sound of an air-cooled Guzzi to the Euro-conformity of a water-cooled engine will be relieved to hear that the company has not stopped development of it’s water-less...

KTM’s new road bike spotted on test in Austria

KTM’s new road bike spotted on test in Austria

These exclusive spy-shots show for the first time the latest bike in KTM’s range to use the firm’s new V-twin engine, the LC8.While the first dedicated road bike to use the new engine was expected to...

Ducati’s new 998 versus Aprilia’s RSV-R

Ducati’s new 998 versus Aprilia’s RSV-R

With the 998 not due to visit our fog-bound shores until January, we had to go to Italy and get one, factory-fresh. We took our own RSV-R with us to meet its rival under clear blue skies. At Ducati...

Carl Fogarty: In his own words

Jonny: Carl how long do you think it will take to get a race win with the new bike?CarlFogarty: Oh, it's impossible to say really. It would be great to have one in the first year, although that's unrealistic. But certainly in 2003Dave: How difficult will it be to stop yourself jumping on the bike during testing to get the fastest lap times?CarlFogarty: Oh that won't be difficult at all. Especially...

Foggy picks Mick in dream team but still says he’d beat him

Foggy picks Mick in dream team but still says he’d beat him

If Carl Fogarty could choose from all the riders he’s ever known to ride in his new Petronas team he’d sign up Mick Doohan and Kenny Roberts (snr).And Foggy took the opportunity of a live web chat on...

Corser’s deal with Foggy delayed by fineprint

Corser’s deal with Foggy delayed by fineprint

The chances of Troy Corser confirming his deal to ride in the all-new Foggy Petronas WSB squad before Christmas are fading.But he is still expected to sign up within the next 10 days. The only hold-up...

Czech supermoto arrives in the New Year

Czech supermoto arrives in the New Year

The 610cc Praga four-stroke off-roader has a hand-built engine and aluminium fuel tank, a choice of Paioli or Marzocchi forks and Brembo brakes.And those features are just part of the appeal of the...

Haydon signs up with Foggy for WSB

Haydon signs up with Foggy for WSB

Yamaha British superbike star James Haydon has signed to ride with Carl Fogarty’s Petronas team in WSB for 2002.Haydon will be replaced in the Virgin Yamaha line-up by Simon Crafar, making a return to...

Malaguti shows shape of things to come

Malaguti shows shape of things to come

Developed as a prototype, Malaguti’s Super Climber has been debuted in Bologna to gauge public reaction. " We want it to show people that Malaguti is thinking about motorcycles. We will see how...

The Superbike rider

The Superbike rider

" LOOK at those nasty alloy fork seal protectors, they’re horrible! " Brown’s initial impression of the Bulldog isn’t favourable as he wanders over, doing up his race rep lid. Fortunately,...

The Harley rider

The Harley rider

YAMAHA is pitching the Bulldog at people exactly like Smith. She steers away from sports bikes and likes a more relaxed ride. But can this pooch tempt her away from her beloved Hog?She says the...

BMW launches slower bike for cops

BMW launches slower bike for cops

BMW has launched yet another new bike. It’s a smaller capacity, lighter but slower version of its R1150RT and it’s only available to the police.The R850RT has the addition of a sixth " cruising...

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...

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.

First shots from Yamaha’s four stroke GP test

First shots from Yamaha’s four stroke GP test

This stunning shot is one of the first pictures to emerge from Yamaha’s secret test of their new four stroke GP bike, the M1. It was snapped by our photographer while Max Biaggi, Carlos Checa and test...

Bostrom and Bayliss 998 replicas ready for Europe

Bostrom and Bayliss 998 replicas ready for Europe

Ducati have already unveiled the Ben Bostrom replica 998 in the US, but now it’s coming to Europe, and so is World Champion Troy Bayliss’s replica. But while we’ll be getting the 136bhp 998S engine,...

Four stroke Yamaha gives Max power in tests

Four stroke Yamaha gives Max power in tests

MAX BIAGGI and Malboro Yamaha team mate Carlos Checa have spoken to MCN after wrapping up their behind-closed-doors test of their new four stroke GP bike.Checa and Biaggi were joined by test rider...

Forget the GSX-R and R6, this CBR is the ultimate 600

Forget the GSX-R and R6, this CBR is the ultimate 600

A HONDA CBR600 that costs £17,000 might sound a bit pricey – but its maker reckons this one’s a bargain.And as that maker is the Castrol Honda World Supersport team, and the cost of the parts and...

Ducati launch Bayliss rep

Ducati launch Bayliss rep

Ducati is going to launch a road-going replica of World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss’ machine.It will be a 998 with the red Infostrada paintscheme, not the silver one the Aussie rode in the final...

Wow! Look what Yoshimura has done to the GSX-R1000

Wow! Look what Yoshimura has done to the GSX-R1000

Yoshimura’s new Tornado S-1 is based around the MCN Award-winning Suzuki GSX-R1000 but little of the original remains untouched.The engine’s compression has been raised from 12.0:1 to 13.2:1 by...

It’s AKA a motorcycle…

It’s AKA a motorcycle…

The NEC Show features plenty of jaw-dropping models, but few are quite as " stand-out " as this machine from AKA Design. But we want to hear what you think of it.The Hitchin, Herts-based...

Thinking of buying or selling a bike?

Thinking of buying or selling a bike?

If you’re thinking of buying or selling a bike you’ve come to the right site.If you are looking to buy you have access to an unrivalled archive of information combined with enviable contact with...

World’s first ride of new Yamaha TDM900

World’s first ride of new Yamaha TDM900

Second update: 3.05pm, November 12: MCN’s Adam Morrissey has had more time to get used to the feel of the new Yamaha TDM900 now. Here’s what he has to say. " The brakes are very powerful, but...

Honda considers offering tailor-made bikes

Honda considers offering tailor-made bikes

Honda is considering a scheme to offer a choice of engines, bodywork and paintwork options to hang on a one-size-fits-all frame.The scheme could hit UK dealers as early as 2004. And while it’s...

Sound added to world’s first test of Benelli superbike

Sound added to world’s first test of Benelli superbike

Updated with soundfile at 2pm, November 9, 2001: MCN’s Marc Potter has been riding the Benelli Tornado WSB bike to bring us this world’s first report on what it’s like. He’s also gathered news of the...