February

Piaggio reveals 250… and promises a 500 to follow

Piaggio reveals 250… and promises a 500 to follow

PIAGGIO is launching a 250cc scooter next month called the Jupiter. Powered by a Yamaha YP250 Majesty engine it will be in UK showrooms by April. A 180cc version and a 500cc one will follow later this...

All these first tests coming soon

MCN’S Marc Potter will ride Ducati’s new 996R on Wednesday March 7, becoming one of the first people outside the factory to do so. And we’ll be bringing you his first reactions on that very day. In the next fortnight you can also look forward to the world’s first tests of the Aprilia CapoNord, Kawasaki RZX1200S and ZR7S and Piaggio’s new 500cc super-scooter, the X9. Keep checking back with...

Ducati plans Foggy rep Monster

Ducati plans Foggy rep Monster

DUCATI bosses in Italy have confirmed they are working on a Monster tribute to four-times WSB champion Carl Fogarty based on the latest S4 version of the bike. It uses a 916cc water-cooled motor...

Honed to perfection

Honed to perfection

HAVING honed and refined the FireBlade over the eight years since its introduction in 1992, Honda entered the new millennium with perhaps its most radical incarnation of the model yet. Although always...

INSURANCE The bike falls into the group 16 category in the UK, which means that certain types of cover in certain parts of the country for some riders isn’t available at all from a handful of firms, making shopping around for quotes essential rather than merely advisable. MODEL VARIATIONS When buying a ZX-9R, potential purchasers essentially have a choice of two main model types – the pre-1998 “B”...

The meanest green machine

The meanest green machine

KAWASAKI’S Ninja nine has enjoyed a cult following amongst the big cube cognoscenti, not just for its sheer performance but also for its styling and brute-force engine. Determined not to let their...

A Triumph to make Italy tremble – but not Japan

A Triumph to make Italy tremble – but not Japan

TRIUMPH publicly unveiled to the world this morning the long-awaited successor to its 955i triple – and immediately told riders looking for something to humble a GSX-R1000 to look elsewhere. The...

ZX-9R to power new musclebike

ZX-9R to power new musclebike

KAWASAKI is planning to launch a naked musclebike using a retuned version of the ZX-9R’s 144bhp engine. The 899cc four-cylinder engine could be tweaked to make more torque than the ZX-9R’s formidable...

There can be only one

There can be only one

AUSTRALIAN firm Hunwick Harrop has released full details of the Phantom 1500 cruiser. The bike, which is to go on sale over the Internet towards the end of the year, is the first in a range due for...

Triumph’s Daytona gets 147bhp

Triumph’s Daytona gets 147bhp

A BRITISH-built superbike with the potential to take on the best Japanese and Italian machines is enough to get any rider’s mouth watering. And Triumph reckons its new 955i Daytona is exactly...

Gilera plans September unveiling for 600

Gilera plans September unveiling for 600

GILERA is expected to unveil a new 600cc sports bike at the Milan Show in September. Italian scooter giant Piaggio, Gilera’s parent company, has confirmed plans to reveal its first big bike since the...

Kawasaki’s big-bore response

Kawasaki’s big-bore response

KAWASAKI is working on a tourer which is destined to rival Yamaha’s all-new FJR1300. A new bike, thought to be called the ZZ-R1200, will be 2002’s answer to Yamaha’s 145bhp tourer, which has...