July

BMW reinvents the F650 and brings in bigger-bore RS

BMW reinvents the F650 and brings in bigger-bore RS

BMW is launching two new models, the F650CS and the R1150RS, as our scoop pictures show.The F650 CS is the most road-focused of the F650s yet and will be sold alongside the slightly more trail-biased...

Yamaha’s 2002 colours revealed

Yamaha’s 2002 colours revealed

Here are the first pictures of the 2002 Fazer 1000 and 2002 Dragstar XV650 in their new silver colour scheme.The silver scheme is replacing the red one in the Fazer 1000 line-up.The Star series is...

Ducati Monster M620ie first test

Ducati Monster M620ie first test

HAS there ever been a bike that deserves its name less than the middleweight of the Monster family? Far from being " grotesque " or " gigantic " , which is how the dictionary...

Video: The FireBlade to take on the TT

Video: The FireBlade to take on the TT

This was the FireBlade Honda had built specially for the TT. Desperate to claw back ground against the Yamahas and hold off the threat from Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 this 180bhp stunner weighs as little as a...

Sensational TT FireBlade tested

Sensational TT FireBlade tested

This is the bike Honda hoped would reclaim their TT glory this year. Featuring internals engineered by the FireBlade’s progenitor Tadao Baba himself, this is a very, very special machine indeed. We...

New details of 2002 R1 revealed

New details of 2002 R1 revealed

Next year’s Yamaha R1 will be radically revised to challenge the competition from Suzuki’s class-leading GSX-R1000. It will also have to deal with new machines in the form of Honda’s 2002 FireBlade –...

First test on Suzuki’s new Volusia

First test on Suzuki’s new Volusia

Look closely at this bike and you’ll see Suzuki has kept the familiar Intruder name, and bolted on the " Volusia " tag to mark this new but even more traditional style. It’s named after...

Cool Britannia… but only in Japan

Cool Britannia… but only in Japan

THE JAPANESE infatuation with old British bikes will lead to the introduction of the new Honda GB400RS next year.Our artist’s impression shows the bike is based on the current CL400 – a low-cost retro...

CCM’s new road-focused single

CCM’s new road-focused single

CCM’s R30 comes with the kind of creature comforts that the British firm hopes will attract a wider audience.It’s got a rev-counter, cush-drive, alloy wheels and even a fully-painted pearlescent...

Save £100 more than ever on new bikes

Save £100 more than ever on new bikes

If you thought Carnell-City’s Real Prices were good, you ain’t seen nothing yet!From today, on selected new bikes you’ll want to own, we’ve been able to take even more off the already cut-to-the-bone...

You vote for Honda to turn concept into reality

You vote for Honda to turn concept into reality

Your reactions to Honda’s new concept sports bike suggest Honda should go ahead and put it into production.While there are dissenting voices, the majority think it’s a work of art and one they’d be...

World first test on Harley’s most important new bike for years

World first test on Harley’s most important new bike for years

The oldest name in motorcycling has just taken a massive turn in the right direction with a 140mph water-cooled bike that even the most sports-focused riders may be tempted by.The new V-Rod looks...

First pictures of Buell’s fast-turning ‘Sport Fighter’

First pictures of Buell’s fast-turning ‘Sport Fighter’

Buell’s all new Firebolt has a wheelbase 75mm shorter than an R1’s and a steering head angle so steep that it’s likely to become known as the world’s fastest turning production bike.To prevent it...

Kawasaki shows its Mean Streak

Kawasaki shows its Mean Streak

Kawasaki wants the latest member of its Vulcan family to be its most performance-oriented yet.The 1470cc V-twin engine has been retuned for more power by increasing the size of the intake and exhaust...

Sachs to add 125 to its range

Sachs to add 125 to its range

GERMAN firm Sachs is adding a new 125 machine to its range, the ZZ Funbike.It uses the Yamaha DT125R engine. Sachs says the bike is designed for use either on or off road, but it comes with Pirelli MT...

New scooters from Italjet and She-Lung

New scooters from Italjet and She-Lung

Italjet’s retro-meets-future-styled Jet-Set will be available here in August and there will be a 50cc too. And the Taiwanese Freespirit scooter is also available now. The Jet-Set is expected to be the...

You vote new Gilera 600 a gorgeous hit

You vote new Gilera 600 a gorgeous hit

UPDATED WITH EXTRA PICTURES 2.45PM, JUNE 28You’ve been mesmerised by the magic of the new Gilera 600’s looks, if comments in our Talk Bikes section are anything to go by.Rmezza, said: " It’s...

FireBlade-powered Hornet by the end of the year

FireBlade-powered Hornet by the end of the year

Honda will bring us a Blade-powered Hornet later this year. And this drawing is thought to show exactly how it will look.The CB900 Hornet uses a 918cc motor based on the pre-2000 FireBlade, but it has...

First full test on the Bulldog

First full test on the Bulldog

On Friday we heard from Adam Morrissey with his first impressions on the new Yamaha Bulldog. Now after some reflection and consideration, here’s his verdict on the first bike Yamaha has both designed...

Designed and built outside Japan

THE Bulldog, or BT1100, claims to address a change in the market. The bike is the first Yamaha to be both designed and built outside of Japan. In true V-twin tradition this is an Italian bike, created by Yamaha’s Italian importer Belgarda. Unlike the UK importer, Belgarda is now a full construction company and key staff have been taken from Japan to oversee quality control in Italy.The engine of...

215bhp Yamaha R1 (190bhp if you’re feeling sensible)

215bhp Yamaha R1 (190bhp if you’re feeling sensible)

The R1 is a machine of extremes… and this is one of the most extreme examples yet.Canadian built, it’ll churn out 215bhp with its turbo boost set to " brain-bust " and a more sedate (ah,...