2002

MCN Finance Shop brings the best deals to you

MCN Finance Shop brings the best deals to you

MCN has today launched an ultra-powerful new tool to help you get the best deal on financing your next bike purchase.After you’ve found the bike of your dreams using our online classifieds, we can now...

World’s first test on Suzuki’s V-Strom

World’s first test on Suzuki’s V-Strom

We’ve been riding Suzuki’s new TL-powered giant trailie, the V-Strom, on the world launch of this new challenger in an increasingly popular sector.You’ll find a full test in MCN, out on Wednesday,...

Indian relaunches the Chief

Indian relaunches the Chief

Indian has relaunched its Chief with its own engine replacing the aftermarket unit which has been used since the firm was brought back from the dead in 1998.The 1638cc 45° V-twin air-cooled unit,...

First test of 2002 R1

First test of 2002 R1

We’ve been among the first in the world to ride Yamaha’s 2002 R1.And while you’ll have to wait for Wednesday’s MCN (out on February 20, 2002) for the full story, here are some of the highlights, from...

Blueprint for the changes

Blueprint for the changes

IF you think the R1 doesn’t really look that different, that’s just the way Yamaha planned it. The firm reckons people like the way the R1 looks and simply want styling that’s a bit more futuristic.

First test on 2002 R1

First test on 2002 R1

The secret is out. We’re the first people in the world outside of Yamaha to get the key to the 2002 R1. And that means the speculation over whether it can match the GSX-R1000 is over.That ignition key...

Your votes bring B-King closer to production

Your votes bring B-King closer to production

Your responses through this site and at the MCN Ally Pally show look likely to inspire Suzuki to put the B-King into production.Your initial approval of the Hayabusa-powered prototype encouraged...

New Rotax engine range bound for bikes

New Rotax engine range bound for bikes

ROTAX has patented a new range of engines which will be available for use in motorcycles.They include a 610cc single, a 1000cc parallel twin, a 1000cc V-twin, plus an inline triple of between 1000 and...

World’s first ride on Ducati 998S

World’s first ride on Ducati 998S

This is what I always hoped a Ducati 998 would be like. First-look suggests there is only one little change from the standard machine – the letter " S " on the end of the numbers. But what...

Paul Smart rep Ducati ready to roll

Paul Smart rep Ducati ready to roll

Ducati’s tribute to British racer Paul Smart is at last ready to go into production and our artist’s impression is thought to be very close to how the finished article will look.The retro-styled...

MV Agusta F5 to be most powerful on the road

MV Agusta F5 to be most powerful on the road

The 1000cc MV Agusta F5 due for launch at September’s bike shows is expected to be the most powerful production bike in the world with more than 160bhp at the rear wheel, according to insiders.The...

Exclusive video brings the Ally Pally show to you

The Ally Pally show is now on in London complete with stunt shows, the UK debut of Suzuki’s B-King, the world launch of Triumph’s Speed 4 and bargains galore. If you’ve already been our video will bring back the memories. If you’ve yet to go, it’ll give you a great taster.The video plays for close to two minutes and is approximately 2.8mb, so if you haven’t got a particularly fast connection it...

Ducati to build road-going replicas of S4 race bikes

Ducati is to launch a new version of its Monster S4 race bikes to coincide with the debut of the one-make race series this season.Retailing at £9500 each bike will come with nearly £3000 worth of extras for just £1800 more than the list price of a stock S4. " With the specifications essentially the same as the race bike, these will be very special Monsters, " said Ducati UK managing...

Hundreds of half-price bargains wait for visitors

Half-price Shoei lids are among the top bargains at the Ally Pally show – and that’s just the start.Alpinestars race boots are down to just £99 on many stands, as are Sidi Vertebraes. Arai helmets, including 2001 designs, are reduced by as much as £100 on just as many.Custom Lids on stand 70/71 and Titanium Racing on 60/61, are specialising in cut-price lids from dozens of different manufacturers.

First ride on new ZX-9R

First ride on new ZX-9R

Kawasaki’s 2002 ZX-9R seems faster than ever, showing 300kmh at 12,000rpm.while we all know speedos can be inaccurate, the bike feels significantly quicker than a 900 should!But top speed isn’t the...

MV’s tribute to Senna finally arrives

MV’s tribute to Senna finally arrives

MV Agusta’s special edition F4 Senna will finally hit UK showrooms next month.The bikes – which are built as a tribute to three-times F1 champion Ayrton Senna were originally supposed to be on sale...

Buy a bargain bike at the Ally Pally show

Fancy bagging yourself a race bike, even if only for track days? Maybe you just want a great deal. Best make your way to the Ally Pally Show in London from January 26 to February 3, 2002.The paddock bargains area will be rammed with used bikes waiting for a new home.This year they include one of Paul Brown’s 600s, a host of race bikes, and some great used road bike bargains, too.Buying one...

CCM plans tie-up with Suzuki

British bike maker CCM is looking outside Europe for engines which could power a new range of singles and twins for 2003. For the past few months, the Lancashire firm has been in negotiation with Suzuki to buy a variety of engines beginning with its DRZ400 engine. Sources also suggest that other Suzuki power plants, such as the 644cc single and V-twin SV650 could be included in future deals. The...

Limited edition Joey rep unveiled… and No26 is up for auction

Limited edition Joey rep unveiled… and No26 is up for auction

A strictly limited run of 26 SP-1 Joey Dunlop replicas are being built to celebrate his life. The first one completed of this exclusive run is being auctioned off to raise money for Joey’s...

R1150GS goes supermoto

A limited-edition R1150GS could pave the way for a factory produced BMW Supermoto.The R1150 " SM " uses a set of wide, 17 inch BBS " Phoenix " solid wheels to mount sticky tyres to the normally knobbly-shod GS. The handling tweaks don’t stop there though, as the entire rear swingarm has been replaced with the unit from a road-focused R1150R, as has the front Telelever arm.

Bikes you’ll find on sale in the Paddock Bargains area

Here are the bikes you’ll find up for grabs in the Paddock Bargains area at this years’ MCN-Backed Ally Pally show.The information (and spelling) included is as supplied.SPONDON CHASSIS COMPLETE WITH YAMAHA RUNNING GEAR. SPONDON YAMAHA 1985 ALUMINIUM BOX FRAME. 400cc CD1 MOTOR. KEHIN FLATSIDES BUILT TO USE ON ROAD. FULLY REGISTERED. [ ‘B’ REG] WITH LIGHTS / HOM ETC. WHITE POWER SHOCK REQUIRES...

Official team statement on Corser deal

Official team statement on Corser deal

Carl Fogarty today completed the rider line-up of his new Foggy Petronas Racing team by capturing the coveted signature of former team-mate Troy Corser.The 30-year-old Australian former World...

Could 996 power tempt you to a Multistrada?

Could 996 power tempt you to a Multistrada?

Sources close to Ducati say the ill-received Multistrada could be spiced-up by slotting in the 120bhp 996 engine shortly after the bike goes on sale in 2003.Sources close to the firm claim the...

Piaggio tests 850cc twist-and-go bike

Piaggio tests 850cc twist-and-go bike

THE world’s first full-size twist-and-go bike is now being tested in Italy.Piaggio’s850cc V-twin prototype has a fuel-injected sohc engine which originally designed for a big-bore scooter. But the...

Foggy Racing road bike to go on show in April

Foggy Racing road bike to go on show in April

The Team Foggy Racing (TFR) road bike makes its first public appearance in April.British based companies Piper Design and MSX International are currently developing the FP1, standing for Foggy...

Corser finally signs for Team Foggy

Corser finally signs for Team Foggy

Troy Corser has finally signed to ride in Team Foggy Petronas Racing in the WSB series this season.Both sides had made their intentions to work together clear before Christmas and the delay since has...

Top Yamaha man hints at road-going M1

Top Yamaha man hints at road-going M1

A leading Yamaha development engineer is suggesting that the four-stroke YZR-M1 GP bike will spawn a road-going replica which could eclipse the R1.Ichiro Yoda has led the M1 project since last April.

Free Ally Pally tickets to be won every day this week

Free Ally Pally tickets to be won every day this week

We’re giving away five pairs of tickets to the Alexandra Palace and Road Racing Show every day.10 free tickets went on Tuesday lunchtime, and another 10 will go on Wednesday and Thursday… and we’re...

New Blade ridden on the roads with Suzuki’s GSX-R1000

New Blade ridden on the roads with Suzuki’s GSX-R1000

Honda has put a bit of the angry original back into its updated, bigger bore yet more compact FireBlade. And we’ve taken it to the sunny south of France to see how it deals with life on the road and...

New BMW spied in Spain

New BMW spied in Spain

BMW is testing a new bike in Spain which appears to be a cross between the firm’s R1200C cruiser and the K1200LT tourer.Witnesses say that despite the look, it shares almost no components with either...

If you want the Hayabusa-powered B-King, vote now!

If you want the Hayabusa-powered B-King, vote now!

Suzuki is listening intently to reaction to its 250bhp supercharged B-King prototype and if what it hears is positive the brutal but stylish streetfighter could be going into production.You can make a...

Radical Firebolt to hit showrooms in April

Radical Firebolt to hit showrooms in April

Buell has revealed when its radical Firebolt will hit UK showrooms and how much it will cost.You’ll find it at dealers from April priced at £7345 on the road.The Firebolt caused a stir when we...

Be first with the results of 2002’s top tests

Be first with the results of 2002’s top tests

We’re in the sunshine of the south of France to pitch the current king of the sports bike crop against one of its hottest new challengers. It’s the GSX-R1000 alongside the new bigger-bore Blade.Rain...