2004

Honda ups the stakes

Honda ups the stakes

Just like the GP-winning RC211V (and the CBR600RR, which also shares the same DNA) the new Fireblade is phenomenally quick. But also, just like the RCV and RR, it is so smooth and slick there’s no...

Supersport shootout - our first impressions

Supersport shootout - our first impressions

The MCN road test team is just back from three days of testing in the south of France. We've been pitching the new Suzuki GSX-R600 against Honda's CBR600RR, Triumph's Daytona 600, Kawasaki's ZX-6R,...

Kawasaki launches V-Strom rival

Kawasaki launches V-Strom rival

Kawasaki is launching a rival for Honda's Varadero and Suzuki's V-Strom.The KLV1000 uses a 90-degree V-twin 996cc fuel-injected engine making close to 100bhp in a twin-spar aluminium frame. Outside of...

Rossi: Biaggi must win MotoGP title

Rossi: Biaggi must win MotoGP title

Defending world MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi is tipping bitter rival Max Biaggi for the title this year.The London-based rider speaks out in a world exclusive interview in the Wednesday, February 4...

Ridiculously fast made ridiculously easy

Ridiculously fast made ridiculously easy

THE new Honda CBR1000RR has been developed by the same team that was behind the unstoppable GP-winning RC211V.And boy does it show.After the first track session at the new Blade’s world launch in...

ZX-10R vs Blade vs GSX-R1000

ZX-10R vs Blade vs GSX-R1000

We’re conducting the first full group test of this year’s leading superbikes over the next few days.We’ve got the bikes, we’ve got the riders and we’ve got all the measuring equipment set up. Now all...

World first test: GSX-R600

World first test: GSX-R600

We’ve been at the world first test of the all-new GSX-R600 over the weekend at the Misano circuit in Italy.MCN’s Michael Neeves rode the new sports 600 on Saturday and Sunday for a full first test...

First test: CBR125R makes a great start

First test: CBR125R makes a great start

Honda’s all-new CBR125R could make the ideal beginner’s sports bike.It’s going to cost just £2349 otr, and has a low seat height to make it extremely user-friendly at low speeds.MCN’s Matt Wildee...

RSV Mille R first ride

RSV Mille R first ride

Aprilia has reworked and repackaged its stylish RSV Mille V-twin to produce a devastating evolution of the 1000cc superbike that goes every bit as well as it looks – as our world exclusive first ride...

Aprilia builds a worthy replacement

Aprilia builds a worthy replacement

Aprilia has reworked and repackaged its stylish RSV Mille V-twin to produce a devastating evolution of the 1000cc superbike that goes every bit as well as it looks.The bike is new from the ground up...

The one to beat

The one to beat

The GSX-R1000K4 is the first of the 2004 superbikes to arrive in the UK and it’s ready to defend its mantle of ‘best 1000cc sports bike’ against scorching new tackle from Honda, Yamaha and...

Aprilia's VIP package

Aprilia's VIP package

THE Aprilia Nera is the first machine in what the factory is calling its new " Dream Series " – not least because a dream is all it is ever likely to remain for all but the obscenely...

The R1 is up for the challenge

The R1 is up for the challenge

Y AMAHA has raced past the magical 1bhp per kilogram milestone with its all-new 180bhp, 172kg R1 superbike.Those slanting foxeye lights may give it a passing family resemblance to past R-series...

Dreamers need not apply

Dreamers need not apply

THE Aprilia Nera is the first machine in what the factory is calling its new " Dream Series " – not least because a dream is all it is ever likely to remain for all but the obscenely...

Z750 dominates naked middleweights

Z750 dominates naked middleweights

YOU could be forgiven for thinking that Kawasaki’s new naked 750cc roadster is destined to occupy a class of its own, but Kawasaki has set its sights squarely on the hotly-contested middleweight...

Suzuki bucks the trend

Suzuki bucks the trend

Following the demise of the Kawasaki ZX-7R earlier this year, the GSX-R750 stands out as the only mass-produced Japanese 750cc sports bike on the market.SUZUKI is ignoring talk that the 750 class is...

Smaller Z looks like big value

Smaller Z looks like big value

YOU could be forgiven for thinking that Kawasaki’s new naked 750cc roadster is destined to occupy a class of its own, but Kawasaki has set its sights squarely on the hotly-contested middleweight...

749 moves to an all new level

749 moves to an all new level

DUCATI is taking the racing success of it’s all-new £11,000 749R so seriously it has developed a new engine to allow it to take on the best the Japanese can offer.What was initially thought to be a...

Gixer fights for its crown

Gixer fights for its crown

The GSX-R1000K4 was the first of the 2004 superbikes to arrive in the UK and it’s ready to defend its mantle of ‘best 1000cc sports bike’ against scorching new tackle from Honda, Yamaha and...

Kawasaki bounces back

Kawasaki bounces back

KAWASAKI’S ZX-10R is the most eagerly awaited superbike in an age. With 181bhp, a 170kg dry weight and chassis dimensions to rival the best 600s, not since the GSX-R1000 arrived have so many expected...

First pictures of all-new GS

First pictures of all-new GS

These are the first official pictures of the all-new BMW R1200GS.The bike is claimed to be the lightest and fastest incarnation of the imposing off-roader, with a new 1170cc Boxer engine. And MCN is...

It's a family thing

It's a family thing

SUZUKI’S new GSX-R600 shares more than just looks with the all new GSX-R750. Both bikes have a wealth of race-derived technical updates.The only immediate visible difference between the new bikes is...

SPECIFICATION

List price£4749 otrAvailabilityNow, Piaggio UK, 0800-203010ColoursRed, SilverEngineLiquid-cooled, 460cc (92mm x 69mm) 4v SOHC four-stroke Single cylinder. Fuel injection. Automatic transmissionChassis Double cradleFront suspension41mm Kayaba telehydraulic forksRear suspensionSingle rear shock with progressive Power Drive linkage, adjustments for pre-load.Tyres120/70 x 15 front, 160/60 x 14...