August

05 GSX-R1000 unveiled

05 GSX-R1000 unveiled

This is the first official picture of Suzuki's 2005 GSX-R1000. It promises to be even more powerful and even sharper handling than the current cutting edge K4 version. Engine capacity is up from...

2005 ZX-6R revealed

2005 ZX-6R revealed

Kawasaki's 2005 ZX-6R features a slipper clutch as standard, MotoGP-style fuel injection, wavy brake discs and a high-revving 107bhp engine. Full details are revealed in the issue of MCN dated August...

20th anniversary V-Max

20th anniversary V-Max

Yamaha has launched an anniversary special V-Max in the US to celebrate the bikes 20th year in production. The new edition is essentially the same bike but gets a special ‘Shift Red’...

New Triumph 646 spied

New Triumph 646 spied

Our spies have spotted Triumph's new Daytona 600 being tested with a new 646cc engine. It was spotted close the the British firm's Hinckley HQ. The bigger bore is expected to raise power by as much...

Superbike stunner due

Superbike stunner due

A stunning new superbike is causing a stir in the MCN office today. We're gathering first details - and seeing first pictures - of an important new four-cylinder sports bike which looks set to take...

Kawasaki updates Nomad

Kawasaki updates Nomad

Kawasaki has launched a new Vulcan Nomad cruiser in the US. The original 1500cc bike was discontinued from the European line up at the beginning of 2002 but the machine continued to sell well in the...

New ZZ-R600 launched

New ZZ-R600 launched

Kawasaki has revealed a new version of the ZZ-R600 based on a previous ZX-6R. Kawasaki is not thought to be bringing the bike to the UK. It appears to be essentially the same as the old J1 model...

05 Suzukis go public

05 Suzukis go public

Suzuki's big-selling bargain Bandit 600 is being upgraded with more grunt for 2005. The new GSF650 and GSF650S are just two of a line-up of six new bikes revealed by the firm on Friday, August 27,...

New ZX-6R spotted

New ZX-6R spotted

Sneak previews of an important new bike have been leaked on to the internet - and we’re convinced it’s the new ZX-6R. Kawasaki will be launching its 2005 range at the end of August and...

MZ 1000N revealed

MZ 1000N revealed

MZ's new naked 1000 will be the cheapest bike in its class when it goes on sale next year. But this first picture, taken at the firm's R&D HQ, shows it won't lack style. The MZ1000N is expected...

Aprilia signs Piaggio deal

Aprilia signs Piaggio deal

Aprilia is reported as having signed a preliminary agreement opening the way for Piaggio to buy up the company. The agreement is expected to be finalised by September 30. A report on Italian news...

CBR600RR recall

CBR600RR recall

Honda is recalling some CBR600RRs built in 2003 and 2004. It's to fix a potential problem with the rear brake. Bearings on the rear brake actuating rod on some bikes can seize if exposed to road...

'Don't blame leathers!'

'Don't blame leathers!'

You say industry watchers have got it wrong when they lay the blame for a fall in bike sales on those of us who choose to wear the right kit Glass’s Guide editor Randal Thomas said: “too...

VFR1200 revealed

VFR1200 revealed

Honda is to launch a 1200cc V5-engined replacement for the Blackbird. It will be packed full of anti-crash electronics and be capable of cracking 200mph. Factory insiders say it will be on sale in...

New era for showrooms

New era for showrooms

One of the UK's biggest bike brands is making a radical change to the way its showrooms look. At leading Piaggio dealers you're likely to feel like you've entered a top notch bike show when you...

An R1 rival from BMW

An R1 rival from BMW

BMW's new focus on building high-performance sports machines is getting sharper still - with plans for a bike to rival the likes of Yamaha's R1. The triple-cylindered bike will effectively use...

Ducati's Aprilia bid fails

Ducati's Aprilia bid fails

Aprilia's bosses have rejected Ducati's bid to buy their troubled firm - leaving the way clear for Piaggio. The Ducati offer appears to have floundered over the price the firm was prepared to pay and...

UK firm buys Indian

UK firm buys Indian

Indian Motorcycles was given another chance to bounce back from bankruptcy after it was bought last week by a UK based investment firm. The brand was revived in 1998 but struggled to meet its budgets...

Z750 wins shootout

Z750 wins shootout

Kawasaki’s Z750 just edges it in our naked four-cylinder middleweights road test. We score it 86% - beating Yamaha’s FZ6 with 85%, Honda’s CBF600 with 78% and leaving Suzuki’s...

Special edition Piega

Special edition Piega

To celebrate the revival of Mondial the firm is planning to launch a special limited edition version of the Piega Evo signed by Roberto Ziletti, the man responsible for the initial revival of the...

MZ's Monster at Munich

MZ's Monster at Munich

MZ will reveal its rival for Ducati's Monster at next month's Munich Show. The firm says it will show a first prototype at the big German bike show and aims to have the bike in production in Spring...

Deals on 999 and ZZ-R

Deals on 999 and ZZ-R

Panniers worth £460 are now being supplied free of charge with remaining stocks of Kawasaki's 2002 ZZ-R1200. motorcyclenews.com Editor David Cushman ran a ZZ-R1200 in 2002 and ended up fitting...

Bimota DB5 due soon

Bimota DB5 due soon

Bimota will use the Munich motorcycle show in September to show the prototype for its latest road bike, the DB5. The new bike will be based around a Ducati 1000DS v-twin engine, which currently...

Has good kit hit sales?

Has good kit hit sales?

The increasing number of riders wearing full leather on their bikes has contributed to a decline in sales of new bikes according to industry price watcher Glass’s guide. Glass’s...

Meet the babes at CMC

Meet the babes at CMC

CMC motorcycles has a load of special offers running at its Sheffield store this weekend with the MCN Babes in attendance, test rides on all new Yamahas and the chance to win an R1. For this weekend...

ZX-10R recall update

ZX-10R recall update

Kawasaki is moving swiftly to replace front wheels on the recalled ZX-10R as it investigates another two potential cases of the fault. Last week the firm announced a product safety recall which meant...

Fresh start for Mondial

Fresh start for Mondial

The new owner of Italian bike firm Mondial has put the Piega and Nuda back in to production and promised an all-new bike by 2007. American firm, Superbike Racing, bought Mondial last week for an...