New bike rumour mill

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Check this site on September 13 and 14 for the latest breaking news on all the new bikes at the Munich Bike show - as it happens.

Here's what we already knew before the start of the show.

Honda is giving us an all-new 6kg-lighter CBR600RR plus an all-new CRF450X, 30th Anniversary GoldWing and a new 50cc scooter called Zoomer (see links right).

Triumph will reveal an all new ST Sprint with a new 123bhp 1050cc triple engine, reworked frame, underseat exhaust, new dashboard, five spoke wheels and optional ABS and Sat-Nav. It will cost around £7650. Full details and first official pictures in MCN on September 8 - also see link right. There's a new Speed Triple, too. We've now had first official pictures exclusively released to this site. See links right.

The Speedmaster and T100 are also expected to be upgraded to 900cc. The Daytona 600 will be given a 646cc engine and renamed the Daytona 650. Rumours also persist of a 1050cc version of the Daytona - but that's thought to be one for the future.

Suzuki is showing a brand new GSX-R1000 with a bigger bore, 2kg less weight and a radical new look (see link right).

The Bandit 600 is being replaced with a 650 (as is the Bandit S) and there is a new supermoto version of the DR-Z400 - the SM. The Marauder 800 gets the same look as the 1600 and there's a new 450 crosser.

(See links, right)

Ducati will update the 999 with all the modifications seen on the US special edition last month. The main difference will be a redesigned top fairing that loses the upper air ducts to make it more stable at high speed. Expect the world first test of the 140bhp twin in MCN, Sep 15. See link right for pictures and details.

We saw a sketch of what we thought was the a new Kawasaki ZX-6R (see related story link) with underseat exhaust pipes and all new bodywork. And there has been talk of the firm releasing a new half faired version of the Z750. They are also expected to update the ZX-10R. All of that now appears to be true. Reports in MCN (August 25, 2004) confirm all of the above and add updates for the Z750, VN2000, ZZ-R1200, ZX-12R, ZRX1200R and ZX-6RR.

There's also a ZZ-R600, based on the old ZX-6R, but we think that is only being launched in the US.

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Yamaha will be adding a few touches to the R6 and will also be showing the production version of the MT-01, the bike that will replace the V-Max. The bike will use a 1700cc v-twin motor with the focus on torque.

Bimota will show the prototype of its DB5 1000cc v-twin for the first time. The bike uses the engine from the Ducati Multistrada and is expected to be one of the lightest litre bikes ever built. First pictures of the completed bike are now on the site.

KTM is likely to have the new supermoto version of the Adventure 950, which is set to go on sale in the UK around the same time as the show with the Duke 990 naked road bike following shortly afterwards.

MZ will show the new naked version of the 1000. The 1000N uses the same chassis as the 1000S but with a half fairing instead of the full plastics.

The team will be at the Munich bike show to bring you the first official launch pictures of all the 2005 bikes at this important show. Make sure you check the site on September 13 and 14 to be among the first to see them.

Look out for more updates in MCN - on the shelves every Wednesday.

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By MCN Staff