New Motorcycles | 2022 and Upcoming Models

New motorcycles for 2022 - upcoming bike models and in-depth features from the world's best motorcycling publication, MCN. Get everything we know about the big launches, reveals, spy shots and teasers right here, first. 

How Yamaha’s 2WD works

Ohlins/Yamaha’s system is light and so simple it can be fitted to virtually any bike with minimal modifications to the standard suspension and transmission. It uses hydraulic pressure to transmit the power to the front. A small hydraulic pump is attached to the engine, and driven by an extra chain running from the front sprocket of the stock gearbox. It uses six or more tiny pistons to pump...

The super tourer rider

The super tourer rider

Super Blackbird rider Smith likens the Bulldog to ” a great commuter bike, but with style, ” and thinks Yamaha has copied elements from a Buell and Monster. He says: ” I’m impressed with how it...

BMW launches slower bike for cops

BMW launches slower bike for cops

BMW has launched yet another new bike. It’s a smaller capacity, lighter but slower version of its R1150RT and it’s only available to the police. The R850RT has the addition of a sixth ” cruising ” ...

The Harley rider

The Harley rider

YAMAHA is pitching the Bulldog at people exactly like Smith. She steers away from sports bikes and likes a more relaxed ride. But can this pooch tempt her away from her beloved Hog? She says the...

The Superbike rider

The Superbike rider

” LOOK at those nasty alloy fork seal protectors, they’re horrible! ” Brown’s initial impression of the Bulldog isn’t favourable as he wanders over, doing up his race rep lid. Fortunately, things...

Video: Track action at Estoril

Video: Track action at Estoril

Click the links in the download videos box, right, titled RM (if you use Real Player) or MOV (for Quicktime users) to see a clip of MCN’s Keith Farr lapping Estoril at the FireBlade launch.

2002 FireBlade first test – now with video and audio

2002 FireBlade first test – now with video and audio

MCN had the first test of the heavily-revised 2002 Honda FireBlade in Estoril, Portugal earlier this week. Read Keith Farr’s first impression of the bike below or click the video and audio links in...

Two new Aprilias unveiled

Two new Aprilias unveiled

APRILIA has revealed a brand new contender in the naked bike market for 2002 – the Tuono – as well as a close-to-production prototype for a hybrid multipurpose machine, called the Mana. The Tuono,...

Audio: Blade designer Tadao Baba speaks

Audio: Blade designer Tadao Baba speaks

Click the links in the download videos box, right, titled RM (if you use Real Player) or MOV (for Quicktime users) to hear FireBlade project Chief Engineer Tadao Baba answering questions about future...

Main changes to the 2002 FireBlade

HONDA has opted to update the Blade rather than reinvent it. Its move into 2002 is evolutionary rather than revolutionary. On paper, at least. It isn’t until you ride it that you realise the changes are actually very significant ones, each with a dramatic effect on the bike’s overall character and capabilities. This is the sixth generation of FireBlade and the changes are as follows: * 1mm...

Forget the GSX-R and R6, this CBR is the ultimate 600

Forget the GSX-R and R6, this CBR is the ultimate 600

A HONDA CBR600 that costs £17,000 might sound a bit pricey – but its maker reckons this one’s a bargain. And as that maker is the Castrol Honda World Supersport team, and the cost of the parts and...

Bostrom and Bayliss 998 replicas ready for Europe

Bostrom and Bayliss 998 replicas ready for Europe

Ducati have already unveiled the Ben Bostrom replica 998 in the US, but now it’s coming to Europe, and so is World Champion Troy Bayliss’s replica. But while we’ll be getting the 136bhp 998S engine,...

Four stroke Yamaha gives Max power in tests

Four stroke Yamaha gives Max power in tests

MAX BIAGGI and Malboro Yamaha team mate Carlos Checa have spoken to MCN after wrapping up their behind-closed-doors test of their new four stroke GP bike. Checa and Biaggi were joined by test rider...

First shots from Yamaha’s four stroke GP test

First shots from Yamaha’s four stroke GP test

This stunning shot is one of the first pictures to emerge from Yamaha’s secret test of their new four stroke GP bike, the M1. It was snapped by our photographer while Max Biaggi, Carlos Checa and...

Wow! Look what Yoshimura has done to the GSX-R1000

Wow! Look what Yoshimura has done to the GSX-R1000

Yoshimura’s new Tornado S-1 is based around the MCN Award-winning Suzuki GSX-R1000 but little of the original remains untouched. The engine’s compression has been raised from 12.0:1 to 13.2:1 by...

Ducati launch Bayliss rep

Ducati launch Bayliss rep

Ducati is going to launch a road-going replica of World Superbike champion Troy Bayliss’ machine. It will be a 998 with the red Infostrada paintscheme, not the silver one the Aussie rode in the final...

Thinking of buying or selling a bike?

Thinking of buying or selling a bike?

If you’re thinking of buying or selling a bike you’ve come to the right site. If you are looking to buy you have access to an unrivalled archive of information combined with enviable contact with...

It’s AKA a motorcycle…

It’s AKA a motorcycle…

The NEC Show features plenty of jaw-dropping models, but few are quite as ” stand-out ” as this machine from AKA Design. But we want to hear what you think of it. The Hitchin, Herts-based firm...

First ride on Yamaha’s Road Star Warrior

First ride on Yamaha’s Road Star Warrior

Yamaha’s new Road Star Warrior is no ordinary cruiser. With a mere 2000rpm displayed on the LCD tachometer (an arc of blocks which sweep around an analogue-style scale) the bike punches forward with a...

Kawasaki seeks out new niches

Kawasaki seeks out new niches

Kawasaki has found a new niche – retro bikes that are only legal to ride on the road in the daytime (that’s about seven hours a day in the UK right now). One is a 1970s-style grasstracker. It looks...

Cannondale coming to the UK

Cannondale coming to the UK

U.S. manufacturer Cannondale is starting to bring its off-road bikes to the UK. The 2002 range continues to feature the hand-welded, twin-spar aluminium frames seen on the 2001 bikes rather than the...

Honda considers offering tailor-made bikes

Honda considers offering tailor-made bikes

Honda is considering a scheme to offer a choice of engines, bodywork and paintwork options to hang on a one-size-fits-all frame. The scheme could hit UK dealers as early as 2004. And while it’s...

Sound added to world’s first test of Benelli superbike

Sound added to world’s first test of Benelli superbike

Updated with soundfile at 2pm, November 9, 2001: MCN’s Marc Potter has been riding the Benelli Tornado WSB bike to bring us this world’s first report on what it’s like. He’s also gathered news of the...

Bostrom-style Ducati 998 launched

Bostrom-style Ducati 998 launched

Ducati chose its first big U.S. rally to unveil its Ben Bostrom replica 998S. The bike was shown off for the first time at the Ducati Revs America event in Las Vegas. Bostrom’s helmet design was the...

Kawasaki 250TR takes us back

Kawasaki 250TR takes us back

The fashion for retro looks has reached off-road styled bikes. The latest to reflect the trend is Kawasaki’s 250TR. It looks like a 1970s scrambler – but is actually aimed at style-conscious...

Honda’s other V-TEC bike gets upgraded version for 2002

Honda’s other V-TEC bike gets upgraded version for 2002

Honda’s CB400 Super Four, the V-TEC-assisted bike that led the way for the 2002 VFR800 V-TEC , has been given a new version of the system for next year. The Japan-only bike uses the firm’s Hyper V-TEC...

Honda’s vision of future commuting

Honda’s vision of future commuting

IT seems Honda is not even pausing for breath after launching the the new all-new VFR800, Blade, Pan-European and Hornet 900 – for the firm will reveal no less than 15 new designs later this week,...

Drysdale V8 1000 ready to roll

Drysdale V8 1000 ready to roll

Aussie firm Drysdale is putting the finishing touches to its new 1000cc naked bike. Only a handful will be built each year and it’s no surprise – with a tiny team of engineers and a price tag of...

Suzuki GS1200SS revamped for 2002

Suzuki GS1200SS revamped for 2002

Suzuki’s muscular GS1200SS has been updated only a year on from its Japan-only launch. The most obvious change is to the fuel tank. It’s now heavily sculpted to give a sportier riding position and...

What do you call a scooter with 750cc? A Honda Elysium

What do you call a scooter with 750cc? A Honda Elysium

The litre-class scooter can’t be far away. This is the closest so far, a 750cc flat-four-powered brute with the kind of grunt scooter riders can only usually dream about… and a roof. The Honda Elysium...

CB400SS given a taste of the ’60s grid

CB400SS given a taste of the ’60s grid

Honda’s own custom version of its CB400SS has made it a retro to be proud of. The bike has been transformed with aftermarket parts to give it a look like a 1960s GP racer. All the original bodywork –...

Yamaha builds a bike to handle like a BMX

Yamaha builds a bike to handle like a BMX

Yamaha’s new Tricker concept bike combines the 223cc SOHC four-stroke single of the new TW225 with an alloy beam frame. Yamaha says the bike was inspired by the X-Games – where BMXs and skateboards...

First details of bigger-bore Blade

First details of bigger-bore Blade

Honda’s FireBlade is to get a 1060cc capacity and a far more torque-laden power delivery. The idea is to open up a wider gap in character between the CBR600 and the Blade. The changes to the Blade are...

XR250 goes supermoto

XR250 goes supermoto

Honda has given its XR250 crosser a supermoto spin and dubbed it the Custom. The bike – revealed at Tokyo – is a one-off to show how customers can transform the XR using readily available parts. In...

Video: On board Hodgson’s WSB Ducati at Donington

Video: On board Hodgson’s WSB Ducati at Donington

CLICK the MOV link right (if you have Quicktime player installed on your PC) or the RM link (for Real player users) to download on-board video clips of MCN’s Marc Potter lapping Donington on Hodgson’s...

Victory reveals its vision of future cruising

Victory reveals its vision of future cruising

AMERICAN cruiser firm Victory has revealed a glimpse of what its future models could offer in the shape of the aptly named Vision concept bike. Pretty? well, we’ll leave you to form your own opinions...