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Motorcycles

Landmark machine?

Saturday October 11, 2003: Kawasaki has shown a concept machine at the Milan motorcycle show which may yet turn out to be a landmark machine because it can be changed into different modes. The ZZR-X concept machine is billed as the "ultimate high speed tourer", offering high speed comfort and brilliant handling performance.  Read More

KTM 1000cc v-twin roadster

Friday October 10, 2003: For the last thirty years, the Austrian KTM brand has been known for outstanding dirt bikes. Light weight, usable power and fantastic suspension were the hallmarks of the brand which has won numerous motocross and enduro titles across the world over the last 30 years.  Read More

Dodge 500hp Tomahawk replica to go on sale

Monday October 6, 2003: DaimlerChrysler has announced that a hand-built replica of the Dodge Tomahawk concept - the monstrous four-wheel motorcycle first revealed at the North American International Auto Show in January 2003 - is to go on sale at a price of US$555,000. "Unconventional" doesn't begin to describe the extreme engineering showcased in the Tomahawk...  Read More

Kawasaki releases the 160 bhp Ninja ZX-10R Supersport

Saturday August 30, 2003: Kawasaki Heavy Industries dropped several bombshells on the motorcycle world this week with the announcement of the 160 bhp Ninja ZX-10R Supersport and a 2053cc version of its Vulcan V-twin cruiser.  Read More

Triumph announces a 140bhp 2.3 litre MOTORCYCLE

Tuesday August 19, 2003: The revered British Triumph motorcycle marque has created a first, by breaking the two-litre barrier with a production motorcycle. The potency of this remarkable new motorcycle is captured perfectly by its name -' the Rocket III. Despite the three cylinder motor producing a whopping 140bhp it is tuned so that it produces prodigious amounts of torque at low revs...  Read More

Harley-Davidson 100th Year Celebrations

Saturday August 9, 2003: A quarter of a million Harley-Davidson riders from around the globe are expected to converge on the Milwaukee, Wisconsin from August 28-31 for the motorcycling icon's final celebration of its centenary year.  Read More

MV Agusta F4 Brutale & F4SPR make Australian debut

Friday July 18, 2003: MV Agusta 's exotic F4 Brutale S naked motorcycle and the high-performance F4 SPR model will be displayed to the Australian public for the first time in Brisbane on Sunday July 20.  Read More

Campagna's crazy T-REX three-wheeler.

Stand in front of it, and it looks like an exotic race car. Peek behind, and it looks like it's got a very large motorcycle up its backside. 0-60mph in under 4 seconds, with the elemental acceleration of a motorcycle, the cornering traction and roll-bar safety of a race car and the complete lack of practicality you'd expect from a machine bred purely for sports. Introducing Quebec's nastiest export: the T-REX from Campagna.  Read More

BMW's 1200GS gets (very) serious!

It’s now a quarter of a century since BMW released the R 80 G/S and in so doing created a new class of motorcycle – the large capacity off-roader. An ideal off-road tourer with great manners on a dirt road ithas not really had much more sporting pretence than that. Yes, it did win the Paris-Dakar Rally at different times but only through superhuman riders and massive machine development. Though the showroom machine has evolved through massive engine redesigns and a capacity increase to 1200cc, no-one in their right mind would seriously contemplate going into a harsh off-road environment on a BMW GS model for fun until now. The new BMW HP2 is a genuine large capacity, lightweight boxer-engined high performance off-road machine. How lightweight? VERY - try 175 kg dry!!!!  Read More

The Desmosedici GP5

21 January, 2005 Ducati’s MotoGP season got under yesterday on the Grostè glacier (at an altitude of 2470 metres) as the Desmosedici GP5 appeared in its 2005 livery for the first time amidst the spectacular Dolomite mountains in northern Italy. “The bike that Loris Capirossi and Carlos Checa will race this season is the result of an evolution, not a revolution of the GP4” explained Ducati Corse CEO Claudio Domenicali yesterday during the press conference. "We learnt from the mistakes we made last year, when we arrived at the first Sepang tests with a completely different bike from the previous version and with no chance of turning back.  Read More

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