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First Ride: 2005 Ducati S2R

Ducati's latest take on the Monster theme is a refreshing mix of old and new, with up-to-the-minute styling married to a simple, effective air-cooled motor. And it's bang on the money

30 March 2008 at 22:24
First Ride: 2004 Triumph Daytona 650

The Daytona 600 has always had the legs; it's one of the best-handling 600s around. With an extra 47cc - and a load more mid-range - the Daytona 650 might nearly be the perfect middleweight.

30 March 2008 at 22:17
First Ride: 2004 Ducati 999R

When the going gets tough, Ducati brings out a new model to beat the opposition. Cheating? No, just bending the rules...

30 March 2008 at 22:03
First Ride: 2005 Ducati 999

Ducati's flagship sportsbike gets a new look as well as a whole load more power for 2005. Jon Urry samples the delights of the new 999

30 March 2008 at 21:50
First Ride: 2004 Buell Lightning CityX

It's apocalypse now as Buell unveil their see-through CityX. Is it the must-have new machine for the urban wasteland?

30 March 2008 at 21:44
First Ride: 2004 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replika

BMW's take on 'race bike for the road' makes a refreshing change from the usual Jap fare.

30 March 2008 at 21:37
First Ride: 2004 MZ 1000S

From the Eastern Block to the East End, MZ has come a long way. But can the firm's new MZ1000S sports tourer really take on the likes of VFR, Sprint and ST3?

30 March 2008 at 21:29
First Ride: 2004 Kawasaki KLV1000

Haven't I seen you before somewhere? Deja-vu strikes as Urry rides Kawasaki's KLV1000.

30 March 2008 at 21:21
First Ride: 2004 Ducati 749R

Following its launch at a soggy Valencia, we try Ducati's beautiful 749R in the dry at Donington.

30 March 2008 at 20:50
First Ride: 2004 BMW K1200S

Heralded as the sportiest BMW motorbike ever, can the K 1200 S really rival the current hyper-sports bikes? Jon Urry travels to Munich to sample the delights of the German Autobahn and Austrian curves

30 March 2008 at 20:39
First Ride: 2004 MV Agusta F4 1000S

With company finances back on track and production delays a thing of the past (for now...), the long awaited F4 1000S is finally, eventually, here. At last...

30 March 2008 at 20:30
First Ride: 2004 Moto Guzzi Nevada Classic 750

The Nevada name has been part of the Moto Guzzi catalogue for more than a decade now, but this year it's a 90% new bike.

30 March 2008 at 20:03
First Ride: 2004 Honda CRF250-X

Mossy goes over the hills and far away on Honda's new CRF250-X enduro tool. Off-roading just got a whole lot easier.

30 March 2008 at 19:54
First Ride: Harley-Davidson VRSCB V-Rod

The most gorgeous motorcycle ever? Harley-Davidson's Porsche powered flagship V-Rod receives sharp new clothes for 2004

30 March 2008 at 19:46
First Ride: 2004 Victory Kingpin

Victory hopes to attract a younger generation by producing a versatile, powerful cruiser. Can Victory pin down the kings for the full count?

30 March 2008 at 19:38
First Ride: 2004 Triumph Tiger

Confusingly enough, this new Tiger is actually designated a 2005 model, even though it is already in the shops. Why? Supply and demand - the 2004 Tiger has sold out already!
So what's new?

30 March 2008 at 19:28
First Ride: 2004 Triumph Rocket III

With an engine larger than most family estates, Triumph launches its flagship model in the land where excess is the name of the game

30 March 2008 at 0:08
First Ride: Buell XB9S (2002-03)

"So, gentlemen, as you can see, the new XB9S Lightning is the latest generation in the street-inspired Buell family and a different take on the Buell XB series."

29 March 2008 at 23:55
First Ride: 2002-03 Aprilia RSV-R Mille

What on earth could Aprilia do to improve their already-ace Mille-R? Not an enormous amount as I discovered at the launch of the 2003 bike in Italy.

29 March 2008 at 19:29
First Ride: 2002 Aprilia Tuono Fighter

Aprilia launch the production version of their Tuono-R concept bike, the Tuono Fighter. With a Mille engine and chassis, near-on full superbike power and streetfighter styling, you just know this is going to be a bad boy.

29 March 2008 at 19:22

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