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2001 Models Confirmed (Sort Of)

When does a rumor become more than a rumor? Well, we’re getting pretty solid information about a couple of new bikes to be introduced as 2001 models. If we are wrong about these, we’ll have egg on our face.

We’re hearing that Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 is a reality. Yes, displacing 1000cc. Expect the most powerful motor in its class, and the lightest weight chassis.

Yamaha has developed what they think is a “VFR800 killer”. A sport tourer — probably with an R1 motor and detachable bags.

Finally, and this has to go into the less substantiated category, we’ve heard that Yamaha has a new 250 motocross bike. No, it isn’t a two-stroke — it’s a four-stroke! Designed to compete in the AMA 125 class, expect it to be extremely light and high tech.

The 2001 model year will be very interesting, indeed.