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2002 Models: Rumors and Expectations

Here are some of the bikes that we expect to appear as 2002 models from various manufacturers.

HONDA:

Honda is expected to arrive with many new models next year. Based on information we have seen and rumors we have read on the Internet and elsewhere, here’s what to look for. A replacement for the sport/tourer ST1100, the new four-stroke, 450cc motocross machine, an updated CBR929RR (not new, but with significant updates), and a revised CBR1100XX (it is believed Honda is working on a replacement for this model, but it may not appear next year. Also, expect changes to the VFR800 Interceptor.

KAWASAKI:

All new, or significantly revised, ZX-9R and ZX-6R sportbikes. Possibly, a new sport/tourer with a motor similar to that found in the new ZRX1200 (a punched-out ZX-11 motor), complete with available factory hard bags.

YAMAHA:

An all-new R-1 and an updated, revised R-6 (possibly, with fuel injection). An all-new YZ450F motocrosser (it is believed Yamaha is working on a 470cc version, but will probably scale back the size of the motor to comply with the AMA limits for competition in the 250cc two-stroke class).

SUZUKI:

Suzuki has completely replaced its sportbike line-up in the last two years, and these bikes should not feature significant changes (the GSX-R range). Expect something from Suzuki to compete in the 450cc class, four-stroke motocross category.

HARLEY-DAVIDSON:

Harley is finishing development of its liquid-cooled, power cruiser. This bike should arrive next model year.

We will keep you updated as we hear more information regarding these and other manufacturers. The 2002 model year should be very exciting for motorcycle enthusiasts as many manufacturers are spending heavily on new model development as a result of the boom in motorcycling worldwide over the past few years.