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Welcome back to the playground

Anonymous, 16 June 2000 00:00

LIFE is hard. There are those who can amble through it not worrying about the next big bill, but they are a privileged few. The rest of us have long forgotten that happy, simple land where children play and policemen clip ears.But once a year – and if you happen to be a motorcyclist – someone opens the door and ...

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It’s been a hard day’s fortnight

Anonymous, 09 June 2000 00:00

ROLL off the ferry for the start of your Isle of Man experience and it comes as no great surprise that everything is laid on for you.The racing goes off when it’s meant to (weather permitting) the evening entertainment is just the way we like it (the beer rarely runs out, the girls rarely keep their clothes on) and the ...

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Change your scenery

Anonymous, 09 June 2000 00:00

SOME bikes create dilemmas. And this is one of them. You know you’re just nipping across town, so you put on your best trainers, polish your black visor and leave on your best going-out jeans. After all, you’re just nipping across town.But before you know it, this mongrel cross of trials bike and trail bike has you scanning the surroundings ...

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Big on the Island

Anonymous, 09 June 2000 00:00

GETTING noticed at the TT gets harder every year. There are about 15,000 bikes parked along Douglas promenade on any given day and so many specials and rare exotica on display that your average Japanese four isn’t going to draw a crowd. But there is one bike which guarantees you get attention anywhere you go - even here.If the V8 ...

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Dunlop and Michelin are castaways on the Island

Anonymous, 02 June 2000 00:00

WHEN you’re talking about GPs and WSB, Michelin and Dunlop are the only names that matter in tyres. The two firms enjoy a monopoly in world championship racing, and no-one uses anything else. But when you bring the Isle of Man TT into the equation, possibly the toughest testing ground for tyres in the world, the French and British firms ...

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And on the seventh day… we all go on a large one

Anonymous, 02 June 2000 00:00

IT is quite conceivable that you will have seen a piano used as a sidecar before – in your wildest dreams.If you pinch yourself and the tinkling of the ivories continues to get louder, you’re almost certainly on the Isle of Man during TT fortnight. And if that piano combination is passed by a loon on the back wheel of ...

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John Wayne would be turning in his grave

Anonymous, 26 May 2000 00:00

I’M at the top of a 10,000ft mountain, the equivalent of a third of the way up Everest. It’s May, but there are deep snow drifts all around and miles of narrow, rocky trails bordered by sheer drops. Somehow, I managed to ride here. But that was the easy part. Now I’ve got to get back down without taking any ...

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Made you look, made you stare

Anonymous, 26 May 2000 00:00

THE family of Mexicans sitting to my left in their old Ford pick-up are just plain staring. In fact, from the look on their faces you would think I had just pulled a gun on them.The bloke to my right is literally hanging out of the window of his Honda sports car. " Damn! That’s what I call a streetbike, ...

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Seven days, seven events, one emotion

Anonymous, 26 May 2000 00:00

THEY say you can have too much of a good thing. I disagree. Maybe I’ve just got an addictive personality, but when I find something I love doing, I just want to keep doing it. Riding bikes is one example. I try to satisfy my addiction every day, whether it’s riding to work or something more serious, but sometimes that’s ...

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Why half an inch matters

Anonymous, 19 May 2000 00:00

TYRE size is one of the burning issues in 500 GPs this year. If you’ve watched any of the recent rounds on TV you’ll have heard commentators going on about 16.5 and 17-inch rear wheels. So what’s the difference and which is best?Aussie Garry McCoy was using a 16.5 when he took his Red Bull Yamaha to victory in the ...

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