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The meanest green machine

Anonymous, 25 February 2001 00:00

KAWASAKI’S Ninja nine has enjoyed a cult following amongst the big cube cognoscenti, not just for its sheer performance but also for its styling and brute-force engine. Determined not to let their rivals steal a march on them in the superbike stakes Kawasaki launched their millennium ZX-9R aimed squarely at Yamaha’s class-leading R1.The aggressive twin-slit headlight arrangement and protruding snarl ...

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All these first tests coming soon

Anonymous, 25 February 2001 00:00

MCN’S Marc Potter will ride Ducati’s new 996R on Wednesday March 7, becoming one of the first people outside the factory to do so.And we’ll be bringing you his first reactions on that very day.In the next fortnight you can also look forward to the world’s first tests of the Aprilia CapoNord, Kawasaki RZX1200S and ZR7S and Piaggio’s new 500cc ...

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Anonymous, 25 February 2001 00:00

INSURANCEThe bike falls into the group 16 category in the UK, which means that certain types of cover in certain parts of the country for some riders isn't available at all from a handful of firms, making shopping around for quotes essential rather than merely advisable.MODEL VARIATIONSWhen buying a ZX-9R, potential purchasers essentially have a choice of two main model ...

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Ducati plans Foggy rep Monster

Anonymous, 25 February 2001 00:00

DUCATI bosses in Italy have confirmed they are working on a Monster tribute to four-times WSB champion Carl Fogarty based on the latest S4 version of the bike.It uses a 916cc water-cooled motor making 101bhp and 67ftlb of torque in standard trim. But the Foggy bike is expected to be tweaked to make around 110bhp and 70ftlb.Insiders claim the bike ...

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Can we take the politicians seriously this time?

Anonymous, 18 February 2001 00:00

REMEMBER the promises the Labour Party made before it was elected? All that stuff along the " Bike to Basics " line. Well, unfortunately, the party itself doesn’t. After a landslide victory, Blair’s gang seemed to develop selective memory loss when it came to riders’ interests. With many of our votes secured, talk of opening more bus lanes to bikes ...

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Honda reveals street-savvy new look for Valkyrie

Anonymous, 18 February 2001 00:00

THESE pictures give the first clue as to how Honda’s gigantic Valkyrie cruiser could look after next year’s planned revamp.Two different prototypes of the bike - also known as the F6C - have gone on show in the U.S. One has fairly traditional cruiser styling, while the other sports a more aggressive look, almost like a mammoth streetfighter.With its huge ...

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ZX-9R to power new musclebike

Anonymous, 18 February 2001 00:00

KAWASAKI is planning to launch a naked musclebike using a retuned version of the ZX-9R’s 144bhp engine. The 899cc four-cylinder engine could be tweaked to make more torque than the ZX-9R’s formidable 72lb.ft, at the expense of around 5bhp of top end power.It will compete with Yamaha’s R1-powered Fazer 1000, which makes 143bhp, and Honda’s 2002 FireBlade-powered CB900F Hornet, which ...

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A Triumph to make Italy tremble – but not Japan

Anonymous, 18 February 2001 00:00

TRIUMPH publicly unveiled to the world this morning the long-awaited successor to its 955i triple – and immediately told riders looking for something to humble a GSX-R1000 to look elsewhere.The revised Daytona 955i – which MCN exclusively revealed in print today – is more powerful, faster, lighter, and sharper looking than the bike it replaces and shares its name with, ...

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Triumph’s Daytona gets 147bhp

Anonymous, 18 February 2001 00:00

A BRITISH-built superbike with the potential to take on the best Japanese and Italian machines is enough to get any rider’s mouth watering. And Triumph reckons its new 955i Daytona is exactly that. The firm’s best-kept secret is due to be officially released today (Wednesday). But MCN’s exclusive photos of this pre-production machine show you exactly how the bike will ...

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More Gatso cameras looming

Anonymous, 18 February 2001 00:00

EVERY police force in the country could soon be allowed to use money from speeding fines to pay for thousands more speed cameras. Following similar pilot schemes involving eight police forces around the country, the Association of Chief Police Officers has announced plans to spread the scheme nation-wide. Richard Brunstrom, chief constable of North Wales and ACPO co-ordinator of the ...

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