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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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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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Benelli boss speaks exclusively to MCN

Anonymous, 25 February 2001 00:00

NOBODY outside the factory has ridden the Benelli Tornado yet but it’s already one of the most desirable bikes on the planet – and that is just for starters, according to Benelli president Andrea Merloni.Benelli is one of Italy’s smallest manufacturers, but despite its size the firm’s design flair and technical innovation means its products – from the smallest scooters ...

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The choice is no longer so clear-cut

Anonymous, 25 February 2001 00:00

HERE in Britain, we have a history of favouring one type of bike over any other. More than any other riders in Europe, we choose to spend our money on sports bikes and superbikes. But now the first of a new breed of motorcycle has arrived, which could change all that. Say hello to Yamaha’s Fazer 1000 (see road test ...

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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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Piaggio reveals 250… and promises a 500 to follow

Anonymous, 25 February 2001 00:00

PIAGGIO is launching a 250cc scooter next month called the Jupiter.Powered by a Yamaha YP250 Majesty engine it will be in UK showrooms by April.A 180cc version and a 500cc one will follow later this year. Piaggio’s Scott Hinchliffe says these too would use Yamaha engines. No price has been set yet for the Jupiter range.The firm is planning to ...

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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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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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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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