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Fancy going for a blat, Bazza?

Anonymous, 07 July 2000 00:00

AS a kid growing up in the ’70s, like many of my peers, I had an Evel Knievel wind-up toy Skycycle, complete with stars and stripes-clad Knievel doll.After about a year of playing at Knievel, I customised the bike and the doll in a manner more fitting to the new biking hero to hit the headlines. Off came the stars ...

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Blades: The Gathering

Anonymous, 01 July 2000 00:00

CULT status is usually accorded to things which aren’t actually that popular. Red Dwarf, for example isn’t anywhere near as big as Neighbours. Honda’s FireBlade is a glaring exception to this rule.Since its launch in 1992, it has been as popular in motorcycling as the Ford Escort has been in cars – a recipe for bland acceptance rather than addicted ...

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Cool calipers take the heat out of the hardest braking

Anonymous, 23 June 2000 00:00

YOU can expect to see them on the front forks of a bike in a pub car park near you very soon: Radially-mounted brake calipers.If you have eagle eyes and an anorak attention to detail, you’ll have noticed them on WSB bikes already. And when WSB riders start feeling the benefits we can’t be far behind.The imposing-looking parts are now ...

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It’s gonna get you

Anonymous, 23 June 2000 00:00

UNRELENTING rain smacks off my visor. Somewhere in the pitch-blackness, in the turbulent air behind me, something evil has picked up my scent. I hear the unmistakable sound of a V-twin engine pulling towards the red line. It bounces off the steep canyon walls and resonates in my helmet.I tuck down to tease every last mph out and try to ...

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This thing has grown bigger than all of us

Anonymous, 16 June 2000 00:00

IT’S official. Ducati is not just a motorcycle maker, it’s a cult brand, like Harley-Davidson or Caterpillar. They’ve reached a stage in their relatively short career where the name Ducati has become absolutely synonymous with Italian bikes.If any proof was needed that the Bologna factory had arrived in brand heaven (the place where Kellogg’s Cornflakes, Heinz beans and Coca Cola ...

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It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it

Anonymous, 16 June 2000 00:00

IT’S Sunday morning. You were due to go for a ride, but the weather’s naff and you’ve got a hangover. So what are you going to do to spend some quality time with your baby? Clean the thing. Most of us either love or loathe this particular facet of motorcycle ownership, but if you want your bike to look good ...

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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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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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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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