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Video now added to VFR800 V-TEC first test

Anonymous, 21 October 2001 00:00

UPDATED 3pm THURSDAY OCTOBER 18 WITH VIDEO CLIP ADDED TO FULL REPORT AND PICTURESHONDA has thrown its full technical weight behind the launch of its all-new VFR800 – and our first ride of the bike suggests the huge number of changes to the top-selling all-rounder have been very much for the better.The engine is more tractable in the mid-range than ...

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KTM Duke II

Anonymous, 21 October 2001 00:00

For sportsbike riders who’ve never sat on a supermoto, the first five minutes on a Duke are an education. The upright riding position feels almost sinfully un-aerodynamic after a racing crouch, yet somehow just as poised. Part of this must be the delicacy and lightness of KTM’s throttle, clutch, gearbox and brakes. Harleys and Guzzis teach us that bikes with ...

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If triples are so good, why is only Triumph still making them?

Anonymous, 14 October 2001 00:00

Think triple, think Triumph. No other firm makes bikes with three cylinders, but the British firm has a whole slew of them in it’s line-up, including the Legend, Thunderbird, Adventurer, Tiger, Trophy, Daytona, Sprint ST, Sprint RS and, of course, Speed Triple. But being the only modern, mainstream manufacturer of triples until Benelli’s Tornado goes on sale is just how ...

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Rieju reveals Yamaha-powered 125s

Anonymous, 07 October 2001 00:00

Spanish firm Rieju is bringing two new Yamaha-powered supermoto and motocross-style machines to the UK. The MRX and SMX are both 125cc four-strokes with twin-beam steel frames and Showa upside-down forks. The only differences between the SMX supermoto and MRX motocross versions are the addition of road tyres, polished aluminium wheels, an electric start and a rev counter to the ...

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We’ve lost

Anonymous, 07 October 2001 00:00

Dayglo Pink Kit: Like shell suits and mullets, some of the worst fashion atrocities of the eighties still hadn’t had the decency to die gracefully by the time 1991 rolled around. We all have painful recollections of the splashes of pink, purple and other equally lurid colours on leathers, gloves, boots, helmets and - most heinous of all - even ...

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TDM video interview part one

Anonymous, 01 October 2001 00:00

Choose from the Real Player (RM) or Quicktime (MOV) video downloads to watch part one of our interview with the TDM900 design team.

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Aprilia launches new range of clothing

Anonymous, 09 September 2001 00:00

Aprilia has launched its 2002 clothing range, aimed at showing how leisure style is going hand-in-hand with technical biking gear.UK based after-sales manager Massimo Granata said, " In Italy, huge numbers of people ride scooters, and many of them like to buy our branded leisure clothes. We’ve developed a quality range which will appeal to more than just bike enthusiasts. ...

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Yamaha Tmax long term test, September

Anonymous, 02 September 2001 00:00

Douglas Adams wrote in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy that a towel is the most useful object in the universe, but I have another suggestion - a party popper.Apart from its primary function of livening up a party, the exploding tube of streamers could, be invaluable for self-defence. Set it off in the face of a wild animal and ...

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Swop my superbike for a Harley? Maybe…

Anonymous, 02 September 2001 00:00

It’s a weird feeling when preconceptions you’ve had for years are totally destroyed in the space of a few minutes. Weird and very annoying because, like most people, I can’t stand being proved wrong. I mean, I’ve hated Harley-Davidsons for ages, and for good reason – or so I thought. It wasn’t just blind prejudice born of ignorance, but the ...

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Gilera’s big-bore twins to power superbikes… and scooters

Anonymous, 26 August 2001 00:00

Gilera has revealed two new engines, which will provide the basis not only for future V-twin Gileras but Piaggios and Cagivas, too. They will power everything from scooters to superbikes.The two motors, which will be officially unveiled at the Milan show next month, share a conventional 90-degree V-angle and the same crankcase design – but unique cylinders and heads mean ...

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