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Yamaha XJR1300

Anonymous, 29 July 2001 00:00

1 The XJR lacks the presence of the GSX or the distinctiveness of the ZXR2 The designers of the R1 obviously weren’t involved in creating the XJR’s front end3 Suspension adjustments are limited, but you don’t need a mechanic to do them 4 The trumpet-shaped exhaust wouldn’t look out of place in a jazz club

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MOTO GUZZI CENTAURO

Anonymous, 29 July 2001 00:00

A duck-billed platypus of a bike. Named after a mythical beast that was half-horse/half-human, the Centauro was more half Quasimodo, half Pat Butcher. The bulky one-piece tank/body device cloaked a chassis which was a special blend of parts that – some people have rather cruelly suggested – should have been melted down into something much more useful. Like a skip. ...

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The man who invented the Desmo dies

Anonymous, 15 July 2001 00:00

Fabio Taglioni, the man who invented Ducati’s famous Desmodromic engine, has died at his home in Bologna at the age of 80.Born on September 10, 1920 in Lugo di Romagna, Italy, Taglioni graduated as an engineer in 1943 and began his career as designer for the racing team of Mondial, an Italian motorcycle manufacturer.His career at Ducati began May 1, ...

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The evolution of the Ducati 996 engine

Anonymous, 15 July 2001 00:00

If ever an engine proved worthy of evolutionary development instead of replacing it with a new design it has to be the Ducati 996 motor.The eight-valve, liquid-cooled V-twin which has dominated World Superbike racing and won countless other races is based on a design called the 748IE, which made its debut in the 1986 Bol d’Or in the hands of ...

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Donington: Your complaints

Anonymous, 08 July 2001 00:00

Donington race goers are warning they won’t be going back to the circuit after bad experiences at last weekend’s GP.While many made the best of it by having as good a time as possible (and you’ll see the evidence in the pictures they’ve sent in, right) others have felt it’s time to speak out and are peppering our Talk Bikes ...

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First ride on Honda’s Varadero 125

Anonymous, 03 June 2001 00:00

Like its bigger brother, this Varadero uses a V-twin, but it has a learner-friendly 125cc capacity.That’s not really enough to cope with gusting headwinds, reducing your rpm to 10,000 instead of 12,000 and just 60mph on the clock.When a hill was added into the mix, it began shedding revs and speed faster than a wannabe model ditching her clothes for ...

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Magni’s retro masterpiece

Anonymous, 27 May 2001 00:00

The late ’60s and early ’70s will be remembered for plenty of things. It was the era of Afghan coats, stacked boots, keep on trucking badges and hair that was long at the back and short on top.Weeding the garden meant something totally different to what it means now, and when you travelled abroad you always knew the weight of ...

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First ride on Honda’s VTX1800

Anonymous, 20 May 2001 00:00

You want big bore? You want V-twin? You want cruiser? Well they don’t come much bigger bore and certainly no more V-twin or cruise-worthy than Honda’s new VTX1800.It’s strangely ironic that in a sports bike world, where bigger nearly always means faster, custom bikes seem to get slower as cubic capacity rises. The 1600cc Yamaha WildStar, for instance, though full ...

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Army goes diesel

Anonymous, 06 May 2001 00:00

THE army has spent a quarter of a million pounds developing a diesel-fuelled bike which goes 120mph on one gallon, but makes just 24bhp.Based on a Kawasaki KLR650, the 580cc Combat Military Motorcycle has been designed by the British Army’s college at Shrivenham, Wiltshire.It is the result of eight year’s work to address the military’s desire to have all their ...

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2001 BMW R1150R, K1200RS and R1150RT ridden through France

Anonymous, 15 April 2001 00:00

SPLATT! A direct hit, smack bang in the middle of my visor. Here comes another. Splatt! This one’s even bigger. It looks like the daddy. Splatt! Again, it’s a bull’s eye and the front of my lid is starting to look very messy indeed.But that’s what happens in the summer, isn’t it? Your lid gets splattered in flies. And this ...

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