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German and British firms consider link to buy TL engines

Anonymous, 10 June 2001 00:00

GERMAN firm Sachs and British company CCM are in talks aimed at teaming up to buy Suzuki TL V-twin engines.CCM refuses to confirm it, but an insider at Sachs said: " It helps if we work together. Now a new project has arrived, and a new engine, and we should be working together again. " The rumour fuels speculation that ...

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Trials? Boring? Take another look

Anonymous, 10 June 2001 00:00

Action from the Sheffield Arena trial last year is likely to change your mind

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Out and about: Hunstanton

Anonymous, 03 June 2001 00:00

Hunstanton hands over a prime parking spot to motorcycles, close to the bandstand and nestled between amusement arcades and cafes.There are some good routes to it to be found if you scour your map of East Anglia before setting off.From the south, for example, the most direct route from Ely is the A10, up to King’s Lynn and then via ...

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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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Labour’s roads minister interviewed on bike policy

Anonymous, 03 June 2001 00:00

EVERY four years, something strange happens to politicians. Suddenly, their horizons broaden.They develop keen interests in anything from farmers to bone marrow transplants, so quickly it makes people jump. We’re no exception. At the last election, Tony Blair suddenly became so mad keen on motorcycling, he felt compelled to rush to the Ally Pally show. From the way he sat ...

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Rival parties pass their verdict

Anonymous, 03 June 2001 00:00

Conservatives " Labour have been all mouth and no delivery in their integrated transport strategy. The Government doesn’t even measure journey times in congested cities. If they did, they’d find motorcycles to be the shortest. Labour should be promoting two-wheelers instead of clobbering motorists. We will do our utmost to empower bikes. In congested areas in particular, motorcycles play a ...

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Long term test: Life with an FJR

Anonymous, 03 June 2001 00:00

I had said farewell to my ZX-12R in mid-December. It was mid-May before I finally got my hands on the FJR. I hadn't even ridden a push bike in the intervening time. You will therefore understand my trepidation at hopping on this quite hefty beast and setting off into the morning sun.But there really was no cause for alarm. I ...

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Missing the TT?

Anonymous, 03 June 2001 00:00

Let Steve Hislop bring it a little closer…

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Suzuki plans 650cc scooter

Anonymous, 03 June 2001 00:00

September will see the launch of Suzuki’s new Skywave 650 – a big bore scooter aimed at bikes like Yamaha’s T-max and Honda’s Silverwing.Like its competitors, the bike will use a two-cylinder engine making around 50bhp, bolted to a continuously variable transmission. The result should be a top speed of well over 100mph and all the ease of use of ...

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Yamaha Bulldog revealed

Anonymous, 03 June 2001 00:00

Yamaha’s new Bulldog BT1100 is revealed today for the first time.The Japanese firm claims the Bulldog is specifically designed to meet the needs of the European market.Yamaha reckons its new machine is the perfect combination of pose and practicality to appeal to buyers looking for a bike that combines comfort – both in town and over long distances – with ...

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