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Survival tips

Anonymous, 15 July 2001 00:00

THIS is Duncan Goose’s essential advice for travellers: Travel light, travel light and travel light.Give a trusted friend power of attorney over your bank account, so they can send you your own money. Get travel and medical insurance, but forget about meaningless bike insurance outside the west. Get anyone planning to visit you to bring tyres with them – big ...

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Shotgun cartridges

Anonymous, 15 July 2001 00:00

Two years ago, Robert E, from South Shields, had his garage broken into. Strangely, the thieves didn’t touch his bike. In fact, they made away with nothing more than a frozen turkey. But it was enough to make Robert take drastic action.He said: " I went to a gun shop and bought this trigger mechanism, some shotgun cartridges with extra ...

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First test on Suzuki’s new Volusia

Anonymous, 15 July 2001 00:00

Look closely at this bike and you’ll see Suzuki has kept the familiar Intruder name, and bolted on the " Volusia " tag to mark this new but even more traditional style. It’s named after Volusia County in Florida, home of the massive annual Daytona Bike Week, a haven for Harleys, honeys in bikinis and, of course, the Daytona 200 ...

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1700cc super Harley

Anonymous, 17 June 2001 00:00

This started life as a stock 1450cc FXDX Dyna Super Glide Sport. But it’s been bored out to 1700cc, making it the largest-capacity Harley-Davidson ever officially sold in the UK. It’s a stock 1450cc FXDX Dyna Super Glide Sport which has been bored out to 1700cc. Dubbed the FXDX XXL by the people who built it – Surrey Harley-Davidson – ...

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Suzuki Intruder Volusia arrives at last

Anonymous, 17 June 2001 00:00

SUZUKI’S 2001 VL800 Intruder Volusia has finally reached UK showrooms. Named after a biker gathering place in Florida, the Volusia is a traditional, Harley-style cruiser using the well-proven, decade-old 805cc air-cooled V-twin from the VS800 Intruder.Available in black/white or blue, the Volusia can be yours for £5349 on the road. The price includes twelve months AA cover and Alphadot security ...

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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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Strange tales from when the racers are at play

Anonymous, 01 June 2001 00:00

There’s a clapped-out cliché that’s been pinned to the noticeboard of many a place of employment over the years which reads as follows: " You Don’t Have To Be Mad To Work Here – But It Helps! " While many workplaces aren’t exactly the lunatic asylums they’d like to think they are, the bike racing industry can rest easy in ...

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Something big in the city

Anonymous, 06 May 2001 00:00

THE slack-jawed man can’t take his eyes off the biggest commuter bike he’s ever seen. He approaches and asks: " How big is it? " " 8.2 litres, " is the reply. " Wow, two litres! " he responds. " No, EIGHT POINT TWO litres, " The it (there’s no better word for it) is the Boss Hoss. And the ...

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Bonnie gets the cafe treatment

Anonymous, 29 April 2001 00:00

German tuner LSL has taken a new Triumph Bonneville and created a real café racer called the LSL Bonneville Clubman.LSL has changed as few parts as possible to keep the price down.The most obvious change is the new seat, which replaces the flat, ironing-board-style unit on the basic Bonnie. While the new design appears to be a single seat, LSL ...

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700 miles by scooter

Anonymous, 08 April 2001 00:00

HONDA’s new Silver Wing is as happy touring two-up as it is dealing with the brake, swerve, squirt of urban riding in Europe’s busiest cities.The engine is new. It’s a four-stroke parallel twin with dual primary balancers for minimum vibration, with an automatic transmission.Just twist the throttle and the Wing surges smoothly forward. But when nailed from the lights, the ...

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