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How the Cagiva Xtra Raptor could be

Anonymous, 01 April 2001 00:00

THIS bike might be one of the only machines in the country that looks like a Cagiva Xtra-Raptor, but it’s the sound which makes it one in a million. Anything ridden through a tunnel as long as London’s Blackwall sounds pretty lively. But, in this case, the drivers could have been forgiven for thinking a Lancaster bomber had just landed ...

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Forget Bodie and Doyle, the real professionals are here

Anonymous, 25 February 2001 00:00

EVERY discipline has its crack troops, who are called into action for the key projects.You want to send specialists behind enemy lines to disable their radar systems? You need the SAS. You need to take out an enemy destroyer in a South American dry dock without leaving a trace? We recommend the U.S. Navy Seals. You have to get the ...

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Gilera plans September unveiling for 600

Anonymous, 11 February 2001 00:00

GILERA is expected to unveil a new 600cc sports bike at the Milan Show in September. Italian scooter giant Piaggio, Gilera’s parent company, has confirmed plans to reveal its first big bike since the supermoto-style 600cc Nordwest was discontinued in 1994. A company source refused to disclose details of the new model, but confirmed it would mark Gilera’s arrival as ...

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The scooter with an identity crisis

Anonymous, 01 December 2000 00:00

IT looks like a scooter, behaves like a motorcycle and has the kind of name you’d associate with a giant-sized hot beverage from a burger joint. Say hello to Yamaha’s Tmax – a new concept in two-wheeled transport, apparently. Visually, it’s pretty much like other big-wheeled scooters, and it isn’t until you actually ride one that you get the full ...

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The real deal on wheels

Anonymous, 18 August 2000 00:00

LIGHTWEIGHT wheels are standard equipment on race bikes. But how much difference could they make to our own machines? They are certainly more than an expensive pose. They can reduce the unsprung weight of a bike by as much as seven kilos (15lbs). This allows you to corner faster and also means the suspension doesn’t have to work so hard, ...

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What have you done wrong today?

Anonymous, 18 August 2000 00:00

MISTAKE: ASSUMING DRIVERS CAN’T/WON’T ATTEMPT THE SAME OVERTAKE AS YOUHOW many times have you gone to overtake a slow-moving vehicle only to have a car pull out from the queue behind it to attempt the same thing?That’s frustrating if you see him swerving out in time, downright dangerous if you don’t.Always assume the driver won’t have seen you, let alone ...

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When you’ve got a Busa under the bonnet…

Anonymous, 11 August 2000 00:00

CARS? Heavy, slow, boring shopping trollies with way too many wheels, in my experience. Ideal for supermarket runs, bad weather and luggage carrying. But for having fun? Forget it unless you’re carrying a particularly fine lady passenger who’s a fan of stopping in laybys late at night.Bikes? Exhilarating, fast, light, radical, sensational, breathtaking, mind-blowing and the love of our lives.The ...

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It’s important to be pumped

Anonymous, 01 August 2000 00:00

TYRE pressures are a crucial factor in determining how your bike handles and how quickly you wear your (not exactly cheap) tyres.There are lots of myths and misconceptions about what pressures you should run in the wet, on track days or when you’re loaded with luggage.Usually you’ll find someone propping up the bar who knows better than the manufacturers’ recommendations. ...

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Big on the Island

Anonymous, 09 June 2000 00:00

GETTING noticed at the TT gets harder every year. There are about 15,000 bikes parked along Douglas promenade on any given day and so many specials and rare exotica on display that your average Japanese four isn’t going to draw a crowd. But there is one bike which guarantees you get attention anywhere you go - even here.If the V8 ...

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Rocket Ron shows you how it’s done

Anonymous, 05 May 2000 00:00

HANDS up if you don’t know how half the functions on your video recorder work and therefore never use them. If it records at the appropriate time and on the right channel, you’re more than happy.Many of us are much the same with our motorcycles. We’re in such a rush to get on them and out on the road or ...

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