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A beginner’s guide to racing

Anonymous, 17 June 2002 00:00

I’m just about to embark on my first race, but it’s not just a question of turning up with your bike and having a crack as I’ve found out. Here’s a simple guide to what you’ll need if you’d like to have a go as a first-timer.1)Other than a suitable bike, the most obvious thing you’ll need to go racing ...

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Burgman 650 first ride

Anonymous, 10 June 2002 00:00

We’ve just ridden the Burgman 650, Suzuki’s revolutionary big scooter. The 650 debuts Suzuki’s Electronically-Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (SECVT) a system that gives the rider the choice of either a normal automatic mode, a power mode with a brisker engine map and, uniquely, a manual shift option.You can read the full test of the Burgman 650 in a forthcoming issue ...

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Swop my boat for your bike

Anonymous, 27 May 2002 00:00

Do you fancy swapping two wheels for sea legs? Well, Paul Kingston from Cork in Eire could be just the man to help. He wants to swap his Orkney 520 Cuddy pleasure boat for a Yamaha TDM900, Honda Varadero or Suzuki V-Strom. Kingston told MCN: " My wife bought me the Orkney as a present but since I work with ...

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Suzuki slash the price of SV650

Anonymous, 06 May 2002 00:00

Suzuki’s SV650 is a mega bike, in fact it’s just topped the sales charts as Europes’s best selling bike. But Suzuki wants to spread the message even further – so the company has just cut £350 from the price of the SV650S.The faired version is now £4479 instead of £4799. The Rider Bonus scheme will run from May 8 to ...

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Yamaha Tmax: Long term report

Anonymous, 22 April 2002 00:00

My name is Steve Farrell and I’m a scooter apron wearer.I have visions of myself saying that, standing in front of a room full of people guilty of equally heinous biking fashion crimes, at a support group. " It all started when I bought a big scooter, " I continue. " I thought I could handle the luggage space, unbeatable ...

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More pictures added from MCN Butlins party

Anonymous, 15 April 2002 00:00

Hundreds of like-minded riders made Butlins at Skegness the place to be at the weekend when they joined in the wild times that are the MCN Spring Spectacular.On top of the stunt shows, live bands (including Jamie Whitham’s The Po Boys, Alvin Stardust and Toyah) there was also the entertainment that only drunken motorcyclists can create.Were you the rider who ...

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First test: Triumph Speed Four

Anonymous, 18 March 2002 00:00

We’ve been riding Triumph’s new Speed Four. And while the firm faces the nightmare of a fire-ravaged factory after Friday night’s blaze, at least bosses can be comforted by the fact that their new bike comes complete with the most sorted 600cc engine the firm has yet put into production.For the full story, you’ll need to pick up a copy ...

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Gilera’s V-twin prototype revealed

Anonymous, 25 February 2002 00:00

These are the first pictures of the V-twin prototype Gilera is building as a first step towards a new range of machines.It hosts the first full-size engine the Italian firm, currently best known for its scooters, has built since the original factory closed nearly a decade ago.. Tucked away in the Cagiva Raptor-based trellis frame, it has been developed for ...

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Yamaha FJR1300: Long term test report

Anonymous, 18 February 2002 00:00

Boy that was good! It had only taken a couple of hundred yards of ever-so-slightly damp roads, glistening in the brilliance of a blue winter’s day, to make me realise what I’d been missing. It must have been two months or more since my last ride. Each time I’d gone into the garage to the freezer, the FJR looked at ...

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Testing the 2002 ZX-9R

Anonymous, 11 February 2002 00:00

Kawasaki is so worried about the repercussions of a 900cc sports bike hitting the symbolic 300kph mark, it has deleted the offending " 300 " from the new ZX-9R’s speedo.That’s what it looks like, anyway. We’ve managed to track down a Euro-spec version of the 2002 model in Germany, a month before anyone else will ride it. And where you’d ...

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