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First look at the 2002 ZX-9R

Anonymous, 02 September 2001 00:00

Here is the first picture of the new-look ZX-9R from Kawasaki.The uprated superbike has a new, stiffer frame. Compare it to the current bike (by following the link, right, or searching for the current ZX-9R in our BIKES section) and you’ll see the engine mounts are changed and the bodywork has been slightly changed to accommodate this.The swingarm is now ...

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Jamie Dobb, in his own words

Anonymous, 26 August 2001 00:00

MCN: Jamie, how does it feel to be a British Champion after we've all gone so long without oneJamieDobb: It's not really sunk in yet. I’ve been trying for so long. It's going to take a little bit of time to sink in. I can probably answer that question better in a few weeksMCN: How come road racers where thick ...

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Bonneville Speed Week

Anonymous, 26 August 2001 00:00

Lee Burkey stares out into the white and blue yonder. " The worst thing that can happen is that I fall on my butt " he muses. There are, of course, various degrees of falling on your arse. Falling off a rocking horse from three feet onto a nice thick shagpile carpet, for example, is slightly less uncomfortable than, say, ...

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Triumph Tiger 955I

Anonymous, 19 August 2001 00:00

It’s neither little nor light, but the Tiger felt the smallest here, with agile handling, easy power and easy steering. With 104bhp and solid power at any revs, the re-tuned Daytona engine is silky and responsive. Hill loved it. With just 92mm of trail, its geometry is more like a sports bike’s. Triumph says it makes the Tiger " agile ...

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See the Hodgson rep in video action

Anonymous, 12 August 2001 00:00

Neil Hodgson has been testing the replica of his WSB 996 on the Isle of Man… and getting incredibly high....Now we’ve added video clips showing his high-flying riding frame-by-frame. Follow the link, right, to see him jumping and to hear what the 996S sounds like with its Termignonis fitted.He was meant to be on holiday, between WSB rounds. But when ...

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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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