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First pictures of new Mondial WSB racer

Anonymous, 11 March 2001 00:00

THESE are the first pictures of the long-awaited superbike which will carry the legendary Mondial name back on to the race track later this year.The 999cc V-twin Piega, which has only been seen in prototype roadbike guise until now, was unveiled in race trim at Valencia's World Superbike round. The firm hope to field the bike in a handful of ...

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2001 CBR600 recalled

Anonymous, 11 March 2001 00:00

Following on the heels of a worldwide recall of FireBlades to correct faulty clutches, Honda’s reputation as the world’s most reliable motorcycle manufacturer has taken another knock.The firm has issued a rectification notice for their newly released CBR600F-1 over fears that a badly fitted fuel line could rupture with potentially disastrous consequences. The problem is due to the incorrect fitting ...

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First ride on the ZRX1200

Anonymous, 11 March 2001 00:00

THE new ZRX has stonking six-piston Tokico calipers and a new 1164cc engine which pulls out of tight turns like a Japanese bullet train from 2000rpm all the way up to the 10,500rpm red line.But there’ll be no idle bragging here about reaching red lines, not the road I’m riding it on. It’s a winding mountain affair and a side ...

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Bimota shutdown confirmed

Anonymous, 11 March 2001 00:00

AN ITALIAN court has finally brought an end to Bimota’s drawn-out death, closing the struggling company for good.After more than 25 years of producing some of the most desirable bikes on the planet, the firm has been forced to close its gates due to massive debts.Two buy-out bids – one by Bimota’s US importers MotoPoint and another from a French ...

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ZR-7S takes more of the strain

Anonymous, 11 March 2001 00:00

THE ZR-7 is a great value fuss-free bike which gives you 750cc for very little money. And now it gives you just a little bit more.Thanks to the addition of a cowling on the new ZR-7S, windblast is a much more easily dealt with foe.But that’s about where the changes over the stock ZR-7 end.Riders who complained that the original ...

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Underneath it all… there’s a Valkyrie

Anonymous, 11 March 2001 00:00

Japanese tuning firm WhiteHouse is due to put this Valkyrie-based monster into limited production later this year.While the bike bears little resemblance to the original Honda, under the skin it’s a stock F6C Valkyrie. The 1500cc flat-six motor, which makes 100bhp in standard form, is unchanged, although the new exhaust with its six tiny end-cans could add a few bhp.But ...

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Yamaha updates its XJR400R

Anonymous, 11 March 2001 00:00

SPY shots direct from Japan show Yamaha has given its XJR400R its first major update since its launch in 1994.While the styling has been left untouched, there are plenty of mechanical changes. The new exhaust system, which features a conventional silencer rather than the megaphone can of the old model, hints at internal engine modifications.Sources in Japan claim the bike’s ...

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Triumph tests new Daytona

Anonymous, 11 March 2001 00:00

TRIUMPH’S new Daytona is undergoing extensive last-minute testing to prepare for its release to the public in May. MCN spotted this all-black pre-production machine testing at Bruntingthorpe proving ground in Leicestershire.As it sped down the two-mile dis-used runway, it registered 157mph on our radar gun – and it appeared to have a lot more in reserve.The old 955i managed a ...

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MV Agusta ready to unveil 1000cc superbike

Anonymous, 11 March 2001 00:00

THE new MV Agusta F5 promises to be the most desirable bike in the world.With a 150bhp 1000cc four-cylinder engine and the design genius of Massimo Tamburini (the man responsible for the F4 and, of course, the Ducati 916), knees are likely to go weak the world over when the bike is revealed.The firm is now expected to show off ...

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Is the Bonnie best?

Anonymous, 11 March 2001 00:00

WE’RE taking the new Triumph Bonneville to Brighton together with the Kawasaki W650 and a Royal Enfield.You can also look forward to a meeting with the man with Britain’s biggest collection of Monkey bikes.And just for good measure we’re taking a Police BMW K1100LT for a thrash around Bruntingthorpe. Best to look the other way, officer.

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