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KTM 250 EXC Racing tested

Anonymous, 25 February 2002 00:00

KTM’s new four-stroke 250EXC Racing costs almost £5000. But you can find out if you’re prepared to fork out for it by trying it out in a weekend of off-road fun for just under £300.That’s the deal with KTM Adventure Tours. For £299, they’ll kit you out with Alpinestars gear, plonk you on a 250EXC Racing and take you on ...

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Cruisers

Anonymous, 18 February 2002 00:00

Most popular cruiser: Harley-Davidson 883Fancy buying into the Harley mystique on a budget? Well, the 883 could be ideal.But make sure you know what you’re getting – Harleys are all about image, so don’t expect Japanese levels of go. Despite being on its way to being a litre bike, the 883 can’t even crack a ton and struggles to accelerate ...

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’94 CBR900RR-R

Anonymous, 28 January 2002 00:00

HONDA must have received hundreds of complaints about the manners of its early bikes because the Blade changed markedly in 1994.MCN’s first group test – against a Suzuki RF900, Kawasaki ZX-9R and Triumph Daytona 900 – saw test rider Kevin Ash proclaim it " surprisingly good at playing the sports-tourer role " as well as dominate the pure sports class, ...

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First ride on new ZX-9R

Anonymous, 28 January 2002 00:00

Kawasaki’s 2002 ZX-9R seems faster than ever, showing 300kmh at 12,000rpm.while we all know speedos can be inaccurate, the bike feels significantly quicker than a 900 should!But top speed isn’t the only change. The new ZX-9R’s chassis, swingarm and extra kick in the mid-range all help to create a more flexible Kawasaki. The chassis is beefed-up for extra-strength, especially around ...

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The one that got away

Anonymous, 21 January 2002 00:00

Jonathan Durrant, 53 is fromWarwickshire. He’s owned 26 bikes " When I first started work at 16 there was a chap I worked with who was an avid motorcyclist. I was earning very little money, only £3 a week when I started, and he helped me find a bike. We put our earnings together bought an old Ariel single, cadged ...

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Bikes you’ll find on sale in the Paddock Bargains area

Anonymous, 14 January 2002 00:00

Here are the bikes you’ll find up for grabs in the Paddock Bargains area at this years’ MCN-Backed Ally Pally show.The information (and spelling) included is as supplied.SPONDON CHASSIS COMPLETE WITH YAMAHA RUNNING GEAR. SPONDON YAMAHA 1985 ALUMINIUM BOX FRAME. 400cc CD1 MOTOR. KEHIN FLATSIDES BUILT TO USE ON ROAD. FULLY REGISTERED. [ ‘B’ REG] WITH LIGHTS / HOM ETC. ...

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Triumph Sprint ST

Anonymous, 14 January 2002 00:00

Compared to the new Honda VFR the Sprint ST feels a bit big, a bit flat and looks a bit dated, writes Marc Potter. But for the type of rider Triumph’s aiming the Sprint ST at it’s obviously working a treat as it was their third best seller last year with 585 bikes sold new in 2001.It’s a wildy capable ...

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Piaggio tests 850cc twist-and-go bike

Anonymous, 14 January 2002 00:00

THE world’s first full-size twist-and-go bike is now being tested in Italy.Piaggio’s850cc V-twin prototype has a fuel-injected sohc engine which originally designed for a big-bore scooter. But the massive popularity of naked bikes in Italy has prompted Piaggio to explore its potential in a " proper " bike.The engine is effectively two cylinders from Piaggio’s X9 scooter bolted together.It makes ...

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Guzzi continues air-cooled development

Anonymous, 23 December 2001 00:00

Those who prefer the traditional sound of an air-cooled Guzzi to the Euro-conformity of a water-cooled engine will be relieved to hear that the company has not stopped development of it’s water-less unit.In fact large portions of the engine are currently being redesigned to allow it to carry on in production well into the 21st century.While Guzzi may be experimenting ...

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200bhp GSX-R… but it’s got three wheels

Anonymous, 16 December 2001 00:00

Suzuki’s early GSX-R750 has always been a popular bike for special builders. French firm Motomate has taken it a mad stage further.Looking like the love child of a monster truck and a motorcycle this creation turns heads and stomachs in equal proportions.To create the beast Motomate took a stock GSX-R and removed the entire front end and swingarm. With just ...

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