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It’s gonna get you

Anonymous, 23 June 2000 00:00

UNRELENTING rain smacks off my visor. Somewhere in the pitch-blackness, in the turbulent air behind me, something evil has picked up my scent. I hear the unmistakable sound of a V-twin engine pulling towards the red line. It bounces off the steep canyon walls and resonates in my helmet.I tuck down to tease every last mph out and try to ...

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Cool calipers take the heat out of the hardest braking

Anonymous, 23 June 2000 00:00

YOU can expect to see them on the front forks of a bike in a pub car park near you very soon: Radially-mounted brake calipers.If you have eagle eyes and an anorak attention to detail, you’ll have noticed them on WSB bikes already. And when WSB riders start feeling the benefits we can’t be far behind.The imposing-looking parts are now ...

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Welcome back to the playground

Anonymous, 16 June 2000 00:00

LIFE is hard. There are those who can amble through it not worrying about the next big bill, but they are a privileged few. The rest of us have long forgotten that happy, simple land where children play and policemen clip ears.But once a year – and if you happen to be a motorcyclist – someone opens the door and ...

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This thing has grown bigger than all of us

Anonymous, 16 June 2000 00:00

IT’S official. Ducati is not just a motorcycle maker, it’s a cult brand, like Harley-Davidson or Caterpillar. They’ve reached a stage in their relatively short career where the name Ducati has become absolutely synonymous with Italian bikes.If any proof was needed that the Bologna factory had arrived in brand heaven (the place where Kellogg’s Cornflakes, Heinz beans and Coca Cola ...

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It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it

Anonymous, 16 June 2000 00:00

IT’S Sunday morning. You were due to go for a ride, but the weather’s naff and you’ve got a hangover. So what are you going to do to spend some quality time with your baby? Clean the thing. Most of us either love or loathe this particular facet of motorcycle ownership, but if you want your bike to look good ...

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It’s been a hard day’s fortnight

Anonymous, 09 June 2000 00:00

ROLL off the ferry for the start of your Isle of Man experience and it comes as no great surprise that everything is laid on for you.The racing goes off when it’s meant to (weather permitting) the evening entertainment is just the way we like it (the beer rarely runs out, the girls rarely keep their clothes on) and the ...

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Change your scenery

Anonymous, 09 June 2000 00:00

SOME bikes create dilemmas. And this is one of them. You know you’re just nipping across town, so you put on your best trainers, polish your black visor and leave on your best going-out jeans. After all, you’re just nipping across town.But before you know it, this mongrel cross of trials bike and trail bike has you scanning the surroundings ...

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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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Dunlop and Michelin are castaways on the Island

Anonymous, 02 June 2000 00:00

WHEN you’re talking about GPs and WSB, Michelin and Dunlop are the only names that matter in tyres. The two firms enjoy a monopoly in world championship racing, and no-one uses anything else. But when you bring the Isle of Man TT into the equation, possibly the toughest testing ground for tyres in the world, the French and British firms ...

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And on the seventh day… we all go on a large one

Anonymous, 02 June 2000 00:00

IT is quite conceivable that you will have seen a piano used as a sidecar before – in your wildest dreams.If you pinch yourself and the tinkling of the ivories continues to get louder, you’re almost certainly on the Isle of Man during TT fortnight. And if that piano combination is passed by a loon on the back wheel of ...

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