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  • John Wayne would be turning in his grave

    26 May 2000

    John Wayne would be turning in his grave

    I’M at the top of a 10,000ft mountain, the equivalent of a third of the way up Everest. It’s May, but there are deep snow drifts all around and miles of narrow, rocky trails bordered by sheer drops.

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  • Why half an inch matters

    19 May 2000

    Why half an inch matters

    TYRE size is one of the burning issues in 500 GPs this year. If you’ve watched any of the recent rounds on TV you’ll have heard commentators going on about 16.5 and 17-inch rear wheels. So what’s the...

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  • Beat them off with a filthy stick

    19 May 2000

    Beat them off with a filthy stick

    IT’S important to look good in the city. For those who frequent the best bars and restaurants, a battered old CX500 is a bit of a no-no. The Ducati badge says all the right things to the...

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  • New name, old style

    19 May 2000

    New name, old style

    AS the bike in my mirrors drew nearer I got my head down, cracked open the throttle and went for it, but in no time it was on my tail. The narrow, twisty road allowed me to hold it off, but as soon as...

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  • Silver dream racer

    19 May 2000

    Silver dream racer

    IT’S back in May 1979 and I’m rushing to my local newsagents to pick up the latest copy of American bike magazine Cycle World. As I walk into the shop I glimpse the front cover and there, in glorious...

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  • So how do you like yours?

    12 May 2000

    So how do you like yours?

    HOW do you want your bike to feel? Racy and quick into turns or steady and stable? It’s all down to suspension.Top racers spend more time working on suspension settings than anything else. The ad...

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  • How a slipper stops a slide...

    05 May 2000

    How a slipper stops a slide...

    WE’VE been hearing a lot about slipper clutches recently – they’re fitted to exotica like Aprilia’s RSV and anyone watching the TV coverage of the Phillip Island WSB will have seen what can happen if...

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  • American psycho

    05 May 2000

    American psycho

    BRUTAL, that’s the only word for it. The X1 Lightning has always been a bit of an animal, but this carbon-clad version has taken things to a new extreme. I can’t remember the last time I had a bike...

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  • Rocket Ron shows you how it’s done

    05 May 2000

    Rocket Ron shows you how it’s done

    HANDS up if you don’t know how half the functions on your video recorder work and therefore never use them. If it records at the appropriate time and on the right channel, you’re more than happy.Many...

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  • It’s a car killer

    01 May 2000

    It’s a car killer

    Piaggio, like BMW with its C1 scoot-with-a-roof, has realised the future lies in targeting people who wouldn’t normally consider buying a scooter rather than just poaching customers from rival firms.

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  • Ready for a riot

    01 May 2000

    Ready for a riot

    MOTORCYCLING is speckled with legendary machines. Ducati’s 900SS and 916, Honda’s RC30 and the original CB750, Norton’s Manx single and, more recently, Yamaha’s R1 all have their places in history.

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  • When is a CBR not a CBR...?

    21 April 2000

    When is a CBR not a CBR...?

    " DON’T harm my baby. " If I wasn’t already nervous about riding Russell Savory’s Evo CBR600, I was now. This was the culmination of months of painstaking work by RS Performance to build...

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  • Fighting crime with grime

    14 April 2000

    Fighting crime with grime

    THERE’S a different kind of detective work going on in York... " We’ll follow these tracks into the field and see if we can spot anyone, " says Pc John Wedgewood.He points at the fresh...

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  • Fancy a change from the Cat & Fiddle?

    07 April 2000

    Fancy a change from the Cat & Fiddle?

    LOOK at this picture. Now imagine it’s you on the bike riding mile after mile through scenery you’ve only known before in road movies. Having trouble? Well, read on and hopefully you’ll get a clearer...

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  • 162bhp ZRX? That’s a real man’s bike

    01 April 2000

    162bhp ZRX? That’s a real man’s bike

    CAST your mind back to 1981. Ronnie Reagan was running the world and Eddie Lawson was on his way to sealing the U.S. superbike title on a Kawasaki Z1000... but there’s one more name to remember and...

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  • Oil formulas unleash hidden powers

    24 March 2000

    IT might look like the same old brown, slippery liquid motorcyclists have poured into their engines for decades, but there’s as much high-tech computer-aided design going into some modern oils as there is into the bikes themselves.A visit to Castrol’s Technology Centre at Pangbourne, Berks – one of the most advanced of its kind in the world – reveals testing is an amazingly precise art and that...

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  • Meet the power behind Triumph’s engines

    24 March 2000

    Meet the power behind Triumph’s engines

    HE’S modest, unassuming and on the face of things a thoroughly unremarkable person. He and his wife run a small Midlands business employing up to four other people.Yet John Wilcox is one of the most...

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  • The land where dreams come true

    17 March 2000

    The land where dreams come true

    SUNSHINE all year round. Smooth, grippy and challenging back roads through beautiful scenery. A virtually zero police presence. And a biker-friendly public which treats motorcyclists like every other...

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  • Speed limiters: Not if or when... just how

    17 March 2000

    Speed limiters: Not if or when... just how

    LIKE it or not, top speed restrictions are on their way. For the first time ever, next year’s fastest bikes will be slower than this year’s. As you’ll be aware if you’ve been following the saga in MCN...

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  • Not missing anything

    10 March 2000

    Not missing anything

    THERE are some things in life which just don’t make sense. A bee shouldn’t be able to fly because its wings are too small. Peter Stringfellow should not be able to pull nubile young women. And a...

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  • Come on Chris, it’s only a laugh

    10 March 2000

    Come on Chris, it’s only a laugh

    IF we’re all absolutely honest with ourselves, we’ve all watched a British superbike race and thought: " I could do that with the right bike and a bit of practice. " Chances are you’ve...

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  • Just make the whole thing out of carbon...

    03 March 2000

    Just make the whole thing out of carbon...

    IF there’s one material everyone wants it’s carbon-fibre. Thousands of us deck out our machines with carbon fairings, huggers and even stick-on bits to stop the key scratching the dash. Some people go...

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  • Why everyone is mad for Screamers

    01 March 2000

    Why everyone is mad for Screamers

    HONDA’S new GP 500 rider Loris Capirossi said in last week’s MCN he opted for a Screamer engine because it was easier on tyres. Traditionally, it’s the Big Bang engine Mick Doohan started using in...

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  • Just like you, it has grown up

    25 February 2000

    Just like you, it has grown up

    THE brutal lines of the GS12000SS hark back to the days when bikes were all about wobbling around corners and laying down horsepower on the straights.We’ve already had 1970s retros such as the Zephyr...

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  • Just another R1? Er, no actually

    18 February 2000

    Just another R1? Er, no actually

    WHAT’S in a name? Plenty, actually. And in certain cases lots of cred, respect and prestige. Do a bit of serious name-dropping and your rank can be instantly elevated. Certain names are real status...

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  • Tyres: Moulded around the way you ride

    11 February 2000

    Tyres: Moulded around the way you ride

    FOR things which started life dripping out of a tree in some distant, tropical rainforest, tyres have achieved a pretty significant role in all our lives. We all moan when they burst, we all moan when...

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  • Why it’s worth shelling out on a shock

    04 February 2000

    Why it’s worth shelling out on a shock

    IF you’re going to make any improvements to your bike, chances are the first things on your list are an aftermarket exhaust, Dynojet kit and K&N filter. These will sharpen the throttle response,...

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  • So it’s back to the drawing board, then?

    01 February 2000

    So it’s back to the drawing board, then?

    FOR every brilliant new invention to reach bike showrooms, there are hundreds which never go into production and are destined instead to remain unfathomable drawings filed away at the patent office...

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  • Come on Cavalier man, make my day!

    01 February 2000

    Come on Cavalier man, make my day!

    I’M sat at the side of the road with a radar gun in my hand, pointing it directly at anyone who dares to break the limit. At my side is Pc Chris Pulfrey, a police rider for the past 20 years and a...

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