Bike news

  • Guess the average cost of bike insurance

    29 July 2001

    Guess the average cost of bike insurance

    What do you think the average cost of a bike insurance policy with Norwich Union is these days? You might be surprised.An MCN investigation has revealed it’s actually close to £250, considerably lower...

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  • Don’t forget Friday’s GSX-R Festival

    29 July 2001

    Don’t forget Friday’s GSX-R Festival

    Kevin Schwantz, racing Suzukis and more GSX-Rs than you’ll have ever seen gathered in one place before, it’s all on offer at Brands Hatch this Friday.But if you can’t make it in person, you won’t miss...

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  • Honda CX500 Custom

    29 July 2001

    Honda CX500 Custom

    WHEN a bike, within minutes of its 1978 launch, acquires the tag " Plastic Maggot " , it’s safe to assume the machine has been less than well received by the masses. But the original CX...

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  • Professional thieves target Brands

    29 July 2001

    Professional thieves target Brands

    THE sneak thieves warned of by police yesterday struck again last night in the Brands Hatch campsites – and they are so good at their work that even the police are forced to admit how expert they...

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  • No end yet to our Saturday Brands scenes

    22 July 2001

    No end yet to our Saturday Brands scenes

    NO words are needed to explain the build up throughout today of the fans and atmosphere at Brands Hatch.But to remind you why the event is so special on the British biking calendar, here are some...

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  • Insurance grief for 1900 Devitt customers

    22 July 2001

    Insurance grief for 1900 Devitt customers

    HUNDREDS of riders insured through the brokerage firm Devitt DA have been asked to cough up for new insurance policies following the demise of underwriters Independent Insurance Company Limited.While...

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  • Myth of speeding motorcyclists exposed

    22 July 2001

    Myth of speeding motorcyclists exposed

    WITH an apparently increasing number of residents in rural areas complaining about bikes speeding through their quiet villages, here’s some figures that should shut them up.After the Parish councils...

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  • Keeping the R1 legend afloat

    22 July 2001

    Keeping the R1 legend afloat

    YAMAHA’S R1 may be struggling to compete with Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 on the road, but there is somewhere it will give the new class leader a sound thrashing – on water.The new Yamaha WaveRunner FX140 uses...

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  • Ducati to launch Hodgson rep 996

    22 July 2001

    Ducati to launch Hodgson rep 996

    WSB star Neil Hodgson is having a limited edition Ducati 996 made in his honour.Hodgson, a hot tip for success at the Brands Hatch WSB round on July29, rides a 996S in the championship.Unlike either...

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  • Mighty Dot security markings to arrive in the UK

    22 July 2001

    PEOPLE have been marking their territory for millions of years. Fortunately, things have moved on a bit since the days of dried dung piles, and the latest marking techniques are much more advanced. Security systems such as Datatag, Alphadot and Smartwater have cut thefts and reduced the cost of insurance. And now there’s a new name entering the fray – that of Mighty Dot. It uses a spray to apply...

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  • More help to beat thieving scum

    22 July 2001

    More help to beat thieving scum

    IF your bike ever gets nicked, the first reaction is often to tell as many people as possible, so they can keep an eye out for you.And now the ACU, British bikesport’s governing body, is providing a...

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  • 168mph… on skates!

    22 July 2001

    168mph… on skates!

    WHILE you’d expect a FireBlade to hit 168mph, you’d have to look twice if a bloke on Rollerblades came past at that speed.But that’s exactly what German Dirk Auer managed – with a little help from...

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  • First test of CCM’s R30

    22 July 2001

    First test of CCM’s R30

    The new CCM R30 draws more head-turning glances than Jordan in a moist T-shirt.To the clean-slated mind of your average non-biking man on the street, the new CCM appears to be a great-looking...

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  • Twisting through town

    22 July 2001

    Twisting through town

    Where in the world could you expect to ride like this through town and get away with it? Yup, it’s the Isle of Man during the TT.

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  • 28 seconds

    22 July 2001

    28 seconds

    WELL DONE! You’ve correctly guessed that wheezy John-san had only enough puff for 28 seconds! You win!Click on the link on the right to see his shameful effort.

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  • Too sexy for my scooter

    22 July 2001

    Too sexy for my scooter

    WITH their classic design and distinctive looks no one could ever accuse Vespas of being visually boring. But just in case they fail to catch the eye of the beautiful people in the West End, you will...

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  • Sensational TT FireBlade tested

    22 July 2001

    Sensational TT FireBlade tested

    This is the bike Honda hoped would reclaim their TT glory this year. Featuring internals engineered by the FireBlade’s progenitor Tadao Baba himself, this is a very, very special machine indeed. We...

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  • Video: The FireBlade to take on the TT

    22 July 2001

    Video: The FireBlade to take on the TT

    This was the FireBlade Honda had built specially for the TT. Desperate to claw back ground against the Yamahas and hold off the threat from Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 this 180bhp stunner weighs as little as a...

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  • Ducati Monster M620ie first test

    22 July 2001

    Ducati Monster M620ie first test

    HAS there ever been a bike that deserves its name less than the middleweight of the Monster family? Far from being " grotesque " or " gigantic " , which is how the dictionary...

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  • Yamaha’s 2002 colours revealed

    22 July 2001

    Yamaha’s 2002 colours revealed

    Here are the first pictures of the 2002 Fazer 1000 and 2002 Dragstar XV650 in their new silver colour scheme.The silver scheme is replacing the red one in the Fazer 1000 line-up.The Star series is...

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  • What to take

    15 July 2001

    What to take

    SO what exactly is involved in riding around the world? We asked Duncan Goose to give us the survivor’s guide to global motorcycle travel. " Rule number one is travel light. Taking things you...

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  • Infra-red movement sensor

    15 July 2001

    Infra-red movement sensor

    Despite living in an area of Norwich with low levels of crime, Peter Jenks’ insurance company insisted he garaged his Triumph Bonneville, installed immobilisers and secured it with a lock.Hoping it...

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  • Trench and fishing wire trap

    15 July 2001

    Trench and fishing wire trap

    When a thief visits in the small hours, the last thing he expects is a 7ft-deep trench. But that’s exactly what he’ll find if he tries getting his hands on Mark D’s bike.After losing two bikes in as...

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