Bike news

  • Is time running out for MAG and the BMF?

    10 June 2001

    Is time running out for MAG and the BMF?

    PRESSURE groups are there to fight for our rights. They understand the things we care about and the issues that wind us up. That’s the idea, anyway. But a recent demonstration against toll charges at...

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  • Riding Britain’s greatest road

    10 June 2001

    Riding Britain’s greatest road

    The days of the Roman Empire weren’t just about eating grapes, grappling with virgins and having lots of hot baths. Some of it was about standing guard on the rainswept borders of northern England...

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  • First pictures of Road Star Warrior

    10 June 2001

    First pictures of Road Star Warrior

    Yamaha’s new XV1700 Road Star Warrior is unveiled today, boasting sports bike technology and cruiser styling.The Warrior’s engine is pure cruiser. Based on the XV1600 Wild Star’s 48 degree air-cooled...

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  • Our first long term test on a Buell

    03 June 2001

    Our first long term test on a Buell

    I was shaking. Part cold, part anticipation, part excitement. But mainly fear. I was just about to to pick up my Buell X1 Lightning. Problem was, I had not ridden a motorcycle in 15 years and I don’t...

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  • Rival parties pass their verdict

    03 June 2001

    Conservatives " Labour have been all mouth and no delivery in their integrated transport strategy. The Government doesn’t even measure journey times in congested cities. If they did, they’d find motorcycles to be the shortest. Labour should be promoting two-wheelers instead of clobbering motorists. We will do our utmost to empower bikes. In congested areas in particular, motorcycles play a...

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  • The advantages of lightweight wheels

    03 June 2001

    WHERE do you start when you want to modify your bike? A bit of engine tuning first, maybe upgrade the brakes to suit the improved performance and as it goes along add rear sets and finish off with a spangly new paint job. But would you add lightweight wheels?For most of us, light wheels are something of a luxury item. They cost a fortune, admittedly look good but surely they can’t make that much...

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  • Long term test: Life with an FJR

    03 June 2001

    Long term test: Life with an FJR

    I had said farewell to my ZX-12R in mid-December. It was mid-May before I finally got my hands on the FJR. I hadn't even ridden a push bike in the intervening time. You will therefore understand my...

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  • Out and about: Hunstanton

    03 June 2001

    Out and about: Hunstanton

    Hunstanton hands over a prime parking spot to motorcycles, close to the bandstand and nestled between amusement arcades and cafes.There are some good routes to it to be found if you scour your map of...

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  • Yamaha Bulldog revealed

    03 June 2001

    Yamaha Bulldog revealed

    Yamaha’s new Bulldog BT1100 is revealed today for the first time.The Japanese firm claims the Bulldog is specifically designed to meet the needs of the European market.Yamaha reckons its new machine...

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  • First ride on Honda’s Varadero 125

    03 June 2001

    First ride on Honda’s Varadero 125

    Like its bigger brother, this Varadero uses a V-twin, but it has a learner-friendly 125cc capacity.That’s not really enough to cope with gusting headwinds, reducing your rpm to 10,000 instead of...

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  • Suzuki plans 650cc scooter

    03 June 2001

    Suzuki plans 650cc scooter

    September will see the launch of Suzuki’s new Skywave 650 – a big bore scooter aimed at bikes like Yamaha’s T-max and Honda’s Silverwing.Like its competitors, the bike will use a two-cylinder engine...

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  • Enter the 200mph ZX-12R

    03 June 2001

    Enter the 200mph ZX-12R

    The last time I rode a ZX-12R, it topped out with a less than hyperbolic 183mph, or 12mph slower than a politically castrated 2000 Hayabusa, leaving in its wake more questions than answers. But let...

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  • Rare Ducatis become available

    03 June 2001

    Rare Ducatis become available

    Just when you thought Ducati’s super-exclusive MH900E was impossible to get hold of… a British dealer has managed to bag a couple.But if you want one you really shouldn’t hang about. DK has just two...

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  • Strange tales from when the racers are at play

    01 June 2001

    There’s a clapped-out cliché that’s been pinned to the noticeboard of many a place of employment over the years which reads as follows: " You Don’t Have To Be Mad To Work Here – But It Helps! " While many workplaces aren’t exactly the lunatic asylums they’d like to think they are, the bike racing industry can rest easy in the knowledge that, for them, this shop-soiled sentiment...

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  • Kawasaki comes up with a Sportster rival

    01 June 2001

    Kawasaki comes up with a Sportster rival

    Kawasaki is launching a budget cruiser aimed at the Harley Sportster market.The bike will join the firm’s VN1500 family next year, say sources close to the factory. The Japanese firm’s VN range...

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  • How to avoid aches and pains when riding

    27 May 2001

    How to avoid aches and pains when riding

    WristsIf you ride a bike for long enough you can fall foul of an affliction known as carpal tunnel syndrome. The ‘carpal tunnel’ is a bracelet of bones and ligament at the base of your hand and anyone...

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  • Death of the TL1000S

    27 May 2001

    Death of the TL1000S

    The TL1000S is no longer being made or officially imported to the UK. Stocks of the Suzuki sports twin you now find in dealers are the last there is.And although the TL1000R will remain in production...

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  • Cache of Ducatis on sale at cost price

    27 May 2001

    Cache of Ducatis on sale at cost price

    A batch of two-year-old Ducatis which have never turned a wheel are being offered exclusively to motorcyclenews.com users at cost price.The 1999-spec bikes are to all intents and purposes brand new.

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  • Magni’s retro masterpiece

    27 May 2001

    Magni’s retro masterpiece

    The late ’60s and early ’70s will be remembered for plenty of things. It was the era of Afghan coats, stacked boots, keep on trucking badges and hair that was long at the back and short on top.Weeding...

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