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  • The queue-jumper

    14 July 2000

    The queue-jumper

    THE sweet smell of two-stroke wafted around me as I waited for the lights to turn green on a gridful of impatient, wide-eyed loons. My senses were wound to maximum. The instant I saw green I was ready...

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  • Fancy going for a blat, Bazza?

    07 July 2000

    Fancy going for a blat, Bazza?

    AS a kid growing up in the ’70s, like many of my peers, I had an Evel Knievel wind-up toy Skycycle, complete with stars and stripes-clad Knievel doll.After about a year of playing at Knievel, I...

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  • Prepare for an Indian summer

    07 July 2000

    Prepare for an Indian summer

    THE scenario had been acted out many times before. A V-twin Harley-Davidson was locked in combat with a four-cylinder Indian, their riders crouched over the tanks with the throttles at the stop...

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  • Blades: The Gathering

    01 July 2000

    Blades: The Gathering

    CULT status is usually accorded to things which aren’t actually that popular. Red Dwarf, for example isn’t anywhere near as big as Neighbours. Honda’s FireBlade is a glaring exception to this...

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  • It’s gonna get you

    23 June 2000

    It’s gonna get you

    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...

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  • Welcome back to the playground

    16 June 2000

    Welcome back to the playground

    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...

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  • This thing has grown bigger than all of us

    16 June 2000

    This thing has grown bigger than all of us

    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...

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  • Change your scenery

    09 June 2000

    Change your scenery

    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...

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  • It’s been a hard day’s fortnight

    09 June 2000

    It’s been a hard day’s fortnight

    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...

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  • Big on the Island

    09 June 2000

    Big on the Island

    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...

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  • Made you look, made you stare

    26 May 2000

    Made you look, made you stare

    THE family of Mexicans sitting to my left in their old Ford pick-up are just plain staring. In fact, from the look on their faces you would think I had just pulled a gun on them.The bloke to my right...

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  • Seven days, seven events, one emotion

    26 May 2000

    Seven days, seven events, one emotion

    THEY say you can have too much of a good thing. I disagree. Maybe I’ve just got an addictive personality, but when I find something I love doing, I just want to keep doing it. Riding bikes is one...

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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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