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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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  • Stop and think about your brakes

    21 January 2000

    Stop and think about your brakes

    THE biking moments most likely to stick in your mind more vividly than any other probably don’t involve hundreds of horsepower, or blue lights in the mirror. The ones that really stay with you are...

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  • The father of modern sports bikes

    21 January 2000

    The father of modern sports bikes

    THERE is one man among Honda’s team at the all-important launch of the FireBlade for whom the bowing goes on longer and deeper than any other. When any Japanese technician goes near him they speak in...

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