First rides & tests (Jan - Dec 2004)

  • On the road again

    15 December 2004

    On the road again

    The CBR600F is back on the road at last after finally getting a new chain and sprockets fitted. The Renthal set that I fitted back in May had really suffered hard after doing around15,000 miles but...

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  • RVF is better than ever

    15 December 2004

    RVF is better than ever

    Now that I've finally stopped holding a grudge against our Used Bikes Editor for sending my RVF400RR (on loan from DK Motorcycles) into a gravel trap at Rockingham, I can finally admit that it might...

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  • GSX-R flat battery fix

    17 November 2004

    GSX-R flat battery fix

    I have just experienced the most freakish stroke of good luck. It all started when my bike’s battery went flat. This was due to a combination of factors. First was my lack of riding due to...

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  • Le cops nab our man

    29 September 2004

    Le cops nab our man

    Used Bikes Editor Angus Farquhar is completing his last session at the European Superbikes School three day track course at the Norgaro circuit in France. He's going quicker but is 90 Euros lighter in...

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  • French tour for CBR

    22 September 2004

    French tour for CBR

    motorcyclenew.com's Angus Farquhar is off to France on his long-term test Honda CBR600F on Friday, September 24, to take part in a three-day track school at Nogaro. Farquhar is riding down to the...

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  • Our big French thrash

    22 September 2004

    Our big French thrash

    Used Bikes Editor Angus Farquhar has just called from the pits at the Nogaro circuit in France, where he's improving his track skills with the European Superbike School. Farquhar is sweltering in 25...

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  • Our GSX-R1000 flat out

    22 September 2004

    Our GSX-R1000 flat out

    How fast does your bike go? It's hard to be sure. Even if you happen to have a handy unrestricted piece of road to max it on out you'll be relying on your speedo in most cases. The fastest I had seen...

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  • Z750 tidied and sorted

    22 September 2004

    Z750 tidied and sorted

    Changing the suspension on my Z750 made a big difference when I rode it at Rockingham. The Hagon Products (0208 502 6222) front and rear suspension took the handling from 'ok' to confidence...

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  • Final Rockingham night

    01 September 2004

    Final Rockingham night

    Wednesday September 1, is the last chance to meet the MCN longterm test bike riders at a Rockingham track evening. Attending will be MCN Editor Marc Potter on his Honda CBR1000RR FireBlade, Chief...

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  • GSX14 passes track test

    25 August 2004

    GSX14 passes track test

    The GSX1400 made its track debut on August 25 at a Rockingham track evening - and it worked a treat. Stiffening up the suspension seemed to transform the bike to the point it was grinding the pegs at...

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  • Long termers on track

    25 August 2004

    Long termers on track

    A host of MCN long term test bikes and their riders enjoyed a cracking night at Rockingham on Wednesday. Editor Marc Potter was there with his blade, road tester Michael Neeves took his R1 out, road...

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  • GSX-R tweeks tested

    25 August 2004

    GSX-R tweeks tested

    The tweeks to my GSX-R1000's suspension have made a significant improvement to the way the bike handles on track. I rode Rockingham on August 18. Harris's Ohlins suspension experts adjusted my...

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  • GSX-R set-up guide

    18 August 2004

    GSX-R set-up guide

    We let loose the Ohlins technicians from Harris Performance on our long term test GSX-R1000. We wanted to see how much they could improve the stock suspension with the aid of a tape measure and the...

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  • Crunch time for our RVF

    18 August 2004

    Crunch time for our RVF

    Our long term test RVF400RR (on loan from DK Motorcycles) is in need of cosmetic repair work after a bit of off road action at a rain-soaked Rockingham on Wednesday night (Aug 18). Used Bikes Editor...

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  • GSX-R dyno shootout

    18 August 2004

    GSX-R dyno shootout

    Our three long term test GSX-Rs went head to head on the dyno at Crescent Suzuki's open weekend (Aug 21-22). There's no prizes for guessing which made the most power our of our 1000, 750 and 600. ...

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  • Meet us at Rockingham

    18 August 2004

    Meet us at Rockingham

    Meet members of the MCN team at Rockingham track evenings this month - the latest is on Wednesday, August 25. It's our third evening of this current season - and they continue every Wednesday up to...

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  • MCN tours Ireland

    11 August 2004

    MCN tours Ireland

    After another night back in Bray, the pair set out to make the long trip back all in one go. 100 miles to the ferry, a two and a half hour crossing and 350 miles across Britain seemed like a do-able...

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  • GSX14 hits 5000 miles

    11 August 2004

    GSX14 hits 5000 miles

    MCN'S Suzuki GSX1400 long-termer is now 5000 miles old and is really coming into its own. The first report on the bike, supplied by Fowlers of Bristol on long-term loan, is in the August 11 issue of...

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  • MCN rides Rockingham

    11 August 2004

    MCN rides Rockingham

    The consensus amoung the other riders was the same, with everyone having a great time. And in the paddock we had been joined by other memebers of the MCN staff, including Editor Marc Potter. It felt...

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  • MCN tour hits NW200

    11 August 2004

    MCN tour hits NW200

    MCN’s dynamic touring duo, Angus Farquhar and Marc Abbott, have spent the afternoon in Joey’s Bar on their trip around Northern Ireland and Eire. Farquhar says the weather is good and...

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  • MCN tour hits first snag

    11 August 2004

    MCN tour hits first snag

    MCN's Angus Farquhar and Marc Abott have reached Ireland after an eventful first stage of their trip to the Emerald Isle. Used Bikes Editor Farquhar was enjoying the sun started to go down - and he...

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  • Z750 debuts on track

    11 August 2004

    Z750 debuts on track

    Sat in the MCN office at 4.15pm on Wednesday night (August 11) my heart was pounding and my palms were sweaty - as they always are before I embark on a track day. Last night I attended the California...

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  • Calling GSX-R owners

    11 August 2004

    Calling GSX-R owners

    Got a GSX-R? So have three of MCN’s long term test team and we’ll be taking all of them to Crescent Suzuki’s performance centre in Verwood, Dorset for an open weekend all GSX-R...

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  • Follow MCN on tour

    04 August 2004

    Follow MCN on tour

    MCN’s Angus Farquhar and Marc Abbott are off on a tour of the Emerald Isle this week on their long-term test bikes Farquhar and Abbott will be pilling on the soft luggage and taking the Honda...

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  • Track lessons on our GSX-R1000

    01 August 2004

    Track lessons on our GSX-R1000

    "The first drill of the day was all about selecting and using reference points – for your turn in point, your apex and your exit. And it was all done in fourth gear – with no brakes.

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  • Great night at Squires

    21 July 2004

    Great night at Squires

    Many of the MCN long term fleet made the trek up the A1M from Peterborough on Wednesday June 23 to sample the bike meet at Squires Cafe in Yorkshire. It was an informal two-hour ride-out after work,...

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  • Parking row latest

    14 July 2004

    Parking row latest

    The observant ones among you might remember that Editor David Cushman was unfortunate enough to have his 2004 GSX-R1000 stolen from a parking bay in London in April. His long term report, here,...

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  • Back to superbike school

    01 July 2004

    Back to superbike school

    I know how to ride. Sounds arrogant doesn’t it? But it’s true, I really do know the theory of how to ride inside out. It’s the practice I sometimes struggle with. After a series of...

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  • Rapid Skills day

    01 July 2004

    Rapid Skills day

    There’s not much point in having a sports bike if you don’t know how to use it properly. Having only ever owned all-rounders before I thought it was about time to learn some fast riding...

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  • Living with a CBR600F

    30 June 2004

    Living with a CBR600F

    Too much cold tyre acceleration ruined the first set of new tyres I put on the CBR but when I had the new Pirellis fitted the different profile made the tyre rub on the Hugger that was fitted to the...

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  • GSX-R breezes service

    30 June 2004

    GSX-R breezes service

    My GSX-R1000 has sailed through its first service - and that's a stage further than the first one I had this year... That one, you may recall, got stolen the day before it was booked in for its first...

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  • Tracker fitted to GSX-R

    16 June 2004

    Tracker fitted to GSX-R

    When my K4 GSX-R1000 was lifted from a parking space in a busy London street I went through a range of emotions that I really didn’t want to experience again. None of them were particularly...

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  • Mistaken identity?

    02 June 2004

    Mistaken identity?

    Sometimes finding out more about a second-hand motorcycle can be fun, in a Sherlock Holmes kind of way. I'm planning to attend a trackday run by the guys at www.400greybike.co.uk, and thought I should...

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  • GSX-R is back in black

    02 June 2004

    GSX-R is back in black

    I'm counting myself really lucky. I'm back on two wheels, and they are very special ones indeed. Many of you will recall my GSX-R1000K4 was half-inched before I'd even got to the first service. Some...

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  • GSX-R750 turned me into a scrubber

    26 May 2004

    GSX-R750 turned me into a scrubber

    Andy Downes, MCN’s News Editor, is running a GSX-R750 this year. This is what he has to say about it so far. If you’ve got an ’04 GSX-R750 and want to contact Andy, email him at...

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