First rides & tests (August 2004)

  • 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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