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Bike News (March 2000)

  • 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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  • 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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