Bike News (May 2000)

  • 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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