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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2001)

  • Bike thefts creeping up

    14 October 2001

    Bike thefts creeping up

    MOTORCYCLE security products may have improved recently and the manufacturers may have developed anti-theft features for more new machines than ever, but somehow we’re still losing the battle against...

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  • British Superbike Champion

    14 October 2001

    British Superbike Champion

    Name: John Reynolds. Age: 36. Salary: Around £60,000 per year plus win bonuses and sponsorship deals. Hours: 40-plus a week. Special Requirements: talent in abundance, patience and sheer grit. Work...

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  • £100,000 added to Joey Dunlop fund

    07 October 2001

    £100,000 added to Joey Dunlop fund

    Helmet maker Arai has boosted the Joey Dunlop Fund by £100,000 in recognition of Joey’s loyalty to the brand during his career.The money was raised though the sale of a limited series of Dunlop...

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  • Hislop in hospital: in his own words

    07 October 2001

    Dazzie: Steve, very bad luck on the crash - what is the latest on your injuries?SteveHislop: The latest is everything is looking pretty good. If I improve in the next 2 or 3 weeks as much as I have in the last 2 days, I’ll be laughing. The pain has gone from the ankle and my leg, it's just the collarbone which is niggly.Delbert6: Hi Steve, does such a nasty crash affect your bottle?SteveHislop: It...

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  • We’ve gained

    07 October 2001

    We’ve gained

    Aprilia: The Italian firm has grown from a miniscule manufacturer of stylish two-strokes to the second biggest bike-maker in Europe, producing some of the world’s most desirable superbikes. But that’s...

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  • Your 2002 new bike questions answered

    07 October 2001

    Your 2002 new bike questions answered

    We’ve got all the new bikes of 2002 arranged in one massive archive (which you can get to by following the link on the right) but if you still had questions about the bikes you could have joined our...

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  • G-Racer points to bikes of the future

    07 October 2001

    G-Racer points to bikes of the future

    The firm which helped develop Ducati’s MH900e and Benelli’s beautiful Tornado has come up with a new prototype created to do a lap of the planet.And while the bike itself is unlikely to ever see the...

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  • Decision on dark visors due

    07 October 2001

    Decision on dark visors due

    The verdict on whether or not we can legally wear dark visors on UK roads is finally ready to be made… a year after Government-commissioned experts first started sifting the evidence.The Department of...

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  • motorcyclenews.com wins two major awards

    07 October 2001

    motorcyclenews.com wins two major awards

    THIS site was awarded Best New Launch and Best Design in the prestigious PPAi awards at the Millennium Mayfair, London, on Tuesday night.Motorcyclenews.com was also short-listed for Best Integration...

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  • Bike cop killed in hit and run

    07 October 2001

    Police have launched a murder inquiry after a driver sped off after killing a police motorcyclist. They believe the driver deliberately rammed PC Malcolm Walker’s Pan European in Birmingham on Thursday, October 4.If you have any information that could help track the driver, call on: 0845-1135000.

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  • The Ducati 998 test

    07 October 2001

    The Ducati 998 test

    The shape of Ducati’s 996 seems to have been around for ever – just like that other curvy design icon it’s often compared to, the Coca-Cola bottle.Now there’s another Ducati packaged in those classic...

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  • Rieju reveals Yamaha-powered 125s

    07 October 2001

    Spanish firm Rieju is bringing two new Yamaha-powered supermoto and motocross-style machines to the UK. The MRX and SMX are both 125cc four-strokes with twin-beam steel frames and Showa upside-down forks. The only differences between the SMX supermoto and MRX motocross versions are the addition of road tyres, polished aluminium wheels, an electric start and a rev counter to the SMX bike. There are...

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  • Evolution of a legend

    07 October 2001

    Evolution of a legend

    1993: The 916 Strada is introduced with the look and style we’ve come to know and love. Its 916cc motor makes a claimed 109bhp and it’s only available with a single seat.1994: The 916 Biposto takes...

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  • A Road racing school for kids

    07 October 2001

    A Road racing school for kids

    The three R6 riders are giving it a handful, but it’s no use. The two Aprilia RS125s which have just appeared out of the murk behind them are closing fast.Eventually, the trio realise the futility of...

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  • We’ve lost

    07 October 2001

    We’ve lost

    Dayglo Pink Kit: Like shell suits and mullets, some of the worst fashion atrocities of the eighties still hadn’t had the decency to die gracefully by the time 1991 rolled around. We all have painful...

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  • Your pet hates revealed

    07 October 2001

    Your pet hates revealed

    Thousands of riders have been surveyed to find out what we really, really hate – and top of the list is car drivers chucking burning cigarettes out of their windows.The Motorcycle Industry Association...

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  • Making the GSX-R1000 even more special

    07 October 2001

    Making the GSX-R1000 even more special

    FRENCH tuning firm West Bike has changed the current GSX-R so much it looks like a completely new bike.With a retro paintjob and around 170bhp, you know it’s a little different. Combine that with a...

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  • The Ducati 998 technical changes

    07 October 2001

    The Ducati 998 technical changes

    Engine: The new Testastretta engine is the cornerstone of the 998 range and Ducati’s future sports bike production. It’s an all-new design first shown on the top-of-the-range 996R last year.

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  • Why the 2002 TDM900 ended up the way it is

    01 October 2001

    Why the 2002 TDM900 ended up the way it is

    This exclusive video interview with the team behind the 2002 TDM900 reveals the new bike is more of a departure from the 850 it replaces than you may have thought.We met up with the head of the design...

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  • Our 996 winner revealed

    01 October 2001

    Our 996 winner revealed

    Barry Simkins is the very chuffed and proud winner of out latest give-away: a blood red Ducati 996.Barry won with a simple answer to a simple WSB question in the competitions section of our site and...

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  • Suzuki to bring in Roberts rep GSX-R600

    01 October 2001

    Suzuki to bring in Roberts rep GSX-R600

    Suzuki says it is " 99 per cent sure " it will import a GSX-R600 with the MoviStar colours of defending World 500GP champion Kenny Roberts.And the good news for those who like the look is...

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  • Longterm BMWR1150R

    01 October 2001

    Longterm BMWR1150R

    A LOT of you guys with sports bikes are going to wince or have a quiet chuckle when I say this, but here goes anyway – panniers kick arse.Yeah, that’s right. They rock. And I’m not talking about the...

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