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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2001)

  • Readers

    01 October 2001

    Readers

    Paul Walker, Lewisham, LondonI expected my first ton to be like my first shag. It kinda was - I got there in 20 seconds. But it turned out to be something of an anti-climax too. With 108mph showing on...

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  • Injured Hislop concedes title to Reynolds

    01 October 2001

    Injured Hislop concedes title to Reynolds

    Updated at 7.15pm, Monday, with comment from John Reynolds and Rockingham circuitSTEVE HISLOP has admitted his season is over as a result of the injuries he sustained after crashing at Rockingham on...

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  • 2002 TT will go ahead

    01 October 2001

    2002 TT will go ahead

    News is breaking that the Isle of Man TT will definitely go ahead next year.The news follows rumours that the TT looked like being called off for a second year running because Foot and Mouth is still...

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  • Best value bikes for under £5000

    01 October 2001

    Best value bikes for under £5000

    SOME things can seem more expensive than they really are. Take Ferrero Rocher - nice chocolates that are divvied up at ambassadorial dinner parties, but come Christmas they stack them to the ceiling...

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  • Aprilia Falco

    01 October 2001

    Aprilia Falco

    Year: 2000 (W). Mileage: 5425. Price: £4399The Falco is something a little different. It’s a kind of sports-tourer, but it definitely errs more on the sports side, as a big V-twin is not the ideal...

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  • What it was like to crack the ton

    01 October 2001

    What it was like to crack the ton

    Ring ting, ting. We all know the sound from our learner days. Little 125cc two-stroke engines blowing clouds of delicious-smelling blue smoke into the atmosphere. This isn’t pollution, it’s a joy. But...

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  • Suzuki TL1000R

    01 October 2001

    Suzuki TL1000R

    Year: 2000 (W). Mileage: 7958. Price: £4999The TL1000R isn’t one of the best-selling bikes in Britain, so getting the example you want might take a little more time and patience. But that scarcity is...

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  • Triumph to roll out 2200cc cruiser and Blackbird rival

    01 October 2001

    Triumph’s much-anticipated super cruiser will have a world-beating 2.2 litre capacity, but it won’t be here until 2003.It’s the latest move in a capacity race among cruiser makers, currently led by Honda’s 1800cc VTX.Triumph is close to completing development of its 2200cc machine. And it will be a triple. It will also be the only triple on sale with the crankshaft in-line with the frame.Indian...

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  • You’ve helped set yet more new records

    01 October 2001

    Visits to motorcyclenews.com continue to soar and thanks to your support we’ve managed to smash yet another set of monthly records.In September we registered 5.2 million page impressions, up 700,000 on the previous month to a new monthly record. If you like your measurements in hits, that’s about 50 million of them.The all-important number of unique users has also leaped to a new monthly record.

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  • Italians take a shine to the Bonnie

    01 October 2001

    Italians take a shine to the Bonnie

    Italian firm Roadracing, which specialises in beautifully crafted aluminium panels, has created a set of extras to turn Triumph’s Bonneville into something that to attract attention wherever it...

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  • The bike you voted Worst-Looking of 2002

    01 October 2001

    The bike you voted Worst-Looking of 2002

    Call it brave, call it challenging, call it controversial…but more often than not motorcyclenews.com users simply call it ugly…Ducati’s MultiStrada has been voted the Worst-Looking Bike of 2002 in a...

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  • Is police FJR on your tail?

    01 October 2001

    Is police FJR on your tail?

    If you get followed by a dark blue Yamaha FJR1300 in Devon or Cornwall, check it doesn’t have a big aerial and the rider isn’t wearing a white flip-up lid. The local police have taken delivery of one...

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  • Celebrities and pillions

    01 October 2001

    Celebrities and pillions

    Celebrities:Suzi Perry: TV presenter: The first time I did 100mph was on the back of Kenny Roberts on his GSXR750 around Donnington the year he became World Champion. It was totally exhilarating, it...

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  • World’s first ride on new Ducati 998

    01 October 2001

    World’s first ride on new Ducati 998

    Marc Potter has stepped off the new Ducati 998 to report his first impressions of the Italian firm’s new flagship sports bike.Potter said on Tuesday he had enjoyed two sessions so far on the bike but...

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  • New road rules could spoil the TT party

    01 October 2001

    New road rules could spoil the TT party

    The TT is on for 2002… but not quite as we knew it.Expect mobile GATSOs to litter rural roads and speeding offences committed on the island to appear as endorsements on your mainland licence.And, if...

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  • Racers and ex-racers

    01 October 2001

    Chris Walker: Ex BSB and GP rider:Cast your mind back a quarter of a century when Chris Walker wasn’t so much the wild riding Stalker as the barely out of nappies Toddler. Not that that was enough to stop him wanting to get in the seat – the problem was he just wasn’t big enough.The man himself draws an entertaining picture of the event. There he is, out in front of the house on a bright day,...

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  • Learn off-road skills with BMW

    01 October 2001

    Learn off-road skills with BMW

    The BMW Off-Road Skills course has two remaining dates in 2001: October 19-20 and October 21-22.This award-winning course, pioneered in Germany, will take place at BMW's exclusive off-road facility in...

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  • Sigma Ducati 853s

    01 October 2001

    Sigma Ducati 853s

    Not everyone is a fan of Ducati’s 748. There’s no doubt it’s as beautiful as the 916 or 996 but because of its smaller capacity it just doesn’t have the same credibility.Its revvy engine that’s less...

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  • Strange but true

    01 October 2001

    Here’s out latest collection of weird worldwide tales with a motorcycling bent. If you have anything worthy of adding to our next round-up send an e-mail to jon.urry@emap.comCroatia: Despite being a national hero, Wimbledon champ Goran Ivanisevic can’t flog his Piaggio scooter. No-one put in a serious offer for it in a recent charity auction. Giant Ivanisevic, who is 6ft 5in tall, was told to get...

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  • Honda Super Blackbird

    01 October 2001

    Honda Super Blackbird

    Year: 1999 (T). Mileage: 5214. Price: £5299The Blackbird was one of the oldest bikes on the test and yet it looked like one of the newest, such is the build quality that Honda has become legendary...

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  • Send us your daft snaps

    01 October 2001

    Send us your daft snaps

    IT’S supposed to be the highlight of your season – the moment you meet your hero. You’ve queued for the pit lane walkabout, jostled for position in the crowd, blagged a pen and poster and primed your...

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  • Chat live with Shane Byrne on Thursday lunchtime

    01 October 2001

    Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne will be online on Thursday October 4, from 1pm, to answer questions from anyone registered with motorcyclenews.com. Whether you want to know what he thought of Rockingham, or whether it got boring winning every round he finished, you’ll have your chance on Thursday. He won this season’s privateer championship within the the British Superbike championship.To join the live chat...

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  • Yamaha R6

    01 October 2001

    Yamaha R6

    Year: 1999 (T). Mileage: 5457. Price £4599.The R6 is aimed at the sportier end of the 600 market, but the previous owner of this example obviously had different ideas – the high-rise pillion grabrail...

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  • Kawasaki ZZ-R1100

    01 October 2001

    Kawasaki ZZ-R1100

    Year: 1999(V) Mileage: 5619. Price £4699.Kawasaki’s ZZ-R1100 was the first bike to be designed as a very, very fast sports-tourer, equally at home on sweeping mountain roads in the Alps as it is...

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  • Coming soon on this site

    01 October 2001

    On Monday, October 8, 2001, we’ll bring you video action from our world’s first test of Ducati’s flagship 998 superbike.We expect to bring you another first test on another important performance bike early next week, too.Keep checking back to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

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  • 2000cc outfit should top 160mph

    01 October 2001

    2000cc outfit should top 160mph

    This is the Sidebike, a mad bike-and-sidecar-in-one outfit with its own two litre engine.The French manufacturers claim the engine as their own work and say it makes 133bhp.The sidecar part has room...

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  • MCN staffers

    01 October 2001

    MCN staffers

    Andy Downes: Deputy Editor:I had no money, about the same amount of common sense, but I wanted that bike. Even the "killer kettle" label couldn't put me off. In fact, as a spotty 18-year-old, it...

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  • Hislop injured in race one at Rockingham

    30 September 2001

    Hislop injured in race one at Rockingham

    Steve Hislop’s championship could be in serious doubt after a crash in the first race at Rockingham Motor Speedway. It’s left him with a compound fracture of the right ankle, a dislocated ankle, and a...

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  • If you’re going to court soon…

    23 September 2001

    If you’re going to court soon…

    Are you about to go to court for a bike offence? Will it be your first time? If so, RiDE magazine would like to talk to you.RiDE is putting together an article about how to deal with a court...

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