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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2001)

  • The return of Bimota (again)

    16 December 2001

    The return of Bimota (again)

    Bimota is on course to make yet another comeback under new management.The firm’s assets have been auctioned off by the Italian court dealing with its bankruptcy, and one of the former bosses bought...

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  • Missing hippy’s headshave

    16 December 2001

    Missing hippy’s headshave

    When one of our staff failed to turn in on the day after the Christmas party, we asked users of our TALK BIKES chatboards what punishment would be fitting.The majority were either too painful or...

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  • Schwarzenegger in bike accident

    09 December 2001

    Schwarzenegger in bike accident

    Arnold Schwarzenegger might be famous for his bike chases in the films Terminator II and True Lies, but this time the action happened off-screen. The 54-year-old Harley rider has been injured in a...

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  • New firm launches scooters into UK

    09 December 2001

    New firm launches scooters into UK

    Taiwanese firm TGB is to launch both two and four stroke scooters of between 50 and 125cc into the UK in January.Prices have yet to be announced but are intended to be competitive with Italian and...

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  • Don’t sell your bike from home

    09 December 2001

    Don’t sell your bike from home

    Police are warning owners not to meet potential used bike buyers at our own homes.Kate Wright of the Northants force said thieves are using ads to pick out the bikes they want, ringing to find out...

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  • BMW patents bike air bags

    09 December 2001

    BMW patents bike air bags

    BMW has patented a new airbag system and is planning to fit it to its bikes.It uses ultrasound (the guidance system dolphins excel at) to build up a picture of where and how the rider is sat on the...

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  • The year’s maddest trackday?

    09 December 2001

    The year’s maddest trackday?

    Is this the maddest trackday of the year? On December 28, just three days after stuffing yourself silly on Christmas pudding and turkey sandwiches, Donington Park is holding a trackday.Donington has...

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  • More diesel spills loom

    09 December 2001

    More diesel spills loom

    Do drivers of diesel-engined vehicles pay more insurance to cover themselves against randomly wrecking our machines? We don’t think so.As if the problem of diesel spills wasn’t bad enough for us, the...

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  • Forget fireworks… let’s ban bikes!

    09 December 2001

    A local newspaper which is campaigning to ban fireworks has been asked to switch its focus to fighting for a ban on bikes.The Nottingham Evening Post printed the following letter from a reader on Tuesday night. " With regard to your campaign to ban fireworks, while I can understand the distress they must cause people for about six weeks of the year, I think a greater scourge are motorbikes.

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  • And now it’s flashing helmets, too

    02 December 2001

    WE’VE had ABS brakes, traction control and variable valve timing, now a British inventor reckons we should follow the lead of four wheels one more time by having car-style high-level brake lights… on the back of our helmets.Grant Belben from Poole, Dorset, has patented a new wireless brake light system. It works like this: A battery/LED unit attaches to the back of the rider’s helmet with tape, so...

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  • High speed second-hand bargains

    02 December 2001

    High speed second-hand bargains

    EVEN the rich like to get more for their money. Let’s talk cars, just for a moment. Your average millionaire feels he’s bagged a bargain if he forks out for a £45,000 TVR rather than a £100,000...

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  • Riding Foret’s WSS CBR600

    02 December 2001

    Riding Foret’s WSS CBR600

    HONDA’S CBR600 may be as common as muck, but this is no common CBR600. This is Fabian Foret’s CBR racer which nudged a staggering 180mph at the Monza World Supersport round.The CBR is the fastest bike...

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  • Riding Edwards’ SP-2

    02 December 2001

    Riding Edwards’ SP-2

    ROSSI’S bike may be the epitome of pure class racing, but it’s the road-based machines that us fans really identify with.Most of the money tied up in HRC goes to the NSR, but the real value lies in...

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  • Mission Impossible Triumph for sale

    02 December 2001

    Mission Impossible Triumph for sale

    HOW much would you pay for a Triumph Speed Triple with bullet holes in the tail, a broken mirror and a smashed tail unit?Well, the best bid so far is £5612, although the bike in question is also a...

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  • Answer the MCN survey and win a prize

    02 December 2001

    Answer the MCN survey and win a prize

    Something is changing in the hearts and minds of British riders. Our obsession with sports bikes is giving way to interest in other machines. So we want to know what you’re buying instead and why. If...

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