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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2001)

  • Catch up on the TT

    04 March 2001

    Catch up on the TT

    The 2000 TT was one of the best ever. Didn’t go? Have a look at some of these memories and then make up your mind

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  • Woman airlifted to hospital from coleslaw wrestling

    04 March 2001

    COLESLAW wrestling often reveals some of the finer points of Daytona Bike Week.But the crowd gathered at the Cabbage Patch for the annual bikini-clad bouts got more than their usual eyeful.A skydiver, hired to impress the crowd, misjudged his landing and came down heavily on a woman serving beer.She was knocked out and had to be taken to hospital by helicopter and last reports indicate she was...

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  • Brits take the classic cake at Daytona

    04 March 2001

    Brits take the classic cake at Daytona

    British classic racers continued their annual pillage of the AHRMA (America Historic Racing Motorcycle Association) vintage road races at Daytona this week.In the first day of racing at the famous...

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  • GSX-R shows V-twins the way at the Speedbowl

    04 March 2001

    LITRE-SIZED twins may be the bikes to beat in World Superbikes at present, but it’s a four-cylinder bike which is leading practice for the prestigious Daytona 200 race in America so far.Reigning U.S. superbike champion Mat Mladin is leading the field by a clear 0.38s on his Suzuki GSX-R750 after final practice before tomorrow’s qualifying session.He’s well ahead of the bike in second, a Ducati 996...

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  • Daytona by night

    04 March 2001

    Daytona by night

    Daytona Bike Week is now in full swing in Florida, attracting close to 300,000 bike fans.Based around the Daytona 200 race, the Bike Week action is actually more about babes in their underwear and the...

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  • Mladin sets pole for Daytona 200

    04 March 2001

    SUZKI’S Mat Mladin started his U.S superbike championship title defence in perfect style today when he set pole for the first round of the American series at Daytona in Florida.The Australian finished front row qualifying well ahead of countryman Anthony Gobert in second on a Yamaha R7 and Honda’s Nicky Hayden in third. Mladin’s team-mate Aaron Yates completed the front row for Sunday’s...

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  • More scenes from Daytona

    04 March 2001

    More scenes from Daytona

    Our man in Florida has been busy with the camera again and sent us his latest batch of images for you to enjoy.The Daytona Bike Week is warming up and the streets are getting more and more lairy, so...

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  • If only all decisions were as enjoyable

    01 March 2001

    If only all decisions were as enjoyable

    HERE in Britain, our roads are titchy and crammed with traffic, our speed limits are archaic and proliferating speed cameras mean our chance of making the most of our bikes’ performance seem to...

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  • The choice is no longer so clear-cut

    25 February 2001

    HERE in Britain, we have a history of favouring one type of bike over any other. More than any other riders in Europe, we choose to spend our money on sports bikes and superbikes. But now the first of a new breed of motorcycle has arrived, which could change all that. Say hello to Yamaha’s Fazer 1000 (see road test on page 24). It’s cheaper than a full-on superbike, but it still offers awesome...

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  • Benelli boss speaks exclusively to MCN

    25 February 2001

    Benelli boss speaks exclusively to MCN

    NOBODY outside the factory has ridden the Benelli Tornado yet but it’s already one of the most desirable bikes on the planet – and that is just for starters, according to Benelli president Andrea...

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  • More Gatso cameras looming

    18 February 2001

    EVERY police force in the country could soon be allowed to use money from speeding fines to pay for thousands more speed cameras. Following similar pilot schemes involving eight police forces around the country, the Association of Chief Police Officers has announced plans to spread the scheme nation-wide. Richard Brunstrom, chief constable of North Wales and ACPO co-ordinator of the scheme, said: ...

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  • Have your cake. And eat it

    11 February 2001

    Have your cake. And eat it

    THREE-and-a-half hours ago, this bike was sat in the palm-shaded car park of a Sicilian hotel. Its futuristic, angular lines and silver colourscheme couldn’t have been in starker contrast to the...

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  • Defy convention

    04 February 2001

    Defy convention

    IT’S not every day you get the chance to ride two new British motorcycles for the first time. And when they’re bikes like this, it’s an even more novel experience. The latest models from...

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  • Don’t call me boring

    04 February 2001

    Don’t call me boring

    THE sound of a race bike at full chat is pretty exciting when you’re stood behind one as it flies past in a race. It’s even better if you manage to wangle your way into the paddock and get behind one...

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  • You can’t always get what you want

    28 January 2001

    You can’t always get what you want

    THERE are few things in biking more exclusive than an MV Agusta – apart from a limited-edition MV Agusta. Ever since the firm’s rise from the ashes in 1996 with the launch of the F4S and F4 Gold or ...

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  • Powervalves: the open and shut case

    28 January 2001

    Powervalves: the open and shut case

    IT’S more than a decade since the term EXUP (Exhaust Ultimate Powervalve) entered the bikers’ vocabulary. Back then, most riders knew it was something to do with the exhaust and that it helped power.

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  • A year’s mileage…in a week

    21 January 2001

    A year’s mileage…in a week

    HINDSIGHT is a marvellous thing. How many times have you bought a bike – or any product for that matter – only to find a glaring fault become noticeable after a few months? Wouldn’t it be great if you...

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