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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2001)

  • Aprilia set to launch Blue Marlin

    18 November 2001

    Aprilia set to launch Blue Marlin

    APRILIA has seen the light and is due to put the gorgeous Blue Marlin into production in 2002.The firm intends to make an announcement about its decision at the Bologna Show next month, but spokesman...

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  • Watch the test

    18 November 2001

    Watch the test

    To watch the video test and see Marc Potter give you his verdict on the bikes, click on the links on the right of the page.

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  • Make Ally Pally your New Year’s resolution

    18 November 2001

    IF the NEC show simply whetted your appetite and you’re looking for another chance to see the best in biking then get down to London at the end of January.The Road Racing & Superbike Show, or Ally Pally Show, will be on from January 26 to February 3.Held at the Alexandra Palace in London, and now in its 23rd year, it is the South’s premier bike show. Over 63,000 visitors attended last year and...

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  • Bikes-uk customers ‘shafted’

    18 November 2001

    Bikes-uk customers ‘shafted’

    RIDERS around the country have been left out of pocket following the decision by Bikes-UK to call in receivers. Bikes-UK has 14 shops and after taking over control of the firm, which is Britain’s...

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  • Full report on the new VFR

    18 November 2001

    Full report on the new VFR

    November in the Lake District may not seem everyone’s cup of tea. The place has its own climate, with weather that changes around every corner. But that’s just what Gore-Tex was invented for – and...

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  • Motorcyclenews.com users slam cuts in traffic cops

    18 November 2001

    There has been an overwhelming response to the news that Nottinghamshire police has decided to scrap their dedicated traffic division.The news of their " redeployment " to other tasks has prompted a flood of condemnation from users of our Talk Boards.dirtync30 said " Have I been in a coma and the world has gone mad in my absence? Scrapping proper coppers and relying purely on...

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  • Would you pay extra for secure parking?

    18 November 2001

    Would you pay extra for secure parking?

    Start lobbying your local council now, coin-operated ground anchors with built-in helmet storage safes are now available. So isn’t it time there were some in your town?Security firm Eurosecure is...

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  • Careers CD is just the job

    18 November 2001

    Careers CD is just the job

    IF you’ve got a kid who’d like to make a career out of motorcycling, or if you’re a youngster who’d like to yourself, the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCI) is offering a helping hand in the form...

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  • Longterm test: Yamaha Tmax

    18 November 2001

    Longterm test: Yamaha Tmax

    Being fairly liberal-minded, I do my best to understand the actions of other people. Even when they seem completely unreasonable, I exercise caution before judging them. I may not have all the facts.

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  • Win a V&M R6 at the Ally Pally Show

    18 November 2001

    Win a V&M R6 at the Ally Pally Show

    You could be picking up the keys to a brand-new R6 at next years Ally Pally show. Top tuners V&M are giving away a 2001 R6 painted in their racing colours with a Laser end can fitted. The bike...

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  • More strange but true…

    18 November 2001

    More strange but true…

    A quick look around the crazy world of bikingAmerica:A grandma has been convicted of embezzling £800,000 from the firm she worked at as an accountant. The 57-year old spent the cash, collected over a...

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  • No more traffic cops in Notts

    18 November 2001

    They say there’s never a copper around when you need one but that could soon be dangerously true in Nottinghamshire.The force is scrapping its traffic division to rely on speed cameras as its sole road safety enforcement.It’s also binning Operation Brake, a scheme which works to cut bike theft.Notts police is denying the cost-cutting move in public, but officers have called MCN to express their...

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  • Net yourself a Suzuka replica GSX-R1000

    18 November 2001

    Net yourself a Suzuka replica GSX-R1000

    THE Suzuka 8-hours race is one of the most prestigious meetings in the Japanese sporting calendar. The factories spend millions preparing their teams for the event, so when the privateer Kenz J-Trust...

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  • ZX-12R recalled as nuts crack

    11 November 2001

    ZX-12R recalled as nuts crack

    Kawasaki’s ZX-12R has been recalled because the tyre valve nuts could crack.The firm says that could cause a loss of tyre pressure – and it’s urging owners to contact their dealer immediately to...

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  • The eighth group of ten

    11 November 2001

    The eighth group of ten

    Andy Corssen, 24, from Skegness, Lincs, rides a Kawasaki ZXR400. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: Today. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: MV Agusta F4. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: The UK supercross girl. BEST STAND: Ducati. BEST...

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  • The second group of ten

    11 November 2001

    The second group of ten

    David Simmonds, 49, from the Isle of Wight, rides a Yamaha Drag Star. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: 1990. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Yamaha Bulldog. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: MCN’s Vikki. BEST STAND: Yamaha. BEST...

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  • The fifth group of ten

    11 November 2001

    Peter Bryden, 31, from Haslemere, Surrey, rides a Yamaha R1. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: 1995. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Peter Goddard’s Benelli Tornado race bike on the Carole Nash stand. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: MCN’s Vikki. BEST STAND: MCN. BEST BARGAIN: Haven’t seen any yet.Colin Pope, 37, from Foxton, Cambs, rides a Suzuki Bandit 1200. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: Today. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Harley-Davidson...

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  • MAG joins BMF against loud pipes

    11 November 2001

    MAG joins BMF against loud pipes

    MAG chief executive Henry Marks says he stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the BMF’s recently announced anti-loud-pipes position.MAG’s support comes as a surprise given that this is the group that...

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  • Win a PlayStation 2 MX2002 game

    11 November 2001

    If you’ve been to the NEC Show you might have had a go on the PlayStation 2 consoles in the gaming area. We’ve got five copies to give away of the excellent MX2002 motocross game that everybody’s playing on them.Featuring American 250cc Motocross and Supercross Champion Ricky Carmichael, Scottish World Championship rider Stephen Sword, and British freestyler Chris Brock, the new game features real...

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  • Add your NEC Show tips today

    11 November 2001

    Add your NEC Show tips today

    Our comprehensive guide to the NEC Show will help you get more from it than ever before. And now we’ve started adding your tips, from the people who’ve already been.Together, we’ll point you to the...

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  • Giant trailies’ sales on the up

    11 November 2001

    Giant trailies’ sales on the up

    Giant trailie sales are rising faster than in any other sector of motorcycling, according to the latest figures from the Motorcycle Industry Association.Registrations of new bikes in the category,...

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  • What it takes to organise the NEC Show

    11 November 2001

    What it takes to organise the NEC Show

    The International Motorcycle show hasn’t always been such a massive event. And it hasn’t always been at the NEC. Back in 1931, when the first show was staged, it was held at London’s Olympia and...

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  • How to win with Fantasy Road Racing

    11 November 2001

    How to win with Fantasy Road Racing

    If you want a bit of help choosing your MCN Fantasy Road Racing team, David Kitchen is the bloke to ask. He’s just collected his Aprilia RS250 from Jeremy McWilliams, his prize for coming top in our...

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  • The babe you rated best

    11 November 2001

    The babe you rated best

    BEST BABE MCN girl Vikki, 19, from Cannock, Staffs, was overwhelmingly voted best looking woman at the show by the visitors we asked. VITAL STATS: 34, 25, 34. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT BEING VOTED THE...

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