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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2001)

  • Second issue of MCN Sport now in the shops

    11 November 2001

    Second issue of MCN Sport now in the shops

    Name the most intense race rivalries ever… Rossi and Biaggi, certainly… but let’s not forget Sheene and Roberts, Rainey and Schwantz or even Walker and Hodgson.,Re-live them all in just one of the...

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  • 2002 VFR800, Sprint ST and Futura shoot-out

    11 November 2001

    2002 VFR800, Sprint ST and Futura shoot-out

    We’re pitching the new Honda V-TEC VFR800 against Triumph’s uprated 2002 Sprint ST and Aprilia’s Futura starting on Wednesday.The V4 Honda, triple-powered Sprint and V-twin Futura offer very different...

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  • Examining the latest report on bike thefts

    11 November 2001

    Examining the latest report on bike thefts

    Bikes worth £3 million are being stolen in the UK every MONTH. Honda’s CBR600 is the most popular for crooks and just 16 per cent of those motorcycles swiped are recovered.These were the worrying...

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  • Your tips and comments on the NEC Show

    11 November 2001

    Here are just some of your tips on getting the best out of the NEC.If you have any to add, e-mail them to david.cushman@emap.com with NEC SHOW ADVICE in the subject line.We had a great day at the NEC on Sunday 11, returning with some excellent prints, clothing, bike parts and accessories, all in all a really excellent day!Plenty to do and see, plenty of people to talk to, we met Jez and Katja,...

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  • How the bike industry reacted

    11 November 2001

    How the bike industry reacted

    Ian Mutch, MAG.What do you think of the report?It tells us a lot of things that MAG is already aware of. We take bike crime very seriously. We take bike crime very seriously. Some of the figures are...

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  • MCN talks to Steve Powell of the NCIS

    11 November 2001

    MCN talks to Steve Powell of the NCIS

    MCN: What is the long term aim of these reports?Powell: Our fundamental aim is reduce theft and increase recovery rates. We aim to do that by building enough intelligence for our law-enforcement...

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  • The sixth group of ten

    11 November 2001

    The sixth group of ten

    Marvin Rothman, 37, from Braintree, Essex, rides an Aprilia RSV-R Mille. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: 1996. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Harley-Davidson V-Rod. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: They’re all top standard. BEST...

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  • Riders charity bags two Royal awards

    11 November 2001

    Riders charity bags two Royal awards

    Riders for Health, the motorcycling charity which works to provide transport for medicine in Africa, has won the Prince Michael of Kent Road Safety Award for 2002 in two categories – the motorcycle...

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  • The fourth group of ten

    11 November 2001

    The fourth group of ten

    Rebecca Milner, 14, from Selby, also wants a bike when she’s old enough. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: Today. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Yamaha R1. BEST-LOOKING MAN: Harley-Davidson’s dancer. BEST STAND: Honda.

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  • The third group of ten

    11 November 2001

    The third group of ten

    Paul Eaglestone, 45, from Kidlington, Oxfordshire, rides a Kawasaki GPZ500. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: 1997. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Yamaha Fazer 600. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: Suzi Perry. BEST STAND: Kawasaki.

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  • Should ultimate Duke special be Monster or 998-based?

    11 November 2001

    THE ultimate Ducati special is on the drawing boards at John Hackett Performance. It will be based on a brand-new, hand-finished Testastretta engine, hot off the production line in Bologna and a Keppler carbon-fibre frame from Austria.But Hackett hasn’t decided yet whether to build the machine as 998-style race replica, or as a naked Monster.What do YOU want to see? A 125bhp Monster, or a...

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  • The ninth group of ten

    11 November 2001

    The ninth group of ten

    Allan Davison, 40, from Chichester, Sussex, rides an Aprilia RSV Mille. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: 1997. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Aprilia Blue Marlin. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: The top-heavy one on the Piaggio...

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  • Watch our exclusive NEC Show video

    11 November 2001

    Watch our exclusive NEC Show video

    Choose from (MOV) Quicktime or (RM) Real Player downloads.The video plays for around two minutes once downloaded. It may take some time to download if you connection is not particularly fast. We think...

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  • The seventh group of ten

    11 November 2001

    The seventh group of ten

    Steve Paston, 47, from Norwich, rides a Yamaha RD500LC. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: 1991. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: MV Agusta F4. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: The Urchin stand girl. BEST STAND: BMW. BEST BARGAIN: I’m...

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  • Don’t worry, you’ll get your turn soon

    11 November 2001

    Don’t worry, you’ll get your turn soon

    A race bike may seem far removed from our experience on the road, but the Tornado Racing is just the first step in the launch of the Tornado 900/3 Tre road bike.Benelli was keen to go racing because...

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  • First full test on Benelli superbike

    11 November 2001

    First full test on Benelli superbike

    Halway through this year’s World Superbike race season a stunning green and silver bike appeared in the paddock and qualified for the two races at Misano. The Benelli Tordano had arrived.The even...

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  • Triumph issues recall on range of bikes

    11 November 2001

    Triumph issues recall on range of bikes

    Triumph has issued a recall to have clutch cables replaced on many of its models.The Trophy is the only modern Triumph model to escape the recall, which affects bikes fitted with cables made by one...

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  • CRESENT RACING SUZUKI GSX-R750

    04 November 2001

    CRESENT RACING SUZUKI GSX-R750

    £100,000Power and torque Est165bhp 72ftlbWeight, power to weight ratio162kg (356lb), 1.01bhp/kgAcceleration (est) Standing 1/4 mile time, terminal speed9.8s, 154mphTop speed190mphGeometry Rake, trail,...

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  • The testers

    04 November 2001

    The testers

    When you’re testing top machinery you need top riders. Much as we’d all like to think we could " give it good seeing to " , it takes real talent to push a superbike to the limit. So we got...

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  • Vital new report on bike theft due this week

    04 November 2001

    The National Criminal Intelligence Service will publish its first ever report into motorcycle thefts on Wednesday, November 7.They claim it will pinpoint hotspots and emerging trends in an organised criminal trade which is now said to be worth more than £3 million every month.We will bring you the report as soon as it’s available on Wednesday morning.The report is part of Project Contrail – the...

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  • Where to find NEC bargains

    04 November 2001

    Where to find NEC bargains

    D H Autos at hall 17, stand R3B has Akito commuter gloves for £15, down from £19.99, and Sportstars for £15.Padgett’s at hall 17, stand R5 has Spada Apex jackets for £85 from £105 and R1-branded...

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  • Repossessed bikes under the hammer

    04 November 2001

    Around 50 nearly-new motorcycles are being put up for auction as repossessions.There could be bargains to strike at the British Car Auctions venue at Bell Vue, Manchester on December 7.The firm has already held one successful bike auction, in October, and is looking to make them regular events.The bikes range from cruisers to sports bikes. For details e-mail enquiries@bca-group.comThinking of...

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  • The hardware and the details

    04 November 2001

    The hardware and the details

    The school makes use of the Over The Top stunt team’s impressive collection of nutter tackle. The two-wheelers are a bog-standard Kawasaki KDX220 enduro machine and two motocrossers: A Yamaha YZ250...

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  • Lap of the UK… by Royal Enfield

    04 November 2001

    Travelling 3362 miles around the coast of Britain would be some feat on a modern tourer but antique dealer Graham Cashmore chose to do it on a Royal Enfield Clubman.The 50-year-old design means the 500c single was only really up for chugging along at 65mph a day, he said.But he was happy, and raised £4000 for charity in the process.

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