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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2001)

  • Cat and Fiddle run improved

    01 November 2001

    Cat and Fiddle run improved

    One of our favourite roads is re-opening. Parts of the Cat And Fiddle road – also known as the A537 Buxton-to-Macclesfield – have been shut over the last three weeks for roadworks.You’ll be pleased to...

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  • Drysdale GP engine based on road V8

    28 October 2001

    Drysdale GP engine based on road V8

    Australian engineer Ian Drysdale is close to completing his second road-going V8-based road bike. But as he puts the finishing touches to The Cruiser, he’s already designing and building his next...

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  • A flip-up numberplate? If only it was legal

    28 October 2001

    A flip-up numberplate? If only it was legal

    007 would love it. Press a button and this numberplate folds in half to cover up your number. Sadly this is strictly illegal for use on the road. But, you’d only want one as a show plate or on a track...

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  • Your chance to interview Max Biaggi

    28 October 2001

    Your chance to interview Max Biaggi

    We’ve lined-up an interview with GP superstar Max Biaggi early in November and we want you to put the questions.We’ll be meeting the Yamaha star for an exclusive chat but time will be short so we want...

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  • Where would we be without the XT500?

    28 October 2001

    Where would we be without the XT500?

    We can thank Yamaha for the current big, single-cylinder trail bikes that give us such an unexpected laugh on the road, and yet still manage to plug through mud and up and down green lanes when the...

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  • Benefits of being a two-stroke

    28 October 2001

    Benefits of being a two-stroke

    We’re all familiar with big capacity four-stroke singles, because they’re the most interesting. But a third of today’s single-cylinder bikes are much smaller-capacity two-strokes; usually mopeds and...

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  • DIY road test: Sports 600s

    28 October 2001

    DIY road test: Sports 600s

    Here at MCN we regularly get readers and site visitors volunteering to write up their experiences on two wheels for the general enlightenment of the rest of the world.It’s hard to find space for this...

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  • Honda to close its UK riders club

    28 October 2001

    Honda to close its UK riders club

    The 20,000-member HUKRC (Honda UK Riders’ Club) will close on Thursday, November 1. It will mean the end for the club’s rideouts, holidays and discounted official Honda goods and cheap tickets to race...

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  • The history of the single

    28 October 2001

    The history of the single

    Ninety per cent of singles are learner bikes or big trailies. Does that make them irrelevant to modern motorcycling life? Are they just the poorest cousin of all bike engines, reserved for the...

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  • Man of the Year

    21 October 2001

    Man of the Year

    Voted for by the readers and users of MCN this coveted Award has in the past been won by some of the greatest names in motorcycle racing. Men like Mike Hailwood, John Surtees, Barry Sheene, Carl...

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  • Machine of the Year (Scooter/Moped)

    21 October 2001

    Machine of the Year (Scooter/Moped)

    The best way to provide a future for motorcycling is to get kids on bikes and if ever a scooter was going to do that it is the Gilera DNA, as sales are already proving.It is unique, affordable and...

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  • Motorcyclist of the Year

    21 October 2001

    Motorcyclist of the Year

    For the first time, MCN is proud to honour, in its Awards, the ordinary British motorcyclist.Why? Well because some of things that they do are amazing. Hardly a week goes by when we at the MCN offices...

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  • Step seven: Rubbers

    21 October 2001

    Step seven: Rubbers

    No giggling at the back! There are lots of rubber parts on your bike – hoses and the like. Whether you’ve had the fairing off or not, you can get to a lot of the engine hoses with a silicon spray.

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  • Machine of the Year (Sports under 601cc)

    21 October 2001

    Machine of the Year (Sports under 601cc)

    In a category where the Yamaha R6 doesn’t even get on the podium, you know that the standards are high. So congratulations to Suzuki’s GSX-R600 for taking the honours.The GSX-R was relaunched this...

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  • Machine of the Year (Sports over 601cc)

    21 October 2001

    Machine of the Year (Sports over 601cc)

    Every now and again a new motorcycle comes along which redefines what is great, which resets the standards and which everyone knows is the new benchmark. The GSX-R1000 has done that, just as the...

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  • Product of the Year (Service)

    21 October 2001

    Congratulations CCM for your Supermoto Track Days.Certainly not a new company, at least in it current guise, but one which is constantly exploring ways to make a limited promotions budget stretch a long way while at the same time show motorcyclists original new ways to enjoy a bike.1. CCM2. California Superbike School3. BMW Skills CourseShortlisted: Carole Nash Secure, Suzuki GSX-R Festival,...

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  • Step six: Polish

    21 October 2001

    The machine needs to be dry for this – polish doesn’t work on a wet bike. Contrary to popular opinion, you don’t need to apply polish by the gallon. All that does is leave white lines between the panels and around graphic stickers and fairing bolts. Apply polish to all the bodywork and the wheels, but don’t do black trim and obviously keep it off parts like brake discs. Unless you enjoy the...

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  • Machine of the Year (Cruiser)

    21 October 2001

    Machine of the Year (Cruiser)

    In the judges opinion, despite only just being released, the winner, and still the real thing…is the Harley V-RodOther manufacturers have spent years trying to copy the look and feel of a Harley and...

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  • KTM LC4 Supermoto

    21 October 2001

    KTM LC4 Supermoto

    If you’re looking for the mad dog in this test, you’ve found it. The KTM LC4 Supermoto is a full-on dirt racer with 17 inch wheels and a bigger front disc. End of story.And you aren’t going to believe...

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  • Product of the Year (Accessory)

    21 October 2001

    Product of the Year (Accessory)

    Every year this category proves so hard to judge because every year the tyre manufacturers seem to come up with even more desirable tyre which British motorcyclists clamour for. The Metzeler Rennsport...

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  • Machine of the Year (Tourer)

    21 October 2001

    Machine of the Year (Tourer)

    What the judges are looking for is a bike that eats miles for breakfast, lunch and dinner while leaving the rider fresh and ready for more. For the second year runnign the winner is the BMW K1200LT.1.

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  • Machine of the Year (Trailie/Trail-style)

    21 October 2001

    Machine of the Year (Trailie/Trail-style)

    A combination of factors convinced us that the Suzuki DRZ400 was the bike to win in this section, headed by its very healthy sales.It’s also a very versatile bike, and one of the few in this category...

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  • Overall Machine of the Year

    21 October 2001

    Overall Machine of the Year

    The winner was chosen from each category winner. The shortlist therefore is: Gilera DNA 125, Suzuki DRZ400, Yamaha FZS1000 Fazer, Harley Davidson V-Rod, BMW K1200LT, Yamaha FJR1300, Suzuki GSX-R600,...

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