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Bike News (April 2001)

  • Police are blind to the cause of crashes

    22 April 2001

    Police are blind to the cause of crashes

    Research into the cause of bike accidents has consistently suggested that more of them are caused by car drivers than by us. So why are police forces suddenly claiming the vast majority are the result...

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  • You wouldn’t want to do it daily

    15 April 2001

    You wouldn’t want to do it daily

    It’s a hell of a long way from Barcelona to London. About 700 miles, in fact – as the crow flies. It’s a little farther by road.For those of you who haven’t ridden the latest generation of...

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  • First test of Ducati’s ST4S

    15 April 2001

    First test of Ducati’s ST4S

    Ducati’s choice of venue for the launch of its new ST4S sports tourer seemed rather odd at first. Rather than present us with maps and a demanding long distance road route, we were instead taken to a...

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  • Something to better the new GSXR1000…

    15 April 2001

    Something to better the new GSXR1000…

    IF you lived in a small, remote village and had no transport or television, you probably wouldn’t have any idea what lay beyond the end of the field – until you actually crossed the fence that marked...

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  • Women on track days

    08 April 2001

    Women on track days

    Girls on bikes used to mean pretty pillion passengers. And you blokes seemed more than happy with a stunner of a girlfriend who would sit limpet-like on your back for the ride to the races, then step...

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  • Getting my 996 is a dream fulfilled

    08 April 2001

    Getting my 996 is a dream fulfilled

    THE sight of the bike in front of me stopped me in my tracks and caused a sharp intake of breath inside my helmet. I had been waiting for this moment for a long time. Almost trembling with...

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  • Video action from Donington

    01 April 2001

    Video action from Donington

    For a unique perspective of Donington, join us a foot from the ground as we bring you on-board video from a World Championship sidecar.190bhp, three wheels and plenty of rain.

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  • How the Cagiva Xtra Raptor could be

    01 April 2001

    How the Cagiva Xtra Raptor could be

    THIS bike might be one of the only machines in the country that looks like a Cagiva Xtra-Raptor, but it’s the sound which makes it one in a million. Anything ridden through a tunnel as long as...

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  • 193mph… on a GSX-R600

    01 April 2001

    193mph… on a GSX-R600

    WE’VE had 600s that go as fast as 750s. We’ve had 750s that perform as well as 1000s. But never before have we had a 600 that gets to within 1mph of a Hayabusa. That’s faster than a ZZ-R1100, a...

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  • Hold on tight…

    01 April 2001

    Hold on tight…

    This is my second cigarette in ten minutes. It’s also only my second cigarette in five years. The reason for my nervousness is just a few feet away. It’s Steve Webster’s sidecar outfit. And he wants...

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  • Now you see them

    01 April 2001

    THE council in Doncaster have started playing the game. They’ve joined Plymouth in starting to paint GATSO cameras eye-catching colours rather than melt-into-the-background grey.There’s been a 43 per cent reduction in accidents since one of Plymouth’s GATSOs was given dayglow yellow stripes – now all 26 cameras in the Devon city are to be given bright colourschemes.Doncaster Metropolitan Borough...

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  • First test of the Yamaha Maxster

    01 April 2001

    First test of the Yamaha Maxster

    Taking a 125cc scooter on a race track doesn’t sound like a good idea given the lack of power, poor handling and shoddy brakes associated with the breed.But things look different if that track is...

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