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Bike News (August 2001)

  • Official statement

    26 August 2001

    Kawasaki Heavy Industries Limited and Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan, announced an agreement to form a strategic business relationship today in the area of product development, design, engineering, manufacturing of motorcycle and ATV products and purchasing components thereof based on the spirit of reciprocity and equality.The agreement intends to advocate the desire of the parties to make the...

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  • John Reynolds in his own words

    26 August 2001

    MCN: Will it be WSB then next year?JohnReynolds: Oh, we need to win a British Championship first, and then we'll think about it. I know Ben would like to do a World Series.MCN: JR, What do you think about 1000cc four cylinders joining BSB next year?JohnReynolds: Well, to be honest, I can see it being a one-make series if these bikes are as good as they say they are going to be. The Suzuki is such...

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  • New numberplates from Saturday

    26 August 2001

    New numberplates from Saturday

    September 1 marks not only a new reg plate, but a whole new system of registration numbers… and most of us haven’t a clue what they mean. So here’s our quick guide.The first two characters are letters...

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  • Suzuki GSX750

    26 August 2001

    Suzuki GSX750

    Jack White, Missouri, Suzuki GSX750Top Fuel drag race frame, Home-made seat unit, turbocharged. " I hold five records with an old Triumph but I wanted to go faster so I got hold of this Suzuki...

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  • How you want the R1 and R6 to change

    26 August 2001

    How you want the R1 and R6 to change

    We’ve been asking Yamaha owners about what they want changed on the R1 and R6.Your verdicts are now being forwarded to Yamaha for the firms product planners to take into account in their future...

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  • Triumph 650

    26 August 2001

    Roosevelt lackey, Michigan, Triumph 650.Partial streamliner calls, custom bodywork, fuel-injected old Triumph twin. I love coming here. It’s one of the wonders of the world. I’m a motorsport guy, and God you’ve got it all here. I’ve owned this bike since the mid-70s and I’ve been rebuilding it for two years. It last raced here in 1981. It runs on nitro and is good for 150mph. "

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  • Kawasaki Z1000

    26 August 2001

    Kawasaki Z1000

    Charlie Toy, Oregon, Kawasaki Z1000Turbocharged kawasaki engine, 60-180mph in 4 seconds, Protoys Racing partial streamliner fairing. " I push the rules to the limit. I build my own streamlining...

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  • How it all started

    26 August 2001

    How it all started

    The salt flats were named after Captain Benjamin Bonneville a high-ranking soldier in the American army who decided to use his stature to scout land in the then uncharted west. He never actually...

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  • Tell us your story

    26 August 2001

    Tell us your story

    We’re looking for your help with three special features destined for pubication on motorcyclenews.com and in MCN.The first is for those of you who spend a lot of time and money fettling, tweaking and...

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  • Hideous 1000

    26 August 2001

    Hideous 1000

    Marc and Charles Hornbrook, Missouri, Hideous 1000Kawasaki ZX-10, Unidentified Yamaha frame, Ugliest bike of the event. " We built this for a $1000. What keeps us coming back? The hope we can...

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  • Ural 650 combination

    26 August 2001

    Ural 650 combination

    Fredda Cole, Massachusetts, Ural 650 combinationBlueprinted engine, lightweight sidecar, made in Russia. " The Ural Club decided to see how fast one of these things could go and it developed...

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  • Suzuki GSX-R7/11

    26 August 2001

    Suzuki GSX-R7/11

    Chad Church, Colorado, Suzuki GSX-R7/111985 GSX-R750 frame, 1990 GSX-R1100 engine, daily driver. " I ride this bike everyday and bring it here for its holidays. Last year it was all standard...

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  • What the letters and number stand for

    26 August 2001

    Here are how each region will be represented on the new UK registration plates:AA-AN:-Anglia-Peterborough, AO-AU:-Anglia-Norwich, AV-AY:-Anglia-Ipswich, BA-BY:-Birmingham-Birmingham, CA-CO:-Cymru-Cardiff, CP-CV:-Cymru-Swansea, CW-CY:-Cymru-Bangor, DA-DK:-Deeside to Shrewsbury-Chester, DI-DY:-Deeside to Shrewsbury-Shrewsbury, EA-EY:-Essex-Chelmsford, FA-FP:-Forest and Fens-Nottingham, FR-FY:-Forest...

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  • Kawasaki’s official line

    26 August 2001

    Kawasaki released this official statement on the link with Suzuki on ThursdayKawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd and The Suzuki Motor Corporation have announced an agreement to work together on research and development projects.The companies will work together in the future on the development of new models in a variety of categories.The collaboration between Kawasaki and Suzuki signals a growing trend...

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  • Bonneville Speed Week

    26 August 2001

    Bonneville Speed Week

    Lee Burkey stares out into the white and blue yonder. " The worst thing that can happen is that I fall on my butt " he muses. There are, of course, various degrees of falling on your arse.

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  • Jamie Dobb, in his own words

    26 August 2001

    MCN: Jamie, how does it feel to be a British Champion after we've all gone so long without oneJamieDobb: It's not really sunk in yet. I’ve been trying for so long. It's going to take a little bit of time to sink in. I can probably answer that question better in a few weeksMCN: How come road racers where thick leather suits, and you guys just seem to have sweatshirts on?JamieDobb: The difference...

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  • The great Gatso con

    26 August 2001

    The great Gatso con

    The statistics bandied about to prove Gatsos save lives, the big excuse used for their ever-growing numbers, are hand-picked and thoroughly mis-leading, our inquiries have revealed.Counties with the...

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  • Triumph Tiger 955I

    19 August 2001

    Triumph Tiger 955I

    It’s neither little nor light, but the Tiger felt the smallest here, with agile handling, easy power and easy steering. With 104bhp and solid power at any revs, the re-tuned Daytona engine is silky...

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  • Race-spec GSX-Rs for the road

    19 August 2001

    Race-spec GSX-Rs for the road

    Crescent Suzuki race team has got the go ahead to build limited edition GSX-Rs for the road - the 600 is yours for £15,000 and the 750 for £30,000.Click on the link on the right to see our exclusive...

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  • Back to Brighton beach

    19 August 2001

    Back to Brighton beach

    Triumph’s Bonneville doesn’t look retro enough for some. That’s why Swedish firm Raask has taken the modern bike even closer to its rocker roots.Company founder Sivert Raask said: " I’ve been in...

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  • The preparations so far…

    19 August 2001

    Nearly every motorcyclist at some time or another dreams of travelling around the world on their bike. My dream started around 15 years ago after a few half-hearted attempts at travelling around France. Since then I promised my self every winter that the next year would be that year, I was going!Life is a bitch! There was always something cropping up to stop me, ranging from being too busy, kids,...

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