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Bike News (July 2001)

  • Professional thieves target Brands

    29 July 2001

    Professional thieves target Brands

    THE sneak thieves warned of by police yesterday struck again last night in the Brands Hatch campsites – and they are so good at their work that even the police are forced to admit how expert they...

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  • Honda CX500 Custom

    29 July 2001

    Honda CX500 Custom

    WHEN a bike, within minutes of its 1978 launch, acquires the tag " Plastic Maggot " , it’s safe to assume the machine has been less than well received by the masses. But the original CX...

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  • Guess the average cost of bike insurance

    29 July 2001

    Guess the average cost of bike insurance

    What do you think the average cost of a bike insurance policy with Norwich Union is these days? You might be surprised.An MCN investigation has revealed it’s actually close to £250, considerably lower...

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  • BMW K1

    29 July 2001

    BMW K1

    Launched at the 1988 Cologne Show, there were feelings from some quarters that it would have been better off launched off the nearest cliff. Remembering the success it enjoyed after introducing the...

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  • Suzuki GSX1400

    29 July 2001

    Suzuki GSX1400

    1 Big motor, big bike. The GSX is unlikely to suffer from an inferiority complex 2 Who needs a headlight? They’ll see all that gleaming chrome from miles away3 The twin shocks may be retro, but the...

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  • QUASAR

    29 July 2001

    QUASAR

    IF you are not familiar with the term known as Feet Forward motorcycling, allow us to enlarge on it. Take a group of highly intelligent, fiercely independent engineers and inventors and leave them to...

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  • What the fans thought of Brands post Foggy

    29 July 2001

    What the fans thought of Brands post Foggy

    MANY people thought it couldn’t possibly happen, but the crowd at Brands today was announced as being greater than the 120,900 who trooped like an army in 1999 to watch Carl Fogarty on his way to this...

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  • MORBIDELLI V8

    29 July 2001

    MORBIDELLI V8

    IF you thought a factory that turned out trim and effective race bikes in the 1970s – winning three 125 and one 250 world championships – could make a decent-looking road bike, you’d be wrong. The...

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  • Why you shouldn’t ignore your clutch

    29 July 2001

    Why you shouldn’t ignore your clutch

    The clutch, bless it, is a bit like an old aunt who comes round for a family gathering. You know it’s there, but after a while you just ignore it. Often it’s not mentioned at all in the specification...

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  • MUNCH MAMMOTH

    29 July 2001

    MUNCH MAMMOTH

    One Munch Mammoth is probably enough for this world, and we got it in 1966 in the form of an NSU-engined behemoth known as the 1200 TTS. The air-cooled car engine was good for 88bhp and then 100bhp...

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  • BMW R1200C

    29 July 2001

    James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) rode one of these so they must be cool – right? But then James Bond (Roger Moore) also had a mini-sub with a plastic crocodile's head on it and it didn't exactly open up the market for reptilian-lamped off-roaders. This bauble of a bike is some sort of tribute to the great American cars of the 1950s and ’60s, which is where its inherent problems lie. The thing looks...

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  • Honda CBX550

    29 July 2001

    Honda CBX550

    THIS thing was the unwitting precursor of the acclaimed CBR600. It was the cutting-edge tool of its day, which was probably August 30, 1980, before the Kawasaki GPz550 appeared and wiped the floor...

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  • Ugly bikes – an anthology

    29 July 2001

    Ugly bikes – an anthology

    A wise man, quite possibly Jesus, once said: " One man’s meat is another man’s poison. " And he wasn’t just talking about lunch. He was talking about differences in taste. Most of us have...

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  • For sale: 8000 cheap air-horns

    29 July 2001

    For sale: 8000 cheap air-horns

    THE man who turned up at Brands Hatch World Superbikes with 10,000 boating-spec fog horns for sale seemed to have the world at his feet…With a crowd of over 100,000 predicted and a monopoly on the...

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  • Yamaha XJR1300

    29 July 2001

    Yamaha XJR1300

    1 The XJR lacks the presence of the GSX or the distinctiveness of the ZXR2 The designers of the R1 obviously weren’t involved in creating the XJR’s front end3 Suspension adjustments are limited, but...

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  • How good is your bike’s security?

    29 July 2001

    How good is your bike’s security?

    Got a good alarm? A dodgy disc lock? A u-lock that fits under the seat of a CBR?Fellow riders need your advice and here’s an easy way can share it:Click on the " PRODUCTS AND SERVICES " ...

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  • Whit drums up support at Brands

    29 July 2001

    Whit drums up support at Brands

    THE usual "Saturday night at Brands" drunken revelry was kicked off last evening with a marathon gig by Jamie Whitham’s band the Po Boys.Playing a two and a half hour set to a crowd of nearly 5000 the...

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  • Aprilia MOTO 6.5

    29 July 2001

    Aprilia MOTO 6.5

    IN the 1990s, when designers became demi-gods, it was no surprise that adventurous Aprilia should commission the pre-eminent doodler of that decade, Philippe Starck, to design a bike. The result...

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  • BIMOTA TESI

    29 July 2001

    BIMOTA TESI

    Strange that a firm capable of building some of the most highly regarded and downright beautiful machines of the 1970s and ’80s could have wobbled so royally in the ’90s. But it was the trip down the...

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  • MOTO GUZZI CENTAURO

    29 July 2001

    MOTO GUZZI CENTAURO

    A duck-billed platypus of a bike. Named after a mythical beast that was half-horse/half-human, the Centauro was more half Quasimodo, half Pat Butcher. The bulky one-piece tank/body device cloaked a...

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  • More Sunday scenes from Brands

    29 July 2001

    More Sunday scenes from Brands

    COULDN’T get along to Brands today to sample some of its legendary atmosphere? Here's a few pictures to let you know what was going on off (and above) the track.Don't forget you can send us your own...

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  • TT pubs open all hours

    29 July 2001

    TT pubs open all hours

    If you want more reasons to go back to the TT after this year’s cancellation, how does 24-hour drinking grab you? After years of experimenting with longer opening hours at weekends, the concept of...

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  • Kawasaki ZRX1200R

    29 July 2001

    Kawasaki ZRX1200R

    1 All it needs is Eddie Lawson on board to match that classic colour scheme2 The screen is about as aerodynamic as a house, but it keeps some wind off3 The suspension is the stiffest of the three –...

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  • BIMOTA MANTRA

    29 July 2001

    BIMOTA MANTRA

    IT seems a little cruel to come down hard on the Bimota Mantra, now that the Rimini firm has closed its factory gates for the last time. But with a motorcycle so astonishingly odd-looking as this...

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  • NORTON COMMANDER

    29 July 2001

    NORTON COMMANDER

    THE British motorcycle industry's broad expanse of flesh has long been pock-marked by the scars of many a cosmetic disaster. Who would want to remember, yet who can possibly forget the Norton Hi-rider...

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  • Suzuki GSX750F

    29 July 2001

    Suzuki GSX750F

    THE 1989–1997 model was almost instantly dubbed " The Teapot " when its overly-organic styling was revealed to a categorically nonplussed public. When a bike is not only named after a hot...

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  • Too sexy for my scooter

    22 July 2001

    Too sexy for my scooter

    WITH their classic design and distinctive looks no one could ever accuse Vespas of being visually boring. But just in case they fail to catch the eye of the beautiful people in the West End, you will...

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  • 28 seconds

    22 July 2001

    28 seconds

    WELL DONE! You’ve correctly guessed that wheezy John-san had only enough puff for 28 seconds! You win!Click on the link on the right to see his shameful effort.

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  • Twisting through town

    22 July 2001

    Twisting through town

    Where in the world could you expect to ride like this through town and get away with it? Yup, it’s the Isle of Man during the TT.

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  • First test of CCM’s R30

    22 July 2001

    First test of CCM’s R30

    The new CCM R30 draws more head-turning glances than Jordan in a moist T-shirt.To the clean-slated mind of your average non-biking man on the street, the new CCM appears to be a great-looking...

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