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Bike News (July 2001)

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Don’t forget Friday’s GSX-R Festival

    29 July 2001

    Don’t forget Friday’s GSX-R Festival

    Kevin Schwantz, racing Suzukis and more GSX-Rs than you’ll have ever seen gathered in one place before, it’s all on offer at Brands Hatch this Friday.But if you can’t make it in person, you won’t miss...

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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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  • 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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  • No end yet to our Saturday Brands scenes

    22 July 2001

    No end yet to our Saturday Brands scenes

    NO words are needed to explain the build up throughout today of the fans and atmosphere at Brands Hatch.But to remind you why the event is so special on the British biking calendar, here are some...

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  • Insurance grief for 1900 Devitt customers

    22 July 2001

    Insurance grief for 1900 Devitt customers

    HUNDREDS of riders insured through the brokerage firm Devitt DA have been asked to cough up for new insurance policies following the demise of underwriters Independent Insurance Company Limited.While...

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  • Myth of speeding motorcyclists exposed

    22 July 2001

    Myth of speeding motorcyclists exposed

    WITH an apparently increasing number of residents in rural areas complaining about bikes speeding through their quiet villages, here’s some figures that should shut them up.After the Parish councils...

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  • Keeping the R1 legend afloat

    22 July 2001

    Keeping the R1 legend afloat

    YAMAHA’S R1 may be struggling to compete with Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 on the road, but there is somewhere it will give the new class leader a sound thrashing – on water.The new Yamaha WaveRunner FX140 uses...

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