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Bike News (June 2001)

  • 24 June 2001

    Serious Accidents on the open road:Loss of control, Rider’s fault: 61%, Other’s fault: 5%. Failed to give way, Riders fault: 2%, Other’s fault 36%. Failed to avoid, Rider’s fault: 13%, Other’s fault: 12%. Poor turn/manoeuvre, Rider’s fault: 7%, Other’s fault: 31%. Poor Overtaking, Rider’s fault: 11%, Other’s fault 7%.Total (accidents/percentage). Rider’s fault: 456 (67%), Other’s fault: 227...

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  • Flying tonight

    24 June 2001

    Flying tonight

    Here’s the first in a series of video clips from the Motocross Des Nations. Prepare to have your breath taken away.

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  • How we can prove Mellor wrong

    24 June 2001

    WITHIN days of David Mellor’s comments, the Transport Research Laboratory published a report into the real reason why people are dying in bike crashes.And, Mr Mellor, it’s nothing to do with riders exercising their right to ride on the outside of a queue or getting up your nose by passing your chauffeur-driven motor.The TRL looked into police reports of 717 fatalities which involved a motorcycle –...

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  • Insurance underwriter goes into liquidation

    17 June 2001

    Check the small print on your insurance policy, you could be one of as many as 2000 UK riders hit by the financial troubles at Independent Insurance Company Limited.The underwriter is now in the hands of liquidator Pricewaterhouse Cooper.Carole Nash is one of the firm to have used Independent Insurance Company Limited to underwrite motorcycle policies. Check your certificate and it will say who...

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  • Riding Britain’s greatest road

    10 June 2001

    Riding Britain’s greatest road

    The days of the Roman Empire weren’t just about eating grapes, grappling with virgins and having lots of hot baths. Some of it was about standing guard on the rainswept borders of northern England...

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  • Is time running out for MAG and the BMF?

    10 June 2001

    Is time running out for MAG and the BMF?

    PRESSURE groups are there to fight for our rights. They understand the things we care about and the issues that wind us up. That’s the idea, anyway. But a recent demonstration against toll charges at...

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  • Clarion Suzuki GSX-R750 XR09 Superbike

    10 June 2001

    Clarion Suzuki GSX-R750 XR09 Superbike

    RIDER: John CrawfordPOWER: Over 165bhp@14,000rpmDRY WEIGHT: 162kgTOP SPEED: 190mphRESULTS:Donington Park: 3rd and 3rd Silverstone: 3rd and 5thSnetterton: 7th and 7thOulton Park: DNF and 4th

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  • Long term test on the Yamaha Tmax

    10 June 2001

    Long term test on the Yamaha Tmax

    Sometimes, the strangest combinations actually go together remarkably well. When I was a kid, my favourite teatime snack was peanut butter and jam sandwiches. Other children would curl their lips with...

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  • Four Clarion Suzukis ridden and rated

    10 June 2001

    Four Clarion Suzukis ridden and rated

    This year Suzuki has done the triple with its 600, 750 and 1000. All three are the best bikes in their class. Best meaning the most-focussed, lightest and most powerful bikes in their respective...

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  • Out and about: Hunstanton

    03 June 2001

    Out and about: Hunstanton

    Hunstanton hands over a prime parking spot to motorcycles, close to the bandstand and nestled between amusement arcades and cafes.There are some good routes to it to be found if you scour your map of...

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  • Long term test: Life with an FJR

    03 June 2001

    Long term test: Life with an FJR

    I had said farewell to my ZX-12R in mid-December. It was mid-May before I finally got my hands on the FJR. I hadn't even ridden a push bike in the intervening time. You will therefore understand my...

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  • The advantages of lightweight wheels

    03 June 2001

    WHERE do you start when you want to modify your bike? A bit of engine tuning first, maybe upgrade the brakes to suit the improved performance and as it goes along add rear sets and finish off with a spangly new paint job. But would you add lightweight wheels?For most of us, light wheels are something of a luxury item. They cost a fortune, admittedly look good but surely they can’t make that much...

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  • Rival parties pass their verdict

    03 June 2001

    Conservatives " Labour have been all mouth and no delivery in their integrated transport strategy. The Government doesn’t even measure journey times in congested cities. If they did, they’d find motorcycles to be the shortest. Labour should be promoting two-wheelers instead of clobbering motorists. We will do our utmost to empower bikes. In congested areas in particular, motorcycles play a...

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