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Bike News (March 2001)

  • The BMW’s in its elements

    25 March 2001

    The BMW’s in its elements

    Some friends of mine are Americans born and bred. They can’t believe the way us Brits are obsessed by the weather. But it’s easy for them, riding their sports bikes in the sunshine on dry roads.

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  • Reshaping exhaust design

    25 March 2001

    Reshaping exhaust design

    Exhaust downpipes may not be as sexy as the cans themselves, but their design is vital if you want the most power from your engine. Until now, they’ve largely been produced in the same way – using...

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  • Get your ears around this competition…

    25 March 2001

    RECKON your ears are sharper than Spock's? Have a crack at our first "Name That Bike!" competition then. If you reckon you know the bike being "warmed up" in these sound clips, you can win a Motorcyclenews.com T-shirt, and feel suitably smug. Post your suggestions as to which bike it is in the Talk Bikes section. Head for the message board entitled "Name That Bike Competition, Number One". Next...

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  • Free recovery doesn’t always mean free

    25 March 2001

    Free recovery doesn’t always mean free

    When is free recovery not really free? Apparently, when you’re a member of the AA or RAC and you’ve had an accident. Most of us assume when we join such an association that our membership fee will...

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  • Sensible? Only if you want it to be

    18 March 2001

    Sensible? Only if you want it to be

    AS I straighten out of the left-hander, a VW Golf appears a few hundred yards ahead of me, going at a rate of knots. Just before the next bend, its brake lights flash, then its bodywork squats on one...

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  • And they say speeding is dangerous

    18 March 2001

    If certain so-called authorities on road safety are to be believed, the only thing we need to do to avoid accidents is slow down.Of course, anyone who has ever had some idiot driver pull out in front of him – in other words, all of us – will know that’s not true. Inconsiderate, careless, incompetent and downright dangerous driving is much more hazardous.Unfortunately, not everyone sees things...

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  • Be a video star and win £100

    18 March 2001

    Be a video star and win £100

    If you’ve got star quality, we want to know about it. Be it funny, serious, or just plain daft, we want to see your homemade biking videos. And if fellow users of motorcyclenews.com reckon it’s good,...

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  • Tony, John: Our safety isn’t a game

    11 March 2001

    Tony, John: Our safety isn’t a game

    Tony Blair and John Prescott have drawn up a host of unpleasant plans for riders during their time in power – and now they’re looking at another one. There has been the sudden saturation of our...

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  • Don’t judge this Duke by its cover

    11 March 2001

    Don’t judge this Duke by its cover

    YOU can hardly see the Valencia pit wall because there are people in red Ducati shirts swarming all over it. But these aren’t fans. These are people who actually work for Ducati. And they’re all...

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  • Catch up on the TT

    04 March 2001

    Catch up on the TT

    The 2000 TT was one of the best ever. Didn’t go? Have a look at some of these memories and then make up your mind

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  • Woman airlifted to hospital from coleslaw wrestling

    04 March 2001

    COLESLAW wrestling often reveals some of the finer points of Daytona Bike Week.But the crowd gathered at the Cabbage Patch for the annual bikini-clad bouts got more than their usual eyeful.A skydiver, hired to impress the crowd, misjudged his landing and came down heavily on a woman serving beer.She was knocked out and had to be taken to hospital by helicopter and last reports indicate she was...

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  • Brits take the classic cake at Daytona

    04 March 2001

    Brits take the classic cake at Daytona

    British classic racers continued their annual pillage of the AHRMA (America Historic Racing Motorcycle Association) vintage road races at Daytona this week.In the first day of racing at the famous...

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  • GSX-R shows V-twins the way at the Speedbowl

    04 March 2001

    LITRE-SIZED twins may be the bikes to beat in World Superbikes at present, but it’s a four-cylinder bike which is leading practice for the prestigious Daytona 200 race in America so far.Reigning U.S. superbike champion Mat Mladin is leading the field by a clear 0.38s on his Suzuki GSX-R750 after final practice before tomorrow’s qualifying session.He’s well ahead of the bike in second, a Ducati 996...

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  • Daytona by night

    04 March 2001

    Daytona by night

    Daytona Bike Week is now in full swing in Florida, attracting close to 300,000 bike fans.Based around the Daytona 200 race, the Bike Week action is actually more about babes in their underwear and the...

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  • Mladin sets pole for Daytona 200

    04 March 2001

    SUZKI’S Mat Mladin started his U.S superbike championship title defence in perfect style today when he set pole for the first round of the American series at Daytona in Florida.The Australian finished front row qualifying well ahead of countryman Anthony Gobert in second on a Yamaha R7 and Honda’s Nicky Hayden in third. Mladin’s team-mate Aaron Yates completed the front row for Sunday’s...

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  • More scenes from Daytona

    04 March 2001

    More scenes from Daytona

    Our man in Florida has been busy with the camera again and sent us his latest batch of images for you to enjoy.The Daytona Bike Week is warming up and the streets are getting more and more lairy, so...

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  • If only all decisions were as enjoyable

    01 March 2001

    If only all decisions were as enjoyable

    HERE in Britain, our roads are titchy and crammed with traffic, our speed limits are archaic and proliferating speed cameras mean our chance of making the most of our bikes’ performance seem to...

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