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Bike News (November 2001)

  • Longterm test: Yamaha Tmax

    18 November 2001

    Longterm test: Yamaha Tmax

    Being fairly liberal-minded, I do my best to understand the actions of other people. Even when they seem completely unreasonable, I exercise caution before judging them. I may not have all the facts.

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  • Win a V&M R6 at the Ally Pally Show

    18 November 2001

    Win a V&M R6 at the Ally Pally Show

    You could be picking up the keys to a brand-new R6 at next years Ally Pally show. Top tuners V&M are giving away a 2001 R6 painted in their racing colours with a Laser end can fitted. The bike...

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  • More strange but true…

    18 November 2001

    More strange but true…

    A quick look around the crazy world of bikingAmerica:A grandma has been convicted of embezzling £800,000 from the firm she worked at as an accountant. The 57-year old spent the cash, collected over a...

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  • No more traffic cops in Notts

    18 November 2001

    They say there’s never a copper around when you need one but that could soon be dangerously true in Nottinghamshire.The force is scrapping its traffic division to rely on speed cameras as its sole road safety enforcement.It’s also binning Operation Brake, a scheme which works to cut bike theft.Notts police is denying the cost-cutting move in public, but officers have called MCN to express their...

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  • Net yourself a Suzuka replica GSX-R1000

    18 November 2001

    Net yourself a Suzuka replica GSX-R1000

    THE Suzuka 8-hours race is one of the most prestigious meetings in the Japanese sporting calendar. The factories spend millions preparing their teams for the event, so when the privateer Kenz J-Trust...

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  • ZX-12R recalled as nuts crack

    11 November 2001

    ZX-12R recalled as nuts crack

    Kawasaki’s ZX-12R has been recalled because the tyre valve nuts could crack.The firm says that could cause a loss of tyre pressure – and it’s urging owners to contact their dealer immediately to...

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  • The eighth group of ten

    11 November 2001

    The eighth group of ten

    Andy Corssen, 24, from Skegness, Lincs, rides a Kawasaki ZXR400. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: Today. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: MV Agusta F4. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: The UK supercross girl. BEST STAND: Ducati. BEST...

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  • The second group of ten

    11 November 2001

    The second group of ten

    David Simmonds, 49, from the Isle of Wight, rides a Yamaha Drag Star. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: 1990. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Yamaha Bulldog. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: MCN’s Vikki. BEST STAND: Yamaha. BEST...

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  • The fifth group of ten

    11 November 2001

    Peter Bryden, 31, from Haslemere, Surrey, rides a Yamaha R1. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: 1995. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Peter Goddard’s Benelli Tornado race bike on the Carole Nash stand. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: MCN’s Vikki. BEST STAND: MCN. BEST BARGAIN: Haven’t seen any yet.Colin Pope, 37, from Foxton, Cambs, rides a Suzuki Bandit 1200. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: Today. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Harley-Davidson...

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  • MAG joins BMF against loud pipes

    11 November 2001

    MAG joins BMF against loud pipes

    MAG chief executive Henry Marks says he stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the BMF’s recently announced anti-loud-pipes position.MAG’s support comes as a surprise given that this is the group that...

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  • Win a PlayStation 2 MX2002 game

    11 November 2001

    If you’ve been to the NEC Show you might have had a go on the PlayStation 2 consoles in the gaming area. We’ve got five copies to give away of the excellent MX2002 motocross game that everybody’s playing on them.Featuring American 250cc Motocross and Supercross Champion Ricky Carmichael, Scottish World Championship rider Stephen Sword, and British freestyler Chris Brock, the new game features real...

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  • Add your NEC Show tips today

    11 November 2001

    Add your NEC Show tips today

    Our comprehensive guide to the NEC Show will help you get more from it than ever before. And now we’ve started adding your tips, from the people who’ve already been.Together, we’ll point you to the...

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  • Giant trailies’ sales on the up

    11 November 2001

    Giant trailies’ sales on the up

    Giant trailie sales are rising faster than in any other sector of motorcycling, according to the latest figures from the Motorcycle Industry Association.Registrations of new bikes in the category,...

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  • What it takes to organise the NEC Show

    11 November 2001

    What it takes to organise the NEC Show

    The International Motorcycle show hasn’t always been such a massive event. And it hasn’t always been at the NEC. Back in 1931, when the first show was staged, it was held at London’s Olympia and...

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  • How to win with Fantasy Road Racing

    11 November 2001

    How to win with Fantasy Road Racing

    If you want a bit of help choosing your MCN Fantasy Road Racing team, David Kitchen is the bloke to ask. He’s just collected his Aprilia RS250 from Jeremy McWilliams, his prize for coming top in our...

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  • The babe you rated best

    11 November 2001

    The babe you rated best

    BEST BABE MCN girl Vikki, 19, from Cannock, Staffs, was overwhelmingly voted best looking woman at the show by the visitors we asked. VITAL STATS: 34, 25, 34. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT BEING VOTED THE...

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  • Second issue of MCN Sport now in the shops

    11 November 2001

    Second issue of MCN Sport now in the shops

    Name the most intense race rivalries ever… Rossi and Biaggi, certainly… but let’s not forget Sheene and Roberts, Rainey and Schwantz or even Walker and Hodgson.,Re-live them all in just one of the...

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  • 2002 VFR800, Sprint ST and Futura shoot-out

    11 November 2001

    2002 VFR800, Sprint ST and Futura shoot-out

    We’re pitching the new Honda V-TEC VFR800 against Triumph’s uprated 2002 Sprint ST and Aprilia’s Futura starting on Wednesday.The V4 Honda, triple-powered Sprint and V-twin Futura offer very different...

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  • Examining the latest report on bike thefts

    11 November 2001

    Examining the latest report on bike thefts

    Bikes worth £3 million are being stolen in the UK every MONTH. Honda’s CBR600 is the most popular for crooks and just 16 per cent of those motorcycles swiped are recovered.These were the worrying...

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  • Your tips and comments on the NEC Show

    11 November 2001

    Here are just some of your tips on getting the best out of the NEC.If you have any to add, e-mail them to david.cushman@emap.com with NEC SHOW ADVICE in the subject line.We had a great day at the NEC on Sunday 11, returning with some excellent prints, clothing, bike parts and accessories, all in all a really excellent day!Plenty to do and see, plenty of people to talk to, we met Jez and Katja,...

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  • How the bike industry reacted

    11 November 2001

    How the bike industry reacted

    Ian Mutch, MAG.What do you think of the report?It tells us a lot of things that MAG is already aware of. We take bike crime very seriously. We take bike crime very seriously. Some of the figures are...

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  • MCN talks to Steve Powell of the NCIS

    11 November 2001

    MCN talks to Steve Powell of the NCIS

    MCN: What is the long term aim of these reports?Powell: Our fundamental aim is reduce theft and increase recovery rates. We aim to do that by building enough intelligence for our law-enforcement...

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  • The sixth group of ten

    11 November 2001

    The sixth group of ten

    Marvin Rothman, 37, from Braintree, Essex, rides an Aprilia RSV-R Mille. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: 1996. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Harley-Davidson V-Rod. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: They’re all top standard. BEST...

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  • Riders charity bags two Royal awards

    11 November 2001

    Riders charity bags two Royal awards

    Riders for Health, the motorcycling charity which works to provide transport for medicine in Africa, has won the Prince Michael of Kent Road Safety Award for 2002 in two categories – the motorcycle...

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  • The fourth group of ten

    11 November 2001

    The fourth group of ten

    Rebecca Milner, 14, from Selby, also wants a bike when she’s old enough. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: Today. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Yamaha R1. BEST-LOOKING MAN: Harley-Davidson’s dancer. BEST STAND: Honda.

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  • The third group of ten

    11 November 2001

    The third group of ten

    Paul Eaglestone, 45, from Kidlington, Oxfordshire, rides a Kawasaki GPZ500. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: 1997. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Yamaha Fazer 600. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: Suzi Perry. BEST STAND: Kawasaki.

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  • Should ultimate Duke special be Monster or 998-based?

    11 November 2001

    THE ultimate Ducati special is on the drawing boards at John Hackett Performance. It will be based on a brand-new, hand-finished Testastretta engine, hot off the production line in Bologna and a Keppler carbon-fibre frame from Austria.But Hackett hasn’t decided yet whether to build the machine as 998-style race replica, or as a naked Monster.What do YOU want to see? A 125bhp Monster, or a...

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