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Bike News (October 2001)

  • The history of the single

    28 October 2001

    The history of the single

    Ninety per cent of singles are learner bikes or big trailies. Does that make them irrelevant to modern motorcycling life? Are they just the poorest cousin of all bike engines, reserved for the...

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  • Honda to close its UK riders club

    28 October 2001

    Honda to close its UK riders club

    The 20,000-member HUKRC (Honda UK Riders’ Club) will close on Thursday, November 1. It will mean the end for the club’s rideouts, holidays and discounted official Honda goods and cheap tickets to race...

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  • DIY road test: Sports 600s

    28 October 2001

    DIY road test: Sports 600s

    Here at MCN we regularly get readers and site visitors volunteering to write up their experiences on two wheels for the general enlightenment of the rest of the world.It’s hard to find space for this...

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  • Benefits of being a two-stroke

    28 October 2001

    Benefits of being a two-stroke

    We’re all familiar with big capacity four-stroke singles, because they’re the most interesting. But a third of today’s single-cylinder bikes are much smaller-capacity two-strokes; usually mopeds and...

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  • Where would we be without the XT500?

    28 October 2001

    Where would we be without the XT500?

    We can thank Yamaha for the current big, single-cylinder trail bikes that give us such an unexpected laugh on the road, and yet still manage to plug through mud and up and down green lanes when the...

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  • Your chance to interview Max Biaggi

    28 October 2001

    Your chance to interview Max Biaggi

    We’ve lined-up an interview with GP superstar Max Biaggi early in November and we want you to put the questions.We’ll be meeting the Yamaha star for an exclusive chat but time will be short so we want...

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  • A flip-up numberplate? If only it was legal

    28 October 2001

    A flip-up numberplate? If only it was legal

    007 would love it. Press a button and this numberplate folds in half to cover up your number. Sadly this is strictly illegal for use on the road. But, you’d only want one as a show plate or on a track...

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  • Drysdale GP engine based on road V8

    28 October 2001

    Drysdale GP engine based on road V8

    Australian engineer Ian Drysdale is close to completing his second road-going V8-based road bike. But as he puts the finishing touches to The Cruiser, he’s already designing and building his next...

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  • Step nine: Finishing

    21 October 2001

    By this time, you’ve spent a couple of hours and you’re tired. But you should have a good sense of reward. This is a good time to lube the chain, because chances are you’re not going to ride straight away, and again overspray will come off easily with the polish. As always, there’s no need to drown the chain in lube. It’s best left overnight after lubing, to work into the chain – if you ride...

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  • Step two: Wheels and degreasing:

    21 October 2001

    Step two: Wheels and degreasing:

    Your wheels are usually the dirtiest part of your bike. They’re nearest the road so they get road grime, but they also get the worst of chain lube and brake dust. A good spray over with a motorcycle...

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  • Dealer of the Year (more than one outlet)

    21 October 2001

    Congratulations to George White a dealership chain that proves that you can offer great personal service in a modern retail environment and offer a great range of products.1. George White2. Lloyd Cooper3. Colin AppleyardShortlisted: Bridge Motorcycles

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  • Dealer (Clothing & Accessories)

    21 October 2001

    With a growing network of stores Hein Gericke has taken the clothing retail experience to new heights, epitomised by its Belfast store.And despite some well-publicised problems with its holding company, Hein Gericke in the UK has continued to offer great products in a great environment. So congratulations to Hein Gericke.1. Hein Gericke, Belfast2. Biker’s Clearance3. Harpers

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  • Dealer of the Year (one outlet)

    21 October 2001

    Congratulations to CW Motorcycles, a dealership which our readers tell us really knows how to combine service and excellence with an expert knowledge of the BMWs they sell.On top of that independent surveys consistently put this dealership at, or near, the top, which it is why it is a worthy winner of Bridgestone MCN Dealer of the Year single outlet category.1. CW Motorcycles2. Millennium...

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  • Troy Bayliss: in his own words

    21 October 2001

    Rgvm: Congratulations Troy - whats the first thing you said/or will say to Colin Edwards when you lift the trophy?TroyBayliss: Nothing really. I don't think there's going to be any gloating.Dazzie: Troy, many congratulations! World Champion - how mental is that?! How does it feel!?TroyBayliss: Well, I just feel the same I did before it all happened really. But I do sort of feel a bit strange. I...

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  • Funeral procession draws riders from around the country

    21 October 2001

    The funeral for Shire Training Service’s boss Colin Fenton was held on Thursday morning. More than 40 friends and former pupils travelled from around the country to ride in the funeral procession, which took in the Monks Wood stretch of Cambridgeshire B-roads he loved so much.Colin died following a stroke. His advanced riding tips and advice often featured in the motorcycling press and he...

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  • Manufacturer of the Year

    21 October 2001

    Manufacturer of the Year

    The bronze award goes to a company that relocated, restructured and plain and simple sold more bikes…DucatiThe silver award goes to company that worked hard to reposition itself, offered some...

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  • The history of four cylinders

    21 October 2001

    The history of four cylinders

    Four pistons hurtling up and down at up to 15,000 times a minute. Exhaust screaming. Air intakes howling. Whatever you think of four-cylinder sports bikes, you can’t deny they do their job pretty...

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  • CCM R30 Supermoto

    21 October 2001

    CCM R30 Supermoto

    The CCM is like one of those deep sea fish that’s all head and teeth – only in this case it’s nearly all engine. The enormous, 20 year-old, aircooled Rotax 600 dominates the R30 from either side. Add...

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  • Product of the Year (Clothing)

    21 October 2001

    Product of the Year (Clothing)

    Congratulations to Thunderchild for spotting the opening in the British market for the Roof range of helmets, epitomised by the Diversion, a helmet which combines unique and stylish looks and great...

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  • Place your bets…now!

    21 October 2001

    Place your bets…now!

    He’s an ultra fit athlete who trains hard and is in peak physical condition. BUT how long can British Supersport rider John McGuinness hold his breath? 18 seconds, 28 seconds or 58 seconds?...

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  • Supermoto test

    21 October 2001

    Supermoto test

    There comes a time when every sportsbike rider finds him (or her)self in a hedge, or a court, or even a pawn shop, wondering where it all went wrong. Sound familiar? Of course it does. It’s called...

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  • Step eight: Black trim

    21 October 2001

    Step eight: Black trim

    Items like mirrors (well the casing, not the glass), indicator stalks and rear mudguards. Cut a normal sponge into smaller pieces and apply a car bumper care product to the sponge. This will spread...

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  • Why biking is back in fashion

    21 October 2001

    Why biking is back in fashion

    When we were kids, bikers were cool. Unless you’re over 50, you didn’t see hippie odyssey Easy Rider when it came out, and you almost certainly weren’t around when outlaw Marlon Brando terrorised...

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  • Step three: Bodywork

    21 October 2001

    Step three: Bodywork

    With the grease removed, you can now see where the dirt is. This may also include the wheels and brakes, despite your efforts with the degreaser. Cover the entire machine with a motorcycle cleaner,...

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