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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2002)

  • Spot ‘dpc’ on tour on Thursday

    19 August 2002

    Spot ‘dpc’ on tour on Thursday

    JUST two days left to spot MCN’s David Cushman on tour. Pull it off and you could win a great prize.All you have to do is go up to him at one of his frequent stops, hand over your name, address and...

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  • Join the GP Golden Age Revival

    19 August 2002

    Join the GP Golden Age Revival

    There’s a unique opportunity to relive the " Golden Age " this September when former 500cc world champions Freddie Spencer and Wayne Gardner clash in the Goodwood Revival’s Lennox Cup...

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  • Ducati sale rumours continue

    19 August 2002

    Ducati sale rumours continue

    Rumours of an imminent sale of its Ducati shareholding are continuing to dog Texas Pacific Group (TPG).Market watcher Bloomberg.com is carrying a story from Italian broadsheet Borsa & Finanza that...

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  • Spot ‘dpc’ on tour on Wednesday

    19 August 2002

    Spot ‘dpc’ on tour on Wednesday

    JUST two days left to spot MCN’s David Cushman on tour. Pull it off and you could win a great prize.All you have to do is go up to him at one of his frequent stops, hand over your name, address and...

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  • Updated: Spot ‘dpc’ on tour on Monday

    19 August 2002

    Updated: Spot ‘dpc’ on tour on Monday

    KEEP an eye out for MCN’s David Cushman today. He’s on tour through the UK and if you spot him you could be in with a chance of a great prize.All you have to do is go up to him at one of his frequent...

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  • KTM suffers supermoto famine

    19 August 2002

    KTM suffers supermoto famine

    KTM has run out of supermotos. " Demand has been going through the roof, " said the UK importer’s Amanda Harmon. " We won’t be getting any more until mid-October. " Some...

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  • Phoning and driving could be outlawed

    19 August 2002

    Phoning and driving could be outlawed

    The Government is about to begin a 12-week consultation period that could see drivers banned from using mobile phones behind the wheel.From August 20, the Department of Transport, together with...

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  • Evel Knievel in tax trouble

    12 August 2002

    Evel Knievel in tax trouble

    Two things you can rely on in life are death and taxes, but having postponed one, Evel Knievel is now under fire from the taxman.The motorcycle daredevil has had two charges filed against him for...

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  • GSX-R600 tops your bike reviews

    12 August 2002

    GSX-R600 tops your bike reviews

    James Apps’ reviews of his 2001 GSX-R600 is your top of the bike review pops according to the latest information from our poll.If he stays at the top to the end of the week, August 16, he’ll win a day...

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  • Japanese scooter stupidity

    12 August 2002

    Japanese scooter stupidity

    FES250 TRIKELiked to be looked at? Even if it’s for the wrong reasons? You might want to have a gander at this Honda FES250 scooter. It’s been triked with raked-out forks and 12in back wheels from a...

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  • MCN seeks sub-editor

    12 August 2002

    MCN seeks sub-editor

    MCN is looking for an experienced sub-editor to join its production team.If you love bikes and have at least two years behind you working on a newspaper, magazine or quality consumer website in a...

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  • Benelli v MV v 998 v RSV

    12 August 2002

    Benelli v MV v 998 v RSV

    It’s the ultimate in silly money road tests: In the latest issue of MCN, out August 14, we pitch the new £22,500 Benelli Tornado Tre against its rivals for the title of: " Best Road Bike Money...

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  • @1999 Yamaha R1

    12 August 2002

    The R1 is not a difficult bike to review. Think of something a supersports bike should be good at and write down that the R1 excels at it. For MCN, introduce as many hackneyed clichés as you can come up with, plus a sprinkling of contradictory errors, and you’re away. Here goes nothing…The R1 is a very fast bike.I had a ’93 ‘Blade for a few years before buying my R1 new in September ’99, so...

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  • Spot ‘dpc’ on tour on Sunday

    12 August 2002

    Spot ‘dpc’ on tour on Sunday

    MCN’S David Cushman (user name dpc) is touring the UK this week on his Kawasaki ZZ-R1200 long termer. Look out for his panniered-up silver bike today as he makes his way from Cambridgeshire, west on...

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  • 1998 Kawasaki ZX-7R

    12 August 2002

    Overweight, outdated, underpowered? Not the words I would associate to Kawasaki’s finest Ninja, despite all the magazine articles I’ve read on this bike over the past couple of years, indicating that the model was ready for the skip. Aggressive, agile and stable more suit the character of the 750 kwakajack. I can only come to the conclusion that my bike must have undergone modifications at the...

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  • New Momo lids for headcases

    12 August 2002

    New Momo lids for headcases

    When even fluffy bunny ears are commonplace, the best way to stand out could be a mad helmet from Italian firm Momo.It’s latest line-up is guaranteed to appeal to extroverts, but each helmet meets...

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  • Kawasaki’s wild muscle bike revealed

    12 August 2002

    Kawasaki’s wild muscle bike revealed

    This is the machine everyone is going to be talking about. In the latest issue of MCN, out August 14, you can see the first picture of Kawasaki’s new ZX-9-powered muscle bike.The image has been...

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  • 1986 Honda CB350

    12 August 2002

    The minute I saw this bike I wondered if I had read the advert wrong, 1986 D reg it said and my mate told me it was basically a Superdream. With its red Harris frame and modern Fazer like tank this was one sexy lookin bike but will this thing go after all its only a 350cc twin cylinder engine putting out 35 bhp .3 months later and I can say with one mega grin that this machine rocks, In this...

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  • FireBlade now tops the user reviews

    12 August 2002

    FireBlade now tops the user reviews

    A flurry of entries overnight and into today has seen Peter Bullock’s review of his 1997 Honda FireBlade sweep past James Apps’ GSX-R600 to top our user review poll.A strong third is Stephen Badham’s...

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  • 2002 Kawasaki ZX-6R J2

    12 August 2002

    A 600cc sportsbike, brand new, for under £5k? In yellow? (I know, humour me). Trade-in the svs? Certainly sir, walk this way. Difficult with these legs, but thank you, I’ll have one, no test ride needed.All that took place in February this year, and in March I was the proud owner of said new ZX-6R. In truth, being a short arse, the ZX6 was the best option for my height of all the 600cc sports...

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  • US Marine Corp enlist Harleys

    12 August 2002

    US Marine Corp enlist Harleys

    Recruiters for the United States Marine Corp will receive new two-wheeled weapons to entice young men to sign up to serve their country.16 Harley-Davidson Fat Boys have been custom painted red with...

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  • Have you ever beaten a star?

    12 August 2002

    Have you ever beaten a star?

    World-class racers like Chris Walker, Neil Hodgson, Troy Bayliss and Valentino Rossi weren’t always gods. All of them had to start somewhere, and all of them must have been beaten plenty of times...

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  • Vote for your bike review winner

    12 August 2002

    Vote for your bike review winner

    Now’s your chance to vote for your winner in our MCN Road Tester for a day competition.All you have to do is read the users reviews we’ve published, by clicking on the link on the right. Then e-mail...

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  • One in the eye for Gatsos

    12 August 2002

    One in the eye for Gatsos

    Some people lash out on sophisticated Gatso-dodging electronica, some people just slow down for them. But one rider has come up with a method of avoiding a speeding ticket James Bond would be proud...

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  • Joey TT scholarship announced

    12 August 2002

    Joey TT scholarship announced

    A scholarship in commemoration of Joey Dunlop has just been launched for budding TT racers.It’s backed by MCN and our parent company Emap, the ACU and the Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCI).The...

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  • Play ‘Spot dpc’ all next week

    12 August 2002

    Play ‘Spot dpc’ all next week

    MCN’S David Cushman (or dpc, to give him his motorcyclenews.com user name) is touring the UK on his Kawasaki ZZ-R1200 from Sunday (August 18) until the following Friday (August 23). If you spot him on...

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  • 2002 Suzuki GSX-R600 (1)

    12 August 2002

    So the new GSXR 600 leans casually on its stand looking like it’s doin’ 90 standing still - maybe its the Telefonica graphics, the luminous green chequered flag on the electric blue paint or just the sharp styling of the whole package ,anyway ,whatever it is it sure does it for me and I have a feeling it would still do it if it was wearing a coat of grey primer.Most people who stop for a look...

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  • Gilera offers cut-price scooter cover

    12 August 2002

    Gilera offers cut-price scooter cover

    Younger buyers of the restyled Gilera Runner SP 50 can get cheaper insurance until September 30.Gilera is offering Third Party Fire and Theft insurance for £149 for 16-24 year olds. The scooter itself...

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  • Swansea is worst Gatso hotspot in UK

    12 August 2002

    Swansea is worst Gatso hotspot in UK

    Spare a thought for the people of Swansea, their home town is the easiest place in the UK to lose your licence.On one single 1.2-mile stretch of road in the city’s Fforest-fach area there are an...

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  • This is what makes us tick…apparently

    12 August 2002

    This is what makes us tick…apparently

    Rider skills experts The Edge has commissioned a university researcher to examine what makes motorcyclists tick.Geoff Crowther, from Huddersfield University, is working on a three-year project for the...

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  • 2002 CCM 604e

    12 August 2002

    If like me you spent New Year’s Eve with various friends and beverages and at some point someone produced the home brew you will not remember much about it. Mission accomplished. The same philosophy applied when I passed my DAS. Not knowing much about bikes, and not being mechanically minded, I thought the best way to measure any new bike was how it felt, how I felt, as opposed to top speed or...

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  • 1999 Kawasaki ER-5

    12 August 2002

    Picture this. I’m 24, it’s January, I’m living in London and after spending a year listening to my housemate talk about the freedom, liberation and sheer excitement of owning a motorbike I have decided to bite the bullet and do my test. After all, why shouldn’t I? My dad passed his test last year and my girlfriend (now fiancée) has always loved bikes. But here’s the rub. I’m 24, it’s...

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  • MCN wants replica riders

    12 August 2002

    MCN wants replica riders

    Foggy, Ben Bostrom, John Reynolds and Karl Harris are just some of the racers with replica bikes created in their honour. If you’ve got one, we want to hear from you.MCN is planning a feature on these...

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  • Arashi helmet winner

    12 August 2002

    Arashi helmet winner

    Congratulations to Tony Kenneford from the Forest of Dean, he’s our winner of a limited edition Arashi Tsunami helmet, worth £230.Tony correctly identified Tilium as the product that Arashi uses for...

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  • Longterm report: CCM R30

    12 August 2002

    Longterm report: CCM R30

    Choosing between two bikes in the garage in the morning is a luxury I’m not accustomed to and before I get accused of being a free-loading hack, let me make it clear that I actually own the Yamaha...

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