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Bike News (February 2002)

  • Kawasaki proves that bigger is best

    25 February 2002

    Kawasaki proves that bigger is best

    Chances are, the last time you talked big-bore kits you were 16 years old, munching a saveloy and slurping a can of Shandy Bass outside the chip shop while you wondered if it was worth splashing out...

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  • Organising the protest

    25 February 2002

    Motorcyclenews.com user Revetts has set-up a micro-community so that people wishing to organise their protest against Meacher and other anti-bike Government policies can share ideas.Follow this link to be taken there: http://communities.msn.com/BikersProtest

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  • Gilera’s V-twin prototype revealed

    25 February 2002

    Gilera’s V-twin prototype revealed

    These are the first pictures of the V-twin prototype Gilera is building as a first step towards a new range of machines.It hosts the first full-size engine the Italian firm, currently best known for...

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  • Bikes excluded from congestion charging

    25 February 2002

    Bikes excluded from congestion charging

    Motorcycling has been handed a massive potential boost with the news that bikes are excluded from controversial plans to make motorists pay per mile.With talk of commuter runs along the M6 around...

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  • Long term CBR600

    25 February 2002

    Long term CBR600

    It’s an old cliché that Hondas are more reliable than Swiss watches.But it’s true. Over the last 12 months I’ve covered more than 20,000 miles – around three times the average annual UK mileage...

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  • Suggested text for a letter to your MP

    25 February 2002

    Here’s some suggested text you might want to include in your letter. You could just copy and paste it into a document to send (e-mail or letter).The Treasury issued a public consultation paper on reforming motorcycle VED last year – and I disagree with many of the pointsI am worried that this is a thinly-veiled excuse to raise more tax from bikes. The Treasury has proposed a new higher road tax...

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  • £14,300 Joey Dunlop reps sell out

    25 February 2002

    £14,300 Joey Dunlop reps sell out

    The strictly limited run of 25 Joey Dunlop replica SP-1s has now been sold. The only way you now have of getting hold of one is to bid in the MCN auction for the exclusive no26.It has taken less than...

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  • Your road tax letters to MPs made easy

    25 February 2002

    Your road tax letters to MPs made easy

    You’ve started sending letters to your MPs to follow up your massive response to the public consultation on bike road tax. Our tips, make it easy for anyone to join in.Read on for advice on what to...

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  • Bikes to ride free in London

    25 February 2002

    London Mayor Ken Livingstone has announced he’s going ahead with plans to charge drivers £5 a day to use central London roads. But motorcyclists and scooter riders will go free.Faced with forking out £25 a week on top of fuel and other car costs, many drivers could find themselves tempted by the many bargain scooter deals currently on offer. Those commuting from further afield may be lining up at...

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  • The 10 best secondhand buys and why

    25 February 2002

    The 10 best secondhand buys and why

    SUZUKI TL1000R ’98Price when new: £8649. Price now: £3650-£4050Slow sales ever since it was launched in 1998 – its TL1000S sibling has already been discontinued – means big discounts are available on...

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  • Harley evening classes

    25 February 2002

    Harley evening classes

    Chesterfield dealer Harleyworld is opening its doors every Wednesday evening in March to help owners get to know their Harleys.Mechanics will explain what needs checking on their bikes after the...

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  • Choose from 15,000 used bargains

    25 February 2002

    Choose from 15,000 used  bargains

    March is the best time to buy a secondhand bike, as 15,000 of them flood into showrooms and get crammed on to the pages of MCN BikeMart.The surge in the number of secondhand bikes is due to the...

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  • Ducati admits it is building Smart rep

    25 February 2002

    Ducati has finally admitted it is building a modern-day replica of Paul Smart’s 1972 Imola 200-winning 750SS –three years after MCN told you it was coming.The bike follows on from the successful MH900e Mike Hailwood replica, which has just finished its production run of 2000 units.The bike is expected to be heavily based on the MH900e – sharing a similar tubular steel trellis chassis. However, it...

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  • The best ways to buy secondhand

    25 February 2002

    From a dealer:Know the market. Make sure you know the value of what you’re buying and are familiar with any mechanical problems it’s prone to. Never be afraid to haggle. Name a starting price confidently, making sure it’s lower than the maximum you’re prepared to pay. Privately:Once you’ve found your bike through MCN BikeMart, take your time inspecting it. Look for any tell-tale signs of crash...

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  • Buy yourself a bargain

    25 February 2002

    Buy yourself a bargain

    You can get yourself a very nice new or nearly-new 599cc ZX-6R for a lot less than the 636’s £6990 asking price.The ZX-6R is listed at £6895, but people are buying them new for £4795, which is a real...

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  • All-rounders

    18 February 2002

    All-rounders

    Most popular all-rounder: Suzuki Bandit 600The Bandit has been a phenomenal sales success for Suzuki. That means there are plenty about, so there’s no reason to put up with a ropey or rattly one,...

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  • Tourer

    18 February 2002

    Tourer

    Most popular tourer: Honda ST1100 Pan EuropeanHONDA’S Pan European is a massive sales success. No other tourer comes close.Riding 1000 miles in a day isn’t possible on many bikes, but on the Pan, with...

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  • Yamaha FJR1300: Long term test report

    18 February 2002

    Yamaha FJR1300: Long term test report

    Boy that was good! It had only taken a couple of hundred yards of ever-so-slightly damp roads, glistening in the brilliance of a blue winter’s day, to make me realise what I’d been missing. It must...

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  • Own a Castrol Honda racebike for £17000

    18 February 2002

    Own a Castrol Honda racebike for £17000

    IF you think the chances of getting your arse in the seat of a pukka race bike are about the same as winning the Lottery, think again. This time it really could be you.At £17,037, the CBR600F Sport...

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  • Win Butlins bash for four by midnight

    18 February 2002

    Text your entry to our latest mobile phone competition by midnight on February 19 and you could win a weekend for four at the MCN Butlins Spring Spectacular for just £1.It’s on at Skegness on April 12-15. Not been before? It’s one hell of a party. Runners-up get tickets tot he Scottish Motorcycle Show.This is how you can win (competition is currently only available to Vodafone and BT Cellnet...

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  • Trailies

    18 February 2002

    Trailies

    Most popular trailie: BMW R1150GSDon’t expect to get an R1150GS for a bargain-basement price – but do expect one of the most versatile and enjoyable bikes ever.While Japanese bikes may depreciate by...

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  • Cruisers

    18 February 2002

    Cruisers

    Most popular cruiser: Harley-Davidson 883Fancy buying into the Harley mystique on a budget? Well, the 883 could be ideal.But make sure you know what you’re getting – Harleys are all about image, so...

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  • First test: Jog R and Jog RR

    18 February 2002

    First test: Jog R and Jog RR

    This machine is a phenomenally important two-wheeler. Not convinced? How about the fact that it replaces one of the biggest-sellers in one of Europe’s biggest markets. Still not that fussed? How about...

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  • Sports bikes

    18 February 2002

    Sports bikes

    Most popular sports bikes: The CBR600 has been one of Honda’s biggest successes and is now in its 15th year. Few bikes can match its longevity, let alone its sales success. But there’s no secret to...

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  • Sports Tourers

    18 February 2002

    Sports Tourers

    Most popular Sports Tourer: Honda VFR800The VFR800 has been one of Honda’s best-sellers ever since its launch in 1997. That success means there’s no shortage of secondhand bikes about.Dealers reckon...

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  • Over 1000 sign-up for protest

    18 February 2002

    Over 1000 sign-up for protest

    Updated at 9am, Tuesday, February 19: Your response to a newly set-up site to gather response for a possible protest proved so great that a wider band width has had to be installed. You’ll find a link...

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  • Honda V4 has the power

    18 February 2002

    Honda V4 has the power

    Honda’s 2004 V4 will put bikes like Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 in the shade in pure power terms.Tony Scott, renowned for his tuning work on Honda’s RC30 and 45 V4s says the new superbike will " easily...

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  • Litre sports bikes

    18 February 2002

    Litre sports bikes

    Honda FirebladePhone around for insurance before you even decide to buy a FireBlade (the same is true for the R1). You just might get a shock.Most firms insist on two years’ no-claims, as well as two...

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  • Tesi mutates into Vyrus

    18 February 2002

    Tesi mutates into Vyrus

    IF you thought Bimota’s jelly-mould-shaped, hub-centre-steered Tesi was an oddity, take a look at this.It’s called Vyrus. There’s a Forth Bridge-style latticework chassis, an almost complete absence...

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  • Cat and Fiddle among danger roads

    18 February 2002

    Cat and Fiddle among danger roads

    The Cat and Fiddle run has been named the second most dangerous road in Britain.The famous stretch of the A537 between Macclesfield and Buxton was only topped by an eight-mile section of A-road in the...

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