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  • Dark visors are illegal in Europe, too

    08 July 2001

    Dark visors are illegal in Europe, too

    IT’S easy to feel jealous of riders in the rest of Europe. There are no GATSOs in France. There are no speed limits on some stretches of German autobahn. And anyone can walk into their nearest dealer,...

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  • Riding Honda’s factory 500s at Goodwood

    08 July 2001

    Riding Honda’s factory 500s at Goodwood

    I’m about to ride my dream bike – Mick Doohan’s NSR500. The one that took Doohan on to his second title with seven wins in 1995. All 180bhp and more of its savage two-stroke power around a park in the...

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  • Go on, wipe the smile off his face

    08 July 2001

    Go on, wipe the smile off his face

    Every rider’s favourite TV personality, Steve Berry, is going to get the gunge treatment this weekend.If you’ve seen his smiling mug on your TV just one or two times too many, you’ll want to be there...

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  • Q8 Oils arrive in the UK

    08 July 2001

    Q8 Oils arrive in the UK

    The choice of which oil to use in your bike in Britain has increased, with the launch of Q8 Oils for motorcycles and scooters.The motorcycle range includes Q8 SBK part synthetic for four-strokes at...

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  • Listen to the NS500 V3

    08 July 2001

    Listen to the NS500 V3

    You too can sample some of the flavour of Freddie Spencer’s awesome NS500 triple. Click on the link below to hear one of the most evocative sounds in Grand Prix motorcycling and the last ever V-3...

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  • The Goodwood Festival of Speed

    08 July 2001

    The Goodwood Festival of Speed

    LINED up in front of me are four NS/NSR500s from the Honda Collection Hall museum in Japan. The men who make this museum and the bikes inside it their lives are looking anxious as they explain how to...

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  • Chat live and sort your suspension

    08 July 2001

    Chat live and sort your suspension

    Suspension expert Craig Webb will be available to answer your questions in a live chat on motorcyclenews on Thursday, July 19.Webb is eminently well qualified to help you improve your handling as he...

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  • Decision due on £36m Donington facelift

    08 July 2001

    Decision due on £36m Donington facelift

    DONINGTON PARK bosses should learn later this month whether they can go ahead with a major £36 million revamp of the Leicestershire circuit.Giant American entertainment company SFX, which leases...

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  • EDDIE LAWSON’S 1989 NSR500

    08 July 2001

    EDDIE LAWSON’S 1989 NSR500

    When Eddie Lawson left Yamaha after six years and three 500 GP titles to join the Rothmans Honda team for the 1989 season, many people felt it was a mistake. He exchanged the sweet-handling YZR500...

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  • Listen to the NSR500 V4

    08 July 2001

    Listen to the NSR500 V4

    Wish you ‘d been to Goodwood? Never mind if you couldn’t make it because we can bring you a flavour of the Festival.Click on the link below and you’ll be transported back to 1989 to hear Eddie...

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  • On board TV to replace mirrors

    08 July 2001

    On board TV to replace mirrors

    Look in the mirrors on most sports bikes and all you’ll see is your elbows.Now an engineering design student has come up with a system to use a video camera and small display screen to give you more...

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  • MICK DOOHAN’S 1995 NSR500

    08 July 2001

    MICK DOOHAN’S 1995 NSR500

    The second time Doohan won the world 500 championship was on this NSR500. Doohan instantly became attached to the bike and continued his dominance with seven wins, three seconds, two non-finishes and...

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  • MCN investigates insurance costs

    08 July 2001

    MCN investigates insurance costs

    INSURANCE has become a bit of a dirty word to many motorcyclists in recent years. From riders who find they can’t get insurance on their bikes, to those who get a renewal notice asking for £2000,...

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  • FREDDIE SPENCER’S 1984 NS500

    08 July 2001

    FREDDIE SPENCER’S 1984 NS500

    Freddie Spencer had won the 1983 500cc world title riding the NS500 triple, but lined up for the following season on a brand new V4 NSR500. At the Nurburgring round, he demanded the NS500 back after a...

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  • Police crack down on tax disc dodgers

    08 July 2001

    Police crack down on tax disc dodgers

    Riders in North Yorkshire face checkpoints throughout the county aimed at catching riders with out-of-date tax discs.If you can’t pay the fine by the roadside, your bike will be impounded. The...

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  • How good are your boots?

    08 July 2001

    How good are your boots?

    Write a review for motorcyclenews.com and you could help fellow users make the right choice when they come to buy.Last week we asked how good your gloves are and your response was fantastic. As a...

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  • Posthumous honour for Joey

    08 July 2001

    Posthumous honour for Joey

    Joey Dunlop is to be posthumously awarded the prestigious Segrave Trophy, an award for speed exploits on land, water or in the air.It is named in memory of Sir Henry Segrave, the first man to break...

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  • Donington: Your complaints

    08 July 2001

    Donington: Your complaints

    Donington race goers are warning they won’t be going back to the circuit after bad experiences at last weekend’s GP.While many made the best of it by having as good a time as possible (and you’ll see...

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  • Yamaha offers free insurance

    08 July 2001

    Yamaha offers free insurance

    Yamaha is offering free third party fire and theft insurance on all 50, 100 and 125cc Yamaha scooters until September 17.The deal covers up to four members of the same family. And you can upgrade it...

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  • No congestion charge for bikes

    08 July 2001

    No congestion charge for bikes

    Ken Livingstone has confirmed there will be no congestion charging for bikes when the £5-a-day levy for cars is introduced.Details of the scheme were announced on Tuesday, with fines of £80 for those...

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  • Calling FJR owners

    08 July 2001

    Calling FJR owners

    We’re planning a gathering for owners of Yamaha’s FJR1300 this Saturday July 14.If you’ve got one and want to meet fellow owners, and become part of a forthcoming feature about the bike in MCN, please...

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  • New scooters from Italjet and She-Lung

    08 July 2001

    New scooters from Italjet and She-Lung

    Italjet’s retro-meets-future-styled Jet-Set will be available here in August and there will be a 50cc too. And the Taiwanese Freespirit scooter is also available now. The Jet-Set is expected to be the...

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  • Sachs to add 125 to its range

    08 July 2001

    Sachs to add 125 to its range

    GERMAN firm Sachs is adding a new 125 machine to its range, the ZZ Funbike.It uses the Yamaha DT125R engine. Sachs says the bike is designed for use either on or off road, but it comes with Pirelli MT...

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  • Kawasaki shows its Mean Streak

    08 July 2001

    Kawasaki shows its Mean Streak

    Kawasaki wants the latest member of its Vulcan family to be its most performance-oriented yet.The 1470cc V-twin engine has been retuned for more power by increasing the size of the intake and exhaust...

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  • Strange but true

    01 July 2001

    Strange but true

    Here’s our latest round-up of bike related madness from around the world.THAILAND: Residents of Nonthanburi are flocking to see a five-foot monitor lizard. Grieving mum Chamlong Taengniem believes the...

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  • How to uprate your fork internals

    01 July 2001

    How to uprate your fork internals

    IT’S ironic that the only company today to use an alternative to telescopic forks is the same one which introduced them first on production bikes.BMW’s R12 and R17 had the first telescopics in 1935,...

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  • Strange but true…

    01 July 2001

    THAILAND Police riders are being trained as midwives because ambulances are getting stuck in traffic. The 150 Bangkok officers are expected to make a thouasand deliveries a year.GERMANY: A raffle winner dropped dead when he went to collect the keys to his two-wheeled prize. Hans Hitzig, 47, suffered a fatal heart attack as he received a Harley-Davidson in Schleiz, eastern Germany.BULGARIA Budding...

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  • Manx GP cancelled

    01 July 2001

    Manx GP cancelled

    The organisers of the Manx GP have announced that it must go the same way as the TT.The Manx Motorcycle Club said today (July 3) that the event, due to be held on August 18-31, had to be cancelled in...

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