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Your pictures of the stars

Your pictures of the stars

All the pictures of the riders and legends that were at the Kent track

Win a WSB video signed by Foggy

Since early Monday morning you’ve been e-mailing in your pictures of the racing, stars, babes and casualties of Brands Hatch WSB.Now’s your chance to win a copy of the History of the World Superbike Championship video simply by picking which submitted picture you like best.We have five copies signed by Carl Fogarty. Four will go to the people who sent in the pictures which get the four highest...

Strange but true…

Strange but true…

Here’s our latest round-up of motorcycle related oddities from around the planet. If you know of one worthy of inclusion in our next collection, e-mail jon.urry@emap.comGERMANY: SPOTTED in German...

The Sahara and back in six days

The Sahara and back in six days

We rode to the Sahara and back on a BMW R1150GS, Aprilia CapoNord and Triumph Tiger 955i. Here’s the day-by-day story…This was originally updated daily, which is why you’ll find the final day at the...

Crescent GSX-R750 Parts List

Crescent GSX-R750 Parts List

Forks: Factory Showa/Ohlins, £12,000/£1500; Shock: Factory Showa, £5000; Swingarm: Factory Suzuki, £3000; Magnesium yokes: Factory Suzuki, £1000; Handlebars: Factory Suzuki, £400; Front brakes: AP...

Brands WSB: the way you saw it

Brands WSB: the way you saw it

Here are just some of your pictures from the experience that was Brands Hatch World Superbikes.If you’ve got some to add, send them by email to david.cushman@emap.com.We’ve got 10 copies of The...

Don’t believe everything you read about speeding

The police and media seem all too willing to believe in the big, bad menace of speeding motorcyclists… so much so that they’ve really ended up with egg on their faces this time.Chelmsford newspaper the Essex Chronicle ran a story about a rider caught doing 137mph on a local road, and got so indignant about it that they ran a " comment " column about it, berating the rider and insisting...

Ray Stringer’s live advice clinic

MCN:- I own a 2000 CBR600FY, I’m 6' 1'' tall and weigh 13 stone. I find that to prevent the bike from wallowing in bends I have to increase the rebound damping so much it becomes uncomfortable the rest of the time. Would different springs to suit my weight help?RayStringer:- Yes. Yeah, if you went to a proper weighted spring but you'd probably want more compression damping on there more than just...

Benefit from Ray’s advice

Benefit from Ray’s advice

Ray Stringer was in our chatrooms at 1pm on Thursday to dish out valuable advice on tyres, suspension and engine tuning.He answered close to 60 questions in the 45-minute session ranging from how to...

Feel the speed in a Hayabusa outfit

Feel the speed in a Hayabusa outfit

A Hayabusa feels shatteringly fast from the relatively high position of the rider’s seat. Imagine what if feels like from that Tarmac-level outfit?Sidecar firm boss Phil Ball has been dreaming of...

How good is your lid?

How good is your lid?

Does your lid fit brilliantly or let too much wind noise in? Is it easy to change the visor? Do the vents work? Are the fasteners easy to use? Tell us and tell the world by writing a review.All you...

First test of Foggy rep Monster S4

First test of Foggy rep Monster S4

According to the crowds at Brands there is only one Carl Fogarty. Fortunately there is more than one Fogarty replica. First there was the 996SPS Foggy rep. Now there is the Monster S4 Foggy rep.So...

The new look of the R1

The new look of the R1

This exclusive drawing is the most accurate impression yet of how the new Yamaha R1 will look for 2002. It’s based on detailed information from the factory. Only the colour-scheme is likely to change.

Revealed: Suzuki’s giant trailie

Revealed: Suzuki’s giant trailie

We’ve been talking about it since 1999, now Suzuki has finally given it a name and a finished form, and here it is: the XF1000L.Our artist’s impression is just as you’ll see the bike when it is...

Professional thieves target Brands

Professional thieves target Brands

THE sneak thieves warned of by police yesterday struck again last night in the Brands Hatch campsites – and they are so good at their work that even the police are forced to admit how expert they...

Honda CX500 Custom

Honda CX500 Custom

WHEN a bike, within minutes of its 1978 launch, acquires the tag " Plastic Maggot " , it’s safe to assume the machine has been less than well received by the masses. But the original CX...

Guess the average cost of bike insurance

Guess the average cost of bike insurance

What do you think the average cost of a bike insurance policy with Norwich Union is these days? You might be surprised.An MCN investigation has revealed it’s actually close to £250, considerably lower...

BMW K1

BMW K1

Launched at the 1988 Cologne Show, there were feelings from some quarters that it would have been better off launched off the nearest cliff. Remembering the success it enjoyed after introducing the...

British fans give thumbs up to Benelli Tornado

British fans give thumbs up to Benelli Tornado

PETER GODDARD may have picked up just three points at Brands today, but as he raced a bike only three events into its World Superbike career, British fans were lapping up their first real glimpse –...

Biggest dealer makes new customer service promise

Biggest dealer makes new customer service promise

Europe’s biggest bike dealer network, Carnell-City, is responding to customer complaints by setting up a system that means none of the staff get to go home until all that days calls have been...

Suzuki GSX1400

Suzuki GSX1400

1 Big motor, big bike. The GSX is unlikely to suffer from an inferiority complex 2 Who needs a headlight? They’ll see all that gleaming chrome from miles away3 The twin shocks may be retro, but the...

QUASAR

QUASAR

IF you are not familiar with the term known as Feet Forward motorcycling, allow us to enlarge on it. Take a group of highly intelligent, fiercely independent engineers and inventors and leave them to...

What the fans thought of Brands post Foggy

What the fans thought of Brands post Foggy

MANY people thought it couldn’t possibly happen, but the crowd at Brands today was announced as being greater than the 120,900 who trooped like an army in 1999 to watch Carl Fogarty on his way to this...

MORBIDELLI V8

MORBIDELLI V8

IF you thought a factory that turned out trim and effective race bikes in the 1970s – winning three 125 and one 250 world championships – could make a decent-looking road bike, you’d be wrong. The...

Why you shouldn’t ignore your clutch

Why you shouldn’t ignore your clutch

The clutch, bless it, is a bit like an old aunt who comes round for a family gathering. You know it’s there, but after a while you just ignore it. Often it’s not mentioned at all in the specification...

MUNCH MAMMOTH

MUNCH MAMMOTH

One Munch Mammoth is probably enough for this world, and we got it in 1966 in the form of an NSU-engined behemoth known as the 1200 TTS. The air-cooled car engine was good for 88bhp and then 100bhp...

BMW R1200C

James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) rode one of these so they must be cool – right? But then James Bond (Roger Moore) also had a mini-sub with a plastic crocodile's head on it and it didn't exactly open up the market for reptilian-lamped off-roaders. This bauble of a bike is some sort of tribute to the great American cars of the 1950s and ’60s, which is where its inherent problems lie. The thing looks...

Honda CBX550

Honda CBX550

THIS thing was the unwitting precursor of the acclaimed CBR600. It was the cutting-edge tool of its day, which was probably August 30, 1980, before the Kawasaki GPz550 appeared and wiped the floor...

Ugly bikes – an anthology

Ugly bikes – an anthology

A wise man, quite possibly Jesus, once said: " One man’s meat is another man’s poison. " And he wasn’t just talking about lunch. He was talking about differences in taste. Most of us have...

For sale: 8000 cheap air-horns

For sale: 8000 cheap air-horns

THE man who turned up at Brands Hatch World Superbikes with 10,000 boating-spec fog horns for sale seemed to have the world at his feet…With a crowd of over 100,000 predicted and a monopoly on the...

How good is your bike’s security?

How good is your bike’s security?

Got a good alarm? A dodgy disc lock? A u-lock that fits under the seat of a CBR?Fellow riders need your advice and here’s an easy way can share it:Click on the " PRODUCTS AND SERVICES " ...

Whit drums up support at Brands

Whit drums up support at Brands

THE usual "Saturday night at Brands" drunken revelry was kicked off last evening with a marathon gig by Jamie Whitham’s band the Po Boys.Playing a two and a half hour set to a crowd of nearly 5000 the...

Aprilia MOTO 6.5

Aprilia MOTO 6.5

IN the 1990s, when designers became demi-gods, it was no surprise that adventurous Aprilia should commission the pre-eminent doodler of that decade, Philippe Starck, to design a bike. The result...

BIMOTA TESI

BIMOTA TESI

Strange that a firm capable of building some of the most highly regarded and downright beautiful machines of the 1970s and ’80s could have wobbled so royally in the ’90s. But it was the trip down the...

MOTO GUZZI CENTAURO

MOTO GUZZI CENTAURO

A duck-billed platypus of a bike. Named after a mythical beast that was half-horse/half-human, the Centauro was more half Quasimodo, half Pat Butcher. The bulky one-piece tank/body device cloaked a...

Brands Hatch Sunday road and weather report

Brands Hatch Sunday road and weather report

THE roads near Brands Hatch are busy, but not as bad as last year. That's the report from the Kent police, who have learned lessons from last year to manage the traffic and hopefully avoid the worst...