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  • First test of new BMW R1150RS

    05 August 2001

    First test of new BMW R1150RS

    New images added at 5pm, WednesdayThe R1150RS is beyond competent. It is genuinely, spirit-lifting fun… whatever the weather.The changes over the old R1100RS are few and far between. Essentially, the...

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  • First ride on the Hodgson Replica 996S

    05 August 2001

    First ride on the Hodgson Replica 996S

    Marc Potter has been riding the Hodgson Replica 996S and you can read his first test verdict here. Next week you’ll be able to see video of Hodgson himself on the bike on the Isle of Man.And the WSB...

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  • Ask Schwantz

    01 August 2001

    Ask Schwantz

    We’re interviewing GP legend Kevin Schwantz on Wednesday, and here’s your chance to take part. If you have a question, e-mail it to us now and we’ll put the best of them to the man himself.E-mail your...

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  • The new bikes of 2002 brought together

    01 August 2001

    From now until the big bike shows of Autumn, you’ll find an ever-growing section on motorcyclenews.com bringing together all the new bikes of 2002.Each time we break news of a 2002 bike, we’ll also add it to this new section. That way you can see all the bikes together.Why not check it out now? There may be some you’ve missed from the Gilera 600 and 2002 FireBlade to a Laverda scooter and Harley’s...

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  • What the parts will cost you

    01 August 2001

    What the parts will cost you

    It’s difficult to justify forking out the price of a three-bedroomed semi in Accrington for a road bike, let alone a machine you’d have trouble using outside a track and which is destined to see...

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  • Win a WSB video signed by Foggy

    01 August 2001

    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...

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  • Strange but true…

    01 August 2001

    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...

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  • The Sahara and back in six days

    01 August 2001

    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...

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  • Crescent GSX-R750 Parts List

    01 August 2001

    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...

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  • Brands WSB: the way you saw it

    01 August 2001

    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...

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  • Don’t believe everything you read about speeding

    01 August 2001

    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...

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  • Ray Stringer’s live advice clinic

    01 August 2001

    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...

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  • Benefit from Ray’s advice

    01 August 2001

    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...

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  • Feel the speed in a Hayabusa outfit

    01 August 2001

    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...

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  • How good is your lid?

    01 August 2001

    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...

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  • First test of Foggy rep Monster S4

    01 August 2001

    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...

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  • The new look of the R1

    01 August 2001

    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.

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  • Revealed: Suzuki’s giant trailie

    01 August 2001

    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...

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  • Professional thieves target Brands

    29 July 2001

    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...

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  • Honda CX500 Custom

    29 July 2001

    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...

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  • Guess the average cost of bike insurance

    29 July 2001

    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...

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  • BMW K1

    29 July 2001

    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...

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  • Suzuki GSX1400

    29 July 2001

    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...

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  • QUASAR

    29 July 2001

    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...

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  • What the fans thought of Brands post Foggy

    29 July 2001

    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...

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  • MORBIDELLI V8

    29 July 2001

    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...

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  • Why you shouldn’t ignore your clutch

    29 July 2001

    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...

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  • MUNCH MAMMOTH

    29 July 2001

    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...

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