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  • How it all started

    26 August 2001

    How it all started

    The salt flats were named after Captain Benjamin Bonneville a high-ranking soldier in the American army who decided to use his stature to scout land in the then uncharted west. He never actually...

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  • Tell us your story

    26 August 2001

    Tell us your story

    We’re looking for your help with three special features destined for pubication on motorcyclenews.com and in MCN.The first is for those of you who spend a lot of time and money fettling, tweaking and...

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  • Hideous 1000

    26 August 2001

    Hideous 1000

    Marc and Charles Hornbrook, Missouri, Hideous 1000Kawasaki ZX-10, Unidentified Yamaha frame, Ugliest bike of the event. " We built this for a $1000. What keeps us coming back? The hope we can...

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  • Ural 650 combination

    26 August 2001

    Ural 650 combination

    Fredda Cole, Massachusetts, Ural 650 combinationBlueprinted engine, lightweight sidecar, made in Russia. " The Ural Club decided to see how fast one of these things could go and it developed...

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  • Suzuki GSX-R7/11

    26 August 2001

    Suzuki GSX-R7/11

    Chad Church, Colorado, Suzuki GSX-R7/111985 GSX-R750 frame, 1990 GSX-R1100 engine, daily driver. " I ride this bike everyday and bring it here for its holidays. Last year it was all standard...

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  • What the letters and number stand for

    26 August 2001

    Here are how each region will be represented on the new UK registration plates:AA-AN:-Anglia-Peterborough, AO-AU:-Anglia-Norwich, AV-AY:-Anglia-Ipswich, BA-BY:-Birmingham-Birmingham, CA-CO:-Cymru-Cardiff, CP-CV:-Cymru-Swansea, CW-CY:-Cymru-Bangor, DA-DK:-Deeside to Shrewsbury-Chester, DI-DY:-Deeside to Shrewsbury-Shrewsbury, EA-EY:-Essex-Chelmsford, FA-FP:-Forest and Fens-Nottingham, FR-FY:-Forest...

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  • Kawasaki’s official line

    26 August 2001

    Kawasaki released this official statement on the link with Suzuki on ThursdayKawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd and The Suzuki Motor Corporation have announced an agreement to work together on research and development projects.The companies will work together in the future on the development of new models in a variety of categories.The collaboration between Kawasaki and Suzuki signals a growing trend...

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  • Bonneville Speed Week

    26 August 2001

    Bonneville Speed Week

    Lee Burkey stares out into the white and blue yonder. " The worst thing that can happen is that I fall on my butt " he muses. There are, of course, various degrees of falling on your arse.

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  • Jamie Dobb, in his own words

    26 August 2001

    MCN: Jamie, how does it feel to be a British Champion after we've all gone so long without oneJamieDobb: It's not really sunk in yet. I’ve been trying for so long. It's going to take a little bit of time to sink in. I can probably answer that question better in a few weeksMCN: How come road racers where thick leather suits, and you guys just seem to have sweatshirts on?JamieDobb: The difference...

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  • The great Gatso con

    26 August 2001

    The great Gatso con

    The statistics bandied about to prove Gatsos save lives, the big excuse used for their ever-growing numbers, are hand-picked and thoroughly mis-leading, our inquiries have revealed.Counties with the...

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  • Here it is… the 2002 R1

    26 August 2001

    Here it is… the 2002 R1

    Yamaha’s 2002 R1 will be faster, more powerful and even lighter than the current bike in response to Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 and the challenge of Honda’s revamped 2002 FireBlade.MCN’s exclusive...

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  • Help shape the next generation R1 and R6

    26 August 2001

    Help shape the next generation R1 and R6

    Yamaha is asking for your ideas and advice on how the current R1 and R6 should be changed.You can post your feedback on this site in the relevant Talk Bikes boards and we’ll gather it up to deliver to...

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  • First picture of the VB2 twin

    26 August 2001

    First picture of the VB2 twin

    Here’s a first look at Boxer’s VB2, the Voxan-powered machine to rival Ducati’s Monster.The Toulouse-built bike will go on show for the first time, officially, at the Parish Show next month. Given the...

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  • First test on Boxer VB1 Sport

    26 August 2001

    First test on Boxer VB1 Sport

    If there’s one race that can really appreciate beauty, it’s the French. Look at their women, their art, their fashion, their food and – just to make doubly sure – have another look at their women...

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  • He’s come a long way

    26 August 2001

    He’s come a long way

    The Boxer factory was started by a man with a dream. The man is Thierry Henriette, and the dream was to give the public the kind of bikes he liked to build for himself.The 45-year-old had been...

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  • Triumph Tiger 955I

    19 August 2001

    Triumph Tiger 955I

    It’s neither little nor light, but the Tiger felt the smallest here, with agile handling, easy power and easy steering. With 104bhp and solid power at any revs, the re-tuned Daytona engine is silky...

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  • Race-spec GSX-Rs for the road

    19 August 2001

    Race-spec GSX-Rs for the road

    Crescent Suzuki race team has got the go ahead to build limited edition GSX-Rs for the road - the 600 is yours for £15,000 and the 750 for £30,000.Click on the link on the right to see our exclusive...

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  • Back to Brighton beach

    19 August 2001

    Back to Brighton beach

    Triumph’s Bonneville doesn’t look retro enough for some. That’s why Swedish firm Raask has taken the modern bike even closer to its rocker roots.Company founder Sivert Raask said: " I’ve been in...

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  • The preparations so far…

    19 August 2001

    Nearly every motorcyclist at some time or another dreams of travelling around the world on their bike. My dream started around 15 years ago after a few half-hearted attempts at travelling around France. Since then I promised my self every winter that the next year would be that year, I was going!Life is a bitch! There was always something cropping up to stop me, ranging from being too busy, kids,...

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  • First the Sahara, next, the World!

    19 August 2001

    First the Sahara, next, the World!

    On August 7 Dave Marsden and Ian Wright will be setting off on the first leg of their round the world journey on Kawasaki W650s.They will be reporting back every day on their journey and the things...

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  • EU plans tougher warranties

    19 August 2001

    EU plans tougher warranties

    They make us buy bananas in kilograms instead of pounds, they want to re-label British chocolate " vegelate " and they’re threatening to regulate the great British banger out of existence.

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  • Swingarms explained

    19 August 2001

    Swingarms explained

    Like sticky tape, motorcycle swingarms come in both single-sided and double-sided versions. Sticky tape may have come in handy for that Blue Peter project you attempted as a kid, but swingarms fulfil...

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  • See the 2002 R1 here, first

    19 August 2001

    First thing in the morning of August 1 we’ll show you exactly how the 2002 R1 will look.The picture, based on inside factory information, will reveal each new curve and indent. And our latest report will reveal how developments using the R1 engine in a Jetski could point the way to a cleaner, more efficient power unit.You’ll see how the screen is reshaped, the nose longer and the tank flatter,...

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