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  • NitroBlade

    23 September 2001

    NitroBlade

    Joe Pleterski was one of the very first British FireBlade disciples – but that doesn’t mean he just sat back and worshipped the bike he has owned since August 1992. No, he reckoned he could improve on...

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  • Rossi Blade

    23 September 2001

    Rossi Blade

    Andy Hacker bought his FireBlade from Carbontek two years ago. The firm had used it as its show bike, but had put everything back to standard except the polished frame and swingarm before selling it...

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  • CBR916RR

    23 September 2001

    CBR916RR

    Alan Wills’ 1994 FireBlade is loaded with some of the finest aftermarket components and tune-up goodies you’ll find, from the digital SPA rev counter with integrated speedo to the hand-crafted...

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  • The trike young mums will like

    23 September 2001

    The trike young mums will like

    A scooter with room for the kids could tap into a new market for motorcycling: young mums. Nick Graveley’s final-year project in his transport design course at Coventry University is the three-wheeled...

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  • Strange but true

    23 September 2001

    Here’s our latest round-up of motorcycle-related oddities. If you have one worthy of inclusion, e-mail jon.urry@emap.comGermany: Rider Michael Gruber is recovering after a nasty accident on his FireBlade. His penis was ripped clean off by his petrol tank when he hit a tree on his bike but amazingly surgeons have managed to replace it with one made from a muscle in his arm! According to Gruber his...

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  • See our CBR600 screaming on the dyno

    23 September 2001

    See our CBR600 screaming on the dyno

    As part of our long term testing of a 2001 CBR600, we’ve had it on the dyno, and filmed the run for you to share.Follow the link, right, to be taken to Jon Urry’s latest long term test report,...

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  • How to go MZ racing

    23 September 2001

    How to go MZ racing

    How to turn an MZ into a race bike: They’re clunky, low-tech and have been objects of ridicule for years – but turning an old MZ ETZ251 into a race bike is remarkably easy.First, get yourself a bike.

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  • Paris Show opens on Friday

    23 September 2001

    Paris Show opens on Friday

    You can see and read about most of them on motorcyclenews.com, but unless you were at the Milan Show in Italy, the chances are you have yet to see the 2002 R1, FireBlade, ZX-6R, ZX-12 and the rest in...

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  • Robots ready to deal with accidents

    23 September 2001

    There is a 21st century equivalent for little old ladies with tea and sympathy, it’s a new droid from the University of (where else?) California.They will be stationed alongside major roads and despatched the moment a roadside camera spots anything approaching an accident (your bike nestling in a hedge, for example).While it is not known whether the droid will carry a flask of hot, sweet tea, it...

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  • Name an unsung riding hero

    23 September 2001

    Name an unsung riding hero

    We already honour the greatest rider of the year with our annual MCN Man of the Year accolade. And we recognise the best in motorcycling products, services and models with a series of other important...

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  • Your interview with Jeremy McWilliams

    23 September 2001

    Your interview with Jeremy McWilliams

    250GP star Jeremy McWilliams was in our VIP Lounge in Talk Bikes on Thursday September 27 answering your questions.To see a full transcript click on the link on the right " Jeremy McWilliams: in...

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  • Touring on a Deauville, F650 and Tmax

    23 September 2001

    Touring on a Deauville, F650 and Tmax

    There’s something strangely satisfying about sitting in a field with just a thin piece of canvas, a few poles, a bike, some beers and a throwaway barbecue for company.Maybe it appeals to the part of...

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  • Extreme Performance Blade

    23 September 2001

    Extreme Performance Blade

    It’s safe to say MCN road tester and ex-world endurance racer Dave Hill is impressed by Extreme Performance’s 2000 Blade. He blurts: " This is excellent. Effin’ lovely. It handles, it turns in...

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  • Jeremy McWilliams: in his own words

    23 September 2001

    Emma: Just to let you know that Craig Kelly, from Chorley is racing your 1996/1997 Honda GP250 (second bike). He has just come second at the Ace of Aintree championship. He'd like to say it's still pulling well and keep on riding well in the championship! My question is...what do you think of the scrapping of the 250 class. We are all so upset and angry at what the big boys are...

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  • Kit turns R1 into GP look-a-like

    23 September 2001

    Kit turns R1 into GP look-a-like

    A new bodykit from France gives the R1 the look of Yamaha’s new four-stroke GP racer.Essonne Motos OW-M1 replica bodywork bolts straight on to any R1.There’s a headlight tucked under the nose and a...

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  • Budget MZ racing for beginners

    23 September 2001

    Budget MZ racing for beginners

    YES! I’m doing it! I’m actually doing it! Do you recognise those words? They’re what went through your head when you were in the process of losing your virginity. And they’re also going through mine...

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  • Your 2002 new bike questions answered

    23 September 2001

    We were at the Paris Show on Thursday with many of motorcycling’s big cheeses and asked for your questions about the new bikes of 2002 to put to them. We had a huge response in a very short time and we’re sorry if yours is one of the questions we didn’t have time to answer.Many people who e-mailed in received individual replies. Others are listed below.Don’t worry if yours was missed out. We’re...

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  • See video of our CBR600 on the dyno

    23 September 2001

    See video of our CBR600 on the dyno

    My bike not only looks good – it goes well, too. With 10,000 miles showing, the engine had loosened up completely and was producing a genuine 95bhp at the rear wheel on the dyno of BSD...

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  • Bulldog makeover could go into production

    23 September 2001

    Bulldog makeover could go into production

    The Bulldog makeover Yamaha has shown at the Milan and Paris bike shows could go into production as a new model.And if the firm isn’t prepared to go that far, it’s almost certain that the parts are...

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  • Ghezzi gives us Guzzi in another guise

    23 September 2001

    Ghezzi gives us Guzzi in another guise

    Ghezzi & Brian’s latest Guzzi-based creation has been put on show in Italy.The Furia combines the proven Guzzi V11 Sport engine with Ghezzi’s own Supertwin 1100 frame – a steel box-section design...

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  • Kawasaki launches ZZ-R1200

    23 September 2001

    Kawasaki launches ZZ-R1200

    Kawasaki has given its new ZZ-R1200 an official unveiling in Paris, giving us the chance to bring you more details and pictures of the new super-tourer.The 1164cc engine is expected to make around...

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  • Italian importer restyles Voxan Roadster

    23 September 2001

    Italian importer restyles Voxan Roadster

    Voxan’s Italian importer has decided to give customers something different with the Ciclope special.The bike combines the stock chassis and 100bhp V-twin engine of the French-made Roadster with...

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  • TM ready to roll with new Supermotard

    23 September 2001

    TM ready to roll with new Supermotard

    Italian manufacturer TM has revealed a new 400cc four-stroke supermoto with a cast single-sided swingarm and a rim-mounted front brake disc.The TM400 Supermotard’s swingarm is similar to that on...

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  • First test of Kawasaki’s VN1500 Meanstreak

    23 September 2001

    First test of Kawasaki’s VN1500 Meanstreak

    Kawasaki’s MeanStreak isn’t just an excuse for another exercise in chrome. It’s a performance cruiser and a real blast.On an arrow-straight motorway in the Netherlands with my chin on the tank and the...

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  • Suzuki’s 2002 GSX-Rs

    23 September 2001

    Suzuki’s 2002 GSX-Rs

    Here are our first pictures of Suzuki’s 2002 GSX-R1000, 750 and 600.The only change to the GSX-R1000 is to its graphics. There are tweaks to the red/black/silver and blue/white schemes.The GSX-R750...

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  • MV Agusta updates line-up for 2002

    23 September 2001

    MV Agusta updates line-up for 2002

    MV Agusta has announced changes to its 2002 line-up amid strong suggestions that Italian scooter giant Piaggio is about to increase its 20 per cent holding in the firm to 100 per cent.And that’s...

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