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  • Meet Whitham at dealer open evening

    12 August 2001

    Meet Whitham at dealer open evening

    WANT to ask Jamie Whitham about his close World Supersport race finish at Brands? Or get his advice on what bike you should buy next?How about getting some riding tips off him? He’ll be there to quiz...

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  • First test on Cagiva Xtra Raptor

    12 August 2001

    First test on Cagiva Xtra Raptor

    The Cagiva Xtra Raptor is exactly that, a Raptor with a little bit more: a bit more adjustment for the suspension, a bit better handling, a bit more carbon-fibre, a bit less weight, a bit more...

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  • Honda launches CB1300R

    12 August 2001

    Honda launches CB1300R

    Honda is launching the CB1300R in Japan at the end of the month.Based on the Japan-only CB1300 Super Four, the CB1300R will be sold in limited numbers to celebrate Honda’s 500 GP victories. Initially...

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  • Biggest twin is full of surprises

    12 August 2001

    Biggest twin is full of surprises

    Honda’s VTX1800 may be the biggest twin in production but the huge weight doesn’t overwhelm even at low speeds. It actually handles surprisingly well.The majority of the 320kg (and that’s dry) is...

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  • SV650 goes enduro

    12 August 2001

    SV650 goes enduro

    You’ve seen the half-faired version, you’ve seen the naked version, now here’s the enduro version of the Suzuki SV650.This one isn’t straight from the factory, it’s straight f;rom the imagination of...

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  • See the Hodgson rep in video action

    12 August 2001

    See the Hodgson rep in video action

    Neil Hodgson has been testing the replica of his WSB 996 on the Isle of Man… and getting incredibly high....Now we’ve added video clips showing his high-flying riding frame-by-frame. Follow the link,...

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  • How would you like your R1?

    12 August 2001

    How would you like your R1?

    Yamaha has been asking for opinions on a whole host of new colour schemes for its R1. The bike is due a revamp and insiders now believe the 2002 bike will be offered in plain blue, plain red or in a...

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  • 1000cc V8 to power new Aussie neck-snapper

    12 August 2001

    1000cc V8 to power new Aussie neck-snapper

    What’s got eight cylinders, up to 175bhp and will be ready for sale within six weeks?Our artist’s impression shows the answer, the latest 1000cc derivation of the Drysdale V8 concept, a naked bike...

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  • James Whitham in his own words

    05 August 2001

    MCN: In a recent VIP chat Chris Walker said that his ideal team-mate would be you. Who would your ideal team mate?JamesWhitham: Er, probably Chris. The thing is, I like to be in a team where I can get on with people. Somebody like Chris or Steve Plater, just somebody I get on with, and to be honest, most people in racing I get on with cos they've got a similar background but Chris would be a good...

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  • Cash for crashes on foot and mouth mats

    05 August 2001

    Cash for crashes on foot and mouth mats

    Riders who crashed on disinfected mats put down to curb the spread of foot and mouth could get compensation. Carole Nash is investigating a batch of 23 claims. If the claims are successful, it could...

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  • Bulldog Bash now on

    05 August 2001

    Bulldog Bash now on

    Picture a cross between Ibiza, Brands WSB, Reading Festival and a tattooists’ convention and you’ll get an inkling of what’s going on near Stratford-upon-Avon from Thursday to Sunday this week.From...

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  • The CCM Roadster with 65% more power

    05 August 2001

    The CCM Roadster with 65% more power

    Mick Keogh has managed to squeeze an extra 65 per cent more bhp from a CCM Roadster, giving it 78bhp. Makes you wonder what he’d do with a Hayabusa…Devon-based Mick, of tuning firm Sportax, is still...

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  • John Robinson dies

    05 August 2001

    John Robinson dies

    It’s with enormous sadness that we report the passing of John Robinson, Performance Bikes’ technical editor. He was 56.John died peacefully in the evening of August 6, in the BUPA Hospital, Leicester,...

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  • Strange but true

    05 August 2001

    Strange but true

    Here’s our latest round-up of motorcycle-related madness from an increasingly odd world.FRANCE: Inspired by the Starboyz and their fur-covered FireBlades, this French biker seems to have taken the...

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  • Round-the-world duo reach southern Spain

    05 August 2001

    Dave Marsden and Ian Wright had got as far as southern Spain when we spoke to them on Friday morning.They plan to cross the border into Portugal and return to stay in Gibraltar tonight.Then it’s across by ferry to Morocco on Saturday morning to head for Fes and the dunes of the Sahara. " And it’s unbearably hot by 6 in the morning here!, " joked Dave.The pair stayed on a campsite last...

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  • The GSX-R Festival at Brands Hatch

    05 August 2001

    The GSX-R Festival at Brands Hatch

    Brands Hatch, Friday, and an announcement over the public address system is causing a bit of panic. " A set of lost keys has been handed in, " announces a voice nervously. " They...

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  • Video action from the festival

    05 August 2001

    Follow the links, right, to see video of stunt star Kevin Carmichael doing his thing at the Suzuki GSX-R festival or to watch some of the many riders who took to the track.There’s also a link to watch Kevin Schwantz riding at Brands.

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  • Swindon Speedway meet off

    05 August 2001

    The torrential rain the Swindon area has seen in the last 24 hours means Friday night’s home Knockout Cup meeting with Exeter has had to be called off.The semi-final tie will now be staged on Sunday, August 12 at 6.30pm.

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  • The Brands track ride out

    05 August 2001

    The Brands track ride out

    Were you among those riding the circuit at the GSX-R Festival. Do you know someone who was?Take a look at the video and see if you can spot anyone you know.

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  • The best of the best

    05 August 2001

    The best of the best

    More than 50 crack pilots apply to join the Red Arrows every year. Only three of them are successful. Those who do succeed become part of a flying legend which has been wowing crowds all over the...

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  • The timeline of the GSX-R

    05 August 2001

    The timeline of the GSX-R

    The legend of the GSX-R is a long one that started in the year Bob Geldof was getting busy with Live Aid and the best cinema could throw at us was Rambo. Fortunately the GSX-R saved us from all that...

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  • New MCN Sport magazine goes on sale

    05 August 2001

    New MCN Sport magazine goes on sale

    A new glossy magazine for bikesport fans hit the shops on Friday: MCN Sport.The 148-page quarterly publication includes exclusive new articles featuring Valentino Rossi, Carl Fogarty, Chris Walker,...

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  • MAG founder Howard dies

    05 August 2001

    MAG founder Howard dies

    DENNIS HOWARD, the founder of biking rights organisation the Motorcycle Action Group, has died following an accident on a pushbike last week. He was 80.Howard launched the group to campaign for...

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  • Video of Kevin Schwantz at Brands

    05 August 2001

    Video of Kevin Schwantz at Brands

    Kevin Schwantz rode a Suzuki GSX-R1000 at Brands Hatch and our cameraman was on hand to catch the moment.Schwantz, seen in the video leading World Rally Championship star Colin McRae round the short...

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  • Learning at the California Superbike School

    05 August 2001

    Learning at the California Superbike School

    If you’ve ever entered a corner in mild panic or found yourself drifting wide uncontrollably, and let’s face it we all have, you’re a prime candidate for the famous California Superbike School.In one...

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