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  • Does size matter: the answer.

    16 September 2001

    Does size matter: the answer.

    When it comes to the age-old pub debate of whose bike is fastest, there are two trains of thought. One states that there’s no substitute for cubes. It argues that horsepower and torque provide speed...

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  • Aprilia RS250

    16 September 2001

    Aprilia RS250

    The RS250 had the biggest difference in times between the riders and generally felt the least capable. Being geared for around 40mph less than its nearest rival, it expectedly lost out most down the...

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  • Kawasaki ZX-7R

    16 September 2001

    Kawasaki ZX-7R

    THE ZX-7R is an old bike by anyone’s standards. Though it’s still popular, it has lost its way in recent years, as its slaying here shows. It managed reasonable speeds through most of the bends, was...

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  • Aprilia RSV-R Mille

    16 September 2001

    Aprilia RSV-R Mille

    This was the bike that brought the most adverse comments. Some loved it, some struggled to get on with it. Whatever, the personal views on its abilities, no one disputed the mega engine, though. The...

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  • Haslam: Rossi and dad are my heroes

    16 September 2001

    Haslam: Rossi and dad are my heroes

    Leon Haslam is racing alongside his all-time favourite bike racer: Valentino Rossi. Oh, and then of course there’s dad Ron.GP 500 racer Leon, 18, was answering your questions in a live web chat in our...

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  • The new bike launches of the Milan Show

    16 September 2001

    The new bike launches of the Milan Show

    Here’s a very brief round-up of the new bike launches at the 2001 Milan Show in Italy.If you want more details, click into NEWS or LATEST ON NEW BIKES to see the latest launches.MONDAY: Yamaha...

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  • Suzuki GSX-R600

    16 September 2001

    Suzuki GSX-R600

    For all its lack of capacity compared to the 750 and litre bikes, the GSX-R600 has serious grunt. And a serious chassis, too. It’s almost as quick in a straight line as the RSV and was, on average,...

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  • Guzzi marks 80 years with birthday models

    16 September 2001

    Guzzi marks 80 years with birthday models

    Moto Guzzi has unveiled three special models to celebrate its 80th birthday.First, there’s the Le Mans Tenni which is based on the latest, half-faired Le Mans and named after legendary Guzzi racer of...

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  • KTM unveils look of the 2003 Adventure 950

    16 September 2001

    KTM unveils look of the 2003 Adventure 950

    KTM unveiled how its 2003 950 Adventure will look, at the Milan Show on Tuesday.The bike shown here is actually the competition bike, called the 950 Rally, and the firm has decided the Adventure will...

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  • Aprilia Blue Marlin divides opinion

    16 September 2001

    Aprilia Blue Marlin divides opinion

    Some strong opinions are being expressed on our bulletin boards in the wake of Aprilia unveiling its Blue Marlin.The RSV Mille 1000cc V-twin-powered prototype is targeting the Ducati Monster. The firm...

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  • Falco gets new look and new name

    16 September 2001

    Falco gets new look and new name

    For the first time the Aprilia Falco has been given a sporty two-tone paint red and black job. The frame has been painted black and the upside-down Showa forks are now gold. The bike has even been...

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  • 2002 Triumph Sprint and ST revealed

    16 September 2001

    2002 Triumph Sprint and ST revealed

    Triumph has slotted a version of its 147bhp Daytona 955i motor into the 2002 Sprint ST and Sprint RS for 2002.The engine is identical to the one also used in the new Speed Triple, revealed previously...

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  • Sachs reveals new 805cc twin

    16 September 2001

    Sachs reveals new 805cc twin

    The Sachs B-805 uses a Suzuki cruiser V-twin engine, comes with upside-down forks and is styled by Target design, the firm behind the original Suzuki Katana.It is clearly a modified version of the...

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  • Ducati shakes up Monster range

    16 September 2001

    Ducati shakes up Monster range

    Ducati has tweaked most of its popular Monster range for 2002. There’s currently five different engines in the Monster range: The 600, the new fuel-injected 620ie, 750ie and 900ie and the daddy of all...

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  • Aprilia’s big-bore scooter unveiled

    16 September 2001

    Aprilia’s big-bore scooter unveiled

    This giant twist-and-go is Aprilia’s bid to enter the super scooter market. Called the Atlantic 500, it uses the 460cc engine from Piaggio’s X9.The single cylinder engine makes a claimed 39bhp, and...

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  • Gilera unveils 600 SuperSport

    16 September 2001

    Gilera unveils 600 SuperSport

    When we first showed spy photos of Gilera’s new SuperSport 600 in July, it was clear the bike was special. The first official pictures have confirmed that. And, if anything, it’s even better looking...

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  • Yamaha unveils 2002 R1

    16 September 2001

    Yamaha unveils 2002 R1

    Yamaha unveiled the 2002 R1 at an exclusive launch party in Milan on Monday night.The shape may be familiar but don’t let that fool you into thinking that the 2002 R1 is just last year’s bike with a...

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  • Korean maker launches a ‘proper’ bike

    16 September 2001

    Korean maker launches a ‘proper’ bike

    This sporty roadster isn’t Japanese, Italian, British or even German made… it’s from Korea.The Hyosung GT600 uses the firm’s own twin-cylinder engine and it’s the first time a Korean manufacturer has...

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  • Grasstrack Masters date changes

    09 September 2001

    The date of the British Grasstrack Masters has been changed from Sunday September 16 to October 7, 2001. The venue will still be Dolton Barracks, in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. To get there, follow signs from the A34. Racing starts at 12pm. Details: 01235-850486

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  • First pictures: 2002 Hondas

    09 September 2001

    First pictures: 2002 Hondas

    Check out the all-new Blade, V-TEC VFR, 1300cc Pan European and much more as we reveal the new Hondas for 2002.Simply follow the link, right, to be taken to all our pictures and detailed information.

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  • Aprilia launches new range of clothing

    09 September 2001

    Aprilia launches new range of clothing

    Aprilia has launched its 2002 clothing range, aimed at showing how leisure style is going hand-in-hand with technical biking gear.UK based after-sales manager Massimo Granata said, " In Italy,...

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  • BMF Tail End show on this weekend

    09 September 2001

    BMF Tail End show on this weekend

    The BMF Tail End Show is so called because it’s supposed to mark the end of the biking season, when long, summer days merge into the fresher weather of autumn. But judging by the masses of metal in...

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