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  • Sensible? Only if you want it to be

    18 March 2001

    Sensible? Only if you want it to be

    AS I straighten out of the left-hander, a VW Golf appears a few hundred yards ahead of me, going at a rate of knots. Just before the next bend, its brake lights flash, then its bodywork squats on one...

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  • And they say speeding is dangerous

    18 March 2001

    If certain so-called authorities on road safety are to be believed, the only thing we need to do to avoid accidents is slow down.Of course, anyone who has ever had some idiot driver pull out in front of him – in other words, all of us – will know that’s not true. Inconsiderate, careless, incompetent and downright dangerous driving is much more hazardous.Unfortunately, not everyone sees things...

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  • Be a video star and win £100

    18 March 2001

    Be a video star and win £100

    If you’ve got star quality, we want to know about it. Be it funny, serious, or just plain daft, we want to see your homemade biking videos. And if fellow users of motorcyclenews.com reckon it’s good,...

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  • Hailwood memorial run this Sunday

    18 March 2001

    Hailwood memorial run this Sunday

    JOIN a ride-out to mark the 20th anniversary of Mike Hailwood’s death on Sunday, March 25.The run goes from Fort Dunlop, Birmingham to Portway Motor Centre, to the spot where Mike and his daughter...

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  • Pierre Terblanche in his own words

    18 March 2001

    Pierre Terblanche is Ducati’s top designer. He is in charge of the project to create a bike to replace the 996.He joined us in the VIP Lounge in the TALK BIKES area of the site on Friday, March 23 and answered your questions for an hour-and-a-half.In a frank interview he talked about the pressures he’s under, how the " new 996 " is shaping up and how he hasn’t taken a break from work...

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  • Tony, John: Our safety isn’t a game

    11 March 2001

    Tony, John: Our safety isn’t a game

    Tony Blair and John Prescott have drawn up a host of unpleasant plans for riders during their time in power – and now they’re looking at another one. There has been the sudden saturation of our...

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  • Don’t judge this Duke by its cover

    11 March 2001

    Don’t judge this Duke by its cover

    YOU can hardly see the Valencia pit wall because there are people in red Ducati shirts swarming all over it. But these aren’t fans. These are people who actually work for Ducati. And they’re all...

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  • ZR-7S takes more of the strain

    11 March 2001

    ZR-7S takes more of the strain

    THE ZR-7 is a great value fuss-free bike which gives you 750cc for very little money. And now it gives you just a little bit more.Thanks to the addition of a cowling on the new ZR-7S, windblast is a...

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  • First ride on the ZRX1200

    11 March 2001

    First ride on the ZRX1200

    THE new ZRX has stonking six-piston Tokico calipers and a new 1164cc engine which pulls out of tight turns like a Japanese bullet train from 2000rpm all the way up to the 10,500rpm red line.But...

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  • 2001 CBR600 recalled

    11 March 2001

    2001 CBR600 recalled

    Following on the heels of a worldwide recall of FireBlades to correct faulty clutches, Honda’s reputation as the world’s most reliable motorcycle manufacturer has taken another knock.The firm has...

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  • Triumph tests new Daytona

    11 March 2001

    Triumph tests new Daytona

    TRIUMPH’S new Daytona is undergoing extensive last-minute testing to prepare for its release to the public in May. MCN spotted this all-black pre-production machine testing at Bruntingthorpe proving...

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  • Yamaha updates its XJR400R

    11 March 2001

    Yamaha updates its XJR400R

    SPY shots direct from Japan show Yamaha has given its XJR400R its first major update since its launch in 1994.While the styling has been left untouched, there are plenty of mechanical changes. The new...

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  • First pictures of new Mondial WSB racer

    11 March 2001

    First pictures of new Mondial WSB racer

    THESE are the first pictures of the long-awaited superbike which will carry the legendary Mondial name back on to the race track later this year.The 999cc V-twin Piega, which has only been seen in...

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  • Is the Bonnie best?

    11 March 2001

    Is the Bonnie best?

    WE’RE taking the new Triumph Bonneville to Brighton together with the Kawasaki W650 and a Royal Enfield.You can also look forward to a meeting with the man with Britain’s biggest collection of Monkey...

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  • Bimota shutdown confirmed

    11 March 2001

    Bimota shutdown confirmed

    AN ITALIAN court has finally brought an end to Bimota’s drawn-out death, closing the struggling company for good.After more than 25 years of producing some of the most desirable bikes on the planet,...

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  • Underneath it all… there’s a Valkyrie

    11 March 2001

    Underneath it all… there’s a Valkyrie

    Japanese tuning firm WhiteHouse is due to put this Valkyrie-based monster into limited production later this year.While the bike bears little resemblance to the original Honda, under the skin it’s a...

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  • Catch up on the TT

    04 March 2001

    Catch up on the TT

    The 2000 TT was one of the best ever. Didn’t go? Have a look at some of these memories and then make up your mind

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  • Woman airlifted to hospital from coleslaw wrestling

    04 March 2001

    COLESLAW wrestling often reveals some of the finer points of Daytona Bike Week.But the crowd gathered at the Cabbage Patch for the annual bikini-clad bouts got more than their usual eyeful.A skydiver, hired to impress the crowd, misjudged his landing and came down heavily on a woman serving beer.She was knocked out and had to be taken to hospital by helicopter and last reports indicate she was...

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  • Brits take the classic cake at Daytona

    04 March 2001

    Brits take the classic cake at Daytona

    British classic racers continued their annual pillage of the AHRMA (America Historic Racing Motorcycle Association) vintage road races at Daytona this week.In the first day of racing at the famous...

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  • GSX-R shows V-twins the way at the Speedbowl

    04 March 2001

    LITRE-SIZED twins may be the bikes to beat in World Superbikes at present, but it’s a four-cylinder bike which is leading practice for the prestigious Daytona 200 race in America so far.Reigning U.S. superbike champion Mat Mladin is leading the field by a clear 0.38s on his Suzuki GSX-R750 after final practice before tomorrow’s qualifying session.He’s well ahead of the bike in second, a Ducati 996...

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  • Daytona by night

    04 March 2001

    Daytona by night

    Daytona Bike Week is now in full swing in Florida, attracting close to 300,000 bike fans.Based around the Daytona 200 race, the Bike Week action is actually more about babes in their underwear and the...

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  • Mladin sets pole for Daytona 200

    04 March 2001

    SUZKI’S Mat Mladin started his U.S superbike championship title defence in perfect style today when he set pole for the first round of the American series at Daytona in Florida.The Australian finished front row qualifying well ahead of countryman Anthony Gobert in second on a Yamaha R7 and Honda’s Nicky Hayden in third. Mladin’s team-mate Aaron Yates completed the front row for Sunday’s...

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