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  • Video: How to wheelie

    01 July 2001

    Video: How to wheelie

    Click on the link on the right to download Kev Smith’s video guide to pulling wheelies.Controversial maybe, illegal on the road certainly, but without a doubt amazing to watch and cool to perform.Kev...

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  • Designed and built outside Japan

    01 July 2001

    THE Bulldog, or BT1100, claims to address a change in the market. The bike is the first Yamaha to be both designed and built outside of Japan. In true V-twin tradition this is an Italian bike, created by Yamaha’s Italian importer Belgarda. Unlike the UK importer, Belgarda is now a full construction company and key staff have been taken from Japan to oversee quality control in Italy.The engine of...

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  • First full test on the Bulldog

    01 July 2001

    First full test on the Bulldog

    On Friday we heard from Adam Morrissey with his first impressions on the new Yamaha Bulldog. Now after some reflection and consideration, here’s his verdict on the first bike Yamaha has both designed...

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  • You vote new Gilera 600 a gorgeous hit

    01 July 2001

    You vote new Gilera 600 a gorgeous hit

    UPDATED WITH EXTRA PICTURES 2.45PM, JUNE 28You’ve been mesmerised by the magic of the new Gilera 600’s looks, if comments in our Talk Bikes section are anything to go by.Rmezza, said: " It’s...

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  • How we can prove Mellor wrong

    24 June 2001

    WITHIN days of David Mellor’s comments, the Transport Research Laboratory published a report into the real reason why people are dying in bike crashes.And, Mr Mellor, it’s nothing to do with riders exercising their right to ride on the outside of a queue or getting up your nose by passing your chauffeur-driven motor.The TRL looked into police reports of 717 fatalities which involved a motorcycle –...

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  • Flying tonight

    24 June 2001

    Flying tonight

    Here’s the first in a series of video clips from the Motocross Des Nations. Prepare to have your breath taken away.

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  • 24 June 2001

    Serious Accidents on the open road:Loss of control, Rider’s fault: 61%, Other’s fault: 5%. Failed to give way, Riders fault: 2%, Other’s fault 36%. Failed to avoid, Rider’s fault: 13%, Other’s fault: 12%. Poor turn/manoeuvre, Rider’s fault: 7%, Other’s fault: 31%. Poor Overtaking, Rider’s fault: 11%, Other’s fault 7%.Total (accidents/percentage). Rider’s fault: 456 (67%), Other’s fault: 227...

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  • Gilera’s Ice is very cool

    24 June 2001

    Gilera’s Ice is very cool

    Italians have a fantastic ability to design bikes that are striking and different. The Ice is just that, totally unique, beautiful – but in a quirky kind of way.The crazy look of the bike is only...

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  • Latest Blade marks 10th anniversary

    24 June 2001

    The original Blade went on sale in March 1992 – almost exactly a decade before the latest version will hit the showrooms. With a 122bhp, 893cc engine mounted in a race-style alloy frame, it had the power of a contemporary litre bike, but at 185kg it was the weight of a 600cc machine.Ever since its launch, the Blade has been subject to regular updates every two years – making the new bike the sixth...

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  • Insurance underwriter goes into liquidation

    17 June 2001

    Check the small print on your insurance policy, you could be one of as many as 2000 UK riders hit by the financial troubles at Independent Insurance Company Limited.The underwriter is now in the hands of liquidator Pricewaterhouse Cooper.Carole Nash is one of the firm to have used Independent Insurance Company Limited to underwrite motorcycle policies. Check your certificate and it will say who...

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  • A very special FireBlade

    17 June 2001

    A very special FireBlade

    American race team Erion has an enviable record which has helped them craft a fine range of race products. Put their best together and you get this showcase bike, the Erion Blade.Created by UK...

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  • Update for Suzuki’s SV650

    17 June 2001

    Update for Suzuki’s SV650

    The SV650 twin is being updated with the addition of adjustable front suspension.The change is being made in both naked and the faired " S " version. Both already 41mm forks – the...

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  • Suzuki Intruder Volusia arrives at last

    17 June 2001

    Suzuki Intruder Volusia arrives at last

    SUZUKI’S 2001 VL800 Intruder Volusia has finally reached UK showrooms. Named after a biker gathering place in Florida, the Volusia is a traditional, Harley-style cruiser using the well-proven,...

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  • Phoenix rises with Laverda’s name

    17 June 2001

    Phoenix rises with Laverda’s name

    LAVERDA’S first new machine since the Aprilia take over is a 150cc scooter designed and built in China by SYM.Aprilia has arranged the deal to sell the re-badged SYM Joyride under the Laverda banner...

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  • New Guzzi Le Mans ridden and rated

    17 June 2001

    New Guzzi Le Mans ridden and rated

    The new Le Mans is no longer a superbike like the one which first bore the name back in 1976. The cynics will see it as a marketing exercise by Aprilia, the new owners of Moto Guzzi’s 80-year-old...

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