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  • How to get there

    02 September 2001

    How to get there

    We took the Stena ferry from Harwich, Essex, to the Hook of Holland. We chose this crossing to reduce the riding time in the UK, but you can also go from Hull to Zeebrugge or Dover to Calais. At this...

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  • Indian summer on the way

    02 September 2001

    Indian summer on the way

    Weather experts are predicting a last hurrah for summer with another dry and warm spell starting after an initially poor start to September.As the new " 51 " reg bikes roll out of...

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  • Edwards: Listen to his live webchat.

    02 September 2001

    Edwards: Listen to his live webchat.

    World Superbike champion Colin Edwards says Neil Hodgson will have to wait until Edwards retires before he has any hope of taking the WSB title. But then, Edwards also reckons he’s faster than...

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  • Video: Six toughest corners

    02 September 2001

    Video: Six toughest corners

    Download the video clip by chosing from the options, right, and watch and listen as Nurburgring instructor John Taylor talks you through six of the Nurburgring’s toughest corners.The map, right, shows...

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  • Yamaha Tmax long term test, September

    02 September 2001

    Douglas Adams wrote in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy that a towel is the most useful object in the universe, but I have another suggestion - a party popper.Apart from its primary function of livening up a party, the exploding tube of streamers could, be invaluable for self-defence. Set it off in the face of a wild animal and it's certain to startle it for long enough to allow you to make...

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  • Are you ready for the ride of your life?

    02 September 2001

    Are you ready for the ride of your life?

    If it wasn't for the amount of bikes on the car park so early in the morning, it would be possible to ride straight past the entrance to the notorious Nürburgring without noticing what it was.

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  • You’ve made this the place to be

    02 September 2001

    You’ve made this the place to be

    We’d like to say a huge thanks to all of you for helping to make motorcyclenews.com THE place for motorcyclists to gather on the web.Latest figures show you’ve helped us set another series of records.

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  • The cruiser with three cylinders

    02 September 2001

    The cruiser with three cylinders

    For anyone into horsepower and speed, Jim Feuling’s workshop in Ventura, north of Los Angeles, is a magical place to be – the petrolhead’s equivalent of Willy Wonka’s factory for a chocoholic.Shelves...

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  • Video: Nurburgring section two

    02 September 2001

    Video: Nurburgring section two

    Widely acknowledged as the hardest road circuit in the world, many people will never find the nerve to tackle the Nurburgring. Just the statistics are frightening enough. 13 miles, 157 corners with a...

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  • Swop my superbike for a Harley? Maybe…

    02 September 2001

    Swop my superbike for a Harley? Maybe…

    It’s a weird feeling when preconceptions you’ve had for years are totally destroyed in the space of a few minutes. Weird and very annoying because, like most people, I can’t stand being proved wrong.

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  • What they thought of it…

    02 September 2001

    What they thought of it…

    We got the opinions of the British contingent who were riding the Ring:Andy Blackman, Hampshire, Ducati 916: " This is my first time and I’ve come with mates. I like it here because you can use...

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  • Estoril or Hunstanton… you decide

    02 September 2001

    Estoril or Hunstanton… you decide

    This Sunday, September 9, the GP action is in Estoril, Portugal but if you can’t make it there, perhaps Hunstanton on The Wash will do.The local Lions Club is setting up a big screen to show the race...

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  • What UK dealers are saying…

    02 September 2001

    What UK dealers are saying…

    Simon Dixon, managing director of Dixon Motors: " It’s brilliant news for the customer. The firms can keep the brands separate, but share components, research and logistics. " I think we’ll...

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  • Video: Nurburgring section three

    02 September 2001

    Video: Nurburgring section three

    Widely acknowledged as the hardest road circuit in the world, many people will never find the nerve to tackle the Nurburgring. Just the statistics are frightening enough. 13 miles, 157 corners with a...

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  • Hunt is on for the UK’s finest Blades

    02 September 2001

    Does your FireBlade always draw a crowd when you park at a bike meet?MCN is looking for the best in the UK for a feature celebrating Honda’s finest.It doesn’t matter what year your Blade is, as long as it’s far from standard.We’d need you to be available for a day next week and be able to bring your bike to MCN’s offices in Peterborough. Hey, we’ll even stretch to some lunch as well as making you...

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  • Seventy-Eight years of the ring

    02 September 2001

    Seventy-Eight years of the ring

    Work started on the Nurburgring in 1925 and was finished in 1927. The idea was to construct Germany’s first purpose-built race track to showcase German engineering and driving prowess and also bring...

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  • Going to Assen? Take our tip

    02 September 2001

    Going to Assen? Take our tip

    Roadworks in Holland threaten to ruin your trip from the ferry to Assen if you’re going to this weekend’s Assen WSB round.The A28 to Zwolle (the road most people would take at some point on their...

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  • T-shirts that make you smile

    02 September 2001

    T-shirts that make you smile

    Got a comedy T-shirt? If it’s got something to do with bikes, share it with the hundreds of thousands of motorcyclenews.com users.We got sent a few we thought you’d find amusing. Check them out and...

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  • Video: Nurburgring section one

    02 September 2001

    Video: Nurburgring section one

    Widely acknowledged as the hardest road circuit in the world, many people will never find the nerve to tackle the Nurburgring. Just the statistics are frightening enough. 13 miles, 157 corners with a...

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  • Novice trackdays from Carnell-City

    02 September 2001

    Novice trackdays from Carnell-City

    Never mind the rows and rows of bikes sat in the Mallory Park pitlane, my mind is on one thing.Kneesliders.There are 98 other riders milling around, all of them trackday virgins. At least, that’s what...

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  • What industry analysts are saying…

    02 September 2001

    What industry analysts are saying…

    Rob Hobson, editor, Cap Green Book, the industry’s pricing " bible " : " This shows how the bike industry is going. " The car industry has shrunk to core businesses, this is the...

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  • Around the ring with an expert

    02 September 2001

    Around the ring with an expert

    Gavin Mason has been riding the Ring for 12 years this is how he describes a lap. " When you leave the pits there are a couple of kinks, but the first real complex is Hatzenbach, which I have...

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  • What you are saying…

    02 September 2001

    What you are saying…

    The most important people in the Kawasaki-Suzuki deal are you the riders who buy the bikes. So to find out what MCN readers make of the tie-up, we visited the Greyhound meet in Folkingham,...

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  • More details on the ZX-9R

    02 September 2001

    AT first glance Kawasaki’s 2002 ZX-9R looks pretty similar to this year’s bike – but looks can be deceptive because it actually boasts more than 130 changes.With Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 the undisputed champion and new challengers from Yamaha and Honda coming soon, the ZX-9R was set to be swamped by its rivals – but Kawasaki hopes its latest revisions will help it keep up.The ZX-9R faces a tough...

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  • More details on the ZZ-R1200

    02 September 2001

    With the ZX-12R now acting as Kawasaki’s high-speed standard-bearer, the firm has decided to soften the ZZ-R1200 into a full-on tourer.This scoop picture shows it’s clearly a new bike – but peel away the skin and you find plenty of parts have been carried over.The chassis is virtually identical. It might not be cutting-edge, but the twin-spar alloy beam frame doesn’t exactly lag behind the...

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  • New look of TDM900 revealed

    02 September 2001

    New look of TDM900 revealed

    Yamaha’s TDM850 IS turning into the TDM900 for 2002 and our artist’s impression reveals exactly how the bike will look.As well as an increase in capacity and an aluminium frame, the new bike will have...

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  • First pictures of the 2002 Kawasaki ZX-12R

    02 September 2001

    First pictures of the 2002 Kawasaki ZX-12R

    Kawasaki has made a host of changes to its ZX-12R to boost handling and real-world performance, giving it a more sporting focus.They intend it to be as good on corners as it is on long, ridiculously...

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