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  • Back to Brighton beach

    19 August 2001

    Back to Brighton beach

    Triumph’s Bonneville doesn’t look retro enough for some. That’s why Swedish firm Raask has taken the modern bike even closer to its rocker roots.Company founder Sivert Raask said: " I’ve been in...

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  • Race-spec GSX-Rs for the road

    19 August 2001

    Race-spec GSX-Rs for the road

    Crescent Suzuki race team has got the go ahead to build limited edition GSX-Rs for the road - the 600 is yours for £15,000 and the 750 for £30,000.Click on the link on the right to see our exclusive...

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  • Triumph Tiger 955I

    19 August 2001

    Triumph Tiger 955I

    It’s neither little nor light, but the Tiger felt the smallest here, with agile handling, easy power and easy steering. With 104bhp and solid power at any revs, the re-tuned Daytona engine is silky...

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  • Aprilia to launch naked musclebike

    19 August 2001

    Aprilia to launch naked musclebike

    Aprilia’s RSV-based naked musclebike has been undergoing road tests in Italy and will go on show for the first time at next month’s Milan show.It will have a similar twin-spar frame and the 1000cc...

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  • TT 600 gets naked

    19 August 2001

    TT 600 gets naked

    Triumph is thought to be ready to launch a naked TT600 sports bike after this successful experiment in Italy.Italian Triumph importer Numero Tre has built a run of 50 unfaired bikes and dubbed it the ...

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  • Ducati trailie IS coming

    19 August 2001

    The long-rumoured big-bore Ducati trailie is finally nearing a launch, probably at the Milan Show next month.It will be powered by the same 916cc engine as the Monster S4 and ST4.It will compete with bikes such as the Cagiva Navigator, Suzuki XF1000L, Honda Varadero, Triumph Tiger and BMW R1150GS.An MCN source revealed Ducati has completed testing the bike on Italian roads.It is likely to make...

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  • 2001 and 2002 Gas Gas bikes arrive

    19 August 2001

    2001 and 2002 Gas Gas bikes arrive

    The first 2002-model Gas Gas Pamperas have arrived in the UK – at the same time as the first batch of the firm’s 2001-model Supermotos finally arrive. The all-new Pampera is a lightweight two-stroke...

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  • Yamaha updates revealed

    19 August 2001

    Yamaha updates revealed

    We’ve got exclusive details of two new Yamahas. Both the updated Fazer 600 and all-new TDM900 will be launched at shows this autumn, according to insiders.The TDM900 replaces the outgoing TDM850...

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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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  • Riding with the California Highway Patrol

    12 August 2001

    Riding with the California Highway Patrol

    In the fast lane of Los Angeles’ hyper-busy 605 freeway, my car’s pushing 85mph and struggling to keep up with a gang of 30 or so motorbikes that are blasting over the sun-scorched surface in a sharp...

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  • Don’t be conned by bike theft team

    12 August 2001

    Don’t be conned by bike theft team

    Police are warning anyone selling a bike to beware of con men who have been bagging three bikes a week in Bedfordshire.One of their number poses as an interested buyer, sits on the bike and asks you...

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  • Now it’s Mr Ice guy

    12 August 2001

    Now it’s Mr Ice guy

    A man in a violent orange suit is jumping up and down, waving his arms about. He’s got ants in his pants. It’s 8am and Neil Hodgson is more than ready to head out for a few laps of the Island on the...

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  • The Blast is on this weekend

    12 August 2001

    The Blast is on this weekend

    Rockingham hosts a motorcycling festival this weekend, with everything from 200mph speed runs to off-road displays. The event, called The Blast, has been set up by the Motorcycle Industry Association...

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  • The ChiPs Legend

    12 August 2001

    The ChiPs Legend

    In late 1977, the TV-watching nation was treated to its first taste of CHiPs, which followed the glamourous lives of two Los Angeles motorcycle cops; officers Francis Poncherello (Ponch) and Jon Baker...

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  • Revealed! Secrets of brake discs

    12 August 2001

    Revealed! Secrets of brake discs

    You probably don’t spend much time thinking about your brake discs. They look pretty shiny… and that’s about it. But they’re one of the most important parts of your bike when you reach that panic...

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  • The equipment

    12 August 2001

    The equipment

    Each officer carries both a pager and a cellphone along with a radio headset which can switch between different frequencies. You can speak bike-to-bike or to dispatch back at headquarters. This radio...

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  • Steve Hislop in his own words

    12 August 2001

    Steve Hislop talked to fans in the VIP Lounge of our Talk Bikes section of the site on Thursday, August 16.Here’s a full transcript of the conversation. " MCN " is used to indicated a question from an MCN user.MCN: I've started doing some track days and done all the four levels of the California Superbike School, but what i feel is holding me up is my confidence on really fast turns,...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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