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  • He’s come a long way

    26 August 2001

    He’s come a long way

    The Boxer factory was started by a man with a dream. The man is Thierry Henriette, and the dream was to give the public the kind of bikes he liked to build for himself.The 45-year-old had been...

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  • First test on Boxer VB1 Sport

    26 August 2001

    First test on Boxer VB1 Sport

    If there’s one race that can really appreciate beauty, it’s the French. Look at their women, their art, their fashion, their food and – just to make doubly sure – have another look at their women...

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  • First picture of the VB2 twin

    26 August 2001

    First picture of the VB2 twin

    Here’s a first look at Boxer’s VB2, the Voxan-powered machine to rival Ducati’s Monster.The Toulouse-built bike will go on show for the first time, officially, at the Parish Show next month. Given the...

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  • Help shape the next generation R1 and R6

    26 August 2001

    Help shape the next generation R1 and R6

    Yamaha is asking for your ideas and advice on how the current R1 and R6 should be changed.You can post your feedback on this site in the relevant Talk Bikes boards and we’ll gather it up to deliver to...

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  • Here it is… the 2002 R1

    26 August 2001

    Here it is… the 2002 R1

    Yamaha’s 2002 R1 will be faster, more powerful and even lighter than the current bike in response to Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 and the challenge of Honda’s revamped 2002 FireBlade.MCN’s exclusive...

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  • More of your bike impersonations added

    19 August 2001

    More of your bike impersonations added

    We played you a slightly mad impersonation of a two-stroke. Now we’ve started receiving your efforts to go one dafter.Listen to these bike-a-like warblings and feel free to comment on them… Think you...

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  • Aprilia ETV1000 Capo Nord

    19 August 2001

    Aprilia ETV1000 Capo Nord

    The new Aprilia was Smith’s favourite – it’s the one that feels most like a conventional sports tourer. Its 96bhp V-twin engine feels as strong as the Tiger’s and has the bottom-end punch you’d expect...

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  • 50mph signs go up on the Cat and Fiddle

    19 August 2001

    50mph signs go up on the Cat and Fiddle

    The speed limit on the famous Cat and Fiddle run was cut on Monday from 60mph to 50mph.As signs warning of the new limit went up police were already in place, lurking for speeders on the stretch of...

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  • Video: Stalker’s eye view of Mallory

    19 August 2001

    Video: Stalker’s eye view of Mallory

    Click on the link on the right to download our exclusive video of Mallory Park, from on-board Chris Walker’s GSX-R750.This video is around two minutes long and so may take slightly longer than usual...

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  • Video: Suzuki’s super model in the studio

    19 August 2001

    John Crawford’s GSX-R750 is just about as sexy as his namesake Cindy. So when Crescent produced a limited edition version of JC’s Suzuki superbike we thought we’d give it the same star treatment.Click on the link on the right and we’ll give you the £30,000 Crescent machine from every one of its sexy 360 degrees.

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  • BMW R1150GS

    19 August 2001

    BMW R1150GS

    The GS may be the most off-road orientated of the trio, down to its alloy bashplate, but it’s not a real trail bike. Mostly, it’s for show, but I liked its funky looks and the chunky way it goes about...

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  • If you’ve ever had a crash…

    19 August 2001

    If you’ve ever had a crash…

    Ever been involved in a bike crash? We want to know how your lid, leathers, gloves and boots stood up.When kit hits Tarmac and metal it goes through the ultimate test. Your feedback will help others...

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  • Ten biker gatherings in one weekend

    19 August 2001

    Ten biker gatherings in one weekend

    Beer always gives people strange ideas. Nothing is so preposterous that it doesn’t seem like a viable proposition after a few pints. You can bet Eddie the Eagle decided to take up ski jumping after a...

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  • See the 2002 R1 here, first

    19 August 2001

    First thing in the morning of August 1 we’ll show you exactly how the 2002 R1 will look.The picture, based on inside factory information, will reveal each new curve and indent. And our latest report will reveal how developments using the R1 engine in a Jetski could point the way to a cleaner, more efficient power unit.You’ll see how the screen is reshaped, the nose longer and the tank flatter,...

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  • Swingarms explained

    19 August 2001

    Swingarms explained

    Like sticky tape, motorcycle swingarms come in both single-sided and double-sided versions. Sticky tape may have come in handy for that Blue Peter project you attempted as a kid, but swingarms fulfil...

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  • EU plans tougher warranties

    19 August 2001

    EU plans tougher warranties

    They make us buy bananas in kilograms instead of pounds, they want to re-label British chocolate " vegelate " and they’re threatening to regulate the great British banger out of existence.

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  • First the Sahara, next, the World!

    19 August 2001

    First the Sahara, next, the World!

    On August 7 Dave Marsden and Ian Wright will be setting off on the first leg of their round the world journey on Kawasaki W650s.They will be reporting back every day on their journey and the things...

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  • The preparations so far…

    19 August 2001

    Nearly every motorcyclist at some time or another dreams of travelling around the world on their bike. My dream started around 15 years ago after a few half-hearted attempts at travelling around France. Since then I promised my self every winter that the next year would be that year, I was going!Life is a bitch! There was always something cropping up to stop me, ranging from being too busy, kids,...

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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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