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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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  • 1700cc super Harley

    17 June 2001

    1700cc super Harley

    This started life as a stock 1450cc FXDX Dyna Super Glide Sport. But it’s been bored out to 1700cc, making it the largest-capacity Harley-Davidson ever officially sold in the UK. It’s a stock 1450cc...

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  • Four Clarion Suzukis ridden and rated

    10 June 2001

    Four Clarion Suzukis ridden and rated

    This year Suzuki has done the triple with its 600, 750 and 1000. All three are the best bikes in their class. Best meaning the most-focussed, lightest and most powerful bikes in their respective...

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  • Long term test on the Yamaha Tmax

    10 June 2001

    Long term test on the Yamaha Tmax

    Sometimes, the strangest combinations actually go together remarkably well. When I was a kid, my favourite teatime snack was peanut butter and jam sandwiches. Other children would curl their lips with...

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  • Clarion Suzuki GSX-R750 XR09 Superbike

    10 June 2001

    Clarion Suzuki GSX-R750 XR09 Superbike

    RIDER: John CrawfordPOWER: Over 165bhp@14,000rpmDRY WEIGHT: 162kgTOP SPEED: 190mphRESULTS:Donington Park: 3rd and 3rd Silverstone: 3rd and 5thSnetterton: 7th and 7thOulton Park: DNF and 4th

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  • Is time running out for MAG and the BMF?

    10 June 2001

    Is time running out for MAG and the BMF?

    PRESSURE groups are there to fight for our rights. They understand the things we care about and the issues that wind us up. That’s the idea, anyway. But a recent demonstration against toll charges at...

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  • Riding Britain’s greatest road

    10 June 2001

    Riding Britain’s greatest road

    The days of the Roman Empire weren’t just about eating grapes, grappling with virgins and having lots of hot baths. Some of it was about standing guard on the rainswept borders of northern England...

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  • First pictures of Road Star Warrior

    10 June 2001

    First pictures of Road Star Warrior

    Yamaha’s new XV1700 Road Star Warrior is unveiled today, boasting sports bike technology and cruiser styling.The Warrior’s engine is pure cruiser. Based on the XV1600 Wild Star’s 48 degree air-cooled...

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