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  • Video action from Donington

    01 April 2001

    Video action from Donington

    For a unique perspective of Donington, join us a foot from the ground as we bring you on-board video from a World Championship sidecar.190bhp, three wheels and plenty of rain.

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  • How the Cagiva Xtra Raptor could be

    01 April 2001

    How the Cagiva Xtra Raptor could be

    THIS bike might be one of the only machines in the country that looks like a Cagiva Xtra-Raptor, but it’s the sound which makes it one in a million. Anything ridden through a tunnel as long as...

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  • 193mph… on a GSX-R600

    01 April 2001

    193mph… on a GSX-R600

    WE’VE had 600s that go as fast as 750s. We’ve had 750s that perform as well as 1000s. But never before have we had a 600 that gets to within 1mph of a Hayabusa. That’s faster than a ZZ-R1100, a...

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  • Hold on tight…

    01 April 2001

    Hold on tight…

    This is my second cigarette in ten minutes. It’s also only my second cigarette in five years. The reason for my nervousness is just a few feet away. It’s Steve Webster’s sidecar outfit. And he wants...

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  • Now you see them

    01 April 2001

    THE council in Doncaster have started playing the game. They’ve joined Plymouth in starting to paint GATSO cameras eye-catching colours rather than melt-into-the-background grey.There’s been a 43 per cent reduction in accidents since one of Plymouth’s GATSOs was given dayglow yellow stripes – now all 26 cameras in the Devon city are to be given bright colourschemes.Doncaster Metropolitan Borough...

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  • First test of the Yamaha Maxster

    01 April 2001

    First test of the Yamaha Maxster

    Taking a 125cc scooter on a race track doesn’t sound like a good idea given the lack of power, poor handling and shoddy brakes associated with the breed.But things look different if that track is...

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  • All-rounders to master all trades

    01 April 2001

    All-rounders to master all trades

    The latest generation of big-bore all-rounders offer all the comfort you could dream of and handling and power to take your breath away.We took in huge hits of motorway, trickled through busy city...

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  • New Bonnie spotted in Oz

    01 April 2001

    New Bonnie spotted in Oz

    THE cruiser-style version of Triumph’s Bonneville has been spied on test in Australia.The bike, which was first reported in MCN last year, will use the same air-cooled, 790cc, four-stroke parallel...

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  • MV Agusta F5 spied on test

    01 April 2001

    MV Agusta F5 spied on test

    IT’S the datalogging kit strapped to the pillion seat that gives the game away. This is no F4 1+1. It is, you can be assured, a well disguised F5, complete with that tempting 998cc engine.It’s a...

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  • The return of the Hesketh

    01 April 2001

    The return of the Hesketh

    IT’S 22 years since Hesketh tried to bring us an all-British superbike with the benefit of breeding. Now it’s back, as a well-to-do classic. Now you can own a brand new version for £11,750.According...

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  • The most powerful BMW ever

    01 April 2001

    The most powerful BMW ever

    BMW is preparing to build a range-topping genuine superbike.It should be the bike that finally shrugs off any remnants of the pipe and slippers image the brand has accrued.The firm is thought to be...

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  • MBK adds Thunder to its scooter range

    01 April 2001

    MBK adds Thunder to its scooter range

    Yamaha-owned scooter firm MBK has added a ninth scooter to its UK range.The Thunder 125 features front and rear disc brakes and a 12bhp, four-stroke engine which MBK claims will take it to 70mph.It...

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  • The BMW’s in its elements

    25 March 2001

    The BMW’s in its elements

    Some friends of mine are Americans born and bred. They can’t believe the way us Brits are obsessed by the weather. But it’s easy for them, riding their sports bikes in the sunshine on dry roads.

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  • Reshaping exhaust design

    25 March 2001

    Reshaping exhaust design

    Exhaust downpipes may not be as sexy as the cans themselves, but their design is vital if you want the most power from your engine. Until now, they’ve largely been produced in the same way – using...

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  • Get your ears around this competition…

    25 March 2001

    RECKON your ears are sharper than Spock's? Have a crack at our first "Name That Bike!" competition then. If you reckon you know the bike being "warmed up" in these sound clips, you can win a Motorcyclenews.com T-shirt, and feel suitably smug. Post your suggestions as to which bike it is in the Talk Bikes section. Head for the message board entitled "Name That Bike Competition, Number One". Next...

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  • Free recovery doesn’t always mean free

    25 March 2001

    Free recovery doesn’t always mean free

    When is free recovery not really free? Apparently, when you’re a member of the AA or RAC and you’ve had an accident. Most of us assume when we join such an association that our membership fee will...

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  • Falling like nine pins

    25 March 2001

    Falling like nine pins

    It was tempting fate to invite a load of bike journalists to a go-kart track in Kent to ride a scooter that Yamaha said was designed to handle.Rain, on top of a track laced with oil and rubber,...

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  • Raptor special is a big noise in the city

    25 March 2001

    Raptor special is a big noise in the city

    FROM their bike emporium in North London Moto-Casoli are used to adding extra special touches to their customers’ already special bikes.Their's is an Aladdin's cave of Italian exotica; MV Agustas...

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  • The shape of the R1 to come

    25 March 2001

    The shape of the R1 to come

    YOU’LL have to wait the best part of a year before this will be in our showrooms, but if the ultimate in sports performance is what you’re after, you might find it’s worth the wait.The current R1 is a...

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  • Enfield Clubman takes you back

    25 March 2001

    Enfield Clubman takes you back

    " What year is it mate? " " Err, 2000 actually. " This innocent question, asked by a passer-by just seconds after I parked the Clubman, demonstrates exactly what this bike is...

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  • Sensible? Only if you want it to be

    18 March 2001

    Sensible? Only if you want it to be

    AS I straighten out of the left-hander, a VW Golf appears a few hundred yards ahead of me, going at a rate of knots. Just before the next bend, its brake lights flash, then its bodywork squats on one...

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  • And they say speeding is dangerous

    18 March 2001

    If certain so-called authorities on road safety are to be believed, the only thing we need to do to avoid accidents is slow down.Of course, anyone who has ever had some idiot driver pull out in front of him – in other words, all of us – will know that’s not true. Inconsiderate, careless, incompetent and downright dangerous driving is much more hazardous.Unfortunately, not everyone sees things...

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  • Be a video star and win £100

    18 March 2001

    Be a video star and win £100

    If you’ve got star quality, we want to know about it. Be it funny, serious, or just plain daft, we want to see your homemade biking videos. And if fellow users of motorcyclenews.com reckon it’s good,...

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