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  • MAG founder Howard dies

    05 August 2001

    MAG founder Howard dies

    DENNIS HOWARD, the founder of biking rights organisation the Motorcycle Action Group, has died following an accident on a pushbike last week. He was 80.Howard launched the group to campaign for...

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  • New MCN Sport magazine goes on sale

    05 August 2001

    New MCN Sport magazine goes on sale

    A new glossy magazine for bikesport fans hit the shops on Friday: MCN Sport.The 148-page quarterly publication includes exclusive new articles featuring Valentino Rossi, Carl Fogarty, Chris Walker,...

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  • The timeline of the GSX-R

    05 August 2001

    The timeline of the GSX-R

    The legend of the GSX-R is a long one that started in the year Bob Geldof was getting busy with Live Aid and the best cinema could throw at us was Rambo. Fortunately the GSX-R saved us from all that...

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  • The best of the best

    05 August 2001

    The best of the best

    More than 50 crack pilots apply to join the Red Arrows every year. Only three of them are successful. Those who do succeed become part of a flying legend which has been wowing crowds all over the...

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  • The Brands track ride out

    05 August 2001

    The Brands track ride out

    Were you among those riding the circuit at the GSX-R Festival. Do you know someone who was?Take a look at the video and see if you can spot anyone you know.

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  • Swindon Speedway meet off

    05 August 2001

    The torrential rain the Swindon area has seen in the last 24 hours means Friday night’s home Knockout Cup meeting with Exeter has had to be called off.The semi-final tie will now be staged on Sunday, August 12 at 6.30pm.

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  • Video action from the festival

    05 August 2001

    Follow the links, right, to see video of stunt star Kevin Carmichael doing his thing at the Suzuki GSX-R festival or to watch some of the many riders who took to the track.There’s also a link to watch Kevin Schwantz riding at Brands.

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  • The GSX-R Festival at Brands Hatch

    05 August 2001

    The GSX-R Festival at Brands Hatch

    Brands Hatch, Friday, and an announcement over the public address system is causing a bit of panic. " A set of lost keys has been handed in, " announces a voice nervously. " They...

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  • Round-the-world duo reach southern Spain

    05 August 2001

    Dave Marsden and Ian Wright had got as far as southern Spain when we spoke to them on Friday morning.They plan to cross the border into Portugal and return to stay in Gibraltar tonight.Then it’s across by ferry to Morocco on Saturday morning to head for Fes and the dunes of the Sahara. " And it’s unbearably hot by 6 in the morning here!, " joked Dave.The pair stayed on a campsite last...

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  • Strange but true

    05 August 2001

    Strange but true

    Here’s our latest round-up of motorcycle-related madness from an increasingly odd world.FRANCE: Inspired by the Starboyz and their fur-covered FireBlades, this French biker seems to have taken the...

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  • John Robinson dies

    05 August 2001

    John Robinson dies

    It’s with enormous sadness that we report the passing of John Robinson, Performance Bikes’ technical editor. He was 56.John died peacefully in the evening of August 6, in the BUPA Hospital, Leicester,...

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  • The CCM Roadster with 65% more power

    05 August 2001

    The CCM Roadster with 65% more power

    Mick Keogh has managed to squeeze an extra 65 per cent more bhp from a CCM Roadster, giving it 78bhp. Makes you wonder what he’d do with a Hayabusa…Devon-based Mick, of tuning firm Sportax, is still...

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  • Bulldog Bash now on

    05 August 2001

    Bulldog Bash now on

    Picture a cross between Ibiza, Brands WSB, Reading Festival and a tattooists’ convention and you’ll get an inkling of what’s going on near Stratford-upon-Avon from Thursday to Sunday this week.From...

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  • Cash for crashes on foot and mouth mats

    05 August 2001

    Cash for crashes on foot and mouth mats

    Riders who crashed on disinfected mats put down to curb the spread of foot and mouth could get compensation. Carole Nash is investigating a batch of 23 claims. If the claims are successful, it could...

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  • James Whitham in his own words

    05 August 2001

    MCN: In a recent VIP chat Chris Walker said that his ideal team-mate would be you. Who would your ideal team mate?JamesWhitham: Er, probably Chris. The thing is, I like to be in a team where I can get on with people. Somebody like Chris or Steve Plater, just somebody I get on with, and to be honest, most people in racing I get on with cos they've got a similar background but Chris would be a good...

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  • First ride on the Hodgson Replica 996S

    05 August 2001

    First ride on the Hodgson Replica 996S

    Marc Potter has been riding the Hodgson Replica 996S and you can read his first test verdict here. Next week you’ll be able to see video of Hodgson himself on the bike on the Isle of Man.And the WSB...

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  • First test of new BMW R1150RS

    05 August 2001

    First test of new BMW R1150RS

    New images added at 5pm, WednesdayThe R1150RS is beyond competent. It is genuinely, spirit-lifting fun… whatever the weather.The changes over the old R1100RS are few and far between. Essentially, the...

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  • VFR800 to get VTEC for 2002

    05 August 2001

    VFR800 to get VTEC for 2002

    HONDA is giving the VFR800 its biggest ever makeover for 2002.The styling has been completely revamped and the factory has fitted an ultra clean-burning engine, which uses technology to meet looming...

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  • Blackbird goes red

    05 August 2001

    Blackbird goes red

    Honda’s 2002 Super Blackbird will only be changed in one respect from the current model, it will be available in Candy Blazing Red. The eye-catching colour will add to those currently available; blue,...

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  • How good is your lid?

    01 August 2001

    How good is your lid?

    Does your lid fit brilliantly or let too much wind noise in? Is it easy to change the visor? Do the vents work? Are the fasteners easy to use? Tell us and tell the world by writing a review.All you...

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  • Feel the speed in a Hayabusa outfit

    01 August 2001

    Feel the speed in a Hayabusa outfit

    A Hayabusa feels shatteringly fast from the relatively high position of the rider’s seat. Imagine what if feels like from that Tarmac-level outfit?Sidecar firm boss Phil Ball has been dreaming of...

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  • Benefit from Ray’s advice

    01 August 2001

    Benefit from Ray’s advice

    Ray Stringer was in our chatrooms at 1pm on Thursday to dish out valuable advice on tyres, suspension and engine tuning.He answered close to 60 questions in the 45-minute session ranging from how to...

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  • Ray Stringer’s live advice clinic

    01 August 2001

    MCN:- I own a 2000 CBR600FY, I’m 6' 1'' tall and weigh 13 stone. I find that to prevent the bike from wallowing in bends I have to increase the rebound damping so much it becomes uncomfortable the rest of the time. Would different springs to suit my weight help?RayStringer:- Yes. Yeah, if you went to a proper weighted spring but you'd probably want more compression damping on there more than just...

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  • Don’t believe everything you read about speeding

    01 August 2001

    The police and media seem all too willing to believe in the big, bad menace of speeding motorcyclists… so much so that they’ve really ended up with egg on their faces this time.Chelmsford newspaper the Essex Chronicle ran a story about a rider caught doing 137mph on a local road, and got so indignant about it that they ran a " comment " column about it, berating the rider and insisting...

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