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  • Pierre Terblanche in his own words

    18 March 2001

    Pierre Terblanche is Ducati’s top designer. He is in charge of the project to create a bike to replace the 996.He joined us in the VIP Lounge in the TALK BIKES area of the site on Friday, March 23 and answered your questions for an hour-and-a-half.In a frank interview he talked about the pressures he’s under, how the " new 996 " is shaping up and how he hasn’t taken a break from work...

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  • Tony, John: Our safety isn’t a game

    11 March 2001

    Tony, John: Our safety isn’t a game

    Tony Blair and John Prescott have drawn up a host of unpleasant plans for riders during their time in power – and now they’re looking at another one. There has been the sudden saturation of our...

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  • Don’t judge this Duke by its cover

    11 March 2001

    Don’t judge this Duke by its cover

    YOU can hardly see the Valencia pit wall because there are people in red Ducati shirts swarming all over it. But these aren’t fans. These are people who actually work for Ducati. And they’re all...

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  • ZR-7S takes more of the strain

    11 March 2001

    ZR-7S takes more of the strain

    THE ZR-7 is a great value fuss-free bike which gives you 750cc for very little money. And now it gives you just a little bit more.Thanks to the addition of a cowling on the new ZR-7S, windblast is a...

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  • First ride on the ZRX1200

    11 March 2001

    First ride on the ZRX1200

    THE new ZRX has stonking six-piston Tokico calipers and a new 1164cc engine which pulls out of tight turns like a Japanese bullet train from 2000rpm all the way up to the 10,500rpm red line.But...

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  • 2001 CBR600 recalled

    11 March 2001

    2001 CBR600 recalled

    Following on the heels of a worldwide recall of FireBlades to correct faulty clutches, Honda’s reputation as the world’s most reliable motorcycle manufacturer has taken another knock.The firm has...

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  • Triumph tests new Daytona

    11 March 2001

    Triumph tests new Daytona

    TRIUMPH’S new Daytona is undergoing extensive last-minute testing to prepare for its release to the public in May. MCN spotted this all-black pre-production machine testing at Bruntingthorpe proving...

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  • Yamaha updates its XJR400R

    11 March 2001

    Yamaha updates its XJR400R

    SPY shots direct from Japan show Yamaha has given its XJR400R its first major update since its launch in 1994.While the styling has been left untouched, there are plenty of mechanical changes. The new...

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  • First pictures of new Mondial WSB racer

    11 March 2001

    First pictures of new Mondial WSB racer

    THESE are the first pictures of the long-awaited superbike which will carry the legendary Mondial name back on to the race track later this year.The 999cc V-twin Piega, which has only been seen in...

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  • Is the Bonnie best?

    11 March 2001

    Is the Bonnie best?

    WE’RE taking the new Triumph Bonneville to Brighton together with the Kawasaki W650 and a Royal Enfield.You can also look forward to a meeting with the man with Britain’s biggest collection of Monkey...

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  • Bimota shutdown confirmed

    11 March 2001

    Bimota shutdown confirmed

    AN ITALIAN court has finally brought an end to Bimota’s drawn-out death, closing the struggling company for good.After more than 25 years of producing some of the most desirable bikes on the planet,...

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  • Underneath it all… there’s a Valkyrie

    11 March 2001

    Underneath it all… there’s a Valkyrie

    Japanese tuning firm WhiteHouse is due to put this Valkyrie-based monster into limited production later this year.While the bike bears little resemblance to the original Honda, under the skin it’s a...

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  • Catch up on the TT

    04 March 2001

    Catch up on the TT

    The 2000 TT was one of the best ever. Didn’t go? Have a look at some of these memories and then make up your mind

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  • Woman airlifted to hospital from coleslaw wrestling

    04 March 2001

    COLESLAW wrestling often reveals some of the finer points of Daytona Bike Week.But the crowd gathered at the Cabbage Patch for the annual bikini-clad bouts got more than their usual eyeful.A skydiver, hired to impress the crowd, misjudged his landing and came down heavily on a woman serving beer.She was knocked out and had to be taken to hospital by helicopter and last reports indicate she was...

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  • Brits take the classic cake at Daytona

    04 March 2001

    Brits take the classic cake at Daytona

    British classic racers continued their annual pillage of the AHRMA (America Historic Racing Motorcycle Association) vintage road races at Daytona this week.In the first day of racing at the famous...

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  • GSX-R shows V-twins the way at the Speedbowl

    04 March 2001

    LITRE-SIZED twins may be the bikes to beat in World Superbikes at present, but it’s a four-cylinder bike which is leading practice for the prestigious Daytona 200 race in America so far.Reigning U.S. superbike champion Mat Mladin is leading the field by a clear 0.38s on his Suzuki GSX-R750 after final practice before tomorrow’s qualifying session.He’s well ahead of the bike in second, a Ducati 996...

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  • Daytona by night

    04 March 2001

    Daytona by night

    Daytona Bike Week is now in full swing in Florida, attracting close to 300,000 bike fans.Based around the Daytona 200 race, the Bike Week action is actually more about babes in their underwear and the...

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  • Mladin sets pole for Daytona 200

    04 March 2001

    SUZKI’S Mat Mladin started his U.S superbike championship title defence in perfect style today when he set pole for the first round of the American series at Daytona in Florida.The Australian finished front row qualifying well ahead of countryman Anthony Gobert in second on a Yamaha R7 and Honda’s Nicky Hayden in third. Mladin’s team-mate Aaron Yates completed the front row for Sunday’s...

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  • More scenes from Daytona

    04 March 2001

    More scenes from Daytona

    Our man in Florida has been busy with the camera again and sent us his latest batch of images for you to enjoy.The Daytona Bike Week is warming up and the streets are getting more and more lairy, so...

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  • Bultaco ready to return to the road

    04 March 2001

    Bultaco ready to return to the road

    THE Bultaco badge hasn’t been seen on a road bike since the 1980s – but that’s will change if this prototype makes it into production.Power for the retro-styled machine comes from a single-cylinder...

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  • GP bike reveals clues to new R1

    04 March 2001

    GP bike reveals clues to new R1

    YAMAHA’S new four-stroke GP bike has been spotted in tests in Australia. And that gives a tantalising glimpse of some of the technology that could feature on next year’s expected replacement for the...

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  • World first test on the Ducati 996R

    04 March 2001

    World first test on the Ducati 996R

    AFTER his first ride on Ducati’s 996R, MCN’s Marc Potter believes it is the firm’s finest sports bike yet. Potter rode the bike at the Valencia circuit in Spain on Wednesday, March 7, and said: ...

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  • Supermoto-style F650 due

    04 March 2001

    Supermoto-style F650 due

    BMW is ready to use its popular F650 single as a basis for an exciting new supermoto-style road bike.The new bike will combine high-rise suspension with sticky sports tyres on 17-inch rims.According...

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  • MZ reveals how its muscle bike will look

    04 March 2001

    MZ reveals how its muscle bike will look

    THIS is how MZ wants its planned 1000cc muscle bike to look. The image shown here is an official factory sketch.It is due to go into production next year and cost under £7800.The 1000N will use a...

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  • CapoNord looks ready for anything

    04 March 2001

    CapoNord looks ready for anything

    THE CapoNord is going to be a genuine rival for bikes like BMW’s R1150GS and Honda’s Varadero.It even coped with a little bit of off-road riding in Sardinia. " I tried it on a bit of green laning...

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  • If only all decisions were as enjoyable

    01 March 2001

    If only all decisions were as enjoyable

    HERE in Britain, our roads are titchy and crammed with traffic, our speed limits are archaic and proliferating speed cameras mean our chance of making the most of our bikes’ performance seem to...

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  • The choice is no longer so clear-cut

    25 February 2001

    HERE in Britain, we have a history of favouring one type of bike over any other. More than any other riders in Europe, we choose to spend our money on sports bikes and superbikes. But now the first of a new breed of motorcycle has arrived, which could change all that. Say hello to Yamaha’s Fazer 1000 (see road test on page 24). It’s cheaper than a full-on superbike, but it still offers awesome...

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