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  • Brands WSB: the way you saw it

    01 August 2001

    Brands WSB: the way you saw it

    Here are just some of your pictures from the experience that was Brands Hatch World Superbikes.If you’ve got some to add, send them by email to david.cushman@emap.com.We’ve got 10 copies of The...

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  • Crescent GSX-R750 Parts List

    01 August 2001

    Crescent GSX-R750 Parts List

    Forks: Factory Showa/Ohlins, £12,000/£1500; Shock: Factory Showa, £5000; Swingarm: Factory Suzuki, £3000; Magnesium yokes: Factory Suzuki, £1000; Handlebars: Factory Suzuki, £400; Front brakes: AP...

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  • The Sahara and back in six days

    01 August 2001

    The Sahara and back in six days

    We rode to the Sahara and back on a BMW R1150GS, Aprilia CapoNord and Triumph Tiger 955i. Here’s the day-by-day story…This was originally updated daily, which is why you’ll find the final day at the...

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  • Strange but true…

    01 August 2001

    Strange but true…

    Here’s our latest round-up of motorcycle related oddities from around the planet. If you know of one worthy of inclusion in our next collection, e-mail jon.urry@emap.comGERMANY: SPOTTED in German...

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  • Crescent GSX-R600

    01 August 2001

    Crescent GSX-R600

    Forks: Yoshi internals, £500; Shock: Ohlins, £550; Front discs: Wave, £320; Rear disc: Wave, £60; Brake pads: SBS carbon, £28; Brake hoses: Goodridge, £96; Engine: Yoshimura/Crescent, £1200 + parts;...

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  • Win a WSB video signed by Foggy

    01 August 2001

    Since early Monday morning you’ve been e-mailing in your pictures of the racing, stars, babes and casualties of Brands Hatch WSB.Now’s your chance to win a copy of the History of the World Superbike Championship video simply by picking which submitted picture you like best.We have five copies signed by Carl Fogarty. Four will go to the people who sent in the pictures which get the four highest...

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  • What the parts will cost you

    01 August 2001

    What the parts will cost you

    It’s difficult to justify forking out the price of a three-bedroomed semi in Accrington for a road bike, let alone a machine you’d have trouble using outside a track and which is destined to see...

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  • The new bikes of 2002 brought together

    01 August 2001

    From now until the big bike shows of Autumn, you’ll find an ever-growing section on motorcyclenews.com bringing together all the new bikes of 2002.Each time we break news of a 2002 bike, we’ll also add it to this new section. That way you can see all the bikes together.Why not check it out now? There may be some you’ve missed from the Gilera 600 and 2002 FireBlade to a Laverda scooter and Harley’s...

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  • Ask Schwantz

    01 August 2001

    Ask Schwantz

    We’re interviewing GP legend Kevin Schwantz on Wednesday, and here’s your chance to take part. If you have a question, e-mail it to us now and we’ll put the best of them to the man himself.E-mail your...

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  • Revealed: Suzuki’s giant trailie

    01 August 2001

    Revealed: Suzuki’s giant trailie

    We’ve been talking about it since 1999, now Suzuki has finally given it a name and a finished form, and here it is: the XF1000L.Our artist’s impression is just as you’ll see the bike when it is...

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  • The new look of the R1

    01 August 2001

    The new look of the R1

    This exclusive drawing is the most accurate impression yet of how the new Yamaha R1 will look for 2002. It’s based on detailed information from the factory. Only the colour-scheme is likely to change.

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  • First test of Foggy rep Monster S4

    01 August 2001

    First test of Foggy rep Monster S4

    According to the crowds at Brands there is only one Carl Fogarty. Fortunately there is more than one Fogarty replica. First there was the 996SPS Foggy rep. Now there is the Monster S4 Foggy rep.So...

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  • Suzuki GSX750F

    29 July 2001

    Suzuki GSX750F

    THE 1989–1997 model was almost instantly dubbed " The Teapot " when its overly-organic styling was revealed to a categorically nonplussed public. When a bike is not only named after a hot...

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  • NORTON COMMANDER

    29 July 2001

    NORTON COMMANDER

    THE British motorcycle industry's broad expanse of flesh has long been pock-marked by the scars of many a cosmetic disaster. Who would want to remember, yet who can possibly forget the Norton Hi-rider...

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  • BIMOTA MANTRA

    29 July 2001

    BIMOTA MANTRA

    IT seems a little cruel to come down hard on the Bimota Mantra, now that the Rimini firm has closed its factory gates for the last time. But with a motorcycle so astonishingly odd-looking as this...

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  • Kawasaki ZRX1200R

    29 July 2001

    Kawasaki ZRX1200R

    1 All it needs is Eddie Lawson on board to match that classic colour scheme2 The screen is about as aerodynamic as a house, but it keeps some wind off3 The suspension is the stiffest of the three –...

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  • TT pubs open all hours

    29 July 2001

    TT pubs open all hours

    If you want more reasons to go back to the TT after this year’s cancellation, how does 24-hour drinking grab you? After years of experimenting with longer opening hours at weekends, the concept of...

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  • More Sunday scenes from Brands

    29 July 2001

    More Sunday scenes from Brands

    COULDN’T get along to Brands today to sample some of its legendary atmosphere? Here's a few pictures to let you know what was going on off (and above) the track.Don't forget you can send us your own...

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  • MOTO GUZZI CENTAURO

    29 July 2001

    MOTO GUZZI CENTAURO

    A duck-billed platypus of a bike. Named after a mythical beast that was half-horse/half-human, the Centauro was more half Quasimodo, half Pat Butcher. The bulky one-piece tank/body device cloaked a...

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  • BIMOTA TESI

    29 July 2001

    BIMOTA TESI

    Strange that a firm capable of building some of the most highly regarded and downright beautiful machines of the 1970s and ’80s could have wobbled so royally in the ’90s. But it was the trip down the...

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  • Aprilia MOTO 6.5

    29 July 2001

    Aprilia MOTO 6.5

    IN the 1990s, when designers became demi-gods, it was no surprise that adventurous Aprilia should commission the pre-eminent doodler of that decade, Philippe Starck, to design a bike. The result...

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  • Whit drums up support at Brands

    29 July 2001

    Whit drums up support at Brands

    THE usual "Saturday night at Brands" drunken revelry was kicked off last evening with a marathon gig by Jamie Whitham’s band the Po Boys.Playing a two and a half hour set to a crowd of nearly 5000 the...

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  • How good is your bike’s security?

    29 July 2001

    How good is your bike’s security?

    Got a good alarm? A dodgy disc lock? A u-lock that fits under the seat of a CBR?Fellow riders need your advice and here’s an easy way can share it:Click on the " PRODUCTS AND SERVICES " ...

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  • Yamaha XJR1300

    29 July 2001

    Yamaha XJR1300

    1 The XJR lacks the presence of the GSX or the distinctiveness of the ZXR2 The designers of the R1 obviously weren’t involved in creating the XJR’s front end3 Suspension adjustments are limited, but...

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  • For sale: 8000 cheap air-horns

    29 July 2001

    For sale: 8000 cheap air-horns

    THE man who turned up at Brands Hatch World Superbikes with 10,000 boating-spec fog horns for sale seemed to have the world at his feet…With a crowd of over 100,000 predicted and a monopoly on the...

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  • Ugly bikes – an anthology

    29 July 2001

    Ugly bikes – an anthology

    A wise man, quite possibly Jesus, once said: " One man’s meat is another man’s poison. " And he wasn’t just talking about lunch. He was talking about differences in taste. Most of us have...

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  • Honda CBX550

    29 July 2001

    Honda CBX550

    THIS thing was the unwitting precursor of the acclaimed CBR600. It was the cutting-edge tool of its day, which was probably August 30, 1980, before the Kawasaki GPz550 appeared and wiped the floor...

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  • BMW R1200C

    29 July 2001

    James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) rode one of these so they must be cool – right? But then James Bond (Roger Moore) also had a mini-sub with a plastic crocodile's head on it and it didn't exactly open up the market for reptilian-lamped off-roaders. This bauble of a bike is some sort of tribute to the great American cars of the 1950s and ’60s, which is where its inherent problems lie. The thing looks...

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  • MUNCH MAMMOTH

    29 July 2001

    MUNCH MAMMOTH

    One Munch Mammoth is probably enough for this world, and we got it in 1966 in the form of an NSU-engined behemoth known as the 1200 TTS. The air-cooled car engine was good for 88bhp and then 100bhp...

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  • Why you shouldn’t ignore your clutch

    29 July 2001

    Why you shouldn’t ignore your clutch

    The clutch, bless it, is a bit like an old aunt who comes round for a family gathering. You know it’s there, but after a while you just ignore it. Often it’s not mentioned at all in the specification...

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  • MORBIDELLI V8

    29 July 2001

    MORBIDELLI V8

    IF you thought a factory that turned out trim and effective race bikes in the 1970s – winning three 125 and one 250 world championships – could make a decent-looking road bike, you’d be wrong. The...

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