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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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  • What the fans thought of Brands post Foggy

    29 July 2001

    What the fans thought of Brands post Foggy

    MANY people thought it couldn’t possibly happen, but the crowd at Brands today was announced as being greater than the 120,900 who trooped like an army in 1999 to watch Carl Fogarty on his way to this...

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  • QUASAR

    29 July 2001

    QUASAR

    IF you are not familiar with the term known as Feet Forward motorcycling, allow us to enlarge on it. Take a group of highly intelligent, fiercely independent engineers and inventors and leave them to...

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  • Suzuki GSX1400

    29 July 2001

    Suzuki GSX1400

    1 Big motor, big bike. The GSX is unlikely to suffer from an inferiority complex 2 Who needs a headlight? They’ll see all that gleaming chrome from miles away3 The twin shocks may be retro, but the...

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  • BMW K1

    29 July 2001

    BMW K1

    Launched at the 1988 Cologne Show, there were feelings from some quarters that it would have been better off launched off the nearest cliff. Remembering the success it enjoyed after introducing the...

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  • Guess the average cost of bike insurance

    29 July 2001

    Guess the average cost of bike insurance

    What do you think the average cost of a bike insurance policy with Norwich Union is these days? You might be surprised.An MCN investigation has revealed it’s actually close to £250, considerably lower...

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  • Don’t forget Friday’s GSX-R Festival

    29 July 2001

    Don’t forget Friday’s GSX-R Festival

    Kevin Schwantz, racing Suzukis and more GSX-Rs than you’ll have ever seen gathered in one place before, it’s all on offer at Brands Hatch this Friday.But if you can’t make it in person, you won’t miss...

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  • Honda CX500 Custom

    29 July 2001

    Honda CX500 Custom

    WHEN a bike, within minutes of its 1978 launch, acquires the tag " Plastic Maggot " , it’s safe to assume the machine has been less than well received by the masses. But the original CX...

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  • Professional thieves target Brands

    29 July 2001

    Professional thieves target Brands

    THE sneak thieves warned of by police yesterday struck again last night in the Brands Hatch campsites – and they are so good at their work that even the police are forced to admit how expert they...

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  • No end yet to our Saturday Brands scenes

    22 July 2001

    No end yet to our Saturday Brands scenes

    NO words are needed to explain the build up throughout today of the fans and atmosphere at Brands Hatch.But to remind you why the event is so special on the British biking calendar, here are some...

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  • Insurance grief for 1900 Devitt customers

    22 July 2001

    Insurance grief for 1900 Devitt customers

    HUNDREDS of riders insured through the brokerage firm Devitt DA have been asked to cough up for new insurance policies following the demise of underwriters Independent Insurance Company Limited.While...

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  • Myth of speeding motorcyclists exposed

    22 July 2001

    Myth of speeding motorcyclists exposed

    WITH an apparently increasing number of residents in rural areas complaining about bikes speeding through their quiet villages, here’s some figures that should shut them up.After the Parish councils...

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  • Keeping the R1 legend afloat

    22 July 2001

    Keeping the R1 legend afloat

    YAMAHA’S R1 may be struggling to compete with Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 on the road, but there is somewhere it will give the new class leader a sound thrashing – on water.The new Yamaha WaveRunner FX140 uses...

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  • Ducati to launch Hodgson rep 996

    22 July 2001

    Ducati to launch Hodgson rep 996

    WSB star Neil Hodgson is having a limited edition Ducati 996 made in his honour.Hodgson, a hot tip for success at the Brands Hatch WSB round on July29, rides a 996S in the championship.Unlike either...

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  • Mighty Dot security markings to arrive in the UK

    22 July 2001

    PEOPLE have been marking their territory for millions of years. Fortunately, things have moved on a bit since the days of dried dung piles, and the latest marking techniques are much more advanced. Security systems such as Datatag, Alphadot and Smartwater have cut thefts and reduced the cost of insurance. And now there’s a new name entering the fray – that of Mighty Dot. It uses a spray to apply...

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  • More help to beat thieving scum

    22 July 2001

    More help to beat thieving scum

    IF your bike ever gets nicked, the first reaction is often to tell as many people as possible, so they can keep an eye out for you.And now the ACU, British bikesport’s governing body, is providing a...

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  • 168mph… on skates!

    22 July 2001

    168mph… on skates!

    WHILE you’d expect a FireBlade to hit 168mph, you’d have to look twice if a bloke on Rollerblades came past at that speed.But that’s exactly what German Dirk Auer managed – with a little help from...

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  • First test of CCM’s R30

    22 July 2001

    First test of CCM’s R30

    The new CCM R30 draws more head-turning glances than Jordan in a moist T-shirt.To the clean-slated mind of your average non-biking man on the street, the new CCM appears to be a great-looking...

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  • Twisting through town

    22 July 2001

    Twisting through town

    Where in the world could you expect to ride like this through town and get away with it? Yup, it’s the Isle of Man during the TT.

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  • 28 seconds

    22 July 2001

    28 seconds

    WELL DONE! You’ve correctly guessed that wheezy John-san had only enough puff for 28 seconds! You win!Click on the link on the right to see his shameful effort.

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  • Too sexy for my scooter

    22 July 2001

    Too sexy for my scooter

    WITH their classic design and distinctive looks no one could ever accuse Vespas of being visually boring. But just in case they fail to catch the eye of the beautiful people in the West End, you will...

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