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  • The Dawn of a whole new era

    15 July 2001

    The Dawn of a whole new era

    HARLEY-DAVIDSON isn’t a name that generally conjures up excitement and 140mph bikes. In fact think of a Harley and you’re probably already asleep. Wake up now because things for the oldest name in...

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  • The repairs

    15 July 2001

    FOR a man who confesses to having no mechanical aptitude whatever, Duncan Goose was very, very lucky. He learnt as he went along, ran into the right people at the right time and picked a bomb-proof bike that hardly lost its reliability over 42,000 miles. But the ability to improvise is essential. Friendly dealers are not an option in Peru, and if you lack imagination with old Fairy Liquid bottles...

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  • New range of Italian lids from Devel

    15 July 2001

    New range of Italian lids from Devel

    The lids featured here are Italian firm Devel’s latest offerings. The full-face Vaga and the flip-up Razor are both available in British dealers for the first time this week, for £149.99.They use...

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  • Rate your dealer

    15 July 2001

    Rate your dealer

    We want to know your experience at your dealer. How good is the level of service? Would you recommend them to a friend?We all know how good it is to find a place you’re happy with to do your servicing...

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  • Baby monitor

    15 July 2001

    Baby monitor

    AFTER having the entire contents of his garage stolen, including his Kawasaki ZX-7R, Kirk Walker, from Sheffield, wasn’t too happy.He said: " I felt like crying. The police weren’t interested,...

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  • Pepper spray

    15 July 2001

    Pepper spray

    Ray M, from Tyne and Wear, has installed a pepper gas sprayer in his garage. Such devices are illegal in this country, so Ray has declined to comment. He got hold of his from an American company via...

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  • Save £100 more than ever on new bikes

    15 July 2001

    Save £100 more than ever on new bikes

    If you thought Carnell-City’s Real Prices were good, you ain’t seen nothing yet!From today, on selected new bikes you’ll want to own, we’ve been able to take even more off the already cut-to-the-bone...

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  • CCM’s new road-focused single

    15 July 2001

    CCM’s new road-focused single

    CCM’s R30 comes with the kind of creature comforts that the British firm hopes will attract a wider audience.It’s got a rev-counter, cush-drive, alloy wheels and even a fully-painted pearlescent...

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  • Cool Britannia… but only in Japan

    15 July 2001

    Cool Britannia… but only in Japan

    THE JAPANESE infatuation with old British bikes will lead to the introduction of the new Honda GB400RS next year.Our artist’s impression shows the bike is based on the current CL400 – a low-cost retro...

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  • First test on Suzuki’s new Volusia

    15 July 2001

    First test on Suzuki’s new Volusia

    Look closely at this bike and you’ll see Suzuki has kept the familiar Intruder name, and bolted on the " Volusia " tag to mark this new but even more traditional style. It’s named after...

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  • New details of 2002 R1 revealed

    15 July 2001

    New details of 2002 R1 revealed

    Next year’s Yamaha R1 will be radically revised to challenge the competition from Suzuki’s class-leading GSX-R1000. It will also have to deal with new machines in the form of Honda’s 2002 FireBlade –...

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  • Meet Reynolds at open day

    08 July 2001

    MCN’s dealer of the year for clothing and accessories hosts an open day on Saturday, July 14. John Reynolds will be there and there will be bargains galore, too.The Harpers superstore, in the heart of London, won the prestigious MCN award despite having only been open for just over a year. On the day there will be a huge sale with leather suits available from as little as £100. There will be a...

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  • Moving around

    08 July 2001

    Moving around

    Many feel they get the best from their bike by moving around it during corners… this bloke over does it.

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  • Dark visors are illegal in Europe, too

    08 July 2001

    Dark visors are illegal in Europe, too

    IT’S easy to feel jealous of riders in the rest of Europe. There are no GATSOs in France. There are no speed limits on some stretches of German autobahn. And anyone can walk into their nearest dealer,...

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  • Riding Honda’s factory 500s at Goodwood

    08 July 2001

    Riding Honda’s factory 500s at Goodwood

    I’m about to ride my dream bike – Mick Doohan’s NSR500. The one that took Doohan on to his second title with seven wins in 1995. All 180bhp and more of its savage two-stroke power around a park in the...

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  • Go on, wipe the smile off his face

    08 July 2001

    Go on, wipe the smile off his face

    Every rider’s favourite TV personality, Steve Berry, is going to get the gunge treatment this weekend.If you’ve seen his smiling mug on your TV just one or two times too many, you’ll want to be there...

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  • Q8 Oils arrive in the UK

    08 July 2001

    Q8 Oils arrive in the UK

    The choice of which oil to use in your bike in Britain has increased, with the launch of Q8 Oils for motorcycles and scooters.The motorcycle range includes Q8 SBK part synthetic for four-strokes at...

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  • Listen to the NS500 V3

    08 July 2001

    Listen to the NS500 V3

    You too can sample some of the flavour of Freddie Spencer’s awesome NS500 triple. Click on the link below to hear one of the most evocative sounds in Grand Prix motorcycling and the last ever V-3...

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  • The Goodwood Festival of Speed

    08 July 2001

    The Goodwood Festival of Speed

    LINED up in front of me are four NS/NSR500s from the Honda Collection Hall museum in Japan. The men who make this museum and the bikes inside it their lives are looking anxious as they explain how to...

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  • Chat live and sort your suspension

    08 July 2001

    Chat live and sort your suspension

    Suspension expert Craig Webb will be available to answer your questions in a live chat on motorcyclenews on Thursday, July 19.Webb is eminently well qualified to help you improve your handling as he...

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  • Decision due on £36m Donington facelift

    08 July 2001

    Decision due on £36m Donington facelift

    DONINGTON PARK bosses should learn later this month whether they can go ahead with a major £36 million revamp of the Leicestershire circuit.Giant American entertainment company SFX, which leases...

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  • EDDIE LAWSON’S 1989 NSR500

    08 July 2001

    EDDIE LAWSON’S 1989 NSR500

    When Eddie Lawson left Yamaha after six years and three 500 GP titles to join the Rothmans Honda team for the 1989 season, many people felt it was a mistake. He exchanged the sweet-handling YZR500...

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  • Listen to the NSR500 V4

    08 July 2001

    Listen to the NSR500 V4

    Wish you ‘d been to Goodwood? Never mind if you couldn’t make it because we can bring you a flavour of the Festival.Click on the link below and you’ll be transported back to 1989 to hear Eddie...

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  • On board TV to replace mirrors

    08 July 2001

    On board TV to replace mirrors

    Look in the mirrors on most sports bikes and all you’ll see is your elbows.Now an engineering design student has come up with a system to use a video camera and small display screen to give you more...

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  • MICK DOOHAN’S 1995 NSR500

    08 July 2001

    MICK DOOHAN’S 1995 NSR500

    The second time Doohan won the world 500 championship was on this NSR500. Doohan instantly became attached to the bike and continued his dominance with seven wins, three seconds, two non-finishes and...

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  • MCN investigates insurance costs

    08 July 2001

    MCN investigates insurance costs

    INSURANCE has become a bit of a dirty word to many motorcyclists in recent years. From riders who find they can’t get insurance on their bikes, to those who get a renewal notice asking for £2000,...

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  • FREDDIE SPENCER’S 1984 NS500

    08 July 2001

    FREDDIE SPENCER’S 1984 NS500

    Freddie Spencer had won the 1983 500cc world title riding the NS500 triple, but lined up for the following season on a brand new V4 NSR500. At the Nurburgring round, he demanded the NS500 back after a...

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  • Police crack down on tax disc dodgers

    08 July 2001

    Police crack down on tax disc dodgers

    Riders in North Yorkshire face checkpoints throughout the county aimed at catching riders with out-of-date tax discs.If you can’t pay the fine by the roadside, your bike will be impounded. The...

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