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  • Yamaha’s 2002 colours revealed

    22 July 2001

    Yamaha’s 2002 colours revealed

    Here are the first pictures of the 2002 Fazer 1000 and 2002 Dragstar XV650 in their new silver colour scheme.The silver scheme is replacing the red one in the Fazer 1000 line-up.The Star series is...

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  • What to take

    15 July 2001

    What to take

    SO what exactly is involved in riding around the world? We asked Duncan Goose to give us the survivor’s guide to global motorcycle travel. " Rule number one is travel light. Taking things you...

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  • Infra-red movement sensor

    15 July 2001

    Infra-red movement sensor

    Despite living in an area of Norwich with low levels of crime, Peter Jenks’ insurance company insisted he garaged his Triumph Bonneville, installed immobilisers and secured it with a lock.Hoping it...

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  • Trench and fishing wire trap

    15 July 2001

    Trench and fishing wire trap

    When a thief visits in the small hours, the last thing he expects is a 7ft-deep trench. But that’s exactly what he’ll find if he tries getting his hands on Mark D’s bike.After losing two bikes in as...

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  • Round the world by Africa Twin

    15 July 2001

    Round the world by Africa Twin

    THERE are two essential items for anyone thinking of travelling the world on a bike. Not Swiss Army knives or malaria pills, not a compass or a 32-piece socket set, not even a get out of jail free...

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  • You CAN beat the bike thieves

    15 July 2001

    You CAN beat the bike thieves

    Bike thieves. Got any sympathy for them? Thought not. You’re going to enjoy this then.Follow the link " How far would you go to protect your bike " and you’ll enter a world of great ideas...

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  • The evolution of the Ducati 996 engine

    15 July 2001

    The evolution of the Ducati 996 engine

    If ever an engine proved worthy of evolutionary development instead of replacing it with a new design it has to be the Ducati 996 motor.The eight-valve, liquid-cooled V-twin which has dominated World...

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  • Coates and wife set new speed record

    15 July 2001

    Coates and wife set new speed record

    Dave Coates and his missus, the very brave Sandra, have just set a new two-up speed record of 146mph…while facing backwards.The rear-facing duo were riding a Yamaha R1.Coates said he was a bit...

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  • Place your bets…now!

    15 July 2001

    Place your bets…now!

    He’s an ultra fit athlete who trains hard and is in peak physical condition. BUT how long can British Supersport rider John McGuinness hold his breath? 18 seconds, 28 seconds or 58 seconds?...

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  • 250 turn out for RiDER Power

    15 July 2001

    250 turn out for RiDER Power

    Is this the moment when 250 people wished they’d brought their waterproofs with them?The assembled crowd of 250 riders and their bikes came together to help out with the latest RiDER Power survey, the...

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  • High-voltage shed

    15 July 2001

    High-voltage shed

    Ken D gave his local bike thief the shock of his life with his very effective but highly illegal invention – the electric shed.Angry at having his previous bike nicked, Ken vowed never to let it...

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  • Engine block

    15 July 2001

    IF you live in rented accommodation, then a secure garage or a ground anchor might not be an option. Short of taking your bike to bed with you, what you need is something heavy to attach it to.After a bit of lateral thinking, Nigel O’Sullivan came up with the ideal solution – a stripped-down engine block. He said: " They’re bloody heavy and a bit of a bugger to get home, but once they’re in...

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  • Desperate and dodgy

    15 July 2001

    Bike thieves are the scum of the earth, right? So who cares if they get a bit hurt while they’ve got their filthy paws on your property, as long as they go back to their hovels empty-handed and your bike stays in the garage? Well, the law, for one. Don’t use any of these methods lightly…

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  • Fort Knox

    15 July 2001

    Fort Knox

    Fireblade owner Dave Manchester, from Bradford, had his bike stolen in March last year. In the 16 months since, he’s been a man on a mission, installing every security device imaginable to make sure...

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  • CCTV, steel door and ground anchors

    15 July 2001

    CCTV, steel door and ground anchors

    In the past two years, Iain and Lynne Hall have had over 1500 bikes pass through their B&B in the North Yorkshire resort of Scarborough and they haven’t lost one yet.The Donnington Hotel is a...

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  • Swingarm lock

    15 July 2001

    Swingarm lock

    If you can’t buy the security device you want – make your own. That’s exactly what John Smith of Wallasey, in Liverpool, did when he developed a bespoke security lock welded to the swingarm of his...

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  • Shotgun cartridges

    15 July 2001

    Shotgun cartridges

    Two years ago, Robert E, from South Shields, had his garage broken into. Strangely, the thieves didn’t touch his bike. In fact, they made away with nothing more than a frozen turkey. But it was enough...

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  • The loop and lock

    15 July 2001

    The loop and lock

    The simplest ideas are often the best – and you can’t get much simpler than the loop and lock.Chains and padlocks are only really effective if there’s something to lock your bike to. However, if...

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  • Survival tips

    15 July 2001

    Survival tips

    THIS is Duncan Goose’s essential advice for travellers: Travel light, travel light and travel light.Give a trusted friend power of attorney over your bank account, so they can send you your own money.

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  • Thanks for making this the place to be

    15 July 2001

    More riders are coming to motorcyclenews.com than ever before. More than 100,000 of you came to the site last week and looked at over 1,000,000 pages. And that’s the first time our page impressions count has gone over the million mark.Page impressions shouldn’t be confused with " hits " . There are usually around 10 hits on any given web page, sometimes more. A site claiming one million...

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  • The man who invented the Desmo dies

    15 July 2001

    The man who invented the Desmo dies

    Fabio Taglioni, the man who invented Ducati’s famous Desmodromic engine, has died at his home in Bologna at the age of 80.Born on September 10, 1920 in Lugo di Romagna, Italy, Taglioni graduated as an...

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  • Hydraulic lift

    15 July 2001

    Hydraulic lift

    According to Barry Hood, from Birmingham, his hydraulic lift is a far more effective means of securing a bike than a conventional ground anchor. He said: " Once a thief has got into your garage...

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  • Ingenious but legal

    15 July 2001

    If shotgun cartridges, guard dogs and electric shocks seem a bit extreme, there are plenty of equally creative methods to secure your bike which can be just as effective – and they won’t land you in a court of law

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  • Shop a bike thief and grab a grand

    15 July 2001

    Shop a bike thief and grab a grand

    If you have information that could convict a bike thief, dial 0870-444-8448 and you could get a reward of up to £1000.If you’ve got the gen on an organised gang, that amount could rise to £10,000 when...

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  • Have you had a tyre nightmare?

    15 July 2001

    Have you had a tyre nightmare?

    Your tyres are often the only thing between you and disaster. Reliable high quality rubber is a matter of life or death for us. But tyres aren’t always perfect.We’re conducting a survey to find out...

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  • 996 successor shown to Ducati top brass

    15 July 2001

    996 successor shown to Ducati top brass

    A prototype just shown to high-ranking Ducati employees is thought to be the closest anyone has yet seen to the actual successor to the legendary 996.Ducati presented its plans for the next three...

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  • Guard dog

    15 July 2001

    Guard dog

    Jon F of Northampton reckons his two Mastiff bitches are the ultimate in bike security. He said: " They’re completely loyal and very protective. As soon as the dogs hear something they go...

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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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