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    Riders in North Yorkshire face checkpoints throughout the county aimed at catching riders with out-of-date tax discs.If you can’t pay the fine by the roadside, your bike will be impounded.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

    08 July 2001

    How good are your boots?

    Write a review for motorcyclenews.com and you could help fellow users make the right choice when they come to buy.Last week we asked how good your gloves are and your response was fantastic. As a...

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  • Posthumous honour for Joey

    08 July 2001

    Posthumous honour for Joey

    Joey Dunlop is to be posthumously awarded the prestigious Segrave Trophy, an award for speed exploits on land, water or in the air.It is named in memory of Sir Henry Segrave, the first man to break...

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  • Donington: Your complaints

    08 July 2001

    Donington: Your complaints

    Donington race goers are warning they won’t be going back to the circuit after bad experiences at last weekend’s GP.While many made the best of it by having as good a time as possible (and you’ll see...

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  • Yamaha offers free insurance

    08 July 2001

    Yamaha offers free insurance

    Yamaha is offering free third party fire and theft insurance on all 50, 100 and 125cc Yamaha scooters until September 17.The deal covers up to four members of the same family. And you can upgrade it...

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  • No congestion charge for bikes

    08 July 2001

    No congestion charge for bikes

    Ken Livingstone has confirmed there will be no congestion charging for bikes when the £5-a-day levy for cars is introduced.Details of the scheme were announced on Tuesday, with fines of £80 for those...

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  • Calling FJR owners

    08 July 2001

    Calling FJR owners

    We’re planning a gathering for owners of Yamaha’s FJR1300 this Saturday July 14.If you’ve got one and want to meet fellow owners, and become part of a forthcoming feature about the bike in MCN, please...

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  • New scooters from Italjet and She-Lung

    08 July 2001

    New scooters from Italjet and She-Lung

    Italjet’s retro-meets-future-styled Jet-Set will be available here in August and there will be a 50cc too. And the Taiwanese Freespirit scooter is also available now. The Jet-Set is expected to be the...

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  • Sachs to add 125 to its range

    08 July 2001

    Sachs to add 125 to its range

    GERMAN firm Sachs is adding a new 125 machine to its range, the ZZ Funbike.It uses the Yamaha DT125R engine. Sachs says the bike is designed for use either on or off road, but it comes with Pirelli MT...

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  • Kawasaki shows its Mean Streak

    08 July 2001

    Kawasaki shows its Mean Streak

    Kawasaki wants the latest member of its Vulcan family to be its most performance-oriented yet.The 1470cc V-twin engine has been retuned for more power by increasing the size of the intake and exhaust...

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  • Strange but true

    01 July 2001

    Strange but true

    Here’s our latest round-up of bike related madness from around the world.THAILAND: Residents of Nonthanburi are flocking to see a five-foot monitor lizard. Grieving mum Chamlong Taengniem believes the...

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  • How to uprate your fork internals

    01 July 2001

    How to uprate your fork internals

    IT’S ironic that the only company today to use an alternative to telescopic forks is the same one which introduced them first on production bikes.BMW’s R12 and R17 had the first telescopics in 1935,...

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  • Strange but true…

    01 July 2001

    THAILAND Police riders are being trained as midwives because ambulances are getting stuck in traffic. The 150 Bangkok officers are expected to make a thouasand deliveries a year.GERMANY: A raffle winner dropped dead when he went to collect the keys to his two-wheeled prize. Hans Hitzig, 47, suffered a fatal heart attack as he received a Harley-Davidson in Schleiz, eastern Germany.BULGARIA Budding...

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  • Manx GP cancelled

    01 July 2001

    Manx GP cancelled

    The organisers of the Manx GP have announced that it must go the same way as the TT.The Manx Motorcycle Club said today (July 3) that the event, due to be held on August 18-31, had to be cancelled in...

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  • Whitham, Haydon and Co set up shop

    01 July 2001

    Whitham, Haydon and Co set up shop

    Britain’s newest Yamaha dealership is being officially opened this weekend and it’s a partnership between World Supersport star James Whitham, British Superbike rider James Haydon and Virgin Yamaha...

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  • Is your bike on our list?

    01 July 2001

    Is your bike on our list?

    Ever owned one of the bikes on the following list? Do you know someone who has one now? We want to hear from you for a feature we’re currently putting together.Here’s the list: Bimota Mantra, Aprilia...

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  • Sort your forks, learn to wheelie… and much more

    01 July 2001

    Check our News Features section for some great new additions. Read how to sort your forks for not a lot of cash or watch our video guide to pulling a wheelie in relative safety.We’ve also included a huge report on the revival of a classic race to mark Ducati’s 75th anniversary.To find the New Features section simply click on NEWS in the navigation bar. Once in NEWS you’ll see NEWS FEATURES offered...

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  • Where are my GP tickets?

    01 July 2001

    A batch of advance tickets for the British GP at Donington this weekend have been delayed in the post. If yours haven’t turned up, this is what organisers are asking you to do:When you arrive at Donington, go to the ticket collection point. This is clearly signed from all around the site.Bring with you the credit/debit card you used to book your tickets with. If you don’t want to bring the card...

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  • How you can do it

    01 July 2001

    You don’t need to ride an old knacker to take part in the Motogiro d’Italia. As wella s the old racers, there is a touring section for road bikes, new or old, which joins up with the main event in each town the race stops off at.This year’s tour group included bikes ranging from a 1929 Panther to a 996.If you want to do the trip on a classic bike there are alternatives to travelling down to the...

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  • Say goodbye to pistons

    01 July 2001

    Say goodbye to pistons

    An amateur inventor with a background in designing bus engines reckons he’s come up with a way to blow traditional pistons away – by using a wedge-shaped version which moves sideways.Mervyn Davies, of...

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  • Winners ride Rockingham

    01 July 2001

    Winners ride Rockingham

    Five motorcyclenews.com winners spent a day thrashing around Britain’s newest circuit on Wednesday – Rockingham Speedway. And it wasn’t just the usual infield circuit – our winners got to try the...

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  • We want your maddest snaps

    01 July 2001

    We want your maddest snaps

    If you’re going to Donington Park for the GP this weekend we want you to show us the way you see it through the lens of your cameras.Take a digital camera (try to beg or borrow one if you don’t...

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