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  • EU plans tougher warranties

    19 August 2001

    EU plans tougher warranties

    They make us buy bananas in kilograms instead of pounds, they want to re-label British chocolate " vegelate " and they’re threatening to regulate the great British banger out of existence.

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  • Swingarms explained

    19 August 2001

    Swingarms explained

    Like sticky tape, motorcycle swingarms come in both single-sided and double-sided versions. Sticky tape may have come in handy for that Blue Peter project you attempted as a kid, but swingarms fulfil...

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  • See the 2002 R1 here, first

    19 August 2001

    First thing in the morning of August 1 we’ll show you exactly how the 2002 R1 will look.The picture, based on inside factory information, will reveal each new curve and indent. And our latest report will reveal how developments using the R1 engine in a Jetski could point the way to a cleaner, more efficient power unit.You’ll see how the screen is reshaped, the nose longer and the tank flatter,...

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  • Ten biker gatherings in one weekend

    19 August 2001

    Ten biker gatherings in one weekend

    Beer always gives people strange ideas. Nothing is so preposterous that it doesn’t seem like a viable proposition after a few pints. You can bet Eddie the Eagle decided to take up ski jumping after a...

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  • If you’ve ever had a crash…

    19 August 2001

    If you’ve ever had a crash…

    Ever been involved in a bike crash? We want to know how your lid, leathers, gloves and boots stood up.When kit hits Tarmac and metal it goes through the ultimate test. Your feedback will help others...

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  • BMW R1150GS

    19 August 2001

    BMW R1150GS

    The GS may be the most off-road orientated of the trio, down to its alloy bashplate, but it’s not a real trail bike. Mostly, it’s for show, but I liked its funky looks and the chunky way it goes about...

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  • Video: Suzuki’s super model in the studio

    19 August 2001

    John Crawford’s GSX-R750 is just about as sexy as his namesake Cindy. So when Crescent produced a limited edition version of JC’s Suzuki superbike we thought we’d give it the same star treatment.Click on the link on the right and we’ll give you the £30,000 Crescent machine from every one of its sexy 360 degrees.

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  • Video: Stalker’s eye view of Mallory

    19 August 2001

    Video: Stalker’s eye view of Mallory

    Click on the link on the right to download our exclusive video of Mallory Park, from on-board Chris Walker’s GSX-R750.This video is around two minutes long and so may take slightly longer than usual...

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  • 50mph signs go up on the Cat and Fiddle

    19 August 2001

    50mph signs go up on the Cat and Fiddle

    The speed limit on the famous Cat and Fiddle run was cut on Monday from 60mph to 50mph.As signs warning of the new limit went up police were already in place, lurking for speeders on the stretch of...

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  • Aprilia ETV1000 Capo Nord

    19 August 2001

    Aprilia ETV1000 Capo Nord

    The new Aprilia was Smith’s favourite – it’s the one that feels most like a conventional sports tourer. Its 96bhp V-twin engine feels as strong as the Tiger’s and has the bottom-end punch you’d expect...

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  • More of your bike impersonations added

    19 August 2001

    More of your bike impersonations added

    We played you a slightly mad impersonation of a two-stroke. Now we’ve started receiving your efforts to go one dafter.Listen to these bike-a-like warblings and feel free to comment on them… Think you...

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  • Yamaha updates revealed

    19 August 2001

    Yamaha updates revealed

    We’ve got exclusive details of two new Yamahas. Both the updated Fazer 600 and all-new TDM900 will be launched at shows this autumn, according to insiders.The TDM900 replaces the outgoing TDM850...

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  • 2001 and 2002 Gas Gas bikes arrive

    19 August 2001

    2001 and 2002 Gas Gas bikes arrive

    The first 2002-model Gas Gas Pamperas have arrived in the UK – at the same time as the first batch of the firm’s 2001-model Supermotos finally arrive. The all-new Pampera is a lightweight two-stroke...

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  • Ducati trailie IS coming

    19 August 2001

    The long-rumoured big-bore Ducati trailie is finally nearing a launch, probably at the Milan Show next month.It will be powered by the same 916cc engine as the Monster S4 and ST4.It will compete with bikes such as the Cagiva Navigator, Suzuki XF1000L, Honda Varadero, Triumph Tiger and BMW R1150GS.An MCN source revealed Ducati has completed testing the bike on Italian roads.It is likely to make...

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  • TT 600 gets naked

    19 August 2001

    TT 600 gets naked

    Triumph is thought to be ready to launch a naked TT600 sports bike after this successful experiment in Italy.Italian Triumph importer Numero Tre has built a run of 50 unfaired bikes and dubbed it the ...

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  • Aprilia to launch naked musclebike

    19 August 2001

    Aprilia to launch naked musclebike

    Aprilia’s RSV-based naked musclebike has been undergoing road tests in Italy and will go on show for the first time at next month’s Milan show.It will have a similar twin-spar frame and the 1000cc...

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  • Steve Hislop in his own words

    12 August 2001

    Steve Hislop talked to fans in the VIP Lounge of our Talk Bikes section of the site on Thursday, August 16.Here’s a full transcript of the conversation. " MCN " is used to indicated a question from an MCN user.MCN: I've started doing some track days and done all the four levels of the California Superbike School, but what i feel is holding me up is my confidence on really fast turns,...

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  • The equipment

    12 August 2001

    The equipment

    Each officer carries both a pager and a cellphone along with a radio headset which can switch between different frequencies. You can speak bike-to-bike or to dispatch back at headquarters. This radio...

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  • Revealed! Secrets of brake discs

    12 August 2001

    Revealed! Secrets of brake discs

    You probably don’t spend much time thinking about your brake discs. They look pretty shiny… and that’s about it. But they’re one of the most important parts of your bike when you reach that panic...

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  • The ChiPs Legend

    12 August 2001

    The ChiPs Legend

    In late 1977, the TV-watching nation was treated to its first taste of CHiPs, which followed the glamourous lives of two Los Angeles motorcycle cops; officers Francis Poncherello (Ponch) and Jon Baker...

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  • The Blast is on this weekend

    12 August 2001

    The Blast is on this weekend

    Rockingham hosts a motorcycling festival this weekend, with everything from 200mph speed runs to off-road displays. The event, called The Blast, has been set up by the Motorcycle Industry Association...

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  • Now it’s Mr Ice guy

    12 August 2001

    Now it’s Mr Ice guy

    A man in a violent orange suit is jumping up and down, waving his arms about. He’s got ants in his pants. It’s 8am and Neil Hodgson is more than ready to head out for a few laps of the Island on the...

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  • Don’t be conned by bike theft team

    12 August 2001

    Don’t be conned by bike theft team

    Police are warning anyone selling a bike to beware of con men who have been bagging three bikes a week in Bedfordshire.One of their number poses as an interested buyer, sits on the bike and asks you...

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