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  • Catch up on the TT

    04 March 2001

    Catch up on the TT

    The 2000 TT was one of the best ever. Didn’t go? Have a look at some of these memories and then make up your mind

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  • Woman airlifted to hospital from coleslaw wrestling

    04 March 2001

    COLESLAW wrestling often reveals some of the finer points of Daytona Bike Week.But the crowd gathered at the Cabbage Patch for the annual bikini-clad bouts got more than their usual eyeful.A skydiver, hired to impress the crowd, misjudged his landing and came down heavily on a woman serving beer.She was knocked out and had to be taken to hospital by helicopter and last reports indicate she was...

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  • Brits take the classic cake at Daytona

    04 March 2001

    Brits take the classic cake at Daytona

    British classic racers continued their annual pillage of the AHRMA (America Historic Racing Motorcycle Association) vintage road races at Daytona this week.In the first day of racing at the famous...

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  • GSX-R shows V-twins the way at the Speedbowl

    04 March 2001

    LITRE-SIZED twins may be the bikes to beat in World Superbikes at present, but it’s a four-cylinder bike which is leading practice for the prestigious Daytona 200 race in America so far.Reigning U.S. superbike champion Mat Mladin is leading the field by a clear 0.38s on his Suzuki GSX-R750 after final practice before tomorrow’s qualifying session.He’s well ahead of the bike in second, a Ducati 996...

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  • Daytona by night

    04 March 2001

    Daytona by night

    Daytona Bike Week is now in full swing in Florida, attracting close to 300,000 bike fans.Based around the Daytona 200 race, the Bike Week action is actually more about babes in their underwear and the...

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  • Mladin sets pole for Daytona 200

    04 March 2001

    SUZKI’S Mat Mladin started his U.S superbike championship title defence in perfect style today when he set pole for the first round of the American series at Daytona in Florida.The Australian finished front row qualifying well ahead of countryman Anthony Gobert in second on a Yamaha R7 and Honda’s Nicky Hayden in third. Mladin’s team-mate Aaron Yates completed the front row for Sunday’s...

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  • More scenes from Daytona

    04 March 2001

    More scenes from Daytona

    Our man in Florida has been busy with the camera again and sent us his latest batch of images for you to enjoy.The Daytona Bike Week is warming up and the streets are getting more and more lairy, so...

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  • Bultaco ready to return to the road

    04 March 2001

    Bultaco ready to return to the road

    THE Bultaco badge hasn’t been seen on a road bike since the 1980s – but that’s will change if this prototype makes it into production.Power for the retro-styled machine comes from a single-cylinder...

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  • GP bike reveals clues to new R1

    04 March 2001

    GP bike reveals clues to new R1

    YAMAHA’S new four-stroke GP bike has been spotted in tests in Australia. And that gives a tantalising glimpse of some of the technology that could feature on next year’s expected replacement for the...

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  • World first test on the Ducati 996R

    04 March 2001

    World first test on the Ducati 996R

    AFTER his first ride on Ducati’s 996R, MCN’s Marc Potter believes it is the firm’s finest sports bike yet. Potter rode the bike at the Valencia circuit in Spain on Wednesday, March 7, and said: ...

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  • Supermoto-style F650 due

    04 March 2001

    Supermoto-style F650 due

    BMW is ready to use its popular F650 single as a basis for an exciting new supermoto-style road bike.The new bike will combine high-rise suspension with sticky sports tyres on 17-inch rims.According...

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  • MZ reveals how its muscle bike will look

    04 March 2001

    MZ reveals how its muscle bike will look

    THIS is how MZ wants its planned 1000cc muscle bike to look. The image shown here is an official factory sketch.It is due to go into production next year and cost under £7800.The 1000N will use a...

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  • CapoNord looks ready for anything

    04 March 2001

    CapoNord looks ready for anything

    THE CapoNord is going to be a genuine rival for bikes like BMW’s R1150GS and Honda’s Varadero.It even coped with a little bit of off-road riding in Sardinia. " I tried it on a bit of green laning...

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  • If only all decisions were as enjoyable

    01 March 2001

    If only all decisions were as enjoyable

    HERE in Britain, our roads are titchy and crammed with traffic, our speed limits are archaic and proliferating speed cameras mean our chance of making the most of our bikes’ performance seem to...

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  • The choice is no longer so clear-cut

    25 February 2001

    HERE in Britain, we have a history of favouring one type of bike over any other. More than any other riders in Europe, we choose to spend our money on sports bikes and superbikes. But now the first of a new breed of motorcycle has arrived, which could change all that. Say hello to Yamaha’s Fazer 1000 (see road test on page 24). It’s cheaper than a full-on superbike, but it still offers awesome...

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  • Benelli boss speaks exclusively to MCN

    25 February 2001

    Benelli boss speaks exclusively to MCN

    NOBODY outside the factory has ridden the Benelli Tornado yet but it’s already one of the most desirable bikes on the planet – and that is just for starters, according to Benelli president Andrea...

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  • The meanest green machine

    25 February 2001

    The meanest green machine

    KAWASAKI’S Ninja nine has enjoyed a cult following amongst the big cube cognoscenti, not just for its sheer performance but also for its styling and brute-force engine. Determined not to let their...

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  • All these first tests coming soon

    25 February 2001

    MCN’S Marc Potter will ride Ducati’s new 996R on Wednesday March 7, becoming one of the first people outside the factory to do so.And we’ll be bringing you his first reactions on that very day.In the next fortnight you can also look forward to the world’s first tests of the Aprilia CapoNord, Kawasaki RZX1200S and ZR7S and Piaggio’s new 500cc super-scooter, the X9.Keep checking back with...

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  • Honed to perfection

    25 February 2001

    Honed to perfection

    HAVING honed and refined the FireBlade over the eight years since its introduction in 1992, Honda entered the new millennium with perhaps its most radical incarnation of the model yet.Although always...

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  • Ducati plans Foggy rep Monster

    25 February 2001

    Ducati plans Foggy rep Monster

    DUCATI bosses in Italy have confirmed they are working on a Monster tribute to four-times WSB champion Carl Fogarty based on the latest S4 version of the bike.It uses a 916cc water-cooled motor making...

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  • 25 February 2001

    INSURANCEThe bike falls into the group 16 category in the UK, which means that certain types of cover in certain parts of the country for some riders isn't available at all from a handful of firms, making shopping around for quotes essential rather than merely advisable.MODEL VARIATIONSWhen buying a ZX-9R, potential purchasers essentially have a choice of two main model types - the pre-1998 "B"...

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  • More Gatso cameras looming

    18 February 2001

    EVERY police force in the country could soon be allowed to use money from speeding fines to pay for thousands more speed cameras. Following similar pilot schemes involving eight police forces around the country, the Association of Chief Police Officers has announced plans to spread the scheme nation-wide. Richard Brunstrom, chief constable of North Wales and ACPO co-ordinator of the scheme, said: ...

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  • There can be only one

    18 February 2001

    There can be only one

    AUSTRALIAN firm Hunwick Harrop has released full details of the Phantom 1500 cruiser. The bike, which is to go on sale over the Internet towards the end of the year, is the first in a range due for...

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  • Triumph’s Daytona gets 147bhp

    18 February 2001

    Triumph’s Daytona gets 147bhp

    A BRITISH-built superbike with the potential to take on the best Japanese and Italian machines is enough to get any rider’s mouth watering. And Triumph reckons its new 955i Daytona is exactly that.

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  • ZX-9R to power new musclebike

    18 February 2001

    ZX-9R to power new musclebike

    KAWASAKI is planning to launch a naked musclebike using a retuned version of the ZX-9R’s 144bhp engine. The 899cc four-cylinder engine could be tweaked to make more torque than the ZX-9R’s formidable...

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  • Have your cake. And eat it

    11 February 2001

    Have your cake. And eat it

    THREE-and-a-half hours ago, this bike was sat in the palm-shaded car park of a Sicilian hotel. Its futuristic, angular lines and silver colourscheme couldn’t have been in starker contrast to the...

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  • Gilera plans September unveiling for 600

    11 February 2001

    Gilera plans September unveiling for 600

    GILERA is expected to unveil a new 600cc sports bike at the Milan Show in September. Italian scooter giant Piaggio, Gilera’s parent company, has confirmed plans to reveal its first big bike since the...

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  • Defy convention

    04 February 2001

    Defy convention

    IT’S not every day you get the chance to ride two new British motorcycles for the first time. And when they’re bikes like this, it’s an even more novel experience. The latest models from...

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  • Don’t call me boring

    04 February 2001

    Don’t call me boring

    THE sound of a race bike at full chat is pretty exciting when you’re stood behind one as it flies past in a race. It’s even better if you manage to wangle your way into the paddock and get behind one...

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