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  • First ride on Suzuki’s new GSX1400

    22 April 2001

    First ride on Suzuki’s new GSX1400

    YOU’D have thought the GSX1400 was a real knuckle-dragger of a bike. But there is surprisingly little of the Neanderthal about this big-bore beast.Wrapped around its huge, 1400cc, fuel-injected,...

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  • Mugello test reveals Tornado almost ready

    22 April 2001

    Mugello test reveals Tornado almost ready

    TESTS earlier this week in Mugello reveal Benelli’s WSB hopeful, the Tornado, is almost ready for action. The Italian firm first presented their three cylindered hopeful to a receptive audience at...

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  • Four new bike sections now open

    22 April 2001

    Four new bike sections now open

    Follow the ‘BIKES’ link at the top of the page and you’ll immerse yourself in a world of facts and figures, tests and tips on the motorcycles you own, admire and lust after.The latest additions to...

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  • First test of the best sports twins

    22 April 2001

    First test of the best sports twins

    It’s twice the price of an SP-1. It’s six grand dearer than the RSV-R… It can’t be that much better, can it? I mean, how can you need more than the Honda or Aprilia? On the road, or anywhere?The fact...

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  • You wouldn’t want to do it daily

    15 April 2001

    You wouldn’t want to do it daily

    It’s a hell of a long way from Barcelona to London. About 700 miles, in fact – as the crow flies. It’s a little farther by road.For those of you who haven’t ridden the latest generation of...

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  • First test of Ducati’s ST4S

    15 April 2001

    First test of Ducati’s ST4S

    Ducati’s choice of venue for the launch of its new ST4S sports tourer seemed rather odd at first. Rather than present us with maps and a demanding long distance road route, we were instead taken to a...

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  • Something to better the new GSXR1000…

    15 April 2001

    Something to better the new GSXR1000…

    IF you lived in a small, remote village and had no transport or television, you probably wouldn’t have any idea what lay beyond the end of the field – until you actually crossed the fence that marked...

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  • Moriwaki offers 150bhp SP-1

    15 April 2001

    Moriwaki offers 150bhp SP-1

    Japanese tuner Moriwaki is launching a 150bhp version of the Honda SP-1.Called the MP101, they are hand built to order, with a range of specifications for use either on the road or track. The firm...

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  • GS500 gets a makeover

    15 April 2001

    GS500 gets a makeover

    Suzuki has revamped its GS500. The 2001 model features a new, sportier tail unit and rear light. It comes with a new yellow and black colour option and the fuel tank capacity has been increased to...

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  • £50,000-worth of retro Harley

    15 April 2001

    £50,000-worth of retro Harley

    THE Trakker might be a Harley under the skin, but its looks might make fans of more sporting bikes drool.Designed to resemble a Harley board-track racer of the 1920s, it harks back to a time when the...

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  • Buell to build full-on 1000cc sports bikes

    15 April 2001

    Buell to build full-on 1000cc sports bikes

    BUELL is finally going to make the bikes its founder has always wanted to – full-on, sports bikes.So far the Buell badge has been standing for grunt-laden bikes which are bags of fun but not quite on...

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  • SV650 gets a winning makeover

    15 April 2001

    SV650 gets a winning makeover

    Suzuki’s V-twin SV650 is winning races in America against Ducati 750s, 250GP bikes and 400cc in-line fours.And all the parts that make it a winner are available to SV owners in the UK.Most of the...

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  • The ultimate Katana specials

    15 April 2001

    The ultimate Katana specials

    Yoshimura has got hold of five of the last Suzuki Katanas to be built and is turning them into jaw-droppers.After 20 years of continuous production, Suzuki has finally pulled the plug on the Katana,...

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  • KTM reveals plans for muscle bike

    15 April 2001

    KTM reveals plans for muscle bike

    KTM’S plans to place more focus on road bikes have taken a major step forward with proposals for a 1000cc naked musclebike.The Austrian firm’s chief executive Stefan Pierer says it will be a bike in...

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  • Women on track days

    08 April 2001

    Women on track days

    Girls on bikes used to mean pretty pillion passengers. And you blokes seemed more than happy with a stunner of a girlfriend who would sit limpet-like on your back for the ride to the races, then step...

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  • Getting my 996 is a dream fulfilled

    08 April 2001

    Getting my 996 is a dream fulfilled

    THE sight of the bike in front of me stopped me in my tracks and caused a sharp intake of breath inside my helmet. I had been waiting for this moment for a long time. Almost trembling with...

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  • The ‘sportiest’ sports tourer yet

    08 April 2001

    The ‘sportiest’ sports tourer yet

    DUCATI’S new ST4S has uprated suspension, new brakes and the 996 V-twin engine and our first ride reveals that all adds up to the most sporting sports-tourer yet.On Wednesday (April 12), Kevin Ash...

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  • Yes, it really is made in China

    08 April 2001

    Yes, it really is made in China

    The machine pictured here is the first sign that China has what it takes to build bikes we in the west might actually desire.China is the biggest bike producer in the world, but it’s generally known...

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  • V8 is back… for £70,500

    08 April 2001

    V8 is back… for £70,500

    REMEMBER the 850cc Morbidelli V8? Only four were ever sold when they went into production in 1997.But now the firm has announced the model’s comeback… if UK dealer George Beale can drum up enough...

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  • Honda V5 GP bike breaks cover

    08 April 2001

    Honda V5 GP bike breaks cover

    THESE are the world's first action pictures of the all-new four-stroke Honda Grand Prix bike destined to start racing in 2002.The shots of the V5-engined bike were taken at Sugo in Japan today, where...

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  • The shape of forks to come

    08 April 2001

    The shape of forks to come

    Dutch designer Roel van der Heide reckons some day all bikes will be this way.Called the Chiqane 2, the bike that uses his system is the result of years of development.Van der Heide first developed a...

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  • Aprilia Futura recalled

    08 April 2001

    Aprilia Futura recalled

    APRILIA has recalled all of the first batch of Futuras in the UK because of a possible loose nut.A fault with a machine on the production line in Italy has meant that a retaining nut in the generator...

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  • 700 miles by scooter

    08 April 2001

    700 miles by scooter

    HONDA’s new Silver Wing is as happy touring two-up as it is dealing with the brake, swerve, squirt of urban riding in Europe’s busiest cities.The engine is new. It’s a four-stroke parallel twin with...

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  • Video action from Donington

    01 April 2001

    Video action from Donington

    For a unique perspective of Donington, join us a foot from the ground as we bring you on-board video from a World Championship sidecar.190bhp, three wheels and plenty of rain.

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  • How the Cagiva Xtra Raptor could be

    01 April 2001

    How the Cagiva Xtra Raptor could be

    THIS bike might be one of the only machines in the country that looks like a Cagiva Xtra-Raptor, but it’s the sound which makes it one in a million. Anything ridden through a tunnel as long as...

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