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Free parts offered with GSX-R1000

Michael Carroll, 18 June 2008 18:22

Suzuki is looking to tempt buyers towards its GSX-R1000 by offering them £700-worth of free accessories if they purchase the motorcycle before September 30. Buyers would be given a choice of 195 official Suzuki accessories, which include exhaust systems from Yoshimura, leathers by Dainese, helmets from Shoei, and clothing. If a customer chooses an item costing more than £700, they ...

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Mid-Wales gets new Kawasaki dealership

Michael Carroll, 18 June 2008 15:31

Kawasaki has expanded the number of official dealerships in the UK, with the addition of GT Superbikes in Talbot Green, Mid-Glamorgan, now added to its dealer list. The outlet is owned by Gareth Gill and Terry Donovan, who have a combined experience of 30 years in the motorcycle trade. The pair opened GT Superbikes four years ago, and said they ...

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Michael Schumacher crashes Honda Fireblade at Sachsenring

Michael Carroll, 16 June 2008 16:24

Michael Schumacher’s chances of victory at the forthcoming German Superbike races at Sachsenring don’t look good, after the former F1 champion threw his Honda Fireblade away mid-corner during practice. The racer is preparing to take on Germany’s motorcycle racing elite for the second time in the 2008 season this weekend, aboard a Holzhauer Racing-prepared Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade. Schumacher had slipped ...

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Motorcycle tyre prices set to rise, as raw material costs increase

Michael Carroll, 16 June 2008 14:55

The cost of motorcycle tyres is on the rise, with major tyre manufacturers confirming to MCN that hikes in the price of raw materials and a rise in transportation costs had forced them to raise their prices. Higher oil prices are the main culprit in the price rise, although the higher cost of rubber and steel has also played a ...

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Mice found in Honda VFR800 airbox

Michael Carroll, 13 June 2008 16:04

According to the nursery rhyme “I saw a mouse,” the rodent lived in a windmill in old Amsterdam, but in the case of this Honda VFR800 it looks more like the mouse was living in the airbox of the motorcycle. Owner Mike Roughton was unaware his motorcycle had been turned into a larder for mice in the shed where he ...

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Shell driver’s strike set to go ahead

Michael Carroll, 11 June 2008 11:34

Tanker drivers who deliver fuel to Shell’s UK forecourts look set to carry out a four-day strike over the weekend, after their union Unite failed to agree a new pay deal with haulage firms. Unite and haulage companies Hoyer and Suckling Transport took the dispute to the conciliation service ACAS earlier this week, in a bid to avert the strike. ...

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RAC insists careful planning required for 20mph zones

Michael Carroll, 10 June 2008 11:53

The government should look before it leaps in terms of introducing blanket 20mph speed limits in residential areas, Elizabeth Dainton, research development manager at the RAC, says. Dainton told a one day conference on speed management that, while 20mph limits have been proven to help reduce pedestrian casualties, speed is not the only factor in accidents around town. She pointed ...

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Petrol tanker drivers gear up for four-day strike

Michael Carroll, 06 June 2008 16:16

Trades union Unite claims it is not trying to use fears of fuel shortages as leverage in a dispute involving tanker drivers who deliver petrol to Shell’s UK forecourts. Motorcyclsits stage fuel protest A total of 641 Unite members are preparing to walk out for four days from Friday 13th, if their demands for a pay rise are not met. ...

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Accidental death verdict in Steve Hislop inquiry

Michael Carroll, 05 June 2008 10:06

Pilot error was not to blame for the fatal helicopter crash that killed Steve Hislop, according to a determination by Edinburgh Sheriff Court. The Sheriff recorded a verdict of accidental death following an inquiry into what caused Hislop’s helicopter to come down on a remote hillside in the Borders region of Scotland in 2003. Hislop appears to have tried to ...

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One-way becomes two for cyclists

Michael Carroll, 04 June 2008 14:09

Cyclists are being offered the chance to legitimately ride the wrong way along one-way streets, under a trial being conducted by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The trial is being run on six residential streets, and could be extended to other roads in the borough provided there is no significant increase in accidents. While some councils have built ...


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