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'Radical measures' under investigation to cut TT road crashes

Andy Downes, 17 June 2009 15:01

The increase in accidents on the Isle of Man during the TT fortnight will see ‘radical measures’ being investigated to cut them next year warns the Isle of Man Transport Minister. Figures just released by the Isle of Man police show road traffic collisions (RTCs) increased in number during TT 2009 but were less severe overall than in previous years. ...

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Honda confirms it will not be at the NEC bike show

Andy Downes, 27 May 2009 17:17

Honda has confirmed rumours it will not be attending this year’s NEC Motorcycle show in Birmingham as it concentrates on dealer launches for the new 2010 model range.The move obviously saves a huge amount of money, something Honda is anxious to do globally in the face of the current economic situation, but it’s also claimed to be a strategy backed ...

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Brad Pitt loves the anonymity of riding motorcycles

Andy Downes, 08 January 2009 09:27

Brad Pitt has spoken about how riding motorcycles have given him ‘anonymity’ and turned him into ‘just another a**hole on the streets’ in an interview with celebrity magazine W. Pitt has been spotted numerous times on a wide variety of bikes and owns – among others – a Ducati Desmosedici RR, a Monster 696 and a selection of Harley-Davidson choppers. ...

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Triumph reveals full 2009 price list

Andy Downes, 19 December 2008 14:55

Triumph has released adjusted prices for the entire range following the recent drop in the VAT rate from 17.5% to 15%. Triumph has been much less affected by the drop in the exchange rate which has seen the price of most Japanese machines rise. The new Yamaha R1, for example is going to cost £9999 on the road – a ...

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Mike Oldfield: “Bikes have been one of my greatest inspirations in music”

Andy Downes, 10 March 2008 13:00

The musical talent behind the massive-selling Tubular Bells says bikes have helped him write music and inspried his latest project. Hear him talk about it in this exlclusive video. Oldfield was catapulted into the limelight back in the early 1970s with the massively successful instrumental album Tubular Bells which went on to sell more than 15 million copies and spend ...

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Win a copy of the new Barry Sheene book

Andy Downes, 16 August 2007 11:29

A new Barry Sheene biography is now on sale – the first to be written with the full cooperation and backing of his widow Stephanie and his best mate and team-mate Steve Parrish. And you could be in with a chance of winning one of 25 of the copies Barry Sheene of the new biography, signed by authors Steve Parrish ...

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MCN staff heads to Brno World Superbikes on longterm Kawasaki Z1000

Andy Downes, 19 July 2007 16:56

MCN's Features Editor Andy Downes is off to the Brno round of World superbikes this weekend on his longterm Kawasaki Z1000. Here's the first of his updates from the trip "Just packing the my long termer Kawasaki Z1000 and leaving to ride with my mate Tommo for the Brno round of the World Superbike series. Right now we are heading ...

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Your favourite roads

Andy Downes, 20 May 2007 06:00

What's your favourite road in your county? We need to know what you rate as the best bit of road for riding your bike and why. All you need to do is list the road or roads you use for fun the most and the reasons why it’s your favourite. Is there a great series of corners? Or maybe the ...

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M25 horror smash

Andy Downes, 26 March 2007 10:59

Two motorcyclists died after a lorry and a car were in collision and crossed the central reservation of the M25 in Essex – colliding with a group of five motorcyclists travelling in the other direction. Two of the bikers - a 40-year-old from Enfield, North East London, and a 44-year-old from Ilford, East London - were declared dead at the ...

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Help identify these bikes

Andy Downes, 21 March 2007 09:28

Eight bikes belonging to former Isle of Man TT racer and Manx GP winner Peter Darvill have been unearthed after years in storage to be auctioned. MCN readers are being asked for help to try and trace the history of the bikes as Darvill’s ill-health and mice eating the original paperwork has meant key information about them has been lost. ...

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