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Potholes voted top hazard for bikers

MCN, 28 August 2014 11:59

Rubbish roads, stop-start traffic or selfish car drivers? What annoys you most about Britain’s roads? Back in April, MCN Compare conducted a quick survey to find out. The candidates for all the things that really grind bikers’ gears included lethal potholes, heavy traffic, speed cameras, red-light jumpers and drivers who just can’t get off their mobile phones. Unsurprisingly, potholes came ...

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Bimota dealer opens in Scotland

Andy Downes, 15 August 2014 16:14

The UK’s only Bimota dealer has opened in Scotland with the first two bikes already shipped and in stock ready for sale. Moto Meccanica has taken delivery of a BMW S1000RR-engined BB3 superbike along with a limited-edition version of the hub-centre steered Tesi which is a 40th anniversary version, but is also cater for all bikes while specialising in Italian ...

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Petition to ban surface dressing launched

MCN, 15 August 2014 09:30

An online petition to try and get the practice of resurfacing roads with a method called surface dressing stopped has already attracted more than 2500 signatures. The ePetition was started by Christopher Caswell and calls for an end to surface dressing; the method of adding a layer of liquid tar and then gravel that poses such a danger to motorcyclists. ...

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The best Ducati 916

John Hackett, 07 August 2014 15:05

I’m split between two models – the very first 916 Strada and the 998R. When it was launched in 1994 the 916 Strada bowled me over. I saw the back end of it in 1993 when I was at the Ducati factory but they wouldn’t let me near it so it wasn’t until the Milan Show later that year that ...

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Government launches motorcycle safety campaign

Andy Downes, 21 July 2014 11:38

A radio campaign aimed at reducing the number of collisions at junctions between cars and motorcycles is launching today across the country. The THINK! radio campaign encourages drivers to take longer to look for motorcyclists after figures revealed that 30 bikers are killed or injured every day at junctions, Road Safety Minister Robert Goodwill has announced.The ‘Didn’t See’ campaign will ...

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250cc special: Make room for a small one

Anonymous, 18 July 2014 12:23

There’s always been something special about quarter-litre sports bikes. A generation of learners grew up riding machines like Yamaha’s RD250LC, while wannabe GP riders could live-out their 250GP fantasies on bikes like Honda’s amazing grey import NSR250SP. And more recently those on the now superseded 33bhp licence restriction were set free on bikes like the CBR250R and Ninja 250. So ...

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UK law change set to allow isle of Man-style road racing

Simon Patterson, 11 July 2014 12:22

A visit this afternoon to the headquarters of the Williams F1 team from Prime Minister David Cameron will be used to confirm that an amendment to the new Deregulation Bill will give local councils the ability to grant road closing orders for motorsports events. The government, who launched a consultation on the idea earlier this year, are expected to hand ...

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Old Wheels, New Waves

Steve Hunt, 04 July 2014 16:42

A few weeks ago, MCN rode down to the south of France for a custom motorcycle and surfing festival. We can almost hear your sighs from here, but maybe - just maybe - there's more to this scene than meets the eye. If you were to believe the under-breath mumbles of the traditional motorcycling press and paid heed to the ...

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Every TT winner at Barton Bike Night!

Simon Patterson, 01 July 2014 10:00

Thousands of bikers are set to descend upon the North Lincolnshire town of Barton tomorrow night for the annual Barton Bike Night, with organisers expecting somewhere in the region of 20,000 bikes to socialise and catch up with the stars of two wheeled sport. The list of celebrity attendees includes the winners of every single solo race at this year’s ...

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Top 10 infamous bike ads

MCN, 27 June 2014 08:30

Adverts from a pre-political correctness age. They certainly don’t make ’em like this anymore…     Life helmets | 1979Californian-made Life caused a massive stir in the late ’70s with its campaign featuring body-painted models Tula and Diane West. The shooting of the ads was featured, revealingly, in Aussie magazine Revs while controversy was stoked four years later when Tula, ...

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