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A six-pack, a paper and a world champion's bike

Tony Hoare, 28 July 2014 11:24

Pop into Londis in Morecambe for a pint and a paper and you’re in for a pleasant surprise – a speedway bike belonging to local resident and TT hero John McGuinness. Speedway fan McPint bought the Italian GM-engined machine from three-time world champ Jason Crump, and has put it on display during the sport's world team cup, which is taking ...

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Trading Standards warning over unsafe helmets

Tony Hoare, 15 May 2014 14:37

Riders are being warned to look out for potentially unsafe motorcycle helmets after Trading Standards seized a batch of lids that were for sale online. The Chinese-made Jiekai helmets were not approved for use on European roads and subsequent tests on behalf of Peterborough City Council Trading Standards found they performed massively below the standards required in Europe. The Jiekai ...

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Sammy Miller autojumble cancelled

Tony Hoare, 29 April 2014 11:54

The Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum has been forced to cancel this Sunday’s (May 4) autojumble because persistent rain has left the venue’s fields waterlogged. The museum in the New Forest had planned to have around 100 stalls, some on the hard-standing car park with the overspill in its fields, and car parking was also due to be on the same fields. ...

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Don’t fall for copycat charges

Tony Hoare, 25 April 2014 14:49

Riders are being warned they could be paying over the odds when using the internet to carry out essential tasks like applying for a tax disc, declaring a bike as SORN or replacing their driving licence. Websites that bear a strong similarity to the official Government’s official gov.uk site are in operation and they take a payment for services that ...

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Ducati unveils airbag option for Multistrada

Tony Hoare, 17 April 2014 16:43

Ducati project engineer Paolo Versari demonstrated the airbag with a trial firing at the press conference at the company’s factory in Bologna, Italy Ducati has unveiled the first rider airbag to be integrated into a motorcycle. Ducati’s Multistrada S Touring D-Air model is loaded with sensors and an extra ECU to analyse the sensor data and fire an airbag worn ...

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Top 5 flip-up helmets from the MCN Shop for under £150

Tony Hoare, 21 March 2014 12:30

Flip-up helmets divide opinion among many motorcyclists, but virtually every rider would agree on  one thing – they’re very convenient. They bring an end to the age-old petrol station rows about helmet on or off, and some of the latest versions let you ride with chinbar either up or down, so you can get the breeze of an open-face or ...

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GetGeared offers 'Lidl' discount

Tony Hoare, 28 February 2014 14:20

Lidl, the German supermarket chain, starts its annual motorcycle kit sale today (February 27), with a selection of cheap helmet and clothing offers including a flipfront helmet for £39.99 and waterproof riding gloves for £16.99. It’s a time-limited offer and Lidl won’t restock their baskets once the inevitable scrums have wiped out their current supply. But its rival German chain ...

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Competition: Win GB Racing engine protection

Tony Hoare, 23 January 2014 11:25

British engine crash protection firm GB Racing has been awarded worldwide approval by the FIM, motorcycle racing’s world governing body – and is celebrating by offering motorcyclenews.com readers a chance to win a set of its top-spec engine covers. We have three sets of engine crash protection to give away to readers who click on the link below and enter ...

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Do you recognise this motocross bike?

Tony Hoare, 15 January 2014 09:00

Gwent police is trying to find the owner of this bike, a Yamaha YZ450F or YZ250F, which was recovered at a property in the Coedkernew area. A 22-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of theft on Friday, January 3 and have been bailed pending further enquiries. Anyone with any information is asked to call Gwent Police on 101, quoting ...

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Staff Blog: Natural order restored

Tony Hoare, 27 November 2013 09:54

I thought I was done for winter. After a couple of weeks on holiday I’d not got back into the habit of riding to work every day, thanks to my insistence that I would only ride when I wanted to, not because I felt I needed to. There’s also my reluctance to get the Triumph coated in winter cack as ...

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