Bike News (Jan - Dec 2004)

  • Highlights of 2004

    29 December 2004

    Highlights of 2004

    It’s time to look back on a sensational year on motorcyclenews.com. We’re focusing on the highlights of a stunning 12 months – from new bikes to new world champions. We relaunched...

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  • Best videos of 04

    29 December 2004

    Best videos of 04

    As the year draws to a close we thought we'd bring you some of the best video clips we've featured on the site over the year. Click the links below to see our top ten choices of the year and prepare...

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  • Gatso use must change

    29 December 2004

    Gatso use must change

    The way speed cameras are used in Britain should change. That’s the message supporters of Share Ideas Day – the RAC Foundation and Euro Car Parts – are sending to Transport Minister...

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  • Grid lock? Not for bikes!

    29 December 2004

    Grid lock? Not for bikes!

    There’s never been a better time to take to two wheels, according to a report from the RAC Foundation issued today (December 30, 2004). The organisation is warning of the growing threat of...

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  • Video: First MGS-01

    22 December 2004

    Video: First MGS-01

    The first Moto Guzzi MGS-01 to arrive in the UK came straight to MCN on December 22 and drew an instant crowd of admirers as it was pulled out of the crate. You can share in the moment by downloading...

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  • Motogiro D'Italia 2005

    22 December 2004

    Motogiro D'Italia 2005

    The 2005 running of the Italian historic bike race, the Motogiro D'Italia, will take place from May 24-28 in central Italy, on the roads of Emilia Romagna, Umbria, Tuscany and Marche. The competition...

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  • Race Meets: Dec 22 on

    22 December 2004

    Each week we publish a list of ROAD RACING, DRAG RACING and MINIMOTO events on in the UK. The following are those for the week commencing December 22, 2004. ROAD RACING SUNDAY December 26 Plum Pudding, Mallory Park, Leicestershire. 01920-444205. MINIMOTO WEDNESDAY December 22 Mini moto arrive and ride, GP Karting, Northampton, Northamptonshire. 01604-591591. SUNDAY December 26 Minimoto...

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  • Santa money goes up

    22 December 2004

    Santa money goes up

    The total amount of money raised by the biking Santa world record attempt at Rockingham is continuing to rise, with one rider collecting a massive £1700. Sean Ramsell, a site traffic manager...

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  • New MCN - out Dec 30

    22 December 2004

    New MCN - out Dec 30

    The latest issue of MCN reaches newsagents on December 30, and if you don't get a copy, you'll miss: Suzuki's mad B-King concept finally gest the go-ahead We put Louise Brady through the real biker...

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  • Site updates this Xmas

    22 December 2004

    Site updates this Xmas

    About to stop work for Christmas? Make sure you keep checking this site from home because we’ll be updating and adding new content every day – even on Christmas Day and New Year’s...

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  • The biking kitten

    15 December 2004

    The biking kitten

    Time for a bit of light entertainment this Christmas? We’d like to thank Steve Townshend for reminding us about this video. The biking kitten – we reckon – is a must see – at...

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  • BSA tops expectations

    15 December 2004

    BSA tops expectations

    Winter hasn't dulled the enthusiasm of classic bike buyers, with a 1960 BSA Gold Star DBD34 selling for £10,750 at H&H Classic Auctions sale last week. The BSA in question has some history,...

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  • Shows: Dec 15 on

    15 December 2004

    Each week we publish a list of SHOWS, RALLIES, EXHIBITIONS and AUCTIONS. These are those for the week commencing December 15, 2004 EXHIBITIONS WEDNESDAY December 15 Sammy Miller Museum, Bashley Manor, New Milton, Hampshire. 10am-4.30pm, open every day. Adults 4.50, children 2 01425-620777 or 01425-616446. WEDNESDAY December 22 Sammy Miller Museum, Bashley Manor, New Milton, Hampshire.

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  • Have you got a ZZ-R?

    15 December 2004

    Have you got a ZZ-R?

    Do you own a Kawasaki ZZ-R1100 or ZZ-R1200, or have you ever owned one? If you have, and you loved it, we’d love to hear from you. MCN is preparing a tribute to the bike that was the fastest...

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  • Off Road: Dec 22 on

    15 December 2004

    Each week we publish a list of off road events held in the UK. They include MOTOCROSS, TRIALS and SUPERMOTO events. These are those for the week starting December 22 on, 2004. MOTOCROSS SUNDAY December 26 Northampton MCC Wild and Woolley, Arm Farm, Busworth, Northamptonshire. 01604-880031. TUESDAY December 28 Weymouth Speedway, Weymouth Speedway, Dorset. 01305-769358. TRIALS SUNDAY December...

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  • Forum users' Xmas meet

    15 December 2004

    Forum users' Xmas meet

    MCN Have Your Say forum users gathered for a Christmas drink in Cambridgeshire on Tuesday lunchtime (Dec 21). Starting at the MCN offices in Peterborough, the party moved on to a village pub for a...

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  • Ride outs: Dec 22 on

    15 December 2004

    Each week we publish a list of RIDEOUTS being held across the UK. If you'd like to organise one, or check for the latest ones being arranged, take at a look at our Rideouts forum. Click here WEDNESDAY December 22 IN-4 (KTM) tracks and trails. 01270-768562. The Plough, Swinderby, Lincolnshire. 7pm. 01522-881736. THURSDAY December 23 IN-4 (KTM) tracks and trails. 01270-768562. Rochdale Road...

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  • North Yorks gets safer?

    15 December 2004

    North Yorks gets safer?

    North Yorkshire council and police are claiming success for their combined campaign to cut the numbers of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured in the county. The figures released show fatalities...

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  • Shows: Dec 22 on

    15 December 2004

    Each week we publish a list of SHOWS, RALLIES, EXHIBITIONS and AUCTIONS. These are those for the week commencing December 22, 2004. WEDNESDAY December 22 Sammy Miller Museum, Bashley Manor, New Milton, Hampshire. 10am-4.30pm, open every day. Adults 4.50, children 2 01425-620777 or 01425-616446. WEDNESDAY December 29 Sammy Miller Museum, Bashley Manor, New Milton, Hampshire. 10am-4.30pm, open...

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  • New MCN - out Dec 22

    15 December 2004

    New MCN - out Dec 22

    Miss this and you'll miss out on the Christmas gift you owe yourself, including... World first test of the new 600s of 2005 - head-to-head for the first time. Get the full expert verdict on the ZX-6R...

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  • Cool Christmas cards

    15 December 2004

    Cool Christmas cards

    Here are some Christmas cards that you won't have seen in the shops this year. These are a collection of the cards that we’ve received from various manufacturers and some of them are pretty...

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  • Cameras are not the way

    15 December 2004

    Cameras are not the way

    Top cop Richard Brunstrom has admitted that he has had his ‘fingers burnt’ by placing too high an emphasis on speed cameras. In a speech to the Institute of Advanced Motorists annual...

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  • Bike Meets: Dec 22 on

    15 December 2004

    Each week we publish a list of BIKE MEETS on in the UK. Those listed here are for the week commencing December 22, 2004. WEDNESDAY December 22 Breidden Tea Room, Welshpool, Powys. 6pm. 01938-570053. Bulls Head, Clotton, Cheshire. 01829-781354. Bulls Head, Trinkingstone, Leicestershire. 01530-224327. Coach House Inn, Kirkby Mallory, Leicestershire. 01455-840330 or...

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  • Bike Meets: Dec 15 on

    15 December 2004

    Each week we publish a list of BIKE MEETS on in the UK. Those listed here are for the week commencing December 8, 2004. WEDNESDAY December 15 Breidden Tea Room, Welshpool, Powys. 6pm. 01938-570053. Bulls Head, Clotton, Cheshire. 01829-781354. Bulls Head, Trinkingstone, Leicestershire. 01530-224327. Coach House Inn, Kirkby Mallory, Leicestershire. 01455-840330 or...

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  • Santas raise £20k

    15 December 2004

    Santas raise £20k

    An attempt to break the world record for the largest amount of Santas on bikes raised over £20,000 for charity at the weekend. Gitte Monahan, Secretary of the Antics charity asked MCN to pass...

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  • Off Road: Dec 15 on

    15 December 2004

    Each week we publish a list of off road events held in the UK. They include MOTOCROSS, TRIALS and SUPERMOTO events. These are those for the week starting December 15 on, 2004. MOTOCROSS SUNDAY December 19 Torbay MXC, Exeter, Devon. 01626-835466. TUESDAY December 21 Weymouth Speedway, Weymouth Speedway, Dorset. 01305-769358. TRIALS SATURDAY December 18 Stourbridge TC, Shatterford,...

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  • Rideouts: Dec 15 on

    15 December 2004

    Each week we publish a list of RIDEOUTS being held across the UK. If you'd like to organise one, or check for the latest ones being arranged, take at a look at our Rideouts forum. Click here WEDNESDAY December 15 IN-4 (KTM) tracks and trails. 01270-768562. The Plough, Swinderby, Lincolnshire. 7pm. 01522-881736. THURSDAY December 16 IN-4 (KTM) tracks and trails. 01270-768562. Rochdale Road...

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  • MotoCzysz on track

    15 December 2004

    MotoCzysz on track

    The American superbike uncovered in MCN this week has been out on track. Nick Ienatsch is the first journalist to ride the bike and you can watch the video online. The American built bike has been...

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  • Bike fine wins award

    15 December 2004

    Bike fine wins award

    An award has been given to Lambeth Council for the most outrageous parking ticket of 2004. Despite close competition, the council received its award for putting a parking fine on a councillor's...

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  • Best bike votes pour in

    15 December 2004

    THIS VOTE IS NOW CLOSED. RESULTS IN MCN - FEBRUARY 6, 2005 Our vote for your favourite bikes of all time is proving a huge success with close to 7000 votes already cast and more flooding in all the time. Make sure you have your say too. MCN celebrates its 50th year next year and to help us do it we are compiling a list of your top 100 bikes of all time. CLICK HERE to vote now. Early front...

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  • Best buy 400s

    15 December 2004

    Best buy 400s

    Whether you’ve just passed your test or your looking for a cheap fun bike, 400cc machines make an excellent choice. You can get just as big a variety of bikes as you can in the larger...

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  • Toy Runs this weekend

    08 December 2004

    Toy Runs this weekend

    It’s that Toy Run time of year. If you need a kick up the butt to get out for a ride as the nights draw in, then this is it. On Saturday (Dec 11) North West Bikers hold their charity toy run.

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  • Save £5 on web ads

    08 December 2004

    Save £5 on web ads

    Now you can save £5 on the price of advertising your bike online. Our new deal offers the saving on a three-week online ad on motorcyclenews.com - the UK's most-visited bike site.* You can add...

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  • WIN round world DVDs

    08 December 2004

    WIN round world DVDs

    If Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman's Long Way Round has whetted your appetite for round-the-world biking mayhem, let the following video clips introduce you to Mondo Enduro. The series tells the...

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  • Own a Yamaha XJR?

    08 December 2004

    Own a Yamaha XJR?

    We're looking for owners of Yamaha's XJR musclebike to take part in a feature on the machines. If you own one of the earlier bikes, or the newer models with Ohlins suspension as standard, we'd like...

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  • Bike Meets: Dec 8 on

    08 December 2004

    Each week we publish a list of BIKE MEETS on in the UK. Those listed here are for the week commencing December 8, 2004. WEDNESDAY December 8 Breidden Tea Room, Welshpool, Powys. 6pm. 01938-570053. Bulls Head, Clotton, Cheshire. 01829-781354. Bulls Head, Trinkingstone, Leicestershire. 01530-224327. Coach House Inn, Kirkby Mallory, Leicestershire. 01455-840330 or...

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