Bike News (Jan - Dec 2005)

  • 05: Review of the Year

    30 December 2005

    05: Review of the Year

    July MCN BikeWatch goes live: Our purpose-built website invites users to register details about their bikes to help stamp out bike theft. If you haven’t already, try it now: HERE British GP...

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  • Best audio of 05

    23 December 2005

    Best audio of 05

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

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  • Our e-Christmas cards

    23 December 2005

    Our e-Christmas cards

    Every year we get loads of electronic Christmas card so in the spirit of Christmas cheer we thought we’d share the best with you. Some are just images while others are web-based cards so click...

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  • New MCN out Thursday

    23 December 2005

    New MCN out Thursday

    Don't miss this week's MCN - it's out on THURSDAY December 29 due to Christmas and New Year deadlines. In it you'll find: World first comparision test: New ZX-10R v GSX-R1000 MCN Exclusive...

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  • Video: Rossi rallies

    23 December 2005

    Video: Rossi rallies

    Check out this video of Valentino Rossi on four wheels racing in the special demonstration rally held at the Bologna motor show earlier this month. Rossi won the heat and came third overall in the...

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  • Best videos of 05

    23 December 2005

    Best videos of 05

    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 choices of the year and prepare to...

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  • Online bike fun

    23 December 2005

    Online bike fun

    If you've got five minutes to spare when you're waiting for the Christmas party or just for work to end, why not try out one of these online bike games. Click on one of the links below to launch the...

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  • Auction unwanted gifts

    23 December 2005

    Auction unwanted gifts

    Finished all your unwrapping? Got yet another copy of Long Way Round? Don’t despair – turn it into cash on MCN Auctions. There’s a ready market for all your unwanted bike-related...

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  • Miller to judge best bikes

    23 December 2005

    Miller to judge best bikes

    UK legend and museum owner Sammy Miller has been named as one of the judges for the world premiere of Legend of the Motorcycle: International Concours d'Elegance. The judging panel is headed by Mike...

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  • Ducati restructure looms

    16 December 2005

    Ducati restructure looms

    Ducati’s board of directors are signing off £8.8m to ‘support the reduction of dealer bike stock’ and to pay for restructuring and retraining throughout the company, according...

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  • State sues Yamaha

    16 December 2005

    State sues Yamaha

    The state of California is taking Yamaha and two of its dealers to court, sueing them for $19.6m dollars over the import of 400 motorcycles which it will contest did not meet California’s...

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  • Suzuki owners needed

    16 December 2005

    Suzuki owners needed

    MCN's sister magazine, Bike, urgently need two Suzuki owners for a test at Bruntinthorpe tomorrow, Wednesday, December 21, 2005. They are looking for one owner of a Suzuki TL1000S, and one owner of a...

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  • Dakar charity ride

    16 December 2005

    Dakar charity ride

    As everyone recoveres from the excesses of Chistmas. Tim Fransen from Grays in Essex will begin a 3700 mile funraising trip for the SOS Children charity. Fransen will ride through France, Spain,...

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  • In MCN on December 21

    16 December 2005

    In MCN on December 21

    We know it's a bit of a mad rush towards Christmas right now, so we'll keep this brief. There's a new MCN out on Wednesday. Do not miss it because it contains: Proof that Gatso's don't work on bikes...

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  • BMW offers ABS checks

    16 December 2005

    BMW offers ABS checks

    Owners of BMWs with integral ABS systems are being told to get their brakes checked. BMW has issued the invitation for a free inspection, which should be carried out by a dealer before February 28,...

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  • Give Bikesafe vouchers

    16 December 2005

    Give Bikesafe vouchers

    You could give someone the chance to improve their riding this Christmas with the introduction of Bikesafe vouchers. The scheme has been introduced by Bikesafe in North Wales to encourage more people...

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  • London users meet

    16 December 2005

    London users meet

    The London Have Your Say forum users Christmas gather went down a storm last night letting everyone put names to faces. A small crowd of forum regulars gathered at the Penderels Oak in Holborn for...

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  • What's on: Dec 21 on

    16 December 2005

    North: December 21 on Our What’s On listing of events is now listed by location. Those listed here are for events in the North in the week commencing December 21, 2005. Click here to go back to the main index RIDEOUTS MONDAY December 26 Vintage MCC, South Durham Boxing Day Workout, Darlington Market Place, Darlington, Durham. 10.30am. 01325-286623. RIDEOUTS Vintage MCC Isle of Man, Boxing...

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  • Christmas deadlines

    16 December 2005

    motorcyclenews.com will be updated every day throughout the Christmas and New Year holiday periods. But there are some changes to deadlines and the online booking processes for classified bikes for sale ads and MCN Auctions. The deadline for inclusion in the January 4 issue of the print edition of MCN is 6pm on December 20, 2005. Classified bikes for sale ads placed after this time will be...

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  • Soft kids reject bikes

    16 December 2005

    Soft kids reject bikes

    Yamaha’s boss blames molly-coddled kids for a downturn in bike sales in Japan – one of the few markets in the world to have seen sales go down in recent years. In an interview with Times...

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  • New bike blockbuster?

    16 December 2005

    New bike blockbuster?

    Quentin Tarantino is set to produce a motorcycle movie, starring Michael Madsen. The film will be directed by actor Larry Bishop, who appeared in Tarantino's Kill Bill 2, and has written the script...

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  • Ace Cafe Xmas run

    16 December 2005

    Ace Cafe Xmas run

    Over 400 bikers met up at London's Ace Cafe for the annual Christmas Toy Run on Sunday, December 18, 2005. The run was the eighth organised by the Ace. It started with just a few mates one year after...

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  • Xmas hits our riding time

    16 December 2005

    Xmas hits our riding time

    Christmas cuts into too much valuable riding time for most motorcyclists – according to a new survey by bike insurance company Bennetts. Nearly two-thirds of us will roll our bikes out of the...

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  • Bike cops back on patrol

    16 December 2005

    Bike cops back on patrol

    Bike cops are coming back to Essex after police scapped the bike section in a cost-cutting exercise in 2000. Since the move, deaths on the road have risen, according to ICEssex.co.uk Click here for...

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  • Captain's charity trip

    16 December 2005

    Captain's charity trip

    The grandfather of a four-and-a-half year old cancer sufferer will undertake a charity ride in 2006 to raise money for the CLIC Sargent charity. CLIC Sargent has provided accomodation for the family...

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  • Forum users' rideout

    09 December 2005

    Forum users' rideout

    motorcyclenews.com forum users staged the first get-together of Christmas at the Red Lion at Builth Wells. The next happens in London on the evening of Thursday (Dec 15) and you'll find details about...

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  • Meet the MCN Babes

    09 December 2005

    Meet the MCN Babes

    This section is devoted to the MCN Babes who attend all the biggest events in motorcycling to chat to fans, pose for pictures and brighten up your day. Read the profile for each of the girls by...

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  • Camera claims cut

    09 December 2005

    Camera claims cut

    The Government’s claims for the effectiveness of speed cameras at reducing deaths on our roads have been widely exaggerated according to an official report. The report looks at the fourth year...

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  • In MCN - December 14

    09 December 2005

    In MCN - December 14

    This week’s MCN – out on Wednesday November 14 - is packed with news exclusives you won’t find anywhere else, from first rides to mad stunts. World first test: We get the first ride...

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  • Learners fuel sales rise

    09 December 2005

    Learners fuel sales rise

    Sales of new learner bikes in the 51-125cc category are up 5%, helping year-to-date overall bike sales fractionally up compared to 2004. The Motor Cycle Industry’s latest figures (to the end of...

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  • What's on: Dec 14 on

    09 December 2005

    Our What’s On listings now show events by their location, making them easier to find. Click the links below to choose the listing for your area and find out what events are on near you this week. Worldwide Midlands East of England North Scotland South East England South West England Wales South East: December 14 on Our What’s On listing of events is now listed by location.

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  • New DfT camera plan

    09 December 2005

    New DfT camera plan

    Government Transport secretary Alistair Darling has announced wide-ranging changes to the way speed camera revenue is used which could signal a massive reduction in the used of the yellow boxes. ...

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  • Watch Honda's TV ad

    02 December 2005

    Watch Honda's TV ad

    Honda is giving starring roles to its Fireblade, Monkey bike, Gold Wing, Super Cub and Mike Hailwood’s 1961 Honda TT-winning race bike in its latest national TV ad campaign. And there’s...

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  • Unity Ride DVD

    02 December 2005

    Unity Ride DVD

    Over 3500 riders took part in the Unity Ride in London on August 21, 2005, to show sympathy for those killed and injured in the London bombings on July 7. In addition to the show of solidarity, the...

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  • In MCN - December 7

    02 December 2005

    In MCN - December 7

    This week’s MCN – out on Wednesday November 7 - is packed with news exclusives you won’t find anywhere else, Download the audio file below for the story behind the stories and read...

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  • Euro threat put on hold

    02 December 2005

    Euro threat put on hold

    Euro licence rules which threaten the future of motorcycling have been put on hold by the EU Council of Ministers. But we’re not out of the woods yet, warns the BMF. The threat of the Third...

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