Bike News (Jan - Dec 2006)

  • Biker helps to jail crook

    31 December 2006 by MCN

    A biker helped to jail a major bike thief who sold £100,000 of stolen parts on eBay every month. A Judge at Snaresbrook Crown Court sentenced Bradley Dimech, 34, to three-years in jail for his part as the leader of a gang of bike thieves. Dimech operated from Romford selling stolen bike parts through the Internet auction site from high-value machines stolen from the City. However Dimech had not...

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  • Email bike sales scam

    31 December 2006 by MCN

    Email bike sales scam

    Private bike sellers are being targeted by email scammers offering a cheque for double the value of the bike and asking for the change to be refunded before the bike is collected. Trading Standards...

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  • Missed a train, nicked a bike

    30 December 2006 by MCN

    Missed a train, nicked a bike

    Two men who broke into a house and stole a Harley-Davidson from a garage told a court this month they did it because they’d missed their last train home. The pair was given the cold shoulder by two...

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  • Marathon New Year

    30 December 2006 by Rob Hull

    Marathon New Year

    Most of us will still be in bed nursing our hangovers on New Year’s Day. Not Michael Curtis from West Sussex, he will be enduring a six-hour non-stop off-road ride for charity. The Walpole Cross Keys...

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  • Most expensive RGV250?

    29 December 2006 by MCN

    Most expensive RGV250?

    This is the world’s most expensive Suzuki RGV250 – built over the past four months for owner Mark Lister at a cost of more than £12,000. Lister, 32, from Elephant and Castle in London spent 11 years...

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  • Lady biker on mission

    29 December 2006 by MCN

    Lady biker on mission

    Emma Bradbury from Bilsthorpe, Nottinghamshire is to take to the roads next year for a two-week ride. Emma will be aiming to raise £2,000 by riding around the entire coastline of mainland Britain. The...

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  • Hammond rides again

    29 December 2006 by MCN

    Hammond rides again

    Richard Hammond has ridden a bike for the first time since the 288mph jetcar crash that almost killed him – and MCN was there with him all the way. Just days after doctors gave the all-clear to ride...

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  • Coroner criticises bikers

    29 December 2006 by MCN

    Powys coroner Geraint Williams has again criticised some motorcyclists’ “appalling” attitudes to speed after an inquest into a motorcyclists death. In 2003 he warned of the growing threat posed by bikers using Welsh roads to race at speeds of over 100mph.

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  • iPlod

    29 December 2006 by MCN

    Dyslexic trainee police officers in Merseyside are being given Apple iPods to help them learn the Highway Code. Rookie policemen doing driver training will be able to download pictures of road signs and markings and have 900 hours of audio training added to the iPods.

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  • Drink driving at 14

    28 December 2006 by MCN

    Drink driving at 14

    Fife Police caught 13 drink drivers in just one week at the beginning of the month. This included one who was just 14 and driving a stolen car. The teenager was the third 14-year-old to be reported...

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  • Diesel death landmark

    27 December 2006 by MCN

    Diesel death landmark

    The UK’s first ever compensation claim for the death of a biker caused by a diesel spill has been submitted. This landmark case is the first time the family of a deceased biker have ever filed a...

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  • Quiz of the Year

    25 December 2006 by MCN

    We reckon our quiz will keep you amused for a while over Christmas… but if it’s all been too easy, you might as well try to profit from your gargantuan biking knowledge, because we’ve got a cracking day out as a prize. Test the biking knowledge of you and your mates with these 100 teasers – do it for fun or send your answers in for a chance to win a day at Donington Park with Ron Haslam! The Ron...

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  • Driving laws reviewed

    24 December 2006

    Driving laws reviewed

    A tough new package of laws aimed at people who kill on the roads could see killer drivers jailed for life and even for manslaughter in 2007. Drivers using mobile phones while driving, tailgaters,...

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  • MCN campaign for justice

    23 December 2006 by MCN

    One year almost to the day since we used speed camera photos to a prove a reader facing prosecution was innocent, MCN is launching a campaign to stop camera authorities withholding similar photos from other riders. We’re also demanding proper tests are conducted to see whether speed cameras work on bikes in the first place. We revealed two weeks ago (December 2006) Staffordshire Casualty Reduction...

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  • Kidnapping Santa

    22 December 2006 by Sarah Carnell

    Kidnapping Santa

    A man dressed as Santa Claus has apologised in court for taking a child for a motorcycle ride without permission. The man was accused of kidnapping the eight-year-old in A Batesburg-Leesville earlier...

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  • Biker fights for parking

    22 December 2006 by MCN

    Biker fights for parking

    A London biker is fighting injustice as the local council attempts to charge bikers for parking – now she wants your help. Catherine Malynicz from Kensington was incensed when Kensington and Chelsea...

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  • Speeding cop faces ban

    20 December 2006 by MCN

    The head of a police force’s driving school faces a ban after cameras clocked him doing 118mph at an accident blackspot. Inspector Paul Gee of Durham Police was in uniform driving a marked BMW diesel 5 series and was snapped by a mobile camera on a bridge over the M9 near Falkirk last month. Central Scotland Police have sent a notice of intended prosecution to Durham Police headquarters.

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  • Swinton Sirens

    20 December 2006 by Rob Hull

    Swinton Sirens

    Check out this pair of Christmas Crackers from Swinton Bikes. The gorgeous girls, known as the Swinton Sirens, have been revealed this Christmas to launch a fantastic dealer competition for 2007. The...

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  • Knievel sues Kanyevel

    20 December 2006 by MCN

    Knievel sues Kanyevel

    Evel Knievel has filed a lawsuit against rapper Kanye West claiming the video for his hit “Touch the Sky” infringes the trademarked Knievel image. In the video, filmed at the Grand Canyon, Kanye West...

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  • Monkey reaches 40

    19 December 2006 by MCN

    Monkey reaches 40

    Honda has released a limited-edition version of its evergreen Monkey to celebrate the iconic motorcycle’s 40th anniversary in 2007. Just 2500 of the limited-edition machines are set to be built, all...

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  • New MCN out December 13

    18 December 2006 by MCN

    New MCN out December 13

    MCN has two exclusive spies in the latest edition, out Wednesday, December 13. The new Aprilia V4 superbike has been spotted on a track test in Italy. The eagerly awaited bike has been seen as what...

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  • BASF get motorcycle catalyst business

    16 December 2006 by MCN

    BASF get motorcycle catalyst business

    Chemical company BASF has signed an agreement to acquire a Chinese motorcycle catalyst business. This will meet with the growing demand for emission-control technology.  Global motorcycle...

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  • Bucks Council's award

    16 December 2006 by MCN

    Bucks Council's award

    Buckinghamshire County Council Road Safety Officers are celebrating after winning The Road Safety Award presented by the MCIA, in December 2006. The group are also welcoming the congratulations they...

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  • Fatal minimoto crash

    16 December 2006 by MCN

    Fatal minimoto crash

    Two men who met on a pub-crawl in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, died this month (Dec 06) after crashing their minimoto bikes. The pair crashed into a tree when riding home from their evening out in...

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  • Have you been thrown off a trackday?

    15 December 2006 by Chris Newbigging

    Have you been thrown off a trackday?

    MCN is investigating track day noise regulations and testing, and we want to hear your experiences of track day noise testing. We're specifically looking for owners of bikes with standard or road...

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  • Estrada back on the beat

    15 December 2006 by MCN

    Estrada back on the beat

    Actor Erik Estrada, most famous for his role as Francis ‘Ponch’ Poncherello in motorbike cop series ChiPs, will be rekindling his policing days in new celebrity reality TV show “Armed and Famous” in...

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  • Free safer mirrors for foreign truckers

    14 December 2006 by MCN

    Free safer mirrors for foreign truckers

    Truckers coming in from the continent in left-hand drive trucks are being given a new kind of mirror glass that removes the dangerous blind spot created on the right hand side. Left-hand drive trucks...

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  • Bumper Christmas MCN

    14 December 2006 by MCN

    Bumper Christmas MCN

    MCN will be offering a bumper 116 page Christmas special to take care of any duller moments over the festive period. This exciting issue will include a fantastic 64 page supplement reviewing the best...

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  • Jolie is your favourite pillion

    13 December 2006 by MCN

    Jolie is your favourite pillion

    Hollywood beauty, Angelina Jolie, has been voted the bikers all-time dream pillion passenger, a survey revealed today. Jolie topped the poll for the MCN London Motorcycle Show ’07, which included...

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  • EU's new crash research

    12 December 2006 by MCN

    EU's new crash research

    The biggest European project to research bike crashes has been launched by the European Union. The £1.75 million project will look into the causes of bike crashes, using computer simulations to work...

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  • Riders Christmas appeal

    12 December 2006

    Riders Christmas appeal

    Riders for Health – the official charity of MotoGP – has teamed up with the BBC in a bid to help people in remote African communities receive the gift of a healthier future this Christmas. The...

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  • Win license insurance

    12 December 2006

    Win license insurance

    Are you worried about losing your driving license or having to pay through the nose to insure your bike? StayOnTheRoad.com is an insurance policy that offers a safety net to bikers, keeping you on the...

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  • Hammond on the couch

    11 December 2006 by MCN

    Hammond on the couch

    This week’s column from Richard Hammond is a corker, with the TV star letting you into some of the inner-most secrets of his bike-addled brain. Here’s a brief look at what’s on offer in Wednesday’s...

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  • Triumph Bonneville accessories

    10 December 2006 by Sarah Carnell

    Triumph Bonneville accessories

    Norman Hyde has launched his latest range of accessories for Bonnevilles aimed at the post 1999 touring models. This GT range is designed to re-create the ‘grand tourers’ of the 1960’s and will...

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