Bike News (January 2007)

  • First bike orchestra

    31 January 2007 by Tom Rayner

    First bike orchestra

    James Toseland led a band of bikers in Central London in the world’s first bike orchestra. He was accompanied by renowned conductor and award winning composer Stephen Montague who had devised a...

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  • Camera project axed

    31 January 2007 by Steve Farrell

    Camera project axed

    The Government today confirmed the National Safety Camera Programme is to be axed from the end of next month.  It admitted for the first time that it meant the end of safety camera partnerships...

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  • Stupid councils

    31 January 2007 by Steve Farrell

    Stupid councils

    MCN’S file on Britain’s stupidest councils is growing but we’re convinced there are more worthy contenders out there – and we need you to tell us about them.  Nominees so far include a council...

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  • Pro-bike petrol stations

    31 January 2007 by MCN

    Pro-bike petrol stations

    Here's a list of all the petrol stations that have been praised and recommended by MCN readers for not requiring the removal of crash helmets, or in some way helping stranded motorcyclists etc. If...

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  • New MCN: January 31

    31 January 2007 by Sarah Carnell

    New MCN: January 31

    This week MCN are offering an exclusive free guide to the London Motorcycle show, which kicks off at ExCeL, London tomorrow (February 1, 2007). We reveal what you can expect to see from the likes of...

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  • Anti-bike petrol stations

    31 January 2007 by MCN

    Anti-bike petrol stations

    Here is a list of all the petrol stations that have refused to serve MCN readers, unless they removed their helmets. The highest proportion of the complaints we have received have been about the...

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  • Beach party

    30 January 2007 by MCN

    Beach party

    Someone didn't get the message what the new look on the start line walkabout was...

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  • GMT change on accidents

    29 January 2007 by Steve Farrell

    GMT change on accidents

    Changing UK time to be in line with Europe would cut accidents and help the environment according to scientists at Cambridge University. The study reckons abandoning Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and...

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  • Essex bikers be aware

    27 January 2007 by MCN

    Essex bikers be aware

    Riders in Essex have been warned to keep their bikes secure after two bikes were stolen earlier this month.  An FZS600 was taken between 6pm January 4 and 10am January 7, 2007 from a garage in...

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  • New motorists group

    27 January 2007 by MCN

    New motorists group

    A new organisation has been launched to help fight for the rights of roads users.  Motorists Voice is hoping to initially campaign on issues on road taxation and charges, road safety and public...

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  • Fine every 15 seconds

    26 January 2007 by MCN

    Fine every 15 seconds

    UK bikers and drivers are paying out one £60 fixed penalty after being caught by speed cameras every 15 seconds. This news is according to new statistics from Speed Camera Partnerships.  Income...

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  • Cameras get cameras

    26 January 2007 by MCN

    Cameras get cameras

    The Scottish Borders Safety Camera Partnership is considering installing more cameras - to protect the cameras they already have!  CCTV cameras are one of the measures being considered to...

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  • Cafe Racer 999

    26 January 2007 by MCN

    Cafe Racer 999

    This is what happens when bike tuners living a hippy dream get their hands on a Ducati 999 – the Steffano Cafe9. The built-to-order bikes are created by hand by Robert Steffano in his California...

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  • Speed limiters survey

    26 January 2007 by MCN

    A survey of 500 road users has shown that many people believe fitting speed restrictors to young driver’s cars would improve road safety.  Sixty per cent believe such a device would reduce young driver accident statistics.  Sixty-one per cent also believe the minimum driving age should rise to 18, opposing recent DFT plans to introduce on-road driving lessons for 16-year-olds.

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  • Hammond plays chicken

    26 January 2007 by Richard Hammond

    Hammond plays chicken

    Here’s a taste of the new Richard Hammond column for this Wednesday’s MCN, he’s going on about Harleys and losing a game of chicken with a car… You know that moment when you fall over whilst running...

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  • Colin Collins hits rocks

    25 January 2007 by Ben Purvis

    After 48 years in business the Colin Collins chain of bike dealers has gone into administration.  The firm has closed two of its four dealers – in Kenton and Watford – while the other two, in Harrow and Letchworth, are still open for business. The administrator, Vantis Plc, is hoping to sell these two as going concerns.  The stock from the two closed branches has been moved to the...

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  • Help:Stupid councils

    25 January 2007 by Steve Farrell

    Help:Stupid councils

    MCN recently revealed how £250,000 had been spent on speed humps in Islington, London. This was while the local council claimed it couldn’t afford to fix these dangerous potholes on the same...

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  • Unlicensed rider kills

    25 January 2007 by MCN

    Unlicensed rider kills

    A motorcyclist who was spotted pulling a wheelie away from a set of traffic lights before hitting a car so hard the door caved-in killing the driver has changed his plea to guilty.  Christopher...

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  • Ride safe club halts

    25 January 2007 by MCN

    Kingdom Off Road Motorcycle Club, which encourages responsible bike riding, has been put on stand-by after the programme co-ordinator quit last week.  The award-winning club was looking for a new site to continue their work to encourage safer riding. But Dave Paton said the lack of progress with the project has forced him to throw in the towel.  

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  • Google Earth results

    25 January 2007 by Andy Downes

    Google Earth results

    Satellite images of the entire world have been logged on Goggle Earth and thanks to eagle-eyed MCN readers, we’ve managed to find some of the more unusual bike-related images. Click the links below...

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  • Police stop scavenging

    24 January 2007 by Rob Hull

    Police stop scavenging

    Police attempted to put a stop to the looting of washed-up cargo from the stricken MSC Naopli last night. Officers were escorting scavengers off the Branscombe Beach through the night after reports...

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  • Rammed by a bus

    24 January 2007 by Tom Rayner

    Rammed by a bus

    A biker was rammed from behind by a 12-ton bus in a furious road rage incident which temporarily closed the A26 in Kent. Ken Blythe from East Sussex was riding his Honda CB1300 down the A26 in...

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  • Bikes on TV: Jan 24-30

    24 January 2007 by MCN

    Each week we publish a list of events happening around the UK, and listings on motorcycling programmes on TV. This is the TV listing for the week beginning Wednesday, January 24 on. KEY TO CHANNELS: DRT - Discovery Real Time DRTE -Discovery Real Time Extra DSC - Discovery Channel MM - Men and Motors EXS - Extreme Sports Channel MOT - Motors TV, SS1 (2, 3 or X) - Sky Sports 1 (2,3 or Extra) EUR1...

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  • New MCN: January 24

    24 January 2007 by Sarah Carnell

    New MCN: January 24

    In this week’s MCN we discover the plan to ban bikers from bus lanes in London. Following a trial has been conducted in the capital, but now a report shows local government officials do not want the...

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  • Avoid doppelgangers

    24 January 2007 by Tom Rayner

    Avoid doppelgangers

    In this week’s MCN, available form Wednesday, January 24, 2007, we ran the story of “doppelganger” bike theft, see page 11. MCN reader Graham Lace bought a second-hand Yamaha R1 for £4,500. An HPI...

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  • Sponsorship needed

    23 January 2007 by MCN

    Sponsorship needed

    Two novice riders are taking the trip of a lifetime in order to raise money for Comic Relief.  Kieran potts and Darren Parker are making an epic journey of 16 countries in under four days and...

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  • Beach booty on offer

    23 January 2007 by Tom Rayner

    Beach booty on offer

    The manager of a Devon BMW dealership reckons he has been inundated with calls offering him beach booty bikes dragged from the sea near Branscombe. When the stricken vessel Napoli shed its load in...

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  • US study on road users

    23 January 2007 by MCN

    US study on road users

    A study by a US university has revealed that the road user most like to die in a road accident is motorcyclist riding between midnight and 4am on a Saturday night in October.  The study also...

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  • Crash politician on road

    23 January 2007 by MCN

    Crash politician on road

    Former South Dakota Governor Bill Janklow is back on the road three years after killing a biker.  The US politician emerged from his manslaughter probation on Monday with a clean record, more...

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