Bike News (March 2007)

  • New Zealand South Island Tour

    31 March 2007 by Russ Quinlan

    New Zealand South Island Tour

    Hi I’d like to tell you about the 4,000km Tour of a lifetime we have just completed and are still buzzing about! This was a holiday to celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary and my wife's 50th...

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  • Video: Your reaction to speed limiter calls

    30 March 2007 by Rob Hull

    Video: Your reaction to speed limiter calls

    A new threat to fit bikes with speed limiters has emerged - and we went out on the street to find out YOUR reaction to the plan. The Government has been told to look at limiting the top speed of...

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  • Miss Motorsport

    30 March 2007 by Hayley

    Miss Motorsport

    Hi, I'm Hayley and I was choosen as runner up in the MCN babe competition at ExCeL last month. I have also been selected to take part in Miss Motorsport 2007 - formally known as Miss SuperBike, which...

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  • Calling all riders in north Yorkshire

    30 March 2007 by Frank Raw

    Riders in North Yorkshire please be aware. On a popular stretch of the A65 in North Yorkshire between Settle and Kirby Lonsdale,  there is someone swooping round the bends, squirting and braking from gap to gap in the traffic, looking every inch like a rich daddy's boy racer son (of a b----). This is not the expected Imprezza WRX formerly utilized by the cont-stab-you-larry, but an...

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  • Win a Victory

    30 March 2007 by Rob Hull

    Win a Victory

    If you test ride any 2007 Victory at your nearest dealer between now and June 30 you will go into the draw to win a Vegas 8-Ball. And if you buy a 2007 model before the end of June you will be...

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  • Top trailers from Kendon

    30 March 2007 by Chris Newbigging

    Top trailers from Kendon

    If you’re the kind of person who has to have the best of everything, you probably won’t tow your bike on anything other than these top-line trailers. You also get fully independent suspension which...

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  • Stolen BMW R1200S

    30 March 2007 by Paul B

    Stolen BMW R1200S

    On Wednesday (March 28) I had a very distinctive bike stolen from my shed.   It's a Black BMW R1200S, but with specific changes. These include powder coated satin black wheels (standard are...

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  • Speed Triple with a difference

    30 March 2007 by John Brook

    Speed Triple with a difference

    I have just finished airbrushing my 2006 Triumph Speed Triple 1050cc. I hope you like the pictures. I am still adding some trick bits to it but this is what I have done so far.

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  • Reply from Damerell's

    30 March 2007

    Reply form Damerell's Yamaha, Plymouth regarding the XT660X Catch story: "Our customer was told that the bike was an 06 bike going on a 07 plate which was also confirmed by my trainee as he was with me at the time, and as a gesture of goodwill compensation was offered but declined." Many thanks Mike Friend General Manager  

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  • Police should THINK

    29 March 2007 by Kevin Nisbet

    Well the statement below is very true. They should in fact look at sending this out to all local police stations as I have had one motorcycle accident in my life and it was non other than the police who smashed into me. They then got out of their big 4x4 and said 'oh sorry pal we didnt see you!!!!!!' "We are committed to improving motorcycle safety. That is why last year we spent...

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  • RoSPA misquoted in 'speed control' report

    29 March 2007 by Steve Farrell

    RoSPA misquoted in 'speed control' report

    A spokeman from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has revealed the organisation has been misrepresented in the Fifth Report on the Government's Motorcycling Strategy. The report is the...

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  • 170mph Youtube speeder caught

    29 March 2007 by Ben Purvis

    Police in Scotland have found a rider who posted video clips of himself doing 170mph on the road. The unnamed man posted several clips including ones showing him doing wheelies on a Yamaha R1 and riding at up to 170mph on a Fireblade along the East Lothian coast. Police believe they have identified the rider as a 34-year-old from Edinburgh. His name will not be released until he appears in...

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  • Green light for dark visors

    29 March 2007 by Steve Farrell

    Green light for dark visors

    Dark visors during daylight hours should not lead to prosecution, police have finally agreed. The Motorcycle Enforcement Strategy for England, Wales and Northern Ireland says advice should be given...

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  • MPs' shock call for bike speed limiters

    29 March 2007 by Steve Farrell

    MPs' shock call for bike speed limiters

    A new threat to fit bikes with speed limiters has surfaced this morning. The Government has been told to look at limiting the top speed of motorcycles by MPs. Research should look into...

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  • Win a Victory

    29 March 2007 by Andy Downes

    Win a Victory

    If you test ride any 2007 Victory at your nearest dealer between now and June 30 you will go into the draw to win a Vegas 8-Ball. And if you buy a 2007 model before the end of June you will be entered...

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  • 2007 XT660X catch

    28 March 2007 by Anonymous

    I have recently purchased a 2007 XT660X, only to find out that in fact it is a new (May 2006) 2006 model. Maybe I was the fool for buying a 2006 XT at 2007 prices! I returned to the dealer in earnest and was told that the 2006 model was no different than the 2007, apart from a few decals. After numerous phone calls, I was offered £200 as a goodwill gesture, which I had to spend...

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  • New minibike race series

    28 March 2007 by Rob Hull

    New minibike race series

    If you own a four-stroke mini motocross bike and are looking to take on a few other riders, why not join the new British race series, MINI4GB. Entries are now open for the five race championship that...

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  • Driving instructor nabbed on phone

    28 March 2007 by Rob Hull

    Driving instructor nabbed on phone

    During the first month of the clamp-down on mobile phone users behind the wheel in central Scotland police caught a driving instructor who was using his mobile while teaching. The instructor was just...

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  • Japanese Biker TV ‘Stunt’ Under Fire

    28 March 2007 by Andy Downes

    Japanese Biker TV ‘Stunt’ Under Fire

    Japanese Police have accused the Nippon Television Network (NTV) of encouraging a biker gang to ride recklessly for the cameras to support a story they were running. On the back of the footage...

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  • New MCN: March 28

    28 March 2007 by Sarah Carnell

    New MCN: March 28

    We have a free 12-page guide to this weekend’s WSB round at Donington in MCN. Former champion Carl Fogarty gives his view who the men to beat are plus there is a season so far look at each...

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  • video: KTM car on film

    28 March 2007 by Ben Purvis

    video: KTM car on film

    KTM’S first venture away from bikes and into cars is revealed in action for the first time on this promotional video. The £27k, 220bhp X-Bow is aimed to bridge the gap between hard-core sportscars...

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  • Beware of pedestrians

    28 March 2007 by sidestand01

    After visiting my mother I was travelling back home on my Yamaha Dragstar XVS1100, when I approached a set of traffic lights on red. In front of me was a bus and a van, both indicating left. I was in second gear, slowing down getting ready to stop when the lights changed to green.  I filtered past the van and bus to go ahead when the bus suddenly stopped. As I was half way...

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  • Camera van locations hidden

    28 March 2007 by Steve Farrell

    Camera van locations hidden

    Locations of speed camera vans will be kept secret from next week, it emerged today. Local speed camera authorities have decided to no longer reveal day-to-day locations on their websites, one of the...

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  • Actor auctions bike

    27 March 2007 by Rob Hull

    Actor auctions bike

    British motorbike-mad actor Hugh Laurie is hoping to raise money for the American Red Cross by auctioning off a signed replica version of the bike he rides in US TV drama House. The actor and Honda...

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  • ASBO boy behind bars for riding bike

    27 March 2007 by Rob Hull

    A 15-year-old boy from Mitcham, Surrey, has received a four month detention order after police caught him riding a motorcycle which was a breach of his Antisocial Behaviour Order. The teenager who was excluded from school and given a two year ASBO was not allowed to operate any motor vehicle under the order. Police arrested him late last month riding a bike while disqualified in the town.

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  • Bike thugs jailed

    27 March 2007 by Rob Hull

    Two members of the Outlaw Motorcycle Club have been jailed after kicking a pub singer unconscious when they mistook him for a club doorman. The incident happened back on October 2 2005 after one of the club members was thrown out of a club by doorstaff in Blackpool. Five minutes later the evictee and several other group members returned with knuckle-dusters, batons and knives and set on the...

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  • Horse riding more dangerous than bikes

    26 March 2007 by Chris Newbigging

    Figures from Stoke Mandeville hospital have revealed that horse riders are over 21 times more likely than motorcyclists to have a serious accident. The hospital found that horse riders have a serious accident every 350 hours on average, compared to every 7500 hours on a motorcycle.

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  • Search for bike-mad teens for TV series

    26 March 2007 by Dan Thornton

    Bike-mad teenagers are being sought by a production company for a documentary series for Channel 4 Education. Lambent Productions are looking for 14-17 year olds living with at least one parent or guardian for Welcome to My World. The programme focuses on the life of one teenager and one of their parents or guardians to give an insight into each other's lives, so you could star with your teenage...

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  • Residents learner hell

    26 March 2007 by Chris Newbigging

    Residents learner hell

    Residents in a Newton Abbot street are claiming that the road outside their home seen up to 50 learner riders and drivers every day. House owner Mike Crees has even taken to photographing the drivers...

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  • M25 horror smash

    26 March 2007 by Andy Downes

    Two motorcyclists died after a lorry and a car were in collision and crossed the central reservation of the M25 in Essex – colliding with a group of five motorcyclists travelling in the other direction. Two of the bikers - a 40-year-old from Enfield, North East London, and a 44-year-old from Ilford, East London - were declared dead at the scene. A third was taken to hospital with serious head...

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