Bike News (December 2008)

  • How to buy the perfect winter hack

    21 December 2016 by James Keen

    How to buy the perfect winter hack

    Buying a second bike to use as a winter hack can make sound financial sense and put some fun into winter riding. Read on for advice on how to make sure you buy the right bike at the right...

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  • Bikes on TV: January 14-20

    12 January 2009 by Alison Silcox

    Bikes on TV: January 14-20

    KEY TO CHANNELS: DRT - Discovery Real Time DRTE -Discovery Real Time Extra DSC - Discovery Channel  DHD - Discovery Channel HD EXS - Extreme Sports Channel MM - Men and Motors...

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  • Bikes on TV: January 7-13

    05 January 2009 by Alison Silcox

    Bikes on TV: January 7-13

    KEY TO CHANNELS: DRT - Discovery Real Time DRTE -Discovery Real Time Extra DSC - Discovery Channel  DHD - Discovery Channel HD EXS - Extreme Sports Channel MM - Men and Motors...

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  • Nick Gale completes pricy chop

    04 January 2009 by MCN News Desk

    Nick Gale completes pricy chop

    This is one of the first custom choppers in the UK to use high-tech electronics originally developed for cars. The £40,000 Deliverance features a keyless start system in place of the traditional...

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  • Jim Carrey rides Hypermotard in new film

    04 January 2009 by MCN News Desk

    Jim Carrey rides Hypermotard in new film

    Ducati has teamed up with Hollywood funnyman Jim Carrey in his new movie "Yes Man" where he rides a Hypermotard S. The movie stars Jim Carrey as Carl Allen, a man whose life is going nowhere -...

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  • Call to ban lorries overtaking on M11

    03 January 2009 by MCN News Desk

    Call to ban lorries overtaking on M11

    South Cambridgeshire MP Andrew Lansley is looking to get lorries banned from overtaking on the M11 near Stansted.   The section suggested is between junctions eight and nine by the busy...

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  • Sailors ride for charity

    01 January 2009 by MCN News Desk

    Sailors ride for charity

    Bikers from HMS Ark Royal endured negative temperatures and a string of mechanical problems to beat their ship to Gibraltar. The team of seven riders and two support crew parted company with Ark...

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  • Deus on the right track

    01 January 2009 by MCN News Desk

    Deus on the right track

    This pair of Kawasaki W650s have been given subtle make-overs as part of a growing trend for flat-track inspired retros. They each have a host of custom parts, and are the latest work of Australian...

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  • Tamworth Yamaha's Abarth FZ-1 beater

    01 January 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    Tamworth Yamaha's Abarth FZ-1 beater

    A UK dealer has revealed a special FZ-1 boasting a near-identical specification to the one-off Abarth FZ-1 shown last year. Tamworth Yamaha created this particular Fiat Yamaha-liveried FZ-1 for shop...

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  • Alaska trip at -40 C

    31 December 2008 by marcus Kingma

    R1-Sjaak and Doris Wiedemann go to Alaska in winter. The temperature will be a sure -40 Celcius. Every day Sjaak will try to upload a new video to reismotor.nl

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  • Guintoli and Reynolds at the NEC

    31 December 2008 by thorneel

    Guintoli and Reynolds at the NEC

    These are the two favourite pictures I have in my collection. I was at the NEC in November waiting for  much admired ex-MotoGP rider Sylvain Guintoli at the Suzuki stand when I bumped in to...

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  • Sammy Miller makes New Year Honours list

    31 December 2008 by Andy Downes

    Sammy Miller makes New Year Honours list

    Motorcycling has been included in the Queen's New Year Honours List with the inclusion of Sammy Miller who has been made an OBE. The honour has been given as a reward for his services to motorcycling...

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  • Video: Rossi thanks his MCN fans

    31 December 2008 by MCN

    Video: Rossi thanks his MCN fans

    Valentino Rossi has posted an end of year video message thanking his British fans for voting him MCN Man of the Year in 2008.   The Yamaha rider became the people's choice for the highly sought...

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  • The world's fastest woman

    31 December 2008 by MCN News Desk

    The world's fastest woman

    This is Leslie Porterfield, the fastest woman in America. Porterfield, from Dallas, claimed three land speed records at Bonneville Salt Flats earlier this year and has just been named the AMA...

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  • Riders commit to bus lane 'code of practice'

    31 December 2008 by Steve Farrell

    Riders commit to bus lane 'code of practice'

    Motorcyclists are committing to a 'code of practice' to help ensure we get use of bus lanes permanently.The code aims to ensure cyclists' gloomy predictions of a rise in accidents after London’s lanes...

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  • Bus lane confusion

    29 December 2008 by bradley

    Bus lane confusion

    Related to the London bus lane confusion story, I got this snap on the a23, its a bit conflicting.

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  • Crossbow boss gets original gift

    29 December 2008 by Sarah Carnell

    Crossbow boss gets original gift

    Crossbow Calendar boss John Winthrope received a surprise gift recently – a rare, collectable copy of the original 1987 calendar. Crossbow has become famous for its ‘bikes and babes’ calendars and has...

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  • Buell gets a glorious makeover

    29 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Buell gets a glorious makeover

    A clever team of Japanese custom builders has turned Buell’s bug-eyed XB9S Lightning into this stunning café racer-style bike. There’s hardly anything of the donor 2005 bike left, and those parts that...

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  • Bikes on TV: December 31 to January 6

    29 December 2008 by Alison Silcox

    Bikes on TV: December 31 to January 6

    KEY TO CHANNELS: DRT - Discovery Real Time DRTE -Discovery Real Time Extra DSC - Discovery Channel  DHD - Discovery Channel HD EXS - Extreme Sports Channel MM - Men and Motors...

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  • Clarkson in Vietnam

    28 December 2008 by Ian Mussard

    Sitting here actually watching clarkson riding 2 wheels through vietnam, the question i want to pose is this.... He was snapped by the paps recently riding a scooter in his home town of Chi**ng Cam**d*n... was this before or after the program? think of the implications for the integrity of the program.

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  • Cyclists’ ‘fury’ over bus lane plans

    28 December 2008 by Steve Farrell

    Cyclists’ ‘fury’ over bus lane plans

    The decision to open bus lanes to motorcycles has sparked ‘fury’ according to the London Cycling Campaign (LCC). But the group fails to come up with anyone angry except its own chief executive. LCC...

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  • Japan scraps tax for green vehicles

    28 December 2008 by Laura Kennerley

    Japan scraps tax for green vehicles

    Environmentally friendly vehicles will no longer be taxed in Japan. The Japanese government has announced the measures to help promote low-carbon, sustainable mobility in the country. That means...

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  • Ducati Streetfighter - From Russia with Love

    28 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Ducati Streetfighter - From Russia with Love

    Frenzied demand for Ducati’s Streetfighter has reached Siberia, with a customer phoning through an order to Ducati Glasgow. Boss Martin Rees says the regular customer is working abroad, but didn’t...

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  • End of the TT ?

    27 December 2008 by John Turner

    It would seem that the Government has cancelled the resoprical health agreement with the Isle of Man by which UK citizens can be treated free of charge while in the I.O.M. and their citizens likewise while visiting the mainland. So from the begining of 2010 anyone visiting the Island will have to be covered by health or travel insurance. It is virtually impossible to get travel insurance if you...

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  • Bike tax evasion down 65%

    27 December 2008 by Steve Farrell

    Bike tax evasion down 65%

    The rate of motorcycle tax evasion is barely a third of the figure we were told last year, according to a report from the Department for Transport. The new research says an estimated 2.3% of...

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  • Ninja sales rocket by 400%

    27 December 2008 by MCN News Desk

    Ninja sales rocket by 400%

    Kawasaki has honoured one of the Black Horse finance team for helping Ninja sales rocket by more than 400%. Black Horse account manager Billy Bryce was instrumental in driving sales of the ZX-10R...

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  • Video: Wild hill climb with jumps!

    27 December 2008 by Chris Newbigging

    If you’re familiar with the crazy bike sport of hill climbing you’ll know that it’s pretty spectacular – elongated Frankenstein machinery trying to get up near-vertical hills.  But this compilation of clips shows an even wilder variant with huge ramps halfway up that more often than not causes the competitors to get a little out of shape!

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  • Light jacket with heavy protection

    26 December 2008 by MCN News Desk

    Light jacket with heavy protection

    It won’t stop bullets, but this lightweight jacket from Bulletproof Clothing will protect you from minor spills. The Colt textile jacket has CE armour on shoulders and elbows, a removable back pad,...

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  • Power up your next ZX6-R

    26 December 2008 by MCN News Desk

    Power up your next ZX6-R

    If the 115bhp of Kawasaki’s 2009 ZX-6R isn’t enough for you, Two Brothers Exhausts has the answer. The American firm has just launched a slip-on can it says will boost the power beyond the figure MCN...

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