Bike News (November 2008)

  • A mucky story!

    30 November 2008 by alex gale

    Having spent many years riding round the West Country becoming increasingly pissed off and covered in mud, I have decided after a little research to start a website. My site www.mudwatch.co.uk aims to (with help of fellow bikers) highlight potential accident hotspots around the local vicinity. As well as this we have a gallery to upload pictures of your motorcycles and a review page of...

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  • Where do I go from here?

    29 November 2008 by paul davis

    I have just received a so called notice of intended prosecution for an alleged speeding offence by a manned camera, for the alleged offence of doing 45 in a 30 speed zone. Now i cannot definately state that i was not over the limit , but i was on my way to work and never rush there (who would) but is it a case of my word against theirs? where i do i go from here? or should i just hold my...

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  • Awkward speed bumps

    28 November 2008 by Ian Mowat

    Two winters ago while riding my motorcycle to work at 5 am on a road with a skimming of snow I approached a speed bump which was invisible because of the snow. I was travelling at approximately 10 mph. The speed bump was one of those square ones with sloping sides. Unluckily I rode over the side of the bump which slopes to the side. This made the wheel slide sideways and...

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  • Trike goes on sale for charity

    28 November 2008 by Rob Hull

    Trike goes on sale for charity

    A very special trike has gone up for auction on eBay today to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care. The 1300cc Austin Metro-powered trike was built within the year thanks to donations from various...

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  • Team Gone But Not Forgotten

    28 November 2008 by Kevin Daniels

    I am part of a team that raises money for good causes through our love of bikes. In 2008 we have been raising money for cancer research. In 2009 we will be raising funds for Promise Dreams- a childrens charity based in the midlands(www.promisedreams.co.uk). We aim to raise this money in different ways, such as taking part in the Weston Super Mare beach race & through an...

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  • Maria Costello to talk on Radio 2

    28 November 2008 by Liam Marsden

    Maria Costello to talk on Radio 2

    Maria Costello - the fastest woman around the Isle of Man TT circuit is set to appear on Radio 2, at around 5:30pm today (Friday, November 28). Costello will be appearing on the drive time show with...

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  • Code of conduct for bus lane bikers

    28 November 2008 by MCN

    Code of conduct for bus lane bikers

    It is believed that Transport for London will launch a new code of practice to encourage bikers to ride considerately when bus lanes in London are opened to them in January. London Mayor Boris...

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  • NEC Show: Open face SHARP ratings on the way

    28 November 2008 by MCN

    NEC Show: Open face SHARP ratings on the way

    SHARP, the Government’s helmet test body, is believed to be in the final stages of testing open face helmets, a source at the NEC bike show revealed today. This news comes just days after the agency...

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  • Life sentence for Gerry Tobin killers

    28 November 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Life sentence for Gerry Tobin killers

    All seven Outlaw gang members convicted of killing Gerry Tobin have been jailed for life. The judge called the murder “appalling”, noting the only reason he was gunned down while riding home from the...

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  • Gang face jail over Hell's Angel murder

    28 November 2008 by Liam Marsden

    Gang face jail over Hell's Angel murder

    Seven members of the Outlaws motorcycle gang are to be sentenced later today over the murder of Hell's Angel Gerry Tobin. Yesterday, the jury gave their verdict on the remaining two suspects. Ian...

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  • NEC Show: Latest Knox protection unveiled

    28 November 2008 by Michael Carroll

    NEC Show: Latest Knox protection unveiled

    Body armour is losing its bulk, as manufacturer Knox unveiled a new range of protection at the NEC show today. Shop for motorcycle products The firm’s 2009 range includes new back protectors, safety...

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  • Picture gallery: Ridley custom bikes

    28 November 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Picture gallery: Ridley custom bikes

    Ridley Motorcycles has three new bicycle-style machines for 2009 with small 49cc or 70cc engines. A small fuel tank is located on the cross-bar of the bike’s rigid frames, and drive comes from a pair...

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  • Picture gallery: Miller 33

    28 November 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Picture gallery: Miller 33

    Miller Motorcycles has come up with the ‘33’ which is intended to mimic machines from the early 1900s. It’s built around the Harley-built, 492cc, air-cooled single-cylinder engine from the US-only,...

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  • Picture gallery: Thomas Harvey Racer

    28 November 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Picture gallery: Thomas Harvey Racer

    Thomas Harvey’s Racer is designed to run a Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 or 1200cc Evolution engine, but the firm will fit other engines depending on customer’s specifications. Buying a complete bike...

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  • Picture gallery: Vintage customs

    28 November 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Picture gallery: Vintage customs

    Bike builders on both sides of the Atlantic are leading a new trend in customising – the veteran or vintage-inspired look. Their aim is to build original bikes with all the style of original machines,...

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  • Terminator 4 movie features motorcycles

    27 November 2008 by Laura Kennerley

    Terminator 4 movie features motorcycles

    These are the first pictures of the Moto-Terminator, the part-cyborg, part motorcycle killing machines which are to star in the fourth instalment in the Terminator saga, Terminator Salvation. The new...

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  • MCN in Havana

    26 November 2008 by yoozy

    MCN in Havana

    My daughter Boo Boo flying the flag for MCN at Ernest Hemingways favourite mojito bar in Havana, Cuba.

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  • What are the Police thinking?!

    26 November 2008 by Anonymous

    Only about 3 months ago there was a speit of car thefts and garages broken into in the small village I live in just inside the Welsh border. About ten cars were damaged in this act of robbery and to people I know well. When the Police turned up to interview locals the story unfolded that there were only two police vehicles available to cover a 70 mile radius, but they can certainly find the extra...

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  • SHARP safety ratings for flip-front helmets

    26 November 2008 by Steve Farrell

    SHARP safety ratings for flip-front helmets

    New safety ratings for flip-front helmets are revealed exclusively by MCN today. The star ratings, based on Government tests, cover 20 of the most popular flip-front helmets on the market. Only two...

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  • R6 2 SLO numberplate

    26 November 2008 by Helen Battelley

    R6 2 SLO numberplate

    I have the numberplate 'R6 2 SLO' for sale, I was told it would be a great plate for a Yamaha R1! I am a dance teacher and a mum of three boys who bought a Chrysler Grand Voyager last year with the...

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  • New MCN November 26: Inside the Aprilia RSV4

    25 November 2008 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN November 26: Inside the Aprilia RSV4

    In this week's edition of MCN we get exclusive access to the Aprilia factory in northern Italy as Aprilia reveals its plans for a V4 range, including a supermoto! Click here for your free...

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  • Biker paints his own motorcycle bay

    25 November 2008 by Steve Farrell

    Biker paints his own motorcycle bay

    An MCN reader took matters into his own hands when the local council refused to provide more motorcycle parking spaces – by painting his own bay.    He painted a space for one...

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  • Bikes on TV: November 26 - December 2

    25 November 2008 by Alison Silcox

    Bikes on TV: November 26 - December 2

    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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  • Avon unveils new VP2 tyre

    24 November 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Avon unveils new VP2 tyre

    Add some British flair to your Japanese sportsbike with the latest rubber from Avon Tyres. The firm will launch its first multi-compound tyre, the VP2, in 2009 to replace its current Viper...

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  • Two men found guilty of Gerry Tobin murder

    24 November 2008 by Liam Marsden

    Two men found guilty of Gerry Tobin murder

    Two bikers have been found guilty of murdering Gerry Tobin in a shooting on the M40 after last year's Bulldog Bash. Dane Garside, 42, of Coventry and Simon Turner, 41, from Nuneaton have both been...

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  • X-Lite unveils new Carl Fogarty replica

    24 November 2008 by Michael Carroll

    X-Lite unveils new Carl Fogarty replica

    A replica of Carl Fogarty’s famous racing lid is among a new range of classic replicas launched by X-Lite on its X-801RR helmet. Riders include Marco Lucchinelli, Renza Pasolini, and Franco Uncini. It...

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  • Heated grips

    22 November 2008 by gscottbrown01

    Does anyone have a good alternative to these Oxford heated grips, which while being hot are very difficult to operate and mine frequently cut out?

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  • Dangerous trucks ok, small plates no!

    22 November 2008 by tobytruck

    While insisting that there should be a crackdown on foreign trucks travelling in Wales, North Wales police Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom has warned that any action should not deter trade from the region. Speaking to a group of cross-party ministers of the Welsh Assembly, Brunstrom said: "Something like 1% of lorries on our roads here in the UK are registered in other European countries, but...

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  • North Cape in Winter

    21 November 2008 by marcus Kingma

    R1 Sjaak & Marcus Kingma (MC King) went to the North Cape on February 2008 for KiKa (Children's Cancer). From Oslo to The Cape they drove on Ice and snow. Only 20 people did it before on two solo motorcycles in winter. Normally the Cape is closed for four months.

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