Bike News (Jan - Dec 2009)

  • New lightweight Lightech bar risers

    03 January 2010 by Marc Abbott

    New lightweight Lightech bar risers

    Italian firm Lightech has just released some new risers with different diameters, starting from 28.6mm, enabling you to raise your handlebars by 15mm. Get the best deal on motorcycle accessories in...

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  • New Lightech folding levers released

    03 January 2010 by Marc Abbott

    New Lightech folding levers released

    Italian firm Lightech, renowned for its top quality billet parts, has released a new folding lever and handlebar risers. Save £££ on motorcycle accessories in the MCN Shop The levers are made from...

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  • SuperMoto '09 DVD out now

    03 January 2010 by Rob Hull

    SuperMoto '09 DVD out now

    Experience the speed, thrills and drama of the incredible 2009 FIM SuperMoto World Championship with the action-packed Official DVD Review, the comprehensive guide to a season of fierce racing. The...

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  • New Furygan jacket features safer lining

    03 January 2010 by Marc Abbott

    New Furygan jacket features safer lining

    This new Forty 3D jacket for Furygan features a new 3D bubble liner claimed to almost double the abrasion resistance of the garment, by creating less heat pressure on the leather in a slide. Save £££...

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  • New Clover X-3 Multifit suit

    03 January 2010 by Rob Hull

    New Clover X-3 Multifit suit

    Clover X-3 Multifit is a very special divisible leather suit. It is the first suit that offers the innovative Multifit size system, patented by Clover and able to perfectly fit the motorcyclist’s...

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  • Top five race replicas for 2010

    03 January 2010 by Rob Hull

    Top five race replicas for 2010

    If you’re a fan of race replica helmets then 2010 will be a very good year to choose from. Here’s just five to be thinking about for next year.     Chris Vermeulen Shoei X-Spirit 2 -...

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  • Red Torpedo's new retro range revealed

    03 January 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Red Torpedo's new retro range revealed

    Glaswegian purveyors of quality T-shirts and race-winning underwear, Red Torpedo, have recently launched a new range of retro race-themed T-shirts to go alongside their Guy Martin, Carl Fogarty and...

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  • Furygan women's kit gets injection of style

    03 January 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Furygan women's kit gets injection of style

    This Clara Evo jacket (£269, and new for 2010) should be massively popular with women riders thanks to a really gorgeous design and three very nice colour options. Get the best deal on motorcycle...

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  • Sweet trick new Suzuki GSR exhaust

    03 January 2010 by Rob Hull

    Sweet trick new Suzuki GSR exhaust

    The Suzuki GSR isn’t one of the most popular bikes for aftermarket cans we’ve ever come across, but this Guang Rong setup is pretty special. Save £££ on motorcycle exhausts in the MCN Shop Horsepower...

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  • What does MotoGP smell like?

    03 January 2010 by Rob Hull

    What does MotoGP smell like?

    Probably not a question you’ve asked too often, but you can now find out with a new eau de toilet and deodorant bodyspray that’s part of the official MotoGP merchandise line. We’ve not had it in for a...

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  • Your favourite product stories online of 2009

    01 January 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Your favourite product stories online of 2009

    As we draw to a close on an eventful 2009 for new product releases, background features and interviews, we’ve compiled the top three most viewed and best rated product stories as voted for by you this...

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  • Venhill claims to have braking covered

    01 January 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Venhill claims to have braking covered

    Venhill braided brake hoses are manufactured using marine grade stainless braid (highly resistant to corrosion) with a DuPont Teflon core (highly resistant to heat compared to nylon) and are covered...

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  • Guy Martin replica lid!

    01 January 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Guy Martin replica lid!

    Fans of mutton-chopped racer Guy Martin will be pleased to know a limited run of 50 replica lids will be available in 2010. What they might not be so excited about is the £850 price tag. But the cost...

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  • 21st century Laverda

    31 December 2009 by Alastair Walker

    21st century Laverda

    Classic twin-cylinder Laverdas don't come much better than this beautifully-crafted and updated Laverda 850 SF special.   Built by owner Paul Sharman but with a bigger engine, more modern...

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  • Cheap bikes save Honda from financial ruin

    31 December 2009 by Andy Downes

    Cheap bikes save Honda from financial ruin

    New Honda President Takanobu Ito says the motorcycle arm of the firm is more important to the Japanese giant than ever before and has been the only reason Honda managed to post a profit in 2009. Ito...

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  • Furygan Blade jacket updated for 2010

    31 December 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Furygan Blade jacket updated for 2010

    Furygan's Blade Evo jacket (£299) gets a mild update for 2010 and new colours. Like the firm's new FRS Prime race suit it¹s made from water-repellent cowhide but it has a removeable polyester...

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  • Final Buells go to museum

    31 December 2009 by Phil West

    Final Buells go to museum

    The last Buells to be built have been donated to the Barber Motorsports Museum in Alabama. Parent company Harley-Davidson stunned the motorcycling world when it pulled the plug on its subsidiary...

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  • Julian Ryder reveals MotoGP paddock secrets

    31 December 2009 by John Westlake

    Julian Ryder reveals MotoGP paddock secrets

    Eurosport’s MotoGP commentator and long-time motorcycle journalist Julian Ryder will be a special guest at Honda dealer Tippets in January. Ryder – one of the most knowledgeable and affable members of...

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  • New MCN December 30: MV Agusta 600 triple

    29 December 2009 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN December 30: MV Agusta 600 triple

    In this week's issue of MCN, on sale December 30, we have spy pictures of the new MV Agusta 600cc triple, set to appear in late 2010. Also in this issue we test the new Triumph Thunderbird on the UK's...

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  • My Winter Yamaha FZR400RR

    27 December 2009 by Anonymous

    My Winter Yamaha FZR400RR

    Here's my winter ride - a Yamaha FZR400RR EXUP 3TJ. Look at the rake on the front forks and you'll see why it was the best handling 400 of the 80s to early 90s. People rate the VFR400, but I had...

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  • Weise Nomad jacket gets extreme test

    25 December 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Weise Nomad jacket gets extreme test

    Weise’s all-weather Nomad jacket has been put through its paces in the MIRA automotive test facility's climatic wind tunnel for BBC Breakfast's Mike Bushell to discover just how effective modern...

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  • Happy new year MCN!

    25 December 2009 by barry yeatman

    Happy new year MCN!

    Our little group of bikers would like to thank all the staff at MCN for 2009, and wish you all a happy new year and all the best for 2010. From Barry and friends

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  • Kent dangerous driver

    24 December 2009 by Anonymous

    I read with interest the article about the biker involved with a road-rage Volvo driver. I had a similar experience when on an observed ride in South Kent as part the preparation for my IAM test. My observer overtook a car which was travelling below the speed limit in a national speed (60mph) area and when safe to do so I overtook, quickly and safely. The car driver, who I since refer to as...

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  • Reflections of a love struck biker

    24 December 2009 by Ritwik Bhatt

    Reflections of a love struck biker

    It was a different day; not the usual and most definitely a special one. It was the day when I would be united with my love. I arrived at the place where we were supposed to meet, my heartbeat almost...

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  • Some New Years reading

    24 December 2009 by John Russell

    Here are some stories to make you smile over the New Year. Story 1 My mate came from a very strict family who were “Plymouth Brethren” and consequently were not in favour of either me or my 1955 AJS 350. His mother caught me swigging from a bottle of Corona in their kitchen and this was the end for me! We decided to visit Clacton for the day and I duly arrived at Arthur’s home on Saturday...

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  • My son Samuel Killed

    24 December 2009 by red123

    My son Samuel Killed

    Working offshore Denmark killed by a freak accident. Sam was a huge Ducati fan and we regularly meet at the Harside cafe and Devil's Bridge. He will be missed by me and his three brothers.

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  • Get Metzeler tyre info on your mobile

    24 December 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Get Metzeler tyre info on your mobile

    Metzeler’s new mobile website offers quick access to the firm’s tyre catalogue, dealer locator, fitment charts and videos – so now you can find out if they make a tyre to suit your bike when you’re...

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