Bike News (February 2009)

  • Skidmarx give Kawasaki ZX-R6 racing trim

    27 February 2009 by Rob Hull

    Skidmarx give Kawasaki ZX-R6 racing trim

    Specialists in aftermarket aftermarket fairings and race panels, Skidmarx, has created a new race kit to fit the 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R. It’s been designed for the Kawasaki UK backed British Supersport...

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  • Bridgestone announces new BT-003RS tyre

    27 February 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Bridgestone announces new BT-003RS tyre

    Bridgestone has launched the Battlax BT-003RS tyre for fast road riders and track day fans. The new multi-compound rubber is designed for all sports bikes of 250cc and higher.   Bridgestone...

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  • Broadcast-quality onboard recorder

    26 February 2009 by Rob Hull

    Broadcast-quality onboard recorder

    On-board recording experts Drivedata have launched their latest system called the DR3 Video Recorder – a 180g unit the size of credit card that will record over three hours of broadcast quality...

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  • KTM690SMC gets BOSS boost

    26 February 2009 by Rob Hull

    KTM690SMC gets BOSS boost

    BOS exhausts has just released a new lightweight race silencer for the KTM 690SMC Supermoto. Performance increases are fairly substantial with a weight of just 3.7kg – 23 per cent lighter than the OE...

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  • GSX-R600 swingarm problems

    25 February 2009 by Anonymous

    I had a GSX-R600 k8 i paid £7200 for it last july after having it only 6months the swing arm had to be replaced under warantee (crack in weld all the way round).  I was very lucky, i had two days before cleaned all the chain sitting not 1ft away from the swingarm, but i never noticed the crack. A friend of mine noticed while we were out on a run. i would never have known it was...

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  • Video: BMW G450X and snowboard stunts

    25 February 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    Video: BMW G450X and snowboard stunts

    BMW's G450X has an unusual new purpose in this video as it powers a winch to help a snowboarder jump a river! The enduro motorcycle's back wheel winds up a long cord with a handle on the end, which...

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  • (More) Credit Crunch Biking

    25 February 2009 by peterhenthorne

    (More) Credit Crunch Biking

    Feeling the pinch like many people (I'm a mortgage broker - business, what business?) I decided the 1300 Pan European had to go. We weren't touring any more and it's a bit over the top for my all...

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  • Carbon-fibre bikes – a potted history

    25 February 2009 by Ben Purvis

    Carbon-fibre bikes – a potted history

    This official drawing shows how British firm C-Tech, which supplies bodywork to superbike teams, is developing a carbon chassis to suit the latest generation of inline four-cylinder engines. But the...

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  • What's on: February 25 - March 3

    25 February 2009 by Sam Bostock

    What's on: February 25 - March 3

    Our What’s On listings now show events by their date, making them easier to find. Click the links below to choose the listing for your area and find out what events are on near you this week. If you...

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  • Would you buy an Arai RX7-GP Spencer rep?

    25 February 2009 by Rob Hull

    Would you buy an Arai RX7-GP Spencer rep?

    Arai Japan is set to launch two Freddie Spencer replica Arai RX7-GP’s into their ’09 replica helmet range, and if you want the same you can help MCN bring them to the UK. The two helmets designs are...

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  • ‘80s pop star’s bike parking protest song

    24 February 2009 by Steve Farrell

    ‘80s pop star’s bike parking protest song

    A former pop star from the 1980s band Modern Romance has recorded a comic protest song against the scrapping of free motorcycle parking bays. Andy Kyriacou’s ‘No no no’ is a spoof version Amy...

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  • Potholes: Make the council pay

    24 February 2009 by Steve Farrell

    Potholes: Make the council pay

    Guidelines for claiming from the council after a pothole crash have been released by the AA. The motoring group issued the advice as it warned freezing weather had left roads so damaged they were...

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  • MCN interviews Norton - what would you ask?

    24 February 2009 by James Keen

    MCN interviews Norton - what would you ask?

    This week MCN is set to interview the boss of Norton and we'd like to know the questions that you want answered. If you were sitting across from Stuart Garner, owner of Norton, what would you ask...

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  • No to Bike Parking Tax Demo - Feb 28

    24 February 2009 by jbond

    See you there! For more details and a map visit http://www.notobikeparkingfees.com/events/ See you all there on Sat 28th, 10am Golden Square. This demonstration is pre-MEGA demo, which is on 31st March 2009, 5pm, Meet Trafalgar Square / Whitehall. (DST would have begun by then so the sun sets at 7:30pm!) the MEGA demo aiming to get more than 1000+ on the streets the MEGA demo is to...

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  • Are you Mr Average?

    23 February 2009 by Laura Kennerley

    Are you Mr Average?

    A new survey has smashed biking stereotypes to reveal that the average 21st century biker is a middle-aged, middle-class, professional family man with a beard and love of heavy metal.  This...

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  • Hazel Blears has bike custom-built

    23 February 2009 by Steve Farrell

    Hazel Blears has bike custom-built

    Hazel Blears is having a motorcycle custom-made for herself. The Communities Secretary, who has been a motorcyclist for over 10 years, revealed her plans when asked for advice on what sort of bike to...

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  • Cycling columnist gets death threats

    23 February 2009 by Steve Farrell

    Cycling columnist gets death threats

    A cycling columnist for The Independent who declared war on motorcyclists has received death threats over his latest rant. James Daley demanded MCN remove his photo from our website after being...

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  • MCN in Germany

    22 February 2009 by Alf Bettney

    MCN in Germany

    I am just sending in a photo of my recent visit to Germany. I was visiting my son who is in the forces, and I couldn't resist getting an opportunist photo with my latest copy of MCN (which I may add...

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  • Snowbiker

    22 February 2009 by kylie caswell

    Snowbiker

    Here's what my bother in law got up to with the snow.

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  • I use an airbag jacket

    22 February 2009 by Mike

    I have a similar "airbag jacket" I purchased from airbagvest.com (SaudiArabia, so expect delays at customs). It is manufactured in Japan by Mugen HitAir. Long and Short of it the jacket looks excellent and works. Yes, it does make me feel slightly more invincible and no, I don't think it will save my life from a 120mph high side. That said on a curb slide drop I ejected and rolled head first...

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  • TZR125 from airbag jacket crash test was my bike!

    22 February 2009 by bozznozz

    I just watched the video where you crashed the tzr 125 with the air bag jacket and that tzr was actually my bike! Watch the airbag jacket crash test video If any one doubts me I can tell you every single detail on that bike, and i have the old tank from the crash with the YID code on. I was just wondering what was going to happen to it now?

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