Bike News (May 2009)

  • Horrified by the swerve test

    29 May 2009 by Anonymous

    I am an older female motorcyclist who is returning to motorcycling after a number of years. I attempted to take the new module 1 test on 28th May and failed. I have no issue with the majority of the test and applaud the testing of slow maneuvering and clutch control, but I was horrified at the swerve test. I took this on a 125 which I had to violently accelerate around a curve in order to reach...

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  • Dannisport launch new gloves

    29 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    Dannisport launch new gloves

    Dannisport has launched a range of three new gloves to the market, all with Knox armour and all for under £60. All three are manufactured from aniline cowhide with leather palms. Compare and buy...

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  • Official Ducati Desmosedici D16RR accessories

    29 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    Official Ducati Desmosedici D16RR accessories

    These are first pictures of the new official accessories for the Ducati Desmosedici road bike. Prices for this gear haven’t yet been confirmed, but we’d like to guess that anyone who can afford the...

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  • Knox launch thigh protection shorts

    29 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    Knox launch thigh protection shorts

    Knox protection ha just launched an innovative hinged thigh protectors in a pair of light and well-vented shorts that are ideal for road, track and dirt riders.  Research into motorcycle...

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  • GPR exhaust for easy-going KLX250

    29 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    GPR exhaust for easy-going KLX250

    Kawasaki’s KLX250 off-roader can now be improved with the addition of a road legal GPR hand-made aluminium can for only £249.00.  There will be a full system to follow for those who want to get...

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  • DK Motorcycles Aprilia clothing sale

    29 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    DK Motorcycles Aprilia clothing sale

    DK Motorcycles is selling off their current stock of 2008 Aprilia kit at reduced costs. They’ve got hoodies, sweaters, t-shirts , polo shirts and baseball caps all up for grabs at discounted...

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  • Infinity catering for ladies

    29 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    Infinity catering for ladies

    Infinity Motorcycles now has a new Ladies Clothing Department: women motorcyclists now have a dedicated online store for clothing and accessories. Top 5 bikes for women Motivated by the female...

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  • Get the Ben Spies look

    29 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    Get the Ben Spies look

    Yamaha has released an official clothing line for the World Superbike factory team for 2009. The new kit is the same as what team members and riders wear over the course of WSB race weekend’s, so...

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  • DK Motorcycles paddock stand deal

    29 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    DK Motorcycles paddock stand deal

    DK Motorcycles currently has a deal on Lintek paddock stands when you buy a set.  Individually, the paddock stands retail at £24.95 each. But if you buy a front and a rear stand together,...

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  • TT 2009 commemoration watch

    29 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    TT 2009 commemoration watch

    Isle of Man TT 2009 timing partner, Graham London, has released a limited edition 2009 watch to celebrate the link with the worlds most recognised motorcycle road race. You’ll have to give Graham...

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  • Visorvision box sets from £15

    29 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Visorvision box sets from £15

    Visorvision, the firm which brought us the MCN award-winning V2 sponge, now has boxed sets of helmet care products from as little as £15. They’ve popped the V2 Sponge, FogTech, Raincoat, V2 Shiner, V2...

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  • Hideout Leathers’ bring and buy sale!

    29 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Hideout Leathers’ bring and buy sale!

    Made-to-measure leathers firm Hideout is having an open day on Saturday June 13, featuring a bring and buy stall, where you can get shot of your surplus kit and stock up on some fresh gear for the...

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  • What MotoGP savvy can do for your bike

    29 May 2009 by John Westlake

    What MotoGP savvy can do for your bike

    Next week’s MCN features one of the best ZX-10Rs ever created. It was made by an ex-MotoGP technician who turned a 2004 bike into a track weapon that’s two seconds a lap faster than a £45,000 Ducati...

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  • Rossi at Mugello: what’s next?

    29 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    Rossi at Mugello: what’s next?

    It’s almost a guarantee that reigning MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi is going to wheel out yet another spectacular helmet design for this weekend’s Mugello Grand Prix, but what do you think...

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  • New Motrax GP digital pump

    29 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    New Motrax GP digital pump

    Motrax has just launched a new highly accurate pressure gauge, perfect for the track riders amongst you. The pump has a digital LCD pressure gauge with selectable pressure units with the choice of...

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  • £100 off Arai helmet at George White

    29 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    £100 off Arai helmet at George White

    Dealer George White has slashed £100 off the cost of an Arai Viper GT Web helmet. Normally costing £399.99, it can now be yours for £299.99. Compare and buy motorcycle helmets Here’s the helmet’s...

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  • Huge savings on AGV helmets

    29 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Huge savings on AGV helmets

    Motorcycle dealer George White is offering £70 off the AGV Stealth St. George (pictured here) and £50 off the AGV Airtech Tribute. For further details visit www.georgewhite.co.uk or call 01793-716716.

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  • Fast track your luggage to the TT

    29 May 2009 by Laura Kennerley

    A new company is offering you the chance to ship your luggage to the TT, so that you can ride across to the island without being laden down. TT FastTrack, based near Douglas on the Isle of Man, is providing a secure address for riders to post, parcel-post or courier camping gear, clothing, and any other TT essentials to. Receipt of items shipped to the company, will be sent by text, e-mail or...

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  • Kent bikers the friendliest?

    29 May 2009 by Ginger Mick

    I havent ridden bikes for about 10 years, the last one was a DT125 hacking about in London. I moved to Kent a few years back and the number of bikers about on a sunny day made me decide to take the plunge. I passed my test and on the same day traipsed up to Milton Keynes to pick up an old CBR600! Riding back was fantastic, if a little scary! Test pass in the morning, M1 and M25 on a sports 600 in...

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  • Justice by Gatso?!

    28 May 2009 by Anonymous

    Riding up the dual carriage A24, 5 miles from my home, the speed limit drops to 60mph due to a right turn into a garden center. The carriageway also becomes 3 lane for waiting vehicles at this point. I am approaching a car which is in the inside lane, doing approx 60 mph, with an overtake of about 6 to 8 mph. When one car length behind said car the brake lights come on and the lady driver, who I...

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  • Free parking an "empty gesture"

    28 May 2009 by Steve Farrell

    Free parking an "empty gesture"

    A council that scrapped free motorcycle parking is accused of "trying to spin their way out of more bad publicity" over the move. London’s Westminster City Council has announced its scrapping of...

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  • Supercharged Honda Blackbird on the dyno

    28 May 2009 by Rupert Paul

    Supercharged Honda Blackbird on the dyno

    This supercharged Honda CBR1100XX Super Blackbird makes a staggering 65bhp and 24lb-ft more torque than standard. Video: Supercharged Blackbird MCN has been testing the bike this week – a bike that’s...

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  • New digital pump from Motrax

    28 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    New digital pump from Motrax

    This new GP Digital Pump from Motrax costs £15.99 and is the ideal piece of kit for track day enthusiasts who need to be sure of their pressures pre- and post-track sessions. Motrax are claiming the...

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  • Revved-up Reverend

    27 May 2009 by Anonymous

    While his parishioners readied themselves for their door-to-door collections, the Rev Will Adams from East Anglia kick started the week on his Aprilla 750cc motorbike. The 61-year-old Brackley vicar joined more than 30 bikers, powering through 160 miles of British countryside in red and white Christian Aid bibs - stopping en route to rattle Christian Aid collecting boxes. The bikers also reached...

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  • May 27: Bikes on the Box

    27 May 2009 by Alison Silcox

    May 27: Bikes on the Box

    KEY TO CHANNELS: DRT - Discovery Real Time  SHED – Discovery Shed (used to be DRTE) DSC - Discovery Channel  DHD - Discovery Channel HD EXS - Extreme Sports Channel MM - Men...

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