Bike News (April 2010)

  • Parking “mega demo”

    30 April 2010 by Steve Farrell

    Parking “mega demo”

    Protestors are planning a “mega demo” tomorrow over a charge for roadside motorcycle parking introduced in London’s Westminster. Riders are to meet at the Ace Café on the North Circular for a protest...

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  • My custom Bandit 1200

    30 April 2010 by ron davies

    My custom Bandit 1200

    This is my bike, a Suzuki Bandit 1200. I bought it off a mate three years ago and instantly went about changing it. The latest change is the paint job. I think it looks ok and it...

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  • Long Ride Round

    30 April 2010 by funkyphil

    Long Ride Round

    Starting in Swansea on Friday 2nd July 2010, the plan is that myself and 4 mates will ride around the outskirts of Wales (including a loop of Angelsey) in 24 hours to raise as much money as we can for...

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  • Kawasaki to supply New York with tube trains

    30 April 2010 by Guy Procter

    Kawasaki to supply New York with tube trains

    Kawasaki got a boost this week after being awarded an $87 million contract from New York to supply new tube trains and upgrade existing ones (with ram air, presumably). We trust some of the moolah...

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  • £20,000 James Dean tribute Harley Fat Boy

    30 April 2010 by Chris Newbigging

    £20,000 James Dean tribute Harley Fat Boy

    If you have enough money, you can have anything you want. If the object of your desires is a custom Harley styled like the Porsche Spyder that killed James Dean, star of iconic movie ‘Rebel...

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  • “Thousands could be riding ringers”

    30 April 2010 by Steve Farrell

    “Thousands could be riding ringers”

    Thousands of motorcyclists who bought nearly-new sports bikes from main dealers could be unwittingly riding bodged-together stolen machines, according to police. Thieves are part-exchanging “ringers”...

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  • Jamie Dobb to contest Scottish Six Day Trial

    30 April 2010 by Matthew Birt

    Jamie Dobb to contest Scottish Six Day Trial

    Former world motocross champion Jamie Dobb is to compete in the Scottish Six Day Trial next week to raise money for a cancer charity. Dobb will compete in the famous event with long-time friend John...

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  • First Love

    29 April 2010 by Tim Horsfield

    The road drops behind me as I open the throttle and feel the weight of my bike surging away from the intersection, a light crosswind snaps against into my slipstream as I slide through the shady lanes and over the hill I see the twisting roads of Hampshire open up before me. A pale sunlight warms the light chill in the mid-April air as I slip the clutch and downshift to roll over a hill and into a...

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  • Donington Park race track re-opening plans

    29 April 2010 by Andy Downes

    Donington Park race track re-opening plans

    Owners of Donington Park have just sent out this statement claiming the track will reopen for racing in August this year. The track has been closed after a disastrous effort to move the Formula One...

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  • New Frank Thomas range in this week's MCN

    29 April 2010 by Marc Abbott

    New Frank Thomas range in this week's MCN

    There’s a sizeable range of new kit from British firm Frank Thomas this year, and this week’s MCN shows you the highlights. Save cash on motorcycle clothing Here at MCN we’re stuck on the affordable...

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  • New TomTom Urban Rider satnav announced

    29 April 2010 by Marc Abbott

    New TomTom Urban Rider satnav announced

    TomTom's latest motorcycle satnav is claimed to be "glove-friendly, have an intuitive screen and simplified user interface". Save cash on motorcycle satnavs The simple menu has just two buttons...

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  • New Blaster jacket from Spyke

    29 April 2010 by Marc Abbott

    New Blaster jacket from Spyke

    The new Spyke Blaster jacket has evolved from the firm’s one-piece suit of the same name. Save cash on motorcycle jackets It made from cowhide, and features CE-approved shoulder and elbow armour,...

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  • Battle of the Brands - Arizona Mile May 1st

    29 April 2010 by Ped Baker

    Battle of the Brands - Arizona Mile May 1st

    No less than eight different brands of twin cylinder motorcycle will be competing in this weekends Grand National Championship Flat track race at the Yavapai Downs in Prescott, Arizona. Run on a...

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  • New Haynes manual for Triumph 675s

    29 April 2010 by Marc Abbott

    New Haynes manual for Triumph 675s

    Haynes have just released their latest manual, for the Triumph Daytona 675 and Street Triple. It covers the Daytona models from 2006 to 2010, Street Triple from 2007 to 2010 and Street Triple R from...

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  • Where to watch at Silverstone

    28 April 2010 by MCN

    Where to watch at Silverstone

    MCN’s Senior Road Tester has just returned from riding the full circuit at Silverstone and came back raving about the freshly revamped Northamptonshire track. He said: “The best seats in the house for...

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  • 'Distressed' Harley Road King Custom

    28 April 2010 by Ped Baker

    'Distressed' Harley Road King Custom

    Distressing chrome and paintwork has been popular in the custom car world for some time but this is the first time we've seen it applied to a Bagger Harley. Chris from Fox Custom Paint and Ric Greene...

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  • Free Rukka kit with new Yamahas

    27 April 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Free Rukka kit with new Yamahas

    Infinity Motorcycles are giving away a Rukka Armax suit worth over £1500 with every new Yamaha FJR1300A purchased from them. Save £££s on motorcycle clothing Fully CE-approved and with a 5-year...

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  • New screen and luggage for Vespa GTS

    27 April 2010 by Marc Abbott

    New screen and luggage for Vespa GTS

    Vespa has just released details of a new, extra tall windscreen and 42-litre topbox for its GTS 300 Super scooter.  Save cash on motorcycle products The vinyl screen is 4mm thick, features...

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  • New MCN April 28: Brits rule the world

    27 April 2010 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN April 28: Brits rule the world

    In this week's issue of MCN, on sale April 28, we test the new Ducati Multistrada against the BMW R1200GS, KTM 990 SMT and Triumph Tiger. Police: '1000s of bikers are riding death trap...

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  • New Yoshimura exhaust for KTM Superduke

    26 April 2010 by Marc Abbott

    New Yoshimura exhaust for KTM Superduke

    Yoshimura’s new twin RS-3C slip-ons are the first exhaust to come out of the legendary tuning firm for a KTM road bike. Improvement in power over stock is claimed to be 2.52bhp (up to 109.85bhp from...

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  • Ducati is only bike firm at Beijing show

    26 April 2010 by Charlotte Cousins

    Ducati is only bike firm at Beijing show

    Ducati is the only motorcycle firm to have been given space at the Beijing exhibition, adding to the manufacturer’s interest in the Chinese market. The Beijing automotive show is very car-dedicated...

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  • ‘Ringers’ in dealers’ showrooms

    25 April 2010 by Steve Farrell

    ‘Ringers’ in dealers’ showrooms

    Hundreds of dealers are unwittingly accepting stolen bikes in part-exchange for new machines, police say. The dealers, including franchises for major manufacturers, have become so keen to secure...

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  • The £800,000 speed camera cock-up

    25 April 2010 by Steve Farrell

    The £800,000 speed camera cock-up

    High-tech new speed cameras on one of the country’s most popular bike routes are useless due to an apparent oversight. The new cameras are aimed at catching motorcyclists on the A537 Cat and Fiddle...

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  • Perfect tents for motorcycling touring

    25 April 2010

    Here at MCN we're planning a feature on the best tents for touring, from £50 to £610! Here's a video showing just how easy it is to erect (quiet at the back!) the more pricy option, the Hilliberg Nallo. Keep a look-out for a large range of biker-friendly camping kit in a future issue of MCN  

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