Bike News (March 2011)

  • Did traffic chicane kill two bikers?

    31 March 2011 by Steve Farrell

    Did traffic chicane kill two bikers?

    Motorcycle groups are questioning the safety of traffic-calming chicanes after two riders were killed when a driver didn’t seen them. Claire Cooper, 26, was cleared of two counts of...

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  • CR&S DUU orders now being taken

    31 March 2011 by Liam Marsden

    CR&S DUU orders now being taken

    Back in November 2009 Italian specials firm CR&S unveiled the DUU, and now they're taking orders, although the entire 2011 production of 130 has already been sold. The CR&S DUU is powered by a...

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  • Potholes top 2 million

    31 March 2011 by Steve Farrell

    Potholes top 2 million

    The number of potholes on UK roads reached a record level of over two million during 2010, according to a survey. Data collected from local authorities and highway departments show 2.2million...

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  • Video: Neil Hodgson on Donington Park

    30 March 2011 by MCN

    Video: Neil Hodgson on Donington Park

    Ex WSB champion Neil Hodgson takes a HM Plant replica Ducati 996S round the revamped Donington Park and talks about his race one victory in 2001.  Hodgson won the first race and just missed out...

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  • MCN Spam attack

    30 March 2011 by MCN

    MCN Spam attack

    As regular users will be only too aware, motorcyclenews.com is under attack from spammers selling all manner of atrocious footwear. We appreciate how mind-meltingly annoying these posts are, and would...

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  • New MCN March 30: New Triumph Street Triple

    29 March 2011 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN March 30: New Triumph Street Triple

    In this week's issue of MCN, on sale March 30, we reveal official pictures and full specs of the new Triumph Street Triple and Street Triple R. We test the BMW S1000RR against the Aprilia RSV4...

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  • Lambretta's royal wedding lid!

    28 March 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Lambretta's royal wedding lid!

    Created in joint celebration of the forthcoming royal wedding and St George's day, this new Lambretta helmet from Heritage Helmets is sure to appeal to the proud flag wavers among us. It's road legal...

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  • Bike tax up

    28 March 2011 by Steve Farrell

    Bike tax up

    Motorcycle road tax for bikes over 600cc has increased by nearly 6% in the Budget.  The rate for over-600s has gone from £70 to £74. It’s the second rise since March 2010, when the price was...

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  • Apache helicopter in track day stunt display

    25 March 2011 by Trevor Franklin

    Apache helicopter in track day stunt display

    Riders, spectators and marshals at a recent Focused Events track day were treated to a spectacular stunt display by the British Army. But rather than use two wheels, the men from the front used an...

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  • Pothole funding doubled

    25 March 2011 by Steve Farrell

    Pothole funding doubled

    Funding to repair potholes has been double in the Budget. The Government will spend an extra £100million on filling potholes in England, Scotland and Wales. It’s on top of a £100million ‘exceptional...

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  • Robbers strike showroom

    25 March 2011 by Steve Farrell

    Robbers strike showroom

    A gang of robbers stormed into a top motorcycle showroom, threatened staff and marched out with a brand new Honda Fireblade worth £11,000. One of the four balaclava-wearing thugs convinced the sales...

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  • Return of speed control threat

    25 March 2011 by Steve Farrell

    Return of speed control threat

    A bike throttle which gets stiffer to force the rider to slow down has been developed in a European Commission research project. The system uses an electric motor attached to the throttle cable to...

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  • Warr's custom competitions at Ace Cafe

    25 March 2011 by MCN

    Warr's custom competitions at Ace Cafe

    Warr’s Harley-Davidson will host a year long series of Harley nights at the Ace Cafe, London, on the last Thursday of every month, starting on Thursday 31 March. The opening event will feature an...

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  • Norton on BBC tonight!

    25 March 2011 by Phil West

    Norton on BBC tonight!

    Donington Park-based Norton motorcycles are on the BBC tonight as part of a special TV preview for this weekend’s WSB round. Norton’s sales manager and ex-WSB racer Chris Walker performs some...

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  • TT3D: Closer to the Edge trailer

    25 March 2011 by John Westlake

    TT3D: Closer to the Edge trailer

    This is the trailer for 'TT3D: Closer to the edge', which was shot at last year's TT using ultra-expensive 3D cameras. It's released on April 15 and will be shown in all Vue multiplexes. Though aimed...

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  • Destination Dealer: Doble Motorcycles

    24 March 2011 by MCN

    Destination Dealer: Doble Motorcycles

    ADVERTISING PROMOTION Doble Motorcycles has generated an enviable reputation throughout its 44-year history for supplying customers with the best deals and the best service. Friendly, experienced and...

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  • Honda CBR Celebration event this weekend

    22 March 2011 by Andy Downes

    Honda CBR Celebration event this weekend

    Honda will be launching three new CBR models at dealers around the country this weekend to mark the arrival of the new CBR125R, CBR250R and CBR600F with all three bikes now available with a free...

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  • New MCN March 23: Ducati in crisis

    22 March 2011 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN March 23: Ducati in crisis

    In this week's issue of MCN, on sale March 23, we have all the news and gossip from the first MotoGP round of 2011. We test the Suzuki GSX-R600 against the Triumph Daytona 675R, ride the new...

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  • Hundreds of cameras face switch-off

    21 March 2011 by Steve Farrell

    Hundreds of cameras face switch-off

    More than 370 speed cameras are to be switched off from April 1 in the biggest camera cutback since 1992. A survey of the 37 speed camera partnerships in England and Wales found they were cutting the...

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  • Honda extends motorcycle factory shut-down

    21 March 2011 by MCN Newsdesk

    Honda extends motorcycle factory shut-down

    Honda has extended by another four days a shut down of the Kumamoto factory as shortages of parts caused by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami continue to be assessed. It seems parts supply from...

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  • New kid on the block

    21 March 2011 by Loonymoonie

    New kid on the block

    It was with some trepidation and angst that the latest star of Yamaha decided to take the plunge and battle for a place with some of the world's best at the only night race of the season. These...

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  • 80 year olds can ride bikes too!

    20 March 2011 by crazylady123

    80 year olds can ride bikes too!

    This is a picture of my grandad and his latest motorbike. His name's Tony, or Bampy to all of his grandkids! He bought this Dragstar 250 for his 80th birthday. Loves it he does!

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  • London dealer gives Moto Guzzi V7 makeover

    18 March 2011 by Andy Downes

    London dealer gives Moto Guzzi V7 makeover

    The Moto Guzzi V7 is already pretty cool in standard form but London dealer Corsa Italiana has put some work into the bike with these two gorgeous specials. The black bike has a fair bit more work...

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  • Census asks about cars and vans but not bikes

    18 March 2011 by Steve Farrell

    Census asks about cars and vans but not bikes

    The 2011 Census has been slammed for ignoring motorcycles. One question asks households how many cars or vans they have but makes no mention of bikes. It says: ‘In total, how many cars or vans are...

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  • Can you find a bigger pothole than this?

    18 March 2011 by Steve Farrell

    Can you find a bigger pothole than this?

    This shocking pothole is the latest to be exposed in MCN’s search for Britain’s worst. It measures five feet by two and is over sixe inches deep. Located on a well-used 60mph road, it could prove...

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  • Petrol thieves target bikes

    18 March 2011 by Steve Farrell

    Petrol thieves target bikes

    Soaring fuel prices are leading thieves to steal petrol from motorcycles, it was warned last week. Fuel thieves who would normally target vehicles with larger tanks are increasingly viewing...

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