Bike News (October 2011)

  • MCN Back Off EU: Get the t-shirt!

    28 October 2011 by Steve Farrell

    MCN Back Off EU: Get the t-shirt!

    T-shirts supporting our MCN Back Off EU protest are available to buy with profits to be donated to African development charity Riders for Health. Join our ride against stifling EU plans The t-shirts...

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  • Marco Simoncelli’s funeral begins in Italy

    27 October 2011 by Matthew Birt

    Marco Simoncelli’s funeral begins in Italy

    The funeral of Marco Simoncelli has started in Coriano today, with thousands of fans paying their respects to the popular Italian MotoGP star. The 24-year-old died from head, neck and chest trauma...

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  • Two-stroke answer to rising crosser costs

    27 October 2011 by Dan Aspel

    Two-stroke answer to rising crosser costs

    This immaculate Kawasaki KX500 hybrid is one motocross racer's response to the rising costs of four-stroke off-road competition machines. Chris Place, 21, hopes the blend of an easily-fixed two-stroke...

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  • A tribute to trials bikes

    27 October 2011 by Andy Westlake

    A tribute to trials bikes

    Nearly 40 years have now elapsed since the BSA factory gates at Small Heath closed for the last time. However, thanks to enthusiasts like Bill Faulkner the name's being kept alive. Now retired after a...

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  • Lorry shoots red light

    25 October 2011 by Pat H

    Commuting in London and I stop for a red pedestian crossing. Luckily to one side which helped me avoid being flattened by the following lorry.

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  • Brave to cut up a lorry!

    25 October 2011 by Pat H

    Riding in the rain and the car in front decides to pull into the middle lane. Not an issue if the lorry there wasn't going a good few MPH faster!

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  • Two cars run a red light

    25 October 2011 by Pat H

    Riding to work and stopped for a red light. Seems the car behind had much poorer brakes and the one behind had no brakes!

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  • Editor's picks: Triumph Speed Triple 1050

    24 October 2011 by MCN

    Editor's picks: Triumph Speed Triple 1050

    With Triumph unveiling the new-for-2012 Speed Triple R, an uprated and upgraded version of its ever-popular super naked, laden with Ohlins suspension, Brembo Monobloc brakes and lightweight, forged...

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  • Bike shops in Shiga, Japan

    24 October 2011 by gtufnell

    Bike shops in Shiga, Japan

    Browsing bike shops in Japan. The first picture is at Nankai (Japan's answer to Hein Gericke). The second is at The Red Baron. Both shops open 7 days until 8pm. Left my copy of MCN...

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  • Video: Lazer Monaco helmet

    21 October 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Video: Lazer Monaco helmet

    We've just taken delivery of a new Lazer Monaco flip-front helmet for testing. You'll see the first picture in the November 2 issue of MCN, but here's a natty little vid that shows the lid being...

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  • MCN in Oman

    20 October 2011 by ste sankey

    MCN in Oman

    Me and my son in law Scott in Oman. The women went shopping while we rented some quads. They were a bit treacherous but a good laugh.

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  • Hartside Cafe, October 8

    20 October 2011 by varalad

    Hartside Cafe, October 8

    A wet October day up in the lakes and not a sports bike in sight. Two days and we only saw a handful of bikes. Mind you we couldn't see much of anything with the...

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  • Would you buy a hyper-scooter?

    19 October 2011 by Guy Procter

    Would you buy a hyper-scooter?

    It might be the first big scooter ever to catch your attention – and then only for an instant, because you thought it was a melted RSV4 – but the new Aprilia SRV850 begs the question: would you? It's...

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  • Long-lost Triumphs return

    19 October 2011 by Andy Westlake

    Long-lost Triumphs return

    There are plenty of collectors of Triumphs across the UK, but few have travelled the sort of distances to source their bikes that Phill Humphrey has covered. Since the West Countryman celebrated his...

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  • New MCN October 19: Aussie rules

    18 October 2011 by MCN

    New MCN October 19: Aussie rules

    In this week's issue of MCN, on sale Wednesday 19 October, we examine Casey Stoner's MotoGP world championship win in an eight-page special, with MotoGP legends Rainey, Gardner and Doohan on why...

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  • Editor's picks: Honda CB1300

    17 October 2011 by MCN

    Editor's picks: Honda CB1300

    Evoking memories of the CB1100, the Honda CB1300 was launched as a naked muscle bike in 2003 as a rival to the Suzuki GSX1400 and Yamaha XJR1300. Where the GSX and XJR use air/oil-cooled engines in...

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  • Hailwood lid sells for £6250!

    17 October 2011 by Phil West

    Hailwood lid sells for £6250!

    The actual helmet worn by the late, great Mike Hailwood during his final TT in 1979 has sold at auction for a whopping £6250. The full face Kangol Falcon, in Mike the Bike’s distinctive white, gold...

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  • Editor’s picks: Aprilia SL1000 Falco

    14 October 2011 by MCN

    Editor’s picks: Aprilia SL1000 Falco

    The Aprilia SL1000 Falco is a half-faired ‘street sports’ version of the RSV that never quite took off in the way it could have. The fact it is often overlooked makes it a great second hand buy. The...

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