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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2001)

  • Riders charity bags two Royal awards

    11 November 2001

    Riders charity bags two Royal awards

    Riders for Health, the motorcycling charity which works to provide transport for medicine in Africa, has won the Prince Michael of Kent Road Safety Award for 2002 in two categories – the motorcycle...

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  • The sixth group of ten

    11 November 2001

    The sixth group of ten

    Marvin Rothman, 37, from Braintree, Essex, rides an Aprilia RSV-R Mille. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: 1996. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Harley-Davidson V-Rod. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: They’re all top standard. BEST...

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  • MCN talks to Steve Powell of the NCIS

    11 November 2001

    MCN talks to Steve Powell of the NCIS

    MCN: What is the long term aim of these reports?Powell: Our fundamental aim is reduce theft and increase recovery rates. We aim to do that by building enough intelligence for our law-enforcement...

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  • How the bike industry reacted

    11 November 2001

    How the bike industry reacted

    Ian Mutch, MAG.What do you think of the report?It tells us a lot of things that MAG is already aware of. We take bike crime very seriously. We take bike crime very seriously. Some of the figures are...

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  • Your tips and comments on the NEC Show

    11 November 2001

    Here are just some of your tips on getting the best out of the NEC.If you have any to add, e-mail them to david.cushman@emap.com with NEC SHOW ADVICE in the subject line.We had a great day at the NEC on Sunday 11, returning with some excellent prints, clothing, bike parts and accessories, all in all a really excellent day!Plenty to do and see, plenty of people to talk to, we met Jez and Katja,...

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  • Examining the latest report on bike thefts

    11 November 2001

    Examining the latest report on bike thefts

    Bikes worth £3 million are being stolen in the UK every MONTH. Honda’s CBR600 is the most popular for crooks and just 16 per cent of those motorcycles swiped are recovered.These were the worrying...

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  • 2002 VFR800, Sprint ST and Futura shoot-out

    11 November 2001

    2002 VFR800, Sprint ST and Futura shoot-out

    We’re pitching the new Honda V-TEC VFR800 against Triumph’s uprated 2002 Sprint ST and Aprilia’s Futura starting on Wednesday.The V4 Honda, triple-powered Sprint and V-twin Futura offer very different...

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  • Second issue of MCN Sport now in the shops

    11 November 2001

    Second issue of MCN Sport now in the shops

    Name the most intense race rivalries ever… Rossi and Biaggi, certainly… but let’s not forget Sheene and Roberts, Rainey and Schwantz or even Walker and Hodgson.,Re-live them all in just one of the...

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  • The babe you rated best

    11 November 2001

    The babe you rated best

    BEST BABE MCN girl Vikki, 19, from Cannock, Staffs, was overwhelmingly voted best looking woman at the show by the visitors we asked. VITAL STATS: 34, 25, 34. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT BEING VOTED THE...

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  • How to win with Fantasy Road Racing

    11 November 2001

    How to win with Fantasy Road Racing

    If you want a bit of help choosing your MCN Fantasy Road Racing team, David Kitchen is the bloke to ask. He’s just collected his Aprilia RS250 from Jeremy McWilliams, his prize for coming top in our...

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  • What it takes to organise the NEC Show

    11 November 2001

    What it takes to organise the NEC Show

    The International Motorcycle show hasn’t always been such a massive event. And it hasn’t always been at the NEC. Back in 1931, when the first show was staged, it was held at London’s Olympia and...

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  • Giant trailies’ sales on the up

    11 November 2001

    Giant trailies’ sales on the up

    Giant trailie sales are rising faster than in any other sector of motorcycling, according to the latest figures from the Motorcycle Industry Association.Registrations of new bikes in the category,...

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  • Add your NEC Show tips today

    11 November 2001

    Add your NEC Show tips today

    Our comprehensive guide to the NEC Show will help you get more from it than ever before. And now we’ve started adding your tips, from the people who’ve already been.Together, we’ll point you to the...

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  • Win a PlayStation 2 MX2002 game

    11 November 2001

    If you’ve been to the NEC Show you might have had a go on the PlayStation 2 consoles in the gaming area. We’ve got five copies to give away of the excellent MX2002 motocross game that everybody’s playing on them.Featuring American 250cc Motocross and Supercross Champion Ricky Carmichael, Scottish World Championship rider Stephen Sword, and British freestyler Chris Brock, the new game features real...

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  • MAG joins BMF against loud pipes

    11 November 2001

    MAG joins BMF against loud pipes

    MAG chief executive Henry Marks says he stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the BMF’s recently announced anti-loud-pipes position.MAG’s support comes as a surprise given that this is the group that...

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  • The fifth group of ten

    11 November 2001

    Peter Bryden, 31, from Haslemere, Surrey, rides a Yamaha R1. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: 1995. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Peter Goddard’s Benelli Tornado race bike on the Carole Nash stand. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: MCN’s Vikki. BEST STAND: MCN. BEST BARGAIN: Haven’t seen any yet.Colin Pope, 37, from Foxton, Cambs, rides a Suzuki Bandit 1200. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: Today. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Harley-Davidson...

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  • The second group of ten

    11 November 2001

    The second group of ten

    David Simmonds, 49, from the Isle of Wight, rides a Yamaha Drag Star. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: 1990. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: Yamaha Bulldog. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: MCN’s Vikki. BEST STAND: Yamaha. BEST...

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  • The eighth group of ten

    11 November 2001

    The eighth group of ten

    Andy Corssen, 24, from Skegness, Lincs, rides a Kawasaki ZXR400. FIRST VISIT TO NEC: Today. BEST BIKE AT THE SHOW: MV Agusta F4. BEST-LOOKING WOMAN: The UK supercross girl. BEST STAND: Ducati. BEST...

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  • ZX-12R recalled as nuts crack

    11 November 2001

    ZX-12R recalled as nuts crack

    Kawasaki’s ZX-12R has been recalled because the tyre valve nuts could crack.The firm says that could cause a loss of tyre pressure – and it’s urging owners to contact their dealer immediately to...

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  • NEC Show ticket winners named

    04 November 2001

    NEC Show ticket winners named

    The competition was only open for a couple of hours on Friday, but over 300 of you entered, enticed by the chance to win one of 25 pairs of tickets to the NEC Show, which opens this week.Entrants had...

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  • Harris and Rhencullen Special GSX-R1000s

    04 November 2001

    Harris and Rhencullen Special GSX-R1000s

    Here’s are two specials you should make time to check out, an awesome GSX-R1000 special on the Harris display in hall 19, stand r34.Subtle paintwork mimics the Barry Sheene bikes of a past era, right...

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  • bikes-uk calls in the receivers

    04 November 2001

    bikes-uk, the country’s second biggest chain of dealers, has gone into receivership.The firm called in receivers Grant Thornton at 9pm last night and staff at the 16 dealerships were told the news this morning. Grant Thornton says the 14 shops around the country will continue trading as normal and that firms have already expressed an interest in buying Bikes-UK as a going concern. Carnell-City has...

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  • Whitham and Plater ride British Superbikes

    04 November 2001

    Whitham and Plater ride British Superbikes

    The season’s over. The flags are all packed away. We’ve had another thrilling season of British superbike action, with incredible battles everywhere from rostrum results to the final points, but now...

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  • Strange But True…

    04 November 2001

    Strange But True…

    Japan: What? You’re only getting one knee down on each corner? You can’t be trying. Check out our picture. Now look again. There’s only one bloke on that bike, and he’s riding side saddle! This...

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  • Winner of Reynolds’ sliders revealed

    04 November 2001

    Winner of Reynolds’ sliders revealed

    We asked for your top biking tips to feature in our Tip of the Day and you responded big time. The promise of John Reynold’s one-off No1 sliders (as worn at the final Donington Park British superbike...

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  • Free NEC Show guide with MCN on Wednesday

    04 November 2001

    Free NEC Show guide with MCN on Wednesday

    Buy Wednesday’s MCN and you’ll get a free 32-page supplement complete with a focus on the 17 essential new bikes not to miss, other attractions worth planning for and that vital floor plan to help you...

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  • 20 bikes stolen from dealer

    04 November 2001

    20 bikes stolen from dealer

    A new bike at a price too good to be true? Beware, it could be one of those stolen from MCN Award-winning dealer Colin Appleyard.Twenty bikes were taken from the firm’s West Yorks warehouse on October...

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  • Bikes make women sexier

    04 November 2001

    Bikes make women sexier

    A gorgeous girl is a gorgeous girl. But put her on a motorbike and we’re completely sold, according to a new survey from Kawasaki.The poll found half of us find women more attractive if they’re on two...

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  • How I learnt to perform stunts

    04 November 2001

    How I learnt to perform stunts

    You’ve had the conversation a thousand times. You walk into work bleary-eyed on Monday morning, head straight to your desk, locker or bench on auto-pilot and almost by reflex you and your colleagues...

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  • TEAM KAWASAKI ZX-7RR

    04 November 2001

    TEAM KAWASAKI ZX-7RR

    £100,000Power and torque Est165bhp 65ftlbWeight, power to weight ratio165kg (361lb), 1.0bhp/kgAcceleration (est) Standing 1/4 mile time, terminal speed9.8s, 154mphTop speed190mphGeometry Rake, trail,...

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