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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2002)

  • Did you win tickets to the G-Mex?

    30 December 2002

    Did you win tickets to the G-Mex?

    We had 25 pairs of tickets for the National Motorcycle Show 2003 up for grabs over Christmas, but the competition deadline has now passed.The show takes place at Manchester’s G-Mex, January 3-5.

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  • Win £15,000 worth of prizes with MCN

    30 December 2002

    Win £15,000 worth of prizes with MCN

    You could win prizes worth £15,000 in the Motor Cycle News Christmas quiz. And, as Motor Cycle News is out a day early, Tuesday December 24, you even get an extra day to think about the...

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  • BMW instructors to tackle Paris-Dakar

    30 December 2002

    BMW instructors to tackle Paris-Dakar

    Two BMW Off-Road Skills instructors are swapping Britain for African continent to take part in the 2003 Telefonica-Dakar Rallye, which takes place January 1-19.Australian Dakar veteran Simon Pavey...

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  • Choose your favourite babe from 2002

    23 December 2002

    Choose your favourite babe from 2002

    The Babe of the Year competition returns for the second year, with a new crop of babes vying for your votes.This year we have gathered together a selection of 15 young ladies for you to choose from.

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  • Biaggi swops Rome for Watford

    16 December 2002

    Biaggi swops Rome for Watford

    BIKE dealers in Watford tend to be quiet places on Tuesday afternoons – but an appearance from Max Biaggi should liven things up a bit.The MotoGP runner-up will be helping with an Alpinestars event at...

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  • Infamous speed camera moves

    16 December 2002

    Infamous speed camera moves

    A speed camera in Brighton has been moved after a deluge of complains from motorists.The camera had been dubbed as the sneakiest in Britain by Radio Five Live, as it was placed immediately behind a...

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  • ChiPs set to return

    16 December 2002

    ChiPs set to return

    The adventures of the California Highway Patrol could soon return.Film director Doug Liman, who directed " The Bourne Identity " , has been signed to work on the remake, which will...

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  • Oz bikers receive $1.7 million

    16 December 2002

    Oz bikers receive $1.7 million

    A television company has been ordered to pay almost $1.7 million to a group of Sydney bikers after it defamed them on it’s A Current Affair and Today programs.The bikers were filmed for a show on...

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  • Government refuses to budge on dark visors

    16 December 2002

    Government refuses to budge on dark visors

    Transport Minister David Jamieson has just announced that he won’t be making dark visors legal, despite admitting their benefits in reducing glare from sunlight.The sticking point appears to be the...

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  • Aprilia reveal new Caponord Rally Raid

    16 December 2002

    Aprilia reveal new Caponord Rally Raid

    If you want to tackle some extreme terrain, the new Aprilia Capo Nord Rally Raid could answer your prayers.The basic Capo Nord stays unchanged for 2003, but the new Rally Raid version comes with metal...

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  • Speed legend Don Vesco dies

    16 December 2002

    Speed legend Don Vesco dies

    Bonneville speed legend Don Vesco passed away yesterday, Monday December 16, from prostate cancer.Vesco will be remembered as a legend for his land speed records. At the time of his death he held 18...

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  • Yamaha R6: First test special

    16 December 2002

    Yamaha R6: First test special

    Free with Motor Cycle News, December 18 is a 16-page special on the Yamaha R6.Read the first test, both on the track and on the road. You’ll be able to find out about all the features of the new R6...

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  • Rider for Health winner announced

    16 December 2002

    Rider for Health winner announced

    HOW would you feel if you got a brand new Honda Hornet 900 for Christmas? Over the moon, to judge by the reaction of the Riders for Health 2002 raffle winner, Colin Haynes of Grimsby, North Yorks.The...

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  • Bike sales plummet

    09 December 2002

    TERRIBLE weather hit bike sales in November.Only 5985 bikes were sold in the chilly climate, compared to 7069 in November 2001.Even a resurgence in the middle of the month failed to turn things round – sales between November 10 and 20 were up 43 per cent on the same 10 days last year.Some dealers started to feel the pinch so badly they were offering no-profit deals on new bikes simply to bring in...

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  • No more day riding without lights

    09 December 2002

    No more day riding without lights

    You will soon have no choice about whether or not to use headlights when riding in daylight.Bike manufacturers have taken it upon themselves to fit bikes with lights that are automatically switched on...

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  • World first test: Kawasaki Z1000

    09 December 2002

    World first test: Kawasaki Z1000

    READ our exclusive world’s first test of the Kawasaki Z1000 in MCN, out on Wednesday.Our eight-page special report reveals how the designers went about their tasks, the technology used and what the...

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  • Ducati 749S and Supersport test special

    02 December 2002

    Ducati 749S and Supersport test special

    In the new issue of MCN, out Wednesday December 4 there’s a stunning Ducati special – the first test of its hot 749S and the new for 2003 Supersport range, the 1000DS, 800 and 620 Sport.MCN’s Keith...

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  • Vandals nobble UK’s top Gatso

    02 December 2002

    Vandals nobble UK’s top Gatso

    Vandals have nobbled Britain’s most infamous speed camera – and police say it could be out of action for at least a week.The rear-facing Gatso is situated on the southbound carriageway of the M11 at...

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  • Send us your crash stories

    02 December 2002

    Send us your crash stories

    MCN is looking for your recent crash stories – and hopefully help you repair the damage.Plastex, manufacturers of top bodywork repair kits, is offering a kit, worth £10, for each of the five best...

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  • Updated: This week’s Unsung Heroes

    02 December 2002

    Updated: This week’s Unsung Heroes

    We’ve just added more of nominations for your this week’s Unsung Heroes – the forum for you to publicly thank the people who’ve bailed you out. We’ll be announcing the second winners of our free Knox...

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  • Who’s your BBC Sports Personality?

    02 December 2002

    Who’s your BBC Sports Personality?

    This Sunday, December 8, sees the BBC’s annual Sports Personality of the Year Awards roll around, so don’t miss this chance to make your voice heard.Just click on the link:...

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  • Correction: Dean Ellison

    02 December 2002

    MCN last week reported on a case of speeding at 137mph, and mistakenly named the rider involved, Dean Elliot, 20, of St. Albans – as " Dean Ellison " .Superbike racer Ellison has no connection whatsoever with the case.

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  • BMW announces 2003 Skills dates

    02 December 2002

    BMW announces 2003 Skills dates

    BMW has announced the dates of its 2003 Road Skills programme, held at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire. There are two types of course formats available – an Introduction to Road Skills course and a Road...

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  • 999R goes on sale December 5th

    02 December 2002

    999R goes on sale December 5th

    If you’re lucky enough to have £19,000 lying around the house, you might want to make a note of this date in your diary. Ducati has just announced that from 9am, December 5 it will be taking...

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  • Talented? Come and work for us then…

    02 December 2002

    Talented? Come and work for us then…

    MCN’s multi-award-winning website, motorcyclenews.com, is on the hunt for two star performers to make a real impact on Britain’s biggest biking site.Both roles place you at the heart of the MCN team,...

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  • Make the most of the winter

    25 November 2002

    Make the most of the winter

    Winter? What winter? In the latest issue of MCN we’ve got a four-page special on how to make the most of the post-season.There’s top tips on how to get the very best from the roads, top winter kit to...

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  • Put your questions to Z1000 designers

    25 November 2002

    Put your questions to Z1000 designers

    Here’s your chance to grill the designers of 2003’s wildest bike.MCN’s Marc Potter is heading off to Japan this weekend for a chat with the brains behind Kawasaki’s Z1000. If you’ve got any questions...

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  • Floods force MV to close

    25 November 2002

    Floods force MV to close

    Workers had just returned the MV Agusta factory after a lay-off of several months, when heavy rain in Italy has caused Lake Varese to burst its banks and forced them out again.The local fire...

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  • Police alert over camera firebomb

    25 November 2002

    Police alert over camera firebomb

    Police have launched a nationwide alert after a home made explosive was found strapped to a speed camera in Staffordshire.Officers were called by maintenance workers, who had removed the device from a...

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  • Have you ever beaten a race legend?

    25 November 2002

    Have you ever beaten a race legend?

    Can you boast of beating a British champion? Or do any of your friends bore you with tales of old racing careers in which they mixed it with a rider who went on to become a legend? We’re looking for...

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  • Tell us about your NEC Show

    25 November 2002

    Tell us about your NEC Show

    So that’s it – Show’s over for another year. Nearly 200,000 of us made the trip to the NEC in Birmingham to pour over the sex metal and pick up some tidy bargains. Was it worth it? We’d like to hear...

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  • Tell us your bike test horrors

    25 November 2002

    Tell us your bike test horrors

    Did you crash on your test? Or run over a dog, and then crash? Or perhaps you got off the bike at the end of a perfect test... and forgot to put the sidestand down.We're putting together a feature...

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  • Design your dream Ducati

    25 November 2002

    Design your dream Ducati

    Think you can improve on the 999? Well, Ducati is going to give you the chance to prove it. The Italian firm has just launched a competition inviting visions for its future designs. It is open to...

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