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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2002)

  • Thieves foil round the world trip

    04 November 2002

    Just one day and a handful of miles from completing their round the world ride for charity, a couple from Australia have had their bike stolen by thieves.Ralph Dixon and Fionnuala Livingston had racked up almost 18,750 miles on their BMW F650GS through some of the world’s hottest troublespots without serious incident, collecting donations and presents in aid of multiple sclerosis sufferers.They...

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  • Get away to a hot track this month

    04 November 2002

    Get away to a hot track this month

    Before you mothball your sliders and dark visor just yet, how do you fancy a trackday getaway to the sun-kissed Tarmac of Cartegena in Spain?Sounds good? Well, Attraction Trackdays have a few spaces...

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  • Video exclusive: New Triumph 600

    04 November 2002

    Video exclusive: New Triumph 600

    In the latest MCN, out Wednesday November 6, we’ve got an incredible world exclusive – the first ever pictures of the new production-ready Triumph Daytona 600. And on motorcyclenews.com you can see it...

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  • New service wants drivers to text

    04 November 2002

    New service wants drivers to text

    A new mobile phone service is encouraging motorists to text from their cars. Roadrave, as it’s known, allows drivers to send messages to each other just by using their numberplate, rather than a phone...

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  • Ducati 999 scoops top MCN award

    04 November 2002

    Ducati 999 scoops top MCN award

    Wednesday, November 6 saw the seventh annual MCN Awards, held at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham. They were topped by Ducati’s stunning 999, which took the coveted Machine of the...

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  • Round the world bike found

    04 November 2002

    Round the world bike found

    Yesterday, Monday November 4, we reported on the sad story of a couple from Australia, who had their bike nicked on the last leg of a pan-global charity run.It was taken from outside Magor services on...

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  • Not the MCN Awards

    01 November 2002

    Not the MCN Awards

    Next Wednesday in a glittering ceremony, peppered with stars, the prestigious 2002 MCN Awards take place. They mark the highest achievements within the industry and pick out the year’s high fliers.

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  • Most drivers back mobile ban

    28 October 2002

    Most drivers back mobile ban

    A new survey by motorists group the RAC reveals more that more than 90 per cent of drivers would support a ban on the use of mobiles behind the wheel.Click on the link on the right to have your...

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  • Norwegians steer a Superbike course

    28 October 2002

    Norwegians steer a Superbike course

    Things you could never imagine happening here, number 243: Government officials attend a race school and are so impressed with its teachings they draft them into their nation’s rider training...

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  • The death of the two-stroke sportsbike

    28 October 2002

    The death of the two-stroke sportsbike

    This weekend the Valencia GP will sound the ring-a-ding-ding death knell of the two-stroke as a sports bike. Usurped by the four-strokes as the ultimate GP weapon and emissions laws have forced...

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  • New ‘mini twins’ race series

    28 October 2002

    New ‘mini twins’ race series

    There are race series for just about anything these days, from scooters to superbikes. But surprisingly, anyone with a medium-capacity twin, like Suzuki’s mega-selling SV650, has been left moping in...

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  • Calling all Monster 750 owners

    28 October 2002

    Calling all Monster 750 owners

    MCN is testing the new Monster 800 this week and is giving Monster 750 owners the opportunity to try it out for themselves.You’ll need to be available to visit Peterborough at short notice this week...

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  • Campaign demands return to stealthy Gatsos

    28 October 2002

    Campaign demands return to stealthy Gatsos

    Transport campaigners are set to apply for a judicial review into government rules that force speed cameras to be painted yellow.Click on the links on the right to have your say and to read how some...

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  • Iranian women get back on bikes

    28 October 2002

    Since 1979’s Islamic revolution Iranian women have been banned by religious hard-liners from riding motorcycles but now, thanks to a local entrepreneur, they’re flocking to get back on two wheels and strike a blow for independence.Mohammed Rez-Farhad-Sheikhahamed, head of sales at bike makers Bana Industrial came up with the idea to offer women free lessons. Now, he has almost 4000 ladies signed...

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  • We ride Foggy’s bike

    28 October 2002

    We ride Foggy’s bike

    It has been a terrific achievement. From a standing start to Superbike in under 12 months. Even before his riders have ridden it in anger, Foggy has let MCN test his FP1. Now, in a world’s first test,...

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  • MCN investigation: Helmet safety

    28 October 2002

    MCN investigation: Helmet safety

    In the latest issue of MCN, out Wednesday October 30, there’s a 12-page special investigation into helmet safety every rider must read.MCN took 50 top-selling helmets and put them through and exacting...

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  • Your top ten riders of all time:

    21 October 2002

    Your top ten riders of all time:

    He’s greater than Nigel Mansell, better than Geoff Boycott, and knocks spots off Henry Cooper. Who is he? Carl Fogarty, of course. In a new survey he has been named as Britain’s 26th greatest...

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  • Ridden: The world’s baddest R1

    21 October 2002

    Ridden: The world’s baddest R1

    Riding someone else’s bike is always something of a responsibility. But when it’s a £20,000 R1 that makes 159bhp, that’s been hand built by one of the best engine men in the business – in the damp –...

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  • NEC Show ticket winners

    21 October 2002

    NEC Show ticket winners

    We’ve drawn our five winners of free tickets to this year’s International Motorbike and Scooter Show at the Birmingham NEC.They are Adam Fairless, from King’s Lynn in Norfolk, Helen Wright from...

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  • Scooter auction raises £14k for charity

    21 October 2002

    Scooter auction raises £14k for charity

    An auction of special Vespa scooters, customised by some of the world’s top fashion designers has raised over £14,000 for charity.The Vespa Collection 2002, held at the trendy Rockwell bar in London,...

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  • Deaf youngster named MCI’s Achiever

    21 October 2002

    Deaf youngster named MCI’s Achiever

    Josh Waterman is an 11-year-old motocross racer, backed by Kawasaki, with a cupboard full of trophies. Now he can add the Motor Cycle Industry Association’ s (MCI) Oustanding Achievement Award to his...

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  • The 50 best specials in the world

    21 October 2002

    The 50 best specials in the world

    We’ve all sat down and thought " What would I do to my bike if I had the dough " ? In the latest issue of MCN, out October 23 we’ve got a FREE 16-page special on, erm, specials. There are...

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  • Make it a Ducati Saturday at Fylde

    21 October 2002

    Make it a Ducati Saturday at Fylde

    You can catch top MCN British Superbike star Michael Rutter and the new 999 and 749s at a special Ducati presentation at Fylde Superbikes, Blackpool this Saturday, October 26.Rutter, who finished...

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  • When to expect your new bike

    21 October 2002

    When to expect your new bike

    Here’s your comprehensive list of every new bike – and when you can expect to see it in the showrooms.Visit our LATEST ON NEW BIKES section, in NEWS, for more details and click on our expanding BIKE...

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  • Daytona slaps ban on nudity

    21 October 2002

    Daytona slaps ban on nudity

    Spoilsport suits on Daytona City council have passed a law banning nudity at the famous Bike Week held in its town every spring. Now, new rules require that one third of the buttocks and one quarter...

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  • Is the Gatso war going too far?

    21 October 2002

    Is the Gatso war going too far?

    In the latest issue of MCN, out October 23, we’ve got an interview with " Captain Gatso " , a biker who claims to lead a popular revolution against speed cameras. His supporters are...

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  • Give blood, save lives

    14 October 2002

    Give blood, save lives

    The UK’s bikers are big-hearted people. You’ve given your sweat and tears to worthy causes like MCN’s campaigns for black visors, against diesel spills and governmental meddling. Now we’d like you to...

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  • Update: Your views and pics from Skeggy

    14 October 2002

    Update: Your views and pics from Skeggy

    The last beers are being supped, the shelves long cleared of aspirin – the weekend’s Skeggy madness is slowly giving way to the dull thump behind the eyes that’s reality. But you can help us stretch...

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  • Carnell/Motorcycle City becomes Riossi

    14 October 2002

    Carnell/Motorcycle City becomes Riossi

    Britain’s biggest chain of bike dealers has changed its name. All 26 Carnell and Motorcycle City stores in the UK will from now on operate under the Riossi brand.Re-badging and restructuring of the...

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  • How would you improve Britain’s roads?

    14 October 2002

    How would you improve Britain’s roads?

    The Government has announced today that it’s to spend £145m improving the nation’s roads. The plans are mostly intensive, small-scale programmes focussing on congestion blackspots. But if you were in...

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  • Britain’s fastest bikes

    14 October 2002

    Britain’s fastest bikes

    In the latest issue of MCN, out Wednesday October 16, we ride and reveal the tech secrets behind the fastest bikes in Britain – the 2002 MCN British Superbikes.There’s in depth analysis of what makes...

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  • This week on MCN TV

    07 October 2002

    This week on MCN TV

    This week on MCN TV your host Louise Brady gets some track training at the hands of the instructors at the California Superbike School and meets up with newly-crowned MCN British Superbike champion...

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  • Help us track down these bikes

    07 October 2002

    Help us track down these bikes

    MCN has a feature in the pipeline, but we need your help to make it happen. Contact us if you have one of the following bikes:Honda VFR750FG 1986 Honda FireBlade RR-R 1993 or 94 Kawasaki KR-1S C2 1990...

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