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Bike News (April 2002)

  • TT travel information

    29 April 2002

    TT travel information

    This year’s TT promises to be a belter. Race entries are amongst the highest for years and there’s an awful lot of partying to do to make up for last year’s disappointment.Ferry places are available...

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  • Get a company bike on Gordon

    29 April 2002

    Get a company bike on Gordon

    The Chancellor’s not exactly know for his generosity. But thanks to the Prudent One hundreds of company car drivers are taking advantage of a change in the tax laws to grab themselves a great bike.

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  • Three die in biker shootout

    29 April 2002

    Over 200 bikers are being questioned by police in Nevada, USA after a shootout in a casino between rival biker gangs left three dead and 16 injured over the weekend.The gunfight erupted on Saturday night after an argument broke out in the Harrah’s resort. Gamblers ran for cover as around 70 members of the Hell’s Angels and Mongol gangs fought with pistols and knives.Within minutes more than a...

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  • Speed trap cops a parking fine

    29 April 2002

    Speed trap cops a parking fine

    There is justice after all. An unnamed Welsh policeman has been booked for parking illegally as he sat in a van trying to catch speeding motorists.The constable from Gwent Police was on duty in Cwm,...

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  • May 4 is protest day in Scotland, too

    29 April 2002

    May 4 is protest day in Scotland, too

    The protest ride to Westminster on May 4 will be matched by a similar protest north of the Border, too as Scottish riders lobby their Parliament against proposed anti-biker legislation.Organiser Gary...

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  • BMW enters GP race

    29 April 2002

    BMW enters GP race

    This is the bike that will change the way you think about BMWs. It is a totally new three-cylinder four-stroke designed to compete in GPs.You can get the full story on the new BMW GP bike in MCN, out...

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  • Give us a sign

    29 April 2002

    Give us a sign

    You’re belting along when a rider coming the other way flashes his lights. Is he simply saying " Hello " or is he trying to tell you there’s a speed trap ahead?We’d like to establish a...

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  • Join our ultimate road test

    29 April 2002

    Join our ultimate road test

    In the new issue of MCN, out Wednesday, May 1, we’re launching the biggest ever road test of bikes, bolt-ons and kit, and we want you to take part in it.We’ll be bringing you our weekly updates on our...

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  • Make our voice heard

    29 April 2002

    Make our voice heard

    Protest organiser Christopher Coleman has sent us his final update before the planned May 4 protest ride to Westminster. Over 4000 bikes are expected to descend on the capital to protest about planned...

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  • You’re our pillion in a million winner

    22 April 2002

    You’re our pillion in a million winner

    Thanks you for your entries to our pillion in a million ride competition. Congratulations to Neil Summers from Liverpool, he’s won a pillion ride with with Randy Mamola at this weekend’s Boxer Cup...

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  • Free stickers with BikeMart

    22 April 2002

    Free stickers with BikeMart

    Get free MCN British Superbike stickers with MCN BikeMart magazine – on sale now. As an added bonus, if your bike is spotted sporting one of the stickers, you could win a Hizzy rep OGK FF3 rep lid.The...

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  • First love never dies

    22 April 2002

    First love never dies

    Paul Long watched anxiously as the clock ticked around to midnight. He was ready. Helmet buckled, leather jacket zipped up, white socks rolled over the top of his boots.Finally, the clock began to...

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  • Power boost for 748 Testastretta

    22 April 2002

    Power boost for 748 Testastretta

    The new Ducati 748 Testastretta engine is making more power than the company expected. Initial predictions were for a 10bhp increase over the 2001 748R’s 106bhp at the crank. Now it looks like the new...

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  • Send us your tips

    22 April 2002

    Send us your tips

    Have you got a top tip you'd like to share with us? We'd like to hear how you save time or a few quid with a helpful hint. Every day motorcyclenews.com publishes the best of the tips we receive. But...

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  • The Triumph factory fire

    22 April 2002

    The Triumph factory " could collapse at any minute " , claim fire fighters who spent the entire weekend battling a blaze there. Even as MCN went to press on Monday afternoon, fires were still burning inside the building in Hinckley, Leics. Fireman won’t let people inside to assess the damage, but as our photos prove, the destruction is massive. A third of the roof has fallen on to the...

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  • Kawasaki’s ZZ-R1200 takes on its rivals

    22 April 2002

    Kawasaki’s ZZ-R1200 takes on its rivals

    In the new MCN, out Wednesday April 24, we’ve taken some of the world’s fastest tourers and pitched them against Kawasaki’s blistering new ZZ-R1200.It went head-to-head with Yamaha’s belting FJR1300,...

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  • Ducati tests super single

    22 April 2002

    Ducati tests super single

    Ducati has begun tests of a single-cylinder engine destined to find its way into a new range of bikes – including a supercharged one.For the full story on Ducati’s super single, don’t miss the new...

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  • BMW’s GP bike revealed

    22 April 2002

    BMW’s GP bike revealed

    This is the bike that will change the way you think about BMWs. It’s a totally new three-cylinder four-stroke designed to compete in GPs.You can read full details of this stunning machine in MCN, out...

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  • Theives raid Harpers

    22 April 2002

    Theives raid Harpers

    Thieves broke in through the roof of Harpers in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex and stole several sets of expensive leathers and gloves.Alpinestars and RST kit was amongst the thieves’ haul, but Wolf leathers...

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  • How the disaster unfolded

    22 April 2002

    Friday: 20:41Leicestershire Fire Brigade receives a phone call from the Hinckley area saying there’s flames licking out of the top of Triumph’s factory in Jacknell Road. Friday: 20:46Two engines arrive from nearby Hinckley Fire Station. The crew commander carries out a risk assessment and immediately radios for assistance from other crews as smoke billows from the roof. Friday: 20:50A third fire...

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  • Your views on "unsafe" sportsbikes…

    22 April 2002

    News that a ZX-12R owner is preparing a complaint against Kawasaki, after claiming that the bike’s compact design prevents him from making proper " rear observations " , has stirred up a storm on our News boards. On the advice of Trading Standards officers, Steve Breeze, 42, is compiling evidence to present to Kawasaki and hopes others who have the same difficulty will step forward. ...

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  • Your response to Carnell take-over

    22 April 2002

    Your response to Carnell take-over

    Users of motorcyclenews.com chatboards have been responding to the news that Royal Bank of Scotland has confirmed its offer to buy Dixon Motors, the parent company of the Carnell-Motorcycle City...

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  • 200cc Gilera here by May

    22 April 2002

    200cc Gilera here by May

    Gilera is launching a 200cc version of its best-selling Runner scooter. The 200 will come in green/black or black/ carbon and it woll be available from the start of May, for £2649.It has a 21bhp...

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  • KTM V-twin set for WSB

    22 April 2002

    KTM V-twin set for WSB

    KTM plans to shed its off-road image with an innovative V-twin 170bhp superbike designed to take on the best in WSB or Grand Prix.For the full story on KTM’s race project, and a world first test of...

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  • TRIUMPH BLAZE: THE AFTERMATH

    22 April 2002

    Triumph’s insurers face a bill of over £25 million to rebuild the factory after the devastating fire, which firefighters say was caused by a petrol leak. And Triumph plans to used the cash to make the brand even stronger by rebuilding the factory so it contains the very latest technology. The insurance pay-out also covers lost income from sales and workers’ wages. But many Triumph dealers face...

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  • Scooters with car qualities

    22 April 2002

    Scooters with car qualities

    Peugeot scooters are the most popular powered two-wheeled transport in the UK. And now they claim to be adopting car-style values with big moves on quality control and technology. No wonder their...

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  • £11,000 Tuono ‘is too much’

    22 April 2002

    £11,000 Tuono ‘is too much’

    Aprilia’s UK importer wants the factory to rethink the £11,000 asking price of its new Tuono. The firm is making just 200 of the 130bhp RSV Mille R-engined naked bikes for sale via the internet on May...

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  • Starfish style

    22 April 2002

    Starfish style

    This is one pillion who was taking no chances when the tactical firearms squad yelled " spread ‘em "

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  • The ultimate carbon-fibre accessory

    22 April 2002

    The ultimate carbon-fibre accessory

    What do you get for the sports bike rider who has everything?A carbon-fibre toilet seat obviously. Tastefully supplied with chrome brackets this lovely item can be yours for just £85 from U.S. company...

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  • Every Harley to get birthday suit

    22 April 2002

    Every Harley to get birthday suit

    Harley is planning to make all of its 2003 bikes special 100th anniversary models.For the full story on the 100th anniversary edition bikes, don’t miss the new MCN, out April 24.The firm has decided...

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