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Bike News (April 2002)

  • What’s your view like?

    22 April 2002

    What’s your view like?

    A ZX-12R owner is preparing a complaint against Kawasaki, claiming that the bike’s compact design prevents him from making proper " rear observations " . You can read the full story on this...

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  • Triumph blaze: Morale boosted by Royal Visit

    22 April 2002

    The devastated workforce in Hinckley raised a smile last week when the Duke of York visited the site. After seeing the destruction inside the factory first-hand, Prince Andrew said: " It?s rather sad in there. This is a great British name that has been reborn and it?s a tragedy to see this happen to a company that has done so well. The fact they have had to suspend production is a great...

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  • Triumph will come out of this stronger and better

    22 April 2002

    TRIUMPH will take on a siege mentality to see it through the difficult times ahead, according to industry experts. They also believe the famous name could come out of the disaster stronger than ever. " Under extreme circumstances you get more production than you ever thought possible, said professor Garel Rhys, director of automotive research at Cardiff University. " People will roll...

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  • Win bikes on BMF tickets

    22 April 2002

    Win bikes on BMF tickets

    Fancy winning a KTM Duke 640? Or how about an Aprilia Atlantic 500cc scooter? Both will be given away at this year’s BMF Show on May 18-19 at Peterborough’s East of England Showground, Cambridgeshire.

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  • Triumph Blaze: How it happened

    22 April 2002

    Investigators are " 90 per cent certain " the blaze which tore through the Triumph factory was caused by leaking petrol. But they are still trying to discover where the leak actually came from. They helped us recreate what probably happened on that fateful Friday night. Once bikes reach the end of the assembly line (1), they are fuelled and then tested on the dyno before the petrol is...

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  • Bank wants Carnell-Motorcycle City

    22 April 2002

    Bank wants Carnell-Motorcycle City

    The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is lining up a take-over of Dixon Motors, the parent company of the Carnell/Motorcycle City franchises.The Sunday Times reports that a formal offer is expected later...

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  • Yamaha Tmax: Long term report

    22 April 2002

    Yamaha Tmax: Long term report

    My name is Steve Farrell and I’m a scooter apron wearer.I have visions of myself saying that, standing in front of a room full of people guilty of equally heinous biking fashion crimes, at a support...

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  • You couldn’t make it up…

    22 April 2002

    You couldn’t make it up…

    Speeder has phone joke:The man fined a record-breaking £72,000 by police in Finland for breaking the speed limit on his Harley has still got a sense of humour. Launching a new range of Nokia phones...

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  • Triumph blaze: dwindling stocks

    22 April 2002

    You won’t get a discount on a new Triumph for months – but if you’re selling a secondhand bike, you’ll get a great price. That’s the message from Triumph dealers, who are coming to terms with the fact they won’t have some of their most popular models in stock this summer. Supplies of the Bonneville – Triumph’s best-selling bike in 2001 – have dried up already, and the Daytona superbike won’t be...

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  • Dangerous safety signs

    22 April 2002

    Dangerous safety signs

    Signs like these are springing up on biker routes in Essex – and local riders are understandably outraged.The council say they slow riders down. The bikers say someone will die after hitting one of...

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  • On the back with Ron Haslam

    22 April 2002

    On the back with Ron Haslam

    Flying through Schwantz Curve at 140mph on a FireBlade, I close my eyes. Weird. By the time I open them a split second later I’m at the McLeans right-hander and leaning over with about 20 degrees of...

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  • Reynolds GSX-R1000 for the road

    22 April 2002

    Reynolds GSX-R1000 for the road

    Suzuki’s Crescent Racing team has revealed plans for a limited-edition replica of John Reynolds’ GSX-R1000.You can catch the full story on the new Reynolds replica GSX-R1000 in the new MCN, out April...

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  • Latest May 4 protest timetable

    22 April 2002

    Latest May 4 protest timetable

    The timetable for the May 4 protest rides has just been released, complete with meeting points and times for people travelling from across Britain.Up to 4000 bikers are expected to join the ride,...

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  • Have you bought a bargain?

    22 April 2002

    Have you bought a bargain?

    Have you managed to find a Ducati for moped money? We want to know if you’ve recently picked up a stunning secondhand bargain bike.It doesn’t matter whether it was a C90 for a fiver or a mint Blade...

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  • New Ducati 900 Sport tested

    22 April 2002

    New Ducati 900 Sport tested

    Desire a new Ducati sportsbike, but the budget won’t stretch to a 998? We’ve been road testing Ducati’s new 900 Sport –the famous Italian firm’s " budget " key to its exclusive club.You...

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  • Your reactions to Prince’s bike test pass

    22 April 2002

    Your reactions to Prince’s bike test pass

    Prince William on an R1? It could happen… he’s passed his bike test on a 125 and is unlikely to want to stop there..You may have already pulled up alongside him at the lights. The palace has revealed...

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  • Pledge on bad service

    15 April 2002

    Pledge on bad service

    Britain’s biggest bike dealer has appointed new MD Mark Smithson to tackle its poor service record. He arrives after a survey by MCN’s sister magazine RiDE which criticised the firm’s servicing. As a...

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  • More dedicated discussion boards

    15 April 2002

    We’ve added new and dedicated discussion boards for the following bikes: The 2002 Blade, BMW R1150GS Adventure, Harley-Davidson V-Rod, Kawasaki ZZ-R1200, Honda STX1300 Pan European and Suzuki V-Strom.All those bikes are on our long-term test fleet for 2002 and the new boards should prove a great place for MCN’s team of riders to share their experiences with new owners as well as for owners to...

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  • Harley V-Rod recall

    15 April 2002

    Harley V-Rod recall

    Harley is recalling its V-Rod after discovering a small batch of engines may have been over-stressed during pre-delivery tests. Only 70 bikes worldwide are affected, and just eight have made it to the...

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  • Bid for Bayliss bodywork

    15 April 2002

    Bid for Bayliss bodywork

    You could bid and win a piece of World Superbike history, and help a good cause, but you’ll have to get your skates on.The tail fairing from Troy Bayliss’ Ducati 998, signed by the man himself, is...

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  • Yamaha ready to end insurance nightmare

    15 April 2002

    Yamaha ready to end insurance nightmare

    Yamaha is extending its R1 insurance deal across its entire line-up, opening the way for many to have the bike they actually want, rather than the one they can insure. And the promise is, this won’t...

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  • Hybrid Kawasaki

    15 April 2002

    Hybrid Kawasaki

    An electric bike with the power of a 600 supersport machine? Sounds shocking, but that’s what designers Phil Hallahan and Robert O’Brien have come up with.For the full story on this, don’t miss the...

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  • Bad language could cost lives

    15 April 2002

    Bad language could cost lives

    The Government has come under attack from the Plain English Campaign after motorway signs telling drivers " Think. Don’t drive tired " appeared. The Campaign claims: " People drive...

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  • Triumph’s official statement in full

    15 April 2002

    Construction starts today (April 16) on rebuilding production areas which were affected by the recent fire at Triumph Motorcyles in Hinckley.Managing Director Karl Wharton has announced plans for a rebuilding programme which will enable new Triumph motorcycles to be rolling off the assembly line by the start of September.Triumph will be working round the clock to rebuild the factory in Jacknell...

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  • Triumph begins rebuilding process

    15 April 2002

    Triumph begins rebuilding process

    TRIUMPH started rebuilding its fire-damaged factory today (Tuesday) and reckons it will have completed the work in just 14 weeks.And in the meantime, the firm has confirmed it will be able to...

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  • New MCN out on Wednesday

    15 April 2002

    New MCN out on Wednesday

    The BSB Blade you can buy for the road is revealed in full in Wednesday’s MCN.Road-legal and built by Russell Savory’s Motopower MCN BSB team, there's a basic £13,400 version and a full drama £18,000...

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  • Thanks for making this the place to be

    15 April 2002

    March has proved to be yet another bumper month for visitors to this site.Latest figures show 817,265 visitors came to the site during March alone, viewing 5,264,787 pages between them.Thanks for making us the UK’s most popular motorcycle website by a mile.

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  • How Triumph is functioning in the meantime

    15 April 2002

    Here’s how Triumph is planning to carry on while rebuilding. It’s a statement in full from the factory.Internal Arrangements: While they are rebuilding the Jacknell Road factory, Triumph are making internal arrangements to enable motorbike production to come back on stream at the earliest possible date.Machinery which was affected by smoke and soot in the Jacknell Road factory - known as T1 - is...

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  • New motor for new Guzzis

    15 April 2002

    New motor for new Guzzis

    MOTO GUZZI is working on a new 744cc engine to power two new bikes in 2003. The ageing motor used in the current Nevada needs updating to meet emissions regulations introduced in Europe this year. So...

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  • Sexy Swedish supermoto

    15 April 2002

    Sexy Swedish supermoto

    Wickedly sexy, this new supermoto from Swedish manufacturer Highland has more in common with that country’s exciting cinematic output than its flat-pack kitchens and Volvos.For the full story on the...

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  • MAG boss unseated

    15 April 2002

    MAG boss unseated

    Motorcycle Action Group Chair Neil Liversidge has been voted from his post at the Group’s annual conference in Weston-Super-MareJust 288 members voted in the election and Liversidge lost by a narrow...

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  • Do the funky moped

    15 April 2002

    Do the funky moped

    DRAG racing is all about high speed and danger, right? Not at the " Funky Moped Grass Track Drag Racing " event at the Chinnor Bike Day on June 29. And, as luck would have it, you can...

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