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Bike News (April 2002)

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Cop a load of this…

    15 April 2002

    U.S. bike cop Wilson Contreras from Santiago, Chile, was shot when he disturbed two bank robbers. Amazingly the bullet hit his metal cop badge and deflected harmlessly away leaving Contreras with bruising. His life saving badge is now on display at Santiago police headquarters.

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  • Fancy a Classic?

    15 April 2002

    If you have ever contemplated joining the ranks of classic bike owners then don't miss the May 2002 issue of our sister publication Classic Bike, the world's best selling classic title. The May issue includes a free 24-page Buying and Selling supplement. The supplement comprehensively takes you through buying and selling steps and includes a A-Z valuation guide to post-war classics. The magazine...

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  • Your reaction to bike tax cut

    15 April 2002

    Your reaction to bike tax cut

    UPDATED APRIL 18: Gordon Brown has cut the cost of bike road tax in the budget. Fuel duty has also been frozen the next 12 months.There is a new scale for VED (road tax), and the idea is that the ...

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  • May 4 protest details

    15 April 2002

    May 4 protest details

    Details of the May 4 protest rides have been released, complete with meeting points and times for people travelling from across Britain.Up to 4000 bikers are expected to join the ride, which is...

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  • Last chance to book for TT

    15 April 2002

    Last chance to book for TT

    This year’s TT has broken a record – six weeks before it even begins!Organisers say that every race is over-subscribed and only the most determined fans will now find anywhere to stay on the Isle of...

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  • Got a ZX-7R? Want to star in MCN?

    15 April 2002

    Got a ZX-7R? Want to star in MCN?

    Attention ZX-7R owners. Have you tweaked your bike, fitted aftermarket parts, had it tuned, or generally spent piles trying to perfect it?If you can answer yes to any of the above and have a quality...

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  • Big bike boom looms

    15 April 2002

    Big bike boom looms

    Motorcycle sales figures have gone up for the first time in more than a year.With new bike prices more competitive than ever, dealers say that not only are they selling more bikes, they are also...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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