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Bike News (April 2002)

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Want a Drysdale? Prepare for a long wait

    08 April 2002

    Want a Drysdale? Prepare for a long wait

    THE new 140bhp V8 Drysdale has finally hit the streets. But anyone prepeared to meet the £25,000 asking price will have to wait up to six months before they see their bike.For the full story, and a...

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  • MCN’s Spring Spectacular at Butlins

    08 April 2002

    MCN’s Spring Spectacular at Butlins

    It’s that time of year again – pack the missus (maybe), a change of pants (if you’re feeling lucky), and a packet of extra-strength aspirin (better make that two). The MCN Spring Spectacular at...

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  • Cops clampdown on stunts

    08 April 2002

    Cops clampdown on stunts

    Police will issue Antisocial Behaviour Orders on riders who repeatedly pull stunts, ride with illegal plates and cans or ride dangerously.You can catch the full story on the clampdown in the new MCN,...

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  • Biking news from around the world

    08 April 2002

    Biking news from around the world

    The new MV Agusta F5 will make 183bhp when it is unveiled at the Munich Show in September. MCN revealed in February how the F5 will be the most powerful production bike in the world, seeing off the...

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  • New Michelin tyres tested

    08 April 2002

    New Michelin tyres tested

    Michelin has launched a new sports touring tyre to replace its Macadam 100X.For the full story on the new Michelin Pilot Road tryes, don’t miss the new MCN, out April 10. The Pilot Road lines up with...

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  • Leaner, meaner CBR600 unleashed in 2003

    08 April 2002

    Leaner, meaner CBR600 unleashed in 2003

    HONDA will unleash an all-new CBR600 next year. In the new MCN, out on Wednesday April 10, we’ll reveal the details on how Honda will use this much more advanced basic bike to grab World Supersport in...

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  • Butlins rideout details

    08 April 2002

    If you are organising a rideout, or know someone who is, for MCN’s Spring Spectacular (starting Friday, April 12) send in the details and we’ll add them to our Spectacular round-up.See the link, right, for the latest additions, and ones you can join in.If you’d like yours added to the list, simply e-mail the relevant facts (start time, meeting place, who is organising it and their daytime contact...

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  • Supersize Blackbird on 2004’s menu

    08 April 2002

    Supersize Blackbird on 2004’s menu

    Honda’s Super Blackbird will get a major overhaul for 2004 with a bigger capacity engine, possibly boosted further by the addition of the firm’s patented VTEC system.For the full story, and a free...

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  • MZ sports-tourer this autumn

    08 April 2002

    MZ sports-tourer this autumn

    MZ’S sports-tourer will go on sale in the UK by the end of this year. The factory says the long-awaited 1000S, first revealed in September 2000, should be released just after the Munich Show this...

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  • Ducati’s destiny revealed by V4

    08 April 2002

    Ducati’s destiny revealed by V4

    These are the world first pictures of the stunning new Ducati V4 GP bike. This is the bike that could change the face of Ducati for ever.MCN has managed to get hold of two exclusive pictures of the...

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  • Test your biking knowledge

    08 April 2002

    Reckon you’re smarter than the average bear? Here’s your opportunity to show the world just how clever you are.Click on the link to our news boards on the right and test your biking general knowledge skills.And if you’ve got a question you want answered, or you can think of a really tricky one you reckon would stump even the specciest biking anorak, just e-mail it to: marc.potter@emap.com

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  • What would you consign to Room 101?

    08 April 2002

    What would you consign to Room 101?

    Room 101, the imaginary dumping ground for the objects of our deepest fear, hatred and loathing, is coming to MCN. We want to hear what you would consign to it.Perhaps it’s politicians, perhaps it’s...

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  • Munich debut for new Ducati superbike

    08 April 2002

    Few bikes have been subject to as much rumour and speculation as Ducati’s 998 replacement – it could all end at the Munich bike show this September.For the full story on Ducati’s new superbike check out the new MCN, out April 10.Although Ducati is keen to keep the 998 in production as its mainstay road bike, for several years it has been working on another machine to replace it as the front-line...

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  • Spanish flavour bikes bound for Britain

    08 April 2002

    Spanish flavour bikes bound for Britain

    The Spanish firm behind the sexy Kart 125 race bike shown below will bring us a 450cc four-stroke single-cylinder enduro bike for early next year. Sherco is better know for its trials bikes and 50cc...

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  • Ex-officers on The Edge

    08 April 2002

    Ex-officers on The Edge

    The Edge training programme is on the look out for any retired police officers who have ridden bikes as part of their job and would be able to assess riders.There are shortfalls in Scotland,...

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  • The war on speed gets nasty

    08 April 2002

    The war on speed gets nasty

    A special team of scientists has been told by the Government to think the unthinkable in a bid to make British roads safer and less congested.For the full story on the war on speeding get the new MCN,...

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  • Aprilia reveals plans for GP road bike

    08 April 2002

    Aprilia reveals plans for GP road bike

    Joining the likes of Honda, Ducati and Suzuki, Aprilia has confirmed there will be a road bike based on its all-new GP machine. But Aprilia insiders say the road version of the high-tech 220bhp triple...

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  • Bike sales are warming up

    08 April 2002

    Bike sales are warming up

    BRITAIN’S bike dealers are reporting booming sales as the weather prompts potential buyers into the showrooms.The UK’s biggest bike chain Carnell/City reported sales figures of 1500 over the weekend –...

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  • Long live the revolution!

    08 April 2002

    Long live the revolution!

    The new issue of MCN is out now. It celebrates the new era of GP racing with an eight-page Suzuka special, plus an unmissable guide to this year’s essential new bikes, FREE, in this week’s MCN, out on...

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  • Spectacular day tickets available

    08 April 2002

    You don’t get much for £7.50 these days. Maybe a round for three mates, a seat at a Vauxhall Conference footy game or Steve Berry’s latest video in the supermarket bargain bin.But MCN is bucking the trend, by offering day tickets for just £7.50 to one of the best days out in Britain – our legendary Spring Spectacular.This weekend’s Butlins bash is among the most popular parties of the year, and...

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  • Piaggio tests 750cc…scooter

    08 April 2002

    Piaggio tests 750cc…scooter

    Piaggio is testing a superbike-sized 750cc V-twin scooter which it hopes to launch later this year. Disguised as an X9 500 at this stage, the new bike runs a smaller version of the four-valve...

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  • Rideout diary…

    08 April 2002

    Know of MCN Spring Spectacular ride-out to Butlins Skegness? E-mail the details to dave.batchelor@emap.com with Butlins Rideout in the subject line and we’ll add them below.Friday April 12:We are Burton upon Trent Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) and there are about 16 of us riding over to Skegness on Friday morning, we are meeting at Castle Donnington services on the M1 at 11.00am and riding along...

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  • Suggs’ insurance madness

    01 April 2002

    Pop star and TV presenter Suggs - real name Graham McPherson - was left thinking he wasn’t the only nutty boy involved when insurers refused to cover him to ride a Moto Guzzi.The Italian firm’s UK arm paid for the Madness frontman to pass his test and had a freebie 72bhp California Stone lined up for him for publicity purposes.But insurance firms wouldn’t cover him. They feared he would be giving...

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  • Italians unite to drive down costs

    01 April 2002

    Italians unite to drive down costs

    Italian manufacturers are teaming up to prevent being undercut by their Japanese competitors. Piaggio and Aprilia have already agreed to a trade alliance to secure cheaper parts and Ducati is being...

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  • Chainstore deals, individual service

    01 April 2002

    Chainstore deals, individual service

    Wide choice and the kind of great deals we demand from a bike superstore, is one thing. Combining that with the sort of service and knowledgeable staff you expect from your local friendly bike shop is...

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  • Rider’s blind faith at 150mph

    01 April 2002

    Rider’s blind faith at 150mph

    Reckon you could ride this at 150mph? In a blindfold? With earplugs in?Graham Hicks is both blind and deaf, but he’ll be aiming to pilot this Super Blackbird-based device to a new world record this...

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  • Have you seen the new MCN?

    01 April 2002

    Have you seen the new MCN?

    We want to know what you think about the new MCN. It’s out now with an exclusive first road test of the Benelli Tornado, first pictures of an all-new Triumph and unique insight into the Ducati V4...

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