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Bike News (April 2002)

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Harley rival folds

    01 April 2002

    Harley rival folds

    Failed U.S. manufacturer Excelsior Henderson has given up all hope of a recovery as creditors have sold off the contents of its factory. When Excelsior started selling bikes in early 1999, it had big...

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  • Bimota rescue bid fails

    01 April 2002

    Bimota rescue bid fails

    A buyout of ailing superbike firm Bimota has fallen through, leaving rescue plans in tatters. In December last year, the firm – which was being auctioned off by Italian courts after falling into...

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  • Security at your fingertips

    01 April 2002

    Security at your fingertips

    Kawasaki is pioneering a new fingerprint-based ignition system factory sources have told MCN.The system can function on anything from bikes and cars to windows and televisions.A physical ignition key...

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