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Bike News (July 2002)

  • Relive those Brands moments with MCN

    29 July 2002

    Relive those Brands moments with MCN

    In the latest issue of MCN, out Wednesday July 31, you can relive all your Brands moments with our 16-page special and be the first to read the hottest WSB news.We can exclusively reveal who has been...

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  • Industry open day for kids at NEC Show

    29 July 2002

    Industry open day for kids at NEC Show

    The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCI) is issuing an invitation to schools nationwide to take part in Youth Day 2002.The event is taking place at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre on...

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  • Your Brands WSB weekend…

    29 July 2002

    Your Brands WSB weekend…

    More than 126,000 of us baked slowly in the Kent sunshine over Sunday’s World Superbike round at Brands Hatch. Were you one of them? Why not tell us about it? Here’s what some MORE people made of...

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  • Join BMW (and the SAS) for a skills course

    29 July 2002

    Join BMW (and the SAS) for a skills course

    In order to build up their skills at tackling mile after mile of rugged terrain, the SAS have…mile after mile of rugged terrain. Which is why it’s such a coup for BMW to be able to run its exclusive...

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  • Update: Congestion charging gets go-ahead

    29 July 2002

    Update: Congestion charging gets go-ahead

    A challenge in the High Court to the Mayor of London’s decision to implement congestion charges in London has failed.A judge rejected Westminster Council’s argument that the controversial scheme would...

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  • Bulldog bash line-up gets BRMC

    29 July 2002

    Bulldog bash line-up gets BRMC

    Top indie band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club has just been confirmed on the line-up for this year’s Bulldog Bash.They’re playing on the Friday evening, along with headliners The Pretenders and Three...

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  • Fancy a ride-out this Sunday?

    29 July 2002

    Fancy a ride-out this Sunday?

    Bill Giles has promised sunshine, rather than rain, by the bucket this Sunday, August 4, so instead of hoovering the lawn, make your excuses and get out to one of the ride-outs being organised by...

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  • R1 "jacked" in London

    29 July 2002

    R1 "jacked" in London

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a rider had his Yamaha R1 " jacked " in North London.The rider was on the A41 Finchley Road, NW2 on July 24 when two other R1s, both black and...

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  • Tax dodgers face roadside clamp

    29 July 2002

    Tax dodgers face roadside clamp

    Riders in the north of England could be in for a nasty shock if their bike has no road tax. Lancashire police is piloting a scheme to clamp any untaxed bikes on the spot.From July 29 anyone caught by...

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  • Games doc gets R1 for gold medal service

    22 July 2002

    The Commonwealth Games kick off on Thursday July 25, and one of the most important members of the British team will be relying on her Yamaha R1.Medic Denise O’Hanlon has strapped her doctor’s bag to the back of her bike for the duration of the games. " I’m on call for the whole week, " she told MCN, " and I’ll be needed at the training grounds, the athlete’s village and the...

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  • Sussex thief poses as buyer

    22 July 2002

    If you’re selling a superbike, take extreme care if a Grant Mitchell lookalike comes to view it.A Sussex-based thief has been leaving stolen bikes as security while taking sellers’ machines for a test ride and then doing a runner with their bike.Sussex Police say he is aged between 30 and 35, 5ft 11ins tall and of stocky build with cropped blond hair. One witness came up with the likeness to...

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  • Two riders contrasting opinions

    22 July 2002

    ‘I run Gatsos down!’ " Gatsos just get on my tits. That’s all there is to it, " says Britain’s one-man camera demolition squad. This guy, who wants to be called Rider A for obvious reasons, hates Gatsos as much as the rest of us. But he’s done something extreme about it. He says: " When they first started coming on to the roads in big numbers – when I worked as a late-night...

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  • For Gatsos, and against them

    22 July 2002

    Cathy Keeler, Policy Manager, road safety campaign group Brake:Speeding is endemic within British society. According to a national survey conducted by us, four out of 10 drivers break the speed limit in urban areas and over half break the limit outside these areas. Experts agree that better compliance to speed limits would help cut the numbers of accidents. Speed cameras are one measure that’s...

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  • All these people are cashing in

    22 July 2002

    Gordon Brown: The Chancellor and his predecessors have benefited to the tune of £195m since the Gatso appeared. That’s the cost of a large hospital or another 6000 police officers. Serco PLC: Installs and maintains 90 per cent of the UK’s cameras. At one point its share performance out-performed the stock market by more than 200,000 per cent. £40m profit last year. Truvelo: The firm which makes...

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  • 24 hour Mots and servicing

    22 July 2002

    24 hour Mots and servicing

    If, like most people, you’ve ever struggled to get your bike serviced because you just couldn’t get time off, a garage open 24 hours a day sounds like a dream. That’s exactly what East-London based...

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  • First official pictures of new KTM

    22 July 2002

    First official pictures of new KTM

    This is the first official picture, leaked from a factory insider, of a production version of KTM’s LC8 Adventure. It's believed a factory rider has taken this particular machine on a final...

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  • Join Hodgson and Hislop for a trackday

    22 July 2002

    Join Hodgson and Hislop for a trackday

    If you’ve ever wondered how to ride like the stars, the Superbike Stars Track Day at Mallory Park is the answer. It takes place on Thursday August 1, and WSB star Neil Hodgson and BSB stars Steve...

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  • Free Brands WSB preview with MCN

    22 July 2002

    Free Brands WSB preview with MCN

    Don’t miss this week’s MCN because we’re giving away a free 12-page supplement filled with all you need to know to make the most of the summer festival that is the Brands Hatch WSB meeting.And if any...

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  • DVLA want tax discs on numberplates

    22 July 2002

    DVLA want tax discs on numberplates

    The DVLA are considering their options after it found that nearly a quarter of bikes on the road are untaxed.One option is to bring in Euro-style numberplates. They have more space at the side where...

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  • Speeding let off for Prince

    22 July 2002

    Speeding let off for Prince

    Prince Andrew was stopped for driving his Land Rover at 60mph in a 40mph limit, The Sun newspaper reports.He was stopped by a radar trap on Heathrow Road, near Heathrow Airport, as he rushed to catch...

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  • Do more speed cameras mean more danger?

    22 July 2002

    Do more speed cameras mean more danger?

    The wreckage of a mangled car lies strewn across a major road, the flashing blue lights of emergency vehicles reflected eerily inside its disembowelled remains in a sea of shattered glass, metal and...

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  • F6C goes 1800cc

    15 July 2002

    F6C goes 1800cc

    Honda are expected to revamp the F6C cruiser with the same 1800cc engine and the new Goldwing, as well as the Wing’s aluminium beam frame, plus styling influenced by Honda’s " concept " ...

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  • M4 bus lane to open to bikes

    15 July 2002

    The M4 bus lane on the section near Chiswick will open to motorcycles from July 23.The Government’s Highways Agency has given the all clear and the move has been welcomed by the Motorcycle Industry Association.A spokesman said: " Allowing bikers to use the bus lane is a sensible way of alleviating congestion at peak times and keeping riders safe. " We hope the Highways Agency will...

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  • 999: First official pictures

    15 July 2002

    999: First official pictures

    Get hold of today’s MCN and you’ll get your best look yet at the first official pictures of Ducati’s new superbike, the 999. And later today on motorcyclenews.com, we’ll bring you our world exclusive...

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  • Raging fires force rally to cancel

    15 July 2002

    Raging fires force rally to cancel

    Wild fires raging across the US have led to the cancellation of the Four Corners rally, held annually on Labor Day weekend for the last nine years.The rally is in South West Colorado, an area...

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  • ZZ-R1200 owner gathering this Sunday

    15 July 2002

    ZZ-R1200 owner gathering this Sunday

    Got a ZZ-R1200? Would you like to meet up with a load of other owners of the same bike?You’ll want to join in our MCN ZZ-R1200 owner gathering, then, due for July 21. It’s on Sunday and starts from...

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  • Czech out this new Supermoto maker

    08 July 2002

    Czech out this new Supermoto maker

    Here’s the first picture of the Praga 610 Supermoto. Praga isn’t exactly a household name but the Czech firm has been making cars and trucks since 1907. It’ll be released in the UK this week priced at...

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  • Don’t miss your free GP preview

    08 July 2002

    Don’t miss your free GP preview

    In the latest issue of MCN, out Wednesday July 10, there’s a mega 12-page preview of the British GP at MCN Donington Park on July14.Pundits predict it will be the most exciting British GP for decades,...

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  • Who’s your hero?

    08 July 2002

    Who’s your hero?

    Valentino Rossi has just revealed the man who was his hero when he was a kid. Kevin Schwantz? No. Fellow Italian legend Giacomo Agostini perhaps? Not even close…It was in fact Britain’s own...

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  • Fat examiners cop weight of the law

    08 July 2002

    Test examiners in the Norwegian town of Elverum are postponing tests because they are too heavy to ride pillion.The problems came to light because the three lighter examiners who could perform the test are all on holiday.Norwegian licence regulations include a maximum load which assumes that the rider weighs 75kg(11 1/2 stone), and pillions that break the limit by themselves aren’t allowed.It...

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