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Bike News (March 2002)

  • Harley in Europe’s sights

    25 March 2002

    Harley in Europe’s sights

    Harley fans may have to pay more for new bikes because the European Union is targeting the firm as part of a trade war with the U.S. EU bosses have included Harleys on a hit list of American products...

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  • Can they fix it? No

    25 March 2002

    Can they fix it? No

    Mechanics are missing faults when they carry out services on our bikes, according to an undercover survey carried out by MCN sister magazine RiDE.They picked a range of seven dealers from around the...

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  • The brands of Piaggio

    25 March 2002

    The brands of Piaggio

    You probably think of Piaggio purely for its scooters, but no other manufacturer in the world has as many bike-building off-shoots. The deal with MV Agusta means the company, run by Stefano Rosselli...

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  • April 3 is coming…

    25 March 2002

    MCN is counting down to a major relaunch on April 3.That issue will come complete with 20 per cent more of what you want, and every issue after it will come with more pages, offering even better value than ever before.We’ll be adding new elements, reacting to the things you tell us you want, and coming up with plenty of surprises.But rest assured, we won’t forget the things you know and love.Our...

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  • Bigger, best value MCN from April 3

    25 March 2002

    Bigger, best value MCN from April 3

    MCN gets 20% more packed pages from our April 3 issue plus a new improved formula.You’ll still get everything you’ve come to expect from MCN – the hottest news, tests, features and sports reports –...

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  • Piaggio set to be bigger than Suzuki

    25 March 2002

    Piaggio set to be bigger than Suzuki

    Europe’s biggest bike firm has just signed a deal which will see it snapping at Suzuki’s heels to become the third largest manufacturer in the world.Scooter giant Piaggio – already owner of Gilera,...

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  • Rate your kit, and ours

    25 March 2002

    Rate your kit, and ours

    MCN’s Marc Potter rides thousands of miles each year testing the latest bikes to the limit. He needs the right kit. Find out what he chooses and how he rates it in the April 10 issue of MCN.And if...

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  • EU to limit bike emissions

    25 March 2002

    EU to limit bike emissions

    Bikes will be subject to stricter emissions controls from 2003 after the European Commission ratified proposals for lower limits on carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons. For 4-stroke engines, the 2003...

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  • Voxan deal falls through

    25 March 2002

    Voxan deal falls through

    It looks like we won’t be able to buy Voxan V-twins next year as expected. A deal to save the French firm from bankruptcy collapsed when the first instalment of the buyout cash failed to arrive.

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  • Join the Southend Shakedown

    25 March 2002

    Join the Southend Shakedown

    We’re used to roads to the seaside getting clogged up every Bank Holiday. But it won’t be caravans holding up the traffic on the way to Southend this weekend – instead it’ll be a massive procession of...

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  • Six days to a giant leap in motorcycling

    25 March 2002

    Six days to a giant leap in motorcycling

    We’re more interested than ever before in what you have to say about your life in motorcycling because it’s right at the heart of what we’re doing with the re-launched MCN, in the shops on April...

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  • Go to Le Mans with Carnell

    25 March 2002

    Go to Le Mans with Carnell

    If you fancy a trip to Le Mans, you can now go on Carnell’s works trip. The dealer chain is opening up its annual party to anyone. For £220 you get ferry tickets, accommodation, a support van and race...

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  • New dealer joins our online bike stores

    25 March 2002

    New dealer joins our online bike stores

    Chiswick Honda is offering to match the price of any UK supplied Honda when you buy online through motorcyclenews.com.They are also offering, nationwide delivery, parts and accessories, finance, two...

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  • Strange but true motorcycling tales

    25 March 2002

    Strange but true motorcycling tales

    More strange biking stories from around the world.England:The crack motorcycle escort which usually accompanies the Queen had a rather less important job last week – flanking a limo carrying the first...

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  • Dark visor consultation opens

    25 March 2002

    Dark visor consultation opens

    As promised, the Government has opened up the question of dark visors to public consultation. They say they will take account of all views; so make your voice heard.10,000 people had their say when...

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  • Video: Stunning pictures of Triumph fire

    18 March 2002

    CLICK on the link on the right to see the stunning film of the fire that devastated Triumph’s Hinckley plant.Supplied by Leicestershire Fire Brigade the film details the brigade’s efforts to save the factory. At one point 120 firefighters from both Leicestershire and Warwickshire brigades were tackling the blaze, which took over five hours to bring under control.The film is a Real Media file, but...

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  • Kawasaki ZRX1200: Long term report

    18 March 2002

    Kawasaki ZRX1200: Long term report

    THEY say you can’t put a price on love. I can. It’s £2201.That’s how much my insurance company wanted from me to keep my ZRX1200 on the road with comprehensive cover for the next 12 months.Even...

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  • Protest update

    18 March 2002

    Protest update

    Update (April 9)Coleman has asked MCN to pass on his request for protest stewards.He told MCN: " Things are going realy well, the flow of registrations is still good and I’m confident we can...

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  • How much, and why

    18 March 2002

    How much, and why

    Ben Salmon " Cars? I don’t like being enclosed. I’d rather fall off than get a bar smashed in my face " Age 17. Occupation Student/part-time waiter. Salary £60 a week.First ride Aged eight,...

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  • Wirral egg run attracts 4500 bikes

    18 March 2002

    Wirral egg run attracts 4500 bikes

    The Wirral easter egg run was held on Sunday and Robcbr400rr took these pictures to share the day with you. If you take snaps at an Easter Egg run you attend, send them as a jpeg to...

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  • 100 of your new reviews added

    18 March 2002

    100 of your new reviews added

    WE’VE just added 100 more of your reviews to our product reviews section. Not only will this help you make a more informed choice about your next purchase of kit, but it’s this sort of invaluable user...

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  • Children of the revolution

    18 March 2002

    Children of the revolution

    You’ve got a Blade, they’ve got youth. You might have the ability to unlock a front wheel skid at 80. You corner confidently in the wet and you’re probably blasé about 100bhp. No car has passed...

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  • Join in an Egg Run

    18 March 2002

    Join in an Egg Run

    If you are organising an Egg Run (or know someone who is) send in the details and we’ll add them to our Egg Run round-up.See the link, right, for the latest additions, and ones you can join in.If...

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  • Send us your product reviews

    18 March 2002

    What kit have you got? Does it work? And if not, why not? Tell us how much you paid, where it was from and whether you think it was worth it.We want your reviews of all your riding equipment from the cheapest lid to the priciest boots. We’re trying to build the most comprehensive database of information, so we can help you make informed choices when it comes to spending your money.To submit your...

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  • Don’t miss your free MCN riding guide

    18 March 2002

    Don’t miss your free MCN riding guide

    FREE with the latest issue (March 20) of MCN is our comprehensive guide to better riding. There’s a massive 32 pages dedicated to helping you get the most from yourself and your bike this year.We’ve...

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  • More weirdness from the world of motorcycling

    18 March 2002

    America:Gilbert MacConnell went for a job as a motorcycle cop in West Hartford, Connecticut. He passed the written and oral exams, but fell at the final hurdle when he was arrested for having an unlicensed firearm in his car.Inventive gardeners have incorporated a shiny new Harley into a flower show display. It is the centrepiece of the Philadelphia Show and is surrounded by azaleas and...

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  • MCN announces 2002 BSB sponsorship

    18 March 2002

    MCN announces 2002 BSB sponsorship

    WE’RE backing the 2002 British Superbike championship in a sponsorship deal agreed with British MotorSport Promoters (BMP) this morning.MCN’s Adam Duckworth said: " I’m delighted that we’re...

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  • GSV-R inspires V4 road bike

    18 March 2002

    GSV-R inspires V4 road bike

    Suzuki is building a road bike based on its GSV-R MotoGP racer and you’ll be able to buy one in 2004. For the full story, you’ll need to pick up a copy of MCN, out on Wednesday, March 20, this...

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