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Bike News (May 2002)

  • Corrie star cracks it second go

    27 May 2002

    Corrie star cracks it second go

    Soap star Chris Bisson has passed his bike test at the second attempt. MCN reported earlier this month how Bisson, cabbie Vikram Desai in TV’s Coronation Street flunked his first attempt. But the...

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  • Kriega competition result announced 5pm

    27 May 2002

    Kriega competition result announced 5pm

    We’ll be announcing the results of our Kriega rucksack competition later today.And it’s not too late to enter. You’ve got until 5pm to get your entry in.Kriega is the new name for Krug, manufacturers...

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  • Are you buying a new bike?

    27 May 2002

    Are you buying a new bike?

    If you’re planning on buying a new bike over the next few weeks, we’d like to hear from you for an MCN feature.We’d like to follow you through the whole process of how you go about choosing, trying...

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  • The latest sportbikes: tuned and compared

    27 May 2002

    The latest sportbikes: tuned and compared

    The performance and handling of this year’s superbikes has never been closer. When MCN tested Yamaha’s R1 against the Honda FireBlade and Suzuki GSX-R1000 in March, it took hundreds of laps of twisty...

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  • Shake hands with Hodgson this Saturday

    27 May 2002

    You can find out what it was like to aquaplane at 180mph in the pouring Silverstone rain when World Superbike stars Neil Hodgson and James Toseland meet their fans at four Carnell/Motorcycle City branches this Saturday.Between them the HM Plant Ducati teammates will visit the Liverpool, Manchester, Doncaster and Sheffield branches to sign autographs and shake hands.Hodgson will be at Carnell’s...

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  • The bikes

    27 May 2002

    The bikes

    Honda Fireblade:Whew we tested the Blade in March, we had two concerns. It’s a quick turner – even quicker than the R1 and GSX-R – which can make it a bit of a headshaker. The Blade needs a steering...

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  • Which helmet design gets your vote?

    27 May 2002

    Which helmet design gets your vote?

    Six designs in our Arashi helmet design competition have been shortlisted by the judges. We want you to vote for your favourite. The winning artist will get their effort painted by MAS, the company...

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  • Suzuki festival lined up

    27 May 2002

    Suzuki festival lined up

    If you own a Suzuki you won’t want to miss this. The company is throwing another huge summer festival along the lines of its GSX-R bash at Brands Hatch last year.This time all types of Suzuki can join...

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  • Her name is Rio…

    27 May 2002

    Her name is Rio…

    Easy on the eye and hard on the brain. That’s the charge leveled at some telly totty called in to commentate on motorsport. Not Sky’s speedway presenter Jane Omorogbe, though. Omorogbe, better known...

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  • The verdict

    27 May 2002

    Once each bike had been fitted with identical kit, it was time to see how the changes affected them and what difference it made to the superbike pecking order. We chose Donington Park to put them through their paces.We passed the time during the drive to the Leicestershire race track arguing about which bike would probably win.My fellow testers were Donington Park track day instructor Dave Hill...

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  • What we fitted and why

    27 May 2002

    What we fitted and why

    Bridgestone BT012SS £250 a pairBridgestone’s BT56SS replacement is ideal for fast road or track day riding. It’s stickier than the BT56 and therefore won’t last quite as long, but Bridgestone still...

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  • Man behind Yamaha dies

    27 May 2002

    Genichi Kawakami, the man credited with turning Yamaha into one of the biggest bike manufacturers in the world, died on Saturday at the age of 90. He joined Nippon Gakki Co – the firm that became Yamaha – in 1937 when it made musical intruments. But in 1955, when Kawakami was president, Yamaha Motor Co was born. He retired in 1976 but continued as an advisor until his death.

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  • Help Guzzi choose its future models

    27 May 2002

    Help Guzzi choose its future models

    Moto Guzzi needs your help to decide which models it will release in the future.For the full story on Moto Guzzi’s appeal, don’t miss the May 29 issue of MCN.The Italian company is conducting a...

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  • Speed cameras: the truth behind the hype

    27 May 2002

    Speed cameras: the truth behind the hype

    Despite recent media speculation, next month won’t see the end of speed cameras.For the full story on the truth behind the media hype on speed cameras don’t miss the latest issue of MCN, out May...

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  • Swop my boat for your bike

    27 May 2002

    Swop my boat for your bike

    Do you fancy swapping two wheels for sea legs? Well, Paul Kingston from Cork in Eire could be just the man to help. He wants to swap his Orkney 520 Cuddy pleasure boat for a Yamaha TDM900, Honda...

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  • Sachs XTC revamped for June

    27 May 2002

    Sachs XTC revamped for June

    Sachs is overhauling its sex thimble XTC125. Apart from revising the colour scheme and other cosmetics, it’s ditched its two-stroke Suzuki motor for a four-stroke single from the same firm.Our...

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  • Starway to savings

    27 May 2002

    Starway to savings

    You might not recognise the name yet, but with prices this low Starway bikes could soon be making an impact.The Chinese-made bikes will go on sale in the UK next week. The line-up includes two 250...

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  • Cop caught with false plates

    27 May 2002

    Cop caught with false plates

    A policeman in Nottingham has just resigned after being caught with false plates on his bike.PC Jonathan Partridge fitted them to his (unspecified) Suzuki after using a confidential police database to...

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  • Air crash survivor takes bike to hospital

    27 May 2002

    Doctors in Nigeria were stunned to find the patient before their eyes was a survivor from an aircrash that had killed 73 passengers. But when the man told them he’d just rented a bike and ridden to the hospital their jaws hit the floor.Lebanese passenger Najib Ibrahim, 25, was one of just four survivors of the crash. He leapt from the blazing wreckage and, rather than relying on the local...

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  • Winner of the Kriega competition announced

    27 May 2002

    The winner of the Kriega competition is " Woodie " , so if he could email dave.batchelor@emap.com with his details, we’ll arrange for his Kriega R25 rucksack and R11 waistpack to be delivered.And for those of you that were unlucky this time, including the gentleman who almost killed our email system with a few hundred entries, we’ll have more competitions in the near future.

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  • Woman injured in helmet-repeal ride

    27 May 2002

    Woman injured in helmet-repeal ride

    A helmetless pillion suffered head injuries after she fell from a bike, whilst on an annual run to celebrate the repeal of the compulsory helmet law in the States.She was taking part in the "...

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  • Win £130 worth of Kriega luggage

    27 May 2002

    Win £130 worth of Kriega luggage

    Krug, manufactures of some of the world's best rucksacks, have changed their name to Kriega. To mark this we've got £130 worth of their biking luggage to give away to one lucky winner.Answer this...

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  • M4 bus lane will open to bikes

    27 May 2002

    M4 bus lane will open to bikes

    The controversial bus lane on the M4 will open to motorcycles from the end of July, the Highways Agency has announced. And if the experiment is successful it could mean a change in the law opening all...

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  • Kawasaki offer extended

    20 May 2002

    Kawasaki offer extended

    Kawasaki has extended its interest free offer on new bikes. Its Fastlane Finance deal was due to run out at the end of May, but the firm has now decided to keep it running until the end of June.The...

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  • The ultimate test…

    20 May 2002

    The ultimate test…

    We brought Yamaha’s new R1, Honda’s spanking FireBlade, Suzuki’s MCN Machine of the Year GSX-R1000 and Kawasaki’s blistering ZX-9R together at Circuit Ledenon in the South of France for a fight to the...

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  • City pulls its corrupt bike cops

    20 May 2002

    City pulls its corrupt bike cops

    In a city of corrupt police officers, Mexico City’s motorcycle cops are considered the most corrupt.So, in a desperate attempt at restoring a little of the lost faith in its boys in blue, city...

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  • South Wales protest ride

    20 May 2002

    South Wales protest ride

    Riders in south Wales are organising a protest ride against what they claim is heavy-handed policing.The zero-tolerance policy of Gwent and Dyfed-Powys police forces towards undersized numberplates...

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  • Perfect for pushing your weight around

    20 May 2002

    Perfect for pushing your weight around

    One of the most exciting things I recall from my first year at MCN was getting a chance to ride Kawasaki’s ZZ-R1100.In those days (I’m in my eighth year here now) the Kawasaki was the fastest bike in...

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