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Bike News (October 2002)

  • MCN investigation: Helmet safety

    28 October 2002

    MCN investigation: Helmet safety

    In the latest issue of MCN, out Wednesday October 30, there’s a 12-page special investigation into helmet safety every rider must read.MCN took 50 top-selling helmets and put them through and exacting...

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  • We ride Foggy’s bike

    28 October 2002

    We ride Foggy’s bike

    It has been a terrific achievement. From a standing start to Superbike in under 12 months. Even before his riders have ridden it in anger, Foggy has let MCN test his FP1. Now, in a world’s first test,...

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  • Iranian women get back on bikes

    28 October 2002

    Since 1979’s Islamic revolution Iranian women have been banned by religious hard-liners from riding motorcycles but now, thanks to a local entrepreneur, they’re flocking to get back on two wheels and strike a blow for independence.Mohammed Rez-Farhad-Sheikhahamed, head of sales at bike makers Bana Industrial came up with the idea to offer women free lessons. Now, he has almost 4000 ladies signed...

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  • Campaign demands return to stealthy Gatsos

    28 October 2002

    Campaign demands return to stealthy Gatsos

    Transport campaigners are set to apply for a judicial review into government rules that force speed cameras to be painted yellow.Click on the links on the right to have your say and to read how some...

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  • Calling all Monster 750 owners

    28 October 2002

    Calling all Monster 750 owners

    MCN is testing the new Monster 800 this week and is giving Monster 750 owners the opportunity to try it out for themselves.You’ll need to be available to visit Peterborough at short notice this week...

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  • New ‘mini twins’ race series

    28 October 2002

    New ‘mini twins’ race series

    There are race series for just about anything these days, from scooters to superbikes. But surprisingly, anyone with a medium-capacity twin, like Suzuki’s mega-selling SV650, has been left moping in...

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  • The death of the two-stroke sportsbike

    28 October 2002

    The death of the two-stroke sportsbike

    This weekend the Valencia GP will sound the ring-a-ding-ding death knell of the two-stroke as a sports bike. Usurped by the four-strokes as the ultimate GP weapon and emissions laws have forced...

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  • Norwegians steer a Superbike course

    28 October 2002

    Norwegians steer a Superbike course

    Things you could never imagine happening here, number 243: Government officials attend a race school and are so impressed with its teachings they draft them into their nation’s rider training...

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  • Most drivers back mobile ban

    28 October 2002

    Most drivers back mobile ban

    A new survey by motorists group the RAC reveals more that more than 90 per cent of drivers would support a ban on the use of mobiles behind the wheel.Click on the link on the right to have your...

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  • Is the Gatso war going too far?

    21 October 2002

    Is the Gatso war going too far?

    In the latest issue of MCN, out October 23, we’ve got an interview with " Captain Gatso " , a biker who claims to lead a popular revolution against speed cameras. His supporters are...

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  • Daytona slaps ban on nudity

    21 October 2002

    Daytona slaps ban on nudity

    Spoilsport suits on Daytona City council have passed a law banning nudity at the famous Bike Week held in its town every spring. Now, new rules require that one third of the buttocks and one quarter...

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  • When to expect your new bike

    21 October 2002

    When to expect your new bike

    Here’s your comprehensive list of every new bike – and when you can expect to see it in the showrooms.Visit our LATEST ON NEW BIKES section, in NEWS, for more details and click on our expanding BIKE...

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  • Make it a Ducati Saturday at Fylde

    21 October 2002

    Make it a Ducati Saturday at Fylde

    You can catch top MCN British Superbike star Michael Rutter and the new 999 and 749s at a special Ducati presentation at Fylde Superbikes, Blackpool this Saturday, October 26.Rutter, who finished...

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  • The 50 best specials in the world

    21 October 2002

    The 50 best specials in the world

    We’ve all sat down and thought " What would I do to my bike if I had the dough " ? In the latest issue of MCN, out October 23 we’ve got a FREE 16-page special on, erm, specials. There are...

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  • Deaf youngster named MCI’s Achiever

    21 October 2002

    Deaf youngster named MCI’s Achiever

    Josh Waterman is an 11-year-old motocross racer, backed by Kawasaki, with a cupboard full of trophies. Now he can add the Motor Cycle Industry Association’ s (MCI) Oustanding Achievement Award to his...

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  • Scooter auction raises £14k for charity

    21 October 2002

    Scooter auction raises £14k for charity

    An auction of special Vespa scooters, customised by some of the world’s top fashion designers has raised over £14,000 for charity.The Vespa Collection 2002, held at the trendy Rockwell bar in London,...

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  • NEC Show ticket winners

    21 October 2002

    NEC Show ticket winners

    We’ve drawn our five winners of free tickets to this year’s International Motorbike and Scooter Show at the Birmingham NEC.They are Adam Fairless, from King’s Lynn in Norfolk, Helen Wright from...

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  • Ridden: The world’s baddest R1

    21 October 2002

    Ridden: The world’s baddest R1

    Riding someone else’s bike is always something of a responsibility. But when it’s a £20,000 R1 that makes 159bhp, that’s been hand built by one of the best engine men in the business – in the damp –...

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  • Your top ten riders of all time:

    21 October 2002

    Your top ten riders of all time:

    He’s greater than Nigel Mansell, better than Geoff Boycott, and knocks spots off Henry Cooper. Who is he? Carl Fogarty, of course. In a new survey he has been named as Britain’s 26th greatest...

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  • Britain’s fastest bikes

    14 October 2002

    Britain’s fastest bikes

    In the latest issue of MCN, out Wednesday October 16, we ride and reveal the tech secrets behind the fastest bikes in Britain – the 2002 MCN British Superbikes.There’s in depth analysis of what makes...

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  • How would you improve Britain’s roads?

    14 October 2002

    How would you improve Britain’s roads?

    The Government has announced today that it’s to spend £145m improving the nation’s roads. The plans are mostly intensive, small-scale programmes focussing on congestion blackspots. But if you were in...

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  • Carnell/Motorcycle City becomes Riossi

    14 October 2002

    Carnell/Motorcycle City becomes Riossi

    Britain’s biggest chain of bike dealers has changed its name. All 26 Carnell and Motorcycle City stores in the UK will from now on operate under the Riossi brand.Re-badging and restructuring of the...

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  • Update: Your views and pics from Skeggy

    14 October 2002

    Update: Your views and pics from Skeggy

    The last beers are being supped, the shelves long cleared of aspirin – the weekend’s Skeggy madness is slowly giving way to the dull thump behind the eyes that’s reality. But you can help us stretch...

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  • Give blood, save lives

    14 October 2002

    Give blood, save lives

    The UK’s bikers are big-hearted people. You’ve given your sweat and tears to worthy causes like MCN’s campaigns for black visors, against diesel spills and governmental meddling. Now we’d like you to...

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  • Police appeal for hit and run rider

    07 October 2002

    Police appeal for hit and run rider

    Police in Coventry are urging a rider to come forward after he fled the scene of a fatal accident last Friday.Ralph Potts was struck by the bike in Eld Road, Foleshill, after he tried to stop his...

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  • Win free tickets to the NEC Show

    07 October 2002

    Win free tickets to the NEC Show

    Here’s your chance to win one of five pairs of FREE tickets to the NEC Show this November.The Show, held at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre opens to the public November 16-25 and it will be...

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  • BMW prices on the rise for 2003

    07 October 2002

    BMW prices on the rise for 2003

    The prices for some of BMW’s most popular models are set to rise in 2003.The R1150 GS goes up by £400 to £7995, R1150 R jumps £200 to £6995, while the R1150 RT will retail for £9695 up £150 on this...

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  • It’s MCN in Skegness this weekend…

    07 October 2002

    It’s MCN in Skegness this weekend…

    Oh Lordy. It’s that time of year again. The time when brain cells and tyres get fried in a long weekend-long binge of burnouts, beer and bikes. Yes, it’s the MCN Autumn Spectacular at Butlins,...

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  • Review your lid and win a prize

    07 October 2002

    Review your lid and win a prize

    MCN is compiling the ultimate test of helmets and needs your help to complete it, in return you could win one of five Shift-it cleaning kits, each worth £15.Have you owned one of the lids on the list...

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  • MAG chairman steps down

    07 October 2002

    MAG chairman steps down

    She’s been in office for less than a year, but the Motorcycle Action Group’s Nicky Bassett-Powell has decided to step down as chairman.Bassett-Powell ousted the long-serving Neil Liversidge back in...

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  • Come and work for us

    07 October 2002

    Come and work for us

    Are you an energetic production journalist with a passion for motorcycles? Fancy a bit more playtime in your worktime? At Motor Cycle News we’re looking for a new sub-editor.Click on the link on the...

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  • No London Show for MCI in 2003

    07 October 2002

    No London Show for MCI in 2003

    The 020 London Motorcycle and Scooter Show, penned in for March 2003, has been shelved after organisers from the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCI) decided to " review its strategy " ...

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  • Will you buy a new bike next year?

    07 October 2002

    Will you buy a new bike next year?

    There have been pages and pages of exciting new bikes in MCN and the rest of the motorcycling press. But, will you actually buy one in 2003?Are there any bikes you’ve seen which make you think "...

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  • Join in the great running-in debate

    07 October 2002

    Join in the great running-in debate

    Carefully run-in by-the-book or thrashed from the moment it leaves the showroom – what’s best for bikes?MCN wants to examine bikes from both ends of the owner spectrum for a forthcoming feature. So,...

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