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Bike News (September 2002)

  • Cops shock tactics for bad riders

    23 September 2002

    Cops shock tactics for bad riders

    Police in Surrey are trialling a scheme designed to educate bad or careless riders into changing their attitude, without resorting to the traditional points or fine.Anyone spotted by officers riding...

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  • Coppers capital charity run

    23 September 2002

    Coppers capital charity run

    The number 12. Significant in many ways. 12 months, 12 apostles, even 12 monkeys. For two police officers it means 12 European capitals in 12 days to raise £12,000 for Save the Children..Officers John...

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  • Can you top this scooter stuntist?

    23 September 2002

    Can you top this scooter stuntist?

    Meet Kostas Gazis, journalist, Greece’s foremost exponent of the art of scooter stunting and the man you’d least like to deliver your dial-a donner.Think you can do better? Send your pictures of...

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  • Ducati confirms Smart bike

    23 September 2002

    Ducati confirms Smart bike

    Ducati has confirmed it will be building a limited-edition homage to Paul Smart’s 1972 Imola 200-winning 750SS. The bike is scheduled to go on sale in 2005 or 2006, and will take the concept of the...

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  • Give us a tip and win Castrol Chain Wax

    23 September 2002

    Give us a tip and win Castrol Chain Wax

    Everyday we publish a tip of the day, sent to us by our users. But we want more. So, as a special offer, the first 100 users to send us their tip or hint for better, safer or cheaper riding will...

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  • Valentino Rossi – simply the best, ever?

    23 September 2002

    Valentino Rossi – simply the best, ever?

    In just 12 years Valentino Rossi has gone from pocket bikes to the debut winner of the MotoGP crown. The question is: Is he the best rider the world has ever seen?The case for the 23-year-old Italian...

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  • Motorway services trial kit lockers

    23 September 2002

    Motorway services trial kit lockers

    The days of struggling to walk around motorway services loaded down with gear could be at an end.Moto, the largest motorway services group, are introducing changing-room style lockers to give you a...

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  • ‘Bomb’ in scare is top box

    23 September 2002

    ‘Bomb’ in scare is top box

    A clumsy rider caused hours of chaos on a busy A-road yesterday when his top box caused a bomb scare.The box had fallen from his bike in the Saltash Tunnel on the A38 near Plymouth and prompted dozens...

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  • Biking fairies descend on MCN

    23 September 2002

    Biking fairies descend on MCN

    As we reported two weeks ago, Sonja French and Lynn Jones are riding 3000 miles to raise funds for muscular dystrophy sufferer Amy_Louise Collins.What we didn’t expect was that they would arrive in...

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  • MCN TV hits the airwaves

    16 September 2002

    MCN TV hits the airwaves

    From 6pm on Friday September 20 there’s a new brand new biking experience. MotorcycleNews TV.Presented by the frankly gorgeous Louise Brady on the Men and Motors channel, there’ll be a new episode...

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  • Read all about the GSX-R750

    16 September 2002

    Read all about the GSX-R750

    Suzukis have always inspired a passionate following. None more so than the GSX-R750. Now there’s a new book from Haynes that chronicles the bike’s 17-year evolution from uncompromising race bike to...

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  • Cyclists fight bikes in bus lane plan

    16 September 2002

    Cyclists fight bikes in bus lane plan

    Cyclists have vowed to fight plans to let motorcyclists use bus lanes in London.A two-year pilot scheme starts this month, which would see bikes use the lanes without penalty. If successful it will be...

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  • Carnell branches to close

    16 September 2002

    Carnell branches to close

    BRITAIN’S biggest bike chain has just become a little bit smaller after Carnell/Motorcycle City closed five of its London branches and announced it is shutting down its telephone-based mail order...

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  • Trackday company goes under

    16 September 2002

    Trackday company goes under

    Track day organisers Trackwise has ceased trading, leaving many bikers who booked in advance with them out of pocket.The company is currently in the hands of administrators, who are dealing with the...

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  • Win £200 off the ultimate track holiday

    16 September 2002

    Win £200 off the ultimate track holiday

    How does two full days caning your bike around the baking Tarmac of a sun-kissed Spanish circuit under the tutelage of a world class rider sound? Pretty sweet? Bet it would sound even sweeter if you...

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  • Help us search for Samaritan courier

    16 September 2002

    Help us search for Samaritan courier

    An injured cyclist is desperately searching for the biker who helped her after an accident in London earlier this year.The accident happened on June 17 at around 1pm on Pentonville Road in Islington,...

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  • First pictures: 2003 Suzuki GSX-R1000

    16 September 2002

    First pictures: 2003 Suzuki GSX-R1000

    These are the first pictures of Suzuki’s 2003 GSX-R1000 and prove how the factory has taken its already awesome machine to the next level.Click on the link on the right to read more about the...

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  • Furygan’s 2003 clothing range

    16 September 2002

    Furygan’s 2003 clothing range

    Furygan, purveyor of fine riding apparel, has just release its 2003 range of kit. The line-up includes leather jackets, gloves and jeans and a range of fabric riding and streetwear.Furygan’s leather...

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  • Win tickets to NEC Youth Day

    16 September 2002

    Win tickets to NEC Youth Day

    You could win your son or daughter one of ten free tickets to the NEC Show’s Youth Day this November just by answering a simple question.Click on the link on the right to read more about Youth Day at...

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  • Honda recalls Silverwings

    16 September 2002

    Honda recalls Silverwings

    Honda is recalling all its Silverwing big scooters over fears that defective spokes could cause the rear wheel to collapse. The recall affects 600 Silverwings sold in the UK and 21,395 bikes...

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  • Round England fairy ride

    16 September 2002

    Round England fairy ride

    If you see two riders wearing fairy wings and tutus over the next two weeks, don’t worry, you’re not hallucinating.Sonja French and Lyn Jones aim to ride 3000 miles in two weeks to collect money for...

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  • Shortcut proves costly for bike cop

    16 September 2002

    Shortcut proves costly for bike cop

    California Highway Patrol officer Robert Barrera thought that he could save time by riding his patrol bike along an unopened section of freeway in La Verne, CA.But he probably wasn’t counting on...

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  • Driver gets 30 years for killing rider

    16 September 2002

    Driver gets 30 years for killing rider

    A woman with two previous convictions for drink driving was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment by a judge in the U.S. after killing a motorcyclist while drunk at the wheel.Viki Arrington had a...

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  • New MCN campaign: Go Forth and Multiply!

    09 September 2002

    New MCN campaign: Go Forth and Multiply!

    Riding’s great, we all know that, but now MCN wants you to share that secret. In the latest issue of MCN, out September 11, we’re starting a new campaign to spread the message and get more people into...

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  • It’s the BMF Tailender this weekend

    09 September 2002

    It’s the BMF Tailender this weekend

    One of the don’t miss events of the British biking calendar takes place this Saturday and Sunday, September 14-15, the BMF’s Tail End Show at the East of England Showground in Peterborough.The Show...

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  • Pilot scheme lets bikes in bus lanes

    09 September 2002

    Pilot scheme lets bikes in bus lanes

    Transport for London (TfL), Mayor Ken Livingstone’s transport thinktank, has just begun an important new pilot scheme which could see the opening of all the capital’s bus lanes to bikes.From this week...

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  • Suzuki Hayabusa Turbo

    09 September 2002

    Suzuki Hayabusa Turbo

    Name: Matt Taylor. Age: 37. Job: Owns/runs Diamond Motorcycles, Nuneaton (024-7634-1382) (used to be an agricultural engineer). Previous bikes: " There’s nothing I haven’t had. " Kawasaki...

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  • Suzuki GSX1550

    09 September 2002

    Suzuki GSX1550

    Name: Andy Taylor. Age: 27. Job: Telecoms consultant. Previous bikes: Honda CBR600; Suzuki SV650; Hornet 250. Bike: GSX1550. Tuner: Richard Albans at TTS. Power: 157bhp (stock 97bhp). Torque: 120ftlb...

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  • Anger at BBC programme

    09 September 2002

    Anger at BBC programme

    Messages are flooding onto the motorcyclenews.com message boards to complain about last night’s Inside Out, the BBC’s new regional programme.In the West Midlands edition, the programme turned the...

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  • 50 biking buys worth every penny

    09 September 2002

    50 biking buys worth every penny

    Don’t miss your 16-page special on the 50 biking buys worth every penny, FREE with the latest issue of MCN, out Wednesday September 11.From 20 pence earplugs to the best value bike ever, we’ve pulled...

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  • Kawasaki ZX-12R

    09 September 2002

    Kawasaki ZX-12R

    Name: Keith Cutler. Age: 48. Job: Anaesthetic technician (he monitors your vital signs while you’re under general anaesthetic and assists with operations). Previous bikes: Triton 650; This is his...

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  • BBC show targets speeding riders

    09 September 2002

    BBC show targets speeding riders

    A BBC programme to be screened tonight screened tonight focuses on speeding bikes and features riders who claim to hit over 200mph on the road. One reckons he has clocked at least 230mph.According to...

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