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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2003)

  • Three day advanced training

    15 July 2003

    UK Advanced Motorcycle Training are offering a three-day advanced motorcycle riding course. The person taking part will end up with a level three certificate in motorcycling recognised by Oxford Open College Network.All instructors are either serving Police Class one or Advanced Police Motorcycle Instructors. The course is split into two stages: Day one is a theory day which consists of...

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  • Free 16-page British GP preview

    08 July 2003

    Free 16-page British GP preview

    The waiting is nearly over. The MotoGP world championship comes to MCN Donington Park this weekend and with sunshine expected, you’ll be joining record crowds to witness the frenzy of four-stroke...

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  • Help change bike insurance

    08 July 2003

    Help change bike insurance

    Are you sick of paying extortionate premiums for the insurance on your sports bike? Have you ever lost a bike through theft and felt very little was done to recover it? The Motorcycle Action Group in...

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  • Win VIP GP passes, or a pair of tickets

    08 July 2003

    Win VIP GP passes, or a pair of tickets

    MCN has teamed up with Mobil 1, supporters of Max Biaggi’s Team Pramac Pons squad, to offer one lucky reader and a guest a VIP day at the British GP.You will be treated like royalty in the paddock,...

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  • Get your bike modded and tested for free

    08 July 2003

    Get your bike modded and tested for free

    We’re after four volunteers to take part in a test of modified 600 supersport bikes.But there’s a catch! We want to use your bikes in the test. The bikes are Honda’s CBR600RR, Yamaha’s R6, Kawasaki’s...

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  • MCN needs your RG500 or RD500

    08 July 2003

    MCN needs your RG500 or RD500

    If you own a Yamaha RD500 or Suzuki RG500, and would be willing to let our road testers borrow it next week, we want to hear from you.We want to compare these great bikes with a road-going Bimota...

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  • Meet Colin Edwards on Thursday lunchtime

    08 July 2003

    Meet Colin Edwards on Thursday lunchtime

    Colin Edwards will be making a personal appearance at Planet Bikes in Leicester on Thursday lunchtime, and he’ll be signing an Aprilia RSV Mille R Edwards replica which is up for sale.Edwards will...

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  • Day of Champions; Thursday July 10

    08 July 2003

    Day of Champions; Thursday July 10

    The annual Riders for Health Day of Champions charity event takes place at Donington Park today, July 10.A big attraction of the day is the unique auction, which includes a Suzuki hospitality package,...

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  • Police anti-theft roadshow

    08 July 2003

    Police anti-theft roadshow

    The Metropolitan police will be holding an anti-theft roadshow on Wednesday July 16.It’s in response to the high levels of superbike theft in London, and will be sponsored by Data-Tag.In May 2003, 143...

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  • Seven reasons having a bike is brilliant

    01 July 2003

    Seven reasons having a bike is brilliant

    This weekend is a great time to be into bikes. Organise a trip to one of the events below. Give yourself a chance to hook-up with some mates. Share a great ride, see some great stuff, and have a story...

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  • Go to Brands WSB for free

    01 July 2003

    Go to Brands WSB for free

    You can win a pair of tickets for Brands Hatch World Superbikes, just by sending us your funniest stories from previous events.There is a free preview supplement with MCN, out July 23, and we’ve...

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  • Have you won a track day with BSB stars?

    01 July 2003

    Have you won a track day with BSB stars?

    MCN have teamed up with Bennetts Insurance Services to give one lucky reader the track day of a lifetime with tips and tuition from Hawk Kawasaki riders Glen Richards, Scott Smart, Lee Jackson and...

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  • Guzzi MGS-01 – what do you think?

    01 July 2003

    Guzzi MGS-01 – what do you think?

    In this week’s MCN, out July 2, we get the world’s first ride of the new Moto Guzzi MGS-01. You can find out exactly what Kevin Ash thought of Guzzi’s return to the sports bike market when he rode the...

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  • You could be on TV

    01 July 2003

    Ever fancied being on TV? Well here’s your chance. ITV1 is looking for a bunch of bikers to appear in a new discussion show to talk about what’s so great about riding a bike.The channel wants to hear from anyone that lives in Yorkshire, Humberside or Lincolnshire, loves bikes, but finds that some of their friends or family aren’t quite as understanding of your passion.They want to get you and your...

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  • Sheene Run ‘not official’

    01 July 2003

    Sheene Run ‘not official’

    Barry Sheene’s nephew, Scott Smart, has posted on our Sheene Memorial Run discussion board questioning the ‘official status of the ACU’s event.The Hawk Kawasaki British Superbike rider has expressed...

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  • Drivers face three points for using phone

    24 June 2003

    Drivers face three points for using phone

    Motorcyclists should face one less hazard on the road after December when a new law comes into force specifically banning drivers from using handheld phones while driving.The move, announced yesterday...

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  • Exclusive look at Hodgson's Bennetts ad

    24 June 2003

    Exclusive look at Hodgson's Bennetts ad

    Click the link on the right to get an exclusive first look at the new Bennetts TV ad featuring World Superbike star Neil Hodgson. The ad was filmed in Manchester at the beginning of June and took...

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  • TT trophies on tour

    24 June 2003

    TT trophies on tour

    Six of the TT winners trophies will exhibited outside of the Isle of Man for the first time.The Senior, Formula One, Junior, Lightweight, Sidecar and Fred Dixon trophies will be shown on June 28-29 as...

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  • Honda to build naked SP-2

    24 June 2003

    Honda to build naked SP-2

    This week in MCN we exclusively reveal the latest bikes to come out of Honda’s design studio.Honda is stripping down it’s SP-2 with a new naked version, due in 2005.It gets the same V-twin engine as...

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  • Princess Anne visits Dutch TT

    24 June 2003

    Princess Anne visits Dutch TT

    Prince William?s interest in bikes has been well documented, but it seems Princes Anne also has the biking bug. HRH The Princess Royal visited the MotoGP paddock at Assen in Holland on Wednesday June...

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  • We ride TT winners

    17 June 2003

    We ride TT winners

    MCN tests the machine that gave Triumph its first win in 28 years, alongside four other bikes fresh from the Island, only in the June 18 issue.Just a few days after an historic victory, Trevor...

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  • Big Brother bikers

    17 June 2003

    Big Brother bikers

    Two stars of Channel 4’s reality show Big Brother are big fans of two wheels.New addition to the house Gaetano Kagwa lists motorbikes, football and jazz as his interests, whilst Elizabeth Woodcock,...

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  • BMW launches new cruiser

    17 June 2003

    BMW launches new cruiser

    BMW has launched a new cruiser in the shape of the R1200C Montauk.The Montauk features vertically stacked dual headlamps, Telelever front forks and five-spoke alloy wheels with wide tyres (150/80-16...

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  • Ducati unveils official WSB 999 replica

    17 June 2003

    Ducati unveils official WSB 999 replica

    The official Ducati 999R Fila replica has been unveiled, to celebrate 200 World Superbike wins for the company.Only 200 of the bikes will be made, with a price tag of £19,500, and it will be the...

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  • Bike chase death sparks riots

    17 June 2003

    Bike chase death sparks riots

    Hundreds have rioted for two nights in Benton Harbour, Michigan, USA after a motorcyclist died during a police chase.The unrest included shootings, stabbings and arson, with several arrests, after the...

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  • Riossi stock almost gone

    17 June 2003

    Riossi stock almost gone

    The news of the closure of Riossi has led to bargain-hunters snapping up around 50% of stock over the last weekend.The dealer has announced its last ever sale, with 600 bikes, £1 million of clothing...

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  • The ultimate tyre guide

    17 June 2003

    The ultimate tyre guide

    The Ultimate Tyre Guide is free with this week’s MCN. The 12-page guide focuses on sports tyres, with two riders testing 15 sets of tyres over three days to give you the verdict you can trust.We also...

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  • Have you been surveyed?

    17 June 2003

    Have you been surveyed?

    A nationwide questionnaire has been arriving through the letterboxes of UK motorcyclists and we want to know if you have received one. " The UK Motorcycling Population: You and your riding "...

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  • Watch an on-board lap of Donington

    10 June 2003

    Watch an on-board lap of Donington

    MCN’s News Editor Marc Potter was just one of around 100 riders taking advantage of the track day session at the MCN Summer Sports Bike Show.Potter was riding his standard Suzuki GSX-R1000 with just...

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  • Join the official Sheene tribute run

    10 June 2003

    Join the official Sheene tribute run

    A special charity tribute event to commemorate Barry Sheene will be held on Sunday July 6.Rugby town centre is being taken over by bikes for the event, which is being organised by the ACU. All...

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