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Bike News (February 2003)

  • Hasselhoff off

    25 February 2003

    Hasselhoff off

    Baywatch star David Hasselfhoff has been forced to cancel interviews and appearances to promote a forthcoming Baywatch film due to a bike smash on his Harley. Despite that, Baywatch:Hawaiian Wedding...

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  • First test on sharper new GSX-R1000

    25 February 2003

    First test on sharper new GSX-R1000

    MCN has been in Australia for an exclusive world first test of the 2003 GSX-R1000. And we’ve discovered the new frame, suspension tweaks, lighter weight and more power add up to a much improved...

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  • Yamaha reveals twin-shock MotoGP bike

    25 February 2003

    Yamaha reveals twin-shock MotoGP bike

    In MCN this week you can see Yamaha’s experimental M1 MotoGP bike with twin-shock rear-suspension, breaking 20 years of single-shock racing tradition. Plus we have the first ride of the 2003 GSX-R,...

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  • BMW donates bikes to Pentagon

    25 February 2003

    BMW donates bikes to Pentagon

    BMW has donated six ex-Chips bikes to help create the first Pentagon police motorcycle unit.Six BMW R1100 RT-P police motorcycles will be used for traffic enforcement in the Pentagon reservation.The...

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  • .International Ride To Work day

    25 February 2003

    .International Ride To Work day

    This year’s Ride To Work day will take place on Wednesday, July 16, to coincide with the same event in the U.S.The annual event is organised by the Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCI) to promote...

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  • Get your riding questions answered

    25 February 2003

    Get your riding questions answered

    Have you ever watched a GP god, a stunt rider, or a police motorcyclist at work and wondered "How do they do that?" Well, we have assembled a panel of riding experts and legends including Kevin...

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  • Threat of congestion charge grows for bikes

    18 February 2003

    Threat of congestion charge grows for bikes

    Road safety campaigners are calling on Ken Livinstone to add bikes to London’s congestion chargingThey fear that the fact that bikes go free will add to the number of new and inexperienced riders on...

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  • Changes to motorcycle test from 2005

    11 February 2003

    Changes to motorcycle test from 2005

    The motorcycle test will change in 2005 to bring it in line with European legislation.Member states have until October 11, 2005 to implement the changes, which focus on ‘special manoeuvres’ which will...

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  • Cambridge

    11 February 2003

    On-street parking:Trumpington Street - Near Fitzwilliam Street junction Free School Lane - Near Bene't Street Botolph Lane - Near Free School Lane junction Silver Street - Near Queens Road junction Regent Street - Outside Mandela House King Street - Near Hobson Street junction Off-street parking:Lion Yard car park - entry to the car park must be made via St Tibb's Row rather than the main barrier...

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  • City of London

    11 February 2003

    On-street parking: Motorcycles should be parked wholly within the bay (or you will get a ticket), they should not be left for more than 24 hours in a bay, and if a bay is suspended overnight and a motorcycle is parked there, it is liable to be removed in the morning. Alderman's Walk Basinghall St Billiter Street Blomfield Street Broad Street Avenue Bush Lane Carmelite Street Circus Place...

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  • Cheaper GSX-R1000 for 2003

    11 February 2003

    Cheaper GSX-R1000 for 2003

    The new Suzuki GSX-R will cost £8199 when the 2003 model goes on sale at the end of March.This means the Suzuki is now priced between the unchanged 2003 Honda Fireblade and this year’s Yamaha R1. Both...

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  • Congestion charging begins in London

    11 February 2003

    Congestion charging begins in London

    Today (February 17) marks the start of congestion charging in London. With car drivers now required to pay £5 daily to drive through central London, the number of bikes in the capital is expected to...

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  • BMW expands north of the border

    11 February 2003

    BMW expands north of the border

    A new BMW dealership is opening in Bishop Briggs, near Glasgow on March 1.Motorrad Central will stock the entire range of BMW bikes alongside accessories and a full service department. It aims to...

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  • Safety cameras save lives

    11 February 2003

    Safety cameras save lives

    The Department of Transport has released the results of a two year long study in to the effectiveness of road Safety Cameras, which concludes that they both reduce speeding and reduce the number of...

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  • Small prang erupts into a riot

    04 February 2003

    Small prang erupts into a riot

    A riot between rival villages erupted near Hanoi in Vietnam, after two bike riders argued over responsibility for a minor crash.The two men were uninjured, but their argument led to a three-hour...

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  • Police just wont let go

    04 February 2003

    Police just wont let go

    A police motorcycle officer in Temecula, USA, was lucky to escape without injury recently when a car driver that he pulled over tried to escape while the officer’s hand was still inside the window.The...

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  • Make finding parking a lot easier

    04 February 2003

    Make finding parking a lot easier

    With the introduction of congestion charging in London on February 17, the likelihood is that the number of two wheelers on the road in London is going to increase. Inevitably the already limited...

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  • The CBR600RR is king of the 600s

    04 February 2003

    The CBR600RR is king of the 600s

    The Honda CBR600RR is the top bike in the MCN 2003 sports 600 shootout, but it had to come through intensive testing in demanding conditions to get there.You can read all about it in Motor Cycle News,...

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  • Yamaha slashes prices by up to £500

    04 February 2003

    Yamaha slashes prices by up to £500

    Yamaha has cut back on the prices of some of its biggest selling bikes. The firm’s decision means there are big savings to be had on new R1s, Fazer 1000s and TDM900s.The decision comes just weeks...

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  • 600 new parking bays for London

    04 February 2003

    600 new parking bays for London

    The Corporation of London has announced plans to deal with the expected increase in motorcycles looking to find parking spaces after congestion charging starts.The Corporation's Unitary Development...

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  • Palace pulls out all the stops

    01 February 2003

    Palace pulls out all the stops

    Snow caused chaos last week and hit attendance at MCN’s Road Racing and Superbike Show at London’s Alexandra Palace.The show had started strongly with record crowds on the opening weekend but on...

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