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Bike News (January 2003)

  • Ducati slash prices

    28 January 2003

    Ducati slash prices

    Ducati has cut up to £1000 from the price of its discontinued 2002 bikes to make room for new models.The 900SS, replaced by the new 1000SS for 2003, drops from £7000 to £6000, while the 750SS goes...

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  • Your snow woes

    28 January 2003

    Your snow woes

    Have you been struggling through snow on two wheels? Or did you see someone else in trouble and give them a hand?Here’s some of the experiences of other motorcyclenews.com users;Steve: Despite the...

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  • Tell us your insurance nightmares

    28 January 2003

    Tell us your insurance nightmares

    Are you having an insurance nightmare? Has your insurance doubled for no apparent reason even though in your eyes you’re getting older and safer? Or are you an 18-year-old paying out what most people...

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  • Rossi’s new V5 and Foggy rides again

    28 January 2003

    Rossi’s new V5 and Foggy rides again

    MCN has all the news from the pre-season MotoGP tests at Sepang in Malaysia.We’ve got all the technical details of Rossi’s 2003 RCV, including the new slipper clutch, engine braking, and even details...

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  • Record revenue for Harley-Davidson

    21 January 2003

    Record revenue for Harley-Davidson

    Harley-Davidson have announced record revenue of $4.1 billion for last year, a 20% increase from 2001.Last year was the 17th consecutive year of record revenue and net income for the American company.

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  • The MCN Road Racing and Superbike Show

    21 January 2003

    The MCN Road Racing and Superbike Show

    The best way to start you motorcycling year has to be at Alexandra Palace for the MCN Road Racing and Superbike Show. It takes place from January 25 to February 2, and features plenty of attractions,...

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  • World’s greatest stoppie

    21 January 2003

    World’s greatest stoppie

    MCN reader Matt Goodall must have wondered what was happening when these roadworks loomed out of the darkness.Fortunately, Matt was thrown onto a pile of earth beside the hole, but his Suzuki SV650...

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  • Recall for ZX-12R

    21 January 2003

    Recall for ZX-12R

    Kawasaki has issued a worldwide recall on all 2000-2003 ZX-12R Ninjas due to a technical fault which can cause oil to leak onto the rear tyre.According to Kawasaki, there is only a small possibility...

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  • Mayor accused of scaring London bikers

    21 January 2003

    Mayor accused of scaring London bikers

    The British Motorcyclists Federation has accused London Mayor Ken Livingstone’s safety team of scaring people away from using motorbikes to beat congestion charging.The BMF are concerned by shock...

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  • The MCN Race of Champions Supermoto

    21 January 2003

    The MCN Race of Champions Supermoto

    MCN is backing the inaugral Race of Champions Supermoto race at Donington Park on February 22-23.The event takes place over three 20 lap races, with 24 riders invited to compete for a £10,000 prize...

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  • Piaggio targets commuters with sheep

    21 January 2003

    Piaggio targets commuters with sheep

    Piaggio will launch an ad campaign comparing commuters to sheep, and encouraging them to take to two wheels to avoid the London Congestion Charge.Timed to coincide with the charge coming into force,...

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  • The 2004 Honda Fireblade

    21 January 2003

    The 2004 Honda Fireblade

    The latest image of the replacement for the Honda Fireblade is in Motor Cycle News, out now.The RCB1000 will use a completely new engine and chassis, with hybrid RCV-CBR600RR styling. The bike will...

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  • Last chance Ally Pally advance tickets

    14 January 2003

    Last chance Ally Pally advance tickets

    Due to the huge demand, the advance ticket-line has been re-opened for two more days.This means you have until 4pm Thursday to save money on tickets for the MCN Road Racing and Superbike ShowTickets...

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  • Honda in shock price cuts

    14 January 2003

    Honda in shock price cuts

    Honda has slashed the prices of its entire 2003 range. The move, which is not a temporary offer but a complete restructuring of their prices, will see the price of almost every new Honda drop...

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  • Sales predicted to rise in 2003

    14 January 2003

    Sales predicted to rise in 2003

    Motorcycle market analyst Rob Hobson has predicted sales for motorcycles, mopeds and scooters are set to rise in 2003.Hobson, who works for CAP Motor Research, says that the rise will come from new...

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  • The best Japanese bike ever?

    14 January 2003

    The best Japanese bike ever?

    In the special Japanese edition of Motor Cycle News, (January 15), we list the legendary bikes that are the best to come from Japan.Our choices include the Honda RC30, Yamaha RD350LC and Kawasaki...

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  • Have you had a pothole problem?

    14 January 2003

    Have you had a pothole problem?

    Can you help us? We’re in the process of planning a feature about claiming compensation if you’re unlucky enough to damage your bike or yourself due to a pothole. We’re looking for some real life...

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  • Search is back!

    14 January 2003

    Rediscover the rich depth, variety and sheer scale of motorcyclenews.com with the return of the newly-restored search function.Use the tool at the top of the page to reveal the thousands and thousands of archived news stories and features, road tests, off-road and race track action, videos, great pictures and product reviews.And don’t forget: our weekly motorcycle paper MCN comes, published in the...

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  • Your tributes to Ronnie Smith

    14 January 2003

    Your tributes to Ronnie Smith

    Tributes have been flooding in for Ronnie Smith, TT racer and Performance Bikes road tester, in the wake of his death at the weekend.Hundreds have posted their thoughts on the news bulletin board of...

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  • Stolen stunt bike could hurt thieves

    14 January 2003

    Stolen stunt bike could hurt thieves

    Thieves have stolen stunt rider John Taylor’s 500cc Honda, but the 39-year-olds main worry is that the thieves will get hurt.The bike has been modified for stunt riding, including tuning the engine...

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  • We reveal Honda’s 30-year secret

    14 January 2003

    We reveal Honda’s 30-year secret

    For nearly 30 years, Honda have been secretly buying up classic bikes. Now MCN can reveal probably the most important bike collection on the planet.Hidden under dustsheets in a disused sports hall are...

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  • Find that elusive spare part

    14 January 2003

    Find that elusive spare part

    A new website aims to end all your spare parts nightmares.Bike Parts claim to have microfiches for all Honda bikes since 1980. It also promises to add Yamaha and Suzuki soon, as well as Honda cars, to...

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  • Kawasaki Z1 1972-1976

    14 January 2003

    Kawasaki Z1 1972-1976

    At the age of ten, motorcycles were noisy but impressive things that drove me to distraction every time I heard one. And the first time I saw Kawasaki’s Z1 parked no more than 10-feet from the other...

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  • Video of a ZXR750 attempting ice racing

    07 January 2003

    Video of a ZXR750 attempting ice racing

    Dutch rider Mark van Rosmalen was inspired by ice racing enough to create some home-made Dunlop tyres, and have a go himself.Unfortunately, the ice cracked on Holland’s biggest lake, the Yselmeer,...

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  • Babe of the year winner

    07 January 2003

    Babe of the year winner

    We’ve been inundated with emails, but after a week’s voting, we can finally announce the winner of Babe of the Year 2003.The result came down to three votes between the leading pair. But in true award...

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  • Government legal advisor caught speeding

    07 January 2003

    Government legal advisor caught speeding

    Harriet Harman, the solicitor general, has been stopped by police for travelling at 99mph in a 70mph zone in Wiltshire.The Attorney General’s office said that Harman would plead guilty at the "...

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  • Updated: Babe of the Year

    07 January 2003

    The Babe of the Year competition is once again causing fierce debates, but after the first day of voting, there are some clear leaders.Battling for first place are the lovely Miss October 11, and our returning champion Miss September 26. Only ten votes separate them at this stage so it is still very close. The battle for third place is also tight, with five votes keeping Miss September 23 on the...

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  • Caught 14 times, by the same speed camera

    07 January 2003

    Caught 14 times, by the same speed camera

    Teenager Ben Johnston has be banned from driving for nine months for speeding, after being caught 14 times by the same speed camera.Johnston, 19, had recently bought a 125cc Suzuki Epicuro, and...

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  • The best £80,000 Ducati 996?

    07 January 2003

    The best £80,000 Ducati 996?

    Enthusiast Kevin Jones of KJ Performance has spent £80,000 on this bike over the last five years. It began as a 916SP in 1997, but has now become what he describes as " probably the best...

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  • The search for Schwantz reps

    07 January 2003

    The search for Schwantz reps

    If you own a homage to racing legend Kevin Schwantz, MCN would like to know about it.We are looking for anything from a Pepsi-painted RG500 to a Lucky-Strike liveried RGV250. If you have a bike made...

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  • How to make it through till Spring

    07 January 2003

    How to make it through till Spring

    With a daily battle against ice and snow, it can be hard to stay cheerful through the winter months. That’s why we’ve got a list of some of the events to look forward to.It could be the thought of...

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  • We test Britain’s hottest specials

    01 January 2003

    We test Britain’s hottest specials

    With cold weather and left-over turkey sandwiches for the next few days, find some inspiration when we test three of the best specials in the country.Imagine a Christmas under the warm Spanish sun,...

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