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Bike News (July 2003)

  • Hislop dies in helicopter crash

    29 July 2003

    Hislop dies in helicopter crash

    Reigning British Superbike champion Steve Hislop has died in a helicopter accident in the Scottish Borders.Hislop, 41, is understood to have been flying alone to visit friends in the area when his...

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  • Your Brands Hatch memories

    29 July 2003

    Your Brands Hatch memories

    With Brands Hatch World Superbikes over for another year we wanted to share your memories. Here are just a few of the things that we all got up to on a very muddy Saturday night and a sun-soaked,...

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  • MCN Advanced training competition winners

    29 July 2003

    MCN Advanced training competition winners

    We have teamed up with UK Advanced Motorcycle Training to give two motorcyclenews.com users the chance to win a free place on a two-day advanced rider training course worth nearly £300.All you had to...

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  • Use the hedges

    29 July 2003

    To enjoy the country roads a bit more watch the direction of the bordering hedgerows, as these will allow you to gauge the direction that the road is turning when you cannot normally see the road ahead. Country lanes nearly always have bordering hedges and using this technique enables you to set yourself up for the next corner well in advance and gives you lots of extra confidence.Contributor:...

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  • Improve your riding, get on your bike

    29 July 2003

    A straightforward way for someone to improve his or her riding skills is simply to ride to work. Getting out of the car or off public transport and onto the bike makes the journey an adventure. It also hones you skills and makes weekend blasts more fun as you’re already familiar with the bike.Being in a car dulls your awareness and senses, on the bike you arrive invigorated and buzzing, even if...

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  • MCN announces new Editor

    29 July 2003

    MCN announces new Editor

    Marc Potter has been appointed Editor of Motor Cycle News.‘Potski’, 28, started at MCN as a work experience trainee in 1994, and has been both road test editor and managing editor (news). He’s ridden...

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  • Test a BMW and win a lid

    29 July 2003

    Test a BMW and win a lid

    Test a BMW model from the firm’s new Roadster promotion at any BMW motorcycle dealership and you could win one of 20 SportIntegral lids.The four models included are the F650 CS, R850R, R1150R and...

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  • First pics of the ZX-10R

    29 July 2003

    First pics of the ZX-10R

    This week’s MCN, out July 30, is packed with all the news on the latest new bikes, including the new Aprilia RSV1000 and the first spy shots of Kawasaki’s brand new ZX-10R.The ZX-10R looks set to be...

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  • Win advanced training worth £275

    22 July 2003

    Win advanced training worth £275

    We want to know your best biking tips and the best two we receive before July 24, 2003 will win a free place on a three-day advanced motorcycle training course worth £275.The courses are run by UK...

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  • Win Brands WSB tickets

    22 July 2003

    Win Brands WSB tickets

    MCN have teamed up with Bennetts Insurance Services to offer two pairs of tickets for the Brands World Superbikes this weekend.But you’ll need to be quick as the competition closes at 5pm on Wednesday...

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  • Look out for stolen Ducati gear

    22 July 2003

    Look out for stolen Ducati gear

    Thieves have stolen more than £6000 worth of Ducati gear from the Veloci Motorcycles dealership in Swardeston, Norfolk.The robbery took place at around 0230 BST on Tuesday July 22. Ten Ducati leather...

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  • 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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  • We ride Harris WCM bike

    15 July 2003

    We ride Harris WCM bike

    Watch MCN’s Trevor Franklin at Rockingham getting an exclusive ride on the Harris WCM GP bike The bike has been banned from taking part in the world championship for being too similar to the Yamaha...

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  • Speeding bikers get prison sentence

    15 July 2003

    Speeding bikers get prison sentence

    The bikers clocked at 157mph and 148mph on the A421 Tingewick bypass near Buckingham have both been sentenced to 28 days in prison.Andrew Osborne, a car mechanic from Lighthorne Heath, Warks, and Neil...

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  • Join MAG’s party

    15 July 2003

    Join MAG’s party

    The Magna Carta motorcycle show takes place at the Herts Showground Redbourn on July 18-20.The weekend event includes a stunt show featuring Team Extreme, trade stands and grass track demonstration...

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  • Meet Hodgson and Toseland this weekend

    15 July 2003

    Meet Hodgson and Toseland this weekend

    You can meet World Superbike stars Neil Hodgson and James Toseland this weekend at the M & P Direct open day extravaganza in Swansea on July 19-20.World Superbike championship leader Neil Hodgson...

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  • Keep yourself mobile after a ban for £40

    15 July 2003

    Keep yourself mobile after a ban for £40

    A new scheme from Adrian Flux Insurance will pay up to £6000 for alternative transport costs in the event of a speeding ban.Flashguard costs £50 per year, but mention MCN when you call and it costs...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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