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Bike News (June 2003)

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Exclusive: 2004 Suzuki GSX-R600

    10 June 2003

    Exclusive: 2004 Suzuki GSX-R600

    The 2004 Suzuki GSX-R600 is exclusively revealed in this week’s MCN, out today.With the 2003 version lagging behind in the latest sales figures, the new version will be a smaller replica of the...

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  • Byrne goes for a pizza the action

    10 June 2003

    Byrne goes for a pizza the action

    British Superbike championship leader Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne hopes to get a free lunch today when he opens Pizza Hut’s new fleet support centre in Hertfordshire.The centre will be a service and training...

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  • Win a VIP weekend with MCN’s WSB guide

    10 June 2003

    Win a VIP weekend with MCN’s WSB guide

    Your chance to win a VIP World Superbike weekend at Silverstone is in the 16-page WSB guide free with MCN this week.You could get your hands on over £700 worth of hospitality, passes, souvenirs and...

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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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  • 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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  • Bare biker buzzed by bee

    03 June 2003

    Bare biker buzzed by bee

    A naked ride went wrong for a German biker when a bee took exception to his state of undress. The 36-year-old was riding in the nude to a nearby naturist’s swimming pool when he was attacked.

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  • Summer Sports Bike Show pictures

    03 June 2003

    Summer Sports Bike Show pictures

    A huge number of people are giving up their Sunday lunch to attend the MCN Summer Sports Bike Show. Good weather, loads of action and gorgeous MCN girls are getting the biggest crowds of the...

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  • Directions and campsites

    03 June 2003

    Directions:From the South-West: M5 to M6 then M42. Exit at junction 14 on A453 to castle Donington. At T-junction turn right. Follow signs to MCN Summer Sports Bike Show.From the South-East: Up M1 to junction 23A (signed A50 Stoke, A6 Derby). Join A42 then take A453. Follow signs to MCN Summer Sports Bike Show.From the North-East: Exit A1(M) at junction 35 and take M18 to the M1(South). Exit at...

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  • Safety group launches scare campaign

    03 June 2003

    Safety group launches scare campaign

    Born-Again bikers are being targeted with scare tactics to try to make them ride safer.The Kent & Medway Safety Camera Partnership’s Bikers! Safety campaign displays posters like these (see right)...

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  • MCN Exclusive: Riossi statement

    03 June 2003

    MCN Exclusive: Riossi statement

    Dixon Motors has announced the sale of five Riossi retail stores to Infinity Motorcycles Limited with immediate effect. The stores, based in Farnborough, Clapham, Purley, Great Portland Street and...

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  • Ultimate exhaust guide with MCN

    03 June 2003

    Ultimate exhaust guide with MCN

    This week’s MCN includes a free 16-page Ultimate Exhaust Guide, with information on fitting, power gains and the law. It’s also got an A-Z showcase of the best exhausts and the results of...

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  • End of the line for Riossi

    03 June 2003

    End of the line for Riossi

    There will be no Riossi dealerships left in the country by the end of the month, the firm announced on Thursday, June 5.Five of the chain’s shops have been sold and the others will be closed by the...

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  • Shed of the Year contest

    03 June 2003

    Shed of the Year contest

    We’re looking for the worst bikes in the UK for our Shed of the Year contest, to honour the people who didn’t want to enter MCN’s Special of the Year at the Summer Sports Bike Show this weekend.The...

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