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Bike News (March 2003)

  • 200 new bikes ridden & rated

    25 March 2003

    200 new bikes ridden & rated

    This week’s MCN, out March 26, comes with a free a 32-page supplement brimming with every new bike for 2003, an eight-page British Superbikes preview, and your chance to win a brand new Ducati 749.No...

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  • American Norton not happening

    25 March 2003

    American Norton not happening

    A firm calling itself the Norton Motor Company has given up its attempts to resurrect the famous Norton brand in the US.Facing legal problems, the firm has been persuaded to change its name by out of...

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  • Three-wheeled wonder

    25 March 2003

    Three-wheeled wonder

    This three-wheeled vehicle is not an April Fool’s Day joke, but the new Italjet Scooop. Not only does it have two front wheels, but you can even turn it into a snowmobile.The front wheels can be...

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  • Capirossi gets first Monster S4R

    25 March 2003

    Capirossi gets first Monster S4R

    The first Ducati Monster S4R has been completed and it’s been presented to Ducati MotoGP rider Loris Capirossi.The new S4R is the highest spec bike in the Monster range, with a 113bhp 996 motor, and...

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  • New laws kill Fazer 600

    25 March 2003

    New laws kill Fazer 600

    New noise and emission laws will mean the end for Yamaha’s Fazer 600The new Whole Type Approval laws come into force on June 17.Noise levels are cut from 80db to 82db, and emissions are cut by 60%...

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  • New dates for BMW off-road course

    25 March 2003

    New dates for BMW off-road course

    New dates have been added for the 2003 BMW Introduction to Off-Road Skills course.The dates are July 18-19, July 20-21, August 8-9, August 10-11. August 12-13, and the course costs £325 for World of...

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  • New MCN helps you get a better deal

    18 March 2003

    New MCN helps you get a better deal

    MCN has a new Insider section from today, March 19. It will help you get the best deals on bikes and gear, and is packed full of riding tips and technical information.It’s just one of the changes...

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  • Chat about your new bike

    18 March 2003

    Chat about your new bike

    We’ve added 15 new discussion boards in the Bikes section of Discussion & Chat covering 15 new 2003 added including the Ducati 999 and 749, Honda CBR600RR and CB1300, Suzuki SV1000S, and the...

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  • Mike Hailwood memorial run on Sunday

    18 March 2003

    Mike Hailwood memorial run on Sunday

    The annual Mike Hailwood Memorial Run takes place this Sunday, March 23.Hailwood died in 1981, after a career spanning 20 years, which included nine World Championships, 76 GP wins and 14 TT...

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  • Tell us about your best rides

    18 March 2003

    Tell us about your best rides

    We want you to tell us about the best places you’ve ever ridden for a forthcoming supplement in MCN.We want to know your ultimate ride-outs, where you ride to, what roads you use and what you get up...

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  • Club racing round-up every Monday

    18 March 2003

    Club racing round-up every Monday

    Every Monday throughout the new season we’ll be publishing a club racing round-up to keep you in touch with the grass roots of bike sport.The round-up will be made up of YOUR reports. So if you’re a...

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  • Hidden cameras to return

    18 March 2003

    Hidden cameras to return

    Speed cameras won’t all have to be high-visibility, despite government guidelines to that effect issued last month.Anti-speed campaigners Transport 2000 and the Slower Speed Initiative challenged the...

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  • Get a free riding assessment

    18 March 2003

    Get a free riding assessment

    Fancy finding out how safe your riding is by going on a rideout with the police?Warwickshire police are hosting their annual National Bikesafe Weekend on April 5-6, and there’ll be over 30 police...

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  • Police donate ground anchors to hotels

    18 March 2003

    Police donate ground anchors to hotels

    Touring bikers visiting Whitley Bay and Tynemouth will be able to sleep a little easier this summer, thanks to Northumbrian Police donating bike locks to local hotels.The locks are being given free of...

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  • First ride on the Aprilia Tuono Racing

    11 March 2003

    First ride on the Aprilia Tuono Racing

    Aprilia has launched a tweaked ‘Racing’ version of its RSV1000 Tuono, with a factory race kit included with the bike.In its road legal version, the Tuono Racing makes 130bhp at the crank, utilising...

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  • Remembering Sheene

    11 March 2003

    Remembering Sheene

    Barry Sheene’s death is inspiring acts of remembrance around the world.There will be a one minute silence at the MotoGP IRTA test in Catalunya on Sunday March 11. Many Australian fans have taken to...

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  • Ducati gives Monster 996 engine

    11 March 2003

    Ducati gives Monster 996 engine

    Ducati will unleash a new Monster, with more power than any before.The Monster S4R will be the highest spec bike in the Monster range, with its power coming from the 113bhp 996 motor. Major changes...

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  • Your memories of Barry Sheene

    11 March 2003

    Your memories of Barry Sheene

    Tributes to the late Barry Sheene have been flooding on to our message boards since his death was announced yesterday (March 10).The thing that stands out above all others when reading through them is...

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  • Woman driver ploughs into bike cop

    11 March 2003

    Woman driver ploughs into bike cop

    A police bike rider has been involved in an accident, despite being stationary, in full uniform, and having his lights on.Officer Duke Hettick, 47, was preparing to slow traffic for a funeral...

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  • Watch out for mums on the school run

    11 March 2003

    Watch out for mums on the school run

    It’s worth taking extra care if you notice kids in the back of a car, but for your own safety, according to a study by car glass firm AutoglassFour in five mothers (79%) regularly take their eyes off...

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  • Sheene’s funeral takes place

    11 March 2003

    Sheene’s funeral takes place

    The funeral of Barry Sheene took place yesterday, Wednesday March 12, in a private ceremony in Queensland, Australia.Only immediate family members and close friends attended. Sheene died on Monday...

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  • WSB stars prepare tribute to Sheene

    11 March 2003

    WSB stars prepare tribute to Sheene

    The world is already drawing up plans for memorials and tributes to Barry Sheene – who died on Monday.British WSB riders Neil Hodgson, Chris Walker, James Toseland, and James Haydon have decided to...

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  • Meet John Reynolds this weekend

    11 March 2003

    Meet John Reynolds this weekend

    John Reynolds will be at Cheltenham Motorcycles annual show this weekend.He’ll bring his 2003 Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 with him when he visits for an autograph signing session on Sunday.The gorgeous...

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  • Rockster hits the shops

    04 March 2003

    Rockster hits the shops

    BMW has announced that it’s new Boxer engined Rockster will be available in dealers from March 15, priced at £7295 on the road.The company first showed the bike as a concept at the Intermot show in...

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  • Barry Sheene – An amazing life

    04 March 2003

    Barry Sheene – An amazing life

    Barry Sheene’s death has touched the world beyond motorcycling, because he was not just a motorcyclist. He was an icon, a legend; the grinning Cockney who came good against all the odds. Even today,...

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  • Bikes in bus lanes starts in Swindon

    04 March 2003

    Bikes in bus lanes starts in Swindon

    Swindon Borough Council has become the latest authority to start allowing Motorcycles to use bus lanes.The council has started the scheme as a part of twelve-month trial on selected routes and intends...

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  • Speed camera loophole discovered

    04 March 2003

    Speed camera loophole discovered

    A Welsh motorist had his speeding charges dismissed due to a legal loophole which could lead to many more cases being dropped.Phillip Dennis, 34, of Whitford, North Wales, had his case dropped due to...

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