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Bike News (May 2003)

  • Get your bike set up by MCN

    27 May 2003

    Get your bike set up by MCN

    We want to know which is the best exhaust you can buy. So we’re asking the experts – you.Tell us what can or system you have on your bike, along with your comments and you could win a bespoke set-up...

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  • MAD about speed cameras

    27 May 2003

    MAD about speed cameras

    Motorists Against Detection (MAD) claims its members are responsible for vandalising speed cameras in Norfolk. " In the whole of the UK there are a couple of hundred active members carrying out...

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  • World exclusive: 19 new bikes

    27 May 2003

    World exclusive: 19 new bikes

    MCN’s biggest ever issue reveals the details of 19 new bikes, including three 2004 Kawasakis, the Fischer MR1000 superbike, seven new Hondas, two Bimotas, two supermotos and two super-mopeds.The...

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  • Convicted pensioner keeps licence and freedom

    27 May 2003

    An Irish pensioner has kept her driving licence and her freedom, despite being convicted of death by dangerous driving and receiving a three-year driving ban.Mary Crawford, 72, received a 12-month sentence, suspended for 18 months, and was banned from driving for three years. But since she is appealing against the decision, she is currently free to continue driving.The accident occurred on May 16,...

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  • Ducati V4 for the road

    20 May 2003

    Ducati V4 for the road

    In this week’s issue of MCN, out now, we reveal how Ducati bosses have admitted they are now one step closer to making a road going version of the V4 Desmosedici raced in MotoGP.The immense power...

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  • Crash biker appeal for witnesses

    20 May 2003

    Crash biker appeal for witnesses

    A biker is appealing for information regarding a hit-and-run incident in Derby on Monday May 19.The incident happened at the junction of Osmaston Park Road and Victory Road/Elton crossroads heading...

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  • Court case for alleged 157mph speeder

    20 May 2003

    Court case for alleged 157mph speeder

    A ZX-12R rider appeared in Aylesbury Magistrates Court on Tuesday May 20, accused of speeding at 157mph.Andrew Osborne, 31, from Leamington Spa is alleged to be one of the fastest speeders in the UK,...

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  • The BMF Show roundup

    13 May 2003

    The BMF Show roundup

    The BMF is now over for another year, as exhibitors pack up and the crowds trickle out clutching fairings, lids and jackets. The afternoon saw dry weather, but the wind picked up slightly, meaning...

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  • BMF video highlights

    13 May 2003

    BMF video highlights

    Click the link on the right to see highlights of all the action that took place over the weekend at the BMF show in Peterborough.

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  • Speed checks by village volunteers

    13 May 2003

    Speed checks by village volunteers

    Volunteer village residents will be armed with speed cameras and electronic Speed Indicator Devices (SID) to try to reduce speeding.In West Berkshire, parish councillors will be trained to use...

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  • Swiss plans to restrict bikes to 80kph

    13 May 2003

    Swiss plans to restrict bikes to 80kph

    Swiss bikers are protesting against government plans to limit all motorbikes to 80kph.Around 20,000 motorcyclists are expected to take part in a demonstration in Bern, the Swiss capital, on May 17,...

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  • Top 100 helmets

    13 May 2003

    Top 100 helmets

    This week’s MCN has a free 16-page guide to the best lids you can buy and we’ve also got £3000 worth of helmets to give away.Whether it’s an AGV, Arai, FM, Shoei, Suomy or X-Lite you’re after, you’ll...

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  • Ride to Work Day 2003

    13 May 2003

    Ride to Work Day 2003

    Ride To Work Day takes place on Wednesday July 16, 2003, and the search is already underway to find the most motorcycle-friendly company in Great Britain.The winner gets a motorcycle park built on...

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  • BMF: Nearest Amenities

    13 May 2003

    If you realise you’ve forgotten something when you arrive at the East of England Showground, a copy of this page may prove invaluable. We’ve got the nearest Petrol Stations, Supermarkets, Camping Shops, Pubs, Off-licences and Banks. If you have any other suggestions, email mcn.online@emap.com.Petrol Stations:The closest petrol station to the Showground is the Shell garage at Paxton Road,...

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  • Directions, roads, ride-ins and speed traps

    13 May 2003

    If you have a recommended route, or know of a speed trap or speed camera, email mcn.online@emap.com with " BMF Journey " in the subject line. We’ll list all the information here to help everyone get to the BMF Show safely and without any hassle.BMF Spine Ride:The BMF is linking up with the Spinal Research Charity, by running sponsored Spine Rides into the Show. There’s one ride planned...

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  • Trail riding tales

    13 May 2003

    Trail riding tales

    Have you got a story to tell about your off-road experiences? Funniest/worst moments, best (or most unlikely) crash and other tails of the unexpected? If you have, MCN off-road wants to hear all about...

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  • BMF weather and traffic report: Saturday 10am

    13 May 2003

    Saturday 10am: Overcast, but no actual rain as yet.Current traffic: Roadworks: A1 Biggleswade-Huntingdon. Resurfacing work. Delays expected. A1 Stamford-Peterborough, between Wansford and Alwalton. Roadworks. Delays expected. A45 Northampton to A14 Thrapston: between Wellingborough and Thrapston. DelaysFriday: 4pm Conditions remain the same, with dark clouds and light, constant rain. The approach...

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  • Win a trip to France with BMW

    06 May 2003

    Win a trip to France with BMW

    Take a test ride on one of four 2003 BMW tourers, and you could win a free four-day tour in the Champagne region of France.To qualify for the ‘passport’ competition all you need to do is test one of...

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  • The BMF Show, May 17-18

    06 May 2003

    The BMF Show, May 17-18

    The BMF Show takes place at the East of England Showground in Peterborough on May 17-18, and this is where you can find all the information you’ll need to have the best time at the show, or see what...

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  • Welsh National Motorcycle Show

    06 May 2003

    Welsh National Motorcycle Show

    The Welsh Nation Motorcycle Show takes place at the Royal Welsh Showground on May 24-26.Exhibits include a tribute to Barry Sheene featuring his 1973 Sealy Suzuki TR500 and number seven Manx Norton.

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  • Harley Centenary supplement

    06 May 2003

    Harley Centenary supplement

    There’s a free 12-page Harley Centenary supplement with MCN, out May 7.Find out why every biker should love Harley-Davidson with a look at the history of the company, from the beginning in 1903, to...

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  • New toll road charges bikers less

    06 May 2003

    New toll road charges bikers less

    Despite reports in the national press and on television, motorcyclists will pay less than car drivers to use the M6 Toll road when it opens in January 2004.The charge for bikes is £2 between 6am-11pm,...

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  • Ron Haslam Race School winner

    01 May 2003

    Ron Haslam Race School winner

    Our competition to win a place on the Ron Haslam race school attracted over 2000 entries, but unfortunately is now closed. However, you can still save £40 by making the most of MCN’s exclusive...

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  • Football mascot leads teams out on a bike

    01 May 2003

    Football mascot leads teams out on a bike

    A 42-year-old recovering alcoholic dressed as a Viking will be riding on to American football pitches on a Viper Diablo cruiser this season.Ragnar, who holds the world record for shaving a beard with...

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  • Do a degree in race bikes

    01 May 2003

    Do a degree in race bikes

    A degree course in race bike engineering will launch this September to nurture a new generation of world class professionals.Owen Williams, a Doctor of engineering, has teamed up with BSB rider Paul...

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