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Bike News (October 2003)

  • Hear Toseland tinkle (the ivories)

    28 October 2003

    Hear Toseland tinkle (the ivories)

    Follow the link on the right to download a clip of factory Ducati rider and grade 6 level pianist James Toseland proving that he really can play in an exclusive interview with MCN’s World Superbike...

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  • Road safety officer causes fatal bike crash

    28 October 2003

    A road safety officer has admitted pulling into the path of an oncoming motorcycle, causing a collision which resulted in the death of the rider.Jeremy Harris, 43, turned right across the path of Michael Frost’s Kawasaki ZX-7R, later claiming that he had not seen the bike. The incident happened on the B4058 Iron Acton bypass at Iron Acton on April 23. Frost suffered severe injuries and died later...

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  • Protests at City centre parking

    28 October 2003

    Protests at City centre parking

    Motorcyclists in Sheffield are angry that proposals for extra car and bicycle parking do not include more spaces for motorbikes.Parking in Sheffield is so bad for bikes that the local Hein Gericke...

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  • MCN News Editor vacancy

    28 October 2003

    MCN News Editor vacancy

    Quality of news coverage is vital to the success of MCN. So this role - managing a team of four scoop-hungry hacks - is vital to boosting the coverage of one of Emap’s biggest titles.News is what...

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  • KTM unveils new race bike

    21 October 2003

    KTM unveils new race bike

    These are the first pictures of the new KTM LC8 Adventure flat tracker.The 950cc twin was revealed in public for the first time at the Scioto Downs round of the U.S. Flat Track series on October 13...

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  • Get insured for charity

    21 October 2003

    Get insured for charity

    Take out a policy with Bikesure between November 5 and December 25 and the insurance firm will donate £10 to the BMF Foundation charity. " Bikesure is a firm supporter of motorcycling issues,...

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  • Road legal Simpson lids for the UK

    21 October 2003

    Road legal Simpson lids for the UK

    Simpson Bandit lids are finally available as road legal kit in the UK.The helmets are approved to the ECE22-05 European standard, meaning they are now legal across the continent. The American makers...

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  • BSB machines v road bikes

    21 October 2003

    BSB machines v road bikes

    This week in MCN, out October 22, you can learn exactly how much difference there is between the top British Superbikes and their road-going counterparts.We take the championship winning Monstermob...

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  • More carbon from CCM

    21 October 2003

    More carbon from CCM

    CCM's special-edition black R30 supermoto was such a success over the summer that the firm has decided to produce a second batch.The R30s was first introduced in June and features a carbon-effect...

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  • FP-1 road bike is on sale now

    21 October 2003

    FP-1 road bike is on sale now

    The Foggy-Petronas FP-1 road bike is now on sale.There are just 100 of the bikes on offer, which have been produced as homologation specials to allow the manufacturer to race in the World Superbike...

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  • MCN Race Paddock at the NEC Show

    21 October 2003

    MCN Race Paddock at the NEC Show

    The MCN Race Paddock is a huge new attraction at this years NEC Show, letting you rub shoulders with riders, see the massive transporters and drool over the exotic race bikes they carry.Teams already...

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  • Ducati unveil SportClassics

    21 October 2003

    Ducati unveil SportClassics

    Ducati has revealed a range of SportClassics concept bikes at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show.The range includes the silver Paul Smart 1000, the yellow Sport 1000 and the naked GT 1000. The three bikes...

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  • MP calls for bikes in bus lanes

    21 October 2003

    MP calls for bikes in bus lanes

    A conservative MP has proposed a bill calling for motorbikes to be legally allowed to use bus lanes throughout the UK.Motorbikes, or powered two wheelers (PTW) as officials like to call them, are...

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  • KTM unveils new superbike

    21 October 2003

    KTM unveils new superbike

    These are the first pictures of KTM's new LC8 1000cc V-twin superbike.The RC8 is one of the most radical bikes we have seen in recent years with styling like nothing offered by the Japanese or Italian...

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  • Stay at Daytona Bike Week with MCN

    21 October 2003

    Stay at Daytona Bike Week with MCN

    Join MCN for the ultimate bike holiday Daytona Bike Week in Florida.Around half a million riders descend on the town for the festival, which is based around the start of the American racing season at...

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  • Help explode motorcycling myths

    21 October 2003

    Help explode motorcycling myths

    Does hanging off really make you faster? Is it legal to filter? Does increasing your pre-load stiffen your suspension?Everyone has heard at least one story on the internet or down the pub which leaves...

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  • Hunt for MCN Babe Squad of 2004

    14 October 2003

    Hunt for MCN Babe Squad of 2004

    The search is on for the hottest bike babes for the 2004 MCN Babe Squad.It could be the dream job for someone who loves bikes. Successful applicants will meet many of the world’s top racers, attend...

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  • MCN launches online subscriptions

    14 October 2003

    MCN launches online subscriptions

    MCN has launched an online subscription service allowing overseas readers to get their hands on the paper as quickly as UK readers.You can download the entire paper every Wednesday morning. All the...

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  • MCN.com head to the Autumn Spectacular

    14 October 2003

    MCN.com head to the Autumn Spectacular

    Motorcyclenews.com is heading to Butlins in Skegness for the MCN Autumn Spectacular, and you could still join us with day tickets costing just £7.50.We’ll be reporting on Jamie Whitham’s Po’ Boys and...

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  • MCN Autumn Spectacular video highlights

    14 October 2003

    MCN Autumn Spectacular video highlights

    Check out all the action from the weekend’s revelry at Butlins as caught on the motorcyclenews.com video camera. Click the link on the right to download the video highlights in either Real Media or...

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  • Charity attempt is a load of balls

    14 October 2003

    Charity attempt is a load of balls

    Nick Steed will be hoping for plenty of balls-ups when he attempts to collect as many Velcro-covered tennis balls to his boots and kneesliders at the Rockingham race circuit on November 7.He’ll be...

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  • FZ6 Fazer: First group test

    14 October 2003

    FZ6 Fazer: First group test

    The first head-to-head test of the Yamaha FZ6 Fazer is in MCN, out Wednesday October 15.The FZ6 features a new frame, new R6 motor and new looks Many dealers have already sold out of the first...

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  • Hein Gericke bought by U.S. firm

    14 October 2003

    Hein Gericke bought by U.S. firm

    Clothing firm Hein Gericke is set to get a new owner by the end of the month. U.S. firm The Fairchild Corporation expects to close a deal with current owners Eurobike AG by October 31, 2003.The change...

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  • Thousands enjoy sun-kissed Skeggy

    14 October 2003

    Thousands enjoy sun-kissed Skeggy

    Thousands of bikers have made the trip to the MCN Autumn Spectacular at Butlins in Skegness, and they have been rewarded with great weather and entertainment.A huge number of bikes took part in the...

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  • MCN Autumn Spectacular timetable

    07 October 2003

    MCN Autumn Spectacular timetable

    Saturday Daytime:10.00am: MCN Information point opens (situated inside the Pavilion). Trade stands and activities open. All FREE activities start: Free track sessions start at Cadwell Park (collect...

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  • MotoGP secrets revealed

    07 October 2003

    MotoGP secrets revealed

    In this week’s MCN, out October 8, we talk to eight of the world’s top racing teams and peal back the layers to find out what secrets lie beneath the latest MotoGP bikes.We take a look at Rossi’s...

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  • Speed cameras fail to reduce deaths

    07 October 2003

    Speed cameras fail to reduce deaths

    Speed cameras have done nothing to reduce the number of deaths on British roads according to an analysis of Government figures conducted by the Association of British Drivers (ABD).The report goes...

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  • Is this the future for BMW?

    01 October 2003

    Is this the future for BMW?

    Exclusive spy shots of BMW’s radical new superbike have been revealed in MCN, October 1 issue. But now you’ve had a chance to read the four pages of technical information on the 165bhp Busa-style...

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  • Last chance to party with MCN

    01 October 2003

    Last chance to party with MCN

    It’s your last chance to book a place at MCN’s Autumn Spectacular and enjoy a full-on weekend of bikes, girls and all-night partying.The weekend at Butlins in Skegness runs from October 10-13 and more...

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  • New tyres for 2004 superbikes

    01 October 2003

    New tyres for 2004 superbikes

    Michelin and Bridgestone have both launched new tyres for 2004.Michelin has brought in the Pilot Power to replace the ageing Pilot Sport and Yamaha will be fitting the new tyre as standard to its 2004...

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  • 15bhp boost for under £600

    01 October 2003

    15bhp boost for under £600

    Akrapovic has launched a new exhaust system for the Honda CB1300 offering significant power gains and weight savings over the standard system.Honda’s big naked bike already puts out 108bhp but you...

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  • MCN meet at Ace Cafe

    01 October 2003

    MCN meet at Ace Cafe

    MCN will hold the first of a series of monthly bike meets at the Ace Cafe in North London on October 15 at 7.30pm. The MCN Bike Night will involve MCN staff, many of our long-term test bikes, and our...

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