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Bike News (September 2003)

  • British-based team return to Dakar

    23 September 2003

    British-based team return to Dakar

    Britsh-based BMW team riders Simon Pavey and Nick Plumb will compete in the Telefonica-Dakar rally for the second consecutive year.Plumb and Pavey are both instructors on BMW’S Off-Road Skills course...

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  • ‘Stealth’ R1 exhaust gets your vote

    23 September 2003

    ‘Stealth’ R1 exhaust gets your vote

    We showed you a sneak peek of the new aftermarket Yamaha R1 underseat exhaust system from Race Taylor-Made, and asked if you thought it was a winner. The answer was a resounding Yes.93 per cent of...

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  • Indian motorcycles closes

    23 September 2003

    Indian motorcycles closes

    Indian motorcycles has closed after new investment fell through and creditors pulled the plug.The news came as a shock to those at the firm, including executive vice president Frank O’Hagan, who had...

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  • English couple claim biking world record

    23 September 2003

    English couple claim biking world record

    Kevin and Julia Sanders, have successfully claimed a new unofficial record for riding the Trans Americas, completing their journey in 35 days.The couple rode from Prudhoe Bay on the Northern tip of...

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  • 190mph MV F4 1000 revealed

    23 September 2003

    190mph MV F4 1000 revealed

    MV Agusta didn’t wait long before launching a special edition of its brand new 1000cc F4 superbike, now there’s an F4 1000 Tamburini costing £29,000.The 300-bike limited edition is far more than just...

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  • Speed cameras catch on-duty cops

    23 September 2003

    Speed cameras catch on-duty cops

    A scheme set up by North Wales police to help reduce the number of speeding motorists causing accidents has been so successful it’s even caught and prosecuted 12 police officers!The scheme was...

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  • Yamaha announce Fazer price

    23 September 2003

    Yamaha announce Fazer price

    Yamaha has revealed the new FZ6 Fazer, the replacement for the Fazer 600, will retail for £5099 (plus on the road charges) but the naked FZ6 won’t be available until 2004.If you’re tempted by the new...

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  • Bikes reunited

    23 September 2003

    Bikes reunited

    MCN reader Paul Hands is starting a search to find some of the bikes he’s owned over the years and you might be able to help.The bikes are:Honda CB750-F2, reg VPV550S, originally Honda maroon. Honda...

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  • Safe haven for town centre bikes

    23 September 2003

    Safe haven for town centre bikes

    Bikers in Barnstaple in North Devon now have secure parking in the centre of town.North Devon District Council has added 18specific motorcycle spaces at its car parks near the centre of town. Each...

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  • Win a Triumph Bonneville

    16 September 2003

    Win a Triumph Bonneville

    Win a brand new Triumph Bonneville with the Discovery Home & Leisure channel. Just watch the channel's Turbo Tuesday theme night every Tuesday in September or go to...

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  • Biking beats space travel

    16 September 2003

    Biking beats space travel

    More people dream of riding a motorcycle than going in to space according to a recent survey conducted for the BBC.The pole asked 20,000 people the one thing they most wanted to do before they died...

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  • Fire destroys National Motorcycle Museum

    16 September 2003

    Fire destroys National Motorcycle Museum

    A fire ripped through the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham on Tuesday night, gutting most of the building and destroying hundreds of irreplaceable bikes.The blaze was reported to the West...

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  • Journalist Norrie Whyte dies

    16 September 2003

    The legendary racing journalist who snubbed The Beatles and pinched Joey Dunlop’s pints has died. Norrie Whyte – former MCN GP editor passed away in Scarborough General Hospital on Tuesday September 16. He was 61. He was in North Yorkshire to cover the weekend’s Gold Cup races, but was taken into hospital on September 8 after collapsing. He’d recently been on the Isle of Man covering the Manx GP...

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  • Pro-hunting bikers rally

    16 September 2003

    Pro-hunting bikers rally

    The Countryside Alliance is appealing for support for its ‘Bikers for Hunting’ rally to protest against the Government’s ban on hunting.The protest will take place on Sunday September 28 in...

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  • Cannondale parts back in stock

    09 September 2003

    Cannondale parts back in stock

    ATK Motorcycles, the second-oldest U.S. bike firm, has bought the parts inventory of bankrupt off-road firm Cannondale Motorsports, meaning owners and dealers can now order spares again.Cannondale...

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  • Simple first aid could save lives

    09 September 2003

    Simple first aid could save lives

    A new training scheme has been set up by Lancashire Ambulance Service to train bikers in the basic first aid that could make the difference between life and death in a road traffic accident.With many...

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  • Yamaha’s new R1 for 2004

    09 September 2003

    Yamaha’s new R1 for 2004

    These are the first pictures of Yamaha’s new R1, the first production bike to burst through the 1bhp per kg barrier.As revealed in MCN last month the 2004 R1 has been influenced by the styling of the...

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  • Hizzy memorial track day

    09 September 2003

    Hizzy memorial track day

    Stamford Superbikes will be holding a Steve Hislop memorial track day next week at Cadwell Park, with top superbike riders on hand to give on-track tuition.Hislop was a regular instructor on the...

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  • The 2004 Fireblade

    09 September 2003

    The 2004 Fireblade

    The 2004 Fireblade will be revealed over six full pages in MCN, out September 10. So don’t make judgements on blurry images and rumours floating around the internet, read the six full pages of...

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  • Cops delay motorcycle funeral

    09 September 2003

    Cops delay motorcycle funeral

    Police almost stopped a biker from attending his own funeral after pulling over Britain’s only motorcycle hearse.The funeral cortege was brought to a halt in a lay-by on the A303, after police noticed...

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  • Long term test September 03: Ducati 999

    09 September 2003

    Long term test September 03: Ducati 999

    THE Ducati 999S is not a bike for the shy and retiring. It attracts attention from bikers and non-bikers alike wherever it goes.The combination of Ducati Red paint and the silver/grey coating on the...

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  • Win a KRC track day: First winner

    09 September 2003

    Win a KRC track day: First winner

    The winner of the Donington Park Kawasaki Riders Club trackday has been chosen, but remember you can still win a place on the Cadwell park event a week later.Dylan Kimber from Bradford will be going...

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  • Trans Americas: Roadblocks and repairs

    09 September 2003

    Trans Americas: Roadblocks and repairs

    Despite Foreign Office warnings, Kevin and Julia Sanders have travelled successfully through Columbia and into Ecuador in their attempt on the Trans-Americas record.The biggest drama so far has been...

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  • Safety campaign ‘To Die For’

    09 September 2003

    Safety campaign ‘To Die For’

    A Derbyshire safety campaign, picturing a bike with the slogan ‘To Die For’is to be used by other county councils in the East Midlands.The campaign places the posters in known accident black spots in...

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  • Trans America: South of the Equator

    09 September 2003

    Trans America: South of the Equator

    Kevin and Julia Sanders have reached Peru in their attempt to claim the world record for riding the Trans America route from Alaska in North America to the tip of Argentina.At present they are half a...

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  • Government pledges road improvements

    09 September 2003

    Government pledges road improvements

    The Government has announced a £3.5m plan to help fix the often neglected A and B roads that motorcyclists love.Despite an increase in the overall standard of British roads, smaller out of town A and...

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  • KRC track days: Cadwell winner announced

    09 September 2003

    KRC track days: Cadwell winner announced

    The winner of a place on a Kawasaki Riders Club track day at Cadwell Park on Wednesday, September 17, is Chris Nelson from Derby.He’ll get to enjoy the full Cadwell circuit, with a choice of three...

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  • Help find stolen Husqvarna

    02 September 2003

    Help find stolen Husqvarna

    You could receive a reward if you help locate a Husky supermoto that’s been stolen from one of MCN’s readers.The bike is a 2001 Husqvarna WR250 Australian model, chassis no: ZCGH301AA1V00154. It...

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  • Is this the future for exhausts?

    02 September 2003

    Is this the future for exhausts?

    This is the first look at a stealth-mode exhaust system for the Yamaha R1, and we want to know what you think of it.The U.S. company behind this underseat system reckons the idea will catch on, and we...

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  • Long Term Test: BMW K1200GT

    02 September 2003

    Long Term Test: BMW K1200GT

    ENJOYING the cooling breezes breathing gently from the glistening waters of Lake Garda it was easy to feel as though I’d just done a day trip to the coast. But this was a journey that had taken two...

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  • MPs’ support for bikers increases

    02 September 2003

    MPs’ support for bikers increases

    Motorcycling seems to be showing a rise in popularity at the House of Commons according to a recent survey by the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCI).The survey asked a panel of 146 MPs about their...

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  • Save money On Any Sunday

    02 September 2003

    Save money On Any Sunday

    The classic 1971 bike film On Any Sunday has been released on DVD for the first time as a special three-disc box set, and you can save money with MCN.The usual price for the set is £39.99 but you can...

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