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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2004)

  • Free Bikesafe training

    01 September 2004

    Free Bikesafe training

    You can get safety advice, riding tips, and observed rideouts for free at the BikeSafe Day 2004 at Chelmsford in Essex this weekend. The event will be held between 10am and 3.30pm near Essex Police...

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  • Riding Schools: Sep 8 on

    01 September 2004

    Each week we publish a list of RIDING SCHOOLS running in the UK. These are for the week commencing Sep 8, 2004. THURSDAY September 9 Track Sense Trail Riding, Kent. 08704-450600. FRIDAY-Monday September 10-13 BMW Off-Road Skills Course, Brecon Beacons, Powys. 0800-0131282. The Powerslide Training School, Saddlebow Stadium, King's Lynn, Norfolk. £195. 01507-313829. SATURDAY September...

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  • In MCN: September 1

    25 August 2004

    In MCN: September 1

    In this week's new-bike-packed MCN - out on Wednesday, September 1 - First official pics - full spec and the inside line on the all-new bigger-bore GSX-R1000. PLUS: New Supermoto DR-Z400 and bigger...

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  • Tested to the limit

    25 August 2004

    Tested to the limit

    Most bikes can cope with spending all day on the road, but how many can cope with going balls-out on a track, non-stop, all day long? We took three bikes – one Japanese, one Italian, and one...

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  • Bank Holiday bike meets

    25 August 2004

    Bank Holiday bike meets

    Bank Holiday weekend is coming up. Make the most of it by getting out to one of the hundreds of BIKE MEETS held in the UK over the next few days. The ones listed here are for the week commencing...

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  • 05 ZX-6R: more pics

    25 August 2004

    05 ZX-6R: more pics

    Kawasaki has released more pictures of the stunning new ZX-6R - among them the first pictures of the bike in action. More spec has also been revealed. There's confirmation of the slipper clutch (back...

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  • E-clip: August 25

    25 August 2004

    E-clip: August 25

    The e-clip published in this week’s MCN has been taken offline since the paper went to print. Instead, here's a clip of the master of slide Thierry Van Den Bosch taking backing it in to the...

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  • Trackdays, Aug 25 on

    25 August 2004

    Each week we publish a list of TRACKDAYS being held in the UK. These are those for the week staring August 25, 2004 and includes events over the Bank Holiday weekend. WEDNESDAY August 25 Track Evening, Rockingham, Northants. £65. 01536-271100. MCN staff in attendance. FRIDAY August 27 Mick Boddice Trackday, Darley Moor, Ashbourne, Derbyshire. 01332-677079. Phil Bevan Trackday, Pembrey,...

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  • Video: R1 for sale

    25 August 2004

    Video: R1 for sale

    Want to take a closer look at a bike for sale before you go and buy? You can with the video clips MCN offers. Here's the latest one added - it's an R1 on offer at £4895 ONO. The bike is...

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  • Book an MCN track day

    25 August 2004

    Book an MCN track day

    * This offer has now closed * Time is running out to join in an MCN trackday this year. Each of our days includes ample track time plus tuition from top instructors. Novice, intermediate and advanced...

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  • Race meets: Aug 25 on

    25 August 2004

    Each week we publish a list of ROAD RACING, MINIMOTO, HILLCLIMB and DRAG RACING events on the UK. These are those for the week starting Aug 25 and includes the Bank Holiday Weekend. ROAD RACING WEDNESDAY August 25 Manx Grand Prix, Isle of Man. 01624-644644 or www.iommgp.com THURSDAY August 26 Manx Grand Prix. See Wednesday. FRIDAY August 27 Manx Grand Prix. See Wednesday. SATURDAY August...

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  • Sharpen your skills

    25 August 2004

    Sharpen your skills

    Free riding skills top-ups are being offered at BikeSafe Day 2004 in Chelmsford, Essex. Run from 10am to 3.30pm on Sunday, September 5, the free event features trade stands, observed ride outs, tips...

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  • Sportsters' Euro battle

    25 August 2004

    Sportsters' Euro battle

    The Harley-Davidson UK competition to find the Best Sportster 2004 goes into its final round next weekend with 14 UK contenders battling it out with the best of Europe. The final, on September 4, is...

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  • Cooler BMW leathers

    25 August 2004

    Cooler BMW leathers

    BMW has launched new leathers which aim to be more comfortable in hot weather. Black leather usually absorbs 95 per cent on sunlight, making them too hot and sticky in warm weather. The new BMW Black...

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  • Bank Holiday rideouts

    25 August 2004

    Each week we publish a list of RIDEOUTS. These are for the week starting August 26. They cover the Bank Holiday weekend. You can find out about more rideouts - or try to organise your own - here THURSDAY August 26 IN-4 (KTM) Tracks and Trails. N Wales. 01270-768562. Royal Oak, North Kelsey, Lincs. 7pm. 01652-678544. FRIDAY August 27 IN-4 (KTM) Tracks and Trails. See Thursday. Fasttrack...

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  • Bank holiday bargains

    25 August 2004

    Bank holiday bargains

    Within the price range you will be looking at ’98 bikes if you go for either a Yamaha R1 or a Honda Fireblade. A 14,000 mile R1 can be had for £3895 while a 15,500 mile Blade will set you...

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  • Bank Holiday off road

    25 August 2004

    Each week we publish a list of off road dates on in the UK. Theses are those for the week commencing August 25, 2004 - and includes those on over the Bank Holiday Weekend. Speedway WEDNESDAY August 25 Hull. 7.30pm. 01482-784848. King's Lynn. 01553-771111. THURSDAY August 26 Ipswich. 01473-623640. Sheffield. 0114-285-3142. FRIDAY August 27 Oxford. 01865-711346. Edinburgh. 01501-734404. ...

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  • Dream weekend winner

    18 August 2004

    Dream weekend winner

    One www.motorcyclenews.com reader has won VIP hospitality at the Assen round of World Superbikes, courtesy of the Fila Ducati team, by describing his idea of his dream motorcycling weekend. We asked...

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  • Campaign at Bassetts

    18 August 2004

    Campaign at Bassetts

    A road safety roadshow from the Government will be at Bassetts Pole bike meet tonight - and we want to know what you think of it. So if you're going to the meet tonight, please give them a minute of...

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  • E-Clip: August 18, 2004

    18 August 2004

    E-Clip: August 18, 2004

    X Games' gold medal star Chuck Carothers shows just why he won the competition, with one of the best stunts we've ever seen. Click here to download the video

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  • Rideouts: Aug 18 on

    18 August 2004

    MONDAY August 23 IN-4 (KTM) Tracks and Trails. See Thursday. Plymouth MCC, Plymouth Novotel, Marsh Mills, Somerset. 7pm. 07899-954789. Classic Rideout, Sammy Miller Museum, New Milton, Hants. 01425-620777. TUESDAY August 24 IN-4 (KTM) Tracks and Trails. See Thursday. WEDNESDAY August 25 IN-4 (KTM) Tracks and Trails. See Thursday. King Billy, Northampton. 01604-621325. The...

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  • Owners celebrate GPZ

    18 August 2004

    Owners celebrate GPZ

    GPZ900R owners from across Europe gathered in Germany to celebrate the bike's 20th birthday. Organisers estimate up to 300 900R-derived bikes attended - including 42 from the UK. Discuss this bike ...

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  • Riding schools: Aug 25

    18 August 2004

    Each week we publish a list of RIDING SCHOOLS on in the UK. These are for the week commencing August 25, 2004. THURSDAY August 26 MCN Honda Off-Road Experience, Midlands. 01933-674036. Track Sense Trail Riding, Kent. 08704-450600 or www.tracksense.co.uk FRIDAY August 27 MCN Honda Off-Road Experience. See Thursday. SATURDAY August 28 Phase 2, Devizes, Wiltshire. 01380-726018. SUNDAY August...

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  • M-way hogs accused

    18 August 2004

    M-way hogs accused

    If lazy middle-lane motorway hogs had a bit of lane-discipline it would do as much for congestion as adding 700 miles of motorway. That's what the RAC is revealing today (Sunday, Aug 22) as the...

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  • Learner bike bargains

    18 August 2004

    Learner bike bargains

    Trail style bikes are very popular with learners with new Honda XL125 Varaderos selling very well. There are several in our BIKES FOR SALE section, like this 2002 model with 3600 miles on the clock...

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  • Shows/rallies: Aug 25

    18 August 2004

    Each week we publish a list of shows, rallies and open days being held in the UK. These are for the week starting August 25 and include those on over the Bank Holiday weekend. SHOWS FRIDAY August 27 Anglesey Motor Bike Show, Anglesey Showground, Galchmai, Anglesey. £15 in advance for three days and nights or £8 for day tickets, under 16s free. 0870-774-3541. SATURDAY August 28 ...

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  • Crescent's big weekend

    18 August 2004

    Crescent's big weekend

    Hundreds turned out to meet British Superbike stars John Reynolds, Yukio Kagayama and the MCN Babes at Crescent Suzuki's open weekend at Verwood, Dorset. The racers signed loads of autographs and...

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  • Video: Hornet for sale

    18 August 2004

    Video: Hornet for sale

    Here's our latest video ad - this one sent in by Barry Pringle to show off the Honda Hornet 600 he's selling. The video (see the link below) gives you the chance to have a good look over the bike and...

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  • RAC staff choose bikes

    18 August 2004

    RAC staff choose bikes

    RAC headquarters staff are being offered bikes to beat the traffic nightmare caused by motorway resurfacing and repairs on the M6 and the Aston Expressway A38(M). From Monday August 23 to Friday...

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  • Bike meets: Aug 19 on

    18 August 2004

    MONDAY August 23 Castle of Comfort, East Harptree, Bristol. 7pm. 01761-221321. Lysley Arms, Chippenham, Wiltshire. 01249-652864. MFN, Shipley Gate, Notts. 01773-530313. Reubens Coffee House, Grantham. 01476-576742. Saddler’s Arms, New Yatt, Oxfordshire. 01993-868368. The Lazy World, Birmingham. 8pm. 0121-454-8282. The Newcastle, Tuxford, Notts. 5pm. 01777-870208. White Cow,...

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  • Govt slams sports bikes

    11 August 2004

    Govt slams sports bikes

    Government do gooders want to stop us buying sports bikes - thanks to advice from the people who are meant to look out for us. The Government Advisory Group on Motorcycling reckons sports bikes...

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  • Off Road: Aug 18 on

    11 August 2004

    Each week we publish a simple list of off-road events on in the UK. These are for the week commencing August 18, 2004. SPEEDWAY THURSDAY August 19 Ipswich. 01473-623640. Sheffield. 0114-285-3142. Swindon. 01793-704127. FRIDAY August 20 Edinburgh. 01501-734404. Somerset, Highbridge. 01278-780993. SUNDAY August 22 Glasgow. 0141-3364800. Newcastle. 0191-2656581. Newport.

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  • Shows, rallies: Aug 11 on

    11 August 2004

    Each week we publish a list of SHOWS, RALLIES, OPEN DAYS, AUTOJUMBLES and EXHIBITIONS on in the UK. These are those for the week commencing August 11, 2004. SHOWS FRIDAY August 13 Wolfpack MCC Custom and Classic Show, Kilminning Recreation Area, nr Crail, Fife. 01333-350494. SATURDAY August 14 Wolfpack MCC Custom and Classic Show. See Friday. SUNDAY August 15 Leicestershire...

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  • E-Clip: August 11, 2004

    11 August 2004

    E-Clip: August 11, 2004

    TV 'celebrity' Anthea Turner is surprised from behind, which leaves her fuming. To see what happens next, click here to download the video.

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  • Cops praise Croft fans

    11 August 2004

    Cops praise Croft fans

    Police say their six-force crack-down on Croft fans had the desired impact. The North Yorks force was one of six involved in an anti-speed drive throughout the British Superbike weekend –...

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  • Off road: Aug 11 on

    11 August 2004

    Each week we publish a list of off-road events being held in the UK. These are those for the week commencing August 11, 2004. Motocross FRIDAY August 13 North East MXC, Chester-le-Street, Staffordshire. 01670-810615. SATURDAY August 14 KWSMX International Series, Brampton, Cumbria. 01942-866669. Scarborough and DMC, Harwood Dale, Yorkshire. 01944-728301. North Devon Classic MCC,...

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