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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2004)

  • Off road: July 28 on...

    21 July 2004

    Each week we publish a list of off road events in the UK. These are those for the week commencing July 28, 2004. SPEEDWAY WEDNESDAY July 28 King’s Lynn. 01553-771111. Oxford. 01865-711346. Arena-Essex. 01708-863443. THURSDAY July 29 Coventry. 7.30pm. 02476-542395. Ipswich. 01473-623640. Sheffield. 0114-285-3142. Swindon. 01793-704127. FRIDAY July 30 Oxford.

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  • Bike Shows: July 21 on

    21 July 2004

    Each week we publish a list of Bikes Shows on in the UK. These are for the week commencing July 21. Friday July 23 Calstock Bike Show, Calstock, Cornwall. £10. 01822-832866. Sprite Urban Games, Clapham Common, London. 0870-902-0444 or www. spriteurbangames.com. See preview (left). Saturday July 24 Calstock Bike Show. See Friday. Sprite Urban Games. See Friday. Sunday July 25 Calstock Bike...

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  • Council funds training

    21 July 2004

    Council funds training

    A forward-thinking local council is paying towards post-test training for riders. Perth & Kinross Council has worked with GMTS Ltd rider training and John R.Weir Motorcycle Training to form Bike...

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  • Wifeswap seeks bikers

    21 July 2004

    Wifeswap seeks bikers

    If you fancy ten days without your wife or girlfriend, a motorcycle-mad family are being sought by the makers of the Channel 4 television show Wifeswap. They're looking for a couple with children who...

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  • In MCN, July 14...

    14 July 2004

    In MCN, July 14...

    This week’s MCN is one of our biggest and best ever. Out on Wednesday, July 14, 2004, it includes: Our Royal World Exclusive: Prince William and Prince Harry hire Goodwood for private...

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  • Hugh Palin: funeral

    14 July 2004

    Hugh Palin MBE has died at the age of 92 after suffering a stroke. His funeral will be on Monday July 19, 2004, at the Church of St Faith and St Tyfel, Lamphey at 11.45am. The cremation is at Narberth at 1pm. Mr Palin was one fo the last represenatatives of the era of the "old" British bike industry. He was a director of the Cycle and Motorcyccle Assocation, Managing Director of Norton...

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  • Poor training warning

    14 July 2004

    Poor training warning

    Training firm BSM has criticised the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) for lacking the resources to properly police the quality of motorcycle training instructors. The firm claims the DSA has diverted...

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  • Track days: July 14 on

    14 July 2004

    Each week we publish a list of UK TRACKDAYS. These are for the week commencing July 14 WEDNESDAY July 14 Focused Events Trackday, Brands Hatch Indy, Kent. £175. 01903-744011 or www. focusedevents.com Focused Events Track Evening, Brands Hatch Indy, Kent. £87. 01903-744011 or www. focusedevents.com Track Time Promotions Trackday, Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire. £99. 01386-423555...

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  • Bikes meets: July 14 on

    14 July 2004

    Each week we publish a list of BIKE MEETS happening in the UK. These are the ones for the week starting July 14. WEDNESDAY July 14 Bulls Head, Trinkingstone, Leicestershire. 01530-224327. Coach House Inn, Kirkby Mallory, Leics. 01455-840330. Crown Inn, Salisbury, Wiltshire. 6pm. 01980-629247. Fishermans Inn, Rochdale, Gt Manchester. 01706-378168 or www.the-fishermans.com Gloucester Old Spot,...

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  • Prince Wills' trackdays

    14 July 2004

    Prince Wills' trackdays

    Princes William and Harry are secret trackday fans who hire out Goodwood for kicks. The full amazing Royal World Exclusive is only in MCN, out on Wednesday, July 14, 2004. Our story reveals that the...

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  • Are you getting enough?

    14 July 2004

    Are you getting enough?

    If you aren’t visiting this site every day you’ve just got to be missing out. Here's why: Every day we add an average of 10 new stories to motorcyclenews.com. Every day there are...

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  • Exotica gets realistic

    14 July 2004

    Exotica gets realistic

    Making your motorcycling dreams come true is all about the pursuit of perfection and the desire to stand out. And for some, that only comes with a machine laden with exotic parts which is so beautiful...

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  • Riding schools: July 14 on

    14 July 2004

    Each week we publish a list of RIDING SCHOOLS. These are for the week starting July 14. WEDNESDAY July 14 Windy Corner Off-Road Experience, Barwell, Leics. 01455-842922 or www.windycorner.co.uk BMW Off-Road Skills Course, Brecon Beacons, Powys. 0800-0131282. Ron Haslam Race School, Donington Park, Leics. 9am-3pm. 01332-883323 or www.haslamraceschool.com California Superbike School, Rockingham,...

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  • New forum added

    14 July 2004

    New forum added

    We've added a new forum to the site - and it's one on which you can influence the future of MCN's print version. You are invited to post your thoughts here about the print version of MCN - what you...

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  • Rideouts: July 14 on

    14 July 2004

    Each week we publish a list of RIDEOUTS. These are for the week commencing July 14. You could also organise your own. Go to our Have Your Say forums and select Road Riding. WEDNESDAY July 14 King Billy, Northampton. 01604-621325. The Plough, Swinderby, Lincs. 7pm. 01522-881736. Purbeck and District MCC, Sandford Hotel, Sandford, Dorset. 7pm. 01929-425538 or www.mybuddys.co.uk Waterloo MCC,...

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  • Bull hit: Rider wins

    14 July 2004

    Bull hit: Rider wins

    40-year-old oil rig worker Donaldson can now expect a six-figure payout. His solicitor said :“Had the farmer applied his mind to the potential danger of allowing the gate to remain open, this...

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  • Bikes mean freedom

    14 July 2004

    Bikes mean freedom

    One in three non-bikers associate freedom and fun with motorcycling in a survey carried out by The Motor Cycle Indusrty Association. The majority of positive views came from people living in areas...

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  • E-clip: July 14, 2004

    14 July 2004

    E-clip: July 14, 2004

    Before heading off across the fields, it's worth setting your rebound and damping appropriately. Or risk internet fame and ridicule. To see what happens when things get too bouncy: Click here to see...

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  • Ride to stop diesel spills

    14 July 2004

    Ride to stop diesel spills

    A ride to raise public awareness about the dangers of diesel spills takes place on Spetember 11, 2004 and the Motorcycle Action Group are urging you to join in. The Diesel KillSpills team will ride...

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  • A road tester's diary

    14 July 2004

    A road tester's diary

    What's it really like to be an MCN road tester? Is it really living the highilfe, jetting off around the world to ride all the top bikes in sunny locations? Used Bikes Editor Angus Farquhar joined in...

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  • Join our ride-outs

    14 July 2004

    Join our ride-outs

    Want to come on an informal ride-out with members of the MCN team? We're planning a trip to the British MotoGP at Donington on July 25, leaving from, and returning to, the MCN offices in...

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  • Lost a camera van?

    14 July 2004

    Lost a camera van?

    Have you seen a mobile speed camera van in Cambridgeshire today? The reason we ask is that the Cambridgeshire Safety Camera Partnership website has a list of possible locations it says they will be...

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  • Latest bikes for sale

    14 July 2004

    Latest bikes for sale

    New bikes are being booked online every minute throughout the working week - and right up to 8pm Friday night. As soon as they have been approved by our customer service team (and during the working...

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  • Two new Buells

    14 July 2004

    Two new Buells

    Buell will add two new bikes to the Lightning range for 2005, and will also bring back the Lightning XB12S. The Lightning CityX XB9SX is designed as a middleweight urban streetfighter with a...

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  • We go moped racing

    14 July 2004

    We go moped racing

    The Suzuki ran smooth to the finish line but promptly refused to start when we went to pack it in to the van to go home. It really is a state with 15 crashes taking their toll, but the day was so much...

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  • Anger at anti-bike stats

    14 July 2004

    Anger at anti-bike stats

    Carey-Clinch, who is the MCI Director of Public Affairs, said; 'Quite clearly, all this alarmist talk about bike casualties increasing is quite simply a load of rubbish, which is being perpetuated by...

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  • Race dates: July 14 on

    14 July 2004

    Each week we publish the ROAD RACING events happening in the UK. These are for the week commencing Wednesday, July 14. WEDNESDAY July 14 Steam Packet Southern 100, Billown, Isle of Man. 01624-822546 or www.southern100.com THURSDAY July 15 Steam Packet Southern 100. See Wednesday. SATURDAY July 17 Aberaman MCC, Aberdare Park, Rhondda Cynon Taff. 9am. 07791-721493. Andreas Club, Jurby, Isle of...

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  • Ducati move for Aprilia

    14 July 2004

    Ducati move for Aprilia

    Ducati has moved one step closer to buying Aprilia with the announcement of an agreement with Aprilia shareholders. The shareholders have agreed for Ducati to have the exclusive negotiation in the...

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  • 70s Saturday at Ace

    14 July 2004

    70s Saturday at Ace

    It's Seventies Saturday at London's Ace Cafe on July 17 - a day for kitting up the retro gear and joining Classic Bike. Hein Gericke are coming along to and offering a host of prizes rangign from a...

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  • Off road: July 14 on

    14 July 2004

    Each week we publish a list of off-road events. These are for the week commencing July 14 and include speedway, trials, motocross, enduro and hillclimbs. SPEEDWAY WEDNESDAY July 14 Hull, Yorkshire. 7.30pm. 01482-784848. King’s Lynn, Norfolk. 01553-771111. Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. 09066-555992 (60p/min). Poole, Dorset. 7.30pm. 01202-681145. Arena-Essex, Thurrock.

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  • Riding schools: July 9 on

    07 July 2004

    Each week we publish a list of RIDING SCHOOLS coming up. These are for the week commencing July 9. FRIDAY July 9 MCN Honda Off-Road Experience, Midlands. 01933-674036. The Powerslide Training School, Saddlebow Stadium, King’s Lynn, Norfolk. £195. 01507-313829 or www.powerslidetraining.co.uk. SATURDAY July 10 MCN Honda Off-Road Experience, Midlands. 01933-674036. Phase 2, Devizes,...

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  • McGregor trip update

    07 July 2004

    McGregor trip update

    Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman are heading across the hostile, open wastelands and rugged roads of Mongolia, onwards to Siberia. After setting off from London at the end of May to circumnavigate...

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  • Trackdays: July 9 on

    07 July 2004

    Each week we publish TRACKDAYS on in the UK. These are those for the week from Friday July 9 onwards. THURSDAY July 8 FRIDAY July 9 Mick Boddice Trackday, Darley Moor, Ashbourne, Derbys. 01332-677079. SATURDAY July 10 Mick Boddice Trackday, Darley Moor. See Friday July 9. Suzuki Performance Riding School, Mallory Park, Leics. From £140. 01455-251800. SUNDAY July 11 Track Attack, Donington...

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  • Babes rate sexiest bikes

    07 July 2004

    Babes rate sexiest bikes

    Think your sports bike is just the thing to draw the ladies? Think those skin-tight race leathers and full-face lid get them all-of-a-flutter? It’s nice to think, but is it true? We wanted to...

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  • C-charge threat for bikes

    07 July 2004

    C-charge threat for bikes

    Riders could be forced to stump up the £5-a-day congestion charge for going into Central London because figures compiled by Transport For London show bike accident rates have risen across the...

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  • Report blames drivers

    07 July 2004

    Report blames drivers

    The first detailed European study of bike accidents has shown that 60 per cent of cases involved a car driver, and in half, it was the car driver who was to blame. The 'Motorcycle Accidents In Depth...

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