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Bike News (July 2004)

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 37,000 bikes stolen

    07 July 2004

    37,000 bikes stolen

    37,000 bikes have been stolen in the past year, according to the Retail Motor Industry Federation. RMI motorcycle retailers director Frank Finch, said: “Motorcycle theft is a very real problem,...

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  • GCSE in road skills

    07 July 2004

    GCSE in road skills

    Every school child should be taught to Think Bike as part of the National Curriculum – according to the Motorcycle Industry Association. And their education should ultimately result in the...

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  • Rideouts: July 9 on

    07 July 2004

    Each week we publish a list of RIDEOUTS. If you want to organise one at shorter notice, post a message in our Have Your Say forums: Go to roadriding/rideouts. FRIDAY July 9 IN-4 (KTM) Tracks and Trails, 01270-768562. SATURDAY July 10 IN-4 (KTM) Tracks and Trails, 01270-768562. Track Sense trail ride, Surrey. 08704-450600 or www.tracksense.co.uk. Beck Row Bikers Poker Run, Rose and Crown,...

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  • Bike shows: July 9 on

    07 July 2004

    Each week we publish a list of bike shows on in the UK. These are for the week commencing Friday, July 9. FRIDAY July 9 Americana International 2004, Classic bikes from the US and American show, County Showground, Winthorpe, Notts. 01159-390595 or www. americana-international.co.uk. SATURDAY July 10 Americana International 2004. See Friday July 9. SUNDAY July 11 Americana International 2004.

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  • Kawasakis get your vote

    07 July 2004

    Kawasakis get your vote

    The Kawasaki ZX-10R and ZX-6R have been scored highest on average by owners in User Reviews on motorcyclenews.com. Both bikes were given an average rating of 98 per cent by user reviewers - the...

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  • Last chance bargains

    07 July 2004

    Last chance bargains

    This weekend could be your last chance to see many of the bikes whose ads come to the end of their run on motorcyclenews.com very soon. There are some great deals to be had including a 2003 Honda...

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  • Be a Mallory grid girl

    07 July 2004

    Be a Mallory grid girl

    You could be one of the grid girls for the Hawk Kawasaki British Superbike team in our competition in conjunction with insurance firm Bennetts. Bennetts is the title sponsor of the BSB round at...

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  • Cops' new clamp-down

    07 July 2004

    Cops' new clamp-down

    Police are launching weekend clampdowns on riders going at 'excessive speed' and treating roads as 'race tracks.' But they say they will gather intelligence on individual offenders so that they can be...

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  • Sheene memorial dinner

    07 July 2004

    Sheene memorial dinner

    A memorial black tie dinner is being held by the Friends of Barry Sheene MBE, with star riders set to attend including Gary Nixon, Marco Lucchinelli, Mick Grant, Dave Croxford, John Cooper and Paul...

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  • Rallies: July 9 on

    07 July 2004

    Each week we publish a list of RALLIES in the UK. These are for the week commencing July 9. FRIDAY July 9 Sewer Rats Get Ratted Rally, Addingham Moorside, Silsden, W Yorks. £10 pre-book, £13 otg. 01535-675174 or 01535-658173. Fenfir MCC It’s Grim Up North Rally, Atherton Collieries Football Ground, Manchester. 0151-293-0165. TR30C Beezumph Rally, Cadwell Park, Lincs.

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  • More pics on your ad

    07 July 2004

    More pics on your ad

    A bike ad on motorcyclenews.com is like no other – in more ways than one. With your online ads you can have extra images free, to reflect your personality or reveal more details about your...

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  • Off road: July 9

    07 July 2004

    Our off road listing for the week commencing July 9, includes Speedway, Motocross, Enduros and Trials events. SPEEDWAY FRIDAY July 9 Oxford. 01865-711346. Edinburgh, Armadale, West Lothian. 01501-734404. SATURDAY July 10 Berwick, Northumberland. 01289-307707. Rye House, Hertfordshire. 01992-440400. Workington, Cumbria. 7.30pm. 01900-608071. Eastbourne, Arlington, East Sussex. 7.30pm.

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  • Superbikes for £4000

    07 July 2004

    Superbikes for £4000

    Some of the most exciting bikes ever built are now available as used bargains at under £4000. In MCN, out on Wednesday, July 14, we road test four dream machines you can get your hands on for...

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  • Race meets: July 9 on

    07 July 2004

    Each week we publish a list of the ROAD RACING events on in the UK. These are those for the week commencing Friday, July 9, 2004. This list includes drag races and minimotos. SATURDAY July 10 Aintree MCC, Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. 01257-462216. BMCRC, Brands Hatch, Kent. 01304-831714 or www.bemsee.co.uk. Derby Phoenix MCC, Croft, Durham. 01623-636880. New Era, Snetterton, Norfolk. 01920...

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  • Gatso goes missing

    07 July 2004

    Gatso goes missing

    The anti speed-camera movement has moved the game on from simply defacing roadside Gatsos after the internals of a camera in Faringdon, Oxfordshire, were stolen from the yellow housing. Police say it...

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  • Bike meets: July 9 on

    07 July 2004

    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, Greater Manchester. 01706-378168 or www.the-fishermans.com. Gloucester Old Spot, Cheltenham, Glos. 01242-571218. Honda Owners Club, Lower Sunbury, Surrey. 9pm. 07900-978903. Horseshoe, Silk...

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  • Verging on insanity

    07 July 2004

    Verging on insanity

    Christian Pfeiffer has rewritten the stunt riders' rule book with an awesome display on his Ducati Monster. It landed him top spot in the opening round of this year's World Stunt Championship in the...

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  • 26,000 Beemer fans

    07 July 2004

    26,000 Beemer fans

    Over 26,000 riders descended on the Bavarian town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen for the 4th International BMW Motorrad Biker Meeting. Over a hundred Brits were among them, alongside guests from as far...

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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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  • 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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