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Bike News (March 2004)

  • McGregor ready for 25,000-mile ride

    31 March 2004

    McGregor ready for 25,000-mile ride

    Next month, actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman will set off together on a round the world bike trip. Starting today, we’ll bring you regular exclusive updates on their journey, and the Long Way...

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  • Aprilia’s 450 twin could change biking

    31 March 2004

    Aprilia’s 450 twin could change biking

    Aprilia’s all-new mini RSV450 could be as fast as a 600 and as light as a 250 – creating a whole new category for those who love mad-scratching back road thrashes and track day extremes.The...

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  • The next force to target bikes is…

    31 March 2004

    The next force to target bikes is…

    North Yorkshire Police are the latest force to announce get-tough measures against riders. Welcome to summer. If there’s a force out there that won’t be singling us out for special grief in the near...

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  • What £4000 will buy you today

    24 March 2004

    £4000 will buy you an awful lot of GSX-R600 right now on motorcyclenews.com.We found over 70 GSX-R600s in our BIKES FOR SALE section on March 24 – and there are new ads going live all the time.£3850 will secure you a 2001 version. Go to £4100 and a 2002 bike with less than 4000 miles on it can be yours. And that’s before you go in with your haggling hard hat on.Fancy something a bit more...

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  • Riding to Silverstone? Cops are watching

    24 March 2004

    Riding to Silverstone? Cops are watching

    Northants police and their Safety Camera Team buddies are going to be all over the roads leading to Silverstone for this Sunday’s British superbikes opener. At least they’ve warned us.They say they’ll...

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  • £16.99 Sheene DVD free* with MCN

    24 March 2004

    £16.99 Sheene DVD free* with MCN

    Don’t miss Wednesday’s MCN. It comes complete with the details you need to claim a free* full-length Barry Sheene DVD worth £16.99 – as well as news on a new Aprilia that could change the way you...

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  • Struggling Aprilia lines up buyers

    24 March 2004

    Struggling Aprilia lines up buyers

    Ivano Beggio – sole owner of the Aprilia group –is looking for a major new investor to buy a large share in the company but denies rumours the company has called in the receivers.As reported in MCN...

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  • Free 100-page events guide with MCN

    24 March 2004

    Free 100-page events guide with MCN

    Sort your summer with the free 100-page event guide you’ll find with this week’s bumper bagged MCN, out on Wednesday, March 24.On top of all the scoops, world-class road tests and sport coverage you'd...

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  • MCN Spring Spectacular highlights

    24 March 2004

    MCN Spring Spectacular highlights

    Over 5000 people enjoyed the fantastic atmosphere of the MCN Spring Spectacular on March 26-28 and you can see the highlights here.The entertainment on Friday night was topped by ex-Specials frontman...

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  • Caught on camera at Silverstone

    24 March 2004

    Caught on camera at Silverstone

    Did you get approached by a gorgeous girl in lycra at Silverstone at the weekend? Our MCN Babe Squad was out in force to take your pictures at the opening British superbike round.Everyone who had a...

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  • You’re one in a million

    24 March 2004

    You’re one in a million

    There’s more of us on the roads than any time in the last 17 years, according to Department For Transport figures.The number of bikes and mopeds registered for use on British roads in 2003 topped...

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  • You can’t stop jumping with the babes

    24 March 2004

    You can’t stop jumping with the babes

    Regular users of this site will know that we launched an addictive online stunt jumping game here on Monday March 22. And in the three days to the end of March 24, 54,000 of you clicked through from...

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  • Ducati to redesign 999

    24 March 2004

    Ducati to redesign 999

    Ducati denies it is about to unveil a new look for its flagship 999 superbike but our sources suggest otherwise.MCN believes the updated 999 will appear later this year and has been reshaped on the...

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  • Free race tickets with Brands track day

    24 March 2004

    Free race tickets with Brands track day

    The MCN track day season starts on April 9 and to celebrate the start of a slider-melting year you get a free ticket to the Brands Hatch round of British Superbikes on April 12 if you book for the...

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  • FREE* Barry Sheene DVD with MCN

    24 March 2004

    FREE* Barry Sheene DVD with MCN

    Get hold of next week’s MCN and you’ll be able to claim a free* DVD celebrating the late, all-time great, Barry Sheene.Made by Duke Video, it runs for 109 minutes and includes interviews, Barry’s own...

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  • Play it safe with Suzi Perry

    24 March 2004

    National Motorcycle Safety Week starts this weekend at Squires Café, Sherburn, West Yorks. The week of activities culminates in an afternoon with sexy TV presenter Suzi Perry at the Ace Café in London, next Friday, April 2.Sunday March 28: 10am-5pm, Launch Day at the bike meet at Squires Café, Sherburn, West Yorks. Day features: Assessed Rideouts with Yorkshire Advanced...

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  • Use our QuickSearch to save a grand

    24 March 2004

    Use our QuickSearch to save a grand

    Search our BIKES FOR SALE and you could end up with £1000 off the price of your next bike.That’s the prize on offer in this exclusive motorcyclenews.com competition. If you returned to your bike to...

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  • BMF adds horse power to stunt show

    24 March 2004

    BMF adds horse power to stunt show

    A stunt show in which bikes leap over galloping horses sounds like a recipe for carnage. Expect to see us in the front row at the BMF Show then.The show is on May 22-23 at the East of England...

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  • Cops issue red cards for foul riding

    24 March 2004

    Cops issue red cards for foul riding

    Police are launching a footy ref-style scheme to hand out red and yellow cards to riders – instead of prosecutions.Thames Valley, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Kent and the Metropolitan police forces are...

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  • Hodgson jump game hits 2,000,000 plays

    24 March 2004

    Hodgson jump game hits 2,000,000 plays

    If you felt a bit sad for repeatedly attempting to see Bennetts’ babes in increasing states of undress in our online Hodgson jump game, fear not. You are far from alone. In its first five days on the...

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  • Insurers offer one for the ladies

    17 March 2004

    Insurers offer one for the ladies

    Bikesure is offering women riders 10 per cent off the cost of insurance and free breakdown cover in a new Lady Rider package launched on March 23.The ladies (and Bikesure says 10 per cent of bike...

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  • Bos launches cans for 04 RSV

    17 March 2004

    Bos launches cans for 04 RSV

    Dutch firm Bos has launched oval race cans (that’s louder than your local traffic cops will like, then) for the 2004 Aprilia RSV 1000-R.In dyno tests they raised power to 126bhp. The standard bike was...

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  • Essential maintenance improves performance

    17 March 2004

    This site will be down for essential maintenance on Monday, March 22, 2004, for one hour from 7am. We’ll be back from 8am with a much improved service.One further outage is required on the evening of Tuesday March 23. This outage will last a maximum of 12 hours from 7pm. We’ll be back with a faster more efficient service from 7am on Wednesday morning.We’d like to apologise in advance for any...

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  • 750 is best of 04 GSX-Rs

    17 March 2004

    750 is best of 04 GSX-Rs

    Awesome power? Pin-point precision handling? You get both in varying degrees with Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 and GSX-R600. So how does the new GSX-R750 fit in?The answer is a brilliant combination of both...

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  • What will £5000 buy you today?

    17 March 2004

    Summer-like temperatures sweeping much of the country on Wednesday mean you’re likely to have itchy fingers browsing for a new bike for the season. We’re feeling the same, so we’ve gone looking through our latest online ads to see what £5000 will get you today.Here’s some great examples of those we found in our BIKES FOR SALE section.Fancy the big European tour this year? £4850 is the asking price...

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  • Save on online HPI check with MCN

    17 March 2004

    Save on online HPI check with MCN

    MCN has teamed up with HPI to save you cash and give you access to an online MCN Bike Check.For just £35.95 the MCN Bike Check will instantly inform you if the bike you are thinking of buying is...

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  • Play Hodgson jump game online now

    17 March 2004

    Play Hodgson jump game online now

    Get your jumping style right in this new online stunt game and you’ll be rewarded with pictures of the Bennetts Babes like you’ve never seen them before.We’ve got exclusive first access to The Neil...

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  • 3pm-5pm is bike crash danger time

    17 March 2004

    3pm-5pm is bike crash danger time

    If you’re a bit fed up about being stuck behind a desk on a decent afternoon, take comfort from the fact that you’re avoiding the dodgiest part of the day to be out on a bike. Cumbria safety...

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  • Crescent prizes boost big bike night

    17 March 2004

    Crescent prizes boost big bike night

    The big bike gathering held on the Quayside in Poole on Tuesday nights is getting a boost from dealer Crescent Suzuki.The firm is offering prizes and trophies to the owner of the best bike to enter...

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  • WIN £100 of kit for your best biking road

    17 March 2004

    WIN £100 of kit for your best biking road

    If you’ve ridden a great road on your bike recently, it could win you up to £100 of Oxford kit. Send us directions with road numbers and pictures of you and your mates on the route if you’ve got them.

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  • Budget: Brown leaves us alone

    17 March 2004

    Budget: Brown leaves us alone

    Chancellor Gordon Brown has made it a no-change Budget for bikes.Speaking in the Commons today (March 17), he announced he is freezing road tax at present levels and keeping the insurance premium tax...

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