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Bike News (May 2004)

  • BAND respond to bike industry fight back

    26 May 2004

    Road safety campaigners BAND have responded to criticism from the bike industry with claims that they are not anti-bike or anti-biker – just anti ‘lethal idiots’. The Blisdale Against Noise and Danger organisation, which wants more traffic cops and speed cameras on the B1257 in North Yorkshire, spurred the Motorcycle Industry Association to action with its claims in the national...

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  • The state of the market right now

    26 May 2004

    The state of the market right now

    Alex Groves, 29, bought a Honda CBR954RR Fireblade - 2004 (04) registered (23 days old) from an official UK Honda dealer in south London. It was used with just 340 miles on the clock and a double...

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  • What's On week commencing May 26, 2004

    26 May 2004

    Each week we publish the full listing of What's On events published in Wednesday's MCN. Here's this weeks. Week commencing May 26, 2004 SCRAMBLE SUNDAY May 30 Pre 65 Motocross Club, Great Bardfield, Essex. 01277-365919. ROAD RACING FRIDAY May 28 Pre-TT Classic Road Races, Billown, Isle of Man. www.southern100.com SATURDAY May 29 Pre-TT Classic road races, see Friday, May 28. Bishopscourt MCC,...

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  • Join us at our 2004 Butlins bash

    26 May 2004

    Join us at our 2004 Butlins bash

    For as little as £70 you could be joining in one of our legendary Spectacular weekends. Price includes accommodation for three nights, live music late bar, free day time activities including...

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  • Ducati confirms Desmosedici road bike

    19 May 2004

    Ducati confirms Desmosedici road bike

    Ducati has confirmed it will put a version of its V4 MotoGP bike into production within two years.The replica bike, labelled the Desmosedici RR, will be a limited production, ultra-high-spec beast...

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  • You're backing a winner

    19 May 2004

    You're backing a winner

    motorcyclenews.com has just added another award to its collection. The site, Britain's biggest online biking community, came out on top at the first annual Emap Automotive awards ceremony. We were...

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  • We want your opinions on the K1200S

    19 May 2004

    If you’ve got a Honda Blackbird, Kawasaki ZX-12R or a Suzuki Hayabusa we want to know what you think of BMW’s new attempt to steal a march on the Japanese with its new K1200S.The 170bhp, 180mph K1200S is aimed squarely at riders of the three Japanese super-sports-tourers, using technology that’s light years ahead of other BMWs. But we want to know if technology alone is enough to persuade riders...

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  • Save space for BMF bargains this weekend

    19 May 2004

    Save space for BMF bargains this weekend

    The BMF Show kicks off on Saturday May 21 with the usual mixture of entertainment and bargains at the East of England showground.Over 85,000 motorcyclists are expected to make the trip to browse 800...

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  • Bike industry starts the fight back

    19 May 2004

    Bike industry starts the fight back

    The organisation which represents the bike industry has started the fight back against " increasingly sensation-led comment and campaigning on motorcycle safety " .And it challenging the...

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  • Win £250 for looking at babes

    19 May 2004

    Win £250 for looking at babes

    The Bennetts babes jump game that was launched on this site eight weeks ago has now been played 28,000.000 times - and still the record stands at 302.50m.Think you can beat that? There’s still time.

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  • Ride in the tyre tracks of legends

    19 May 2004

    Ride in the tyre tracks of legends

    Want to be able to enjoy your bike to the full without the fear of a Gatso flash or a Metro-driving pensioner turning into your path? It’s time you considered a track day.We’ve got several coming up...

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  • Gatso guide for BMF Show goers

    19 May 2004

    Gatso guide for BMF Show goers

    If you’re coming to Peterborough for Saturday and Sunday’s BMF Show make sure your day isn’t ruined by the double flash of a speed camera. Click here for a guide to all the camera sites in...

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  • Woman dies after Bassetts Pole crash

    19 May 2004

    Woman dies after Bassetts Pole crash

    A woman died and four people were injured as a result of a bike colliding with onlookers at the Bassetts Pole bike meet on the Warwickshire-Staffs border on Tuesday night (May 18).The woman died today...

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  • Free insurance on R6, Fazer and FZ6

    19 May 2004

    Free insurance on R6, Fazer and FZ6

    Yamaha is offering free and cut-price insurance on its R6, FZ6 and FZ6 Fazer.The deals range from ‘heavily subsidised rates’ for under 24-year-olds on all three bikes to free of charge TPFT offers for...

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  • Not too late to taste the TT

    19 May 2004

    Not too late to taste the TT

    You haven’t left it too late if you want to experience this year’s TT. You can join in an MCN day trip by calling 08457 585 833. Prices are £51 per adult, £30 per child. The...

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  • New exhausts for 2004 Bandits

    19 May 2004

    New exhausts for 2004 Bandits

    Exhaust firm Micron has released both road-legal and race cans for the 2004 Suzuki GSF 1200 Bandit, with prices starting at £199.99.Both the road and race exhausts are available in stainless steel,...

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  • Were you among 91,337 at BMF?

    19 May 2004

    Were you among 91,337 at BMF?

    The BMF Show enjoyed the biggest-ever weekend attendance in its 44-year history – boosted by great weather.The crowds at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, were: On Saturday May 22: 36,...

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  • Give us your verdict on the latest MCN

    19 May 2004

    Give us your verdict on the latest MCN

    To help us improve the print version of MCN, we've set up a weekly e-survey for readers to give their verdict on the latest issue.It takes just two minutes to complete and can be found here.We want to...

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  • The 10 greatest TT riders ever

    19 May 2004

    The 10 greatest TT riders ever

    How does Geoff Duke stack up against Joey Dunlop? Or Steve Hislop compare to Stanley Woods. Who is the greatest TT racer ever?MCN reveals our top 10 in a free 16-page TT preview, only with MCN out...

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  • The real speed menaces revealed

    19 May 2004

    Car and van drivers are the greatest offenders when it comes to breaking the speed limit on 30mph roads – the very roads which carry greatest risk – according to figures released by the Department for Transport.The Government show the speeds at which motorists choose to drive in free-flow conditions. 58 per cent of car drivers broke 30mph limits, 59 per cent of van drivers did likewise. The figure...

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  • Offers aplenty at CMC Open Weekend

    12 May 2004

    Offers aplenty at CMC Open Weekend

    You could grab a 2003 Yamaha at " cost price " at the Nottingham branch of CMC Motorcycles this weekend, May 15 and 16.And you could also walk away with a new 2004 Fazer 600 or a pair of...

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  • Your deals reveal true price of bikes

    12 May 2004

    Your deals reveal true price of bikes

    How much should you pay for a ZX-10R? Our users tell us around £8500 is good, providing you’re getting a good trade-in. And if you’re as shrewd as some other buyers we’ve been hearing from you could...

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  • McGregor runs into bother with militia

    12 May 2004

    McGregor runs into bother with militia

    He may be among the best known movie actors in the world, but that cut no ice when he tried to ride into the Ukraine. The BMW R1200GS-riding star was held up by armed guards, along with his...

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  • Test ride Beemers at BMF Show

    12 May 2004

    Test ride Beemers at BMF Show

    Next weekend’s BMF Show gives you the chance to ride a range of new BMWs, witness wild shows and check out the wares from 800 exhibitors.BMW will offer test rides from the show on a special route, as...

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  • Tornado price should go down a storm

    12 May 2004

    Tornado price should go down a storm

    Benelli’s beautiful Tornado Tre has tumbled in price to a level that puts it in the same ballpark as a 2004 R1.It’s all part of the Italian firm’s bid to transform itself from a small-scale specialist...

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  • The superbikes you can save on

    12 May 2004

    The superbikes you can save on

    How much should you pay for a ZX-10R? Our users tell us around £8500 is good, providing you’re getting a good trade-in. And if you’re as shrewd as some other buyers we’ve been hearing from you could...

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  • Ducati GP road bike due Saturday

    12 May 2004

    Ducati GP road bike due Saturday

    Evidence is growing that Ducati will reveal a road-going version of its V4 MotoGP bike at this weekend’s World Ducati Weekend in Italy.Our picture here is a computer-generation based on inside...

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  • Win a Whitham track day by 5pm Friday

    12 May 2004

    Win a Whitham track day by 5pm Friday

    Jamie Whitham’s track day firm Speedfreaks is holding a track day at the incredible Silverstone GP circuit on Monday, May 17, and we're offering you the chance to win two places on it by 5pm Friday...

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  • Suzuki starts a 600s price war

    12 May 2004

    Suzuki starts a 600s price war

    Suzuki is offering new incentives to dealers which means its 2004 GSX-R600 can now be had for as little as 2003 leftovers were being offered for.With a potential target price of just £5995 you could...

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  • BMW’s 170bhp superbike revealed

    12 May 2004

    BMW has officially released the first picture of its new K1200S superbike.The German firm’s Blackbird-beater is thought to make around 170bhp and is powered by an all-new four-cylinder 1157cc engine.It has lapped the world-famous Nurburgring in 7.57 ( the lap record is 7.49) with two film cameras bolted on it. The rider reckoned he could have gone 15 seconds faster without the cameras…The unusual...

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  • Vandals wreck Dunlop’s memorial garden

    12 May 2004

    Vandals wreck Dunlop’s memorial garden

    The motorcycling world is reeling in disgust at reports that vandals have wrecked a memorial garden to Joey Dunlop, on the eve of this weekends North West 200 races in Northern Ireland.The BBC is...

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  • Scots cops target North West 200 fans

    12 May 2004

    Scots cops target North West 200 fans

    Scottish police are out in force this weekend to catch riders on their way to the North West 200 Irish road races.Strathclyde police have set up a road check on the A77 at Girvan, on the route to the...

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