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Bike News (August 2005)

  • Butlins auction = win win

    26 August 2005

    Butlins auction = win win

    Dave Thomas was the lucky highest bidder on an apartment at MCN’s 50th birthday celebration weekender. He saved £25 on the full price and raised £240 for Barry Sheene’s...

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  • Holiday speed warning

    26 August 2005

    Holiday speed warning

    North Yorks police are warning they are getting tough on speeding throughout the Bank Holiday Weekend. There will be extra patrols and speed checks as part of the force’s Operation Halter...

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  • MCN Aug 31 - new R6!

    26 August 2005

    MCN Aug 31 - new R6!

    Pictures of what people believe is the new R6 have been cropping up on a handful of forums in the last few days. Now MCN can confirm they are accurate – and that the R6 is just one of a crop of...

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  • Rider dies in bus leap

    26 August 2005

    An attempt to break the world record for jumping over buses on a bike ended in tragedy in Tehran, Iran when rider Javad Palizbanian crashed to his death. Reports on The Guardian’s website say the Iranian stunt rider hit the unlucky 13th bus in an attempt on Saturday. He was trying to clear 22.

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  • Back from Cannonball

    26 August 2005

    Back from Cannonball

    MCN road tester Adam ‘Chad’ Child is back from the Cannonball Bike Run. On this story you’ll find new pictures, links to his daily en-route updates and new audio to download. Chad...

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  • Used bike sales rocket

    26 August 2005

    Used bike sales rocket

    Sales of used bikes have risen faster in the last quarter than at any time since records began. Official DVLA records show 146,586 used bikes changed hands in the second quarter of 2005 – up...

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  • Cannonball: Day by day

    26 August 2005

    Cannonball: Day by day

    Wednesday Aug 24 8pm: Chad reports in by text. He arrived in Geneva in seventh place - 1hr 20min behind the leader. Wednesday Aug 24 3pm: Chad calls in from an unscheduled petrol stop somewhere close...

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  • What?s on: August 31 on

    26 August 2005

    We’ve changed our What’s On listings to now show events by their location, making them easier to find. Click the links below to choose the listing for your area and find out what events are on near you this week. Worldwide Midlands East of England Ireland North Scotland South East England South West England Wales

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  • Your Unity Ride stories

    19 August 2005

    Your Unity Ride stories

    Many of you took part in the London Unity Ride on Sunday August 21, 2005, to show support for the victims of the London bombings. We've collected just some of your experiences of the day,...

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  • 2m plays of babes game

    19 August 2005

    2m plays of babes game

    The Bennetts Babes have stripped off more than 2,000,000 times since we launched the Redline Racer game. 80,000 unique users have tried to set fast times in the online drag-strip race. The faster...

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  • Grab a bargain classic

    19 August 2005

    Grab a bargain classic

    In this week's MCN you can see Triumphs complete 2006 range including the brand new Scramber, inspired by the 1960s TR6C, but if you'd rather have a real classic than a modern retro there are some...

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  • New MCN out Aug 24

    19 August 2005

    New MCN out Aug 24

    Get this week's new-look MCN - out from Wednesday, August 24 - for: How loony Eurocrats plan to ban biking by 2020 Triumph’s 2006 range revealed, including new sexy Scrambler Big name...

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  • What?s on: August 24 on

    19 August 2005

    We’ve changed our What’s On listings to now show events by their location, making them easier to find. Click the links below to choose the listing for your area and find out what events are on near you this week. Worldwide Midlands East of England Ireland North Scotland South East England South West England Wales

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  • Biking holidays for £9.50

    19 August 2005

    Biking holidays for £9.50

    A biking holiday which costs less than a tank of fuel sounds impossible, but that’s exactly what MCN is offering in our great summer getaway promotion. We’ve teamed up with Park Resorts...

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  • Yobs torch 100+ bikes

    19 August 2005

    Yobs torch 100+ bikes

    Over one hundred bikes have been torched in the last month in a spate of arson attacks in Italy; with police no closer to catching those responsible. The attacks have happened mostly at night in Rome...

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  • Round-world record row

    19 August 2005

    Round-world record row

    Statement on behalf of Kevin and Julia Sanders Nick Sanders: ‘world record’ – or world record imagination? So, Nick Sanders is claiming an unofficial ‘world record’ for...

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  • 3500 join Unity Ride

    19 August 2005

    3500 join Unity Ride

    A huge number of people joined the London Unity Ride on Sunday August 21, with organisers claiming around 3500 motorcycles and 4000-plus people. The ride was to show unity and support for the people...

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  • Join London Unity ride

    19 August 2005

    Join London Unity ride

    The Unity Ride aims to show respect and unity in the wake of the London bombings on July 7, 2005, by gathering together one of the largest rides through the capital. It takes place on Sunday, August...

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  • RAF lands MCN Sofa

    19 August 2005

    RAF lands MCN Sofa

    RAF Wittering’s motorcycle club were the biggest bidders in our auction of the MCN Sofa, signed by the stars of MotoGP and WSB. Members gathered with their bikes – and one of their jets,...

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  • Tackle the Sahara ride

    19 August 2005

    Tackle the Sahara ride

    Ready for a bit of adventure – one which sees you tackling the Sahara, raises cash for Riders For Health and gets you out of New Year with the in-laws? Sign up for Riders 4 Rights (formerly...

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  • Fight plan to ban bikes

    19 August 2005

    Fight plan to ban bikes

    MCN believes the Government’s Department of Transport is researching a new policy which could ban every bike from the UK’s roads. MCN’s Steve Farrell has uncovered plans which...

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  • 2000 posts on 1 thread

    19 August 2005

    2000 posts on 1 thread

    The most popular thread on our Have Your Say forums has crashed through the 2000-posts mark. ‘Kam’ in our general/general forum went through the barrier at 11.33am on Wednesday (Aug 24).

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  • Win a CBR at NEC Show

    19 August 2005

    Win a CBR at NEC Show

    Details of the attractions at the 2005 International Motorcycle and Scooter Show are now being released, with news Long Way Round star Charley Boorman will be the official ambassador of the show this...

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  • Pitchfork poked at riders

    19 August 2005

    A woman who walked out into the road pointing a pitchfork at passing motorcyclists managed to knock off one rider – injuring him and herself in the process. Police say the 43-year-old woman was trying to slow down a group of bikes passing her home in Hastings, Michigan, US. She is in critical condition while the Kawasaki Ninja rider is stable. The incident, which happened on Sunday Aug...

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  • Katana sells for £13,000

    19 August 2005

    Katana sells for £13,000

    The ‘brand new boxed Katana’ featured in MCN Auctions has sold for £13,000. The 1982 Suzuki GS1000 was discovered, still in its crate, in storage at a back-street dealer in the US...

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  • Ladies Day at the Ace

    19 August 2005

    Ladies Day at the Ace

    It’s Ladies Day at the Ace Café on Sunday – an event aimed at giving women riders and car nuts a chance to show off their bikes and other vehicles - and raising the profile of...

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  • Cannonball ready to roll

    19 August 2005

    Cannonball ready to roll

    MCN road tester Adam 'Chad' Child takes on the likes of the 'Ghost Rider' when he sets off on the Cannonball Bike Run on Tuesday night (Aug 23). Wish him luck yourself - he'll be at London's Ace Cafe...

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  • MCN Italy bikes all sell

    12 August 2005

    MCN Italy bikes all sell

    Bidding ended at 5pm on Wednesday (Aug 17) on the MCN bikes featured in the Aug 10, 17 and 24 issues of the paper. The three bikes from our 'Italian Job' series were up for grabs in MCN Auctions. The...

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  • Bike trips boost economy

    12 August 2005

    Bike trips boost economy

    Motorcycling is not only a great way to get about but bikers contribute a massive amount to the UK economy according to a new survey. Everyone knows that taking your bike away on holiday can be one...

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  • Secret plan to kill biking

    12 August 2005

    Secret plan to kill biking

    Secret plans to phase out biking are exposed in Wednesday’s issue of MCN (Aug 17). Find out about the hidden agenda behind tough new Euro rules targeting motorcycling and how they could cut the...

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  • Get close to GP legends

    12 August 2005

    Get close to GP legends

    SeeRed at Donington Park on September 3-4 features vintage and historic racing combining Ferrari F1 cars, classic motorcycle racing and Group C racing. The event is to celebrate the Maserati marque...

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  • Bargain naked 600s

    12 August 2005

    Bargain naked 600s

    The August 17 edition of MCN reveals Suzuki’s plans to launch a 600cc version of the B-King naked bike, but if you can’t afford to buy brand new or you just don’t want to wait,...

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  • Book for Butlins party

    12 August 2005

    Book for Butlins party

    Reserve your place at MCN’s 50th anniversary party celebration – at our Autumn Butlins bash at Skegness. Yep, MCN really is notching up its 50th year and we want you to join us to make it...

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  • What?s on: August 17 on

    12 August 2005

    We’ve changed our What’s On listings to now show events by their location, making them easier to find. Click the links below to choose the listing for your area and find out what events are on near you this week. Worldwide Midlands East of England Ireland North Scotland South East England South West England Wales

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  • New look MCN - Aug 17

    12 August 2005

    New look MCN - Aug 17

    Get this week's new-look MCN - out from Wednesday, August 17 - for: Shock revelations: We uncover the secret plans to phase out biking New bike scoops: 600 B-King - little bro' to the mental...

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  • You help save lives

    12 August 2005

    You help save lives

    Charity blood-runners Service by Emergency Volunteers (SERV) have contacted us with the news that over 90 people have registered their interest in joining the group after they were mentioned on this...

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