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Bike News (February 2005)

  • No more Little Chef?

    25 February 2005

    No more Little Chef?

    You could be tucking into your last Sunday morning Little Chef breakfast this year. The firm is being sold off and the brand could disappear for ever. Owner Permira plans to sell the 120 Little Chef...

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  • Mystery of Madrid riders

    25 February 2005

    Mystery of Madrid riders

    motorcyclenews.com user Andy Reeves spotted this mystery gang of riders in Madrid last week. Andy explained: “All the riders appeared to have Pepsi logos on their helmets. I saw in the papers...

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  • Black box threat from EU

    25 February 2005

    Black box threat from EU

    The threat of a 'black box' being fitted to every new motorcycle has come a step closer with an EU request to police forces to test the technology. The results will be used to help the EU decide...

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  • Euro fine loophole closed

    25 February 2005

    Euro fine loophole closed

    The loophole which allowed speeders to avoid fines if the offence was committed abroad has been closed by a new European Union law passed on February 24, 2005. Now, if you are given a fine or fixed...

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  • Bike sales at 5-year high

    25 February 2005

    Bike sales at 5-year high

    The number of bikes bought and sold in the UK is at its highest in five years. The growth is being driven by a boom in used bike sales - an increase so great that it easily outstrips the relatively...

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  • BMW and Aprilia in talks

    18 February 2005

    BMW and Aprilia are having talks over merging some elements of their production and development plans. The firms have worked together in the past – on the first generation BMW F650 bikes. They were built by Aprilia from 1993 to 1999 –after which production switched to Berlin. In a statement on Friday, BMW said the discussions related to “conceivable efforts in development and...

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  • Piaggio loses top boss

    18 February 2005

    Piaggio loses top boss

    Piaggio UK’s top man has quit his job after only a year and a half. Martin Marshall, general manager of Piaggio UK, has decided that the high rolling job is not what he wants at the moment and...

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  • Shows: Feb23 on

    18 February 2005

    Each week we publish a list of SHOWS, RALLIES, EXHIBITIONS and AUTOJUMBLES. These are those for the week commencing February 23, 2005. SHOWS THURSDAY February 24 Paris Tuning Show, Parc des Expositions, Paris-le Bourget. www.paristuningshow.com. FRIDAY February 25 Paris Tuning Show, Parc des Expositions, Paris-le Bourget. www.paristuningshow.com. Historic Motorsport Show, Stoneleigh Park,...

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  • Bikes on TV: Feb 23 on

    18 February 2005

    Each week we publish a list of biking TV shows so you don’t miss out. Those listed here are for the week commencing January 5, 2005. KEY TO CHANNELS: DHL = Discovery Home & Leisure MM = Men & Motors EXS = Extreme Sports Channel MOT = Motors TV, SS1 (2,3 or X) = Sky Sports 1 (2,3 or Extra) EUR = British Eurosport Wednesday 23 1am SS2 Bikesport UK 12noon MM Full Throttle...

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  • Bike Meets: Feb 23 on

    18 February 2005

    Each week we publish a list of BIKE MEETS on in the UK. Those listed here are for the week commencing February 23, 2005. WEDNESDAY February 23 Breidden Tea Room, Welshpool, Powys. 6pm. 01938-570053. Bulls Head, Clotton, Cheshire. 01829-781354. Bulls Head, Trinkingstone, Leicestershire. 01530-224327. Coach House Inn, Kirkby Mallory, Leicestershire. 01455-840330 or...

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  • Off Road: Feb 23 on

    18 February 2005

    Each week we publish a list of off road events held in the UK. They include MOTOCROSS, TRIALS, ENDURO AND SUPERMOTO events. These are those for the week starting February 23, 2005. MOTOCROSS SUNDAY February 27 Melville MXC, Lochhouse Farm, East Lothian. 01368-863883. Mid Wilts SMXC, Luckington, Wiltshire. 01666-840551. Wilden MXC, Kidderminster, Worcestershire. 0121-520-4261. Leicester...

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  • Road surface worries

    18 February 2005

    Road surface worries

    A new road surface being used on motorways and trunk roads across the UK has serious safety concerns according to an investigation by the BBC. The material, stone mastic asphalt (SMA), has been...

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  • Gatso nets £4.2m

    18 February 2005

    Gatso nets £4.2m

    A single speed camera in Nottingham has netted £4.2m in fines after catching almost 76,000 motorists in five years. The Specs camera, located on the A610, has caught almost one third of the...

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  • Barred riders sue bar

    18 February 2005

    Barred riders sue bar

    A bike club is suing a bar because its members were turned away for turning up on bikes and wearing bike kit. The Sons of Silence Motorcycle Club has filed a lawsuit against the North Star Bar in...

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  • 50 greatest bikes: 30-21

    18 February 2005

    50 greatest bikes: 30-21

    We asked you to name your favourite bike of all time and you responded in your tens of thousands – choosing everything from pre-war Brits to cutting edge racers. Each week in MCN we’ve be...

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  • Riding Schools: Feb23 on

    18 February 2005

    Each week we publish a list of RIDING SCHOOLS on in the UK. Those listed here are for the week commencing February 23, 2005. FRIDAY February 25 MCN Honda Off-Road Experience, Caister. 01933-674036. SATURDAY February 26 First Bike on Scene course, Preston, Lancashire. 45 01772-773040 or www.firstaid-training.com. MCN Honda Off-Road Experience, Caister. 01933-674036. WEDNESDAY March 2 MCN...

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  • Video: FireBlade for sale

    18 February 2005

    Video: FireBlade for sale

    Want to take a closer look at a bike for sale before you go and make an offer? You can, with the video clips MCN offers FREE. Here's the latest one added - it's a 2002 Honda CBR900 FireBlade. It's...

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  • Top time to bag a Hornet

    18 February 2005

    Top time to bag a Hornet

    The Honda Hornet is a hit with seasoned riders and new arrivals to biking alike. And with a new buying guide on the built-for-fun 600 published in this week's MCN (out since Feb 23, 05) it's a great...

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  • Boorman on tour again

    18 February 2005

    Boorman on tour again

    Charley 'Long Way Round' Boorman is on tour again - this time it's a whistle-stop promo trip around UK BMW dealerships, taking in the MCN Scottish Motorcycle Show. And the tour starts on Friday - Feb...

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  • New MCN - out NOW

    18 February 2005

    New MCN - out NOW

    The new issue of MCN hits the shelves on Wednesday February 23, 2005, with the exclusive revelation the Government Transport Minister wants us to go out and have fun on bikes. And we pit the Yamaha...

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  • Track events: Feb 23 on

    18 February 2005

    Each week we publish a list of track events. Those listed below are for the week commencing February 23, 2005. ROAD RACING SATURDAY February 26 Test day for race bikes, Bishopscourt, County Down. 028-4484-2202. World Superbikes, Losail, Qatar. 00974-4379-788. NG Road Racing - test day, Pembrey, Dyfed. 01452-538135 or www.ngroadracing.org. TRACK DAYS WEDNESDAY February 23 100% Bikes...

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  • Blair's bike plan revealed

    18 February 2005

    Blair's bike plan revealed

    Tony Blair's Government has finally come up with a National Motorcycling Strategy - eight years after he first told MCN it was on its way. Better late then never - because the great news is that...

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  • MCN raises £18k for RfH

    18 February 2005

    MCN raises £18k for RfH

    Suzi Perry and Randy Mamola helped MCN and the biking industry raise more than £18,000 for Riders for Health. That's the final total raised during a charity auction at the star-studded MCN...

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  • 3000 mile charity ride

    18 February 2005

    3000 mile charity ride

    Motorcyclist Jonathan Formstone will begin a 3000-mile ride around the coastline of Britain on Sunday February 27, 2005, to raise money for Tsunami victims. Formstone, 29, will raise cash for the...

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  • Dirt Show to expand

    18 February 2005

    Dirt Show to expand

    The organisers of the 2005 Dirt Rider Expo are planning to make the event bigger and better after the success of the 2004 show. The 2005 Dirt Rider Expo will again take place at Stoneleigh Park, on...

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  • Rideouts: Feb 23 on

    18 February 2005

    Each week we publish a list of RIDEOUTS being held across the UK. If you'd like to organise one, or check for the latest ones being arranged, take at a look at our Rideouts forum. Click here WEDNESDAY February 23 IN-4 (KTM) tracks and trails. 01270-768562. The Plough, Swinderby, Lincolnshire. 7pm. 01522-881736. THURSDAY February 24 IN-4 (KTM) tracks and trails. 01270-768562. Rochdale Road...

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  • Bikes on TV: Feb 16 on

    11 February 2005

    Each week we publish a list of biking TV shows so you don’t miss out. Those listed here are for the week commencing January 5, 2005. KEY TO CHANNELS: DHL = Discovery Home & Leisure MM = Men & Motors EXS = Extreme Sports Channel MOT = Motors TV, SS1 (2,3 or X) = Sky Sports 1 (2,3 or Extra) EUR = British Eurosport Wednesday 16 2am MOT 2004 French Supermoto 3am MOT World...

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  • Rate this week's MCN

    11 February 2005

    Rate this week's MCN

    If you've already seen this week's MCN - complete with its world first group test of the new Bandit and the Fazer - we want to hear what you think of it. Simply CLICK HERE to give us your verdict. ...

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  • 50 greatest bikes: 40-31

    11 February 2005

    50 greatest bikes: 40-31

    We asked you to name your favourite bike of all time and you responded in your tens of thousands – choosing everything from pre-war Brits to cutting edge racers. Each week in MCN we’ll be...

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  • Rideouts: Feb 16 on

    11 February 2005

    Each week we publish a list of RIDEOUTS being held across the UK. If you'd like to organise one, or check for the latest ones being arranged, take at a look at our Rideouts forum. Click here WEDNESDAY February 16 IN-4 (KTM) tracks and trails. 01270-768562. The Plough, Swinderby, Lincolnshire. 7pm. 01522-881736. THURSDAY February 17 IN-4 (KTM) tracks and trails. 01270-768562. Rochdale Road...

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  • Video ads are so easy

    11 February 2005

    Video ads are so easy

    A picture is worth a thousand words and a moving picture is even better. If you’re looking to sell your bike what better way to attract potential buyers than uploading a video of it with your...

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  • Two MCNs ? out Feb 16

    11 February 2005

    Two MCNs ? out Feb 16

    Two new issues of MCN hit the shelves on Wednesday, February 16, with two collectable front covers celebrating two world exclusive first tests. We’ve got the first test of the new Suzuki...

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  • New boss for BMW GB

    11 February 2005

    New boss for BMW GB

    Adrian Roderick has become the new General Manager for BMW in the UK, taking the place of Pieter de Waal. Roderick, 46, joined the BMW group in 1986 and has worked on the car side and as boss of...

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  • Zongshens arrive in UK

    11 February 2005

    Zongshens arrive in UK

    Three new bikes will arrive in the UK next week, all powered by engines from Chinese firm Zongshen. The biggest of the three is the MRX200 entry-level off-roader, although bigger bikes are planned...

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  • Summer hols on track

    11 February 2005

    Summer hols on track

    If you’re thinking of taking your summer hols in France this year why not time it to coincide with two new trackdays just announced. Eybis – short for enjoy your bike in safety – is...

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  • Look what you missed!

    11 February 2005

    Look what you missed!

    If you've been away from your computer all week you'll have missed a bag full of great stuff on motorcyclenews.com. Start catching up right here: We offered a round-up of all the best of the MCN...

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