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Bike News (July 2005)

  • Evel has to ride alone

    29 July 2005

    Evel has to ride alone

    Evel Knievel is so ill even his wife Krystal is refusing to ride pillion with him at Friday’s (July 29) fourth annual Even Knievel Day in Butte, US. Reports in the US say he’s preparing...

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  • Grab a bargain CBR

    29 July 2005

    Grab a bargain CBR

    Triumph has had a hit with its new Sprint ST re-igniting demand for sports tourers and keeping new prices high. But it doesn’t mean you can’t bag a bargain sports tourer. Take a bow...

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  • Italy on £1k Italian bikes

    29 July 2005

    Italy on £1k Italian bikes

    We’re off to Italy on Monday – on Italian bikes – in an under-a-grand challenge. Wish us luck. You’ll be able to follow the progress of this shoe-string challenge to Lake...

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  • Dirt Bike Show details

    29 July 2005

    Dirt Bike Show details

    Tickets for the 2005 Dirt Bike Show at Stoneleigh go on sale this month with a new VIP ticket allowing you to access the event a day earlier. New features for the event include a 'virtual paddock'...

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  • Video: Tourer thrashed

    22 July 2005

    Video: Tourer thrashed

    MCN road tester Adam Child recently rode his long-term test BMW R1200RT to Magny Cours and he just couldn’t resist taking ‘Bertha’ out for a spin on the track. Click the links below...

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  • Egg run in jeopardy

    22 July 2005

    Egg run in jeopardy

    One of the UK’s biggest annual charity bike runs looks set to be strangled by red tape. Egg Run organisers claim they will need to raise £40,000 to meet police and council safety demands...

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  • Sanders sets new record

    22 July 2005

    Sanders sets new record

    Nick Sanders is home after beating his own round-the-world speed record. Riding a Yamaha R1, the 47-year-old bagged the record on Saturday, but spent the night in London before calling supporters on...

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  • New look for new MCN

    22 July 2005

    New look for new MCN

    This week's issue of MCN (out on Wednesday, July 27, 2005) is the first with a fresh new look and a whole new lay-out. Download the video you'll find at the end of this story to see it for yourself. ...

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  • What's on: July 27 on

    22 July 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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  • Classics join copter run

    22 July 2005

    Classics join copter run

    Classic bike owners are invitedto exhibit their bikes at the Harwich end of the 2005 Essex Air Ambulance Dunton to Harwich Motorcycle Run on Sunday September 4. Jane Lambert of Essex Air Ambulance,...

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  • Dykes want trademark

    22 July 2005

    Lesbian motorcycle club ‘Dykes on Bikes’ is trying to trademark its name – with the backing of city officials in San Francisco, US. The local council is expected to pass an agreement to support the effort this week. Dykes On Bikes has led Gay Pride parades in the city for the last 30 years. They argue that since TV show ‘Queer Eye for the Straight Guy has been able to...

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  • Hairy bikers back on BBC

    22 July 2005

    Hairy bikers back on BBC

    Bikes are coming to BBC 2 again this autumn with the second series of the Hairy Bikers’ Cookbook. The two bearded biker chefs have already been seen cruising round Portugal on their Triumphs...

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  • Riots close Honda plant

    22 July 2005

    A Honda bike and scooter factory had to be closed down by police in India on Wednesday (July 27) amid tensions between workers and bosses. The close down followed a day of rioting between workers and local police. Police moved in after the first shift at the factory and closed production for the remainder of the day. They also set up road blocks across Gurgaon and Manesar on Thursday in an...

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  • New bid for safer roads

    22 July 2005

    New bid for safer roads

    Bike safety is improving faster than any other category of private transport with casualties down 10% in 2004 – and deaths among motorcyclists down 16%. But the bike industry isn’t...

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  • Call for safer barriers

    22 July 2005

    The Motorcycle Action Group has launched a campaign to make crash barriers safer for riders on Britain’s roads. MAG’s Director Of Public Affairs Trevor Baird said, “Of all road furniture crash barriers pose the greatest threat to motorcyclists, and we need to make planners aware of this.” Crash barriers are not currently designed or tested with bikes. And sliding into the...

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  • Win with Lucky Numbers

    22 July 2005

    Win with Lucky Numbers

    You can still win one of our fantastic Lucky Numbers prizes. Any unclaimed prizes are now being put into a free prize draw in September. Send in your lucky number with your name, address, phone number...

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  • Babes join spills battle

    22 July 2005

    Babes join spills battle

    The Bennetts babes have come over all Kill Bill in an effort to get the Kill Spills anti-diesel-spill message to a wider audience. The BMF-sponsored ‘KillSpills’ campaign is intended to...

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  • Bag a reward for diaries

    22 July 2005

    Bag a reward for diaries

    Keep a diary of your day-to-day life and you could earn yourself an MCN goody bag stuffed with a limited-edition T-shirt, stickers, magazines, pens, side stand pucks and more. You don’t have to...

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  • Cameras target riders

    22 July 2005

    Cameras target riders

    Cops will use mobile cameras in seven new sites across Derbyshire every Sunday until the end of September – including this Sunday, the day of the British MotoGP at Donington Park. They say they...

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  • Can you help Londoners?

    15 July 2005

    Can you help Londoners?

    With more disruptions to the London underground and bus services due to terrorist attacks on Thursday, July 21 (05), MCN is urging riders in London to help other commuters by offering up their pillion...

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  • Scots welcome us all

    15 July 2005

    Scots welcome us all

    Somebody loves us! The Scottish tourist authorities to be precise. To prove it they are launching a campaign to get more of us to ride there. VisitScotland is going all out to help the tourism...

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  • DfT stops new cameras

    15 July 2005

    DfT stops new cameras

    The Government has put a hold on any new speed cameras being placed on our roads until it is clear whether they work or not. The Department for Transport is waiting for the release of a report by the...

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  • Free cakes for all riders

    15 July 2005

    Free cakes for all riders

    Infinity motorcycles are marking Ride to Work day by offering all motorcyclist FREE tea and cakes between 2pm and 6pm. Customers can take part in a charity raffle and special deals will be announced...

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  • MCN Hilton MotoGP stay

    15 July 2005

    MCN Hilton MotoGP stay

    Get two nights 4 star Hilton hotel accommodation, a two-day race ticket with Grandstand seating for the British MotoGP, a celebrity dinner with Randy Mamola and TV commentator Barry Nutley, MCN goody...

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  • Try trails or off-road

    15 July 2005

    Try trails or off-road

    It's about time you had a crack at some off road action - and now we've added a trials option to our MCN Honda off-road days. Book an MCN day and you can choose to either spend all day on a Honda...

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  • Anti-breast cancer ride

    15 July 2005

    Anti-breast cancer ride

    Around 20 biking women affected by breast cancer have joined together for a London to Edinburgh fundraising ride. The August 20-27 event represents the UK leg of the Changing Gears Global Challenge...

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  • Ride to work week

    15 July 2005

    Ride to work week

    It's National Ride to Work Week - an event intended to bring biking to the attention of non-riding friends. So take in a spare lid with you to work to offer a pal a pillion ride. The weather can...

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  • Free Yamaha GP shirts

    15 July 2005

    Free Yamaha GP shirts

    Yamaha owners can claim a free Yamaha Racing 50th Anniversary T-Shirt at Donington park during the British MotoGP weekend on July 23-24. There are 5000 shirts up for grabs, and all you need to do is...

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  • Ride to Work: Your pics

    15 July 2005

    Ride to Work: Your pics

    Honda backed Wednesday's Ride to Work day with 45 staffers turning up on two wheels at the firm’s UK and European HQ The Motorcycle division offered every rider or pillion a free slap up...

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  • Ride To Work goes global

    15 July 2005

    Ride To Work goes global

    Ride to Work Day has gone global with the US, Germany, the Philippines, Israel, Turkey and Ecuador joining the UK this Wednesday (July 20). And it’s got the backing of Bennetts British...

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  • What's on: July 20 on

    15 July 2005

    What's on: July 20 on

    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...

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  • Time's up for SMIDSYs

    15 July 2005

    Time's up for SMIDSYs

    A website and road sign campaign has been launched to banish the driver’s favourite excuse: “Sorry mate, I didn’t see you.” Smidsy.co.uk has been set up by South...

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  • In MCN: July 20 issue

    15 July 2005

    In MCN: July 20 issue

    Get this week's MCN to put yourself in pole position for this weekend's Donington British MotoGP. This issue - out on Wednesday July 20 - comes with a FREE British GP Guide complete with the tech...

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  • 169mph sidecar record

    08 July 2005

    A world sidecar speed record has been claimed from the UK by a team of New Zealanders. And they did it without a passenger… Glenn Hayward took his 1000cc ‘Flying Kiwi’ to the new high on a long stretch of road in Mid-Canterbury - with a 60kg weight replacing the sidecar passenger. He clocked a two-run average top speed of 272kmh (169mph), according to stuff.co.nz The...

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  • Help British GP wildcard

    08 July 2005

    Help British GP wildcard

    A fundraising night will take place at Squires Cafe on Wednesday, July 13 to raise cash for British 125GP wildcard rider Dan Linfoot. Linfoot, 17, is currently racing in the British GP125 National...

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  • In MCN - out on July 13

    08 July 2005

    In MCN - out on July 13

    Get this week's MCN for an exclusive look at spy shots of the Triumph 680, plus: WIN £3000 of prizes in our Lucky Numbers giveaway. We shame speeding cops ER-6n first test Rossi flames the...

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