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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2006)

  • Map firm Ride to Work

    15 July 2006

    The Ride to Work day took place on Wednesday, July 19, 2006, and one firm that encouraged its employees to take to two wheels was map maker Ordnance Survey. Staff at the national mapping agency who decided to ride to the Southampton head office got a free breakfast as a reward for cutting congestion and promoting motorcycling. The agency also conducted a survey of staff to find out how facilities...

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  • Bikers ride for fun

    15 July 2006

    Bikers ride for fun

    A survey has claimed that out of 3,517 riders, 83 per cent think that biking is for fun. The survey was carried out by Tickbox in aid of The National Motorcycle Week, 16-23rd July 2006. Other bikers...

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  • UK Tour to raise £60,000

    15 July 2006

    UK Tour to raise £60,000

    Four riders who all work for Selwood plant and pump hire are planning to visit all 29 of their depots in a mammoth 2,500-mile ride out. The branches are scattered all over the country, from Glasgow...

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  • R1200RT owner wanted

    15 July 2006

    MCN is looking for a BMW R1200RT owner to take part in a road test and give their opinion on a rival bike for publication in MCN. We need an RT owner who can come to the Peterborough MCN HQ, preferably on Tuesday, July 25, 2006, and come for a ride on the new Moto Guzzi Norge. If you own an RT and would like to take part, please email michael.neeves@emap.com with your name and full contact...

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  • Meet stars at Arai night

    15 July 2006

    Meet stars at Arai night

    You can meet star guests Chris Walker, Leon Haslam, Dean Thomas, Jonathan Rea and Ian Hutchinson at the Arai Evening on Wednesday August 9, 2006. The night is held in conjunction with the North...

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  • Free MotoGP mobile

    15 July 2006

    Free MotoGP mobile

    MCN Mobile is going freebie mad this weekend after a technical glitch at the last race in Germany. Some of our MotoGP text alerts didn’t go out as planned, so to make up they’re all free...

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  • Bid on signed MCN sofa

    15 July 2006

    Bid on signed MCN sofa

    Fancy an iconic MCN sofa, signed by almost every MotoGP rider? The coolest bit of living room furniture around is being auctioned in aid of Riders for Health, and it's been signed by all the racers...

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  • New MCN - out July 19

    15 July 2006

    New MCN - out July 19

    Our tests reveal many bike locks, even those with Sold Secure or Thatcham approval, can be smashed in seconds by a bike thief, we get Rossi's verdict on his toughest race of the year, and there are...

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  • Classics race Silverstone

    15 July 2006

    Classics race Silverstone

    This year the Silverstone Classic weekend will feature two bike races for the first time so you’ll be able to see some pretty amazing machinery flying round the historic Grand Prix circuit. ...

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  • Bike first aid success

    15 July 2006

    Bike first aid success

    The Emergency Aid for Bikers course developed by St John Ambulance is proving a big success. The course launched in February 2006, and is backed by insurance firm Bikresure, which has already spent...

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  • We ride Foggy FP1

    15 July 2006

    This week MCN’s Podcast Audio show goes riding on the Foggy Petronas FP1 and gets predictions for the coming WSB season. MCN Reported Michael Guy has become the only Journalist to have ridden the FP1 race bike and we spoke to him to find out exactly what it’s like on the triple-cylinder machine and how it felt to ride with Carl Fogarty himself. Click here to download and listen to...

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  • Sachs in trouble

    15 July 2006

    Sachs in trouble

    Sachs, the makers of quirky learner bikes like the XTC125 and MadAss, has gone in to insolvency after failing to come up with cash it owed. The German firm ran in to financial troubles when a...

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  • MotoGP-based chopper!

    08 July 2006

    MotoGP-based chopper!

    Legendary American chopper builder Roland Sands has just nine days to get a 220bhp V5 engine slotted into a frame and then ready for Kenny Roberts Senior to ride at the Laguna Seca MotoGP round. The...

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  • JR at Bikesafe

    08 July 2006

    JR at Bikesafe

    On August 9 join former BSB champ John Reynolds in North Wales for a Bikesafe event in the glorious Snowdonia National Park. Held at the Country House Hotel, theory sessions will be followed by...

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  • A Donington dazzler?

    08 July 2006

    A Donington dazzler?

    Each week on Motorcyclenews.com we’ll be highlighting a topic of the week that we think is worthy of more discussion, this week it’s the British GP at Donington. Did you go? Did you enjoy...

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  • Goodwood videos

    08 July 2006

    MCN's reporters were at the Goodwood festival of Speed on July 8-9, 2006 to cover the event and record some exclusive videos for us, which you can see below. The first clip is the Vee Two Super Squalo prototype, which made a run up the Goodwood Hill, with the 999cc engine producing 200bhp at the rear wheel. Hear what it sounds like for yourself. And the second clip is a classic Honda racer. One...

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  • Classic Bike's 70s day

    08 July 2006

    Classic Bike's 70s day

    After the success of last year's 70's day at the Ace Cafe in London, the Classic Bike team will again be putting on their flares for a celebration of nostalgia and legendary bikes on Sunday, July 16,...

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  • German GP on mobile

    08 July 2006

    German GP on mobile

    Thousands of you signed up to MCN’s new Mobile service to watch footage of the British GP two weeks ago, making it the biggest mobile service in biking. And this weekend, you’ll be able...

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  • New MCN - out July 12

    08 July 2006

    In MCN this week you can see the exclusive first test of the 2007 Triumph Tiger, before the bike is even available to magazine testers. And that's in addition to riding the Foggy Petronas FP-1, alongside Carl Fogarty himself. Also in this issue: Europe's shock plan for your helmet. Unseen Sheene pictures Carracchi Ducati 1200 ridden BSB and BMF previews Pedrosa is no robot Rossi tips Brith...

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  • Wrong policies cost cash

    08 July 2006

    Thousands of motorcyclists are wasting hundreds of pounds by insuring two bikes on separate policies instead of getting a multi-bike policy to cover both, according to leading bike insurance firm Bennetts. Around 200,000 UK riders own more than one bike, and many of them could be wasting around £150 a year by insuring them separately, meaning the total money wasted could run into tens of...

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  • Bike casualties drop

    08 July 2006

    Bike casualties drop

    The number of motorcycle casualties has continued to fall over the last year. Figures released by the Department for Transport show a drop not only in casualties, but also fatalities, despite a growth...

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  • Get your price right

    08 July 2006

    Get your price right

    Used bike price guide Parkers is warning that not getting the price right on your bike is the biggest barrier to getting it sold. Parker’s editor Keiren Puffett said: “A wrong price can...

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  • Charity ride on classics

    08 July 2006

    Charity ride on classics

    Three bikers will be riding from Lands End to John O'Groats for charity - on 1956-1958 James motorcycles with a top speed of around 55-60mph! The trio will ride in aid of the Headway Brain Injury...

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  • Anti-speed boss in dock

    08 July 2006

    Anti-speed boss in dock

    The boss of an advertising agency behind a Speed Kills radio campaign has been accused of speeding. Using a hand held speed camera, a police officer clocked Trevor Shepherd, 38, at 46mph in a 30 zone...

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  • Donate to Joey's charity

    08 July 2006

    Donate to Joey's charity

    After 5 years of hard work, the committee members of the Joey Dunlop Foundation are pleased to announce they are closing in on their objective. The Manx registered Charity are raising money to build...

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  • Ural invited to show...

    08 July 2006

    The 2006 South West Motorcycle Show aims to be a bit different, with Russian-built Ural motorcycles and sidecars geared up to perform some unusual stunts in the main arena on both days at the annual show at Westpoint Centre, Exeter. MPC Ural-Motorbikes stunt co-ordinator, Mick Cross claims that the display by the Ural bikes, best known for their use by the military, will be a bit unusual. ...

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  • Knee down on a Pan

    08 July 2006

    Knee down on a Pan

    Here’s evidence, as if any was needed, why you shouldn’t get your knee down on a fully-laden tourer. This ambitious American biker was shot by local photographer, Darryl Cannon, on the...

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  • Harley charity rally

    08 July 2006

    Harley charity rally

    The Fenlander Chapter of the of the Harley Owners group will welcome around 1000 Harley riders for the 2006 14th Annual Rally at Fakenham Racecourse on July 27-30, 2006. The chapter will nominate a...

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  • What's on: July 12 on

    08 July 2006

    South West of England HILLCLIMB SATURDAY July 15 Guernsey Motor Cycle & Car club, Le Val des Terres, Guernsey. 01481-247892. HILLCLIMB SUNDAY July 16 National Hillclimb Association, Gurston Down, Wiltshire. www.nhca.co.uk or 01278-786377. OPEN DAYS WEDNESDAY July 12 Open Day & Yard Jumble, Bill Little Motorcycles, Braydon, Wilts. 10.30am. 01666-860577 or www.classicbikesuk.com. RIDING...

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  • Brighter signs for bikers

    08 July 2006

    Brighter signs for bikers

    Road signs that light up using electro-luminescent technology have been given the go-ahead by the government and it means added safety for bikers. The new technology has taken five years to be tested...

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  • Bigger bikers needed

    01 July 2006

    MCN is looking for three readers to join us on a road test on Tuesday, July 11, 2006. We need riders who love sports bikes, but are just too big or tall to ride them comfortably. If that's you, you'll get to ride six very different and funky alternatives to try, so that you can see what you think. You'll need to be able to get to the MCN offices in Peterborough early on July 11, and you'll get...

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  • BMW at Goodwood

    01 July 2006

    BMW at Goodwood

    BMW Motorrad UK will be attending the legendary Goodwood Festival of Speed in force this year, as for the first time in 14 years, the date doesn't clash with any major bike races. In the hillclimb...

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  • Rare GP bike for sale

    01 July 2006

    Rare GP bike for sale

    A rare and important Munch-URS GP race bike will feature in Bonhams annual auction in Stafford on October 22, 2006, alongside a Jim Redman RC164 (click here for more). The Much-URS is one of two...

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  • New MCN: Out July 5

    01 July 2006

    New MCN: Out July 5

    This week in MCN you can see our 16-page British MotoGP special, including news about a huge influx of British riders onto the MotoGP grid in 2007. Valentino Rossi dedicates his second place to fans...

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  • Watch wheelie records

    01 July 2006

    Watch wheelie records

    More than 100 entrants are expected to compete in the World Wheelie Record Attempts and To Speed Days at Elvington Airfield near York on July 9-11, 2006, and fans can turn up and watch for the first...

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  • 1000 protest licence law

    01 July 2006

    1000 protest licence law

    A thousand motorcyclists rode in convoy through Birmingham on Satruday, July 1, 2006 to protest the 3rd European Licensing Directive, which threatens the future of biking. The laws include limited...

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