Bike News (Jan - Dec 2006)

  • Sports personality vote

    11 November 2006

    Sports personality vote

    Voting has started for the 2006 BBC Sports Personality of the Year and now is your chance to put your favourite biker in with a shout. A new system will see 10 contenders short listed for the event...

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  • Happy 100th Mr Honda

    11 November 2006

    Happy 100th Mr Honda

    Honda is celebrating a ‘Happy 100th birthday’ to Soichiro Honda – the company’s founder. Born on November 17th 1906, the son of a blacksmith and a weaver, Soichiro was...

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  • Work for Honda

    11 November 2006

    Work for Honda

    Would you like to work for one of the most popular vehicle manufacturers? Honda UK are looking for Technical Support Engineers to work with their motorcycle division in the London and South East,...

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  • Bike registrations rise

    11 November 2006

    Bike registrations rise

    New bike sales figures released yesterday shows motorcycle registrations in October 2006 have increased by nine per cent compared to the same month last year. A total of 9,889 bikes were registered...

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  • Orange County expand

    11 November 2006

    Orange County expand

    Famous US chopper builder, Orange County, has announced it is to build a $13.4m headquarters in Newburgh, New York. Owned by the highly respected Paul Teutul Sr and sons Paul Jr and Mikey made most...

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  • ZZR1400 tops 200mph

    11 November 2006

    ZZR1400 tops 200mph

    American drag bike racer Chad Millholland has broken the 200mph barrier on a near standard Kawasaki ZZR1400. The bike had less than £1000 of modifications limited to an exhaust, fuel-injection...

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  • McQueen classics sold

    11 November 2006

    McQueen classics sold

    Three bikes once owned by Steve McQueen went under the hammer on Saturday raising more than £165,000. The most expensive from his haul was his 1934 Indian Sport Scout, a 750cc V-twin that was...

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  • Sheene's gear stolen

    11 November 2006

    Sheene's gear stolen

    One of Barry Sheene’s famous classic helmets has been stolen as part of a haul by thieves at the weekend. BSB star Scott Smart’s workshop, which he shared with World sidecar champion Tim...

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  • Off-road reg plate plea

    11 November 2006

    Off-road reg plate plea

    An MP has added weight to the campaign to have all bikes registered following a collision between an off-road motorcyclist and a car. Worsley MP Barbara Keeley has called for the registration of...

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  • Excitement of new Ninja

    04 November 2006

    Excitement of new Ninja

    One thing I did notice though, the fuel tank holds 19 litres about 4 gallons, and in highlands of Scotland petrol stations are not as common as one might think, so with approximately 40 mpg (driving...

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  • Support Pudsey

    04 November 2006

    Support Pudsey

    Pudsey Bear is mixing with the likes of Ducati and Honda at one of Scotland’s largest independent motorcycle retailers. Scott Murray Motorcycles, who are based in Dunfermline, are asking bike...

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  • Hells Angels Dutch Fight

    04 November 2006

    Hells Angels Dutch Fight

    Legal prosecutors in Holland have announced they want to outlaw the Hells Angels across the country for the first time. "It's become sufficiently clear the activities of the motorcycle club are...

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  • Top gong for tourers

    04 November 2006

    Top gong for tourers

    An Aberdeen-based company offering guided motorcycle tours around Scotland has won a prestigious industry award. Scotlandbybike.com was awarded with the innovation category of Visit Scotland’s...

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  • Wild Star fault warning

    04 November 2006

    Wild Star fault warning

    Owners of Yamaha XV1600 Wild Star’s are being warned of a possible transmission breakage. Whilst carrying out research on the bike the company found some isolated gear locking incidents. ...

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  • Sachs saved by bosses

    04 November 2006

    Sachs saved by bosses

    Germany’s oldest motorcycle manufacturer has been rescued from insolvency by a Management Buy Out. Sachs Fahrzeug- und Motorentechnik GmbH is the successor company of the Nuremberg-based...

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  • New MCN: November 8

    04 November 2006

    New MCN: November 8

    Details of the new Ducati 1098 have been leaked just days before its official launch in Milan. Read the full story in this week’s MCN where we show you images of the bike, tell you about its...

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  • Thief caught by crasher

    04 November 2006

    Thieves who stole a motorcycle that had been involved in a crash were spotted by the rider who crashed it as he was being driven home from hospital. Police have refused to name the 21-year-old rider, who had collided with a Mercedes van in Leamington earlier, but say that the rider had been told the bike had been stolen when a friend went to retrieve it for him whilst he was being treated in...

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  • BRAKE's biker's ideas

    04 November 2006

    BRAKE's biker's ideas

    Road safety group Brake called for young drivers to face a new graduated driving test yesterday. The charity wants learners to train for minimum period and face restrictions after passing their test...

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  • Meet the stars

    04 November 2006

    Meet the stars

    Fancy mixing with stars like Bon Jovi and James Brown? Well now’s your chance. Riders for Health are auctioning two tickets for the UK Music Hall of Fame which honours musical talents from the...

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  • Hammond back to MCN

    04 November 2006

    Hammond back to MCN

    Richard Hammond is hard at work writing his first weekly MCN column since the 300mph crash that nearly killed him and left him recovering from serious brain damage. Hammond became front page news...

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  • Free bike lock

    04 November 2006

    Free bike lock

    MCN are offering every reader the fantastic opportunity to claim a FREE Titan Disk Lock The lock is designed to fit most modern bikes and has computer cut keys for maximum security, with two keys...

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  • Elle on hand at auction

    04 November 2006

    Elle on hand at auction

    Supermodel and actress Elle Macpherson has joined forces with former MotoGP racer Randy Mamola to raise money for biking charity Riders for Health. The Australian supermodel, who is also a keen...

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  • Crashing con

    04 November 2006

    Ten people were arrested on Tuesday, November 7 believed to be taking part in the insurance scam ‘crash for cash’ that is likely to have involved both motorcyclists and car drivers. The conmen would make an innocent road users crash into them and then make insurers pay inflated compensation to bogus insurance firms. Police believe the group netted £1million and the money could...

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  • Record KTM sales

    04 November 2006

    Record KTM sales

    KTM has announced a record in annual sales for the business year 2005/06. Group sales exceeded the €500 million mark for the first time in the Austrian firm’s existence, an increase of...

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  • NEC Show finishes

    04 November 2006

    NEC Show finishes

    The 2006 International Motorcycle and Scooter show has shut its doors to the public after 11 days and almost 150,000 visitors. Despite the number of show goers being down on last year at 144,870, the...

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  • Hammond's teaser

    04 November 2006

    Hammond's teaser

    Richard Hammond is in full flow as he prepares to share with MCN readers what he has been through over recent weeks. As a teaser for you all, he wanted to give you a glimpse of what to expect in his...

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  • Grant for bike charity

    04 November 2006

    Grant for bike charity

    The Disabled Motorcyclists Association has been awarded more than £4,000 by the National Lottery. The charity, which helps disabled riders by providing guidance, discounts and inspiration from...

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  • Crutchlow tries GP bike

    04 November 2006

    Crutchlow tries GP bike

    During the recent Rizla Suzuki and MotoGP testing at Valencia, new signing Cal Crutchlow had the chance to ride something even quicker than his BSB GSX-R1000 for next year. And you can see what...

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  • Trials with Dougie Lampkin

    04 November 2006

    Trials with Dougie Lampkin

    VIP passes for the upcoming Indoor Trial at Sheffield Arena on Friday, December 29 have just gone on sale. But it’ll cost you nearly £100 to get your hands on one. If you want the...

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  • New MCN downloads

    04 November 2006

    New MCN downloads

    MCN Mobile users can now get your hands on free downloads as part of a Valencia special. See behind the scenes action, exclusive video downloads. The freebies include Rossi in the French 125, clips of...

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  • Diesel Problem Exposed

    04 November 2006

    Diesel Problem Exposed

    MCN’s consumer king, Steve Farrell has been working into the small hours to track down the cause of a new diesel menace that is sweeping the UK. We’ll reveal all in next Wednesday’s...

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  • Aprilia gets new partner

    04 November 2006

    Aprilia gets new partner

    Aprilia Motorcycles has just announced a strategic partnership with one of China’s largest motorcycle manufacturers, Jincheng Corporation. The Chinese company, who are also aligned with Devon...

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  • Video: '07 Sport Classics

    04 November 2006

    Video: '07 Sport Classics

    We've had the 2007 Ducati Sports Classics out on UK roads already and you can watch our exclusive video here. Click the screen below to watch the stunning bikes in action and hear MCN Road-Tester...

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  • Speed camera v police

    01 November 2006

    Speed camera v police

    The BMF has welcomed the call by the House of Commons Transport Select Committee for more road policing. However the group are not pleased by the argument for automatic vehicle speed control. This...

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  • Awards time at NEC

    01 November 2006

    Awards time at NEC

    Bennetts British Superbike Champion Ryuichi Kiyonari has confirmed he will be back to defend his title in 2007. The HM Plant Honda Rider made his announcement as he was crowned with his championship...

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  • Flippin' great show

    01 November 2006

    Flippin' great show

    The 2007 London Motorcycle Show has set the stage for a UK first – the first back flip ever performed in London! Top freestyle motocrosser Gary Taylor will be setting up his ramps to perform...

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