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Bike News (April 2006)

  • Join 20,000 on rideout

    29 April 2006

    Join 20,000 on rideout

    Join more than 20,000 bikes for one of the biggest ride-outs of the year this Bank Holiday Monday. All will be heading for Hastings (East Sussex) seafront with loads joining in along the way from the...

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  • New MCN out April 26

    22 April 2006

    New MCN out April 26

    In this week’s MCN – on sale from Wednesday, April 26 – see our exclusive world first pictures of the 2007 Honda CBR600RR in secret tests. PLUS... ZZR1400 chases 200mph: Up against...

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  • McGregor's TT-lap ban

    22 April 2006

    McGregor's TT-lap ban

    Long Way Round star Ewan McGregor has been banned from riding the TT circuit while shooting his new movie on the Isle of Man, according to reports. Gossip on teentoday.co.uk (click here for the...

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  • Video: MotoGP 06 game

    22 April 2006

    Video: MotoGP 06 game

    The new MotoGP 06 game hopes to appeal to every race fan with an Xbox360 when it is officially released on June 30, 2006 in the UK. You can watch the official trailer, below. The game is fully...

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  • Survey: London parking

    22 April 2006

    Survey: London parking

    Move fast to have your say on bike parking in London's Soho and the West End. A consultation is being run by Westminster Council with the help of MAG. It closes on Friday April 28. Click here for...

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  • Camera site con exposed

    22 April 2006

    Camera site con exposed

    Speed cameras have been put up where they will make most cash instead of where accident rates are highest – an MCN investigation has exposed. We have proof that safety camera partnerships have...

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  • Bikes on TV: Apr 26 on

    22 April 2006

    Each week we publish a list of events happening around the UK, and listings on motorcycling programmes on TV. This is the TV listing for the week beginning Wednesday, April 19. KEY TO CHANNELS: DRT - Discovery Real Time DRTE -Discovery Real Time Extra DSC - Discovery Channel MM - Men and Motors EXS - Extreme Sports Channel MOT - Motors TV, SS1 (2, 3 or X) - Sky Sports 1 (2,3 or...

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  • Jobs in biking: April 27

    22 April 2006

    Each week we publish a brief list of the jobs available in motorcycling. For full details and contacts see page 57 of the April 26 issue of MCN’s Bike Mart (free inside MCN, every week). Your next bike Quality Bikes For Sale here Tests & user reviews here Mechanics/Technicians Motorcycle technicians – Slough & Oxford Experienced mechanic required: North London Service...

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  • More bus lanes for bikes

    22 April 2006

    More bus lanes for bikes

    Bikes could be allowed in bus lanes throughout the UK after a debate this week in the House of Commons. Trials have proved that bikes in bus lanes have a positive impact on road safety, MPs heard...

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  • Tourers under £5000

    22 April 2006

    Tourers under £5000

    The weather is really starting to pick up and it's time to start thinking about getting away on the bike for a bit so we thought we'd see what bargain tourers can be found in our Bike for Sale...

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  • What's on: April 26 on

    22 April 2006

    Our What’s On listings 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 of England Scotland South East England South West of England Wales Worldwide ROAD RACING SUNDAY April 30 AMA Superbikes, California...

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  • Buyers opt for old Fazer

    22 April 2006

    Buyers opt for old Fazer

    If you’ve got an old style Yamaha Fazer 1000 now’s the time to trade it in - it’s more popular than the new model. All the bad press the 06 model has had about its dodgy fueling has...

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  • Meet James Ellison

    15 April 2006

    Meet James Ellison

    Brit GP rider James Ellison will be in Birmingham this Saturday to promote the opening of a brand new Yamaha Premiere store. Ellison rarely visits the UK, spending most of his time on the road with...

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  • Harris pulls out of meet

    15 April 2006

    Harris pulls out of meet

    Honda British Superbike rider Karl Harris has had to pull out of the launch of Humberside’s 2006 Bike Safe at the Humber Bridge car park this Sunday April 23. The Sheffield-based racer had been...

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  • Sign now to save biking

    15 April 2006

    Sign now to save biking

    Take part in an online vote and sign an online petition in a bid to see off the threat to biking contained in new Euro licence laws. See links, below, right, for full background. Organiser MAG says:...

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  • Bikes on TV: April 19-26

    15 April 2006

    Each week we publish a list of events happening around the UK, and listings on motorcycling programmes on TV. This is the TV listing for the week beginning Wednesday, April 19. KEY TO CHANNELS: DRT - Discovery Real Time DRTE -Discovery Real Time Extra DSC - Discovery Channel MM - Men and Motors EXS - Extreme Sports Channel MOT - Motors TV, SS1 (2, 3 or X) - Sky Sports 1 (2,3 or...

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  • Bargain Brands track day

    15 April 2006

    Bargain Brands track day

    Fancy spending a day riding the Brands Hatch Indy circuit for under £100? Focused Events are running a track day on Monday, April 24, 2006, with guaranteed three groups of novices,...

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  • Share your Easter rides

    15 April 2006

    Share your Easter rides

    Share what you got up to on bikes this Easter. If you took a camera along post your snaps. We have set up a thread dedicated to your Easter antics (see related topics links, below, right). ...

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  • New MCN out April 19

    15 April 2006

    New MCN out April 19

    Just when you thought BMW wasn't about to get any sportier - we've got proof of the firm's intentions to build a full-on superbike -complete with exclusive spy pictures. It's all in the latest issue...

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  • Truck attack on dealer

    15 April 2006

    A dumper truck attack on Pidcock’s BMW dealership in Long Eaton resulted in a slow speed chase across fields and through woods, according to website This Is Nottingham. Read the full report here (external site). The 20-minute pursuit, at speeds of up to 20mph, ended when the truck was surrounded by six squad cars. It had allegedly been driven through the window of the Pidcock showroom. The...

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  • More rear facing Gatsos

    15 April 2006

    More rear facing Gatsos

    Speed cameras in Northamptonshire will become rear-facing to help identify speeding motorcycles, with camera upgrades starting this week, April 17-23. The first camera to be modified is located on...

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  • What's on: April 19 on

    15 April 2006

    Our What’s On listings 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 of England Scotland South East England South West of England Wales Worldwide ROAD RACING SATURDAY April 22 Le Mans 24hr FIM Endurance...

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  • Bargain supernakeds

    15 April 2006

    Bargain supernakeds

    In MCN this week we revealed KTM’s latest plans for its 160bhp naked bike, but it won't be here until 2008 so we thought we'd show you what bargains you can get right now. Search through our...

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  • Police offer skills lessons

    15 April 2006

    Police offer skills lessons

    North Yorks police are offering classroom and on road lessons to improve your riding skills on May 15 and 17. It's part of the Bikesafe campaign. Sergeant Pete Mason said: “We are Police...

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  • Jobs in biking: April 18

    15 April 2006

    Each week we publish a brief list of the jobs available in motorcycling. For full details and contacts see page 59 of the April 19 issue of MCN’s Bike Mart (free inside MCN, every week). Your next bike Quality Bikes For Sale here Tests & user reviews here Mechanics/Technicians Experienced mechanic required: North London Service Advisor: Triumph dealership Service Technician: Solus...

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  • Most wanted: CBR600F

    15 April 2006

    Most wanted: CBR600F

    If you’re looking to sell your Honda CBR600F, now is definitely the time to do it – it’s the most searched for bike in our Bikes for sale section. The bike has consistently been in...

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  • M4 stats rubbished

    08 April 2006

    M4 stats rubbished

    The Wiltshire safety camera partnership has published results on the first year of speed camera use on the M4 but safety campaigners have already rubbished the results. The results claim a massive 60...

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  • Army stunt rider dies

    08 April 2006

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a member of the Territorial Army's Blue Arrows motorcycle display team died after an accident during a training exercise in Edinburgh. The incident happened in the car park of the Royal Highland Show Ground, Ingliston, at about 1pm on Sunday (April 9), according to the BBC – click here - (external site). The soldier was taken to the Edinburgh...

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  • GSX-R750 in demand

    08 April 2006

    GSX-R750 in demand

    Suzuki’s GSX-R750 was the most searched for bike in our Bikes for Sale section last week with nearly 800 people looking to buy one. The bike has grown massively in popularity since it became...

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  • Barcelona charity dash

    08 April 2006

    Barcelona charity dash

    A group of riders set off from Dublin on Saturday (April 15) on a sponsored ride to Barcelona and back. It’s all in aid of the Neurology Ward of Beaumont Hospital, Dublin. Staff their treated...

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  • What's on: April 12 on

    08 April 2006

    Our What’s On listings 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 of England Scotland South East England South West of England WalesWorld HILLCLIMB MONDAY April 17 Jersey Motorcycle and Light Car club,...

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  • Pothole scheme success

    08 April 2006

    Pothole scheme success

    The BMF is claiming a big success for its Report-a-road scheme one year on. The scheme is designed to collate all the contacts for local authority road maintenance departments in one easy to find...

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  • 35-year theft solved

    08 April 2006

    35-year theft solved

    A stolen motorcycle will be returned to its American owner this week - 35 years after it was taken. The 1970 Yamaha went missing in 1971, but resurfaced on an online auction site in 2005. When it was...

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  • Where to ride this Easter

    08 April 2006

    Where to ride this Easter

    If you thought this Easter weekend was going to be a chance for you to kick back and relax in the garden, think again, there’s far to many biking things to do. Check out our list of some of the...

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  • BMF hosts shorttrack

    08 April 2006

    BMF hosts shorttrack

    Shorttrack racing will make its debut among the attractions at this year’s BMF Show on May 21-22. Billed as an exciting mix of supermoto and speedway it’s based on American flat-track...

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  • Diesel insurance battle

    08 April 2006

    Diesel insurance battle

    A biker injured as a result of a diesel spill will make legal history this summer. His case will be the first to receive an oral hearing –effectively going to trial - under the Motor Insurers'...

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