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Bike News (July 2006)

  • Harley riders raise £15k

    29 July 2006

    A total of £15,000 has been raised for charity by a group of 100 members of the Surrey Chapter of Harley-Davidson owners, who rode over 20 London bridges in one day. The bikes started at St Katherine's Dock, by Tower Bridge, and finished in front of Hampton Court Palace, despite the ride taking place during a major heatwave. Quality bikes for sale: Click here. MCN and user bike reviews:...

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  • BMW at Brands WSB

    29 July 2006

    BMW at Brands WSB

    BMW Motorrad will be promoting its bikes at the World Superbike round at Brands Hatch on August 4-6, 2006 with a range of new bikes and a chance to win a track day. The line-up of bikes to view...

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  • KTM shuns Polaris deal

    29 July 2006

    KTM shuns Polaris deal

    KTM’s expected take-over by quad maker Polaris has fallen through. The two companies still plan to work together but KTM will stay an independent company. The deal was set in place last year...

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  • Rock star in charity ride

    22 July 2006

    Rock drummer Mark Richardson will join charity riders for the arduous two-week Enduro Africa event, in aid of Riders for Health. Richardson is the drummer with UK rock group Feeder, and owns a Yamaha Warrior Cruiser and YZ250 motocross machine. He'll swap these for a Yamaha AG200 for the rally, which is the same type of machine used by the health workers the Riders for Health charity...

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  • Beer by bike!

    22 July 2006

    Beer by bike!

    Ever heard of a brewery delivering by motorbike? Neither had we until National Motorcycle Week. Butts Brewery in Hungerford borrowed a bike and sidecar outfit from Watsonian Squire, with a Yamaha...

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  • Another bike crash TV ad

    22 July 2006

    Another bike crash TV ad

    A new TV ad from Transport for London meant to promote motorcycle safety has been slammed as a blatant attempt to scare people off two wheels. TfL claims that the ad was meant to make riders think a...

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  • Foggy on your phone

    22 July 2006

    Foggy on your phone

    The launch of the MCN Mobile Legends Wallpapers got you stirred up last week, with thousands of you downloading the classic shots of GP legend Barry Sheene – and now we’ve posted a stack...

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  • New MCN: Out July 26

    22 July 2006

    New MCN: Out July 26

    This week in MCN we reveal Kawasaki’s new £5k urban sports bike and get a closer look at the mad GP powered custom. The new Kawasaki builds on the ER6 basics and adds highers bar and...

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  • First licence for kids

    22 July 2006

    First licence for kids

    Here is a great chance to give your kids a treat at the Ron Haslam Race School. They are giving free trials on Honda CRF50’s for children aged five and up at Donington Park, and the best part...

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  • Bikes on TV: July 26 on

    22 July 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, June 28. 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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  • BMF director reinstated

    22 July 2006

    Following a successful appeal, Don Lewis has been reinstated as the BMF's Director of Administration. Lewis was suspended from office following a disciplinary hearing in January. BMF Chairman Mike Williamson was also excluded from office, but the BMF council has now voted to reconsider the decisions taken in relation to his disciplinary charges. Bikes for sale: Click here. Bike reviews: Click...

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  • Meet Toseland at dealers

    22 July 2006

    Meet Toseland at dealers

    You can meet World Superbike star and former world champion James Toseland at the Bransons Motorcycles dealer day in Gloucester on Saturday, July 29, 2006. Not only can you meet and chat with...

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  • What's on: Jul 26 - Aug 2

    22 July 2006

    Scotland RIDEOUTS SUNDAY July 30 Dumfries & Galloway Group of Advanced Motorcyclists, St Michaels Petrol Station, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway. 10am. iam.dfs.mcs@btinternet.com. RALLIES FRIDAY July 28 Talisman MCC P in the Park Rally, Central Scotland. 12 07787-743263. RALLIES SATURDAY July 29 Talisman MCC P in the Park Rally, Central Scotland. ӣ12 07787-743263. RALLIES Studs in the...

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  • Bennetts girls get wet

    22 July 2006

    Bennetts girls get wet

    Bennetts insurance has taken the celebration of it’s new website to a new level with a video showing the Benetts babes having one hell of a water fight. The video has been released to promote...

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  • Bazza pics on your phone

    15 July 2006

    Bazza pics on your phone

    Got a mobile phone? Want to customise it a bit? The MCN Mobile service is giving away three classic Barry Sheene pics as phone wallpapers for users of the service, which is still free. To download...

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  • Your views on road users

    15 July 2006

    Your views on road users

    Your views on motorway motorcycling are being sought by the RAC Foundation for its National Motorway Month in August. The month-long campaign aims to encourage better standards on motorways, and push...

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  • Ladies shop open day

    15 July 2006

    Ladies shop open day

    Girls Bike 2 are celebrating their two new stores by hosting an open weekend at all of their branches. The shops, which specialise in women’s clothing in sizes 6-26, can be found in Aberdeen,...

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  • 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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