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Bike News (April 2007)

  • New look MCN from Wednesday

    02 May 2007 by Sarah Carnell

    New look MCN from Wednesday

    Just when you thought MCN couldn’t get any better, it has! And you can take a look here. From today, May 2, 2007, the way we bring news to you will completely change as through the website and the...

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  • Video: Your new look MCN

    30 April 2007 by Angus Farquhar

    Video: Your new look MCN

    Just when you thought MCN couldn’t get any better it has! From Wednesday, May 2, 2007, you can see new columnists, more reviews, even more bikes and lots of exclusives. Watch the video preview below...

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  • Bonhams hold £1 million bike auction

    30 April 2007 by Tony Carter

    Bonhams hold £1 million bike auction

    Bonhams were hailing the weekend’s auction success after selling over 85% of lots, and a sale total of £1,050,000. The biggest money maker was a rare Vincent White Shadow. This stunning machine is...

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  • 'Brunstrom has torn my family apart'

    30 April 2007 by Tom Rayner

    'Brunstrom has torn my family apart'

    In an exclusive interview with MCN, the brother of Mark Gibney said: “Richard Brunstrom has torn my family apart – he must be removed from power”. Paul Gibney told MCN how he is desperately trying to...

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  • Friendly warning about Sandbach roads

    29 April 2007 by Boult

    A friendly warning for other bikers who have the mis-fortune of having to pass through Sandbach, Cheshire. If you come in to the area on the 'by-pass' you will first come throught the lights. The road here is now 22 years old and starting to wear. However, take care at the first roundabout you come to - there are several areas on this where chunks of tarmac are missing, other areas are...

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  • Looking for Honda FMX 650s

    28 April 2007 by Ray

    Looking for Honda FMX 650s

    Are there many Honda FMX 650's out there? I live in Belfast and this bike has become an interest to all who see it. No other has been seen. One fault with this bike is that there has been this...

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  • A very enjoyable time

    28 April 2007 by twitntwat

    A very enjoyable time

    This is the first time we have been to the MCN Butlins bash and it was brilliant! We had a good time, laughed a lot, drank a lot and noshed far too much. The stunt show was awesome with...

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  • X-Bow numbers to increase

    28 April 2007

    X-Bow numbers to increase

    With such positive reaction coming for KTM’s first four-wheeled sports car, the X-Bow, the Austrian firm has decided to forget it’s cautious 100-model initial production run and try to whack out 1,000...

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  • Don't sell it: where is it now?

    27 April 2007 by anksenior

    Don't ever sell your bike. It was back in the 1960's when I had the same rush of blood and I sold my Bonnie. The girlfriend became my wife and we became grandparents. I collected the models and prints and dreamed, on and on. Then before I knew it 40years had slipped by so after a visit to my local Triumph dealer left me shaking and queasy. I swear blind that if I squinted, there in the showroom...

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  • Roadside clutter still causing problems

    27 April 2007 by Rob Hull

    Roadside clutter still causing problems

    The campaign to Protect Rural England has hit out at the amount of roadside ‘clutter’ on Britain’s rural roundabouts and how it could cost lives. The CPRE say the hoardings and signs – designed...

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  • Scrubs star scared mum will say no to Harley

    27 April 2007 by Rob Hull

    Scrubs star scared mum will say no to Harley

    Zach Braff, 32, star of US comedy Scrubs has fulfilled his longterm ambition to own a Harley, but has admitted if his mother says she doesn’t want him to ride it, he’ll take it back; “My parents are...

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  • Honour for Robert Dunlop

    27 April 2007 by Rob HUll

    Honour for Robert Dunlop

    TT hero and Ulster legend Robert Dunlop is following in the footsteps of his late brother Joey by receiving the freedom of his hometown, Ballymoney. “I am privileged and honoured,” said Dunlop. “My...

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  • Pan Europeans pose "serious" risk says coroner

    27 April 2007 by Tom Rayner

    Pan Europeans pose "serious" risk says coroner

    A coroner speaking at the inquest of a deceased police motorcyclist says that Honda Pan Europeans pose a “serious and continual” threat to lives. Coroner Dr James Adeley said he intends to write to...

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  • Racing for fifty quid

    27 April 2007 by Chris Newbigging

    Racing for fifty quid

    There isn’t much opportunity to do a day’s racing for £50, but that’s exactly what Daytona Motorsport are offering. At Daytona’s karting circuits at Sandown Park in Surrey and in Milton Keynes you can...

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  • Highway to heaven for bikers

    26 April 2007 by Dave Stewart

    Those wanting to cut a dash en route to their final resting place can now do so thanks to a motortrike hearse service being launched by a businesswoman. Mother-of-three Julie Gibbings' glittering 12-foot-long motortrike will tow a £10,000 custom made black two-wheeled hearse, which can be hooked up for funerals. The 44-year-old, whose working outfit is black leathers, black crash helmet and...

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  • Speed Ferries cancellation fiasco

    26 April 2007 by Tom Rayner

    Speed Ferries cancellation fiasco

    MCN readers have contacted us to say the first they knew about their cross channel ferries tickets being cancelled is when they read it in MCN. Stuart Mathews had a crossing booked from Dover to...

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  • Sick Brunstrom parades headless biker

    26 April 2007 by Tom Rayner

    Sick Brunstrom parades headless biker

    North Wales Police have unveiled photographs of a decapitated biker in its latest anti-speeding campaign. The image showed the man’s head with his eyes still open lying on a grass verge. In another...

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  • Fix punctures with a quick kick

    25 April 2007 by Tom Rayner

    Fix punctures with a quick kick

    Motorcycle mechanic Dashrathi Parichha has invented a new instrument which will allow a tyre to be re-inflated at the roadside. The device, small enough to store in bike toolkit, uses the air forced...

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  • MCN victory over 'killer' mirrors

    25 April 2007 by Steve Farrell

    MCN victory over 'killer' mirrors

    Volvo has redesigned its truck fleet to fix a blind spot exposed by an MCN investigation. From June all large Volvo trucks will feature modified wing mirrors after we revealed existing ones could...

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  • Forefather of North-East racing dies

    25 April 2007 by Cliff Goodwin

    Steve Binns - the man credited with bringing organised motorcycle racing to the North-East – has died at the age of 87. A founding member of the North-East Motorcycle Racing Club, which he helped organise after his return from the Second World War, Steve dedicated himself to race and rider safety. A Tyneside railway worker by profession, Steve devoted his spare time over three decades to acting...

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  • Compensation victory in landmark case

    25 April 2007 by Tom Rayner

    Compensation victory in landmark case

    Thousands of bikers could now be awarded compensation in accidents caused by reckless pedestrians. A landmark legal case has set a precedent for all bikers injured when a pedestrian’s recklessness is...

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  • Safety speed camera liability

    24 April 2007 by shen

    Safety speed camera liability

    In December 2006 I was en route to work that morning when it was dark and the roads were wet. It was that kind of morning when most of the trees dropped there leaves, and a speed safety...

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  • New MCN: April 25

    24 April 2007 by Sarah Carnell

    New MCN: April 25

    In this week’s MCN we ask, will your boss ban you from riding bikes? Tomorrow’s issue (April 25, 2007) looks in to thousands of companies banning their employees from riding under new health and...

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  • BT bans bikes

    24 April 2007 by Steve Farrell

    BT bans bikes

    BT staff are banned from riding bikes, it emerged today, April 24, 2007 A spokesman for the telecoms giant told MCN: “We don’t allow motorcycling at all.” "The ban applies during work hours. The...

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  • Soak my nuts in petrol

    24 April 2007 by James Jones

    Just had a lovely, fast ride out in the April sunshine, the bike working really well despite needing a service.  On the road in dry and warm weather any shortcomings in the suspension say, can be ridden around.  It's in the cold and wet that you need that finesse of control.  That's why the sunny Sunday jockeys will never quite understand what it's all about. Anyway, full of the...

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  • Speed cameras: "More harm than good"

    24 April 2007 by Steve Farrell

    Speed cameras: "More harm than good"

    Speed cameras may have done more harm than good by replacing real traffic police, according to the organisation that does transport research for the Government. Jeremy Broughton of the Transport...

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  • Detour outrage

    24 April 2007 by Tom Rayner

    Detour outrage

    Thousands of motorists were left fuming last week when a 20-mile diversion brought them right back round to where they started. The detour was set up by contractor Amey as part of a £25million...

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  • Super breathalyser on the way

    24 April 2007 by Tom Rayner

    A new road-side breathalyser that provides results accurate enough to convict drink-drivers is set to be introduced next year. The Home Office is currently looking for a company to produce the breath tester which is accurate enough to act as evidence, unlike the devices currently in use which are only suitable for screening purposes.

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  • Zero tolerance in North Yorkshire

    23 April 2007 by Anonymous

    Anyone who visits or lives close to Sherburn in Elmet near Leeds just be aware that till the end of May ish (and this comes from a good source) the oh so bike friendly(not) North Yorkshire Police will be out in force every Sunday with their Zero Tolerence for bike's policy. If you take notice of their hunting habits you'll see them from about 11am to 5pm so set off earlier and come home...

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