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Bike News (February 2007)

  • Police warn of menace

    28 February 2007 by Cliff Goodwin

    Police warn of menace

    Lone motorcyclists are being warned not to enter a Tyneside estate after a sharp rise in what local gangs call “crowding” – surrounding a rider until he is intimidated into giving up his...

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  • Police cry foul over MCN

    28 February 2007 by MCN

    Police cry foul over MCN

    Police are refusing to speak to MCN over official comments from a spokesperson published on our website. The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has accused MCN of “covert and undisclosed...

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  • Oblivious

    26 February 2007 by MCN

    Oblivious

    Playing it cool. The Yamaha team pretend not to notice they have a camera pointing in their faces...

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  • Biking MP for Deputy PM

    26 February 2007 by MCN

    Biking MP for Deputy PM

    Classic Benelli-riding MP Hazel Blears has announced her intentions to run for Deputy Prime Minister. Blears is the sixth MP to enter the race to replace John Prescott when he stands down later this...

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  • Scare tactics for drivers

    23 February 2007 by MCN

    Scare tactics for drivers

    Police are hoping to scare drivers into getting insurance with signs on seized uninsured cars saying: “No insurance means no car.”  The magnetic posters will be carried in transporter trucks used...

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  • Petition to use bus lanes

    23 February 2007 by MCN

    Petition to use bus lanes

    Riders can now let Tony Blair know what they think about bikes in bus lanes by signing an online petition demanding we’re allowed to use them.    The petition, on Number 10’s website, says:...

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  • Win a signed Rossi jacket

    23 February 2007 by MCN

    Win a signed Rossi jacket

    Here’s your chance to win a retro leather jacket signed and worn by ex-Moto GP champ Valentino Rossi. This signed jacket is a limited edition retro jacket in the colours of the classic Kenny Roberts...

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  • Video: Police crackdown

    23 February 2007 by MCN

    Video: Police crackdown

    MCN Senior Reporter Steve Farrell spent the day with Police in a massive clampdown on uninsured drivers. He joined force with police as they seized eight cars in a four hour operation on a single...

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  • Fine for ignoring directions

    22 February 2007 by MCN

    The first fine for ignoring the orders of a Highways Agency Traffic Officer has prompted a warning to road users’ fines of up to £1,000 and points can be implemented.  The Traffic Management Act 2004 states Traffic Officers are afforded powers to direct and divert traffic. They can also stop traffic, close lanes, roads and carriageways, implement traffic signs, manage traffic and conduct...

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  • Pro-bike petrol stations

    21 February 2007 by MCN

    Pro-bike petrol stations

    Here's a list of all the petrol stations that have been praised and recommended by MCN readers for not requiring the removal of crash helmets, or in some way helping stranded motorcyclists etc. If you...

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  • New MCN: February 21

    21 February 2007 by Sarah Carnell

    New MCN: February 21

    This week MCN looks ahead to the start of the 2007 World Superbike season, which kicks off in Qatar this weekend. We have a full preview of the season, which includes an interview with James Toseland,...

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  • Register race bikes

    21 February 2007 by Steve Farrell

    Register race bikes

    An MP has drafted a new Bill requiring all bikes used off-road to be registered and display number plates, including track day bikes and even MotoGP race bikes.  Graham Stringer’s off-road...

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  • No Congestion charge for bikers

    20 February 2007 by MCN

    No Congestion charge for bikers

    News that bikers will not be included in the latest increase in congestion charges around London have been welcomed by campaigners in The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG). MAG President Ian Mutch told...

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  • Top Gear slashes Ducati

    19 February 2007 by MCN

    Top Gear slashes Ducati

    MCN columnist Richard Hammond has vowed to keep on trying to get bikes on the Top Gear cool wall despite co-host Jerermy Clarkson taking a chainsaw to a picture of a Ducati 1098 on Sunday. Hammond...

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  • Evocative Hammond

    19 February 2007 by MCN

    Evocative Hammond

    Here’s a taste of next week’s exclusive MCN column by the BBC TV star and passionate motorcyclist, Richard Hammond.  The Hamster’s getting all doe-eyed about that most evocative of motorcycling...

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  • Brands Hatch Yamaha

    19 February 2007 by MCN

    Brands Hatch Yamaha

    A new Yamaha dealer has opened right next to the Paddock entrance of Brands Hatch racing circuit in Kent.  Brands Hatch Yamaha is the new name for Giant Motorcycles and has been completely...

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  • YouTube speeder tells all

    19 February 2007 by Tom Rayner

    YouTube speeder tells all

    MCN spoke exclusively to Jeremy Parrott, the YouTube biker, who reckons he has been treated like: “a sex offender” or “bank robber” for a speeding offence. When Parrott posted video clips of his...

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  • Sign road pricing petition

    19 February 2007 by Steve Farrell

    Sign road pricing petition

    MCN’s petition to the Prime Minister to get bikes exempted from imminent road pricing can now be signed on Number 10’s website.  Transport secretary Douglas Alexander pledged on Monday to listen...

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  • UK's New stupid council

    16 February 2007 by MCN

    UK's New stupid council

    Nottinghamshire County Council has wasted valuable resources refurbishing two unused bus shelters on a disused route a stone’s throw away from a notoriously potholed road.   It means the...

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  • Uninsured clampdown

    16 February 2007 by MCN

    Uninsured clampdown

    Police have launched a massive clampdown on uninsured drivers in one of the areas worst hit by the offence.  MCN joined police last week as they seized eight cars in a four hour operation on a...

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  • Police fail to answer MCN

    16 February 2007 by MCN

    Police fail to answer MCN

    Ever wondered what MCN’s Investigation team go through to find out just what’s happened about a particular story? Check this audio file out of when MCN’s Steve Farrell asked South Yorkshire police why...

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  • Mirror fix to save bikers

    16 February 2007 by MCN

    Mirror fix to save bikers

    Riders’ lives could be saved by a simple fix that would mean they could see more at junctions – a change that potentially could save rider’s lives. Most trucks feature a large main wing mirror on each...

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  • Bike safe barriers

    15 February 2007 by MCN

    Bike safe barriers

    A new bike-safe barrier has been designed to work in more rural areas so excuses they don’t fit the landscape are no longer relevant. The Nature Rail is designed for use in National Parks,...

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