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Bike News (May 2007)

  • Scotland rules

    19 May 2007 by GRAgusta

    Scotland rules

    It was nice to seee that dougie399 had enjoyed himself (err, I think Dougie is a her not a him - Ed) in Scotland so much, although I notice that in his photos it had been raining. Only a few days...

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  • Garage left my bike in dangerous condition

    18 May 2007 by Greg Hill

    Just like to share a story with my fellow bikers and warn them from going to a garage that I used who left my bike in a potentially lethal condition. I took my bike to a garage in Harrogate (North Yorkshire) called Staiano Motor Cycles Ltd for a full service on Wed 9th May 2007. After about three miles or so of slow moving traffic after getting my bike back I was exiting...

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  • You can question BMF legal eagle

    18 May 2007 by Chris Newbigging

    You can question BMF legal eagle

    The British Motorcycle Federation has appointed a new Government Relations Executive. 27 year-old Chris Hodder will be part of a two-man team lobbying Government departments and MPs, as well as...

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  • Biker posts injury shots as warning

    18 May 2007 by Rob Hull

    Biker posts injury shots as warning

    A motorcyclist who suffered facial injuries from crashing his bike without a helmet on has posted pictures to warn other bikers not to do the same. Bryan Cameron, 20, a butcher and part-time...

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  • Tesi custom!

    17 May 2007 by pitcrewman

    Tesi custom!

    Was recently at Monza for the WSB race and saw this custom Bimota Tesi in Milan, at a place were all the trendies hang out. COOL!!

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  • Video: Barnstormer

    17 May 2007 by Gary Pinchin

    Video: Barnstormer

    Check out our video of the Barnstormer - when bike building becomes art. Designed by Jon Quantrell, the Barnstormer took more than 600 hours to complete the aluminium parts alone and has...

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  • Check your tyre pressure

    17 May 2007 by Chris Newbigging

    Check your tyre pressure

    An investigation by the Institute of Advanced Motorists has found we don’t check our tyre pressures regularly enough. The survey also found nearly a quarter of pressure guage readings at petrol...

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  • £500 for taking biker's leg

    17 May 2007 by Rob Hull

    A motorist who caused an accident with a motorcyclist resulting in the biker losing one of his legs has been fined £500. Barry Coatesworth, 34, admitted to driving without due care and attention when he ran through a ‘Stop’ sign in Haggate, Lancashire and knocked 66-year-old John Wilkinson off his bike. Wilkinson had to have his lower right leg amputated and also suffered from three fractures...

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  • £5m in fines for speeding through roadworks

    17 May 2007 by Rob Hull

    UK motorists paid more than £5m in fines last year for speeding through motorway roadworks according to a recent survey. The M2 in Kent caught the most drivers, a total of 16,978. Paul Smith of Safe Speed said: “These figures are an outrage. The best science we have says that speed cameras increase crashes and crash severity in motorway roadworks.”

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  • V-sign biker banned for a year

    17 May 2007 by Rob Hull

    V-sign biker banned for a year

    A biker who stuck two fingers up at a speed camera doing 105mph has been banned from driving for a year. 45-year-old bus driver, Phil Coffey, raced through the same three forward facing cameras...

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  • My Reverse Vmax Trike

    16 May 2007 by Steve Beachill

    My Reverse Vmax Trike

    I am amazed to see all the reverse Trikes popping up at the moment!! I started work on mine in september 2005 and before mine there was the Axis Vmax Trike, yet not so much fuss was made on that one...

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  • My first big tour - Scotland

    16 May 2007 by dougie399

    My first big tour - Scotland

    Last week I headed to the bonny land for a week of touring around on the bike. Furthest I've ever been away from home on it and for the longest time. The day after we got there we met up with a few...

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  • Poor Suzuki service

    16 May 2007 by Stephen Bowes

    Having had my DRZ400SM fail to start from a flat battery after being away for a couple of weeks, and this the second time, I phoned my local dealer to have a look at it under warranty. They informed me they were no longer affiliated with Suzuki and gave me a number for a dealer in Glasgow which is 30 miles from me. I phoned the dealer who could not look at it for at least 2 weeks. Not happy...

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  • Video: Britain's best underground stunt riders

    16 May 2007 by Howard Boylan

    Video: Britain's best underground stunt riders

    We've captured a new breed of stunt riders on video, as the British 444 Riders prove it's not just Americans who can stretch the boundaries of sports bikes for the most extreme stunts. MCN met up with...

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  • Sheene fanatic buys GP bike

    16 May 2007 by Tom Rayner

    Sheene fanatic buys GP bike

    MCN reader and huge Barry Sheene fan Andy Smith bought this 1976 Suzuki RG500 XR14 Heron works GP racer after seeing a story about Bonhams auctioning the bike in MCN. The 45-year-old Norfolk rider...

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  • Video: 1973 Z1 Daytona top speed record run

    16 May 2007 by Dan Thornton

    Video: 1973 Z1 Daytona top speed record run

    In MCN this week, we test the Kawasaki Z1 1000 and Honda 400/4 against their modern day equivalents, the Kawasaki Z1000 and Honda CB600F Hornet. And to honour the legendary Z1, we've found a clip of...

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  • Win a custom paint course worth £1390

    16 May 2007 by Dan Thornton

    Win a custom paint course worth £1390

    Ever wanted to be able to produce brilliant custom paint jobs? You could learn the tricks of the professionals with £1390-worth of tuition for the price of a stamp. Custom finishing firm Paint my Ride...

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  • How your local police plan to target you

    16 May 2007 by MCN News Desk

    How your local police plan to target you

    After learning some forces are planning to use ASBO laws to seize bikes during summer clampdowns, we asked every force in the country what enforcement plans they had in store targeting bikes. See what...

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  • Video: Ducati boss announces resignation

    15 May 2007 by Ben Purvis

    Video: Ducati boss announces resignation

    Ducati's president and chief executive Federico Minoli has announced his retirement from the firm via an on-line video blog. Minoli, who has been running Ducati for the last 11 years, took the reins...

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  • Police issue 'motoring ASBO' to A1 speeder

    15 May 2007 by Steve Farrell

    Police have issued a “motoring ASBO” for speeding on the A1 – to a car driver. Writing for The Scotsman, Mike Wilson said: ‘I was shocked when the constable said: "We're issuing you with an ASBO. Should you, this vehicle or any other vehicle driven by you be involved in a similar incident in the next 12 months, the vehicle will be impounded." Just 36 hours later, faster than some responses to...

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  • Call to ban smoking and driving

    15 May 2007 by Chris Newbigging

    The Local Authority Road Safety Officers Association is calling to ban smoking while driving to cut accident rates. Simon Ettinghausen said last week that the forthcoming ban on smoking in public places may make it more tempting to smoke whilst driving.

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  • Our D-Day trip

    14 May 2007 by nick borwell

    Our D-Day trip

    I thought this pic would make a good story - as you can see we are at Pegasus Bridge in Normandy, which was the site of one of the key strategic battles on D-Day. Our group decided to...

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  • Ducati 1098 recall

    14 May 2007 by Steve Farrell

    Ducati 1098 recall

    Ducati’s 1098 is being recalled over two separate problems, the firm said today, Monday, May 14, 2007. A statement issued by the firm said: “There are currently two safety recalls for the 1098 which...

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  • Police withdraw Pan over safety concerns

    14 May 2007 by Steve Farrell

    Police withdraw Pan over safety concerns

    Police across the country have stopped using Honda Pan Europeans following safety recommendations by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). The step comes after a coroner said at an inquest...

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  • M1 is top congestion spot

    14 May 2007 by Chris Newbigging

    M1 is top congestion spot

    A report has shown that the most congested spot in the UK is the M1 from junction 6a to junction 11. Two spots on the M25 came second and third in the RAC/Trafficmaster report, and the fourth and...

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  • Suzuki insurance deal extended

    14 May 2007 by Chris Newbigging

    Suzuki insurance deal extended

    Suzuki has extended its £99 insurance deal on the GSX-R600 until June 30. Buyers of new GSX-R600s can get fully comprehensive for just £99, though there is a minimum age limit of 25. See your local...

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  • Great Lincolnshire Road

    12 May 2007 by makemineapint

    Whilst enjoying a day out riding during the recent MCN Butlins weekend, I found myself around Nettleham, North Lincolnsire. I picked up signs for Skegness A158 and was rather impressed with this road. I will definately make it one to ride again this summer.

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  • Video: Top Gear challenge

    12 May 2007 by makemineapint

    Ooooh, Mr Clarkson, take heed and accept this challenge if you think you're 'ard enough! And no sending Hamster or Captain Slow :D

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  • Second mid-life crisis

    12 May 2007 by Malcolm Clear

    I have just experience the thrill of my life and learnt alot about sports bikes. About four years ago I decided to re-light my biking life having had a lay off for 15 years. So off to I went to search for a suitable bike that would satisfy my desire to ride bikes and provide an easy DIY maintenance. After four years of this and getting frustrated with the handling deficiencies I...

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  • Road riding Oz style

    12 May 2007 by Anonymous

    Road riding Oz style

    We really enjoy MCN over here in Oz. Your news coverage and new bike reviews are brilliant and the MCN girls rock. Here are some photos from a road North of Sydney.

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  • Big fine for 183mph biker

    11 May 2007 by Dan Thornton

    A South African motorcyclist has been fined R102000 (£7371.10) after he was caught speeding at 183mph in KwaZulu-Natal. The fine was also set by magistrates for the rider, jan Hendrick, not displaying number plates and riding an unlicensed motorbike. He'll only have to pay R50000 at the moment, but if he commits a similar crime int he next five years, the balance of the fine will then be due.

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