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Bike News (May 2007)

  • Free TT DVD for MCN readers

    10 May 2007 by Daniel Thornton

    Free TT DVD for MCN readers

    We are offering MCN readers the chance to lay your hands on a classic TT moment – The 1992 Senior for free (P&P £1.95). Not only was it the fastest TT ever seen but also one of the closest plus it...

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  • Police to seize bikes using ASBO law

    10 May 2007 by Steve Farrell

    Police to seize bikes using ASBO law

    Police are threatening to use ASBO laws to confiscate motorcycles as part of summer clampdowns on dangerous riding. Riders speeding or committing other offences in areas where residents have...

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  • Test ride top Yamahas

    10 May 2007 by Chris Newbigging

    Test ride top Yamahas

    Yamaha is offering riders the chance to test ride a large selection of its range for free. You can choose from the R1, R6, FZ-1, FZ-1 Fazer, FZ-6 S2, FZ-6 S2 Fazer, FJR1300A/AS, TDM900, MT-01, MT-03,...

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  • Police refer bike crash to IPCC

    10 May 2007

    Kent Police has voluntarily referred a bike crash involving a police car to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. The crash happened on Sunday May 6 in Longfield causing serious injuries to the rider and life-threatening injuries. The crash has been referred to the IPCC due to a police car’s proximity to the bike.

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  • Fogarty charity honour

    10 May 2007 by Tom Rayner

    Fogarty charity honour

    Carl Fogarty and his wife Michaela have been honoured by the NSPCC for their role in ending child cruelty. The Fogartys will be inducted into the NSPCC’s ‘Hall of Fame’ this week for their outstanding...

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  • New bike legal site

    10 May 2007 by Tom Rayner

    A new legal site for bikers has been launched offering advice, case studies and contacts. Law4bikers.co.uk is headed by MCN’s legal columnist, Andrew Campbell from Withy King. Campbell has won landmark diesel spill cases, represented the biker accused of speeding after a video was posted on You Tube and recently won a groundbreaking compensation claim against the Criminal Injuries Compensation...

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  • Wheelie record holder dies

    09 May 2007 by Tom Rayner

    Wheelie record holder dies

    The holder of the world’s fastest wheelie record has died in a bike accident near the Nurburgring, Germany. Terry Calcot made the news in MCN when he completed a 172.9mph wheelie for a kilometre on a...

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  • RAF Captain and motorcycling hero dies at 90

    09 May 2007 by Tony Carter

    Group Captain Stafford Coulson, one of British motorcycling’s most fascinating characters, has died at the age of 90. Coulson, an RAF Pathfinder pilot during the Second World War, starting racing bikes in the 1930s and was one of the few to wear a Gold Medal for lapping Brooklands at over 100mph, despite riding a low-powered 350 BSA. After the war he led a squadron of Vulcan V-bombers, became a...

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  • New MCN: Out May 9

    09 May 2007 by Angus Farquhar

    Your new look MCN is out now. Check out the video below for a sneak preview of all the great stuff you'll get in the May 9 issue.  

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  • We deliver your Brunstrom petition to the IPCC

    09 May 2007 by Dan Thornton / Tom Rayner

    We deliver your Brunstrom petition to the IPCC

    MCN Reporter Tom Rayner has delivered a total of just over 1600 emails to petition for the dismissal of North Wales Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom, to the Independent Police Complaints Commission...

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  • Police hunting 170mph biker

    09 May 2007 by Tom Rayner

    Norfolk Police are looking for a biker clocked at 170mph by a speed trap on the A47 near Kings Lynn. The fastest-ever recorded biker was riding flat out on the dual-carriageway near Terrington St John on Saturday aftertoon. However, he was travelling so fast that the officers on scene were unable to read the number plate. Details are sketchy but officers report he was wearing a blue jacket and his...

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  • Riders for Health paraded as ideal

    09 May 2007 by Rob Hull

    Riders for Health paraded as ideal

    Riders for Health gurus Andrea and Barry Coleman have been held up as a ‘Guiding Light’ for readers nominating candidates for The Independent’s Social Entrepeneur of the Year. The paper is looking for...

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  • MP hits out at new licence laws

    09 May 2007 by Rob Hull

    Sussex MP Nigel Waterson, Conservative MP for Eastbourne, has lashed out at the thinking behind the new motorcycle test. The outspoken MP said: "We have managed perfectly satisfactorily for many years running our own motorcycle tests so why do we need to import one from the EU which will cost millions of pounds? This is a ludicrous state of affairs.” Transport Minister Stephen Ladyman confirmed...

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  • Travolta fan pays big for hero's Hog

    07 May 2007 by Tom Rayner

    Travolta fan pays big for hero's Hog

    How much do you like Harley-Davidson’s? Around £40,000 worth just to get the bike and jacket used by ageing actor John Travolta in the movie ‘Wild Hogs’? Well R. Barry Stem splashed the cash for the...

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  • Hunt on for naked biker

    07 May 2007 by Tom Rayner

    A town in Sweden is being “Terrorised” by a mystery motorcyclist riding around naked. Police were called out to detain the man on Friday after he was spotted riding around the quiet town of Hoor’s town square. By the time the police had arrived at the town square the buff biker was gone. “We put it out on the police radio but none of our patrols have seen him yet,” police spokesman Lars Mahler...

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  • 19 points and still driving a taxi

    07 May 2007 by Chris Newbigging

    A taxi driver who has 19 points on his licence, has been allowed to keep on driving. Dominic Brown, 33, from Lincoln already had 14 points amassed when he appeared in court on another charge. Brown crashed into a car whilst reaching for a mobile phone, he used a legal loophole allowing professional drivers to plead ‘exceptional hardship’ if they lose their licence.

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  • Last chance for freedom around France

    06 May 2007 by jason charleston

    I'm getting married in five weeks time so me and a few mates toured France on the bikes last week. We covered 1,580 miles in four days. Our ride took us through 14 towns and we stayed in four of them. The weather was mainly in the 30 degree mark but whilst getting off the ferry at Roscoff there was terential rain. We also had electrical storms the same day. We went down as far...

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  • Considerate Parking

    05 May 2007 by Anonymous

    Considerate Parking

    I am totally horrified and disgusted by Mr Brunstrom's latest disgraceful performance, and my thoughts go out to the rider's family. Perhaps his time would be better spent advising his own traffic...

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  • Riding in North Wales: 'the possessed son of the devil'

    04 May 2007 by Anonymous

    Sad but true. I am a northerner living in North Wales, which is probably one of the most beautiful places in UK. I am a Nurse and have been for the past eight years, but I am also a motorbiker like my dad and husband. Oh my god! Does this make me a bad person? Well guess what, in North Wales yes it does. I sit in my little home most evenings watching the drive alive van attempt to catch...

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  • Brunstrom petitions: Latest update

    04 May 2007 by Daniel Thornton

    Brunstrom petitions: Latest update

    We've now collected all the emails we can submit to the IPCC calling for the dismissal of Richard Brunstrom - but you can still add your support to calls for his resignation. Whether or not you...

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  • 20-month-old checks out MCN

    04 May 2007 by Anna Rawsthorn

    20-month-old checks out MCN

    This is a picture of our little boy Stephen, aged 20 months. Just like his daddy, he loves motorbikes, and is now an avid reader of MCN! Anna, Bolton, Lancashire  

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  • Long Way Down

    04 May 2007 by Tom Rayner

    Long Way Down

    Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman are just days away from embarking on their latest adventure, the Long Way Down. The pair are planning to go one better than their previous circumnavigation of the...

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  • Honda's numbers game

    03 May 2007 by Chris Newbigging

    Honda's numbers game

    Honda revealed it’s financial results for the 2006-2007 financial year last week – here’s how the figures break down. 10,360,000 The number of motorcycles made by Honda in the 2006 fiscal...

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  • Bike crash details sent to IPCC

    03 May 2007 by Chris Newbigging

    The details of a crash where a bike being followed by police collided with a car has been voluntarily referred to the IPCC. The bike was seen riding erratically by police in Fallowfield on May 2, and was followed by police until the bike collided with a car on mini-roundabout, which then hit another car. The motorcyclist was in stable in condition in Manchester Royal Infirmary.

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  • Theft warning to Surrey bikers

    03 May 2007 by Chris Newbigging

    Bike owners in Surrey are being warned to keep their motorcycles secure after a spate of thefts in the borough of Spelthorne. Thefts in the area during April rose by 84.6% compared to March, with 24 bikes being reported as stolen. Four teenagers have been arrested in connection with several bike and moped thefts.

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  • More MCN readers hit by Speed Ferries ban

    03 May 2007 by Tom Rayner

    More MCN readers hit by Speed Ferries ban

    More MCN readers have contacted us to say the first they knew about their cross channel ferry tickets being cancelled is when they read it in MCN. Two weeks ago MCN broke the news that the firm were...

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  • Joey's VFR750 for sale

    03 May 2007 by Chris Newbigging

    Joey's VFR750 for sale

    The owner of a VFR750 taken to victory in the 1987 North West 200 Production 750 race by Joey Dunlop is selling the bike at this year’s race. Owner Brian Mulholland has a letter from Dunlop’s manager...

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  • Your last chance to sack Brunstrom

    03 May 2007 by Tom Rayner

    Your last chance to sack Brunstrom

    Now is your last chance to sign our petition for the dismissal of Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom. At 2pm on Friday afternoon MCN is handing thousands of your signatures to the Independent...

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  • Burnt out Boris

    03 May 2007 by Jakki Francis

    Burnt out Boris

    Thought you might be interested in what the local bike thieves in Rugby did to our pride and joy over the weekend, see photos attached (before and after)   These scum apparently operate above the...

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  • MCN reader gets on the grid

    03 May 2007 by Tom Rayner

    MCN reader gets on the grid

    MCN reader Melissa Bond won our competition to be Gregorio Lavilla's grid girl at the Silverstone round of British Superbikes. Bennetts ran a competition with MCN to find the grid girl for Ducati...

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  • Brunstrom breached human rights

    03 May 2007 by Tom Rayner

    Brunstrom breached human rights

    A solicitor representing the family of Mark Gibney says Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom may have breached his clients’ human rights. Paul Beck, from Liverpool based solicitors, Quinn Barrow said:...

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  • Still riding the 996S

    03 May 2007 by Barry Simkins

    Still riding the 996S

    Dear Dave Cushman, I have still got my 996S I won in comp from MCN in 2001. It is the dogs! I must be one of the oldest tossers still riding a top bike. Many Thanks once again. Barry

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