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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2008)

  • Suzuki fuel injection, or lack there of...

    16 October 2008 by Anonymous

    What is happening at Suzuki? I was the proud owner of a GSX-R 1000 K7. Now I just hate it. I have just returned from a tour of Spain. 3500 miles door to door on my GIXER, with a friend on a GSX-R 1000 K8. Both bikes are well looked after, doted upon infact. But both broke down with the same faults after a rain shower. Both had blown 10A fuses (Ignition circuit), and although my companions bike...

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  • Cops cut up dumped bike

    15 October 2008 by Steve Farrell

    Cops cut up dumped bike

    Police found a bike whose owner they could not trace – and cut it to pieces in a show of zero tolerance for “anti-social” motorcycling. The tatty but classic Kawasaki Z550 was butchered with an angle...

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  • Swindow Council to Scrap Speed Cameras?

    15 October 2008 by hairyMuppet

    So speed is only responsible for 6% of accidents? And this is from an offical DfT report as well. click here for the BBC news story So where has Labour (or should that be Liebour?) been getting this 33% figure? Magic 8-ball? This may just be a cost-cutting exercise (saving circa £320k) one presumes that previously they made a profit. Strange how their stance suddenly changes when they are no...

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  • Norton is back in the UK!

    15 October 2008 by Marc Potter

    Norton is back in the UK!

    Norton is back in British hands with ambitious plans for a new ‘state of the art’ road bike for 2009. MCN speaks exclusively with new Norton boss The Norton name has been bought by a UK based...

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  • Bikes on TV: October 15-21

    15 October 2008 by Alison Silcox

    Bikes on TV: October 15-21

    KEY TO CHANNELS: DRT - Discovery Real Time DRTE -Discovery Real Time Extra DSC - Discovery Channel  DHD - Discovery Channel HD EXS - Extreme Sports Channel MM - Men and Motors...

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  • Ride a Street Triple R at Three Cross

    14 October 2008 by Sarah Carnell

    Ride a Street Triple R at Three Cross

    Three Cross Triumph in Dorset will welcome a Street Triple R to its range of demonstration bikes from Thursday, October 30. The dealership is also still taking deposits for both the regular...

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  • Police asking for information on bike crash

    13 October 2008 by Anonymous

    An accident on the A533, The Hill, Sandbach, Cheshire has claimed the life of a 26 year old man. A Yamaha R6 collided with 2 cars not far from the driveway to The Leonard Cheshire Home. The victim died at the scene. Police are asking for anyone with any further information to call 01244 613388

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  • MCN in Rhodes

    13 October 2008 by Garry Ellison

    MCN in Rhodes

    Garry and Dave have to have their copy of MCN, even on holiday at Flyers bar on Pefkos beach in Rhodes!

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  • Jeremy Clarkson spotted on two wheels

    13 October 2008 by James Keen

    Jeremy Clarkson spotted on two wheels

    Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson, famous for his dislike of motorcyclists and anything related to two wheels, has been spotted nipping about town on a Vespa scooter, reports the mail online. Clarkson has...

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  • BikeSafe get Kawasaki ZX-10R

    13 October 2008 by Liam Marsden

    BikeSafe get Kawasaki ZX-10R

    Alf's Motorcycles of Worthing, West Sussex has donated a new Kawasaki ZX-10R to Sussex BikeSafe. 2008 Kawasaki ZX-10Rs for sale The ZX-10R will be taken to public events across the county to raise...

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  • Design & win your own Arai helmet

    13 October 2008 by James Keen

    Design & win your own Arai helmet

    eBike Insurance have teamed up with Arai Helmets to give you a chance to design your own helmet and see it added to the Arai range. Click here to compare & buy an Arai helmet The winner...

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  • ROOF helmet problems

    11 October 2008 by niall barker

    ROOF helmet problems

    I bought a roof boxer helmet with a fold down chin piece. After I had used it for about two weeks the press stud clips that secure the chin piece snapped off. Powersports mended it by re riveting on...

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  • More BMW quality issues

    10 October 2008 by JOEDREDD13215

    More BMW quality issues

    I totally agree about the issues of BMW quality. My gs1200 was 3 months old when corrosion set in around footpegs but worst was to come. Around 4 months into ownership the fuel pump relays corroded...

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  • Valentino Rossi's top ten riding tips video

    10 October 2008 by James Keen

    Valentino Rossi's top ten riding tips video

    eBike insurance have teamed up with the California Superbike School and Yamaha to bring you Valentino Rossi's Top Ten Riding Tips video. Find cheap motorcycle insurance eBike are offering you...

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  • Conventional switchgear: BMW wimps out

    10 October 2008 by souts

    So BMW has finally conceeded to the motorcycling press with their prissy hands and small brains who have never been able to work out that when you want to turn left use the left switch and when you want to turn right use the right switch, like we had to do with our arms, before the days of indicators. Did it tax their brains so much testing BMW's that there constant gripe was I dont like the...

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  • BBC and speed camera bosses lampooned for hiding crash video

    10 October 2008 by Steve Farrell

    Speed camera bosses and BBC officials hiding a video of crashes at camera sites have been lampooned in a satirical cartoon by an MCN reader. The two-minute animation shows a speed camera van zapping motorists until one brakes heavily, causing a crash. Camera staff then whisk the tape away and stash it in a safe marked ‘crash video, top secret’. Reader Keith Jones’ cartoon finishes with the...

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  • Harley's latest model

    10 October 2008 by Marc Potter

    Harley's latest model

    Harley-Davidson has hooked up with American supermodel Marisa Miller for its latest advertising campaign promoting the 2009 Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle. The ads will be used in American bloke’s...

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  • New Transport Secretary supports motorcycles

    10 October 2008 by Steve Farrell

    New Transport Secretary supports motorcycles

    New Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon has a history of supporting motorcycling, according to the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCI). It means his appointment is good news for riders, the association...

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  • Biker has world's first double arm transplant

    10 October 2008 by Laura Kennerley

    The biker who received the world’s first double arm transplant has told how he is looking forward to riding his motorbike again. German diary farmer Karl Merk, 54, lost both arms in an horrific corn threshing machine accident six years ago. He was given a double arm transplant – with limbs donated by a teenager who died in a car crash– by a 40 strong medical team at Technical University in...

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  • Rear-facing average-speed cameras on the way

    09 October 2008 by Steve Farrell

    Rear-facing average-speed cameras on the way

    Rear-facing cameras which measure average speed over long distances are close to gaining approval, according to the makers. Existing average-speed cameras are unable to read motorcycles’ number...

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  • BKS reveals 2009 range

    09 October 2008 by Michael Carroll

    BKS reveals 2009 range

    The first Suzi Perry-designed motorcycle riding kit from leathers firm BKS is ready to go on sale. Perry, who fronts the BBC’s MotoGP coverage, has designed a women’s jacket for BKS, which is looking...

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  • Cops seize motorcycle over illegal plate

    09 October 2008 by Steve Farrell

    Cops seize motorcycle over illegal plate

    Police are confiscating motorcycles over illegal number plates. An MCN reader told how his bike was seized because one digit on his number plate was incorrect. Officers working for controversial...

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  • Cartoon: The Camera of Doom

    09 October 2008 by Keith

    Remember the BBC banned the video of the Norfolk Camera Partnership causing cars to crash? Well I've made my own, so the truth is still out there.

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  • 140mph chase was ‘safe’

    08 October 2008 by Steve Farrell

    A shocking video has shown an unmarked police motorcycle hitting 96mph in 30mph zone with no siren or emergency lights. Police says the deadly tactic was necessary to ‘gather evidence’ on speeding rider Michael James Collins, 22, from Beckenham, Kent. The video, shot from the police bike, shows a 15 minute high-speed pursuit on rural and urban roads. At one stage the police rider reaches 107mph...

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  • Tribute to Leo Urbanski

    08 October 2008 by Matt Jefferies

    Tribute to Leo Urbanski

    I would just like to pay tribute to Leo Urbanski who was tragically killed riding home from work last Friday (3rd October). Leo was one of the nicest guys you could ever meet and was rarely seen...

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  • Cops threaten to seize bikes

    08 October 2008 by Steve Farrell

    Cops threaten to seize bikes

    Motorcyclists not charged with any criminal offence are being handed warning notices by police threatening to seize their bikes. The warnings are issued under legislation designed to tackle...

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  • Bikes on TV: October 8-14

    08 October 2008 by Alison Silcox

    Bikes on TV: October 8-14

    KEY TO CHANNELS: DRT - Discovery Real Time DRTE -Discovery Real Time Extra DSC - Discovery Channel  DHD - Discovery Channel HD EXS - Extreme Sports Channel MM - Men and Motors...

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