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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2008)

  • BMW problems

    06 October 2008 by Howard lloyd

    Having seen several letters recently about BMW reliability, I thought I would share my experiences. I bought a new K1200S in June 2006,I didn't mind paying a premium as I thought I was getting lots of technology, build quality and reliability, I found the bike to be quick and comfortable and have been very pleased. Then when the bike was 20 months old, it failed to start on two occasions having...

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  • Yamaha MT-01 added to finance offer

    06 October 2008 by Liam Marsden

    Yamaha MT-01 added to finance offer

    Yamaha's cruiser-engined MT-01 will now be available on its 'Play' finance offer, with 0% APR finance. View Yamaha MT-01s for sale The offer includes an initial deposit of £499, as well as 0%...

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  • My CB500 is just brill

    04 October 2008 by eddie

    My CB500 is just brill

    I read the article on how the Honda CB500 makes a great credit crunch commuter and I'd have to agree... My CB500 is just brill. 146000 miles done and still on the original clutch plates, it's a...

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  • Nice to be back

    04 October 2008 by Whyaskmethat

    Nice to be back

    I am a returned, older biker, as the picture shows. My main "career" as a biker was cut short in March 1975, the day before Barry Sheenes legendary Daytona accident, when I was riding to work and was...

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  • Video: Behind the scenes of the Bennetts bucking bike

    03 October 2008 by Liam Marsden

    Bennetts has just released this uncut, behind-the-scenes footage from the shoot of their bucking bike video, which shows the Bennetts Babes tackle a bucking bike. Compare insurance quotes with MCN The behind-the-scenes video shows that the filming wasn't all fun and games and shows some of the girls getting serious about staying on the bike the longest.  Paul Galligan, Director of Bennetts...

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  • Man pleads guilty to Hells Angel murder

    03 October 2008 by Liam Marsden

    Man pleads guilty to Hells Angel murder

    A man has pleaded guilty to the murder of Hells Angel member, Gerry Tobin, who was shot dead when riding his Harley-Davidson on the M40 after the Bulldog Bash last year. Sean Creighton, 44...

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  • Friday funny: Five knee downs on one bike!

    03 October 2008 by Liam Marsden

    The Eurpeans do have funny ways of doing things. Not to be outdone, a group of Europeans have decided one person getting their knee down on a motorcycle isn't enough, so they've put five people on a scooter for some knee down action! That's not all this crazy bunch of Europeans get up to. There's knee downs on a BMX, power slides, people being towed along in buckets and as you might have...

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  • Track days- everyone should try it

    03 October 2008 by Chris King

    Track days- everyone should try it

    This is a photo of me at last Sundays (28th Sep) track day at Kirkistown race track which is situated a short distance off the Newtownards coast in Northern Ireland. I ride a BMW R1200RT as my...

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  • Hairy Bikers cook up a storm at Silverstone

    02 October 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Hairy Bikers cook up a storm at Silverstone

    Simon King and Dave Myers cooked up a treat for visitors to the Tena for Men Honda hospitality suite at the Silverstone BSB round at the weekend. The Hairy Bikers demonstrated how to make...

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  • Historic Moto Guzzi factory to survive

    02 October 2008 by Steve Farrell

    Historic Moto Guzzi factory to survive

    Moto Guzzi has dismissed reports the marque’s historic factory in Mandello del Lario, Italy, is set to close. View Moto Guzzi motorcycles for sale A motorcycling website had claimed the move was...

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  • Motorcyclists not immune to front-facing speed cameras

    02 October 2008 by Steve Farrell

    Motorcyclists can be caught by front-facing speed cameras even though they don’t capture our number plates, a court case has shown.  Steven Skilton, 22, pleaded guilty to six separate speeding offences after being linked to speed camera photos by tiny details on his motorcycle and clothing. An expert who usually helps identify murderers and armed robbers from CCTV footage had pored over the...

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  • MCN on Safari

    01 October 2008 by Anonymous

    MCN on Safari

    What a place to sit down and read MCN! I had to watch out for the tigers though... thats the ones that eat you, not the ones you ride.

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  • 200mph bikers aim for record

    01 October 2008 by william szucs

    200mph bikers aim for record

    Attached is an oxford mail story of our 200mph bikes. We are planning a trip to Bonneville next year for a serious go at some records. We went out to bonneville this year and got working with a team...

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  • German team build the 'world's heaviest bike'

    01 October 2008 by Michael Carroll

    German team build the 'world's heaviest bike'

    Aprilia might be obsessed with saving weight on its new RSV4, but the Germans are bucking the trend with 4.7 tonne, tank-engines behemoth. Named Katharina die Grose, it holds the world record for...

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  • Wedding day with MCN

    29 September 2008 by Brian & Debbie Nash

    Wedding day with MCN

    Here's us catching up with MCN on our wedding day at Niagara Falls Canada, before our honeymoon riding the Rockies on two BMW f800's.

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  • Wanted: Online editor, Motorcyclenews.com

    29 September 2008 by MCN

    Wanted: Online editor, Motorcyclenews.com

    The UK's No1 motorcycling website (source: Hitwise) is looking for an experienced editor to push us to new heights of success in 2009 and beyond. If you're into bikes and the web, and have experience...

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  • MCN in Venice

    28 September 2008 by Graham Nulty

    MCN in Venice

    This is a picture of me enjoying a quiet moment with a copy of MCN at the top of the campanile in St Mark's Square, Venice.

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  • Useless DSA

    28 September 2008 by tomo1200

    After almost 3 weeks of uncertainty, it has been decided that my local test centre will now not be reopening, even though i was told it would be and told it was now fully booked up till december, even though no one has been able to book a test for almost a month. Local learners now have to travel to the "new" test centre at chester, at additional extra cost. Absolute shambles, and a very well...

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  • DAS test problems

    26 September 2008 by john

    Hi to all you bikers, I just wanted to write about the stupid ideas the goverment have thought of. First of all, they shut down 200 test centres and say they will open 60... instead they open 30. I failed my D.A.S test last year, I've bought my bike (which im still paying for) and when i rang around for lessons they were fully booked up until october, or to expensive at £120 a day or...

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  • Motorcycling gets safer

    26 September 2008 by Steve Farrell

    Motorcycling gets safer

    The rate of serious motorcycle accidents has fallen 28%, new Government figures reveal. While the total number of serious bike crashes has risen, motorcycle use has risen even more, so the average...

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  • Coolest moped ever

    25 September 2008 by badgerpoker

    Coolest moped ever

    I aaw what may be the coolest moped ever on a beach near Amsterdam- all hand painted, must have taken a while.

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  • BMF blasts daytime lights laws

    25 September 2008 by Michael Carroll

    BMF blasts daytime lights laws

    The BMF has slammed a European Commission decision to fit daytime running lights (DRLs) to all new cars from 2011, claiming the move will make it harder to spot motorcycles. New laws introduced on...

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  • Wearing top-name motorcycle helmet could cost you thousands, say testers

    24 September 2008 by Steve Farrell

    Wearing a crash helmet which failed to score the maximum five stars in new safety tests could mean less compensation after a crash, according to experts. Insurers will argue it was your choice to wear only a three-or-four-star helmet and that you are therefore partly responsible for the extent of any injuries, it was claimed. Helmets to achieve fewer than five stars in new Government-approved...

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