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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2008)

  • 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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  • YamaGamma Heaven: picture gallery

    24 September 2008 by James Keen

    YamaGamma Heaven: picture gallery

    In the Modern Classics section of this week's issue of MCN, we featured this special Suzuki RG Gamma/Yamaha RD350LC hybrid.  Here's some extra pictures from the photo shoot that we...

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  • Brands Hatch crash

    23 September 2008 by scudmissile

    Brands Hatch crash

    This is one I caught today at Brands hatch, I tried to email the pictures to the guy but it was returned... Oo Stuart, these are for you!

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  • Alpinestars plans exclusive MotoGP range

    23 September 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Alpinestars plans exclusive MotoGP range

    A limited edition run of Alpinestars clothing bearing the MotoGP logo is scheduled to go on sale in early 2009, after the firm clinched a deal with Dorna, the commercial rights holders for the race...

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  • Bikes on TV: September 24-30

    23 September 2008 by Alison Silcox

    Bikes on TV: September 24-30

    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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  • LCC Cyclists breaking the law

    21 September 2008 by Anonymous

    LCC Cyclists breaking the law

    Two LCC (cycling campaign) cyclists were cycling at speed on the pavement of Lewisham High St which is pedestrian only. They ignored my request that they should not be cycling on the pavement. Both...

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  • MCN in Las Vegas

    21 September 2008 by richardfrancis189

    MCN in Las Vegas

    Me on my honeymoon in Las Vegas August 2008, on top of the stratosphere catching up on the lastest news in MCN.

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  • MCN in Maldives

    20 September 2008 by cengiz halil

    MCN in Maldives

    Enjoying the hot weather on summer island in the maldives, having a good read of MCN!

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  • No nods, why?!

    20 September 2008 by reddunk

    I have been riding my 125cc for about 3-4 months now and everyone I have been nodding at on a motorcycle (2 wheels and an engine) has not nodded back. Is this because I only ride a 125cc, or is it because others riders are rude?

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  • Motorcycles to get speed limiters

    19 September 2008 by Steve Farrell

    Motorcycles to get speed limiters

    Motorcycles will be fitted with speed limiters linked to satellites to prevent them ever exceeding the limit under plans announced by Government. The devices could take control from riders by...

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  • Helmets Off!

    19 September 2008 by AllyB1200

    Helmets Off!

    Yet another petrol station is insisting on all motorcyclists removing their helmets before filling up with petrol, I got caught today. It is the Budgens Local Total garage on The Broadway,...

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  • Fuel prices down at supermarket forecourts

    19 September 2008 by Sarah Carnell

    Fuel prices down at supermarket forecourts

    Up to three pence a litre is being taken of petrol by several supermarkets. Anti-bike petrol stations Pro-bike petrol stations Morrisons were the first to slash three pence off a litre of both petrol...

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  • Free Parking for Bikes....

    18 September 2008 by eatcs01

    I notice a lot of bikes either parking on the roadside, or paying to use a private car park in Cromer (North Norfolk). Obviously, these pour souls do not realise that North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) do not charge bikes to park in their pay & display car parks, even if you take up a car space when the bike spaces are full. If you're coming to N Norfolk, as a lot of bikers do,...

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  • Motorcycle Test...

    18 September 2008 by tomo1200

    Well....a week after the "powers that be" swallowed their pride and admitted they were not ready to implement the new test, the DVLA can still not issue a test date to anyone who had a pre-booked test aranged at one of their new test centres....and they will not be issuing till at least next monday... Oh and by the way, if you had booked the new test at the new test cost, £80, you will not be...

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  • Drunk drivers less dangerous than texters

    18 September 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Drunk drivers less dangerous than texters

    Drivers who write text messages at the wheel are more dangerous than those who drive while drunk or on drugs, according to research from the RAC Foundation. The skills of 2000 motorists aged 18-24...

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  • submersed in MCN

    18 September 2008 by Andrew Brown

    submersed in MCN

    I am based in China as a submersible pilot! I look forward to a good read of MCN after a 300 meter dive in the South China Sea. I can't get MCN over in China, but my wife buys it for me every week so...

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  • Practise what you preach

    17 September 2008 by steved42

    There has been lots of talk lately about speed cameras and Police using dodgy tactics to catch speeding drivers, but I question why Norfolk Police have stopped using Hi Visibility vests when doing speed checks! Passing them today on the A47, 2 officers had set up a speed check on the side of a busy dual carriageway both dressed completely in black!! Does this mean they no long practice what they...

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  • New helmet tests flawed

    17 September 2008 by Steve Farrell

    New helmet tests flawed

    New official helmet tests have focused on hitting helmets in the wrong place, MCN can reveal.  They include more impacts to the side of the helmet than required by European standards...

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  • BMW Reliability? A fallacy!

    17 September 2008 by TDMANDY

    Having read various recent articles over the reliability (or otherwise) of BMW's, I thought I would add my brief contribution. Having suffered the delights of BMW car ownership some years ago (poor service, poor build qulity, major reliability issues), for some strange reason I decided to forget all those memories and purchase an R1100SS from a BMW franchised dealer. 800 miles on the clock, owned...

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  • Dickerson’s Vincent Rapide to be auctioned

    17 September 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Dickerson’s Vincent Rapide to be auctioned

    The Vincent Rapide ridden by land speed record chaser Marty Dickerson is due to be auctioned in Los Angeles in October. The American took two Class C land-speed records at Bonneville on his Rapide,...

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  • Protect your baby with an intercom

    16 September 2008 by paul hughes caerphilly

    I had my garage broken into and had my sons Suzuki DR350 stolen, so I went to buy an alarm but on the way got chatting to a mate... Between us we came up with the simple idea of using baby intercoms, so in the event of some lowlife breaking in your shed or garage, you have a far better chance of catching them! The good news- we recovered the bike in the end!

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  • More BMW Quality Issues

    16 September 2008 by Fasteddie

    I had a BMW R1150GS and within 12 months I had to have the front wishbone replaced due to corrosion. On the same bike some months later the fuel gauge failed. Also had to have this replaced. So I decided to upgrade and purchased the R1200GSADV... with less than 2000 miles on the clock the fuel gauge failed. Took it to the BMW dealer who supposedly fixed it and...of course...they had...

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