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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2008)

  • See WSB and festivals on trip round Nevada

    26 December 2008 by Sarah Carnell

    See WSB and festivals on trip round Nevada

    Mountain ranges, wild horses roaming valleys and abandoned mining towns are just part of a normal ride around Nevada but this year you could also take in a World Superbike round and the Bonneville...

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  • Behind the scenes of BSB

    25 December 2008 by MCN News Desk

    Behind the scenes of BSB

    Behind the Scenes offers a glimpse of life in the BSB paddock. The 234-minute long DVD has footage from the season, including rider profiles, and video diaries for £15. Visit www.odeonent.co.uk for...

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  • Are these the ultimate R1 and B-King customs?

    24 December 2008 by MCN News Desk

    Are these the ultimate R1 and B-King customs?

    This American custom-built Yamaha R1 and B King are the latest products of Nick Anglada at Custom Sportbike Concepts in Volusia County, Florida. The R1 was built for a customer who wanted the...

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  • Enjoy the dark side of BSB

    24 December 2008 by MCN News Desk

    Enjoy the dark side of BSB

    Relive the spills from the 2008 BSB season on DVD. Crash Detectives has 82 minutes of footage from each round of the season, with analysis from John Reynolds, Jamie Whitham, and Niall Mackenzie. It...

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  • NZI introduces push-button visor

    24 December 2008 by MCN News Desk

    NZI introduces push-button visor

    NZI has pioneered a push-button mechanism for the integrated sun visor on its next generation Vitesse helmet. The Vitesse II is part of a range of new lids the firm will launch in mid-January and...

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  • Top Gear heads to Vietnam

    24 December 2008 by Andy Downes

    Top Gear heads to Vietnam

    Top Gear’s Christmas special sees all three presenters heading to Vietnam and ending up riding motorcycles in epic rainstorms for eight days during the wet season. Top Gear ends the current series in...

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  • The future of bike gearboxes – made in the UK

    24 December 2008 by Chris Newbigging

    The future of bike gearboxes – made in the UK

    A UK company is working to put one of the fastest and most efficient gearboxes in to production in the next few years. Zeroshift are a UK-based firm who have developed the system for car racing and...

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  • Safer barriers won't be a priority

    23 December 2008 by iancol

    In this week's MCN the issue of the dangers of crash barriers to bikers is aired, including a wish that the UK Govt would follow the French in implementing safer crash barriers. Is this the France where they still have city centre underpasses wuth no crash barriers at all? That apart, there's a statistic in the article that only 1% of motorists are bikers, yet it goes on to suggest that millions...

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  • London bus lane confusion

    23 December 2008 by jaegerm

    Jan 5th 2009 is that day that many London bikers have been waiting for for a long a time - the day when, following Boris' election promise, many bus lanes in London will be opened up to motorcycles and scooters. However, in the days leading up to this watershed many bikers using some currently available bus lanes have been bamboozled by the activities of Transport for London. A pilot scheme has...

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  • Helmets go pop with Italian design

    23 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Helmets go pop with Italian design

    This sexy jet helmet might prove hard to get out of your head. It’s designed by Moschino, the Italian fashion house that penned stage costumes for pop singer Kylie Minogue, and is the first of three...

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  • MCN visits Santa & Co

    23 December 2008 by Si90

    MCN visits Santa & Co

    Just hanging around catching up on the latest news whilst waiting for my new mates up in Lapland to get back from their latest practice run.

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  • Chargers for modern classics

    23 December 2008 by MCN News Desk

    Chargers for modern classics

    M&P has just launched a battery charger that’s suitable for anyone who still has a 1980s or early 90s bike tucked away in the garage. Shop for motorcycle kit with MCN The Absaar ATEK 1000 is CE...

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  • Futuristic flying bike video

    22 December 2008 by MCN News Desk

    Futuristic flying bike video

    An American company plans to take this SkyBike from prototype to reality by 2010. Designed by California-based Samson Motorworks, the SkyBike will have retractable wings and dual controls which means...

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  • Deauville birthday cake

    22 December 2008 by HairyHeffalump

    Deauville birthday cake

    I have just had a one of those "Gravestone" birthdays so to treat myself I bought a virtually new Honda NT700VA Deauville. My daughter iced my cake - see picture - totally freehand; no "take it to the...

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  • Video: Underwater motorcycle

    22 December 2008 by MCN News Desk

    Video: Underwater motorcycle

    Tired of swimming on scuba-diving trips? Then this Russian underwater bike could be for you! The Aqua Star has been developed by Dimtry and Timophey Ryabikiny from the Russian city of Yeisk. It can...

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  • Ferrari motorcycle fails to sell

    22 December 2008 by MCN News Desk

    Ferrari motorcycle fails to sell

    A one off Ferrari badged bike, created by an MV Agusta design guru, failed to sell when it came up for auction. The 900cc bike was built by David Kay Engineering as a tribute to the late Enzo Ferrari...

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  • 2008 Repsol Honda Fireblade

    22 December 2008 by dan suffolk

    2008 Repsol Honda Fireblade

    it was a Honda main dealers demonstrator that they blinged up to a repsol jobby.. the paint was done by dream machine and looks stunning. The rest of the bike is completely standard apart from a...

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  • Suzuki B-King special

    22 December 2008 by MCN News Desk

    Suzuki B-King special

    Italian wheel-specialist Asso Special Bike has created this stretched custom Suzuki B-King. It has an extended standard swingarm, 17 inch custom front wheel and 18 inch custom rear, with one-off...

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  • Globetrotting mechanics decade on the road

    22 December 2008 by MCN News Desk

    Globetrotting mechanics decade on the road

    When 2009 arrives a Yorkshire mechanic will be begin his tenth year travelling the world on his Honda Africa Twin. Ian Coates, from Hebden Bridge, left Britain in search of adventure in 1999 and...

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  • New Yamaha R1 hits 161bhp in standard form

    22 December 2008 by Andy Downes

    New Yamaha R1 hits 161bhp in standard form

    Exhaust manufacturer Akrapovic has revealed the power of the new Yamaha R1 in standard form is 161bhp at the back wheel. The power figure was discovered as the Slovenian firm became the first to the...

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  • Handy sticker shows where you can park

    22 December 2008 by Steve Farrell

    Handy sticker shows where you can park

    A bike dealer is giving away a handy sticker that shows at a glance where you can and can’t park your bike in 33 London boroughs. Boroughs have different rules on where bikes can park for free but...

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  • Long Weymouth Down

    21 December 2008 by Ty Beasor

    Me and my cousin George loved Long Way Round and Down so last summer we decided to do our own trip. Unfortunatly we had 50cc bikes and one weekend, so we went to Weymouth. We made a video of our trip and called it Long Weymouth Down. In September I passed my test and bought a real bike. George turns 17 at the end of December and intends to pass his test in January, hes lucky the new test was...

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  • Luckiest Licence Ever

    21 December 2008 by Anonymous

    Luckiest Licence Ever

    Im 16 years old and have a hatred for public transport so I spend the summer working full time to buy a gorgeous new moped in time to start college. I loved it, thought it was the coolest thing ever.

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  • unusual tattoo

    20 December 2008 by alan brown

    After my vist to the NEC and seeing the black panther with bike parts in it advertized everywere, i thought it was a great graphic picture design, so after 6hrs work and many £'s later, I now have it tattooed on my uper arm! I have tried to find out who did the design to thank them and tell them what I have had done, but have not been able to find out who did it.

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  • Santa fun run

    20 December 2008 by ken1965

    Santa fun run

    This is me on way to Santa Fun Run at Chafford Hundred on 07/12/08 on my CBR 1100 Blackbird... turned a few heads. Not sure if it was the bike or my suit

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  • Nicky Hayden merchandise available online

    19 December 2008 by MCN News Desk

    Nicky Hayden merchandise available online

    Fans of former MotoGP world champion and factory Ducati rider Nicky Hayden can now get their hands on some special merchandise from a new online store set-up by the famous Kentucky racing dynasty. The...

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  • Keep an eye on fuel mixture with Dynojet kit

    19 December 2008 by MCN News Desk

    Keep an eye on your fuel mixture with the Wide Band 2, the latest monitoring kit from Dynojet. Information from the basic kit can be downloaded onto a laptop, or you can purchase an LCD or digital gauge for real time data. The basic kit costs £210, or £421 for the kit and LCD. Visit. www.dynojetwb2.com for more details.

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  • MCN reader wins Suzuki GSX-R600

    19 December 2008 by MCN News Desk

    MCN reader wins Suzuki GSX-R600

    Justian Gray has scooped a Suzuki GSX-R600 after entering a year long competition with Suzuki at MCN Live! at Butlins, Skegness. Gray, from York, couldn’t believe it when Suzuki GB rang him to tell...

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  • New intercom from Chatterbox

    19 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    New intercom from Chatterbox

    Relieve the boredom of long rides with the latest pillion intercom from Chatterbox. The CB-50 STD Tandem unit has up to 10 hours battery life, and can connect to your mobile phone or music player via...

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  • Triumph reveals full 2009 price list

    19 December 2008 by Andy Downes

    Triumph reveals full 2009 price list

    Triumph has released adjusted prices for the entire range following the recent drop in the VAT rate from 17.5% to 15%. Triumph has been much less affected by the drop in the exchange rate which has...

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