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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2008)

  • 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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  • MCN in Sri Lanka

    19 December 2008 by Marshall Kennedy

    MCN in Sri Lanka

    Here's me catching up on what's been happening whilst on holiday in Sri Lanka

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  • Westminster Greed

    18 December 2008 by martin andrews

    Like many riders first going into london after the parking charge was brought in I was caught out by not realising I had to pay. On returning to my bike I found the brightly coloured plastic ticket cover, which at first I thought was a some sort of freebie,how wrong can you be.So I then decided to send a freedom of information request to Westminster council asking,how many tickets have been...

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  • Harley-Davidson president retires

    18 December 2008 by MCN News Desk

    Harley-Davidson president retires

    Harley-Davidson’s President and Chief Executive Officer, James Ziemer, will retire in 2009 ending a 40-year career with the company. Ziemer took over the job from Jeff Bleustein, one of the original...

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  • Top cop spooked by MCN petition

    18 December 2008 by Steve Farrell

    Top cop spooked by MCN petition

    Three-time speeder Meredydd Hughes has been spooked by an MCN petition calling for him to be axed as the Association of Chief Police Officers’ (ACPO) road policing head. As the number of signatures...

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  • Nuvo unveil latest helmet designs

    18 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Nuvo unveil latest helmet designs

    Nuvo has a range of budget helmets that have bags of style. UK-manufacturer Nuvo’s range of full, open-face, and motocross lids come in plain colours, with graphic designs, or a unique cartoon...

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  • New test launched in Northern Ireland

    17 December 2008 by Steve Farrell

    New test launched in Northern Ireland

    A new-style motorcycle test has been launched in Northern Ireland. Learner riders there must now pass three tests – a theory test, a manoeuvres test and a practical on-road test. Previously riders...

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  • BMW unveils System 6 flip front helmet

    16 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    BMW unveils System 6 flip front helmet

    BMW is taking the strain out of flip-front helmets, with what it says is its lightest and quietest flip front helmet yet. The System 6 has a glass-fibre shell that’s available in two sizes – a...

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  • Ace reunion film now on DVD

    16 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Ace reunion film now on DVD

    The Ace Café has dusted off its film celebrating the first reunion run to the café in 1994, by releasing it on DVD. An Ace Day features interviews with customers of the original café, and the people...

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  • New MCN December 17: Review of the Year

    16 December 2008 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN December 17: Review of the Year

    In this week's edition of MCN we have all the usual news, road tests and sport, but we also have our 48-page Review of the Year pullout. The pullout includes the bikes, tests and moments that made...

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  • CB1100R replica Honda Super Blackbird

    16 December 2008 by Laura Kennerley

    CB1100R replica Honda Super Blackbird

    The team at Dream Machine in Nottingham has transformed this six-year-old Honda CBR1000XX Super Blackbird in to an homage to the 1982 Honda CB1100R RD model. The CB1100R RD was the last CB1100R...

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  • Picture gallery: Warrs Deco Bobber

    16 December 2008 by MCN

    Picture gallery: Warrs Deco Bobber

    Warrs Harley-Davidson has just finished this heavily tweaked Cross Bones Softtail – part of the Warrs Bobber series and totally unique The bobber is based on a brand-new 2009 Harley-Davidson FLSTB...

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  • Video: Sand drag racing in Australia

    16 December 2008 by Liam Marsden

    Video: Sand drag racing in Australia

    You'd be forgiven for thinking drag racing on tarmac was daft enough, but the Australians have gone one step further with the invention of sand drag racing. The machinery used in the races ranges from...

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  • Bikes on TV: December 17-23

    16 December 2008 by Alison Silcox

    Bikes on TV: December 17-23

    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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  • Christmas gift of the day: Draggin Jeans

    16 December 2008 by James Keen

    Christmas gift of the day: Draggin Jeans

    Christmas is nearly upon us and to help make your shopping easy and hassle free, we'll be bringing you our 'gift of the day' recommendations in the run up to the big day. All of our christmas...

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  • American Chopper DVDs out for christmas

    15 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    American Chopper DVDs out for christmas

    Relive the Teutul families latest bust ups and builds with a pair of DVDs covering the latest series of American Chopper. All 13 episodes of series five of the TV series showing the work at Orange...

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  • BMW R1100GS for the kids

    15 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    BMW R1100GS for the kids

    This kid’s bike is every bit as rugged as the BMW R1100GS it’s modelled on. The BMW Junior bike is designed for children aged 3-5 years, and is driven by a pair of pedals on the front wheel. It’s made...

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  • Extra discounts from Hein Gericke

    15 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Extra discounts from Hein Gericke

    Hein Gericke has got into the festive spirit, by adding 10% to the value of any gift voucher bought before Christmas. The offer applies to any voucher bought between November 21 and December 24...

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  • Prove your bravery with the Nurburgring T-shirt

    15 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Prove your bravery with the Nurburgring T-shirt

    If you’ve been, and done, the Nurburgring, it’s time to buy the t-shirt. Shop for motorcycle products online Nordschleife’s ‘Men from boys’ t-shirt is made from thick cotton with double stitching on...

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  • Thrillbillies DVD comes to UK

    15 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    What has been hailed as the greatest motorcycle stunt DVD ever, featuring arguably the world’s greatest stunt rider, is now available in the UK. Thrillbillies has some of Travis Pastrana’s most daring stunts, as he and the rest of the Nitro Circus crew take on monster trucks in the desert. If you don’t believe us, you can view some of the action here It costs £27 from Duke Video,...

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  • The Baghdad stunt bikers

    15 December 2008 by Liam Marsden

    The lack of policing in Baghdad has meant budding stunt bikers in Iraq can practice their stunts, whenever and wherever they like. The riders have to make do with ratty looking scooters and off-road motorcycles, but that doesn't stop them doing wheelies, burnouts and stoppies. Check out the video here

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  • Knox launches ultra-thin inner gloves

    15 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Knox launches ultra-thin inner gloves

    Knox claims to have consigned bulky inner gloves to the history books. It says a new material has allowed it to make its thinnest ever Cold Killers under gloves. Christmas present ideas for every...

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  • MCN beats archery

    15 December 2008 by alan convery

    MCN beats archery

    This is a photo of me at the Face 2 Face Archery in Amsterdam. There's no better way of using spare time between sessions than reading MCN.

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  • Christmas gift of the day: Knox rucksack

    14 December 2008 by James Keen

    Christmas gift of the day: Knox rucksack

    Christmas is nearly upon us and to help make your shopping easy and hassle free, we'll be bringing you our 'gift of the day' recommendations in the run up to the big day. All of our christmas...

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  • Rudolf the red-nosed ZX7r

    13 December 2008 by Phil Harold

    Rudolf the red-nosed ZX7r

    Manchester - Salvation Army Toy Run 2008 Thought you might find the attached picture of my Kawasak ZX7r ( Rudolf special) as customised for the Manchester Saly Army Toy Run. As a member of Poynton...

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  • Suomy gold Extreme boots

    12 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Suomy gold Extreme boots

    These Suomy Extreme boots could be perfect for Jorge Lorenzo fans. The bold gold-coloured boot has magnesium protectors on the heel and ankle, plus an anti-slip sole. Shop for motorcycle gear...

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  • Friday funny: The real easy rider

    12 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Who says men can’t multi-task? This rider manages to negotiate through heavy traffic while writing a text message on his phone, and generally kicking back and relaxing. Could you relax on your bike with driving standards like that? Nice helmet, too.

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