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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2008)

  • London Bike parking demo on Sunday

    12 December 2008 by spencerd72

    Westminster council have decided to start charging bikes to park in motorcycle bays within it's boundaries. Could this be the thin end of the wedge? Probably yes. Once this additional revenue stream is opened by one council, you can be sure the rest will all follow. What was once free will become chargeable. Unless of course they get scared off by a lot of people voicing their dissapproval of the...

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  • Money off Triumph clothing this weekend

    12 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Money off Triumph clothing this weekend

    Beat the Christmas credit crunch with money-off Triumph clothing and accessories this weekend. You’ll receive a £5 voucher for every £50 spent at dealers open on December 13 and 14, and be able to...

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  • Video: Fan gets NEC logo tattoo

    11 December 2008 by Andy Downes

    Video: Fan gets NEC logo tattoo

    One showgoer was so impressed with the NEC motorcycle show’s ‘Panther’ logo that he has had it tattooed on his back. The fan, Jay Moore, asked show bosses to send him high resolution images of the...

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  • Knox unveil Cold Killers top for women

    10 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Knox unveil Cold Killers top for women

    Women have two good reasons to wear Knox’s new Cold Killers Sport Top. First, the base layer helps keep you warm, with a windproof outer material, and fleece lining. Compare and buy motorcycle base...

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  • New trailer shows Terminator 4 motorcycles

    10 December 2008 by Liam Marsden

    New trailer shows Terminator 4 motorcycles

    The new Terminator movie, Terminator Salvation features cyborg motorcycles, as shown in the latest trailer for the Hollywood blockbuster. The Moto-Terminators are part cyborg and part motorcycle...

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  • Jim Carrey rides Ducati Hypermotard in Yes Man

    10 December 2008 by Chris Newbigging

    Jim Carrey rides a Ducati Hypermotard in new US comedy film 'Yes Man'. The film revolves around Carrey's character Carl Allen being challenged to say 'yes' to everything - leading him to learn to ride a motorcycle. See him here in this short trailer wheelying a Hypermotard, or see it from 26 December 2008.

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  • MCN in the Canary Islands

    10 December 2008 by Steve Gransby

    MCN in the Canary Islands

    The wife on our rental in La Gomera next to Tenerife. Sea level to 5000 feet four times and over 300 hairpin in only 80 miles! It would have been great on a super motard, but the XT did the...

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  • Hub-centre steer R1 from GTS1000 designer

    09 December 2008 by MCN News Desk

    Hub-centre steer R1 from GTS1000 designer

    Former Yamaha engineer Jean-Michel Thiers has developed an all-new hub-centre steer superbike using an R1 engine to prove that the system offers a real advantage over conventional telescopic...

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  • Best of British gifts from Triumph

    09 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Best of British gifts from Triumph

    Triumph has added some last-minute Christmas gifts to its clothing and accessories range. The latest additions include the Modern Classic kit bag (£80); a Swarovski ladies watch (£80), a Steve McQueen...

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  • Petition: Remove VAT from motorcycle kit

    09 December 2008 by Steve Hodgson

    Can I ask that you take a look at this petition and if you agree please sign it. Also please pass it on to get other bikers to support this case to help people afford decent riding kit: Petition to remove VAT from bike kit

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  • Adrenalin release first race-inspired XR1200

    09 December 2008 by MCN

    Adrenalin release first race-inspired XR1200

    Darlington based Adrenalin Moto have produced the UK first modified Harley-Davidson XR1200 based on Harley’s new one make race series race bike, which will be making its first appearance next year at...

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  • Arai cuts the cost of replicas

    09 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Arai cuts the cost of replicas

    You don’t have to fork out on Arai’s top-line RX7-GP helmet to wear a racer replica colour scheme. This Colin Edwards-inspired paint job will be available on Arai’s Chaser helmet in February, for...

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  • New MCN December 10: New Triumph 675 tested

    09 December 2008 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN December 10: New Triumph 675 tested

    In this week's edition of MCN Trevor Franklin tests the 2009 Triumph Daytona 675 and he reckons Triumph are on to a winner. With uprated suspension and a revised engine, Trev reckons the new 675 could...

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  • New Ducati Monster for Brad Pitt

    09 December 2008 by Laura Kennerley

    New Ducati Monster for Brad Pitt

    Angelina Jolie is reported to be planning to buy Brad Pitt a new Ducati for his 45th birthday. American magazine In Touch Weekly claims Jolie will surprise Pitt with a new Monster 1100S titanium on...

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  • Kawasaki release thermal layers

    09 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Kawasaki release thermal layers

    Kawasaki fans can go green with a new range of thermal base layers in the firm’s traditional bright green colour. The range includes short and long-sleeve summer shirts, and a winter shirt with...

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  • Derringer boss talks vintage motorcycles

    09 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Derringer boss talks vintage motorcycles

    These videos show vintage-style Derringer Motorcycles in action. The motorcycles are built in California and have quickly become favourites of movie stars, rocket scientists, and even royalty. The...

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  • Superbike parts up for auction

    09 December 2008 by Laura Kennerley

    Superbike parts up for auction

    Custom American Superbike series carbon fibre bodywork which has never been available to the public before is being auctioned for charity. Created by Taylor Made Racing, the £7,000 2008 Honda...

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  • Leon Haslam meets Elton John

    09 December 2008 by Rob Hull

    Leon Haslam meets Elton John

    Leon Haslam met Elton John in London last week when the legendary pop star was at the unveiling of a new photographic exhibition by Anderson and Low called Champions. The exhibition has taken several...

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  • Funny road sign

    08 December 2008 by ianesy

    Funny road sign

    While visiting Orkney I came across this road sign and thought you might enjoy it!

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  • Sammy Miller Museum winter opening

    08 December 2008 by Sarah Carnell

    Sammy Miller Museum winter opening

    The Sammy Miller Museum will be opening for just the weekends throughout the winter. The museum houses more than 400 fully restored motorcycles, including factory racers and exotic prototypes, plus...

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  • Prepare your kids for MotoGP success

    08 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Prepare your kids for MotoGP success

    Start your young ones on the road to MotoGP success early with this range of baby clothes. The Biker Ted collection includes a sleep suit for £13, a bib for £7, a t-shirt for £10, and a baby grow for...

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  • Duo-Drive grab handle comes to UK

    08 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Duo-Drive grab handle comes to UK

    MotoComp has become the first UK retailer to sell an innovative pillion grab handle. Shop for over 65,000 motorcycle products The Duo-Drive pillion grab handle bolts to the rim of your petrol filler,...

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  • Video: Hawg Haven live-build bike lives

    08 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Here’s the footage of the first running of the Carole Nash Old School Bobber, which was constructed in 11 days by custom builders Hawk Haven in front of the crowds visiting the Carole Nash bike show at the NEC. The team were nervous about starting the bike, but said they couldn’t resist celebrating their achievement by firing the bike up. More details about the build will be in MCN soon.

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  • Bikes on TV: December 10-16

    08 December 2008 by Alison Silcox

    Bikes on TV: December 10-16

    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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  • Steve Plater bound for South Africa

    08 December 2008 by Gary Pinchin

    Steve Plater bound for South Africa

    New HM Plant Honda signing Steve Plater is one of several Brits that former Kawasaki, Honda and Suzuki works rider and TT legend Mick Grant is taking on a classic bike trip to South Africa early in...

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  • Motorcycle sales slump in November

    08 December 2008 by Andy Downes

    Motorcycle sales slump in November

    Motorcycle sales dropped 16% in November – not as bad as the car market but still a big drop from the four per cent rise seen in October according to figures from the Motor Cycle Industry Association...

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  • NEC Show: Traders feel the pinch

    08 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    NEC Show: Traders feel the pinch

    Retailers branded the 2008 NEC show as one of their toughest ever, as the credit crunch hit home. Some traders said sales were down by almost 50% compared to 2007, despite a good effort by the show’s...

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  • NEC Show: Ghost Rider raffle sales ghastly

    08 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    NEC Show: Ghost Rider raffle sales ghastly

    The Ghost Rider team failed to sell the 1000 raffle tickets they needed to give away the Suzuki Hayabusa used in one of the Ghost Rider films. A spokesman said they sold just 400 tickets, and blamed...

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