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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2008)

  • 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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  • Mission: Get a tan at the Arctic Circle

    08 December 2008 by Stephen Corke

    ONE MAN, ONE MOTORBIKE, ONE MISSION: TO GET A TAN AT THE ARCTIC CIRCLE Toronto, Canada. December 2008 It was a ride to remember. Well, it was my first ride as a new biker since I had only had my motorcycle license for less than 3 months.... It took me 8 days from Toronto, Canada to Skagway Alaska, where I stuck around for a couple nights to play some private poker games. I then rode to Whitehorse...

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  • NEC Show: Ducati starts em young

    08 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    NEC Show: Ducati starts em young

    Give your children the Ducati bug early with this pair of pushbikes, which were launched at the NEC show. The Bianchi Kids bike in white costs £265, and the red Monster costs £275. Visit...

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  • Red Torpedo and Guy Martin are brilliant

    06 December 2008 by Kev Weightman

    On Saturday December 6 I took my son and daughter to the bike show at the NEC I had to be pushed around in a wheelchair due to serious knee damage. We got to the Red Torpedo stand and could not have met nicer people anywhere. They made us very welcome and then to make things even better Guy Martin appeared. He took the time out to sign both autograph books and three t-shirts then...

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  • MCN on the frontline

    06 December 2008 by vinnyLXI

    MCN on the frontline

    Apart from shooting my big gun I thought I'd take a few minutes to read my MCN that my wife sent out to me in Afghanistan. Now I can keep up to date with all the latest bike news

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  • Oliver's Mount is fabulous

    06 December 2008 by GIXERKENTHEBALDONE

    John McGuinness, probably one of the greatest road racers alive was at Oliver's Mount this year battling along side Guy Martin. The action was fabulous - standing only feet away from the track I had a great time and will be returning again next year. Why can't people like Mr and Mrs Foster take the positive things out of life, rather than dwelling on the negatives?

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  • Gilera Fuoco

    06 December 2008 by Anonymous

    I was interested to read that Andy Downes has a Gilera Fuoco. I have owned one for over a year and I have ridden about 4000 very enjoyable miles in that time both here and in Europe. I fitted the optional screen to my Fouco which I find a very worthwhile addition and also the excellent Givi topbox rack. I also get a fuel consumption figure in the low 60s to the gallon. I cannot speak too highly of...

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  • 12,000km on a Suzuki Hayabusa

    05 December 2008 by Américo Santos

    12,000km on a Suzuki Hayabusa

    My name is Américo and I am Portuguese. On July 2008 I did a 12,000km trip on my Suzuki Hayabusa. I began at Roca Cape, Portugal and ended at the North Cape, Norway. This is my website:...

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  • Mum fined for motorcycle parking confusion

    05 December 2008 by Sarah Carnell

    Mum fined for motorcycle parking confusion

    A mother out on a shopping trip in Garforth, Leeds had a surprise to find a £70 fine on her car upon returning to her vehicle. Michelle Ellis, who has three children under three years old, parked...

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  • Evotech freshens up Yamaha WR250

    05 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Evotech freshens up Yamaha WR250

    Protect your Yamaha WR250 and give it a cleaner look with a new sump guard and tail tidy from Evotech. The sump guard bolts directly to the motorcycle’s frame, and comes complete with all necessary...

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  • Ron Haslam Race School gift set

    05 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Ron Haslam Race School gift set

    Learn the racing line from your armchair with a free DVD from the Ron Haslam Race School. The firm is offering a choice of Haslam’s Superbike Masterclass or Rocketman DVD, both worth £17, to anyone...

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  • The motorcycles Honda never built

    05 December 2008 by Ben Purvis

    The motorcycles Honda never built

    Honda has never been shy to introduce new technology – but now for the first time MCN can reveal some of the designs that were too far out for even Honda to give the green light. This so-called...

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  • New BMW dealership for Cardiff

    04 December 2008 by MCN News Desk

    New BMW dealership for Cardiff

    Riders Motorcycles based in Bristol and Bridgwater are extending their reach across the South West with the opening of a new BMW Motorrad dealership in Cardiff. The company, formed in 1976, has two...

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  • Harley-Davidson clothing goes dark

    04 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Harley-Davidson clothing goes dark

    Give in to the dark side of Harley-Davidson with this range of exclusive casual clothing. The collection will sell alongside the firm’s new lineup of Dark Custom motorcycles, and includes shirts,...

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  • BOS exhaust for Honda CB1000R

    04 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    BOS exhaust for Honda CB1000R

    Add some MotoGP style to your Honda CB1000R motorcycle with this new end-can from BOS. The GTS-R silencer measures 300mm long, weighs 3.1kg, and boosts power and torque by 3.2hp and 4Nm throughout the...

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  • MCN in the Big Apple

    03 December 2008 by Darren Underdown

    MCN in the Big Apple

    Me and my brother, Paul, on a recent trip to New York. The statue seemed pretty impressed, along with a few ducks that managed to get a peek!!!!

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  • Triumph Rocket 3 radiator covered

    03 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Triumph Rocket 3 radiator covered

    Protect the radiator of your Triumph Rocket 3 with this grill from Exactrep. It's made from laser-cut polished stainless steel and comes in three pieces, covering the front and sides. Price £100 for...

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  • Sign our petition to axe ACPO hypocrite

    03 December 2008 by Steve Farrell

    Sign our petition to axe ACPO hypocrite

    Police proposals to ban motorcycles were written under the direction of a three-time convicted speeder – and MCN aims to get the hypocrite axed.   We’re petitioning the Prime Minister to...

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  • Pink spotted riding Triumph Bonneville

    03 December 2008 by Ped Baker

    Pink spotted riding Triumph Bonneville

    Pink, the American R&B singer and former wife of AMA supercross rider Carey Hart hops on her Triumph Bonneville T100 after shopping in West Hollywood Los Angeles, California

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  • Design legend Massimo Tamburini retires

    03 December 2008 by Chris Newbigging

    Design legend Massimo Tamburini retires

    Massimo Tamburini has retired from MV Agusta’s design department after 23 years designing iconic bikes including the Ducati 916 and the MV Agusta F4. His retirement will be effective from the 31st of...

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  • Motorcycle industry weathers economic storm

    03 December 2008 by Laura Kennerley

    Motorcycle industry weathers economic storm

    If you are a biker facing redundency, it could be time to consider making your hobby your career - as experts claim the bike industry is thriving, despite the current economic crisis. BMW has just...

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  • Crescent Suzuki scoops another award

    03 December 2008 by Laura Kennerley

    Dorset-based Crescent Motorcycle Company has been named Suzuki’s National Dealer of the year by the manufacturer. The  dealer, which has outlets in Verwood, Bournemouth and Southampton, also picked up south west region dealer of the year at Suzuki’s recent dealer conference. Martyn James, Crescent director, said: “We are really proud to have received this award and to have been acknowledged...

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  • Red Torpedo unveils new shirt range

    03 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Red Torpedo unveils new shirt range

    You don’t have to buy an in-your-face t-shirt to show that you’re a biker. Red Torpedo has added a new line of subtle cotton shirts to its range for winter 2008. They come with a free CD of unsigned...

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  • Yamaha gives away V-Max for free!

    03 December 2008 by Marc Abbott

    Yamaha gives away V-Max for free!

    Visitors to the Yamaha Japan website can download and print out their very own V-Max to build. Ok, we're talking origami, not the actual mega-pricey musclebike. But if you're looking for an ideal...

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  • ACPO eats its words

    02 December 2008 by Steve Farrell

    ACPO eats its words

    Police chiefs have made a humiliating climb-down over proposals to ban motorcycles, following pressure from MCN. The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has admitted to MPs that basic claims...

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  • British Cross Country action on DVD

    02 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    British Cross Country action on DVD

    Enjoy the glory of mud from your living room, with a DVD review of the first British Cross Country championship, a long-distance motocross race. The two hour-long disc covers the action from all four...

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  • Get tooled up with Jack Lilley

    02 December 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Get tooled up with Jack Lilley

    You don’t have to own a Triumph to buy one of these neat motorcycle toolkits. The set includes spanners, adjustable wrench, LED torch, and a six-in-one screwdriver. Shop for all your motorcycle needs...

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