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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2008)

  • ‘Cops let me refuel during chase,’ says 140mph speeder

    05 November 2008 by Steve Farrell

    The biker followed for miles by an unmarked police bike at up to 140mph has told how cops allowed him to refuel before continuing the chase. 140mph chase was 'safe' Police followed Michael Collins, 22, for 40 minutes to ‘gather evidence’. When he stopped to fill up, an officer in plain leathers on a silver Honda Fireblade simply waited further along the road. Collins claims he only went so fast...

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  • MCN or Casino?

    04 November 2008 by Bob Haigh

    MCN or Casino?

    Bev Henderson might not have been able to get into the Casino in Monaco but found time to have a quick look through MCN.

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  • MCN beats F1

    04 November 2008 by Bob Haigh

    MCN beats F1

    Bob Haigh went to Monaco to check out the F1 Grand Prix circuit and took time out to catch up with MCN while sat on the inside of the curve outside the Cafe de Paris.

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  • Mini-GPS motorcycle tracker goes on sale

    04 November 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Mini-GPS motorcycle tracker goes on sale

    A portable GPS tracker promises to locate your motorcycle if it’s stolen. The Zoombak Portable Assisted GPS will alert you by text message if the motorcycle is moved outside pre-determined zones, and...

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  • Speeding idiots give us bad press

    04 November 2008 by Anonymous

    When riding my 1961 Norton Manxman 650 to Malton in North Yorkshire on a 60mph B road (I riding up a hill at 60mph), some speeding bikes zipped past me at 80 plus on one wheel! These guys are idiots playing with death! Then they wonder why the police are on their backs. Riding a motorcycle is not all about speed.

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  • Rivetted to Frank Thomas

    02 November 2008 by mazza

    In the days of almost non existant customer service, it gives me great pleasure to tell you about super dealer and manufacturer service. The sleeve fasteners for the thermal inner on my Frank Thomas XTI textile jacket had become unstitched making it difficult to remove my arm without the sleeve coming out with it. The jacket was taken in on the Friday to Rivetts of Hull and a replacement ordered...

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  • Friday funny: David Attenborough on bikers

    31 October 2008 by Liam Marsden

    This week's Friday Funny comes in the form of a David Attenborough spoof video about bikers and their habits during winter. The video follows the lives of two bikers through winter as if they were animals in a wildlife documentary, using phrases such as 'Tim sheds his summer coat, in favour of a thicker, more durable winter coat.' Which would mean changing to thicker bike kit for the...

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  • Sigma slipper clutch now available for KTM RC8

    31 October 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Sigma slipper clutch now available for KTM RC8

    Sigma Performance has launched a slipper clutch for KTM’s RC8. The wet clutch has six ramps to help maintain engine braking while ensuring the rear wheel doesn’t lock up. It comes in anodized grey,...

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  • Ridley at Laconia Bike Week

    30 October 2008 by Phat Bob

    Ridley at Laconia Bike Week

    Further to the readers news item about the 750cc Ridley motorcycles maybe being available in the UK soon, see attached photo taken at Laconia Bike Week 2007. The finish is very good - they all look...

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  • Keyring copies motorcycle knee-slider

    30 October 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Keyring copies motorcycle knee-slider

    Here’s a clever way to stop your keyring scratching your top-yoke. The Keyslider attaches to a patch of Velcro on your bike to stop it flapping around. Extra patches can be bought to hang the keys up...

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  • Video funny: Long Way Round spoof episodes

    30 October 2008 by Liam Marsden

    Video funny: Long Way Round spoof episodes

    Check out these hilarious videos from Big Face TV, parodying the well known TV series Long Way round with Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman. The mini-spoofs of the pair’s TV adventures show Boorman as...

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  • Speed control Danish-style

    30 October 2008 by Steve Farrell

    Speed control Danish-style

    Here’s one European speed control measure we wouldn’t mind the UK sharing. Topless babes wave speed limit signs at motorists in an initiative from the Danish Road Safety Council. The ‘speed control...

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  • Biker killed in police collision

    30 October 2008 by Anonymous

    A male motorcyclist has been killed in a collision with a police vehicle in Carmarthenshire, officers have said.  Click here for the full BBC story

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  • MCN at the Millau Bridge

    30 October 2008 by Nigel Mead

    MCN at the Millau Bridge

    Nick Hodgetts taking time out to read the MCN, before crossing the Millau Bridge on route to the Valencia Moto GP.

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  • Peruvian adventure

    30 October 2008 by wings_of_fire

    Peruvian adventure

    I went for two weeks off road riding in Peru. Adventure Peru Motorcycling was excellent supplying Suzuki DR650. The views where fantastic and I only dropped it once, which is not bad seen as how I...

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  • Romantic night in with MCN

    29 October 2008 by Jeff

    Romantic night in with MCN

    Took my girl Nikki to Mont Michel in France and even took Motorcycle News... Well what else would you do on a cold October night in a romantic hotel on the Mont?

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  • Vigilante biker reports speeders to police

    29 October 2008 by Steve Farrell

    Vigilante biker reports speeders to police

    A vigilante motorcyclist has revealed how he rides dead on the speed limit, films bikers who overtake and hands the footage to police. Riding instructor Jeff Smith uses a helmet-mounted camera to...

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  • Bikes on TV: October 29 - November 4

    28 October 2008 by Alison Silcox

    Bikes on TV: October 29 - November 4

    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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  • Bering launches hi-viz clothing range

    28 October 2008 by James Keen

    Bering launches hi-viz clothing range

    Bering has launched a range of highly reflective motorcycle clothing specifically for the UK market. As winter draws in and the nights become longer, visibility becomes a big issue at this time...

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  • The Britten v-1000 at Te Papa

    27 October 2008 by Stu Wild

    The Britten v-1000 at Te Papa

    Just thought I'd share a few images of one of John Brittens V1000 bikes. We were lucky enough to get a weekend break to Wellington (for the Canterbury / Wellington Air NZ Rugby Cup Final here in NZ)...

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  • Honeymoon road trip in California

    27 October 2008 by liverpit

    Honeymoon road trip in California

    Here we are on honeymoon in California where we rented a Yam 1800 cruiser and visited some cracking roads and awesome scenery with many exellent diners along the way!

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  • ZX-10R's go to the desert

    27 October 2008 by Craig Wilson

    ZX-10R's go to the desert

    This October my friend Mark and I rode our Kawasaki ZX-10R’s to the foot of the dunes of the Sahara Desert. Starting from our base near Almeria we completed a 2000 mile round trip of Morocco, taking...

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  • The clip speed camera bosses and the BBC wouldn’t allow us to see

    27 October 2008 by Steve Farrell

    Video said to show speed cameras causing crashes has been obtained by MCN after the BBC and camera bosses refused to supply it. Two clips show cars crashing due to sudden braking as drivers realise they are being targeted by a speed camera. The BBC reporter says of one: “He jams on his brakes when he sees the speed truck, smacks into the barrier and amazingly slides in between those two cars...

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  • Date set for London bus lane access

    27 October 2008 by Steve Farrell

    Date set for London bus lane access

    Motorcyclists will be allowed in the capital’s bus lanes from January 5, London Mayor Boris Johnson has said.  The move will start as an 18-month trial, after which a decision will be made on...

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  • Thieving bearstard

    26 October 2008 by neil bayley

    Thieving bearstard

    Just as police in manchester said motorbike thefts were down, along comes this thieving bear faced cheeky bearstard. Anyone with information should contact the police and ask for PC goldilocks.

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