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Bike News (January 2008)

  • Acumen new HID lighting system

    18 January 2008 by Liam Marsden

    Acumen new HID lighting system

    Acumen have released a new HID (High Intensity Discharge) system, built specifically for motorcycles. It's 35W bulb uses the same technology as floodlights and is claimed to be twice as powerful as...

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  • BOS B-King exhausts

    18 January 2008 by Liam Marsden

    BOS B-King exhausts

    BOS exhausts of the Netherlands have created a pair of aftermarket exhausts for Suzuki's new B-King. The twin exhausts are E-marked, which means they are road legal, but they also come with a...

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  • KNOX chest protector

    17 January 2008 by Liam Marsden

    KNOX chest protector

    British protection specialists KNOX have responded to a recent MAID survey with the release of their chest protector. The MAID survey showed that 27% of chest injuries are critical, compared to only...

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  • Work for MCN!

    17 January 2008 by MCN

    Work for MCN!

    Motor Cycle News is looking for an ultra-talented sub editor to join its multiple award-winning team.   You must be able to demonstrate creative subbing skill, write eye-catching headlines,...

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  • A little bit of R + R

    16 January 2008 by damian crummey

    A little bit of R + R

    Here's Kevin, Damian and Alan getting a bit of R+R (reading and riding) in the mountains near Malaga, Spain last week.

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  • Council get motorcycles to maintain roads

    16 January 2008 by Liam Marsden

    Council get motorcycles to maintain roads

    Worcestershire County Council have started using BMW R1200GS motorcycles to respond quickly to minor defects on the roads, such as potholes. Highways Liaison Officers Steve Murch said, “We look after...

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  • 0% finance and free luggage on Aprilia Shiver

    16 January 2008 by Liam Marsden

    0% finance and free luggage on Aprilia Shiver

    Aprilia have announced a 0% finance deal on all new Aprilia Shivers bought from official dealers before the end of February and registered on the road before March 3rd. The offer is available with...

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  • Bikes on TV: January 16 - 22

    16 January 2008 by Alison Silcox

    Bikes on TV: January 16 - 22

    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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  • Gallery: Triumph Thruxton special

    16 January 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    Gallery: Triumph Thruxton special

    Who needs the latest Japanese rocketship when British-built bikes can be as fun and fast as this. MCN man Michael Neeves got to ride this stunning Triumph Thruxton custom motorcycle from owner Robert...

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  • Christian Pfeiffer tests Husqvarna supermoto

    16 January 2008 by Chris Newbigging

    Stunt rider Christian Pfeiffer has tested a Husqvarna supermoto with a view to riding it alongside his BMW F800S in stunt competitions and displays. Click here to see how Christian Pfeiffer faired in Stunt Wars Husqvarna was purchased byBMW from the MV Agusta group last year autumn, opening the Italian off-road and supermoto motorcycle range up to Pfeiffer, who is contracted to ride...

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  • Win £500 worth of KTM kit

    16 January 2008 by MCN News Desk

    Win £500 worth of KTM kit

    MCN has teamed up with KTM to give away over £500 worth of the 2008 Powerwear range for the price of a text message. A £250 Leather Jacket is the top item out of the lot. It’s a casual wear jacket...

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  • Video: Suzuki B-King Micron exhausts

    16 January 2008 by Liam Marsden

    Here is video footage of Micron's new replacement exhausts for the new Suzuki B-King. The exhausts give claimed improvements of 7bhp and an extra 5.8ftlb of torque and come in either matt black or satin, and both have carbon fibre end-caps and side panels. Shop for motorcycle products: compare prices on 1000s of motorcycle parts and clothing The satin exhaust costs £695 and the matt black...

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  • Buell Ulysses police bike

    15 January 2008 by Paul France

    Buell Ulysses police bike

    Saw this at Shaw Harley Davidson & Buell Show in Eastbourne at the weekend.The Buell Ulysses will be soon be on patrol in Sussex. The local Traffic Section also have an unmarked Fireblade...

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  • MCN Daily 15/01/08: Your daily video motorcycle news

    15 January 2008 by Angus Farquhar, Daniel Thornton

    In episode 27 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show GMTV presenter Fiona Phillips lashes out at motorcycles, there's new luggage from Ventura, John McGuinness gets a ride for the North West 200 and Chris Vermeulen finally gets to ride with the number 7.  Subscribe to this podcast with RSS  Subscribe with iTunes Check out the video below to catch up with all the news in just three...

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  • Nick Sanders continues on Dakar route

    15 January 2008 by Rob Hull

    Nick Sanders continues on Dakar route

    Despite the cancellation of the 2008 Dakar Rally for fears of terrorist attacks en route, Nick Sanders and 35 paying bikers have continued their tour to Timbuktu. The original plan was to follow some...

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  • GMTV presenter’s bizarre outburst

    15 January 2008 by MCN News Desk

    GMTV presenter’s bizarre outburst

    In a bizarre outburst on GMTV this morning (January 15), presenter Fiona Phillips said she received death threats from MCN readers . Following a debate on cyclists jumping red lights,...

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  • Ventura luggage sytems for European naked's

    15 January 2008 by Liam Marsden

    Ventura luggage sytems for European naked's

    Ventura luggage have released several luggage fitments for European-made naked bikes such as the Triumph Street Triple and Ducati S4R. The Ventura system is based around two L-brackets for a Pack Rack...

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  • Disabled and disappointed

    14 January 2008 by DaveyBoi

    I am a biker with only a bike license as I wouldn't drive a car. Recently I became disabled, and after losing my bike to mechanical wear and tear and being unable to afford to repair it I sold it for the most I could get which was nowhere near what I had paid or spent on it. After selling I started to look around for another bike and looked on the Motability site...

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  • 118mph police driving school head banned

    14 January 2008 by MCN News Desk

    The former head of a police driving school has been banned from driving after being caught driving at 118mph on the M8 motorway. Click here to read of Merydydd Hughes' speeding case Paul Gee, now retired from Durham Constabulary, claimed he was carrying out a risk assessment for the force’s driving school on November 3 2006 when he was caught by a mobile speed camera at 118mph in a marked police...

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  • 160,000 mile 250

    13 January 2008 by Mark Powell

    160,000 mile 250

    It's all very well doing high mileage on big bikes but what about my brothers 250? He bought it in 1989 with 24,000 miles on the clock and it's now done 160,000! Not bad for a bike that cost him £150!...

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  • Let the Rabbit see the Dog!

    13 January 2008 by Lincs Biker

    These are probably the best roads in the country and I happen to be one of the statistic's, when in 2007 when a car pulled across me on these roads and I was only doing 30mph. I appreciate the concern here but hidden cameras! Is this legal? Only a while ago they had to mark Gatso's yellow so we could see them, surely visual ones are more of a deterent? Come on, let the Rabbit see the Dog! It...

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  • The Long Way Back

    11 January 2008 by jcmental

    The Northwest sports bike forum are planning a sponsored ride in aid of the Northwest air ambulance. Members from http://www.nwsportsbikeforum.co.uk are planing a long riding week end in order to raise money for their flying ambulance. The Long Way Back. The trip is taking place on the 8th,9th & 10th of August 2008 They plan to set off from Devils Bridge (Kirkby Lonsdale)and ride over to...

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  • Lower drink limit for motorcyclists

    11 January 2008 by Steve Farrell

    Lower drink limit for motorcyclists

    Motorcyclists will face a lower legal alcohol limit than car drivers under new proposals. The limit for riders will drop from 80mg to just 20mg per 100 millilitres of blood in a move outlined by...

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  • MCN Babe entry 68: Ann Richer

    11 January 2008 by MCN

    MCN Babe entry 68: Ann Richer

    Name: Ann Richer Vital Stats: 34B Vote for Ann: By text: BABE68 to 84188* By email: BABE68 T&C's - You will be billed 50pence plus standard network charges for the SMS you send. This is not a...

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  • John Surtees

    10 January 2008 by SCOOTA

    What I want to know is why didn't John Surtees get a knighthood when MCN wanted one for Valetino Rossi for his achievements? John did the same plus a F1 world championship. The only man ever to win world titles on two and four wheels at the top level. Stirling Moss got one for what not winning a World Championship.

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  • Infinity Motorcycles bargain motorcycle kit

    10 January 2008 by Liam Marsden

    Infinity Motorcycles bargain motorcycle kit

    Infinity Motorcycles currently have a special deal, whereby motorcycle riders can get boots, gloves and a one-piece rainsuit for just £41! The equipment is called NBC (No Brand Clothing), and the...

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  • TNT lorry - Diesel filler cap hanging off

    10 January 2008 by focusrich

    TNT lorry - Diesel filler cap hanging off

    This morning whilst driving up the M1, I passed a line of trucks, and then in the car I noticed that smell we all dread when out on our bikes - Diesel. I have a keen nose for it when i'm out...

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  • Dustbin Ducati

    10 January 2008 by Chris Newbigging

    Dustbin Ducati

    You wouldn't believe it but  the motorcycle underneath this bizarre hand beaten metal dustbin fairing is a Ducati Monster! The bizarre creation was seen being used by an untraced rider in the US,...

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  • Highways Agency’s wind warning for bikers

    09 January 2008 by MCN

    Highways Agency’s wind warning for bikers

    The Highways Agency is warning motorcyclists to take extra care in high winds and rain over the course of tonight and tomorrow (January 9/10). Gale-force and severe gale-force winds are expected...

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  • 2008 FIM Red Bull Motocross of Nations at Donington

    09 January 2008 by Dave

    2008 MXDN at DONINGTON ! 2008 FIM Red Bull Motocross of Nations in Donington Park FUNCHAL, 9 January 2008 Following the cancellation of the location Moneyglass Demesne due to lack of infrastructure and improvement to the venue, Youthstream and Donington Park found an agreement for the organization of the 2008 FIM Red Bull Motocross of Nations. Dr. Wolfgang Srb, CMS President, was delighted with...

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