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Bike News (July 2008)

  • Sign our petition for access to bus lanes

    26 August 2008 by Steve Farrell

    Sign our petition for access to bus lanes

    MCN needs you to sign a petition asking London Mayor Boris Johnson to keep his promise to let us as bikers use bus lanes. So far over 3100 bikers have signed the petition, but we still need...

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  • Caught speeding in North Wales

    31 July 2008 by Martin Bayliss

    I was caught speeding in the car in North Wales (Brunstrom's area); I don't have a problem with that, it was more the underhand way in which it happened. There was a Police officer with unmarked-from-the-front parked bike facing the oncoming traffic (it looked like a black BMW RT type) underneath the shade of trees last weekend, with the officer and camera at the rear of the bike so that as you...

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  • Police at work in Scotland

    31 July 2008 by Chris McGill

    Police at work in Scotland

    I took these two pictures of a police car on Sunday 27th July 2008 in the town of Inveraray, while the two bobbies wandered through the town booking parked motorcyclists for small number plates and...

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  • Only 100 official Royal Enfields left in UK

    31 July 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Only 100 official Royal Enfields left in UK

    There are only 100 new Royal Enfield Bullet 350 motorcycles left for sale in the UK, after the firm stopped shipping the bikes to Europe because it no-longer meets European emissions laws. Royal...

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  • Former boss of Indian Motorcycles arrested

    31 July 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Former boss of Indian Motorcycles arrested

    The former boss of the Indian Motorcycle Company has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to smuggle a Harley-Davidson out of the U.S. Harley Davidsons for sale Rey Sotelo is accused of...

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  • Garage service

    30 July 2008 by cookimonster

    How is it in this day and age of the credit crunch that garages are still not looking after potential customers?? I live in the central belt of Scotland. Recently I went to 2 garages to get a price for a rear tyre supplied & fitted and on both occasions they both said that the guy that dealt with it was away- fair enough, so I asked if they could phone me back with a price. I...

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  • MCN shopping proves a huge success

    30 July 2008 by MCN Newsdesk

    MCN shopping proves a huge success

    MCN’s new online shop has gone live. The site is the first in the UK to allow riders to browse and compare the prices of more than 50,000 bike products, supplied by the country’s biggest retailers,...

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  • Bikes on TV: July 30 - August 5

    30 July 2008 by Alison Silcox

    Bikes on TV: July 30 - August 5

    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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  • Cycle magazine brands motorcycles polluters

    28 July 2008 by Steve Farrell

    Cycle magazine brands motorcycles polluters

    A cycle magazine has claimed motorcycles are up to 11 times more polluting than cars. Sign our petition to allow motorcycles in bus lanes Cycle, the magazine of national cycling organisation CTC,...

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  • Arrogant, anti-bike shop keepers

    27 July 2008 by Anonymous

    Just today I was also told to remove my helmet in a shop. I wear an open face helmet and I had also taken my shades off and pulled my buff off my face. The owner told me: "take your hat off." I turned to face him and said "Why? Won't you serve me with it on?" The reply was NO his whole manner was rude and very aggressive. I'm sorry but if I had been a nasty person he...

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  • Stitched up by the Police!

    25 July 2008 by Anonymous

    I have only ever been stopped once in my life (touch wood) and that was in 1976 on a warm Saturday morning. I was going into town and I was exceeding the speed limit. I was doing about 40-42 in a 30 limit, looked in my mirrors and there was a police Vauxhall Viva some distance behind me, so I eased off thinking I might have got away with it, but no, he came past and flagged me down. P.C...

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  • No police, just hard to spot cameras

    25 July 2008 by EviLNygma

    After seeing more and more of the average speed cameras around and hearing the rumours about the new cameras (the ones that do average speed from behind, the ones that can see two miles, the ones that don't need the white lines, numberplate recognition). I am wondering if the councils that implement them think we are all stupid. The requirements for a speed camera is that it is visible and...

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  • Official Piaggio accessories launched

    25 July 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Official Piaggio accessories launched

    Piaggio has released a range of accessores for its latest 125cc scooter, as it looks to position the motorcycle as a viable alternative to cars. View Piaggio scooters for sale The Easy Bag and Easy...

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  • My Royal Enfield " Custom Line"

    25 July 2008 by Oberdan Bezzi

    My Royal Enfield " Custom Line"

    Three interpretations for a Royal Enfield "Custom Line" series. Bullet Tracker 500. Bullet "Graham Hill Tribute". Bullet "Jackie Stewart Tribute"

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  • Killer roundabout

    25 July 2008 by grahamheywood

    Killer roundabout

    Could this be the most dangerous roundabout in the UK? I have come across cyclists, motorcycles and cars in the centre of this roundabout when it was grass and bushes. Now there is a cheese grater...

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  • Bikers plan anti-barrier protest in Telford

    24 July 2008 by Sarah Carnell

    Bikers plan anti-barrier protest in Telford

    A motorcycle group will be protesting this weekend in Telford after new barriers were installed on a roundabout to reduce rear shunt accidents. Members of the Bugsplatz MCC are spending Saturday on...

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  • New Weise Twister jacket

    24 July 2008 by Liam Marsden

    New Weise Twister jacket

    Weise has introduced a new paddock-style jacket for the summer, the Twister jacket, which can be worn both on and off a motorcycle. Shop for motorcycle jackets here The jacket is waterproof and...

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  • Biking is the way forward!

    24 July 2008 by Mike Griffiths

    I have just got back into biking, we always had motorbikes as kids but never managed to get a road bike until now. Two years ago I got a job smack in the middle of Cardiff at a large solicitors, living on the east of the city only gives me one commute option using public transport. I bought a yearly bus pass and experienced a year of hell: Buses were never on time. If I was two yards from a...

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  • Quad-death father charged with manslaughter

    24 July 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Quad-death father charged with manslaughter

    The father of a seven year old girl who was killed when her quad bike collided with an oncoming vehicle was charged with manslaughter yesterday. Gary Cooke was leading his daughter Elizabeth up a...

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  • Win a replica Troy Bayliss helmet with MCN

    23 July 2008 by Sarah Carnell

    Win a replica Troy Bayliss helmet with MCN

    MCN is offering one lucky reader the chance to win a Troy Bayliss Suomy helmet signed by the double World Superbike Champion. Video: Troy Bayliss and his Xerox Ducati team Also part of the prize is...

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  • Bikes on TV: July 23-29

    23 July 2008 by Alison Silcox

    Bikes on TV: July 23-29

    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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  • Win one of five 'Wright around America' DVDs

    22 July 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Win one of five 'Wright around America' DVDs

    MCN is offering you the chance to win a copy of a DVD that charts the progress of former footballer Ian Wright as he rides across the U.S.A. on his Harley-Davidson. Wright recently undertook a...

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  • Kent to London

    22 July 2008 by matt potter

    Having travelled four hours a day on the train for 10 years, I decided that I'd had enough of wasting my existence and took my direct access test in October 2004. Since that point I haven't looked back and now travel from the seaside town of Herne Bay in Kent upto central London daily. Now on my fith bike, currently an '06 Kawasaki ZX-6R, I wouldn't go back to the train if it was free. It's a...

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  • Fuel price war begins at supermarkets

    22 July 2008 by Sarah Carnell

    Fuel price war begins at supermarkets

    Bikers are to benefit from a fuel price war that’s started between the UK’s leading supermarkets. Asda is set to cut both fuel by 3p a litre from today while Morrisons has gone one further...

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  • Bikers declare Gatso jihad

    22 July 2008 by Steve Farrell

    Two bikers have made headlines by setting fire to a roadside speed camera and posting footage of it burning on YouTube in a clip entitled “Gatso Jihad”. The pair, on a distinctive Rizla Suzuki replica GSX-R1000, are shown setting light to a tyre placed around the neck of the camera, a practice known as “necklacing”, and staying to watch it burn in broad daylight as traffic streams past.

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  • A joyful ride ending in tears

    22 July 2008 by Anonymous

    A joyful ride ending in tears

    Ahhhh.....a warm sunny Monday morning it was in May and boy was I glad going to work on two wheels! My just washed and polished Triumph Speed Four with a glistening stubby exhaust that would wake up...

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  • A great lap of the Isle of Man

    21 July 2008 by Sharon Speake

    A great lap of the Isle of Man

    My husband Terry and I have just returned from a few days holiday on the Isle of Man. We took my husband's Honda 400 four over so he could ride it around the course which is what he has wanted to...

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  • Concerned motorist looking for injured biker

    21 July 2008 by SarahC

    A concerned motorist is looking for three bikers she met near Machynlleth, Wales on July 13 at about 7.30pm. One of the three had come off his motorcycle and she met them at the entrance to the Centre for Alternative Technology as she headed to a nearby picnic area. The three were waiting for the crashed bike to be collected before they could head home. The lady, Eileen, made them a cup of tea and...

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  • Soldier wins Toseland’s Yamaha R1

    21 July 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Soldier wins Toseland’s Yamaha R1

    A Yamaha R1 ridden by James Toseland during a promotional event at Silverstone has been given away by insurance firm Bennetts. Army Sergeant Richard Green won the motorcycle, after his name was...

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