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Bike News (July 2008)

  • Green means go

    20 July 2008 by Alex Lucas

    I have been riding my Yamaha FZ600 for less than a year and have enjoyed a crashless run thus far (touch wood). I was sitting at the lights on one of the large roundabouts that make Elephant and Castle a truly inspiring place to sit back and admire. I had heard that when you are sitting at the lights and they turn green expect to be shunted from behind by a four-wheeled lunatic! I had barely...

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  • My heart belongs to MCN

    19 July 2008 by rusty51

    My heart belongs to MCN

    Took a fly drive to America but couldn't go without my MCN in case I got withdrawal symptoms. And while others left their heart in San Francisco, I certainly wasn't leaving my MCN!

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  • A word of thanks

    19 July 2008 by BigBenLRSM

    A word of thanks

    Just thought iId say a few thank you's to people out there who deserve it. Thank you to my two mates, Ken and Ian for making a trip to Germany a couple of weeks ago such fun. Thank you to...

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  • Boom Trikes now offering trike rental

    18 July 2008 by Sarah Carnell

    Boom Trikes now offering trike rental

    Boom Trikes are offering bikers the chance to rent any of their range of trikes for a day, weekend or even a week. Prices start from £110 per day for the Fun 500 to £150 per day for the X11 Fighter,...

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  • Driver who rammed biker escapes jail

    18 July 2008 by Steve Farrell

    Driver who rammed biker escapes jail

    A driver who repeatedly rammed a motorcyclist because he was in a hurry has escaped jail. School teacher Christopher Parker, 56, received only a fine and driving ban for bumping his Volvo into...

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  • Taking the Bandit by the horns

    17 July 2008 by Steve Hughes

    Saturday 12th July I'm standing on the forecourt of Sinclairs VW dealer Bridgend, I must be sensible as Gordon Brown seems determined to rob me at the petrol pump point, so I look past the Golf GTi's and stare at the 1.9tdi Passats, nice cars but as exciting as a pair of socks. The salesboy has been on all the courses and oozes smarm by the tub load, as he snorts out another laugh...

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  • Ride to Work day... on a Desmosedici!

    17 July 2008 by Mark Hills (slickhillsy)

    Ride to Work day... on a Desmosedici!

    Gernerally I never commute to work. I keep my biking pleasure for hot weekends, trips to Europe (touring and watching top racing) or a bunch of track days. With this year's "MCN ride to work day" I...

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  • Don't forget to renew your license

    17 July 2008 by R Harris

    Hi just thought tou should let you know (as some may not) that the first batch of photo driving licence's will be comming up for renewal soon. If you check the pink card licence look on the front for section 4b this gives the renewal date, it costs £17.50 plus the new photos. Be warned failure to renew will lead to a fine and the cancellation of your entitlements. Could be a lot of people don't...

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  • A great confidence booster

    17 July 2008 by Dave Ensor

    My girlfreind, Laura passed her test last year (to the day) and for her birthday I bought her an activity at the Ron Haslam Race School to help her with confidence and handling craft. Therefore we were not at work so we were unable to ride to work on our bikes. We would have done. Much rather her ride around Donington. As for the riding - she couldn't believe that this tarmac was the same as...

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  • Stereophonics guitarist gets Suzuki B-King

    17 July 2008 by Sarah Carnell

    Stereophonics guitarist gets Suzuki B-King

    Stereophonics guitarist Richard Jones has taken charge of a brand new Suzuki B-King to help with his daily commute through London to the recording studio. Suzuki B-Kings for sale Jones fell in love...

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  • Carl Fogarty to take part in Iron Butt

    17 July 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Carl Fogarty to take part in Iron Butt

    Carl Fogarty is set to make his return to competitive riding by taking part in the Iron Butts challenge later this year. Foggy has agreed to head up a celebrity team in the event, which aims to...

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  • Lucky Escape on the commute

    17 July 2008 by Paul Forrester

    Nothing new with riding to work, I do it every shift - I always have always will. But a recent journey home was the luckiest journey of my life. I was 'making progress' down the dual carriageway heading towards Reading on the A33 gaining rapidly on a white hatchback. Nothing new there. Well, not util his bonnet came off! He slewed across the carriageway into my path and I was...

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  • Ride to work / track day

    16 July 2008 by Stavros7

    Re: Ride to work day hmmm - could you maybe modify the title to say 'Ride to Work / Track day'? :o) Today I had the day off work and was fortunate enough to enjoy my first ever track day - and at Donington Park's full GP circuit no less - all via Ron Haslam's superb Race School. And yes I did ride there! Cannot recommend it highly enough - was so well organised, the CBR600RR was a dream to ride...

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  • Is Birmingham biker-friendly?

    16 July 2008 by Mike

    Today I was slammed with a £50 penalty notice for "illegal" parking in the not so biker-friendly Broad Street area of Birmingham by ICC. There is no provision of motorcycle parking spaces in a public car park near my appointment at ICC but I paid the price for unselfishly parking my bike in an unparkable corner of this car park!

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  • Banned from riding my motorcycle by my employer

    16 July 2008 by John Godwin

    I would love to have ridden my bike work on Ride to Work Day but unfortunately I work for a company contracted to National Museums and Galleries in Liverpool and they won't allow me to park my Triumph Speed Triple in their car parks. I've tried explaining I'm doing my bit to cut congestion and emissions but to no avail. Nobody will tell me why I can't park the bike or who is...

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  • Queensferry to Eastham ride to work

    16 July 2008 by Anonymous

    9:30. Most of the traffic has died down. I don’t want to be dicing with death on the bypass. Death being in the form of left hand drive Polish trucks making the trip from Ireland through Holyhead and past my back yard. I don’t know what the Polish for “Sorry mate I didn’t see you is!” I get the garage open. There she stands in all her red metallic Italian splendour. Check the tyres, the oil, the...

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  • Four wheeled stupidity

    16 July 2008 by Beverley

    So today, again I hit the road expecting idiots galore and as usual I was not let down. They were out by the score. Do folk hand their brains in before hitting the A52? Or do they only see four wheels and just blank those of us on two? It ain't that hard to indicate, just flick that little switch then the girl behind won't have to slam on the anchors. On I went, thinking the madness was over, but...

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  • Solve the conjestion problem, ban all cars

    16 July 2008 by Phil Reeves

    I am not one of these Sunday morning blast bikers, don’t quite see the appeal. I have plenty else to be doing with my time. However, I hate that rush hour traffic so I commute daily the 30 mile round trip on my bike. Sometimes the M27 car park lives up to its name, other times it would be just as quick in my car. Overall, by the time I have leathered up and de leathered it is probably slower by...

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  • Builder's cups

    16 July 2008 by John Lilley

    I was going under a single-lane low bridge behind a builder's flat-bed lorry. The guys in the lorry thought they would have some fun with me and threw their empty plastic coffee cups out of their windows. Cursing quietly to myself I managed to dodge the cups. We emerged on the other side and the lorry guys were too busy watching my progress that they failed to notice an oncoming lorry and smashed...

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  • Bridgnorth Endowed ride to work 2008

    16 July 2008 by mike vorwerg

    Bridgnorth Endowed ride to work 2008

    A really nice sunny Shropshire morning meant that all three staff motorcyclists at Bridgnorth Endowed School had a fun ride to work for Ride to Work Day. Ian Giles travelling in from Albrighton, on...

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  • Every day is Ride to Work Day

    16 July 2008 by Richard

    I ride to work every day from Guildford to central London through rain, snow, and occasionally sun. Baking and freezing, though more freezing than baking. Past lines of cars and lorries, I try to nod thanks to those that let me through, and curse the ones that seem to deliberately block my path, or just jump lanes without looking behind. Past the accidents where I look for and all too often...

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  • Never get complacent!

    16 July 2008 by Stephen Lui

    I have been riding my Suzuki Bandit 650 to work nearly every day for the past two years without a single problem, scare, or even diesel spill! Apart from today that is. I was enjoying the dry and almost sunny ride to work and was just coming off the last roundabout to work and accelerating up to 30mph when a pedestrian stepped out into the road with out even looking. I was full on...

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  • Continental facing takeover by Shaeffler Group

    16 July 2008 by Sarah Carnell

    Tyre manufacturer Continental is facing a takeover by private German company Shaeffler. View tyres for sale here Shaeffler is the world’s biggest maker of ball-bearings and has reportedly offered €10 billion (£7.9 billion) for the takeover. Continental has been valued at €10.9 billion (£8.6 billion) and the company’s share price has halved in recent weeks as rising costs of raw materials takes...

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  • My Goodwood festival of speed pictures

    15 July 2008 by Danuiel Green

    My Goodwood festival of speed pictures

    Goodwood festival of speed!!!! Enclosed are some photos of my day, I would like to congratulate the organisers for a job well done, but we need more motorcycles and legends!! Also lots of...

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  • Scott Leathers still in business

    15 July 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Scott Leathers still in business

    Scott Leathers is still open for business, despite reports in the Sunday Telegraph that stated the company had gone bust, owner Jim Aird has told MCN. View leather suits for sale here Aird says the...

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  • Sneak preview of new Alpinestars range

    15 July 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Sneak preview of new Alpinestars range

    Alpinestars is set to expand its 2008 range of products on September 1 2008 with the launch of several summer-style products. Shop for Alpinestars gloves Shop for Alpinestars trousers MCN has a...

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  • Swindon to ditch speed cameras

    15 July 2008 by Steve farrell

    Swindon to ditch speed cameras

    A town is to become the first in the UK to ditch speed cameras after the local council branded them “a blatant tax on the motorists”. Conservative-run Swindon Borough Council wants to pull the plug on...

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  • Biker killed at speed camera site

    15 July 2008 by Steve Farrell

    Biker killed at speed camera site

    A motorcyclist has died after being rear-ended by a car at a speed camera site. Police have refused to officially confirm details of Saturday’s fatal collision but an insider said the accident report...

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  • Venhill slash throttle and clutch cable prices

    15 July 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Venhill slash throttle and clutch cable prices

    Braided brake line manufacturer Venhill is offering a discount of up to 33% off the combined price of its throttle and clutch cables, as part of a campaign to increase sales in the UK. Anyone ordering...

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  • Ode to an R6

    15 July 2008 by Keith Gallier

    Ode to an R6

    The car sits outside, looking sporty and fun and in the back of my mind I’m thinking 'Will it still run?'. The oil light is on and the bonnet is broke, I can’t reach the catch - this is my only...

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  • Video: Ronnie Renner breaks world record for high jump

    15 July 2008 by Liam Marsden

    Freestyle motocrosser Ronnie Renner has broken the world record for the highest jump on a motorcycle. The freestyle rider hit a height of 59 feet, 2 inches on a quarter pipe jump in Santa Monica. It took sixth attempts for Renner to reach the height, which 20,000 people witnessed. Renner originally only had plans to jump 50 feet, but decided to have one more attempt for the crowd. Renner said:...

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  • Unmarked Police Bikes in Kent

    14 July 2008 by Anonymous

    Kent Police have proudly announced their new unmarked patrol bikes, specifically to "catch thrill-seekers unaware" in their newspaper, "Policing Kent 2008-11". They also state "riders count for one per cent of the vehicles on the roads, but tragically more than 25% are seriously injured or killed". What? One in four of us will die this year? Surely some mistake, Mr Plod. I suggest you check you...

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