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Bike News (July 2008)

  • The bliss of summer commuting

    14 July 2008 by David Eatough

    The bliss of summer commuting

    It's 9am and my non-fuel injection Honda CBF600 grumbles into life. We head out of the garage with a press of the remote for the roller-shutters and then turn down the street into a blaze of sunshine.

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  • Baby's first MCN

    13 July 2008 by Anonymous

    Baby's first MCN

    This is our nine month old son Preston. He has to have first read of MCN or there will be tears!

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  • mick doohan - star of goodwood

    13 July 2008 by steve cuthbert

    mick doohan - star of goodwood

    I just got back from a fantastic day at goodwood. The organisation was great and the facilities including parking were excellent (take note brands + donington). Thanks to all the riders/drivers...

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  • Harley Davidson buys MV Agusta and Cagiva

    11 July 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    Harley Davidson buys MV Agusta and Cagiva

    Harley Davidson is buying motorcycle manufacturers MV Agusta and Cagiva in a massive £56 million (70 million Euro) deal. The MV Group is currently owned almost entirely by the Castiglioni family with...

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  • Bike shop Kickstarted after floods

    10 July 2008 by Tim

    Bike shop Kickstarted after floods

    Upton on Severn reverberated to the sound of a local motorcycle specialist Kickstarting his shop into action, after flooding wiped out the popular Motorcycle workshop for a second time in 2007. “The...

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  • Austria's highest point

    10 July 2008 by tonydobson

    Austria's highest point

    In this picture you have Scot, Ste, Graham and Tony. Whilst touring Germany and Austria, we had to see Austria's highest point! Grossglockner, 3,798 Metres. Happy 50th birthday Graham! He's the baldy...

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  • Fending off the Bulls in Pamplona with MCN

    10 July 2008 by Neil Callaghan

    Fending off the Bulls in Pamplona with MCN

    I thought I would send in a photo of me reading my MCN. This was last Monday morning at the start of the Pamplona Bull Run. Luckily I did survive to pick up the new MCN yesterday! There's also a shot...

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  • Bimota Scoop!

    10 July 2008 by Oberdan Bezzi

    Bimota Scoop!

    New Bimota DB8 "Veleno". The bike is a reflection on the DB6 and what it could be with a new riding position and suspension set-up. The central moncoque is in carbonfibre, incorporating the tank and...

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  • Bikers beware?

    10 July 2008 by David Shuttleworth

    Bikers beware?

    What's this all about? Local council gone mad? I took these photos 3 days ago. These 4 photos are only four of many signs on the A51 and A52 in the Midlands. Bikers beware, Beware bikers, Slow down,...

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  • Jumping the Verzasca Dam with MCN

    09 July 2008 by Becky Harrison

    Jumping the Verzasca Dam with MCN

    This jump was featured in the opening scene of the James Bond film Goldeneye. It is the highest bungee jump in the world at 220 metres (720 ft) with a free fall of 7.5 seconds! Here we are relaxing...

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  • Complete the RiDER Power survey here

    09 July 2008 by Simon Weir

    Complete the RiDER Power survey here

    The RiDER Power survey wants to hear about your helmets. In the wake of the unveiling of the government’s SHARP ratings for crash helmets, knowing what riders really think of their crash helmets has...

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  • shopper or robber?!

    08 July 2008 by Anonymous

    I recently went into a tesco store wearing my helmet, after paying for my shopping I was told that in future if I entered the store with my helmet on I would be refused service, for security reasons on the grounds that i could be an armed robber because i wore a helmet and my face was covered. I asked what would happen if a muslim person entered the store with their face covered,...

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  • Taking a breather in the Alps with MCN

    07 July 2008 by Wal14

    Taking a breather in the Alps with MCN

    Snow in July?! Steve, Ian and Tony taking a breather with a copy of MCN on the D902, heading towards Briancon in the French Alps. What a road, brilliant sunshine and snow still melting! Oh...

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  • 120 mile commute brings me back to biking

    07 July 2008 by Kenn Palmer

    Fuel Price rises. Check. Credit crunch? Check. Gordon Brown asking me not to waste food? Well, I always clear my plate, give the carrot peel to my daughter's guinea pigs, compost the rest etc. I like the environment. What's this got to do with motorcycling? My employer - a major public service organisation in Wales - has decided to relocate all its staff in large offices spread across the...

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  • French Autoroute Filling Station Problems

    05 July 2008 by Wal14

    Having just returned from our annual pilgrimage into Europe, I thought that I should share a problem that we encountered. We pulled into a petrol station on the French autoroute, the alarms on our bikes set as usual, but on returning to the bikes two of the five bikes in our party refused to respond to their alarms (one Datatool and one Meta) consequently rendering them immobilised.

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  • One man, one quad, one world record!

    03 July 2008 by Stuart Budden

    ONE MAN - ONE QUAD - ONE WORLD RECORD. On Sunday the 7th September 2008, a former London taxi driver/motorcycle courier intends to set a new world record on a quad (ATV) vehicle. The attempt to set this world record will involve a journey of over 17,000 miles, encompassing 27 countries and visiting 26 capital cities. Being the first person on earth to travel from London to Lands End, Cardiff,...

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  • Malc's Motorcycles roars into life!

    03 July 2008 by Malcs Motorcycles

    Malc's Motorcycles Open Day was held on Saturday 28th June. Malc, former European Sidecar Champion, has opened a motorcycle MOT and repair centre in Bollington. He organised an open day for bikers to visit his new workshop behind Bailey's Business Park, Grimshaw Lane, Bollington. Malc was pleased to show everyone around, and had organised a BBQ and refreshments to quench the thirst and hunger of...

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  • Learners urged: book test now or face chaos

    03 July 2008 by Steve Farrell

    Learners urged: book test now or face chaos

    Learner riders must book their test this month or face chaos trying to get a licence, bike manufacturers have warned. Anyone who books after July will not take his test until October, when 85% of...

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  • Police warning over sports bike thefts

    03 July 2008 by Steve Farrell

    Police warning over sports bike thefts

    Police have issued warnings to riders over a rise in thefts of sports bikes by organised criminals. Thames Valley Police, covering one of the biggest force areas in the UK, said one town alone had...

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  • Video: See Honda's legendary RC30 come to life

    03 July 2008 by Liam Marsden

    We've just found some amazing footage from the original promotional video for Honda's legendary motorcycle, the VFR750R RC30, which was first released in Japan in 1987. The video shows amazing footage of the bike being hand built from scratch and some fantastic slow motion shots of the road-going RC30 being thrashed round a track alongside the HRC RVF750 race motorcycle...

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  • Bikes on the box: July 9 - 15

    03 July 2008 by Alison Silcox

    Bikes on the box: July 9 - 15

    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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  • New speed camera's in Bristol

    03 July 2008 by guzzivee8

    I've just seen this story on the BBC website, apparently there's some new council operated 'speed cameras' planned for Bristol: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/bristol/7485546.stm

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  • Bennetts unveils nations motorcycling dogs

    02 July 2008 by Liam Marsden

    Bennetts unveils nations motorcycling dogs

    Insurance provider Bennetts has unveiled its top five barking motorcyclists. And by that we mean motorcyclsits who carry their dogs as pillions. The dogs and their owners have been chosen by Bennetts...

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  • Anti skid covers

    02 July 2008 by guzzivee8

    Great news about the anti skid manhole covers! when are MCN going to ask BT et al what they are going to do about their covers (90% of all the covers in the road)??

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  • New Motorcycle Test - an insight

    02 July 2008 by Chaz1809

    As most of you are now aware the 'New' Motorcycle test will be instigated from the 29th Sept 2008, this is not an option it is happening! (or a fine from the European busy bodies of 500 million euros will be levied). Now this may not concern most of you as you have already passed your test. However with the DSA only managing to build 17 of the 66 so called super centres countrywide with effect...

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