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Bike News (June 2008)

  • The DVLA lost my motorcycle licence

    20 June 2008 by taz

    The DVLA lost my motorcycle licence

    The DVLA lost my bike licence! I passed way back in 1983, but I still had to retake it in 2006.  I also had to start again with my no claims bonus, but they didn't...

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  • Unexpected insurance costs

    20 June 2008 by Ian Hill

    I cancelled my policy that had been with Bennetts for 5 years some 4 months before the end as I had sold my bike. I was staggered to find that they charged me £30 for the priviledge and no refund on the unexpired 4 months, in fact they charged me extra where you pay a higher amount for a shorter term of insurance. I shall never use Bennetts again.

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  • Work for MCN

    19 June 2008 by Marc Potter

    Work for MCN

    Motor Cycle News is the world's biggest selling weekly motorcycle publication and market leading website. With a history that stretches over five decades and an audited circulation of over 128,000...

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  • Bus Lane Scam?

    19 June 2008 by Dr.Dub

    Is this legal? Last month I received a PCN regarding a possible bus lane infringement. I asked to see a copy of their evidence. I received a series of stills taken a few seconds apart that show a bike, filmed from the front so no number plate is shown, moving into a bus lane to overtake a lorry that was waiting to turn right and blocking the traffic lane. The next still, taken 8 seconds later,...

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  • John Lennon’s Monkey Bike sells for £30,000

    19 June 2008 by Michael Carroll

    John Lennon’s Monkey Bike sells for £30,000

    The auction of a monkey bike once owned by John Lennon (MCN, April 23, 2008) has surpassed the reserve price set out by auction house Bonhams by a massive £22,000. Bonhams had set the reserve price...

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  • The police really are anti-motorcycle

    18 June 2008 by gixxer750k3

    I had a very interesting conversation/debate yesterday with two of our illustrious boys in blue and it became very apparent very early in the conversation that they really are anti-motorcycle From the arguments that they were putting forward it was clear as far as they were concerned that we as a group are the problem on the roads and car drivers apparently could do no wrong. As is...

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  • Free parts offered with GSX-R1000

    18 June 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Free parts offered with GSX-R1000

    Suzuki is looking to tempt buyers towards its GSX-R1000 by offering them £700-worth of free accessories if they purchase the motorcycle before September 30. Buyers would be given a choice of 195...

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  • Mid-Wales gets new Kawasaki dealership

    18 June 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Mid-Wales gets new Kawasaki dealership

    Kawasaki has expanded the number of official dealerships in the UK, with the addition of GT Superbikes in Talbot Green, Mid-Glamorgan, now added to its dealer list. The outlet is owned by Gareth Gill...

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  • You're a biker if:

    18 June 2008 by Dave

    If you can keep your lid when all about you are dropping theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust your map when all men doubt you But make allowance for their GPS, If you can wait at lights and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or being hated, don't give way to hating, And yet don't look too cool, nor boast too much If you can wheelie -- and not make...

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  • Video: Ace Cafe Racer unveiled

    18 June 2008 by Michael Carroll

    MCN was invited to take a sneak peak at the completed Ace Cafe Racer before it is shipped to the United States and we have some video footage of it running. Mark Wilsmore, Managing Director of the Ace Cafe, unveiled the bike to a select group of family and friends. Upon its arrival in America it will be part of the 50th anniversary party of engine manufacturer S&S and at the...

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  • MCN Daily 16-06-08: Your daily video motorcycle news

    16 June 2008 by Michael Carroll, Sarah Carnell, Chris Slade

    In episode 127 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show Tommy Hill suffers another injury setback, joy for Haga in Germany and Shakey Byrne dominates at Snetterton.  Subscribe to this podcast with RSS  Subscribe with iTunes Check out the video below to catch up with all the news in just three minutes then email us here to let us know what you think of the new show.

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  • Youngest James Toseland fan?

    16 June 2008 by Darren Wynne

    Youngest James Toseland fan?

    Brandon Wynne, aged 18 months shows support for his Daddy and James Toseland who will both be riding for Riders for Health at the Day of Champions this week at Donnington Park.

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  • Excellent service

    14 June 2008 by Tony Codd

    I would like to thank the motorcycle fraternity for all of those that stopped to held me when I crashed into the Pembury roundabout on the A21 last Sunday 8th June(afterwards two cars had a bang as the drivers were rubber necking). When I examined my motorcycle (Honda NT700V Deauville) there was oil on the rear wheel and the sump drain plug was missing. My bike had caused the crash The AA got...

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  • Bad vibrations from the new Suzuki Hayabusa

    13 June 2008 by dean godward

    I bought a Suzuki Hayabusa K8 six months ago. Since about 400 miles it has developed bad vibrations through the whole of the motorcycle. It vibrates through the pegs handlebars, tank and seats etc... Resulting in numb fingers and hands. It has now done 1075 miles and it's just as bad. I had it back to my local dealer - Powersport  of Bradford who got an area tecnician...

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  • MCN Daily 12-06-08: Your daily video motorcycle news

    12 June 2008 by Michael Carroll, Sarah Carnell, Chris Slade

    In episode 125 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show Suzuki’s Hayabusa, Ben Spies replaced injured Loris Capirossi at Donington and GSX-R750 get special colours and Carlos Checa is in confident mood as he heads to the Nurburgring.  Subscribe to this podcast with RSS  Subscribe with iTunes Check out the video below to catch up with all the news in just three minutes then email...

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  • Brunstrom was always the same

    12 June 2008 by Anonymous

    I had the misfortune to serve with Brunstrom (or Brainstorm as he was affectionately known) when he joined the police as a graduate entry. I believe his degree was in Zoology (very handy) and he was fast-tracked to high office. As an officer on the streets he was regarded as a liability, woefully lacking in common sense and he was forever getting himself and others into difficulties with his head...

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  • Telescopic speed camera?

    11 June 2008 by Brian

    I recently saw a speed camera on the A47 hidden on a side road. What was so wrong was that there were no signs, warnings or anything else. The camera itself was on a long pole which was raised above bushes and was facing the main road completely unseen by the traffic on the main road. If this isn't revenue based then what is it for? It certainly isn't a deterrent until after they...

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  • MV Agusta denies Harley-Davidson buyout

    11 June 2008 by Ben Purvis

    MV Agusta denies Harley-Davidson buyout

    President of MV Agusta, Claudio Castiglioni, has said there is no truth in rumours that his firm is set to be bought out by Harley-Davidson. Castiglioni told MCN that "there are no negotiations in...

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  • MCN Daily 11-06-08: Your daily video motorcycle news

    11 June 2008 by Michael Carroll, Sarah Carnell, Chris Slade

    In episode 124 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show Shell tanker drivers are set to go on strike, live coverage of MotoGP on the BBC has swelled and Yamaha are set to ease Jorge Lorenzo’s work load.  Subscribe to this podcast with RSS  Subscribe with iTunes Check out the video below to catch up with all the news in just three minutes then email us here to let us know what you...

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  • Shell driver’s strike set to go ahead

    11 June 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Shell driver’s strike set to go ahead

    Tanker drivers who deliver fuel to Shell’s UK forecourts look set to carry out a four-day strike over the weekend, after their union Unite failed to agree a new pay deal with haulage firms. Unite and...

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