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Bike News (March 2008)

  • Mike Oldfield: “Bikes have been one of my greatest inspirations in music”

    10 March 2008 by Andy Downes

    The musical talent behind the massive-selling Tubular Bells says bikes have helped him write music and inspried his latest project. Hear him talk about it in this exlclusive video. Oldfield was catapulted into the limelight back in the early 1970s with the massively successful instrumental album Tubular Bells which went on to sell more than 15 million copies and spend 250 weeks in the...

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  • Mountain winter survival MCN

    10 March 2008 by dazbumby

    Mountain winter survival MCN

    Yet another survival course, this time 3000 meters up on the Zugspitze in the German Alps. Good job MCN was there to keep me sane...well..??

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  • My SV650 Streetfighter

    09 March 2008 by rowey1010

    My SV650 Streetfighter

    After crashing my first big bike over christmas on a slippery roundabout, I set out to street fighter my SV650 Sport. Here's the outcome! Please comment and tell me what you think, cheers. Ride hard,...

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  • £30 cash back with Pirelli Diablo Rosso tyres

    07 March 2008 by Chris Newbigging

    £30 cash back with Pirelli Diablo Rosso tyres

    Pirelli is reintroducing its successful cash-back offer with the new Diablo Rosso sports tyre. Anyone who buys a set of new Diablo Rosso can claim £30 back from Pirelli by downloading a voucher from...

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  • Road pricing not a new concept for the UK

    07 March 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Road pricing not a new concept for the UK

    The RAC Foundation says the introduction of road pricing would be a backward step, and is no substitute for a coherent long-term plan for the maintenance and expansion of the UK’s road network. Extra...

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  • BMW F800GS and F650GS accessories

    06 March 2008 by Liam Marsden

    BMW F800GS and F650GS accessories

    BMW's accessories range has always had a good reputation and that is set to continue with their new range of touring accessories for the new F800GS and F650GS. The range includes everything from GPS...

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  • Bennetts advises us to beware the ides of March

    05 March 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Seeing into the future is a gift many of us may wish we had, but insurance firm Bennetts says it has just that ability, having used claims data to predict Friday March 14 will be the most dangerous day of the year for motorcyclists to be on the road. The firm bases its forecast on data covering the period June 2006-July 2007, which highlighted five key dates as being the most risky for bikers. The...

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  • Lidl reveals range of motorcycle clothing and accessories

    05 March 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Supermarket chain Lidl has unveiled a range of low-priced motorcycle clothing that it believes will appeal to bikers looking to get on the road without investing a huge amount in kit. The range is due to launch on March 20 and comprises a two-piece his and hers cordura jacket priced at £59.99, matching trousers for £49.99, a men’s leather jacket costing £49.99, a £12.99 rain suit, a balaclava...

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  • Video: The £40,000 Kawasaki ER6

    05 March 2008 by Chris Newbigging

    £40,000 buys you a Ducati Desmosedici RR, or a dream garage full of bikes. But 3UpRacing spent the money on this - the four-stroke answer to a 250GP bike, powered by a humble Kawasaki ER-6 engine tuned for 95bhp in a chassis weighing just 110kg wet. You can read the story in this week's MCN, out Wednesday March 5, but here's a video of the bike running if you've not picked up your copy yet.

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  • MCN Daily 05/03/08: Your daily video motorcycle news

    05 March 2008 by Angus Farquhar

    In episode 57 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show London Mayor Ken Livingstone says motorcyclists who want to ride in the capitals bus lanes should vote for Boris Johnson, the 2008 World Superbike calendar has been reduced to 14 rounds after the Indonesian race is scrapped and Casey Stoner is raring to go after fully recovering from his injury  Subscribe to this podcast with...

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  • MCN in Rome

    05 March 2008 by Pat Dixon

    MCN in Rome

    Pat Dixon from Devon gets into Italian mode by the Trevi Fountain in Rome.

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  • Test Ride

    04 March 2008 by Alan Rowley

    Test Ride

    When my neighbour asked me if I'd like to test ride her new trike, while fetching my MCN, its not quite what I had in mind lol

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  • Stars at Brooklands on 20th April

    04 March 2008 by Michael Sands

    Phil Read and Steve Parrish are due to appear at the Brooklands Motorcycle Centenary Meeting on 20th April. Phil Read is bringing a 1912 TT-winning Harley-Davidson, a moto Paton and an ex-Mike Hailwood Honda 4. If negotiations with the National Motor Museum come to fruition, Steve Parrish wll ride the Beaulieu ex-Hailwood Honda 6. The prospect of two such famous riders parading equally famous...

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  • Just for the crack!

    04 March 2008 by David Jenkins

    Just for the crack!

    Hi MCN, Attached is a picture of an interesting road sign taken a couple of years ago in the Bristol area. Unfortunately it's no longer there (some c**t probably nicked it!) which is a shame because...

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  • Have your say on the Buckland bollards

    04 March 2008 by Michael Carroll

    Have your say on the Buckland bollards

    MCN would like to hear from any motorcyclists who have recently been through Buckland, Surrey, after a resident expressed concern that the installation of traffic and pedestrian islands at a junction...

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  • Extra motorway lanes instead of road pricing

    04 March 2008 by Steve Farrell

    Extra motorway lanes instead of road pricing

    Hard shoulders will be opened to traffic on busy stretches of motorway under plans announced by Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly today. Kelly said she was also considering creating “reserved lanes” for...

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  • UK owner finally gets his hands on Ducati Desmosedici

    04 March 2008 by Michael Carroll

    You might have seen a rash of ’08-plate motorcycles being ridden gingerly over the weekend, but the rarest new bike was surely Scott Charles’ Ducati Desmosedici, which was delivered on Saturday. Charles was credited with owning the first Desmosedici to hit UK shores when the motorcycle arrived at Ducati Glasgow in late January, but the rider held off on taking delivery until March 1, to ensure he...

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  • Ban for riding electric scooter

    04 March 2008 by Steve Farrell

    Ban for riding electric scooter

    A man has been convicted of having no insurance and helmet while riding a folding electric scooter with a top speed of 10mph. The landmark case means the tiny bike counts as a motor vehicle under...

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  • 10th Anniversary Aprilia RSV-R unveiled

    04 March 2008 by Chris Newbigging

    10th Anniversary Aprilia RSV-R unveiled

    Surrey paint shop Altamura has put the finishing touches to this one-off Aprilia RSV-R to celebrate the tenth 10th anniversary of Aprilia’s sports v-twin. The standard 2008 model RSV-R has been...

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