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Bike News (April 2009)

  • This new test is ridiculous

    30 April 2009 by Jamie macdonald

    My girlfriend has just failed the first part of her motorcycle test for not reaching 50kph on the new swerve test, she went past the radar at 49kph. I think this is ridiculous. Are students meant to look where they are going or have their eyes fixed on the speedo? She has been doing very well and loves the days out with her instuctors then she fails on something that seems so petty. Surely a +/-...

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  • Weise Titanium vented jacket

    30 April 2009 by Rob Hull

    Weise Titanium vented jacket

    With sports styling, titanium badges on each shoulder sitting on TPU vents and an Airflow cooling system, the new Titanium textile jacket from Weise® is seriously cool. Tailored for a close fit, the...

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  • Diesel launch motorcycle helmet

    30 April 2009 by Rob Hull

    Diesel launch motorcycle helmet

    It’s probably aimed more towards the Italian scooter riding fashion types, but any combination of the fashion industry and bikes is good with us. Following moves from the likes of Moschino into the...

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  • Win VIP tickets for Oulton Park

    30 April 2009 by MCN

    Win VIP tickets for Oulton Park

    You can win a pair of VIP tickets to the second round of the British Superbike Championship, including hospitality, exclusive pit tour and chance to meet Yamaha riders Leon Camier and James Ellison,...

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  • SBK ’09 video game trailer

    30 April 2009 by Rob Hull

    SBK ’09  video game trailer

    SBK’09 is due for release on May 29 in the UK across five different formats including PS2, X-Box 360 and PC, and MCN got the first taster of the new game this week. In a special invite-only event at...

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  • New test: the DSA were told and told again!

    30 April 2009 by biker12

    New test: the DSA were told and told again!

    Well just a short note on the the new test - the DSA have been told told and better told that this would not be succesful. This proves that all the schools that have voiced their opinion has been...

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  • Bags Connection launch waterproof biking bag

    30 April 2009 by Rob Hull

    Bags Connection launch waterproof biking bag

    German motorcycle luggage specialists Bags Connection have introduced a new Waterproof Line that will keep their contents dry whatever the weather forecast by incorporating welded seam technology with...

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  • The problem with the swerve test is...

    30 April 2009 by GTATRRT

    Well, the new test is here, very sorry to hear of people dropping the bike on test and, even worse, someone getting hurt. We have our own Mod 1 course for trainee's to practice on. So far no-one has dropped the bike, we are very carefull with our trainee's only allowing them to do the avoidance exercise when we think they are up to it. There are one or two things wrong and dangerous with the...

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  • Free vouchers with Michelin 2CT tyres

    30 April 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    Free vouchers with Michelin 2CT tyres

    Michelin is giving away £20 of vouchers to be used in high-street shops with any set of Power One, Pilot Power 2CT or Pilot Road 2 tyres. The tyres have to be bought and fitted between 15 May and June...

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  • Senior instructor worried about new test

    30 April 2009 by Anonymous

    I am the senior instructor with a m/c training school in Scotland and just as other trainers are concerned my worries are probably being echoed around the country. The avoidance exercise, I was informed that this was absolutely a requirement in the new MOd 1 test. As an experienced rider and trainer of over 23yrs I find it hard to comprehend how a novice rider can be expected to perform a manouver...

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  • Get MCN for only £1.15 an issue!

    30 April 2009 by James Keen

    Get MCN for only £1.15 an issue!

    Subscribe to MCN before May 15 and get your copy of MCN delivered to your door every week (first class) for just £1.15 per issue. Subscribe to MCN now That represents a saving of 75p on...

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  • Suzi Perry: why the Jerez GP means so much

    30 April 2009 by Guy Procter

    Suzi Perry: why the Jerez GP means so much

    MotoGP riders’ and viewers’ favourite Suzi Perry will be back in action at Jerez this weekend 10 weeks after being rushed to hospital for a life-saving operation. Here she explains exclusively to...

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  • Now that's a pot hole!

    29 April 2009 by higgers

    Now this is what you call a pot hole! "Motorists in south Manchester faced delays after a huge hole opened up in the middle of a main road. A small group of people had gathered to inspect damage to the surface of Barlow Moor Road, Didsbury, when the tarmac gave way, leaving the gaping hole." http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/8025935.stm

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  • The new test will make you a better rider

    29 April 2009 by Pete Kilbey

    I feel I must add my little bit as far as the new bike test goes. My wife decided that it was time for her to ride a motorcycle, so we bought her a 125cc for her CBT which proved no problem. She was nervous as could be expected but as soon as we found Bryans motorcycle Training Centre in Stoke on Trent things changed drastically, she had found a professional training school with top notch...

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  • Rossi TT update: "Guy Martin has big balls"

    29 April 2009 by MCN

    Rossi TT update: "Guy Martin has big balls"

    Valentino Rossi has spoken exclusively to MCN about his admiration for TT riders after revealing this week that he plans to ride a lap of the famous Isle of Man TT course. He said: "I’ve met Guy...

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  • The new test is too tricky for novices

    29 April 2009 by Anonymous

    I am a bike instructor in cumbria who has a few words on the complete balls up that is the new 2 part test. Last week at our new MPTC the 1st 4 instructors to try part 1, all failed to get up to speed on both attempts so would have failed their tests. How can we expect pupils with much less experience to do this as places in which to practice are limited - we also have a 35 mile trip there and...

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  • Kawasaki Ninja 250R special

    29 April 2009 by dclark0207

    Kawasaki Ninja 250R special

    Hi, I just thought I would send you a photo of my Ninja 250cc bike. the reason being is that I haven't seen another one like it. I've added a lot to it. I bought it new last year and within 3 months I...

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  • Not looking forward to the new test

    29 April 2009 by Anonymous

    I was fortunate enough to get a cancelled Das test before the new part of the test came in, however i was unfortunate enough to fail my test by dropping my bike from a stationary position as i went to turn right. I broke my big toe on my right foot 2 days before so when the bike went down my foot was not able to take the full weight and stop the bike going over. Either i did not put the bike back...

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  • DSA must terminate rediculous new test

    29 April 2009 by RICHARD ATKINSON

    Further to your story relating to the new motorcyle test. Speaking as a motorcyle trainer with 25 yrs experience and a training school owner for 17 yrs the result of our 2nd part 1 test on monday was a pupil admitted to hospital, £500 worth of damage to a training bike and this was the 2nd incident of the day at only 11.15. The emergency avoidance exercise does not leave enough distance before...

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  • New test does nothing for Road Safety

    29 April 2009 by asmtraining

    Academy of Safe Motorcycling in Bournemouth here. As a trainer I have been continually saying to the DSA at their outreach meetings that the new test is dangerous and unecesssary. I have pointed out that the high speed manouevers part of the test are totally against our training ethos regarding cornering and speed and misuse of the gears and accelleration on the A2 test. In short the fact that...

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  • Valentino Rossi to ride at TT!

    29 April 2009 by Marc Potter

    Valentino Rossi to ride at TT!

    MotoGP megastar Valentino Rossi will ride with 10-times TT winner Giacomo Agostini for a full lap of the 37.73-mile Isle of Man mountain circuit on June 6, just before the start of the six-lap Dainese...

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  • New test defies the highway code

    28 April 2009 by Peter

    After driving a car for 30 odd years I just passed my bike theory test last week. According to the Highway Code in the wet we should, ride / drive slower, leave twice as much room between you and the car in front, brake and manoeuvre more gently and be ready to stop in plenty of time. This new test ignores all that advice. I hope the poor guy who broke his arm takes the DSA to court and wins. If...

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  • Arai launch new Kevin Schwantz replica

    28 April 2009 by Rob Hull

    Arai launch new Kevin Schwantz replica

    These are exclusive images of the latest Kevin Schwantz replica due to be available from Arai in the next few weeks, exclusively snapped inside the firm’s British HQ. Available on the Chaser shell,...

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  • New GT boots from Forma

    28 April 2009 by Marc Abbott

    New GT boots from Forma

    These new Forma GT boots are claimed to combine the best elements of road and motocross footwear. Compare and buy motorcycle boots Inside the leather upper there is a Drytex tubular lining. ...

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  • Luggage for the Moto Morini Granpasso

    28 April 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Luggage for the Moto Morini Granpasso

    Moto Morini has made the Granpasso an even more attractive proposition for adventure riders, with the addition of a selection of optional extras.  There’s now a low seat option, which takes seat...

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  • How the R1200GS should look

    28 April 2009 by Guy Procter

    How the R1200GS should look

    US aftermarket parts-supplier Andrew Serbinski loves the ride but hates the look of his R1200GS so much he’s completely redesigned it. And in developing the new bodywork he's pioneering a new way of...

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  • First new test candidate crashes

    28 April 2009 by Steve Farrell

    First new test candidate crashes

    One of the first learner riders to take a new motorcycle test crashed and broke his arm in the middle of the examination. In a chaotic start to the new test regime, a second candidate crashed while a...

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  • Police join forces with Champion stunt rider

    27 April 2009 by Kate Barrett

    Police join forces with Champion stunt rider

    Police officers from Northamptonshire’s Casualty Reduction Partnership have joined forces with extreme motorcyclist Craig Jones to work together on improving bikers’ riding skills and safety. The...

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  • Stop this Volvo

    27 April 2009 by Steve Mason

    Stop this Volvo

    It's incredible when we, as motorcyclists, are being refused to have even have the petrol pumps turned on before we remove our helmets in case we ride off without paying for fuel. But this guy is...

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