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Bike News (August 2009)

  • Win a BMW S1000RR!

    11 November 2009 by MCN

    Win a BMW S1000RR!

    The new BMW S1000RR looks set to take the litre sports bike world by storm - this is your chance to win one in a free prize draw Click here to enter the competition The competition is completely free...

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  • Riders being stopped in North Wales

    31 August 2009 by skullydude

    I went away for the weekend 29-30 August, on our way into Barmouth from Welshpool. We were stopped by the police. We were two couples on bikes, although the policeman was trying to do his job, and I have to say he wasn't enjoying it you do feel victimised. Ge thought it was a waste of man power and he should be out catching real criminalsm so even their own officers don't agree with this...

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  • Why stop with your helmet shell?

    28 August 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Why stop with your helmet shell?

    Looking for a reason to smile this Friday afternoon? Take a look at this gallery of some of the coolest, and most questionable, custom helmet liner designs. That's the next hour sorted then! If you...

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  • New café racer DVD on sale now

    28 August 2009 by Marc Abbott

    New café racer DVD on sale now

    Two years in the making, "Cafe Society" is the first, full-length documentary film to chronicle the origins, legacy and rebirth of this, one of the world's most unique motorcycles and motorcycle...

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  • Gloves from a tenner on the MCN Shop

    28 August 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Gloves from a tenner on the MCN Shop

    The MCN online shop is chock-full of bargains, including these £10 gloves from Tech-7. The Tourismo gloves feature a supple cowhide outer shell, waterproof liner, Velcro cuff, reinforced palm,...

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  • New SHARP ratings revealed

    28 August 2009 by Rob Hull

    New SHARP ratings revealed

    New SHARP safety ratings for motorcycle helmets were published today by Road Safety Minister, Paul Clark.   An additional 25 motorcycle helmets have been rated by SHARP - the Department for...

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  • Harley-Davidson invades India

    28 August 2009 by Laura Kennerley

    Harley-Davidson invades India

    Harley-Davidson is to begin selling bikes in India – the world’s second largest motorcycle market. The ailing American company is looking to sell its heavyweight bikes to the country’s emerging...

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  • Bonneville Special: Fork gaiters

    28 August 2009 by Rob Hull

    Bonneville Special: Fork gaiters

    If there is one add-on every Bonnie owner should hunt down first its fork gaiters. They’re a relatively cheap addition to put in place and instantly give your bike the retro look. And they’re pretty...

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  • Bonneville Special: TX fairing kit

    28 August 2009 by Rob Hull

    Bonneville Special: TX fairing kit

    This café racer style TX fairing kit is one of the nicest add-ons for the Bonneville we found. It’s made from top quality, high gloss self colour fibreglass. It comes complete with fitting and you...

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  • Kappa release biker-focussed rucksack

    28 August 2009 by Rob Hull

    Kappa release biker-focussed rucksack

    The new TK738 Deluxe rucksack from Kappa is designed for modern riders who demand multiple storage solutions, the peace of mind from full waterproofing and all-day comfort. With eleven assorted...

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  • Mystery of biker found dead in Cornwall

    28 August 2009 by Laura Kennerley

    MCN readers are being asked to help solve the mystery of a biker found dead on a railway line in the Marazion area of Penzance, Cornwall. The grey-haired man, aged 30-45, was killed when he was hit by the London to Penzance train on 15 August 2009. He was white, 5ft 8in tall and was wearing an expensive black leather bike jacket with body armour and Belstaff gloves, but despite an extensive...

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  • Suzuki GSX-R750 SP

    27 August 2009 by simon cole

    Suzuki GSX-R750 SP

    I was reading a story on here about an avid motorcycle collector called James Thompson, when i came across a section that said he hadn't got a Suzuki GSX-R750SP as they had not made...

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  • Dainese release official statement on Lorenzo suit failure

    27 August 2009 by Rob Hull

    Dainese has released an official report into the failed deflation of Jorge Lorenzo’s D-Air race suit at Brno. The three-time MotoGP race winner was leading team-mate and championship leader Valentino Rossi at the Czech circuit before low-siding his Yamaha M1. Although Lorenzo’s airbag did deflate, the Spaniard was locked into a comedy broad stature when his airbag failed to deflate. A Dainese...

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  • Norton Rotary in MCN car park video

    27 August 2009 by Andy Downes

    This is one of the entries for MCN's 2009 Britain's Got Biking Talent. Owner Tony Haywood has just brought his Norton NRS588 Rotary race bike replica into the MCN offices to be photographed, and we twisted his arm to start it in the car park afterwards.   It's one of the loudest, angriest, weirdest, most incredible sounds you can imagine. MCN Chief Road Tester Michael Neeves said: “Riding...

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  • Blueflame Misery

    27 August 2009 by Chris Bridge

    Blueflame Misery

    Hi Guys, Here's a horror story involving an exotic Italian Superbike and a Lancashire Exhaust!! Two months ago I bought an 07 Benelli Tornado Tre and wanted something a bit different for the end can.

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  • My customised Honda Varadero 125

    27 August 2009 by SHERIDAN CANN

    My customised Honda Varadero 125

    I liked the look of the Honda Varadero 1000 so I'm trying to give my Varadero 125 the 1000cc appearance. 150cc motorcycles is the maximum allowed on Bermuda roads and I have added many available...

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  • Catching the biking bug

    26 August 2009 by Richard Over

    Catching the biking bug

    This is my Mum, Sylvia Over, after a 35 mile rideout on a Harley Sportster for her 70th birthday. She now has got the biking bug and is hankering for a go on my Blackbird!

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  • Bonneville Special: LSL Crash Bungs

    26 August 2009 by Rob Hull

    Bonneville Special: LSL Crash Bungs

    Bonneville Special: LSL Crash Bungs If you have any dears of dropping your treasured Bonneville it is comforting to know that you can get your mitts of some specific Bonnie fitment crash bungs. These...

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  • Venhill offer bespoke cable service

    26 August 2009 by Rob Hull

    Venhill offer bespoke cable service

    Venhill report increased demand for their tailor-made clutch and throttle cables from motorcyclists opting to replace worn control cables with high quality British-manufactured items.  “We can...

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  • Bonneville Special: Leather City pannier

    26 August 2009 by Rob Hull

    Bonneville Special: Leather City pannier

    If you’re planning a weekend away on your Bonnie or just want to use it as a commuting tool but want a period-style item of luggage, Triumph accessories do this classy-looking Leather City bag. This...

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  • Bonneville Special: Billet 6 Pot calliper

    26 August 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Bonneville Special: Billet 6 Pot calliper

    This billet brake calliper is one of the best looking items we’ve seen for the Bonnie. The Billet Mini 6 has not only six tiny pistons, but six tiny pads too, each about an inch square and with a...

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  • Bonneville Special: Hyde rear carrier

    26 August 2009 by Rob Hull

    Bonneville Special: Hyde rear carrier

    £125.35 from www.normanhyde.co.uk If you’re looking for some carrying characteristics from your Bonnie, how about this chromed-up rear carrier from Norman Hyde? This classically styled rear carrier...

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  • New 2009 On-bike TT DVDs from Duke

    26 August 2009 by Marc Abbott

    New 2009 On-bike TT DVDs from Duke

    The 2009 Isle of Man TT produced the fastest racing in the event’s illustrious history, with records tumbling as the world’s greatest road racers did battle around the legendary Mountain circuit. Now,...

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  • Bonneville Special: SS exhaust system

    26 August 2009 by Rob Hull

    Bonneville Special: SS exhaust system

    Check out this week’s issue of MCN – our 50th anniversary Triumph Bonneville special. To give you a taste of what’s in store before you head down the local newsagent, we’ve got a special line of...

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  • Kevin Schwantz owned my bike!

    26 August 2009 by Trevor Franklin

    Kevin Schwantz owned my bike!

    Bikes with history take on many forms. Take, for example, this plain-looking 1990 air-cooled Suzuki DR350S. Would you believe it was once owned by 1993 GP500 World Champion Kevin Schwantz? The 385cc...

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  • Peugeot Speedfight gets sound system

    26 August 2009 by Rob Hull

    Peugeot Speedfight gets sound system

    Peugeot has unveiled an innovative accessory for the new Speedfight 3 scooter - an integrated audio system that is the ultimate plug-and-go accessory. The Mega Watt MP3 connection kit enables any...

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  • Hayden to wear 'Make A Wish' lid at Indy GP

    26 August 2009 by Rob Hull

    Hayden to wear 'Make A Wish' lid at Indy GP

    Nicky Hayden will wear a special one-off helmet design at the Indianapolis round this weekend that will be auctioned off after the race to raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation. The Marlboro...

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