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Bike News (January 2009)

  • AGV confirms latest Rossi replica helmet

    31 January 2009 by Michael Carroll

    AGV confirms latest Rossi replica helmet

    You’ll have to be quick to snap up the latest Valentino Rossi lid, as just 300 will be available in the UK when it goes on sale in April. Rossi donned the Celebr-8 after scooping his eight world crown...

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  • MCN in Afghanistan

    31 January 2009 by eddie hague

    MCN in Afghanistan

    Eddie Hague, Guy, Cal and Dave in sangin (dc), Afghanistan last year.  I'd like to thank my dad Brian, he sends me MCN every week.

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  • Superbike stars on MCN Live stage

    31 January 2009 by Sarah Carnell

    Superbike stars on MCN Live stage

    The MCN Live! stage was brimming with talent today at the London Motorcycle Show with no fewer than six superbike stars taking part in the celebrity interview in front of hundreds of race fans. Troy...

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  • BKS working on new body armour

    31 January 2009 by Michael Carroll

    BKS working on new body armour

    James Toseland and Tommy Hill will test a new style body armour for leathers firm BKS, and you could be wearing it in 2010. The prototype armour is thinner and tougher than the armour BKS currently...

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  • Bus Lanes - action needed!

    31 January 2009 by iancol

    This is taken from Honda Owners' Club website: "Apparently Transport for London are receiving very few comments from motorcyclists about the new London-wide TfL trial of motorcycles in red-route bus lanes. The latest news is that as part of the evaluation of the scheme 'users views' will be taken into account and 'numbers responding' will play a part in this. "It's this kind of thing that...

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  • KTM announces customising challenge

    30 January 2009 by Rob Hull

    KTM announces customising challenge

    All the owners of KTM motorcycles have been offered a challenge to create the best customised bike to win over £800 worth of parts. The competition is open up until the end of March 2009 and the top...

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  • Thanks to a helpful biker

    30 January 2009 by Brook Dyson

    I jsut want to post a message of thanks to a fellow biker called Gavin who stopped to help me on the A5 into Milton Keynes today and gave me lift to a petrol station and back after I foolishly tried running my R6 on air.   Cheers mate. I will have to pass on the favour to another stranded biker!

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  • Indian Chiefs and Scouts

    30 January 2009 by Derek Taylor

    Indian Chiefs and Scouts

    Last week's MCN really caught my eye. Not the R1 or the sport stuff. I liked the new Ducati and doesn't Nicky look a bit tidy in basic red. No, it was the news that Indian is coming back. The...

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  • New Rok Secure Anchor Plus

    30 January 2009 by Michael Carroll

    New Rok Secure Anchor Plus

    Here’s a new twist on the traditional motorcycle ground anchor. Rok Secure’s Anchor Plus clamps the motorcycle’s rear axle to prevent the wheel being removed, but also has a pair of rollers that let...

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  • Show us your custom paint scheme

    30 January 2009 by Liam Marsden

    Show us your custom paint scheme

    Custom paint schemes on motorcycles are generally thought to devalue them, but we want to know if you have a custom paint scheme. If you have a custom paint scheme we'd like to know why and also which...

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  • Busy year ahead for Niall Mackenzie

    30 January 2009 by Sarah Carnell

    Busy year ahead for Niall Mackenzie

    Triple British Superbike champion Niall Mackenzie will have a busy year ahead of him as both his sons will be racing in 2009. Niall’s eldest son Taylor, 15, is about to begin his second season in the...

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  • The latest offers on new motorcycles

    30 January 2009 by James Keen

    The latest offers on new motorcycles

    Here's a convenient run-down of the offers and deals that some of the major motorcycle manufacturers are running at the moment. Thinking about a new bike? Sell your old bike with MCN...

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  • New Knox Fastback

    30 January 2009 by Michael Carroll

    New Knox Fastback

    Take the hassle out of wearing a back protector with the Knox FastBack vest. It’s designed to be worn under one- or two-piece leathers, and has a removable CE-approved level 1 back...

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  • Hubless wheels in action

    30 January 2009 by MCN News Desk

    A new video released by American chopper designers shows hubless wheels, similar to those featured on Honda’s stunning V4 concept bike, being successfully used on the roads. Tennessee-based Amen Design built a concept chopper based around Italian engineer Franco Sbarro’s hubless wheels back in 2005. They have finally got the Hubless Monster out on the road and just released a video showing the...

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  • Manhole cover petition

    29 January 2009 by Andy949494

    The following petition is a relatively cheap way to make motorcycling much safer particularly in the dark and wet: "We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to replace with or apply gripped surfaces on manhole covers to give grip in wet conditions for motorcyclists and other road users." http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/motorcycleman/

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  • Arai importer offers cheaper race training

    29 January 2009 by Michael Carroll

    Arai importer offers cheaper race training

    Wannabe motorcycle racers can cut the cost of sitting the ACU’s Competitor Training Course if they buy a top-of-the-range Arai RX-7 GP helmet during 2009. Arai helmets for sale The course usually...

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  • No to bike parking charges! Westminster Council meeting

    29 January 2009 by ojosef

    The No To the Bike Parking Tax campaign attended the Westminster ALL Council Meeting held last night (28th Jan 09, 7pm), where the subject of motorcycle parking charges was on the agenda. A petition was handed in by Cllr Paul Dimoldenberg and he gave a 3 minute speech calling for the scrapping of the charge, with a reply from Councillor Danny Chalkley (The spear-head of the parking charge) whereby...

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  • Padova customs take on best from the US

    28 January 2009 by Michael Carroll

    Padova customs take on best from the US

    These three customs, fresh from sweeping the top spots at the recent Padova Show in Italy, are set to take on America’s finest at the Daytona Bike Week in Florida next month. Best in show was La...

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  • Motorcyclists bus lane victory

    28 January 2009 by Steve Farrell

    Motorcyclists bus lane victory

    A cycling pressure group has been forced by MCN to listen to pedestrians and cyclists who back motorcycles in bus lanes. The London Cycling Campaign had been collecting opinions only from those...

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  • Yamaha reports first loss in four years

    28 January 2009 by MCN News Desk

    Yamaha reports first loss in four years

    Yamaha has posted its first quarterly loss in at least four years, according to financial experts Bloomberg. The Japanese firm, the world’s second largest motorcycle manufacturer, had a fourth-quarter...

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  • BMW indicator switchgear

    28 January 2009 by Alan Laws

    For the last few months since BMW announced that for their new models they would be changing the indicator switchgear layout they have had for some years there have been some ill informed and rather silly comments made about the existing switches appearing in several publications and at least twice in MCN. Twice the word "confusing " has been applied to this in MCN. For those who have never ridden...

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  • Parking bikes in Brighton

    28 January 2009 by Sue Tomlinson

    As a manager of a car park I am in awe of the stupidity of the possible charging for parking bikes- lets think about the words...   car park.... so if we park the bike in a space and  pay we are still breaking the rules?   ah so if I park my motor home/transit van or mini bus in a "car" parking space  is this the same rule? Well I am not a car owner, I am a...

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  • Police sorry for ban bikes proposal

    27 January 2009 by Steve Farrell

    Police sorry for ban bikes proposal

    Police are sorry for proposing banning motorcycles, they have told MPs after pressure from MCN. In a groveling new written apology, the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has clarified that...

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