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Bike News (March 2009)

  • Yamaha adds to two cruisers to finance offer

    26 March 2009 by Andy Downes

    Yamaha adds to two cruisers to finance offer

    Yamaha has added the XVS1300A and XV1900 models to the No Worries 0% finance offer with the scheme itself being extended until May 6. Adding the cruisers adds those bikes to the complete Fazer 600 and...

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  • I complained and the council fixed the road - result!

    26 March 2009 by Roy Cope

    Not sure whether this will work with all council authorities but it might be worth a try.... I recently complained about the condition of the A2/M2 in the Dartford area. The road joints along the white lane demarcation markings were badly pitted and when overtaking kicked the front wheel of my Triumph markedly. I pointed out the danger of this to TFL and to my amazement the road was resurfaced...

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  • Born again bikers road trip for charity

    25 March 2009 by Paul Holroyd

    Born again bikers road trip for charity

    My best friend Mike Palmer and I are going on a trip to raise funds for UNICEF, now where have you heard that before!   The difference is that we have not ridden bikes for over 20 years (we are...

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  • Speed detectors

    25 March 2009 by jonathan cotton

    Regarding the news on the bike detectors, i'm pretty sure if you come to warwickshire (kenilworth) you will find these units already in use and have been for a good while now. Lets get them banned!

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  • KTM puts Venom project on hold

    25 March 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    KTM puts Venom project on hold

    KTM’s Venom naked superbike project has been put on hold while it concentrates on making the RC8 a success. The concept shown in 2004 was expected to materialise as a production model for 2009 (one...

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  • Eugene Laverty t-shirts available

    25 March 2009 by Rob Hull

    Eugene Laverty t-shirts available

    An official Eugene Laverty t-shirt has gone on sale following the Irishman’s debut World Supersport win two weekend’s ago at Qatar. Featuring the slogan ‘So it is’ and the rider’s leprechaun logo, the...

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  • Three more U.S. states considering less restrictive helmet laws

    25 March 2009 by MSN1

    Author's note: There are several more states besides these which are at least looking at softening helmet laws. I took great pains not to misrepresent the positions or passions of respective parties in writing this. And I was commended by at least one senator interviewed for my balance and neutrality (not saying I also do not have opinions besides, but I left them out of this). In the U.S. helmet...

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  • emoto - a word of warning

    24 March 2009 by ian dunn

    I have been waiting for 20 days so far for a screen and a pair of pazzo levers after paying with paypal with http://www.emotouk.com. I was not told the screen was out of stock first of all so i was then told a week till it will arrive then as that week went by i emailed asking what had happened and was told to stop making trouble as we are still waiting for the screen. So i said if they could not...

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  • New look MCN Newsletter

    24 March 2009 by James Keen

    New look MCN Newsletter

    Here at MCN we've updated the look and feel of our weekly email newsletter. Click here for a look at this week's newsletter The new MCN Newsletter features new sections such as: A column by...

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  • New MCN March 25: KTM SMT first UK test

    24 March 2009 by MCN

    New MCN March 25: KTM SMT first UK test

    In this week's edition of MCN, we have the UK's first test of the all-new KTM 990 SMT. The SMT was subjected to 48 hours of testing by sportsbike riders and ex-Supermoto champion Sam Warren and...

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  • Ducati 999 is a dream come true

    23 March 2009 by Brian M Davis

    Ducati 999 is a dream come true

    20 Year dream comes true.... My 2004 Ducati 999r Fila at the track - Brilliant! 200 Produced, 70 Imported into the US!! Such a beautiful bike that you don't hear that much about anymore.

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  • MCN in Austria

    23 March 2009 by Ady Wilson

    MCN in Austria

    Here is a picture of me having a good read of MCN, whilst enjoying the slopes and the sun in Niederau, Austria :)

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  • Sylvain Guintoli backs HEAD safety device

    23 March 2009 by Rob Hull

    Sylvain Guintoli backs HEAD safety device

    British Superbike new comer, Sylvain Guintoli, has backed a new helmet safety device designed to eliminate potential spinal injuries caused by accidents on the road and the track. The Helmet Emergency...

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  • Bikers always the Villains never the Victims

    23 March 2009 by EdinburghFalco

    Five bikers have been killed in little over a week in Scotland and no one doubts that it is anything but a tragedy. As bikers we need to take responsibility for our own actions because in most cases if we are involved in an accident we are the ones who are going to face the most serious consequences. It is up to us to ensure our riding style and bike are up to scratch. Having said all of that I...

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  • Roger the 70-year-old hooligan

    22 March 2009 by RoadieRoger

    Roger the 70-year-old hooligan

    My Son David hired a Harley 883 Iron as a treat for my 70th birthday. I had it for 2 days and did 260 miles on it! I got over 60 mpg out of it too! It's the largest heaviest bike I`ve ridden in 51...

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  • TfL's unbiased bus lane survey

    22 March 2009 by Jim dealney

    Following reports that not enough motorcyclists compared with cyclists are taking the opportunity to have their say about motorcycles being allowed in London's bus lanes, motorcyclists visiting Transport for London's survey web page will find that this survey/questionnaire is anonymous! Clearly LfT haven't considered this means that militant cyclists with nothing better to do can sit around...

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  • DL1000 V-Strom discontinued

    22 March 2009 by VStromOwnersClub

    DL1000 V-Strom discontinued

    The Suzuki DL1000 and DL1000GT V-Strom models appear to have been discontinued by Suzuki. The bikes no longer appear on the official Suzuki UK website, although they are still available in the USA. It...

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  • Wishing I was Vale

    21 March 2009 by troyhonda46

    Wishing I was Vale

    I started doing trackdays last May after passing my test. On the road bored me, so I only do trackdays now - more safe and no points! I decided to change my Honda SP1 into a Fiat Honda M2!

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  • 173mph driver avoids jail

    21 March 2009 by Grimbeard

    OK, so this guy was in a car not on a bike, but I thought I should draw people's attention to this: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/derbyshire/7955457.stm The police have allegedly clocked him at nearly 50mph more than his car is capable of, the the CPS insist that "the officers' speed recording device was reliable." Why is this relevant to us? Well, imagine if he was riding something like a...

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  • Mirror wideners for Triumph Bonneville

    20 March 2009 by Rob Hull

    Mirror wideners for Triumph Bonneville

    Norman Hyde has added a new mirror stem extension for modern-classic Triumph Bonneville to their current range on the back of existing research findings on lack of rear view visibility on...

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  • Muc-Off Microfibre wash mitt

    20 March 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Muc-Off Microfibre wash mitt

    New from Muc-Off is this handy microfibre wash mitt, which features a double-sided surface. The microfibres are claimed to disintegrate dirt “into miniscule particles”, while the bug-removing...

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