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Bike News (March 2009)

  • Road Death Texting Lord Escapes Jail

    13 March 2009 by Anonymous

    Lord Ahmed, 51, was charged with dangerous driving after using his mobile phone shortly before hitting a stationary car in the fast lane of the M1, killing Martyn Gombar, 28, from Leigh, Greater Manchester. So let me get this straight. It is "OK" to text whilst driving and kill someone, but speed and you go to jail for six months? Robert Bennett who killed no one, injured no one is at risk of...

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  • Misleading parking signs & texts

    13 March 2009 by Steve Mason

    Misleading parking signs & texts

    I am a pretty regular visitor to various parts of London on Business (I'm an IT Project manager Fujitsu Services). Last week I visited the Baker Street Offices, and parked in the on-street parking...

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  • Ouch that sand is hard!

    12 March 2009 by John Beevers

    Ouch that sand is hard!

    My colleague Kim and his son Luka (and buddy) took me for my first off road excursion in 25 years in the desert around Dubai last week.   All was going well until I (blue tee shirt) tried...

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  • The ultimate BMW GS history lesson

    12 March 2009 by Marc Abbott

    The ultimate BMW GS history lesson

    BMW GS: Adventure Motorcycle is probably the only book you’ll ever need if you’re into your Boxer twins – or, for that matter, even if you’re just a fan of engineering and motorcycling...

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  • Stig On Patrol

    12 March 2009 by Clive Parfrey

    ‘Isle’s Stig On Patrol’, the Thanet Adscene proudly proclaims on the front page of it’s recent edition! ‘Mystery biker after illegal school parkers. With 64 horsepower and a top speed of 125mph a mysterious unnamed traffic warden is scouring the isle’s schools on his motorbike for illegal parkers.’ One hopes of course that this unnamed rider (who refuses to reveal his identity for fear of...

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  • Speed Limits and the IAM

    12 March 2009 by Neville Riley

    I have been riding/driving for over 52 years, so I am not a young tearaway. Having covered over two million miles with only a couple of minor accidents you may think I know something about road safety. I passed my IAM bike test in 2006 but I am seriously considering resigning from the IAM. When renewing my membership I am required to declare that I will obey the law when riding/driving. With the...

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  • Cold engine? Start Ya Bastard!

    11 March 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Cold engine? Start Ya Bastard!

    Aussie cold engine starter ‘Start Ya Bastard’ has arguably the best name of any motorcycling product. Designed for all four-stroke and two-stroke petrol engines with low battery condition, poor choke...

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  • Spidi confirm airbag prices and details

    11 March 2009 by Rob Hull

    Spidi confirm airbag prices and details

    New for 2009 from Spidi is the upgraded DPS03 airbag jacket – an evolution of the original DPS01 vest from 2000. Two weeks ago, MCN brought you the news on the DPS03 with spec detail unconfirmed. But...

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  • Bikes on TV: March 11-17

    11 March 2009 by Alison Silcox

    Bikes on TV: March 11-17

    KEY TO CHANNELS: DRT - Discovery Real Time  DRTE -Discovery Real Time Extra DSC - Discovery Channel  DHD - Discovery Channel HD EXS - Extreme Sports Channel MM - Men and...

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  • New look MCN March 11: We ride the new Norton

    10 March 2009 by Liam Marsden

    New look MCN March 11: We ride the new Norton

    This week, in the new look MCN, we exclusively ride the new Norton Commando 961 - and yes, it was worth the wait. Phil West rode the bike round the Norton test track at Donington Park. Read his full...

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  • Best and worst depreciating bikes revealed

    10 March 2009 by Guy Procter

    Best and worst depreciating bikes revealed

    The Ducati 1098 Tricolour was the best new bike investment last year, price experts Parkers have revealed. The multicoloured superbike lost less than a quarter of its full sticker-price value. That...

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  • 50mph limit for rural roads

    09 March 2009 by Steve Farrell

    The speed limit on single carriageway rural roads is to be cut from 60mph to 50mph under government plans announced yesterday. The lower limit is to be enforced by a new generation of average-speed cameras capable of catching motorcycles. It could be imposed by next year. Roads minister Jim Fitzpatrick said the move was needed to cut the death rate on rural roads, where seven out of 10 car crash...

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  • Comic Relief snubs disabled bikers

    09 March 2009 by Steve Farrell

    Comic Relief snubs disabled bikers

    A Comic Relief film about disabled bikers was axed because programme makers did not want to be linked with motorcyclists, the head of a disabled bikers’ charity has claimed. Emma Freud, partner of...

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  • Win a place on a track day with Metzeler

    09 March 2009 by Michael Guy

    Win a place on a track day with Metzeler

    If you want to prove you’re the fastest rider on the web check out this new online game called Facebiker from Metzeler. By using your riding skills entrants can win a set of Dainese leathers, Metzeler...

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  • BMW WSB Prototype?

    09 March 2009 by holker110

    BMW WSB Prototype?

    Is this the prototype of Corser & Xaus's WSB BMW? Note the Ace type bars and steering damper! Taken last week in Antibes.

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  • Free earplugs with the new look MCN

    09 March 2009 by MCN

    Free earplugs with the new look MCN

    To celebrate the re-launch of MCN on the 11th we are giving away free earplugs with every copy.  The newspaper is completely redesigned featuring new celebrity columnists, the results...

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  • Ultimate x7

    09 March 2009 by rory mcallister

    Ultimate x7

    Just thought i would send u some pics of my suzuki x7 which i first raced in the early eighties, and has evolved over the years into what i think is probably the ultimate x7. It has a modified x7...

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  • Win a BMW off-road course with Simon Pavey

    09 March 2009 by James Keen

    Win a BMW off-road course with Simon Pavey

    You can win 2 days of training with BMW Off Road Skills and instructor Simon Pavey in a free to enter competition. Click here to enter The 2-day course is designed with novice off roaders and road...

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  • Judge who sentenced 122mph rider doesn't hate bikers

    08 March 2009 by Stefan

    The Judge that sentanced the 122mph Hayabusa rider doesnt completely hate bikers! He apparently broke down in tears when sentancing the driver of a lorry that killed a biker doing a dangerous U-Turn. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1083636/Judge-breaks-tears-sentences-lorry-driver-killed-motorcyclist-dangerous-U-turn.html

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  • A step too far

    08 March 2009 by David Barker

    We need a campaign against this! Speed limit on rural roads to be cut to 50mph

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  • Kids on bikes

    08 March 2009 by tromtheone

    Kids on bikes

    After your recent story in the Motorcycle news about a speeding biker with his young son on the pillion I thought you might like the picture I took on my recent visit to Thailand?

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  • Barry Sheene charity key ring

    06 March 2009 by Marc Abbot

    Barry Sheene charity key ring

    Head to the MCN Shop to pick up a 'Team Sheene' enamel key ring from CLIC Sargent, the charity which cares for children with cancer. Take a visit to the CLIC Sargent website for details of the...

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  • Akrapovic road legal cans for Street Triple

    06 March 2009 by Marc Abbot

    Akrapovic road legal cans for Street Triple

    Akrapovic slip-ons are now available for the hugely popular Triumph Street Triple. The pair of slip-on titanium or carbon-fibre exhausts has a whopping price tag of £898, and for the following...

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  • 2009 Yoshi options for new ZX-6R

    06 March 2009 by Marc Abbot

    2009 Yoshi options for new ZX-6R

    BOTH an R77 and TRC-D silencer will be available for the updated ZX-6R, but figures on performance increases and weight differences haven’t yet been confirmed. Yoshimura is also claiming both the RR7...

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