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Bike News (May 2009)

  • New test: examiners should have more freedom

    26 May 2009 by Albert Adams

    On the 14th May I took my part 1 motor cycle test at the new Norwich test centre. Although I completed all manouvers successfully I was failed because after two runs I only achieved 48kph during the swerve test. I did however reach 54 kph on the emergency stop test. I can find no fault with the examiner or the test facility but I do feel that the examiner should be allowed some leeway regarding...

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  • Motorcycle parking charges in Hastings

    25 May 2009 by Graham Hills

    Went for a ride along the South East Coast this weekend, went through Worthing stopped for breakfast easy motorcycle parking, then stopped at Brighton again easy parking very biker friendly, then rode onto to Hastings as I have only ever visited it on the Mayday Run only to find I had to pay £1.50 to park. I have seen that Westminster Council are charging to pay and there have been protests from...

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  • Price Rewind on Shoei helmets

    22 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    Price Rewind on Shoei helmets

    Feridax, the UK distributor of Shoei Premium Helmets, has launched "Price Rewind", a price promotion concept for two of its biggest Shoei models. Both the X-Spirit, the top of the range race helmet as...

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  • Scorpion Exo helmets that inflate to fit

    22 May 2009 by James Keen

    Scorpion Exo helmets that inflate to fit

    Scorpion's top of the range EXO-1000 and EXO-750 helmets feature innovative inflatable pads in the cheeks that you can pump up for a perfect fit. A large red pump located inside the chin bar lets you...

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  • New Barkbuster handguards for road bikes

    22 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    New Barkbuster handguards for road bikes

    Premium handguard brand, Barkbusters, has introduced a new model specifically for street bikes that offers the ultimate in protection from the elements while complementing the appearance of the bike. ...

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  • Sidecar Stars released on CD

    22 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    Sidecar Stars released on CD

    Motorcycle racing has produced many sensational superstars. Perhaps the most spectacular, but most frequently overlooked, are the sidecar crews. In a series of wonderful recordings - originally...

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  • Ventura rack for Harley-Davidson XR1200

    22 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    Ventura rack for Harley-Davidson XR1200

    Harley-Davidson’s XR1200 is praised for its performance, handling and all-round ability, and now thanks to luggage manufacturer Ventura, can add touring to its repertoire. Compare and buy motorcycle...

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  • GSE Racing’s new look

    22 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    GSE Racing’s new look

    You too can look like GSE Racing’s on-form line-up of Leon Camier and James Ellison with the new replica clothing range for the defending British Superbike Champions. It’s a move away from the...

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  • Tech 3 Yamaha ’09 clothing now available

    22 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    Tech 3 Yamaha ’09 clothing now available

    James Toseland’s Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP team now has its own official replica clothing line for 2009, available through Grand Prix Legends. The team, which now carries the distinctive branding of...

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  • Show your support at BSB this weekend

    22 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Show your support at BSB this weekend

    OK, so it's a little late to order a BSB team shirt in time for this weekend's forthcoming Bank Holiday ding-dong at Donington, but it's still worth checking out the official BSB shop here for what to...

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  • David Jefferies: The Official Biography

    22 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    David Jefferies: The Official Biography

    Stuart Barker’s 272-page hardback biography of one of British road racing’s most loved characters of all time is being serialized in MCN, starting from June 3. Here’s a brief blurb to whet your...

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  • New York rider bemused by Manchester roads

    21 May 2009 by Preacherman

    I was recently visted for 2 weeks by my good friend Chuck Stegmeyer, a keen biker from Brooklyn, New York. This was his first visit to England and we spent some time touring England, but mainly around Greater Manchester where I live. On his return to Brooklyn he wrote me this letter: Dear Preacherman, Thanks for the great time we had. I enjoyed riding your Pan. I was intrigued, however, by the...

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  • Smashed up on new test

    21 May 2009 by leytonman

    I have just been released from Basildon hosp after crashing doing test (avoidance)in wet and windy conditions tuesday 8 45am. 4 smashed ribs and punctured lung with fractured shoulder blade. went thru cones at 35mph swerved right then as I swerved left honda cg went down slamming me into tarmac. I had just watched a rider fail because they whent to slow and also locked up back wheel for a good...

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  • New Guy Martin T-shirts from Red Torpedo

    21 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    New Guy Martin T-shirts from Red Torpedo

    Everyone’s favourite maverick gets a whole new range of casual clothing, including T-shirts and caps, for 2009. Buy ’em up and show your support for Lincolnshire’s finest at next month’s Isle of Man...

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  • New made-to-measure kangaroo suit from BKS

    21 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    New made-to-measure kangaroo suit from BKS

    This is the new made-to-measure BKS kangaroo suit. The current made to measure designs have been given a facelift, but the generic panel arrangement behind each model retains the recognisable BKS...

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  • Official NTBPT video report - you may be in it!

    21 May 2009 by ojosef

    The 11th May 09 demonstration was a huge success, the turn-out was astonishing. Thanks to everyone that came. The man in the studio has been busy over the past week creating this video report, we hope you enjoy it, you may even be in the vid! See you at the next demonstration which is taking place on Tues, 9th June 09 (there will be the usual pre-meet at Ace Cafe before the demo too) for full...

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  • Rossi's Dainese airbag suit in action

    21 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Watch Valentino Rossi discuss the ins and outs of Dainese's D-Air Racing airbag system in this exclusive video. It will help if you can speak Italian, but watch out for the slowed down footage of the airbags inflating - much, much quicker than the blink of an eye.

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  • Motoairbag waistcoat

    21 May 2009 by James Keen

    Motoairbag waistcoat

    A new waistcoat with a built-in airbag system claims to revolutionise bike safety. The Motoairbag automatically inflates when the wearer leaves the seat during an...

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  • Riding with the Beast by Ian Mutch

    21 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Riding with the Beast by Ian Mutch

    What would you do if several months into a relationship you discovered that your girlfriend has turned into a Grizzly Bear? There can be few of us who have not at some point put that question to...

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  • Haga Monza limited edition Arai RX-7 GP

    21 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Haga Monza limited edition Arai RX-7 GP

    Arai has released a limited edition replica of the helmet design Noriyuki Haga raced in during the Monza World Superbike round on its range-topping RX-7 GP. The Xerox Ducati World Superbike (WSB)...

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  • Fresh kit from Benzina

    20 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Fresh kit from Benzina

    Cool new clothing firm Benzina has caught our eye. Admittedly, the fact that they send cakes with their orders helped, but some of their T-shirts are pretty cool, too. Casual motorcycle clothing For...

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  • Bikes on TV: May 20-26

    19 May 2009 by Alison Silcox

    Bikes on TV: May 20-26

    KEY TO CHANNELS: DRT - Discovery Real Time  SHED – Discovery Shed (used to be DRTE) DSC - Discovery Channel  DHD - Discovery Channel HD EXS - Extreme Sports Channel MM - Men...

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  • Female biker needed to star in a promo video

    19 May 2009 by Nik Coleman

    We're a film company in East Anglia trying to make a star (okay well a little star) of a female biker - we need a female aged 17-22 who can ride a 125cc bike for a corporate video! Plus you get a sneak preview of a radical new bike injection system (ahem, okay so it's not THAT exciting) - however you'll be doing your bit to make biking greener, ann you'll get paid.... where are you??? Contact...

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  • Sammy Miller returns TT crash Ducati

    19 May 2009 by Guy Procter

    Sammy Miller returns TT crash Ducati

    The Ducati 900SS which 75-year-old legend Sammy Miller rode over the Waterworks at last year’s TT has been reunited with its owner. Bob Hartmann celebrated its return by promptly riding the bike on a...

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  • Secrets of Ohlins' 2-wheel drive R1 revealed

    18 May 2009 by Guy Procter

    Secrets of Ohlins' 2-wheel drive R1 revealed

    Ohlins’ 2WD project manager reveals: it was faster dry or wet, suffered only a 2.5bhp power loss, and that there were four manufacturers who had Ohlins 2WD-equipped mules. This is an extended version...

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  • Father Bill, leader of the 59 club, dies

    18 May 2009 by Gareth Ashman

    Father Bill, leader of the 59 club, dies

    Father Bill Shergold, 89, died in the early hours of Sunday 17th May 2009 at a nursing home in Wells, Somerset, after a short illness. In the early 1960's, Father Bill was instrumental in introducing...

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  • Have you bought an ex-police bike?

    18 May 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    Have you bought an ex-police bike?

    MCN wants to hear from riders who have bought ex-police bikes and want to share their experiences. We’ll be using your feedback to help shape a future story. If you can help, email...

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