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Bike News (May 2009)

  • Long live biking camaraderie

    17 May 2009 by Preacherman

    I am 62 years old and back on 2 wheels after an abscence of 38 years. I have been back in the saddle now for nearly 3 years and loving it. I borrowed my son's 600cc Bandit to get used to the feeling and was amazed at the changes, especially the power. I now tour with my son on my new Honda ST1300. I feel part of a great community of bikers and eagerly nod at anything on two wheels. Whilst having...

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  • MCN at the Pyramids

    17 May 2009 by Richard Carter

    MCN at the Pyramids

    Here I am catching up with the latest news at The Pyramids in Giza. Richard Carter, Castle Douglas

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  • Module One

    16 May 2009 by nigel crofts

    As an experienced rider having passed my test back in the eighties, I am currently nursing my seventeen year old son Luke through this ridiculously gruelling new test regime. Having gone through the CBT (before the new test came in)and having eventually passed the theory side of things, he finds another hurdle in his way, in the name of 'Module One'. Obviously I appreciate the need to only let...

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  • Credit crunch biking part 3

    16 May 2009 by peterhenthorne

    Credit crunch biking part 3

    Three months ago I bought an old CBR 1000F to keep me on the road after selling my Pan European – there are 2 previous little reports in MCN readers news archives if anyone is interested. I’ve now...

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  • Avon Tyres supports West Country Blood Bikes

    15 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Avon Tyres supports West Country Blood Bikes

    Melksham-based Avon Tyres,, has agreed to supply tyres to the Freewheelers Emergency Volunteer Service, a registered Charity who provide emergency out-of-hours medical transport throughout the West...

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  • Donington will host bank holiday BSB

    15 May 2009 by Laura Kennerley

    Donington will host bank holiday BSB

    Donington Park has been given the go-ahead to stage the third round of the British Superbike Championship on May 23-25. There was speculation whether the track would pass an inspection imposed by the...

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  • Free fitting or £10 off Bridgestone tyres

    15 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Free fitting or £10 off Bridgestone tyres

    UK tyre dealer Protyre has just announced the launch of www.rubberupright.com, and visitors to this new website can get £10 off the purchase of two Bridgestone tyres, or free fitting as an...

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  • One Day in June released on DVD

    15 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    One Day in June released on DVD

    The glorious return of one of motorcycle racing’s biggest names to the Isle of Man TT is the stuff of legend, still one of the most talked about events at the fabled road race more than three decades...

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  • Protyre announce bike-only tyre centres

    15 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Protyre announce bike-only tyre centres

    Independent UK tyre dealer Protyre has invested in establishing 21 state-of-the-art, dedicated Two-Wheel Centres in the UK to cater specifically for motorcyclists. The new centres offer a ride-in,...

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  • Tell us about your BMF bargains

    15 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Tell us about your BMF bargains

    Are you braving the trip to Peterborough this weekend to fill up your panniers with cheap kit and Stella? MCN wants to hear from anyone who’s at or who’s been to this weekend’s BMF Show and snapped up...

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  • Half-price sale on cool clobber

    15 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Half-price sale on cool clobber

    Australian heroes of street track, Deus, are having a sale on some of their decidedly cool (yet often a bit pricey) casual clothes. Check out the website here...

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  • Women on bikes. What’s not to like?

    15 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Women on bikes. What’s not to like?

    This July sees the publication of a new 272-page hardback from American author Cris Sommer Simmons, entitled ‘The American Motorcycling Girls 1900-1950. In the publishers’ own words, it’s "A fabulous,...

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  • Eeasy-to-use Abus ‘Detecto’ alarms

    15 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Eeasy-to-use Abus ‘Detecto’ alarms

    As smart as they are strong, the Abus Detecto 7000 RS range sets a new standard for motorcycle brake disc locks thanks to extreme ease of use mated with sophisticated design.  Unique for...

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  • Official North-West 200 merchandise

    15 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Official North-West 200 merchandise

    If you miss out on the chance to buy one at event this weekend, or you want to make everyone else think you braved the elements to make it up to Portrush this year, then you can buy NW200 merchandise...

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  • Harley kit for boys and girls

    15 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Harley kit for boys and girls

    Here’s a selection of Harley’s riding kit for this summer. The two images here show the firm’s male and female highlights.   Other categories of clothing include "Vintage vixen", "Lazy...

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  • Win a Rossi replica helmet with Buell

    15 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Win a Rossi replica helmet with Buell

    To celebrate the start of the 2009 MotoGP Championship, the Buell Performance Academy is giving visitors to www.buellperformanceacademy.co.uk the opportunity to win the all-new Buell GP Tech Full Face...

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  • Tagged for dropping sweets

    15 May 2009 by Steve Farrell

    Tagged for dropping sweets

    A motorcyclist has told how he was electronically tagged for four months and given a 36-hour community order – for dropping mint imperials while riding. Thomas Payne, 19, must be at home from 8pm...

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  • MCN in Pisa

    14 May 2009 by Preacherman

    MCN in Pisa

    My leaning son Russell at the Tower of Pisa (did I get that right?) on our annual big run. Paul Burgoyne

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  • Free Yamaha bike health check

    14 May 2009 by James Keen

    Free Yamaha bike health check

    Yamaha are offering a free 30-minute bike health check until June 3 at participating dealerships. Click here to download the free voucher The Yamaha Vehicle Health Check (YVHC) campaign aims to make...

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  • Six months’ jail for being a biker

    14 May 2009 by Steve Farrell

    Six months’ jail for being a biker

    A driver has walked free for speeding at over 120mph with a child passenger – after a biker was jailed for doing the same. Months after the media furore over biker Robert Bennett speeding at 122mph...

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  • What's the punishment for killing a biker?

    14 May 2009 by eatcs01

    What would you expect the punishment to be for causing "Death by careless driving"? Well, as long as you "only" kill a biker, then you may be surprised. "Killick, 25, was disqualified from driving for 12 months and given a 12-month community order during which he will have to complete 150 hours of unpaid work." So if you want to kill someone, do not shoot them. Do not hire a hitman. Just befriend...

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  • Airbag suit; What do you want to know?

    14 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    With airbag technology looking set to be one of the biggest road-bound motorcycling developments for the future, MCN wants to know what you think and what you might want to know. Video: Dainese airbag suit for 2010 We'll be speaking exclusively to the brains behind Dainese's highly technical D-Air technology and want to know what questions are on your mind? What are your biggest concerns with...

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  • Stripper Juice Motorcycle Cleaner and Polish

    14 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    Stripper Juice Motorcycle Cleaner and Polish

    Possibly the greatest name we’ve seen yet for a cleaning product, Stripper Juice, is apparently selling big in the US at the moment. Founded in 2008 by Eric "Otis" Ward, Stripper Juice Motorcycle...

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  • Thousands of you out on the streets!

    12 May 2009 by ojosef

    A video which was shown live on ITV News at last nights demonstration against motorcycle parking taxes. Notice Cllr Danny Chalkley's slip ups! Oh and his hint that he will be reducing the "levy" those are his words.. definition of levy is tax no? Reducing the tax to £1 per day. T his is not what we want, we want FULL SCRAPPING OF ANY PARKING TAX FOR MOTORCYCLES AND BETTER PROVISION OF PARKING FOR...

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  • New MCN May 13: BMW S1000RR launch special

    12 May 2009 by MCN

    New MCN May 13: BMW S1000RR launch special

    In this week's edition of MCN we have a six page special from the official launch of the BMW S1000RR in Monza. We reveal all the details about the electronics systems used on the S1000RR and all the...

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