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Bike News (May 2009)

  • New anti-fog visor insert changes colour!

    11 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    New anti-fog visor insert changes colour!

    Fine Vision is a new range of anti-fogging motorcycle visor inserts. Made from optical grade polycarbonate, the adhesive fog-free lens comes in a choice of clear or photochromatic versions in either a...

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  • In defence of the Yamaha FJR1300

    10 May 2009 by Tony Brown

    Being the owner of a new fFJR1300, I disagree with some of the unfair coments you made in the group test in last week's MCN. Yes, the tyres are s**t, but they can be replaced with better ones ie dunlop road smarts. The suspension is good enough for road use - I'm no slouch either being John Reynolds' brother-in-law for the past 20 years you get to know a bit about riding. Also...

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  • Roadside hazard

    09 May 2009 by Chris Softley

    Roadside hazard

    Just thought you might like to see what Rotherham council think is safe to put at the side of the road...

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  • Red Rats Ride Out

    08 May 2009 by Terry Longstaff

    Red Rats Ride Out

    On 25 May members of 2 Close Support Battalion REME, part of 7 Armoured Brigade (More commonly know as the Desert Rats) will be starting out on a charity ride out to Italy. The round trip is planned...

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  • Speed camera boss banned

    08 May 2009 by Steve Farrell

    Speed camera boss banned

    The boss of a firm making bike-catching average-speed cameras has been banned from driving after admitting doing over 100mph. Tom Riall, a chief executive of Serco, the firm behind Gatso speed...

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  • Video: Motorcycle mayhem May 11

    08 May 2009 by ojosef

    A short video before the 11th May demonstration. For full details of the upcoming demonstration including route, full map, meeting times, designated parking areas for bikes on the day etc.. visit http://www.notobikeparkingfees.com/events/. The demo has the backing of the Police, BMF, MAG, TPA, ABD, Drivers' Alliance, Ace Cafe and many others. See you there! We must stand up for riders' rights or...

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  • Parking tax council’s ‘dirty tricks’

    08 May 2009 by Steve Farrell

    Parking tax council’s ‘dirty tricks’

    A council that scrapped free motorcycle parking is using ‘dirty tricks’ to derail opposition to the move. Westminster City Council is accused of giving firms a standard letter demanding a protest ride...

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  • New Test - Practice makes perfect

    08 May 2009 by Shyhoulud

    I passed my Module 1 test on Wednesday and it was easy as pie. I honestly did not understand what all the fuss was about. The test centre pad has very high grade tarmac, the instructor explains what he wants you to do and was, in my case, more than willing to repeat himself and elaborate if I didn't quite understand. The swerve was easy as pie and so was the emergency stop. So what's all the...

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  • Triumphant

    08 May 2009 by ian foster

    Triumphant

    I like my new Triumph ST, especially when it corners like this at Creg Ny Baa on standard tyres!

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  • Number Plates - Albanian style!

    07 May 2009 by Ian Whitelaw

    Number Plates - Albanian style!

    With Police Forces throughout the country charging bikers with not having regulation size numberplates, I thought this picture I tooka few weeks ago in Tirana, capital city of Albania, was...

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  • MCN in Tobago

    07 May 2009 by Jennie Clarke

    MCN in Tobago

    Essential holiday reading on a hot day in Tobago! Photo is of me and Jennie Clarke from Raunds, Northants. It was taken at Pigeon Point beach, Tobago on May 7th 2009, where I am on hols...

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  • Millau Blast

    07 May 2009 by rhodesa

    Millau Blast

    Colin, Ashley and Guy on a short bank holiday weekend trip to the Millau Bridge in southern France. Fantastic roads all the way from Calais. Stay over in Brive-La-Gaillarde around 100 miles north...

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  • Two Brothers cans for GSX-R1000 K9

    07 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Two Brothers cans for GSX-R1000 K9

    Two Brothers Racing has just launched these dual and single-exhaust options for the revised K9 Suzuki GSX-R1000. Like some of their exhaust competition, Two Brothers are releasing a two-in-one...

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  • Video: Buell hits record 148mph on ice

    07 May 2009 by James Keen

    Video: Buell hits record 148mph on ice

    Buell’s resident stunt rider Craig Jones has just returned from Sweden where he braved subzero temperatures to set a world first for the fastest bike on ice.   After a short test period and...

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  • New test claims another victim

    07 May 2009 by gary hendry

    My mate had an accident yesterday on the mod1 test. It was pissing it down, high winds, went to do swerve manuover and the front tucked. He wrecked his boots, jacket, gloves and unfortunatly had jeans on, so road rashed his knee. He feels pretty stiff today. Never have I seen such a dangerous piece of legislation, what's next? seatbelts for bikes?

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  • 50mph

    07 May 2009 by thedukeofhunslet

    50mph

    50mph limit. What a farce it is. There has been much discussion of late about the 50mph limit even going as far as to suggest it becomes the National Speed Limit. But where did the 50mph zone come...

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  • Suzuki launches biggest ever 0% promotion

    07 May 2009 by Laura Kennerley

    Suzuki launches biggest ever 0% promotion

    Suzuki has launched a massive new finance campaign with 14 new models available with 0% APR finance. For just £500 deposit riders can snap up a 2008 GSX-R600 and 750 models, all Bandit 1250 models,...

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  • 25% off Pro Biker Short Touring Boots

    07 May 2009 by MCN

    25% off Pro Biker Short Touring Boots

    www.GetGeared.co.uk are offering 25% Pro Biker - Short Touring Boots exclusively for MCN readers. The boots normally retail at £119.99 but MCN readers can get them for £89.99. Just quote MCN0605 when...

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  • ABS no good?

    06 May 2009 by Rich521

    I was reading MCN letters today and I was really surprised to read a letter saying that an ABS VFR rider overshot a stop line onto a roundabout as the brakes lacked power. I used to own an ABS VFR and they do not lack braking power, unless of course the road is slippery, when it may prevent a crash. Opinions - is ABS good, even though it may SEEM to lack power if on a slippery surface?...

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  • Motorbiking Round Britain

    06 May 2009 by Kate Essex

    I'm travelling on my bike around the coast of britain with a friend to raise awareness and money for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.  That's 3,500 miles in 2 weeks! We start on July 11th. We are hoping to find sponsorship - our aim is £10,000.

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  • New test is part of the war on bikes

    06 May 2009 by hippybiker

    my brother failed the last of the old style bike tests due to a cyclist jumping a red light causing him to stop mid turn. Yesterday he failed the new test due to putting his foot down while having to follow an examiner while he walked with a board held aloft. Two othe riders from the same riding shool failed their tests on exactly the same thing, all three saying the man had been walking too...

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  • Gallery: 2009 Bennetts babes revealed

    06 May 2009 by John Westlake

    Gallery: 2009 Bennetts babes revealed

    Bennetts Insurance have released pictures and video of their squad of babes for 2009. Video: behind the scenes with the Bennetts babes One the babes is Miss United Kingdom and there’s a Miss...

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  • 'Sons of Anarchy' hits TV screens May 12

    06 May 2009 by James Keen

    'Sons of Anarchy' hits TV screens May 12

    A dark new drama series about the exploits of a notorious outlaw motorcycle gang will premiere on Bravo May 12 at 10pm. The show, 'Sons of Anarchy', follows a motorcycle gang who will do everything in...

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  • How to pass the new bike test

    06 May 2009 by paula4u

    How to pass the new bike test

    1st of all I am well chuffed that I passed this morning using the Swansea Test Centre. I shall book part 2 but taking my time over it. I had 3 days intensive course to pass the old test a week before...

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  • Autocom unveil new range

    06 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    Autocom unveil new range

    Motorcycle communications specialists and market leaders Autocom has released a new range for 2009 with both wired and wireless systems. Compare and buy motorcycle products The range has been split...

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  • Richard Brunstrom set to retire

    06 May 2009 by Steve Farrell

    Richard Brunstrom set to retire

    Controversial police chief Richard Brunstrom is to retire this summer. A North Wales Police spokesman said: "Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom has announced his intention to retire from North Wales...

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  • Motorcycle courses ready to hit the road

    06 May 2009 by Ian Whatsize

    Motorcycle courses ready to hit the road

    Easy riders rejoice – East Berkshire College will soon be offering two courses on how to repair and maintain motorcycles.  The courses, which start in September, are either for riders who want...

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  • One word describes the new test - pathetic!

    06 May 2009 by Adrian Wilcock

    It comes as no surprise to the majority of bikers that on day one of the 'new test' two accidents occur causing injury to one learner. Why is it that in conditions that look pretty awful and wet in the picture was the swerve test even allowed to take place in the first place? More importantly, why does the DSA and government see it fit to teach learners to swerve, when i teach all day long every...

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  • BOS exhausts for 2009 Yamaha R1

    06 May 2009 by Rob Hull

    BOS exhausts for 2009 Yamaha R1

    BOS exhausts have developed a slip-on set of silencers, which fit directly on the original system on the new Yamaha R1, producing not only a beautiful sound but also liberating extra power and torque...

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  • Kawasaki ZX-10R bolt-ons from R&G

    06 May 2009 by Marc Abbott

    Kawasaki ZX-10R bolt-ons from R&G

    British legends of protection, R&G Racing have just released details of the full range of accessories to fit the ’08-’09 Kawasaki ZX-10R. Just click on the image to the right to see the full...

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