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Bike News (February 2010)

  • New GSR600 exhaust released

    12 February 2010 by Marc Abbott

    New GSR600 exhaust released

    Taiwanese firm Guang Rong (no, we haven’t made up the name) have just announced details of their new exhaust for the Suzuki GSR600. It’s claimed to add just over 2bhp right at the top end of the rev...

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  • KTM denies reports of Bajaj takeover

    12 February 2010 by Chris Newbigging

    KTM denies reports of Bajaj takeover

    KTM has denied claims by an Indian news agency that it has invited 30% stakeholder to increase it’s stake to 90%. Read the original story here The Austrian firm says that current controlling...

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  • Driver fined £100 after motorcyclist left paralysed

    11 February 2010 by lmlmlmjm

    This has to be one of the most disgusting stories I have ever read. UK laws are a joke. When will stupid megistrates wake up and hand out proper sentences. A driver from Leicester involved in a crash which left a motorcyclist paralysed from the chest down has been fined £100. Kate McCullock was pulling into Launceston Road, Wigston Magna, when her car collided with biker Anthony Law. he collision...

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  • Bajaj to raise stake in KTM to 90%

    11 February 2010 by Chris Newbigging

    Bajaj to raise stake in KTM to 90%

    Indian bike-building giant Bajaj has accepted an offer from Austrian firm KTM to up its stake in the on/off road manufacturer from 30% to a controlling 90% share. According to Indian news site The...

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  • Video: KTM 250EXC and 450EXC try out day

    11 February 2010 by Michael Guy

    Video: KTM 250EXC and 450EXC try out day

    KTM are running a range of Enduro try out days where riders will get the opportunity to test any one of their 2010 model range around a dedicated Enduro track. Find a KTM off-roader for sale MCN...

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  • Stupid High Vis Idea

    11 February 2010 by Gary Gibb

    I have been following this topic with some scepticism. As already stated there are no statistics to suggest that wearing a high visiblity vest makes a marked difference in cutting down on road accidents involving motorcycles, indeed I would suggest that normal cyclists are more at risk as they are a smaller thing to see by cars. They sometimes ride 3 or 4 abreast which is clearly against the...

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  • Ridley Motorcycle Company liquidated

    10 February 2010 by Anonymous

    Ridley Motorcycle Company is to be liquidated. A publis auction will be held on Tuesday February 16 at 10:00 AM. First item sold: All parts inventory, business name and rights... www.duckwallauctions.com www.ridleymotorcycle.com

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  • Video: The cure for motocross arm pump?

    10 February 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Video: The cure for motocross arm pump?

    UK-based inventor Rich May's new weightlifting bar has already received responses to motocross racers that he's come across, who reckon his latest invention could train the forearms to withstand...

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  • Akrapovic exhausts for new Kawasaki Z1000

    10 February 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Akrapovic exhausts for new Kawasaki Z1000

    Available in either megaphone or hex road-legal versions, or as a full system, these new Akrapovic exhausts are claimed to add plenty of power and save weight – more than 14bhp in the case of the full...

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  • New Hein Gericke range revealed

    10 February 2010 by Marc Abbott

    New Hein Gericke range revealed

    Hein Gericke's new 2010 catalogue is still a few weeks away from hitting the shops, but this week's MCN has details of all the kit that matters.  Find great deals on motorcycle jackets and...

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  • New finance offers on BMW S1000RR

    10 February 2010 by Andy Downes

    New finance offers on BMW S1000RR

    BMW has announced new finance deals on the new BMW S1000RR superbike. The BMW Select finance offer is a Personal Contract Plan (PCP) which means a smaller deposit, regular monthly payments over 22...

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  • Bikes on TV: February 10-16

    10 February 2010 by Alison Silcox

    Bikes on TV: February 10-16

    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...

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  • Video: Your very own Yamaha YZR500 replica

    10 February 2010 by MCN

    Video: Your very own Yamaha YZR500 replica

    For true GP fans, nothing quite stirs the soul like the two-stroke 500cc V4s which ruled the roost in the late 90s. Now thanks to Mico Products, you can have your very own, fully-working, fully usable...

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  • New Draggin jeans mould to your body

    09 February 2010 by Marc Abbott

    New Draggin jeans mould to your body

    Draggin Jeans have just released details of their new ‘Slix’ range, something they call “a revolution in casual motorcycle wear”. Save £££s on motorcycle clothing The riding jeans have a leather look...

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  • New book on the beauty of unrestored bikes

    09 February 2010 by Marc Abbott

    New book on the beauty of unrestored bikes

    'Motorcycle Survivor: tips and tales in the realm of the unrestored' by Kris Palmer is published in April this year, but keep your eyes peeled for the first review on this website. Save cash on...

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  • BMW meets Mad Max

    09 February 2010 by Phil Yates

    BMW meets Mad Max

    Thought you might like to see my BMW K1200r. In most peoples eyes it's a bit of a "Marmite Bike", you either love it or you hate it. In my case, I absolutely love it. I originally had a standard...

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  • Best deals on 2008-2009 Yamaha R6s

    09 February 2010 by Chris Newbigging

    Best deals on 2008-2009 Yamaha R6s

    In the February 10 issue of MCN, we've tested the revised 2010 Yamaha R6 against the 2008-2009 model R6, in order to find out exactly what difference the new ECU and exhaust has made. Yamaha R6s for...

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  • Stop at the Cotswold Water Park

    09 February 2010 by Chris Hayes

    I stopped off at a great place for a break in the Cotswolds the other day. It's 'Coots' cafe at the Gateway Centre in the Cotswold Water Park, just off the A419. Hard standing and graval for loads of parking and there is a Cotswold Outdoors shop next door. I recommend the breakfast! There is talk of regular meets there too. www.waterpark.org

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  • The Triumph jacket that could 'get you hurt'

    09 February 2010 by Guy Procter

    The Triumph jacket that could 'get you hurt'

    An MCN reader has warned of his fears a new Triumph jacket could invite trouble for its wearer. MAG member and West Midlands resident Carl Lolley says he believes the logo on Triumph’s Marlon Brando...

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  • New MCN February 10: Rossi rules Sepang

    09 February 2010 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN February 10: Rossi rules Sepang

    In this week's issue of MCN, on sale February 10, we bring you all the news and gossip from the official MotoGP test in Sepang. We get the world's first ride on a hydrogen fuel cell Suzuki...

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  • Be ready for your next track day

    08 February 2010 by James Sharpe

    Be ready for your next track day

    A clever two-litre 'Track Pack' has just been launched, containing the indispensible items that can make a big difference to your next track day. Save £££s on motorcycle products It includes key...

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  • MCN awards winners in full

    08 February 2010 by Andy Downes

    MCN awards winners in full

    Here is the full list of winners of the prestigious MCN Awards announced at the Carole Nash MCN Motorcycle Show. Check out Wednesday’s Motorcycle News for the full story behind the winners.  ...

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  • Harley-Davidson donate bikes to Haiti

    08 February 2010 by Phil West

    Harley-Davidson donate bikes to Haiti

    Harley-Davidson is donating 28 new Buell and Harley-Davidson motorcycles to assist with the Haiti earthquake disaster. The bikes are being shipped to the disaster zone from the Dominican Republic...

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  • The Cat votes for BMW S1000RR

    08 February 2010 by Steve Farrell

    The Cat votes for BMW S1000RR

    Danny John-Jules voted the BMW S1000RR the best bike of the MCN Motorcycle Show. The Red Dwarf star said: “I like the look of it and it will probably be good. It’s a bit weird seeing a BMW without...

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  • Bikers will always help bikers

    07 February 2010 by Anonymous

    My daughter is 21 and has a Honda CBR600. She came to the show today with her dad, uncle and boyfriend. On the way out she managed to get caught up in traffic and lose them. She called me in a panic as she didn't know where she was and was also running out of petrol, her dad had her purse in his pannier. I told her to find a garage and find out where she was. Whilst in the garage there were...

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  • Recovery fees

    07 February 2010 by Anonymous

    I am both a recovery operator (Police Approved) and a biker. I support the rights of the individual, and I can't abide unjustice, BUT: The £160.00 fee incurred to Mr Wheatley is unfortunately correct and lawful. It is NOT the fault of the local Constabulary nor the fault of the local recovery firm. The fees are leveled by Parliament: The Road Traffic Act 1984 and the Removal and Disposal of...

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  • Ducati Desmosedici RR

    06 February 2010 by peter phillips

    Ducati Desmosedici RR

    I spotted this Ducati Desmosedici RR while out on last years May Day run. I can't reemmber the owners name but he was a top bloke, letting us pose for the pics and then riding the rest of the way...

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  • Motorcycle casualties down

    05 February 2010 by Steve Farrell

    Motorcycle casualties down

    Motorcycle casualties fell 4% in the 12 months to the end of September last year, according to figures from the Department for Transport. All casualties for motorcyclists fell from 21,934 in the...

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  • New Kriega R30 rucksack available

    05 February 2010 by James Sharpe

    New Kriega R30 rucksack available

    The new R30 Kriega rucksack is being debuted at the MCN show this week. The roll top pack is claimed to be 100% waterproof, and with its 30 litre capacity will easily accommodate a complete change of...

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