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Bike News (June 2010)

  • Win a £2500 biking holiday!

    30 June 2010 by MCN

    Win a £2500 biking holiday!

    MCN has joined forces with bike insurance broker Devitt to uncover the UK's best biking destinations. We want to build a map of the UK's top bike spots: the twistiest roads, friendliest dealers, best...

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  • Will GT tyres suit a Bandit 1250S?

    30 June 2010 by MCN

    Will GT tyres suit a Bandit 1250S?

    Q. I'm about to replace the Bridgestone 023s on my 59-reg Bandit 1250S with another set of 023s as they suit me fine. Save cash on motorcycle tyres I do 5-6000 miles a year and I wondered whether I...

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  • Funky new French riding boots

    30 June 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Funky new French riding boots

    New boots from French firm Vitesse are a bit different from the normal fare. Save £££s on motorcycle boots They range from £125-£167 and as well as looking pretty funky also come with a range of...

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  • New R&G kit for the FZ8

    30 June 2010 by Marc Abbott

    New R&G kit for the FZ8

    R&G Racing has just released a range of crash protection (and a tail tidy) for the new Yamaha FZ8. All the crash protectors are claimed to be 'relatively simple to fit' and do not require any...

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  • North Wales Parking Charges

    29 June 2010 by Anonymous

    With all this fuss over motorcycle parking charges in London. Here in North Wales Denbighshire County Council have already got the knife in for Motorcycles. As part of a project to develop a web site showing where specific motorcycle parking is available, I contacted the local authorities in the area, so that the locations could be plotted on an online map. To my surprise, the response from...

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  • Recognise this classic trials combo?

    29 June 2010 by Dan Aspel

    Recognise this classic trials combo?

    This BSA Victor was campaigned by brothers Ray and Derek Round in the 60s and 70s and, following Ray’s recent death, Derek’s daughter Natalie is trying to re-unite her father with the much-loved...

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  • Bikes on TV: June 30 - July 6

    29 June 2010 by Alison Silcox

    Bikes on TV: June 30 - July 6

    KEY TO CHANNELS:   DRT - Discovery Real Time  SHED – Discovery Shed DSC - Discovery Channel  DHD - Discovery Channel HD EXS - Extreme Sports Channel EUR1 (2, HD) -...

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  • Arrow exhausts for Yamaha FZ8

    29 June 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Arrow exhausts for Yamaha FZ8

    Arrow has just released several slip-on exhausts for Yamaha’s new FZ8 and Fazer 8. The range includes the Race-Tech, Pro-Racing and Works exhausts. Save £££s on motorcycle exhausts They’re all...

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  • New chain promises more power

    28 June 2010 by Marc Abbott

    New chain promises more power

    This new DID ZVM-X chain, designed for high-capacity sports bikes, is claimed to take drive chain performance and rigidity to new levels, improving power delivery and longevity. Save £££s on...

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  • Shower-proof your riding

    28 June 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Shower-proof your riding

    The Weise Rainmeister one-piece oversuit is claimed to be strong, light, portable and completely waterproof, while a mesh inner makes it easy to get in and out of. Save cash on motorcycle...

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  • “Ducati – The Story” released on DVD

    28 June 2010 by Andy Downes

    “Ducati – The Story” released on DVD

    Ducati is launching a new DVD detailing the history of the famous Italian brand throughout its 81 year history and featuring rare footage, interviews and pictures. This is what Ducati is saying about...

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  • Day of Champions, Silverstone

    27 June 2010 by tony perrill

    Day of Champions, Silverstone

    I won the bid for a paddock pass to touch and spend time with Valentino Rossi's bike. I also got a tour of the pit box and sat in Vale's 46 chair. I also got to help out with the auction -...

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  • De-stressing at work

    25 June 2010 by dogwood1963

    De-stressing at work

    Finding time to read the paper that matter. At work waiting for a shout at Warkworth Castle, Northumberland

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  • Kawasaki tour of the Loire Valley announced

    25 June 2010 by James Sharpe

    Kawasaki tour of the Loire Valley announced

    Kawasaki, in conjunction with motorcycle event organisers Focused Events, have announced the date for the next French motorcycle tour. The tour of the Loire Valley will take place on the weekend of...

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  • Shinya Kimura video: Building bikes from the soul

    25 June 2010 by Ped Baker

    Legendary Japanese bike builder Shinya Kimura has just released this incredibly beautiful and emotive video about his passion for bike building. Shot in and around his Chabott Engineering workshop in California, Shinya tells the story of his background and reveals the creative methods he uses to build his one-off creations. Owners of Kimura built bikes include Hollywood actor Brad Pitt.

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  • Ride Hondas off-road in Morocco

    25 June 2010 by Dan Aspel

    Ride Hondas off-road in Morocco

    Honda has launched a series of ‘off-road experience’ holidays in Morocco, with the first tour due to take place at the start of September. Run by Redtread, who already organise Honda’s off-road...

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  • Video: Honda vs the Volcano

    25 June 2010 by MCN

    Video: Honda vs the Volcano

    It took HMS Albion 30 hours to repatriate stranded Brits from Spain when the ash cloud descended a few weeks ago. So MCN’s sister magazine CAR set out to see if they could make it in less time – using...

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  • Cool new Diesel Mowie helmets

    25 June 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Cool new Diesel Mowie helmets

    These new open-face helmets from clothing brand Diesel have been made by AGV so there’s function as well as fashion.   The thermoplastic lids have an anti-scratch visor (available in clear,...

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  • Battery charging made simple

    25 June 2010 by Marc Abbott

    This step-by-step guide from Oxford Products shows the features of their new Oximiser 900 battery charger. Save £££s on motorcycle products Seems to us that it's so easy to use, even a child could operate it (although we don't recommend you let your little ones near battery terminals and mains electricity, obviously). And the beauty of this video is that you don't even need the sound on to...

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  • Park your bike on a squirrel!

    25 June 2010 by Marc Abbott

    Park your bike on a squirrel!

    These are sidestand pucks with a difference – available in the shape of a squashed squirrel, puppy, frog or (weirdly) voodoo doll! Beneath the fluffy exterior there is a hard plastic puck to keep your...

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  • BMW hunt for most-travelled GS

    25 June 2010 by Dan Aspel

    BMW hunt for most-travelled GS

    Know any mega-mile BMW GSs? Has your bike gone right round the clock? If so you could win a prize at next month’s BMW Motorrad Days in the Bavarian town of Garmisch-Partenkirche. BMW’s annual...

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  • Can rumble strips cause tank-slappers?

    24 June 2010 by Steve Farrell

    Can rumble strips cause tank-slappers?

    Police investigating a fatal crash have asked MCN whether a tank-slapper can be induced by yellow rumble strips designed to slow traffic. They are investigating the death of a rider whose handlebars...

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  • Bike casualties down

    24 June 2010 by Steve Farrell

    Bike casualties down

    Motorcycle casualties fell 4% in 2009 despite a 2% rise in bike traffic. Government figures released today show the number of both fatal and serious motorcycle casualties was 4% lower than the year...

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  • Golf star reveals biking dream

    24 June 2010 by Dan Aspel

    Golf star reveals biking dream

    Golfer Colin Montgomerie may be more familiar in pastel shirts and slacks, but he’d much rather be donning leather and heading down Route 66 on a Harley. The 46-year-old Scot and current Ryder Cup...

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