Bike News (November 2011)

  • 10 bad ideas that made great bikes

    30 November 2011 by Guy Procter

    10 bad ideas that made great bikes

    When Ducati set out to build the 1199 – the most extreme superbike it could envisage – it did everything but address the bad idea at its core. With good reason. The firm’s L-twin engine layout is one...

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  • Video: Motorcycle Live - Day Nine

    28 November 2011 by MCN

    Video: Motorcycle Live - Day Nine

    See highlights from the ninth and final day of Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham as we take a look back at this year's show. This year the final day was designated as TT Day, with...

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  • Video: Motorcycle Live - Day Eight

    27 November 2011 by MCN

    Video: Motorcycle Live - Day Eight

    See highlights from the eighth day of Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham, dedicated to off-road riding. We look at some of the latest off-road machinery, including the Kawasaki KX450F,...

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  • Video: Motorcycle Live - Day seven

    26 November 2011 by MCN

    Video: Motorcycle Live - Day seven

    See highlights from the seventh day of Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham as we take a look at the logistics of setting up a show as big as Motorcycle Live. Check back soon for more news...

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  • Video: Motorcycle Live - Day Six

    25 November 2011 by MCN

    Video: Motorcycle Live - Day Six

    See highlights from the sixth day of Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham as we take a look at some of the entertainment on offer, from the Arai Entertainment Zone, featuring games, quizzes...

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  • New Muc-Off cleaning kits

    25 November 2011 by Marc Abbott

    New Muc-Off cleaning kits

    Muc-Off have released two new bike-care kits, with pretty much anything you could ever need for washing, drying, polishing and generally prettifying your machine. The £60 Ultimate Motorcycle Cleaning...

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  • D3O body armour raises the standard

    25 November 2011 by Marc Abbott

    D3O body armour raises the standard

    British protection firm, D3O, has launched its new Xergo range of body armour, developed specifically to exceed the highest level of the new CE standard, due to be introduced next year. The new range...

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  • Meeting Zulfahmi Khairruddin in Malaysia

    24 November 2011 by Dave Twigg

    Meeting Zulfahmi Khairruddin in Malaysia

    I went to Malaysia to visit family, accompanied by friend Mark. We went to Sepang as guests of SIC CEO Razlan, where we met Zulfahmi Khairruddin. It turned out to be a sad day for motorcycle...

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  • Video: turn your kid's bike into a motorcycle!

    24 November 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Video: turn your kid's bike into a motorcycle!

    Quite possibly the coolest thing you can ever put on your kid's push bike. The Turbospoke, besides having the appearance of a motorcycle exhaust, emulates the noise of a bike exhaust by amplifying the...

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  • New Bridgestone Hypersport S20 sports tyre

    24 November 2011 by Marc Abbott

    New Bridgestone Hypersport S20 sports tyre

    Bridgestone has launched a new sports tyre – the Hypersport S20 – designed for high-powered bikes, and which will sit alongside the BT-016 Pro and BT-016 in the firm's sports tyre range. The new tyre...

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  • Vintage Vespas at Motorcycle Live

    24 November 2011 by Rich Mellor

    Vintage Vespas at Motorcycle Live

    A range of classic Vespas including a replica of the ‘Ace Face’ GS 160 from the film Quadrophenia are among the attractions at this week’s Motorcycle Live at the NEC. Gathered by Piaggio to celebrate...

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  • Video: Motorcycle Live - Day Five

    24 November 2011 by MCN

    Video: Motorcycle Live - Day Five

    See highlights from the fifth day of Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham as we take a look at getting out on the open road and exploring the planet. There are plenty of new bikes on show...

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  • Video: MCN Back off EU protest

    23 November 2011 by MCN

    Video: MCN Back off EU protest

    Riders from the UK, France and Belgium rode to the European Commission headquarters in Brussels to protest over anti-tampering proposals under which tuning could become impossible and even...

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  • A great day out in Brussels

    23 November 2011 by belay2045

    A great day out in Brussels

    I traveled on North Sea ferries from Hull to Zeebruggee. The ride to Brussels was uneventful but finding my way around Brussels was a worry. It was great to see so many at the brilliant starting...

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  • Go on a cruise with Foggy!

    23 November 2011 by MCN

    Go on a cruise with Foggy!

    WSB legend Carl Fogarty has teamed up with cruise specialists Cruise Holidays UK to offer Foggy fans a unique 9 night Winter Sun cruise around the Canary Islands.   Events on-board the NCL Jade...

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  • Brussels Protest

    23 November 2011 by Max900

    Brussels Protest

    The day started off a bit crappy with a mixture of fog and rain for the run down to the tunnel but it improved as the ride progressed. I caught an earlier train which turned out to be an...

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  • Video: Motorcycle Live - Day Four

    23 November 2011 by MCN

    Video: Motorcycle Live - Day Four

    See highlights from the fourth day of Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham as we take a look at some of the cruisers on show. From the aggresive Ducati Diavel to more classic cruisers from...

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  • Conrad Leach Lucky 13 art auction

    23 November 2011 by Gary Pinchin

    Conrad Leach Lucky 13 art auction

    The centerpiece of last week’s Rollerburn was the stunning ‘Lucky 13’ skate ramp artwork. It was painted by famed artist Conrad Leach and he is now going to auction the panel to raise money for the...

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  • MCN's multinational protest reaches Brussels

    22 November 2011 by Guy Procter

    MCN's multinational protest reaches Brussels

    Riders from the UK, France and Belgium have arrived at the European Commission headquarters. MAG chairman Ian Mutch, the BMF's government relations head Chris Hodder and MCN's Steve Farrell have each...

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  • Video: Motorcycle Live - Day Three

    22 November 2011 by MCN

    Video: Motorcycle Live - Day Three

    See highlights from the second day of Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham as we take a look at how easy it is to get on a bike. The show offers opportunities for youngsters and adults alike to...

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  • Riders gather for MCN EU protest

    22 November 2011 by Steve Farrell

    Riders gather for MCN EU protest

    Riders have started gathering at ports en route to Brussels take part in MCN’s protest over stifling EU measures for bikes. Protesters are due to meet near the European Commission headquarters before...

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  • Brit bikes steal show at Motorcycle Live

    21 November 2011 by Steve Farrell

    Brit bikes steal show at Motorcycle Live

    British bikes proved a massive hit at the NEC Motorcycle Live show last weekend thanks to stunning displays from Triumph, Norton, Metisse and Royal Enfield. Triumph led the way, with show-goers...

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  • Video: Motorcycle Live - Day Two

    21 November 2011 by MCN

    Video: Motorcycle Live - Day Two

    See highlights from the second day of Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham as manufacturer's detail their latest sports bike offerings; from the all-new Ducati 1199 Panigale, to the updated Suzuki...

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  • Video: Motorcycle Live - Day One

    19 November 2011 by MCN

    Video: Motorcycle Live - Day One

    Watch the video below for the highlights from the opening day of Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham, which was opened by Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow. Check back soon for more news...

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  • Suzuki angrily terminates VW tie-up

    18 November 2011 by Guy Procter

    Suzuki angrily terminates VW tie-up

    The dream of a GSX-R Passat or TDi Gladius is over. Suzuki has acrimoniously ended its partnership with VW. Chairman and CEO Osamu Suzuki's statement is worth a read for anyone who has ever...

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  • Adventure Map – motorcycle tours in France

    17 November 2011 by MCN

    Adventure Map – motorcycle tours in France

    You don’t need to fly across the globe to enjoy leaving it all behind on an adventure tour – there are some fantastic roads on offer just across the channel in the south of France. If you want to make...

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