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Bike News (September 2011)

  • MCN in Cuba

    30 September 2011 by nibornaed

    MCN in Cuba

    On the beach at Cayo Guillermo, Cuba. My well thumbed copy of MCN was great for breaking the ice and making friends with fellow bikers.

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  • Editor's picks: Honda CBR125R

    30 September 2011 by MCN

    Editor's picks: Honda CBR125R

    Having tested the latest crop of four-stroke sports 125s this week, the cheapest of which was the new Honda CBR125R at £3270, we take a look at the original CBR125R - now within financial reach for a...

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  • No cuddly meerkats for bikers

    30 September 2011 by Steve Farrell

    No cuddly meerkats for bikers

    An insurance firm is offering free cuddly toys – but not to bikers. Compare the Market is giving away a free cuddly meerkat with policies. But the toys, which are selling for £40 on eBay, are offered...

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  • Video: Abba superbike stand

    30 September 2011 by Marc Abbott

    Video: Abba superbike stand

    Next week's MCN has our review of an Abba superbike stand. It's incredibly helpful for performing maintenance tasks if your bike doesn't have a centrestand. Here's a video that shows how it's done.

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  • 80mph motorway speed limit by 2013

    30 September 2011 by Steve Farrell

    80mph motorway speed limit by 2013

    Motorway speed limits could increase to 80mph by 2013. Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said there had been "huge advances in safety and motoring technology" since the current 70mph limit was...

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  • Editor's picks: KTM 990 SMT

    29 September 2011 by MCN

    Editor's picks: KTM 990 SMT

    Inspired by how much fun Trevor Franklin appears to be having with his KTM 990 SMT (watch the video here), we take a closer look at the big V-twin and select our pick of the 990s on offer at...

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  • Bennetts ultimate track day!

    29 September 2011 by Marc Potter

    Bennetts ultimate track day!

    WATCHING Scott Redding take pillions on a two-seater Moto2 bike, or watching Cal Crutchlow ride sideways around Snetterton whilst Toseland gives lessons on track riding isn’t your average Tuesday...

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  • American motorcycle hand signals

    28 September 2011 by Jason Hubbert

    American motorcycle hand signals

    Here's a short video from Jason Hubbert providing an informative and amusing guide to motorcycle hand signals used in the States, with many of them, including "that soccer mom almost merged into me"...

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  • Sign petition to fight EU

    28 September 2011 by Steve Farrell

    Sign petition to fight EU

    An MEP is urging riders to sign a petition against EU measures to make motorcycles impossible to modify. The petition, proposed by UKIP MEP Marta Andreasen, calls on Government, MPs and MEPs ‘to...

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  • Harley 'cooler' than ever

    28 September 2011 by Phil West

    Harley 'cooler' than ever

    Harley-Davidsons are  ‘cooler’ than ever, according to a UK survey of the coolest consumer brands. The American icon placed third – up from sixth last year – in the annual list. Aston Martin came...

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  • Editor's picks: Ducati ST3

    27 September 2011 by MCN

    Editor's picks: Ducati ST3

    The Ducati ST3 is often over-looked as a sports tourer - potential buyers often choosing the more common Honda VFR800, but there's nothing wrong with the ST3... The ignored Ducati family – the sports...

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  • Black Bear Harley

    27 September 2011 by Anonymous

    I would like to say a big thank you to Black Bear Harley-Davidson in Newmarket. After searching continously for a dealer who would sell me a tax-free motorcycle as I'm in the forces and serving in Germany, Black Bear was fantastic. I approached them and they confirmed they could do tax free and job done. I rode away with my new Harley and a huge smile on my face - the service they...

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  • Demo from Durham services

    26 September 2011 by andytherover

    Glad to report the actions of Durham police were the complete opposite to their counterparts in Northumbria, as usual. I did the demo from Durham services northbound to the Washington services. Durham police blocked the A177 to allow us out of the service station, and blocked the A1M northbound with two cars, so we could all come down in the slip road safely. No bikers were dicking about, and...

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  • Norwich MAG ride

    26 September 2011 by justanotherbiker

    Thanks to hedgehog5 regarding Hi-Vis jackets, I joined the MAG ride on Sunday at the Norwich meet and found I was in the minority being one of some six or so riders wearing the same and consequently got a bit of ribbing. On the ride over from the Hunstanton area once again a car driver pulled out on me at a T-junction and caused a near collision. I wear this for added security even...

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  • Video: MAG M25 Protest

    26 September 2011 by Carlosoul

    I went to the Clacket Lane Services on the M25 thinking a few bikes might show, I spoke with the wife of the organiser and she said they were expecting 100. When I got there I think there was more like 500, others say 600.

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  • Police target demo

    26 September 2011 by Steve Farrell

    Police target demo

    Police in Northumberland stopped 45 motorcyclists taking part in Sunday’s EU demonstration and issued them with warnings for allegedly riding in an anti-social manner. If they are deemed to be riding...

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  • MAG EU protest Kinross

    26 September 2011 by Fraser Philip

    MAG EU protest Kinross

    Pictures taken at Kinross Services in Fife, Sept 25 for the MAG EU protest. Great turn out for the protest.

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  • Gordano, M25 protest ride

    26 September 2011 by runsinit

    Gordano, M25 protest ride

    Motorway mayhem Sept 25th, Gordano services M5. Several hundred bikes turned out in the rain to try and preserve our way of life. My girlfriend Jo, trying to get the message across in this attractive...

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  • M6 protest ride

    26 September 2011 by Andy Danbury

    M6 protest ride

    M6 southbound, Sunday September 25. MAG protest ride from Corley to Coventry.

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  • Crescent Suzuki - excellent service

    26 September 2011 by nigel tumber

    Crescent Suzuki - excellent service

    Last year I bought the BSB Crescent Suzuki Worx race replica - a truly amazing bike. In January of this year (on a cold day with cold tyres) I came off and basically spent the next three months...

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  • Bikers take over motorways in EU demo

    26 September 2011 by Steve Farrell

    Bikers take over motorways in EU demo

    Thousands of motorcyclists took over motorways for half-an-hour on Sunday in protest over EU plans. Bikers made their feelings known with go-slow rides taking place simultaneously from...

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  • Editor's picks: BMW R1200S

    23 September 2011

    Editor's picks: BMW R1200S

    Here in the MCN office there is an ongoing conversation about the merits of Boxer twins. The short-lived R1200S is a real opinion-divider... Somehow you already know if you want the BMW R1200S. The...

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  • Ireland confirms hi-vis plans

    23 September 2011 by Steve Farrell

    Ireland confirms hi-vis plans

    Ireland’s Road Safety Authority has confirmed plans to make all motorcyclists wear high-visibility clothing. A spokesman for the authority said: “We do intend to seek to introduce the measure in...

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  • Send us your pictures from MAG demos

    23 September 2011 by Steve Farrell

    Send us your pictures from MAG demos

    MCN wants your pictures and stories from this weekend’s demonstrations over anti-tampering measures. Over 100 co-ordinated protest rides are set to take place on motorways this Sunday over...

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  • Get your epic free MCN Sport wallpapers here

    23 September 2011 by Guy Procter

    Get your epic free MCN Sport wallpapers here

    The acclaimed new edition of MCN Sport is out now, and to celebrate here's some ridiculously cool wallpapers. Each image is taken from the mag – which features 132 lavish pages of unparalleled racing...

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