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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2012)

  • July 18: Bikes on the Box

    18 July 2012 by Alison Silcox

    July 18: Bikes on the Box

    KEY TO CHANNELS.   DRT - Discovery Real Time  DSC - Discovery Channel   DHD - Discovery Channel HD   EXS - Extreme Sports Channel  EUR1 (2, HD) - Eurosport 1...

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  • Do local councils really know their roads?

    17 July 2012 by Andy_C

    Do local councils really know their roads?

    Do local councils really know best when it come to rural roads? Take a look the photo of the white arrows marked on the B4077 in Gloucestershire... apparently encouraging us to ride/drive on the...

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  • The cost of giving up

    16 July 2012 by Bigdog365

    My other half bought a Harley-Davidson 1200 Sportster a while back and enjoyed the experience of riding it. However, that faded along with the British summer and she recently sold it on to a new home. She rang her insurers, MCE and cancelled the insurance and expected to get a refund of her premiums. Almost two weeks later, she chased up the refund only to be told that she would have to wait...

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  • MoT shake-up planned

    16 July 2012 by Steve Farrell

    MoT shake-up planned

    Motorcycles could face tougher MoT-style tests under EU proposals. A planned Europe-wide annual inspection could be more expensive and complicated than the MoT bikes currently undergo in the UK. The...

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  • Biking roads could be hit by 40mph plans

    16 July 2012

    Biking roads could be hit by 40mph plans

    Popular motorcycling routes could be among those affected by plans to reduce 60mph rural speed limits to 40mph. Councils should consider the reduction on roads with ‘many bends’ and a ‘considerable...

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  • MZ Skorpion Sport - less than 30 left

    13 July 2012 by MCN

    MZ Skorpion Sport - less than 30 left

    Launched at the same time as the firm’s unfaired Tour version, and seven years previous to the fully-loaded Traveller incarnation, MZ’s Skorpion Sport was a breath of fresh air, and on the face of it,...

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  • New helmet creates a buzz

    13 July 2012 by Marc Abbott

    New helmet creates a buzz

    The new Cromwell Mosquito open-face helmet is a real eye-catcher; perfect summer riding attire for the discerning city, scoot or classic bike pilot, we say. Beyond satisfying the relevant safety...

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  • Panniers with a personal touch

    13 July 2012 by Marc Abbott

    Panniers with a personal touch

    Sick of the homogenised, mass-produced world? Welding genius Roger Munsey has put his 27 years of experience to good use in setting up Ard Cases, his own bespoke hard luggage firm. All his luggage is...

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  • Become a Riders for Health hero with MCN

    11 July 2012 by Ped Baker

    Become a Riders for Health hero with MCN

    Don’t miss your chance to help raise money for biking’s top charity – Riders for Health, which provides bikes for medical workers in Africa – and be in with the chance to win exclusive paddock passes...

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  • Stop one-piece leathers from falling down!

    11 July 2012 by Marc Abbott

    Stop one-piece leathers from falling down!

    The Paddock Belt is a simple way of ensuring your one-piece leathers don't end up around your backside whether you're walking around a bike meet, race meet or just have a drinks stop on a Sunday...

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  • Aprilia RS250 Simoncelli tribute

    10 July 2012 by andysxv550

    Aprilia RS250 Simoncelli tribute

    It's not quite finished yet but here's what I've been working on for the past couple of months. It started out as a fairly scruffy Aprilia RS250 which I stripped, cleaned,...

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  • Lamborghini Murcielago vs BMW

    10 July 2012 by Andy Davidson

    Lamborghini Murcielago vs BMW

    The driver of this Lamborghini Murcielago crashed into an Italian BMW dealership completely destroying a row of new bikes. No one was hurt in the incident which occurred on July 6 in Mariano,...

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  • Jul 11 Bikes on the Box

    10 July 2012 by Alison Silcox

    Jul 11 Bikes on the Box

    KEY TO CHANNELS.   DRT - Discovery Real Time  DSC - Discovery Channel   DHD - Discovery Channel HD   EXS - Extreme Sports Channel  EUR1 (2, HD) - Eurosport 1...

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  • HRC to hold Marco Simoncelli presentation

    09 July 2012 by Andy Davidson

    HRC to hold Marco Simoncelli presentation

    Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) are holding a special presentation in honour of Marco Simoncelli this weekend. Simoncelli’s father, Paolo, will receive two bikes from Honda:  Marco’s RC212V and a...

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  • Exotic Bimota DB1R up for grabs

    06 July 2012 by MCN

    Exotic Bimota DB1R up for grabs

    The Ducati-based, Tamburini-styled DB1 has long been one of the most desirable of Bimotas, but the ultra-rare DB1R racer, built in conjunction with the Ducati factory, powered by a Ferracci-tuned...

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  • Daft insurance quote!

    06 July 2012 by courier steve

    Has anyone else had an insurance quote for as high as mine?. I've had a quote come through on my mobile from Telebikes for £91,665.75. I'm not a high risk rider, in fact I own a Kawasaki Z1000 on an 03 plate that has a Meta alarm, disc lock and ground anchor. I have a clean licence and have been riding with a full licence for many years now. For a 47-year-old married bloke £91,665.75 is...

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  • SMIDSY driver cleared over rider’s death

    05 July 2012 by Steve Farrell

    SMIDSY driver cleared over rider’s death

    A motorist who pulled out on a motorcyclist has been cleared of causing the rider’s death by careless driving.  Driver Ian MacIntyre, 58, was found not guilty after a jury heard he simply didn’t...

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  • Ducati GT1000ss special

    04 July 2012 by mark mcclean

    Ducati GT1000ss special

    Ducati never made a big twin street scrambler in the 1970s like Triumph, BSA, Norton, etc so when the Sport Classic range came out I thought it would be a good place to start. My engineer friend Roger...

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  • Poll: Why are bike deaths falling?

    04 July 2012 by MCN

    Poll: Why are bike deaths falling?

    A previous MCN story reported that motorcycle fatalities fell by 10% last year despite an increase in use, according to government figures. There were 362 motorcyclists killed in road accidents in...

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  • Win VIP Brands Hatch BSB tickets with WD-40

    04 July 2012 by Marc Abbott

    Win VIP Brands Hatch BSB tickets with WD-40

    MCN and WD-40 Specialist are giving one reader the chance to win a VIP day for themselves and a guest at the Brands Hatch GP round of British Superbikes on July 22. The competition celebrates the...

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  • 'Romantic' f**k up

    03 July 2012 by theguywitha50

    Thinking you're cool because you're 16 and have a bike that's not a scooter, getting on it backwards so you can make out with a girl sitting pillion. Lets just say she isn't speaking to me and no other girls want to hop on. It's such a shame people were trying to see what we were up to and saw the whole event. I think the guys on the scooters are cooler than me now since their...

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  • Jul 4 Bikes on TV

    03 July 2012 by Alison Silcox

    Jul 4 Bikes on TV

    KEY TO CHANNELS.   DRT - Discovery Real Time  DSC - Discovery Channel   DHD - Discovery Channel HD   EXS - Extreme Sports Channel  EUR1 (2, HD) - Eurosport 1...

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  • New MCN July 4: New BMW F700GS

    03 July 2012 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN July 4: New BMW F700GS

    In this week's MCN, out July 4, we have all the information on the new BMW F700GS and F800GS. With the Triumph Tiger 800 eating into BMW's market share, the German manufacturer has revamped its...

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