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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2012)

  • New vid goes behind the scenes of Skyfall's bike chase

    26 October 2012

    This awesome new video, produced in cooperation with Honda, shows how the motorcycle chase in the brand new James Bond movie, Skyfall, was filmed. It features stunt ace Robbie Maddison (who doubles for star Daniel Craig), interviews with the stunt team and footage from the film. See next week's Motorcycle News for our run down of the best Bond bike sequences ever – it's out Wednesday October 31

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  • McGuinness, John McGuinness!

    25 October 2012 by MCN

    It's probably good that John McGuinness is exceptionally talented on a motorbike, because if this foray into film is anything to go by, he doesn't have a future in acting! Check out John in action as Secret Agent 001, supported by an all star cast including Honda Racing boss Neil Tuxtworth and former Manx Chief Constable Carolyn Kinrade!  

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  • France rejects EU 'super-MOT'

    25 October 2012 by MCN

    France rejects EU 'super-MOT'

    Plans for a new Europe-wide ‘super MoT’ have been rejected in France, Sweden and Holland. The Motorcycle Action Group is calling for the UK to do the same. It says the proposed EU annual...

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  • Why we ride

    24 October 2012 by Nathan Laws

    Why do this? Why do that? Why ride bikes? If you need a reason... Go on, read it. You know you’re curious. The golden glint of the evening spring sun dances across my visor, reflected across the damp-patched tarmac as I begin to sit the bike up post-apex. The throttle grip feels good in my gloved hand, everything familiar and comfortable. The well worn leather sits close to my skin, like an old...

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  • Oct 24: Bikes on the Box

    23 October 2012 by Alison Silcox

    Oct 24: 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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  • New MCN October 24: Simoncelli one year on

    23 October 2012 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN October 24: Simoncelli one year on

    In this week's MCN, out October 24, we reflect on the untimely passing of Marco Simoncelli one year on. We speak to rivals Andrea Dovizioso and Casey Stoner, friends Loris Capirossi and Valentino...

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  • 20th Anniversary Monsters at Motorcycle Live

    22 October 2012 by Richard Newlands

    20th Anniversary Monsters at Motorcycle Live

    Ducati is asking for Monster owners to share images and stories of owning the iconic bike, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013, on their Facebook page. From all the submissions, Ducati...

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  • Counting by motorcycles

    20 October 2012 by Simon

    By 22 months, thanks in part to MCN and to the fact I have a bike, my son is already motorcycle mad. His favourite rider is Tom Sykes. He thinks he's a superhero seeing Tom in his team green gear and fluorescent helmet. He says, "Go Tom, you'll win the title next year!" This video show one of his favourite learning activities, with the help of a copy of the MCN.

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  • Zero mile Yamaha R7 up for auction

    19 October 2012 by MCN

    Zero mile Yamaha R7 up for auction

    A zero mile Yamaha R7 will go up for auction in the Bonhams end-of-season auction at the Stafford Show on October 21. The 2002 model R7, which has been signed by Noriyuki Haga is estimated to fetch...

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  • French breathalyser fines postponed

    19 October 2012 by Steve Farrell

    French breathalyser fines postponed

    Fines for not carrying a breathalyser kit in France have been postponed until March next year. The on-the-spot fines were originally due to be in force by November 1 this year. Motorcyclists and...

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  • GoPro Hero3 HD launched

    17 October 2012 by MCN

    GoPro Hero3 HD launched

    GoPro has today launched their latest and most advanced onboard camera, the HD Hero3. GoPro say the new camera is 30% smaller and 25% lighter than the Hero2. Three variations will be available; the...

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  • DAS at Circuit Based Training Ltd

    17 October 2012 by Rich B

    Mallory Park Circuit Based Training has to be the place to go in the UK if you have never ridden a motorcycle before or want to take a Direct Access course. Many courses are available. I have seen people pass in only 3, 4 and 5 days without a problem. What if you are unsure of your own ability to follow an intensive course? Well if like me you're unsure and have some issues, a personal structured...

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  • 17 October 2012 by Alison Silcox

    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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  • Video: 2013 Yamaha FJR1300 first ride

    16 October 2012 by MCN

    Video: 2013 Yamaha FJR1300 first ride

    Yamaha’s FJR1300 has been around since 2001 and aside from a few updates along the way, it hasn’t really changed. On paper, it looks like the new 2013 FJR1300 is the more of the same, bar some nips,...

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  • New MCN October 17: Shakey wins BSB title

    16 October 2012 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN October 17: Shakey wins BSB title

    In this week's MCN, out October 17, we have all the news and analysis from a thrilling weekend of British Superbike racing which saw Shane Byrne win all three races and secure his third BSB...

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  • Oxford HOC raise money for NABB

    16 October 2012 by Stritchy

    Oxford HOC raise money for NABB

    Twenty-four brave and hardy bikers faced fog and frosty roads to take part in the Oxford HOC End-of-Season Charity Poker Run in aid of the National Association of Blood Bikes on Sunday. A great time...

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  • Terry Shepherd (1931 – 2012)

    15 October 2012 by Andy Davidson

    Terry Shepherd (1931 – 2012)

    Former Grand Prix motorcycle road racer and legendary two-stroke engine tuner, Terry Shepherd passed away on October 5 2012, after a battle with cancer. He started racing Norton motorcycles in the...

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  • Destination dealer: Metropolis Motorcycles

    12 October 2012 by MCN

    Destination dealer: Metropolis Motorcycles

    ADVERTISING PROMOTION Metropolis Motorcycles has three branches located in London, each with their own areas of specialism to cater for the city biker’s every need. The North London branch, located...

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  • Öhlins invest in British Racing

    11 October 2012 by Richard Newland

    Öhlins invest in British Racing

    Öhlins Racing UK has launched a reward scheme with a difference to help support British Superbike championship riders. British Supersport and Superstock riders who choose Öhlins products for the 2013...

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  • Oct 10: Bikes on the Box

    10 October 2012 by Alison Silcox

    Oct 10: 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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  • New MCN October 10: Japan's back!

    09 October 2012 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN October 10: Japan's back!

    In this week's MCN, out October 10, we have all the analysis from the Cologne Show, as Japanese manufacturers look to take the fight to the Europeans. Yamaha unveiled a three-cylinder engine which the...

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