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Bike News (February 2012)

  • The end of choppers?

    29 February 2012 by Steve Farrell

    The end of choppers?

    Custom choppers are threatened by the latest proposals from Brussels to prevent us modifying our bikes. Modifications targeted by EU anti-tampering plans already include tuning for more power. Now...

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  • Caught out by a scammer

    28 February 2012 by Anonymous

    2011 was a good but hard year for me, but 2012 started a lot worse. Over the last few years I have been saving a little each month, birthdays and Christmas gifts etc. so I could purchase a classic Triumph T120 Bonneville. As I am sure we all do, I trawled through the ads on a weekly basis always looking for one I could afford and that was in good condition. I dare not contemplate the actual hours...

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  • February 29 Bikes on the Box

    28 February 2012 by Alison Silcox

    February 29 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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  • Christmas Quiz 2011 Answers

    27 February 2012

    For those of you who completed our Christmas Quiz last year, here are the answers. The winner has been drawn and notified. Part One 1. C 2. B 3. A 4. B 5. C 6. A 7. C 8. B 9. C 10. B 11. A 12. C 13. A 14. B 15. A 16. C 17. C 18. B 19. A 20. A 21. C 22. A 23. C 24. B 25. C...

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  • Tribute to Marco from the top of the world

    26 February 2012 by John Ward

    Tribute to Marco from the top of the world

    Our family are massive Marco fans, so on our first ever skiing trip last week in Obertaurern, Austria we took the opportunity to go snow biking from the very top of the mountain dressed in...

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  • MCN in the Arctic Circle

    25 February 2012 by Paul O'Hara

    MCN in the Arctic Circle

    After travelling on the Hurtigurten ferry for five days in high seas, deep snow on the roads outside Tromso, North of the Artic Circle, two hours of snow, -10 deg c and gale force winds causing...

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  • 1975 Suzuki GT550 gets cafe racer treatment

    24 February 2012 by MCN

    1975 Suzuki GT550 gets cafe racer treatment

    This is the latest example of the increasing number of immaculate cafe racers coming out of America. Called the Honduki, it's an award winning build based on a 1975 Suzuki GT550 but, as you can see,...

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  • My limited edition 2010 Yamaha R1

    24 February 2012 by Charles Elliott

    My limited edition 2010 Yamaha R1

    This is my daily motorcycle, my 2010 Yamaha R1 Limited Edition that currently has 3500 miles on it, not to mention Valentino Rossi's signature! I couldn't ask for a better or more beautiful...

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  • Second major dealer closes in weeks

    23 February 2012 by Steve Farrell

    Second major dealer closes in weeks

    A second major bike dealer has closed weeks after the country’s biggest went into administration. V&J Superbikes unexpectedly closed its two branches in Taunton and Bridgewater, Somerset, on...

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  • Video: Building the Ducati 1199 Panigale

    23 February 2012

    Video: Building the Ducati 1199 Panigale

    Ducati's revolutionary 1199 Panigale superbike is now in full production and MCN was on hand to watch the first bikes being built, marking the start of a new era for the Italian firm. Its new 1200cc...

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  • MCN Fantasy Road Race: "I won last year!"

    22 February 2012

    MCN Fantasy Road Race: "I won last year!"

    With the 2012 racing season just a few days away, there’s still time for you to enter your MCN Fantasy Road Race team, in association with MCE Insurance. The competition is free to enter, with £10m to...

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  • Madrider 1961's charity ride

    22 February 2012 by madrider1961

    Madrider 1961's charity ride

    In 2004 I rode a Honda CG125 from Plymouth to Bolton and back in 34 hours on L-plates. OK some may say easy but at the time I had never ridden past the outskirts of Plymouth and was riding...

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  • MCN Fantasy Road Race 2012 starts now!

    21 February 2012 by MCN

    MCN Fantasy Road Race 2012 starts now!

    The 2012 racing season kicks off in just nine days when WSB roars into action at Phillip Island - so now is the time to pick your MCN Fantasy Road Race team in association with MCE Insurance. Enter...

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  • February 22 Bikes on TV

    21 February 2012 by Alison Silcox

    February 22 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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  • Simoncelli tribute tattoo

    20 February 2012 by Donna Malkin

    Simoncelli tribute tattoo

    I was devastated by the news last year that Simoncelli had sadly lost his life. So I made his memory part of me forever. I also have Rossi on the same leg, proving my passion for racing.

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  • Struggling with insurance companies

    19 February 2012 by Wayne

    My accident occurred in July 2010. I was out for the day with friends and we were on our way back when a car pulled out of a farm shop on my left. I didn't have much time to react, but managed to squeeze enough front brake to put the back wheel into the air just as i rode into his front wing. I was catapulted some 50 feet and my beloved R1 turned into a helicopter. The car driver was making a...

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  • MCN: A blast from the past

    19 February 2012 by 400fourboy

    MCN: A blast from the past

    I was recently looking through some old magazines and found these two blasts from the MCN past! 30 years old, a bit of yellowing but still in good nick. Check out the free discs! I no longer have a...

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  • Yamaha SR500 racer

    18 February 2012 by Hans Muehlbauer

    Yamaha SR500 racer

    This is my newly built 2012 racer; a Yamaha SR500. I will be doing the Earlystocks Championship with it. I raced a similar SR500 last year and finished seond in the EMRA Singles and Twins...

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  • No fighting girls!

    17 February 2012 by philip southwood

    No fighting girls!

    My daughter and regular ride partner on my YamahaFZ6 S2 for the first time in 10 months after giving birth to my beautiful grand daughter. Not sure the retro fit child seat is legal, but my daughter...

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  • Destination dealer: Ongar Motorcycles

    17 February 2012 by MCN

    Destination dealer: Ongar Motorcycles

    ADVERTISING PROMOTION Triumph has taken its brilliant Speed Triple and made it even better with the launch of the Speed Triple R. The £11,299 bike has already made the front page of MCN and now you...

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  • Keeping Meriden twins alive

    17 February 2012 by Andy Westlake

    Keeping Meriden twins alive

    Triumph for most may today mean Hinckley 675s and Speed Triples, but the old Meriden twins still have a huge following – not least because of a British factory still making and supplying virtually...

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  • Your chance to win £500 cash from MCN

    17 February 2012 by MCN

    Your chance to win £500 cash from MCN

    You could win £500 cash just for answering a few questions in an MCN survey about how you sell your bike. We're improving the options and deals available to people who advertise their...

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  • Video: MV Agusta F3 first ride

    16 February 2012 by MCN

    Video: MV Agusta F3 first ride

    Riding the £9999 MV Agusta F3 at its world launch around the surreal blue and red-lined track at Paul Ricard in the south of France has left MCN seriously impressed with MV's first brand new bike...

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  • Bikes on TV: February 15-21

    15 February 2012 by MCN

    Bikes on TV: February 15-21

    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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  • Red hot read (the mag that is)

    14 February 2012 by Tazborn

    Red hot read (the mag that is)

    The boy's and me reading MCN in pit lane at Zwartkops Raceway, Pretoria, S.A. on our annual pilgrimage for the South African Classic TT Revival Series. This year's Masters were Phil Read and Mick...

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  • Nexx helmets

    14 February 2012 by MCN

    Nexx helmets

    ADVERTISING PROMOTION When it comes to motorcycle helmets, brands like Arai and Shoei are used to receiving all of the plaudits. Now there’s a new name to sit alongside them, Nexx. This is the 10-year...

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  • New MCN February 15: Three world first tests!

    14 February 2012 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN February 15: Three world first tests!

    In this week's issue of MCN, on sale Wednesday February 15, we have the world first rides of the Ducati 1199 Panigale, MV Agusta F3 and Suzuki GSX-R1000. MCN rode the all-new Ducati 1199 Panigale at...

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  • Ducati for sale?

    13 February 2012 by Andy Downes

    Ducati for sale?

    Ducati is up for sale for £1billion by owners Investindustrial according to the Financial Times with a large car company thought to be the most likely buyer. Investindustrial is a private-equity firm...

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