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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2013)

  • You ask/you answer: Getting my knee down

    20 May 2013 by MCN

    You ask/you answer: Getting my knee down

    "I've been on a couple of trackdays now, one at Brands Hatch, one at Snetterton, and I really thought I'd lose my knee-down virginity – but didn't. I'm 5'11", and ride a bog-stock 2002 Honda Fireblade...

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  • John Surtees supports Fun Day

    20 May 2013 by Andy Davidson

    John Surtees supports Fun Day

    Motorsport legend John Surtees OBE will be supporting the Edenbridge Fun Day this Bank holiday weekend. Surtees, the only person to have won world championships on both two and four wheels will join...

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  • Dirt Quake

    20 May 2013 by Andy Davidson

    Dirt Quake

    Dirt Quake, the ultimate mix of high octane dirt track racing in a never before seen way will take place in Norfolk this June.   What is it? ‘Dirt Quake is Sideburn magazine's Day at the Races,'...

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  • In search of CX500 outfit rider

    19 May 2013 by Cyril Blackshaw

    In search of CX500 outfit rider

    I think it was in the late '80s that a group of bikers paid a visit to a special needs school called Fountaindale, just outside Mansfield in Nottinghamshire. Some of them had sidecars and they took...

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  • Exceptional service from GT Motorcycles Plymouth

    18 May 2013 by Dr Iain H Wilson

    I bought a Ducati 2013 Multistrada Touring from GT in Plymouth in March. At a fuel stop on the way to the Portsmouth ferry to Spain on Friday 17th, I noticed that I had a significant oil leak from the left hand fork. I phoned GT at around 15:30 and spoke to Steve, explaining the situation. He arranged to stay late and I travelled back to Plymouth that night where he fitted another fork since...

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  • Longer reach for CTEK chargers

    17 May 2013 by Tony Hoare

    Longer reach for CTEK chargers

    There’s not always enough cable on a battery charger to reach from the plug to your bike, which is why charging specialist CTEK has added an extension lead to its range. The 2.5-metre cable extends...

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  • No plans for IOM national speed limit

    17 May 2013 by Steve Farrell

    No plans for IOM national speed limit

    The Manx government has said there are no plans for a national speed limit after a coroner accused it of “putting innocent lives at unacceptable risk”. Coroner of Inquests John Needham said the...

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  • MZ rescue fails

    17 May 2013 by MCN

    MZ rescue fails

    Bad news for fans of the legendary German MZ marque. Despite positive noises at last year’s Milan Show and meetings, reportedly, with more than 30 possible investers, the historic firm from Zschopau...

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  • Norton cuts waiting time for new bikes

    17 May 2013 by MCN

    Norton cuts waiting time for new bikes

    Norton has cut the waiting time for new orders of the Commando 961 to six months; the shortest time since the British firm was reborn in 2009 thanks to improved parts supply. Norton has not only cut...

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  • May 15 - May 28: Bikes on the Box

    16 May 2013 by Alison Silcox

    May 15 - May 28: 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) -...

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  • Le Mans 24-hour competition

    16 May 2013 by MCN

    Le Mans 24-hour competition

    Fancy smooth sailing to the 2013 Le Mans 24-hour race and free entry to the Bugatti race track? Brittany Ferries (www.brittanyferries.com/biketouring) and Le Mans tour operator Travel Destinations...

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  • Enfield opens new factory

    15 May 2013 by MCN

    Enfield opens new factory

    Another sign of the huge growth of motorcycling in India and Asia came this week with Royal Enfield opening an all-new plant and revealing plans to produce up to 250,000 motorcycles a year –more than...

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  • Manx bus drivers to strike during TT

    15 May 2013 by MCN

    Manx bus drivers to strike during TT

    Isle of Man bus drivers are planning to strike during the TT fortnight. Strike days will be announced seven days in advance and timed to cause maximum disruption, according to Unite the Union. Bobby...

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  • Explorers love a hug

    15 May 2013 by Tony Hoare

    Explorers love a hug

    Bodywork specialist Skidmarx has developed and released a hugger for Triumph’s Tiger Explorer XC, designed to keep crud off the rear shock. Triumph don’t make a hugger for the bike, either as original...

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  • 2013 AMD Freestyle Champion Rondine up close

    14 May 2013 by Ped Baker

    2013 AMD Freestyle Champion Rondine up close

    Irish custom bike builders Medaza Cycles took top honours last weekend at the AMD World Custom Bike Building Championships in Germany with this stunning Guzzi powered creation called Rondine. Based...

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  • Ducati ST owners needed

    14 May 2013 by MCN

    Ducati ST owners needed

    MCN is looking for Ducati ST owners for an upcoming feature! We need Ducati ST2, ST3 and ST4/ST4S owners Just fill out the questionnaire below and email it with a head and shoulder photograph of...

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  • New MCN May 15: Best bikes for £5k

    14 May 2013 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN May 15: Best bikes for £5k

    In this week's MCN, out May 15, we have the ultimate used guide to the best bikes available for under £5000. We also test the new adventure-styled Honda CB500X. Also this week: New high-powered...

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  • Yamaha planning 'crossplane' dynasty

    13 May 2013 by MCN

    Yamaha planning 'crossplane' dynasty

    As well as its promised ‘crossplane’ three-cylinder engine Yamaha is preparing a -parallel-twin and further variations on the R1’s four-cylinder crossplane motor to create an entire family of...

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  • Great service

    09 May 2013 by Paul Dolby

    I just wanted to say what fantastic service I received when I bought my BMW K1300S from Williams BMW in Manchester. Their salesman (Dave Barrowcliffe) was extremely helpful getting panniers and decals fitted on the Friday morning so I could make the ferry that same night for Assen WSB. Very friendly and with a 'can't do enough for you' attitude, this dealership is one of the best...

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  • 122mph speeder jailed after forum boasts

    09 May 2013 by Steve Farrell

    122mph speeder jailed after forum boasts

    A motorcyclist has been jailed for eight months after boasting on a forum about lying to police over a speeding offence. Andrew Kelly, 37, was filmed speeding at 122mph by a speed camera van but told...

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  • You Ask/You Answer: Have the prison sentences handed out for speeding slowed you down?

    08 May 2013 by MCN

    "This is not a question about whether the punishment fits the crime, my personal view is 'no way', it’s what the thought of jail has done to my behaviour. "I’ve enjoyed powerful bikes for a good many years now and over that time I, like many riders, have had points for speeding. "I’ve deserved those points and will hold my hands up to admit my guilt, but the recent prison sentences have really...

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  • Is MotoGP's move to BT a good idea?

    08 May 2013 by MCN

    Is MotoGP's move to BT a good idea?

    BT Sport’s successful bid for the live MotoGP TV rights in the UK in 2014 will be confirmed this week, with MCN learning the multi-million pound deal will be formally announced in London tomorrow...

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