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Bike News (Jan - Dec 2013)

  • Negligent opening of a car door

    26 March 2013 by peter clemo

    Your legal eagle was discussing the offence of negligently opening a car door. Since I was a young police officer and the Road Traffic Act of 1972 was introduced it became an offence. I picked up the following link and I can't see any reason why tha act of negligence either by driver or car occupant is in question http://www.pdsolicitors.co.uk/index.php?page=opening-a-car-door

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  • New MCN March 27: Beauty and a Beast

    26 March 2013 by MCN

    New MCN March 27: Beauty and a Beast

    In this week's MCN, out March 27, we have a world-first test of Ducati's new top-of-the-range Panigale 1199R superbike. We look at a very special special - a British-built hub-steered Aprilia...

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  • You Ask/You Answer: Keeping a bike clean

    26 March 2013 by MCN

    You Ask/You Answer: Keeping a bike clean

    "I am new to biking and I want to keep my machine in good condition but my chain is already looking worse for wear. Everyone seems to be giving me different advice on how to keep it clean such as:...

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  • Bandit Bits

    26 March 2013 by Dennis

    Bandit Bits

    Just thought you would like to see what I have done with an old written off Suzuki Bandit 1200s down here in Australia. Without guys in the UK I would never had made it. When I needed parts for the...

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  • Who do you think will win the 2013 BSB championship?

    25 March 2013 by MCN

    A wet start to the year didn't give much away for the 2013 BSB season, with none of the favourites managing properly quick times. If the championship wasn't open enough, a lack of testing due to the weather means it's anyone's to win going into the opening round only a week away. Who do you think will win the championship this year?  

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  • Less than 30 left: Ducati 888

    25 March 2013 by MCN

    Less than 30 left: Ducati 888

    The Ducati 888 was always a desirable bike but according to DfT statistics there are just 13 licenced for use in the UK or on a SORN. The Ducati 888 was the result of evolving the 851 superbike in the...

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  • A day on the Mick Extance Kawasaki Experience

    25 March 2013 by Andy Davidson

    A day on the Mick Extance Kawasaki Experience

    The Welsh countryside is caked in a pure white snow. The heaters from my car ooze warm air as music flows from the speakers. I don’t believe in wasted journeys, the scenic views from my car window are...

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  • We are nearly at an astonishing 111k Facebook followers!

    25 March 2013 by Steve Hunt

    We love motorcycling here at MCN, and we know that you do too. What we didn't expect when we started really working with Facebook a few years ago was just how many people would not only 'like' our page but also get stuck in and interact, comment and generally share in their passion with us. This makes us incredibly proud. And we wanted to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who's taken the time to...

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  • BMW F650 Owners Needed!

    22 March 2013 by Andy Davidson

    BMW F650 Owners Needed!

    MCN is looking for BMW F650 Funduro, F650GS Dakar and G650GS owners for an upcoming feature! We need BMW F650 Funduro, F650GS Dakar and early G650GS (53bhp) owners. Just fill out the questionnaire...

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  • Insurance Tips: Get the best insurance deal

    22 March 2013 by MCN Staff

    Obviously choosing an older, less valuable and slower motorcycle will mean paying less to insurer it. But according to MCE Insurance, one of the brokers available through MCN Compare, there are other ways to save. Get training. Completing an advanced riding course will often qualify you for an insurance discount.   Get a multi-bike policy. If you’re buying a second bike, don’t just get the...

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  • Bonding with my daughter

    21 March 2013 by Joe Poulter

    Bonding with my daughter

    Sidecars may not be for everyone but they're much more fun than sitting in a tin box. Each year I take my BMW R850R outfit to the Stella Alpine Rally. I travel down through France...

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  • What's the next big thing in bikes?

    21 March 2013 by MCN

    What's the next big thing in bikes?

    Biking has undergone something of a revelation recently, with an adventure bike now being the UK's top selling big bike, Honda releasing a retro bike, and Yamaha looking at a triple engine. So where...

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  • Bike Chooser: Cheap Litre Superbikes

    21 March 2013 by Chris Dabbs

    Bike Chooser: Cheap Litre Superbikes

    "I have been saving up to buy a new superbike but after being made redundant recently I have been forced to scale back my plans. I don’t want to give up on my dream of owning a litre sportsbike but I...

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  • This year, my bike will cover...

    20 March 2013 by MCN

    This year, my bike will cover...

    It's the start of the biking season for most - a time to get back on two wheels. But how many two wheel miles will you cover this year? Have you got thousands already done, or will your pride and joy...

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  • The UK's most exciting track is...

    20 March 2013 by MCN

    The UK's most exciting track is...

    Be it the swooping curves of Paddock Hill Bend of Brands Hatch, Donington's Craner Curves, or the infamous Mountain at Cadwell Park, there's no lack of exciting circuits in the UK. But which one is...

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  • Get off-duty Rossi on your iPad

    20 March 2013 by MCN

    Get off-duty Rossi on your iPad

    If you thought you knew what kind of state of mind Valentino Rossi might have been in after his – on the face of it – disastrous Austin test, you need to see how he delivered his exclusive interview...

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  • Used Buying Guide: Kawasaki ZX-10R

    20 March 2013 by Adam Child

    Used Buying Guide: Kawasaki ZX-10R

    We can safely say Kawasaki didn’t really produce an out-and-out sports bike with the ZX-9R, especially towards the end of its life cycle, when it was facing competition from the mighty Yamaha R1 and...

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  • Mar 20 Bikes on the Box

    19 March 2013 by Alison Silcox

    Mar 20 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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  • New MCN March 20: The Rossi interview

    19 March 2013 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN March 20: The Rossi interview

    In this week's MCN, out March 20, we have an exclusive interview with Valentino Rossi ahead of his first race back at Yamaha. Rossi reveals what it was really like at Ducati, his thoughts on...

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  • Touring Series Yamahas Offered

    19 March 2013 by MCN

    Touring Series Yamahas Offered

    Yamaha is now offering kitted-up 'Touring' versions of its Diversion F, FZ8, Fazer8, XTZ660Z and Super Tenere. Goodies include luggage, screens and heated grips at offer prices up to £450 less than...

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  • Video: Adam Child's KTM 250EXC-F

    18 March 2013 by MCN

    Video: Adam Child's KTM 250EXC-F

    MCN's road tester Adam Child has recently taken delivery of a new KTM 250EXC to build up his bike fitness before racing the Isle of Man TT in June. Check out his first review of the bike!  

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  • Metzeler to provide free TT camping

    18 March 2013 by Simon Patterson

    Metzeler to provide free TT camping

    Metzeler are set to provide free camping at the 2013 Isle of Man TT as part of their 150th anniversary celebrations. The Metzeler Village at the National Sports Centre in Douglas will provide free...

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  • Rossi: 'I wish I was raised in the sixties'

    17 March 2013 by Guy Procter

    Rossi: 'I wish I was raised in the sixties'

    Valentino Rossi says he thinks he'd have had a better life on and off the track if he'd been born in the early sixties like his hero Kevin Schwantz. He makes the comments in a world exclusive in-depth...

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  • My track day experience

    17 March 2013 by Jamie Pryke

    My track day experience

    My father is a complete bike nut, owning about three different bikes at any one time and he's into track days. He started off with an old GSX-R600 bought from eBay all kitted out and track ready...

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  • Thank you guys

    16 March 2013 by rstudholme

    Thank you guys

    I just want to thank all the lads and lasses who led my brother-in-law's funeral cortege. Andrew Charters, aged 30, was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident on Monday March 4 in...

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  • TV star donates Bonneville to Red Nose Day

    15 March 2013 by Jack Lewin

    TV star donates Bonneville to Red Nose Day

    Rufus Hound is giving away his own bike, a Limited Edition Steve McQueen Triumph Bonneville, in aid of Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day. The comedian, along with other celebrities such as Fearne Cotton and...

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  • Norton to expand into stately estate

    15 March 2013 by Jack Lewin

    Norton to expand into stately estate

    Norton has bought, and is to move its production into, the nearby Donington Hall and surrounding 25-acre estate, the firm announced today. The shock move sees the currently Donington race...

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