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Bike News (May 2013)

  • 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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  • Calling Triumph owners

    08 May 2013 by Phil West

    Calling Triumph owners

    We'd like to hear from owners of the '09 '10 Triumph Bonneville SE and '06/'07/'08 Triumph Speed Triple for a forthcoming feature in MCN. We want to know why you bought the bike, what you like about...

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  • What do you think of Norton?

    07 May 2013 by MCN

    What do you think of Norton?

    MCN have an exclusive this week on the new Norton TT racer, which they're running two of at this year's event. However, the bike is a prototype only machine, and won't be on the roads any time soon.

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  • Bike Shop Star of the month

    07 May 2013 by MCN

    Bike Shop Star of the month

    Vote for May’s Bike Shop Star of the month and be in with a chance of winning a pair of BSB tickets. MCN are on the look-out for men and women in the motorcycle trade who have gone that extra mile,...

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  • New MCN May 8th: Norton TT plans revealed

    07 May 2013 by MCN

    New MCN May 8th: Norton TT plans revealed

    In this week's MCN, out May 8th, we reveal Norton's 2013 TT plans. We look at BMW's new 800 GS, and we test Ducati's Hyperstrada. Also this week: Yamaha FJR 1300 old vs new test, all the latest news,...

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  • Staff Blog: Roll on summer

    07 May 2013 by Michael Neeves

    Staff Blog: Roll on summer

    If someone told me a few years ago, I’d want a bike with panniers and a centre stand, I’d have thought they were mad. But here I am, about to spend the summer with the 2013 Ducati Hyperstrada – a bike...

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  • Into the Ride

    06 May 2013 by Edna Palmer

    Into the Ride

    My son Andrew is travelling around the world on his 1991 Yamaha Tenera motorcycle. His gearbox broke so for the last six weeks he has been stranded in Temuco whilst he could source out the parts he...

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  • MCN exclusive on new Norton V4 TT racer

    03 May 2013 by Andy Downes

    MCN exclusive on new Norton V4 TT racer

    Norton is putting the finishing touches to the latest V4 race it will contest the 2013 Isle of Man TT in just three weeks with virtually every part of the bike new for this year. The team hope the...

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  • Beta Tools release Milwaukee rep toolbox

    02 May 2013 by Tony Hoare

    Beta Tools release Milwaukee rep toolbox

    Italian tool company Beta Tools is sponsoring the Milwaukee Yamaha British Superbike team and has released a limited edition toolbox kit. It’s a replica of the set-up the team wheel onto the...

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  • Arai 2013 TT replica revealed

    02 May 2013 by Tony Hoare

    Arai 2013 TT replica revealed

    The fourth Arai official TT replica helmet has been unveiled, and it echoes the famous yellow and black colourscheme of TT legend Joey Dunlop. The design is part of Arai’s backing of the TT races and...

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