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Bike News (July 2014)

  • Testing time for teens

    04 August 2014 by MCN

    Testing time for teens

    Stricter motorcycle licence rules have caused a massive drop in young riders taking their tests. New learner rider rules introduced in January last year stopped under-19s from riding anything bigger...

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  • Ace Café could be closed

    01 August 2014 by MCN

    Ace Café could be closed

    The Ace Café in London is under threat of closure if Brent police follow through on the threat to implement the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. The act gives police new powers to...

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  • Buying guide: BMW R100RS

    01 August 2014 by MCN

    Buying guide: BMW R100RS

    Even back in the seventies BMW was battling the idea its bikes were just for old men. So in 1977 it signed up professional stylist Hans Muth to create the ultimate sports tourer. The result was the...

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  • Fassbender takes to the track

    31 July 2014 by MCN

    Fassbender takes to the track

    X-Men star Michael Fassbender had his first ever track experience yesterday at the Honda Ron Haslam Race School. He follows hot on the heels of fellow X-Men actors James McAvoy and Nicholas Hoult, who...

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  • Kevin Ash Scholarship scheme launches

    31 July 2014 by MCN

    Kevin Ash Scholarship scheme launches

    A new scholarship programme to promote the careers of aspiring motorcycle journalists has been launched by the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA), Motor Cycle News, and The Daily Telegraph. The...

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  • Work experience opportunity at MCN

    30 July 2014 by MCN

    Interested in a career in digital media? Know a bit about motorcycles and your way around a PC? You could be just the person we’re looking for. Motorcyclenews.com is undergoing a significant revamp and as part of this work we need a keen young nipper to help us out. The placement is for two weeks and the successful candidate will be based in our Peterborough office. Most of the work...

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  • New MCN July 30: The real Marquez

    29 July 2014 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN July 30: The real Marquez

    In this week's new look MCN paper, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from July 30. - Marquez exclusive interview: "I prefer bikes to girls. Bikes never complain." - Hesketh 24 first ride -...

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  • BMW launches retro-fit cornering ABS for HP4

    21 July 2014 by Andy Downes

    BMW launches retro-fit cornering ABS for HP4

    BMW has become the first manufacturer to launch cornering ABS for a sportsbike which will available as a retro-fit option on the S1000RR HP4 from October. The new system is called ABS Pro and it’s...

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  • 250cc special: Make room for a small one

    18 July 2014

    250cc special: Make room for a small one

    There’s always been something special about quarter-litre sports bikes. A generation of learners grew up riding machines like Yamaha’s RD250LC, while wannabe GP riders could live-out their 250GP...

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  • X-Men ride at Haslam School

    17 July 2014 by Michael Neeves

    X-Men ride at Haslam School

    X-Men actors James McAvoy and Nicholas Hoult made a surprise appearance at the Honda Ron Haslam Race School last week. The Hollywood stars didn’t give their full names when they booked on to the...

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  • Norton Academy gets Government backing

    16 July 2014 by Andy Downes

    Norton Academy gets Government backing

    Norton owner Stuart Garner has been promised Government backing for a new British Motorcycle Manufacture Academy (BMMA) after asking Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne for help on...

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  • MotoGP: Half Term Report

    16 July 2014

    MotoGP: Half Term Report

    We're now midway through the 2014 season and with the summer break upon us, what better time to take stock of the season so far. BTSport man, Neil Hodgson rates the British contingent from Laverty,...

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  • New MCN July 16: MCN ride the Ariel Ace

    15 July 2014

    New MCN July 16: MCN ride the Ariel Ace

    In this week's new look MCN paper, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from July 16. - We get an exclusive ride of the new Ariel Ace - Real-world, £7k Warriors: Honda CB650 v Suzuki GSX650 -...

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  • BMF show cancelled

    14 July 2014

    The firm behind the BMF’s three big annual events, Mulberry Events Limited, announced on Monday afternoon that it is entering into voluntary liquidation. As a result there will be no BMF Tailend Show this year, which was planned to have been held on 13-14 September. The BMF has stated that it will work with the liquidators of Mulberry Events Limited in an effort to recover any monies paid by...

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  • Pic with Michael Laverty

    14 July 2014 by Steve Mueller

    Pic with Michael Laverty

    Our family holiday this year was in Catalunya for the MotoGP. It started well when we met Michael Laverty in the airport. We were chatting for a while and he had a picture with my eldest son Finley.

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  • 'I'd bite your hand off for a Sport Classic'

    11 July 2014 by Jon Urry

    'I'd bite your hand off for a Sport Classic'

    Which used Ducatis are hot – and which are not? MCN speaks to expert John Hackett from Ducati Coventry. Ducati is the strongest it has ever been right now, claims John Hackett - otherwise known as the...

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  • Budget Roadsters - ‘What more could you want?’

    10 July 2014 by Michael Neeves

    The mission... Simple, but wonderfully capable naked bikes like the Triumph Street Triple and Yamaha MT-07 offer huge kicks for little money. They’re proof you don’t need big power and the latest electronic trickery to have fun. But can Honda’s new CB650F fight its way to the top of this popular class? Honda’s new CB650F isn’t just another Japanese middleweight naked. Nor is it simply the...

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  • Suzuki Gladius price reduced by £1000

    10 July 2014 by Liam Marsden

    Suzuki Gladius price reduced by £1000

    Suzuki has reduced the price of the SFV650 Gladius by £1000 to just £4,999. To put that into perspective, it's just £650 more expensive than a Yamaha YZF-R125. There's also an ABS version available,...

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  • Meet MCN and help out with an MCN feature

    08 July 2014 by MCN

    Meet MCN and help out with an MCN feature

    Can you help with an MCN feature? Do you want to be in MCN? Do you want free coffee (and maybe a chip butty) at Squires café, Sherburn in Elmet on Wednesday night? Chad will also be at Boxhill on...

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  • New MCN July 9: Guy Martin vs mountain

    08 July 2014 by Liam Marsden

    New MCN July 9: Guy Martin vs mountain

    In this week's new look MCN paper, available in newsagents, on iPad and Android from July 9. Guy Martin takes on Pikes Peak with his 273bhp home-made GSX-R1100 1800-mile shootout: New VFR800F vs...

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  • Clamp down on illegal exhausts

    07 July 2014

    Clamp down on illegal exhausts

    Hampshire Police has vowed to clamp down on illegal motorcycle exhausts, but also reassured riders that only those who are breaking the law will be targeted. The police response followed a joint...

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  • Old Wheels, New Waves

    04 July 2014 by Steve Hunt

    Old Wheels, New Waves

    A few weeks ago, MCN rode down to the south of France for a custom motorcycle and surfing festival. We can almost hear your sighs from here, but maybe - just maybe - there's more to this scene than...

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  • Thousands descend on Barton Bike Night

    04 July 2014 by Simon Patterson

    Thousands descend on Barton Bike Night

    Thousands of biker have descended on the Lincolnshire town of Barton-upon-Humber for the annual Bike Night celebrations last Wednesday, with organisers believing the event, which attracted an...

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  • Riding the icons: Suzuki RG500

    04 July 2014 by Michael Neeves

    Riding the icons: Suzuki RG500

    This Suzuki RG500 is in superb condition. It’s bog-stock, like the bike then-MCN road tester Mat Oxley would’ve raved about back in 1985. Like the rest of the biking world, Oxley was in awe of this...

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  • New MCN Sport on sale now!

    02 July 2014 by MCN

    New MCN Sport on sale now!

    The latest edition of MCN Sport is in stores now, priced at £4.99. Edited by well respected motorcycle journalist Rupert Paul, the issue mostly focuses on the 2014 Isle of Man TT where most of the...

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  • Win great prizes with MCN!

    02 July 2014 by MCN

    Win great prizes with MCN!

    Our giveaway site is bursting at the seams with brilliant prizes, with loads being added every week. It’s so easy to be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is register at...

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