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Ducati factory escapes earthquake damage

Andy Downes, 21 June 2013 15:42

The Ducati factory in Bologna has been evacuated after being hit by an earthquake earlier today; no damage has been reported and there are no casualties but the entire workforce has been sent home in case of aftershocks. The Bologna area was hit by an earthquake of magnitude 5.2 earlier today, just five months after the region was hit by ...

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Win a prize for the best Ride to Work Day picture!

Andy Downes, 13 June 2013 14:46

MCN is offering a free HJC IS-17 Jorge Lorenzo replica helmet worth £180 for the best Ride to Work Day picture sent in to us to celebrate the event happening on Monday June 17. One winner will receive the first prize of the newly launched HJC IS-17 in their chosen size and either black or white versions thanks to distributors ...

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MCN exclusive on new Norton V4 TT racer

Andy Downes, 03 May 2013 15:23

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 unsilenced, 200bhp monster with two riders for this year will be enough to bring some credible results for the team with ...

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Ducati boss to leave?

Andy Downes, 15 April 2013 10:25

Rumours from Italy suggest Ducati CEO Gabriele del Torchio is set to leave the company to take up the helm at Italian airline Alitalia after more than five years at the Bologna bike firm. Italian business publication Ansa was the first to break the news but Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera was able to get a quote from del ...

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Motorcyclists not to blame in most accidents

Andy Downes, 29 March 2013 18:00

New data from more than 1600 motorcycle accident last year have shown 80% of accidents were caused by other road users; a fact that flies in the face of controversial BBC programme ‘How Safe are Britain’s Roads?’ shown last year. The BBC show claimed ‘loss of control on a bend’ was the main cause of motorcycle accidents but of the ...

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Hodgson vs Walker…again

Andy Downes, 13 March 2013 16:36

The bitter feud between British Superbike racers Neil Hodgson and Chris Walker in 2000 remains one of the closest-ever racing battles and they will be revealing all for the first time on stage in April. Hodgson and Walker will be joined on stage by ex-racer and Eurosport commentator James Whitham at the Hilton Hotel, Dartford Bridge on April 5. Hodgson ...

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Bikers arrested over motorway marriage blockade

Andy Downes, 13 March 2013 16:11

Four men, including the groom-to-be have been arrested following a marriage proposal in which hundreds of bikers blocked a Californian motorway. The groom and three friends were all arrested for the ‘investigation of misdemeanour public nuisance’ and ‘participating in an unlawful assembly’. The 24-year-old groom, Hector Martinez of Covina, California was also arrested for investigation of ‘exhibition of speed’. As ...

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Indian shows new engine in ‘Spirit of Munro’

Andy Downes, 11 March 2013 14:32

As well as launching a new engine in the form of the 1819cc V-twin Thunder Stroke 111 the firm has also shown off this one-off tribute to the Burt Munro Indian speed record holding machine. Indian is now under the ownership of the massive Polaris Industries parent company and is aiming to completely overhaul America’s oldest motorcycle firm and take ...

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Husqvarna: What the future may hold

Andy Downes, 04 March 2013 14:56

Industry experts have questioned new Husqvarna owner Stefan Pierer’s plans to merge KTM, Husaberg and the famous brand into one ‘super firm’ using the car industry as inspiration. Pierer announced last week he was buying the historic Husqvarna brand from BMW which had opted to bail out from owning the firm despite five years of huge investment, renewal and design ...

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Ex-racer Emmett’s new bride dies

Andy Downes, 25 February 2013 12:39

The new wife of ex-500GP racer Sean Emmett has died after apparently falling from a hotel window while the newly married couple were on honeymoon in Dubai. Abbie Emmett, 27, died just days after arriving for a honeymoon in the United Arab Emirates with new husband Sean following their wedding two weeks ago in Cape Town, South Africa. Emmett is ...

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