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Marlon Brando estate sues Harley-Davidson

Andy Downes, 18 May 2011 12:16

The estate of actor Marlon Brando has issued a lawsuit against Harley-Davidson over the unlicensed use of the Brando name on a line of motorcycle boots. Brando died in 2004 but his estate and name are still protected by a company called Brando Enterprises which has to approve any use of the name on products sold. A press release states: ...

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Riders for Health offers chance to buy a Ducati two-seater MotoGP ride

Andy Downes, 05 May 2011 16:46

Charity Riders for Health is offering the chance to ride on the back of a MotoGP bike with the two-seater Ducati ridden by ex-racer Randy Mamola. This is the only time during the year there is a chance to buy a ride on the Desmosedici as the rest of the rides are given to local celebrities. The Ducati Desmosedici two-seater ...

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Honda CBR Celebration event this weekend

Andy Downes, 22 March 2011 09:30

Honda will be launching three new CBR models at dealers around the country this weekend to mark the arrival of the new CBR125R, CBR250R and CBR600F with all three bikes now available with a free ‘Honda Happiness’ warranty package.The CBR Celebration weekend is happening on March 25 to 27 at dealers across the country as the three models are introduced. ...

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Jack Lilley Triumph to unveil three new specials at open day

Andy Downes, 16 March 2011 12:18

Jack Lilley Triumph is celebrating the start of Spring by hosting an open day and unveiling three new specials based on a Daytona 675, new Speed Triple 1050 and Sprint GT. The new bikes are just one of the many attractions being held throughout the open day on March 27 between 10am and 4pm in Ashford, Middlesex which also includes ...

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Horex VR6 starts road testing

Andy Downes, 11 March 2011 14:42

New German manufacturer Horex has begun track testing the new 1200cc supercharged VR6 ahead of sales later this year. This the first time the bike has been pictured outside of bike shows and with the engine actually working inside a bike. A statement from the firm reads: "In this phase of the test series we mainly wanted to determine whether ...

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Derbi launches new paintjobs on GPR125 and GPR50

Andy Downes, 04 March 2011 14:54

Derbi is celebrating winning the 125GP racing title in 2010 with two new colourschemes for the GPR125 and GPR50 this year with a ‘racing red’ and ‘racing grey’. Spaniard Marc Marquez won the title for Derbi last year and the two bikes have been designed to mark the firm winning 20 world championship titles since 1962.

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"MV Agusta F3 should double sales"

Andy Downes, 25 February 2011 17:11

MV Agusta boss Giovanni Castiglioni's main priority is the new three-cylinder MV Agusta F3 675cc supersports bike, which he says is already ahead of schedule. The first bikes will go into full production in September, with the first 200 being Serie Oro (Gold Series) bikes that will be collector models and much more expensive than the standard machines. Castiglioni said: "At ...

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Ducati second only to Apple in product placement awards

Andy Downes, 23 February 2011 11:19

Ducati has been voted second only to the all-conquering Apple technology company in a series of advertising awards about product placement in films in 2010. Ducati placed second behind Apple as the most memorable product placement on 2010 for being involved in four major blockbusters; The Expendables, Takers, Wall Street 2 and Tron Legacy. Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz were ...

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Make your own Pierobon special for £7800

Andy Downes, 21 December 2010 13:01

Italian frame-building magicians Pierobon have turned its previously track-only F042 chassis into a road bike that could cost less than £8000 to build. The F042 chassis has been around for a few years and has been specifically made to suit the 85bhp, two-valve, air-cooled Ducati motors from the likes of the old Multistrada 1000 and Monster S2R.  This is just ...

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Staff Bikes: Ducati Multistrada - loan leaves an impression

Andy Downes, 22 November 2010 16:36

Getting my hands on the Editor’s Ducati Multistrada 1200 was meant to be for just one afternoon so I could do some advanced rider training, but after some begging it turned out to last nearly a week. The reason was simple…I bloody loved it and the thought of giving it back to Marc Potter, or indeed anyone, was horrible.    I’d ...

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