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NEC Show: Traders feel the pinch

Michael Carroll, 08 December 2008 09:44

Retailers branded the 2008 NEC show as one of their toughest ever, as the credit crunch hit home. Some traders said sales were down by almost 50% compared to 2007, despite a good effort by the show’s organisers to attract visitors by laying on a wide variety of stands and stars. “People just don’t want to spend,” says Clare Keeley, ...

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NEC Show: Melandri asks for chassis and engine changes

Michael Carroll, 08 December 2008 09:39

Marco Melandri says Kawasaki needs to improve the chassis and power delivery of its MotoGP bike become a top level team in 2009. The Italian rider has had two tests on the 2008 bike, but will have a new bike to ride during testing in February. “I know it’s going to be a very hard challenge. The character of the ...

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NEC Show: Ghost Rider raffle sales ghastly

Michael Carroll, 08 December 2008 09:34

The Ghost Rider team failed to sell the 1000 raffle tickets they needed to give away the Suzuki Hayabusa used in one of the Ghost Rider films. A spokesman said they sold just 400 tickets, and blamed the poor position of their stand at the NEC show. They will look to sell the remaining tickets at MCN’s London Motorcycle Show ...

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Life sentence for Gerry Tobin killers

Michael Carroll, 28 November 2008 13:26

All seven Outlaw gang members convicted of killing Gerry Tobin have been jailed for life. The judge called the murder “appalling”, noting the only reason he was gunned down while riding home from the Bulldog Bash in 2007 was that he was a member of the Hell's Angels. Simon Turner, Malcolm Bull, Dane Garside, Dean Taylor, Karl Garside, and Ian ...

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Picture gallery: Ridley custom bikes

Michael Carroll, 28 November 2008 11:35

Ridley Motorcycles has three new bicycle-style machines for 2009 with small 49cc or 70cc engines. A small fuel tank is located on the cross-bar of the bike’s rigid frames, and drive comes from a pair of chains – the one on the right driven by the pedals, and the one on the left by the engine. The well-established American firm, ...

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Picture gallery: Miller 33

Michael Carroll, 28 November 2008 11:31

Miller Motorcycles has come up with the ‘33’ which is intended to mimic machines from the early 1900s. It’s built around the Harley-built, 492cc, air-cooled single-cylinder engine from the US-only, learner-friendly Buell Blast and will cost £9,999 when UK importer theinternetcarshowroom.com starts bringing them in early next year. Creator Marlow Miller says he wanted to create a veteran-style bike that ...

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Picture gallery: Thomas Harvey Racer

Michael Carroll, 28 November 2008 11:17

Thomas Harvey’s Racer is designed to run a Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 or 1200cc Evolution engine, but the firm will fit other engines depending on customer’s specifications. Buying a complete bike from the firm will set you back £13,000, but it offers a basic rolling chassis kit for £4000 so you can build your own. The kit comprises frame, tank, wheels, ...

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Picture gallery: Vintage customs

Michael Carroll, 28 November 2008 10:48

Bike builders on both sides of the Atlantic are leading a new trend in customising – the veteran or vintage-inspired look. Their aim is to build original bikes with all the style of original machines, but with the reliability today’s engineering and materials can provide. UK-based Thomas Harvey is making bikes that mimic Vintage bikes from around 1915, while in ...

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Special paint for Aprilia Dorsoduro

Michael Carroll, 14 November 2008 10:50

A UK Aprilia dealer has taken matters into its own hands, after the factory refused to produce a Dorsoduro 750 in red and white. Aprilias for sale Dorset-based Motosport Aprilia has made the Red Lion special featuring gold wheels for £6,599 on-the-road. Tel. 01929 555003

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First Buell 1125CRs shipping to UK

Michael Carroll, 22 October 2008 15:44

Buell has confirmed the first 1125CRs are filtering their way through to UK dealers for test rides and that all dealers will have a demonstrator by the end of November. Buell 1125CR first ride The firm is already taking orders for the café racer-style motorcycle, which is due to launch early in 2009 costing £7995 on-the-road. For more details, or ...

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