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Video: Aprilia USA in Space Shuttle tribute

Dan Aspel, 08 July 2011 10:39

Aprilia’s USA division has released the following tribute to the now decommissioned space shuttle program. It’s essentially an RSV4 advert, but with enough heart-stopping shots of 81 million horsepower rockets to justify the association. The Aprilia team says: “Crossing performance boundaries never thought possible and forging new frontiers in innovation… making and racing motorcycles wouldn't be entirely alien to the ...

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Are you a bad man?

Dan Aspel, 04 July 2011 10:50

Open auditions are being held to fill the role of "Bad Man" in an up-coming British film. The ideal candidate will be a male sportsbike rider aged between 28 and 40. Both street riders and professional racers will be considered. Auditions are being held in Glasgow in the coming week. The film - titled "Under the Skin" - is based on Michel Faber's gruesome Sci-Fi ...

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Video: Relentless short stories – Isle of Man TT

Dan Aspel, 01 July 2011 11:44

Road-riding sponsor Relentless has released the following video as part of its “Short Stories” film competition. A five-and-a-half minute tribute to the Isle of Man, the TT riders and fans, director Ross Casswell’s entry also features commentary from this year’s triple-podium placed Guy Martin. Relentless says the film: “has given us a stunning visual evocation of the sweeping landscape of ...

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Build your own electric road racer

Dan Aspel, 01 July 2011 11:27

Mavizen, the organisers of the electric TT, have dramatically slashed the cost of buying an electric race bike, to less than £8000. There’s just one catch – you’ll have to build it yourself. This is no DIY home-build special though. The Mavizen LEO.X can only be bought as a complete package, which includes a five-day college course on electrical theory, ...

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Brammo starts European production

Dan Aspel, 29 June 2011 10:07

Electric motorcycle manufacturer Brammo has started production in Hungary, expanding its business into Europe for the first time. Production is taking place at the Flextronics facility in Sarvar and will include both the Enertia and Enertia Plus models. Brammo claims that the newly adapted production line will be capable of manufacturing 660 bikes per month. Supplying North American, European and ...

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Wanted: "Extraordinary Honda rider"

Dan Aspel, 29 June 2011 09:51

Honda is looking for "extraordinary" Honda owners to feature in a Channel 4 documentary short film. Hoping to celebrate the "interesting and innovative" ways in which people use their Hondas, the Japanese firm is on the lookout for "outlandish", "unexpected" and "daft" entries, the best of which will be selected for broadcast on Channel 4 and More 4. As Honda ...

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Electric superbike smashes Pikes Peak record

Dan Aspel, 28 June 2011 17:30

Chip Yates’ 240bhp electric superbike has smashed the electric motorcycle record at the 89th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, beating the previous year’s time by over four minutes. The American’s self-built and self-funded electric racer has also become the most power motorcycle of any kind to finish the gruelling 12.42 mile mountain course. Putting in a final time of 12:50.094 ...

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33bhp test rider wanted!

Dan Aspel, 08 June 2011 15:10

Have you got a 33bhp-restricted licence? Fancy testing some bikes with MCN? We’re looking for a young rider to take part in next week’s “33bhp shoot-out”. You’ll ride the bikes, tell us your thoughts and feature in biking’s biggest weekly publication. So, if you’re young(ish), currently on a 33bhp restricted licence, free on Wednesday 15th June and can get to ...

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The amazing Hayabusa dirt trike

Dan Aspel, 03 June 2011 15:54

How do you go faster when you’re off-roading? Just add more BHP, right? This twisted logic is the basis for one of the oddest custom builds to surface on the internet yet: a GSX1300R Hayabusa dirt trike. The custom-built axle assembly is attached to a custom made drag-bike styled swingarm. To push the limits of sense and taste, it has ...

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Video: Aprilia RS4 125

Dan Aspel, 02 June 2011 11:14

Aprilia has released the following video of the new RS4 125. Due in dealerships in July, the four-stroke 125cc machine is styled after the 2010 WSB-winning RS4. Priced at £3999, features include: 41mm USD forks, a 300mm front disc brake with radial 4-piston caliper, a die cast aluminium frame, an underslung exhaust, quick-release pillion cover and an optional quickshifter (£99). ...

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