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Proof bikes and snow CAN mix

Phil West, 07 January 2010 17:09

At least, they can when you’ve got… …an old Honda trailie and shorts…  … a Ural 2WD sidecar… … A V-twin custom bike… … Or even just a Suzuki GN125 and Gilera DNA50 Just don’t try it at home kids…

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Donington “up and running as soon as possible”, says Wheatcroft

Phil West, 06 January 2010 16:21

Donington Park’s new lease-holders will be announced in the next couple of weeks and work to re-open the troubled circuit is underway, according to circuit owners, the Wheatcroft family. Kevin Wheatcroft, son of the late Tom Wheatcroft who re-established the East Midlands circuit in the 1970s and ‘80s, was speaking out for the first time since businessman Simon Gillett’s ambitious ...

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Chinese bikes get sexy

Phil West, 31 December 2009 13:00

This cool, three cylinder roadster is, believe it of not, the latest bike to come out of China! Dubbed the Vento Café GT its being built by PTS Motors and uses an air-cooled, 399cc transverse triple originally designed for quad bikes, in a lithe chassis which boast inverted forks and alloy rimmed wire wheels among its spec. The stylish design ...

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Final Buells go to museum

Phil West, 31 December 2009 11:30

The last Buells to be built have been donated to the Barber Motorsports Museum in Alabama. Parent company Harley-Davidson stunned the motorcycling world when it pulled the plug on its subsidiary Buell brand back in September after 26 years producing quirky, mostly H-D-powered road and sports bikes. The very last Buell, a Lightning XB12S, rolled off the assembly line at ...

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Harley's main plant lives on - but with 50% job cuts

Phil West, 04 December 2009 11:07

Troubled Harley-Davidson has announced that its main assembly plant in York, Pennsylvania will survive – but only after a massive restructuring which will see the workforce halved. The decision comes following a major review of the crisis-ridden company’s operations and prolonged negotiations with the York workforce, which currently numbers 1950. Under the new plan, which was apparently agreed by 89% ...

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World Exclusive: 2010 Norton Commando 961 SE - first ride tomorrow

Phil West, 19 November 2009 15:34

Norton's brand new production Commando 961 SE will be tested for the very first time by MCN on Friday. The eagerly-awaited, British-built machine has been fully re-engineered after a full year's worth of development and features an all-new, air-cooled, fuel-injected 961cc parallel twin engine good for an expected 85-90bhp; a chrome-moly steel tube chassis and bristles with the very best ...

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New Rieju RS3 125 to be launched at Milan - UPDATED

Phil West, 02 November 2009 15:04

MCN has just received full technical details of Rieju’s new RS3 sports 125 which is due to be officially unveiled at the Milan Show next week (Nov 9). These images show how the new bike, which replaces Rieju’s old RS2 sportster and which has been designed in collaboration with UK-based Xenophya Design, will look – and it’s clearly influenced by ...

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Win a special ZX-6R from Kawasaki

Phil West, 07 August 2009 14:20

As part of their Ninja 25th anniversary celebrations, Kawasaki Motors UK have created a stunning Ninja ZX-6R which they are giving away in a free to enter draw. The bike, with its Dream Machine paintwork, also has other subtle mods taking its retail value to over £10,000. Obvious changes are the Akrapovik road legal end can, Kawasaki LSL rearsets and ...

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BMW release limited edition ‘Pikes Peak’ Megamoto.

Phil West, 08 May 2009 13:58

Is this the most awesome production supermoto ever? It’s the brand new BMW HP2 Megamoto ‘Pikes Peak edition’ of which just 40 are being built for the Japanese market. Built to commemorate the firm’s success in the classic Pikes Peak American hillclimb, the limited edition is unchanged mechanically from the strandard (but already awesome) HP2 Megamoto, but features BMW USA ...

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Byk33r number plate up for grabs

Phil West, 06 April 2009 14:43

A unique biker registration number has gone on sale. ‘BYK33R’ is being offered for £2000 after it’s owner decided to give up bikes due to a long standing shoulder and elbow injury. “I’ve got a great respect for bikes and I love them but I just can’t do it any more,” said owner Martin. Interested parties can call him on ...

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