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Industry tributes for Kevin Ash pour in

Andy Downes, 01 February 2013 12:30

MCN columnist and world-renown motorcycle journalist and tester Kevin Ash was killed last week while testing the new BMW R1200GS in South Africa. Tributes from MCN readers flooded our website but it was also the number of those in the motorcycle industry around the world and fellow journalists that marked Ashy, as he was known, as a respected and loved ...

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BMW sells Husqvarna

Andy Downes, 31 January 2013 14:58

BMW has officially announced the sale of Italian dirt bike brand Husqvarna to Pierer Industrie AG – the firm headed by Stefan Pierer who is currently boss of KTM. MCN was the first to reveal BMW was lining up to sell the company earlier this week but that first rumour suggested it was KTM buying the company. It turns out ...

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Husqvarna being sold to KTM?

Andy Downes, 29 January 2013 16:59

High-placed motorcycle industry sources have tipped MCN off that BMW is negotiating the sale of Husqvarna to Austrian firm KTM with an announcement expected as early as the end of this week to officially confirm it. German giant BMW bought Husqvarna from MV Agusta in 2008; just as the world entered a financial crisis but has ploughed huge sums of ...

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Bikers recognised in New Years Honours List

Andy Downes, 02 January 2013 11:41

Motorcycle dealer and long time backer of motorcycle racing Colin Appleyard is one of four people from the motorcycle world honoured by the Queen in the New Year's Honours list. Appleyard has been involved in all levels of racing both on and off road for many years and is highly respected in the racing world. He has now been awarded ...

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Moove out of the way

Andy Downes, 19 December 2012 15:18

We all ride bikes on the road on the look-out for the usual idiots but this video footage from a dashboard camera on a car in Russia manages to get a rather close view of something much more unusual. Riding on Russia’s roads appears to me a huge safety challenge and the dash cameras are commonplace to try and prevent ...

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Matchless set to return

Andy Downes, 11 December 2012 09:00

The family behind the rebirth of the Belstaff fashion label has bought the rights to the Matchless motorcycle brand with plans for a return to limited retro motorcycle production. Franco Malenotti along with sons Emanuele and Michael transformed the Belstaff brand into a globally successful fashion brand and aims to do the same with the Matchless brand after buying it ...

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World Superbike Champ’s All-British Bid For Land Speed Record

Andy Downes, 04 December 2012 11:59

Former world champion James Toseland, has launched a UK attempt to break the official world motorcycle land speed record – aiming to achieve a speed of at least 400mph. On a tour of the University of Derby’s Motorsport engineering workshops Toseland saw and heard about the motorcycle streamliner project aiming to break the current official Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) ...

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Win a place on Troy Corser's off-road masterclass course

Andy Downes, 09 October 2012 15:06

MCN has teamed-up with double World Superbike champion Troy Corser to offer a place on his ‘Masterclass’ course at the Wheeldon Off Road centre in Devon; a three-day course with accommodation that normally costs £950. The prize includes three nights’ accommodation in the on-site cottages and all meals. The course runs from November 6 to 9 and is aimed at ...

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Win a free hotel room at Silverstone WSB

Andy Downes, 30 July 2012 12:55

You can win a free hotel room for three nights at this weekend’s Silverstone round of the World Superbike championship. All you have to do is log on to to be in with a chance of winning a room for two at the Snoozebox. Snoozebox is a unique portable hotel situated within the circuit. All you will have to ...

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Schwantz and Mamola lap the TT course

Andy Downes, 06 June 2012 15:48

Racing legends Kevin Schwantz and Randy Mamola were just two of the racing legends taking part in the Arai Parade Lap at the Isle of Man TT today. Other famous riders included current TT racers Michael Dunlop and Ian Hutchinson along with retired racers Neil Hodgson, Steve Plater, 13-times TT winner Phillip McCallen and British Superbike championship leader Josh Brookes. ...


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