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Indian shows new engine in ‘Spirit of Munro’

Andy Downes, 11 March 2013 14:32

As well as launching a new engine in the form of the 1819cc V-twin Thunder Stroke 111 the firm has also shown off this one-off tribute to the Burt Munro Indian speed record holding machine. Indian is now under the ownership of the massive Polaris Industries parent company and is aiming to completely overhaul America’s oldest motorcycle firm and take ...

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Husqvarna: What the future may hold

Andy Downes, 04 March 2013 14:56

Industry experts have questioned new Husqvarna owner Stefan Pierer’s plans to merge KTM, Husaberg and the famous brand into one ‘super firm’ using the car industry as inspiration. Pierer announced last week he was buying the historic Husqvarna brand from BMW which had opted to bail out from owning the firm despite five years of huge investment, renewal and design ...

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Ex-racer Emmett’s new bride dies

Andy Downes, 25 February 2013 12:39

The new wife of ex-500GP racer Sean Emmett has died after apparently falling from a hotel window while the newly married couple were on honeymoon in Dubai. Abbie Emmett, 27, died just days after arriving for a honeymoon in the United Arab Emirates with new husband Sean following their wedding two weeks ago in Cape Town, South Africa. Emmett is ...

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Triumph goes to India with Prime Minister David Cameron

Andy Downes, 19 February 2013 09:47

Triumph Motorcycles has been invited to send representatives as part of a small delegation to India with Prime Minister David Cameron on a trade mission. The visit by Triumph follows confirmation by the Leicestershire-based manufacturer that it has secured a 30-acre plot of land in the state of Karnataka with the intention of establishing a manufacturing base for motorcycles to ...

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Free 32-page Carole Nash MCN Motorcycle Show Guide this week

Andy Downes, 13 February 2013 11:57

This week’s issue of MCN has a free 32-page guide to the Carole Nash MCN Motorcycle Show Guide which kicks off this Friday at Excel in London’s Docklands. The show starts on Friday, February 15 and runs for three days with almost all of the new bikes for 2013 on display. The show will also see the stunning Revolution live ...

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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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