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Biker escapes speeding ban

Ben Purvis, 27 July 2007 15:13

A biker from Millom has persuaded a judge not to ban him after being caught for speeding, by claiming that slowing his Suzuki GSX-R1000 motorcycle would have caused a crash. Stephen Sharp was caught doing 56mph in a 30 limit on his Suzuki GSX-R1000motorcycle, but presented the judge with images of the road covered in muck from a local farm, claiming ...

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Armchair Harley for comfort on the move

Ben Purvis, 23 July 2007 12:38

In the list of things you never knew you needed, a 40mph, petrol-powered Harley-Davidson armchair capable of doing wheelies must rate pretty high.   But that hasn’t stopped an American firm from creating just such a beast. Armchair Cruisers has created a whole range of motorised chairs, including the Harley-Davidson version – although the engine isn’t a thudding Harley-Davidson V-twin, but ...

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Japan ditches power limits

Ben Purvis, 23 July 2007 12:10

We could be set for a revolution in powerful Japanese motorcycles after the abolition of power limits on motorcycle engines. For the more than a decade – since the early 1990s – Japanese firms have been limited to selling motorcycles with no more than 100bhp in Japan. In fact, power limits have been split into several levels for different capacities, ...

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Obituary: Peter Howdle

Ben Purvis, 23 July 2007 10:47

One of the founding staff members of MCN died last Sunday. Peter Howdle was one of the first members of staff at MCN, and later went on to become editor, and worked with the paper until his retirement. Known as Monsieur to friends and colleagues - he spoke a number of languages including French - he had previously worked with ...

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New motorcycling TV show announced

Ben Purvis, 23 July 2007 10:37

During September National Geographic will transmit the first of a six-episode motorcycle journey programme. The overland adventure is called ‘The Ride – Alaska to Patagonia’. Dates and times will be announced shortly. The series chronicles the fortunes of 11 novice riders on a marathon journey down the Trans Americas Highway through 12 countries. A DVD of the shows is also ...

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New 0% Suzuki Finance

Ben Purvis, 16 July 2007 12:07

Suzuki GB motorcycles have announced a new three-year 0% typical APR finance deal, with a minimum £1 deposit, running from now until 31st August 2007. The deal is applicable on all new Suzuki V-Strom 650s, Suzuki Bandit 650 (K6) models, Suzuki SV650 (K6), Suzuki DR-Z400SM, Suzuki GS500 and Suzuki GSR600 models.

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Evel Knievel and Kanye West look for reconciliation

Ben Purvis, 13 July 2007 17:06

Evel Knievel is trying to settle his law suit with rapper Kanye West out of court. The 68-year-old daredevil sued West last year for the rapper’s use of a Knievel-style costume and the name Evel Kanyevel in his “Touch the Sky” video, claiming it infringed his trademarked name and likeness, and that the video’s “vulgar and offensive” images damaged his ...

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Timbuktu by motorcycle

Ben Purvis, 13 July 2007 16:41

Long-distance biker Nick Sanders is set to star in a new TV show about his latest motorcycle trek, to Timbuktu. Saunders and a group of 18 other bikers took part in the month-long motorcycle journey, which forms the basis of the series and a new DVD. In Search of the Dakar Rally and Timbuktu will be airing on Men & Motors ...

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Motorcycle riders name most dangerous roads

Ben Purvis, 13 July 2007 15:41

The M25 is the most dreaded road in the UK according to a survey of bikers by Bennetts insurance. The research shows almost half of all bikers fear motorways more than any other road, with the M25 marked as a biker’s biggest nightmare. Roads such as the dangerous A11 and A14 came a close second to motorways as the most ...

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Solar Motorcycle

Ben Purvis, 10 July 2007 11:25

Spanish innovators at SunRed have come up with a new concept – the totally green motorcycle. The firm is developing a solar-powered scooter, with a 30mph top speed and a 12 mile range on a full charge. Once the motorcycle is parked, you unfurl a three-section shell of solar panels to allow the batteries to charge in the sunshine. Just ...


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