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Steve McQueen tribute Bonneville

Dan Aspel, 16 March 2011 09:04

Steve McQueen fans rejoice: a “Great Escape”-styled Triumph Bonneville has been made, and more are on the way. Painted up to resemble McQueen’s iconic TT Special 650 from the 1963 film (itself intended to resemble a wartime BMW), the 2011 T100 boasts a raft of aesthetic updates including: an extended, painted and plated front mudguard, re-painted Hagon shocks, a single-seat ...

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Met mount up on a Moto Guzzi

Dan Aspel, 07 March 2011 17:07

London’s Metropolitan Police are running an upgraded Moto Guzzi Norge GT 1200 as part of their fleet, a spokesman has announced. The police-spec 92bhp v-twin will be used to publicise the Met’s “BikeSafe” campaign, taking part in public training days and appearing at shows. Loaned to the force by Piaggio UK and Haywards of Cambridge, the 244kg tourer is loaded ...

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Video: Royal Enfield Chennai tribute

Dan Aspel, 07 March 2011 11:26

Royal Enfield has released the following video as a tribute to the city of Chennai, its current base of operations. The video is also dedicated “to the wonderful people who build, sell, ride and maintain these beloved machines”. The once-British marque is currently building a second factory to cope with an annual Indian-market demand of 50,000 units per year.

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Che’s motorcycling companion dies

Dan Aspel, 07 March 2011 11:03

Alberto Granado – Che Guevara’s motorcycling companion and childhood friend – has died in Havana, aged 88.In 1951, the pair spent eight months riding the length of South America on a Norton 500, a journey credited with inspiring many of Guevara’s revolutionary beliefs.The 5000 mile trip – made famous by the 2004 film “The Motorcycle Diaries” – happened just eight years ...

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The home service clubs that could save you hundreds

Dan Aspel, 03 March 2011 11:42

A new type of servicing is on the rise, and it could save you hundreds on maintenance bills. Free "workshop days" - organised by online forum users - are becoming increasingly popular in the UK, where instruction and support are shared between members. Getting technical tips from fellow bike club members is nothing new, but these events are the first ...

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New Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 video

Dan Aspel, 03 March 2011 11:00

Aprilia has released the following video of the 2011 Dorsoduro 1200. The three-minute clip features plenty of shots of the 1197cc v-twin in action, overlayed with comparative clips of western saddle horse reining. The 130bhp naked comes with ABS and Traction Control as standard, as well as a three selectable fuel maps. RRP is currently set at £9,974 OTR. For ...

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Aprilia offers 0% finance deals

Dan Aspel, 02 March 2011 09:48

Aprilia is offering 0% finance packages on the Shiver 750, Dorsoduro and Dorsoduro Factory until the end of this month. The offer requires a 25% deposit and runs over a 24 month period. Alternatively 1.9% finance offers are available for a lower £99 deposit. OTR prices currently stand at £6,674 for the Shiver, £7,174 for the Dorsoduro and £7,874 for the carbon-fibre laden ...

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For sale: Valentino Rossi's motorhome

Dan Aspel, 01 March 2011 17:09

Valentino Rossi's custom-painted motorhome is up for sale.The 11.94m, eight-sleeper "Monaco Dynasty Bishop IV" has a relatively new registration - 2009 - and a comfortably low mileage of 37,777.   The 425bhp rating is roughly double that of Rossi's new Ducati GP11, but the downside is it weighs in at 20,484kg.   A standard model would cost roughly £250,000, but there's no ...

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Avoiding idiots: readers’ videos

Dan Aspel, 23 February 2011 16:26

Last week we showed you a highlight video of Dublin’s worst drivers and asked MCN readers to submit their own footage. Thanks to everyone who contributed, and we hope you enjoy six of the best that we’ve included below. From the dangerous to the controversial, they highlight some of the hazards faced by motorcyclists every day on Britain’s roads and ...

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“Ducati of the sea” unveiled

Dan Aspel, 21 February 2011 11:40

This Ducati-branded powerboat was unveiled at the Miami International Boat Show on Friday. The “Cigarette Racing 42X Ducati Edition” offers 2,200 horsepower from a pair of staggered 1,100hp Mercury Racing engines, white and Ducati Red racing livery and interior, and a 120+mph top speed. The 42ft powerboat represents the first collaboration between Ducati and the Cigarette Racing Team. Ducati CEO ...

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