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Have you seen this bike?

Dan Aspel, 11 April 2011 09:35

This Lucky Strike Schwantz rep. 2007 GSX-R1000 was stolen on Friday, April 8th, 2011 from Palmer's Motorcycles in Hemel Hempstead, Herts. The rare and collectable machine was parked outside the store when thieves made off with the bike, pushing it down the road. Palmer's salesman Jason Fuller told MCN: "There was a van parked between the bike and the store and we believe the ...

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Video: Keira Knightley's Ducati Chanel ad in full

Dan Aspel, 25 March 2011 15:15

Chanel has released the full Keira-Knightley-on-a-classic-Ducati advert shot in September last year. For those of you not intrigued by Knightley's lean, pouty looks, there's a Ducati Supersport 750, a Ruby helmet and some curious beige overalls to admire, as well as a clearly different bike jumping the steps at 0:43s... In case you're wondering, a 50ml bottle of Coco Chanel ...

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Police appeal over £100,000 bike collector burglary

Dan Aspel, 23 March 2011 09:18

Hertfordshire police are trying to trace a rare, stolen Ducati, in a search for the thieves responsible for a £100,000 burglary. The 1998 Ducati 916 Senna – number 113 of 500 built – was stolen on the evening of Saturday 19 March from a private home in Welwyn. Thieves also took jewellery, an Audi car and other belongings valued at ...

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Speed camera authority owns up to “Crashproof motorbike” hoax

Dan Aspel, 16 March 2011 12:29

Speed camera bosses have claimed responsibility for a “crashproof motorbike” youtube hoax which gained more than 2.8million views online. The 1m27s video, which introduced a supposedly “un-crashable” motorbike, before promptly writing it off, was apparently created: “to get more riders to take part in advanced training in a bid to reduce deaths and injuries on the roads”. The Thames Valley ...

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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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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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