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Test ride a Yamaha Super Ténéré for free at National BikeSafe Show

James Sharpe, 03 June 2010 12:13

The brand new Yamaha Super Ténéré and FZ8 are just two of the models available for test ride at the National BikeSafe Motorcycle Show later this month. It will also be the first UK showing of the models at an outdoor event.  Alongside the Super Ténéré and FZ8, Yamaha will also be offering free test rides on another 10 models, ...

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BMW C1-E Concept to make UK debut

James Sharpe, 02 June 2010 15:27

The BMW concept scooter, the C1-E, is to make its UK debut at the National BikeSafe Motorcycle Show this month. The C1-E concept is based on the existing C1, however the main difference is its electric motor, which gets its power from a lithium-ion battery, which BMW say provides, “enough power to master inner-city traffic with ease, or alternatively the ...

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Motorcycle Industry Association call for permanence in London bus lane scheme

James Sharpe, 01 June 2010 16:13

The Motorcycle Industry Association has called for motorcyclists to be allowed permanent access to London’s bus lanes. The experimental scheme in place at the moment, which currently allows bikers to travel in bus lanes in the capital, is due to end on 5 July, and the MCI are calling on the relative authorities to make the scheme permanent. Steve Kenward, ...

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Motorcyclists are ‘pathetic’ with ‘immature obsession with speed’

James Sharpe, 01 June 2010 15:59

Daily Mirror columnist Paul Routledge has sparked controversy by calling motorcyclists “pathetic” with an “immature obsession with speed.” Routledge said it is, “time for old bikers to hang up their leathers,” instructing them to “grow up and realise that the roar of a 600cc bike is the whisper of death,” when complaining over the number of bikers who took advantage ...

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Free disc-lock scheme in Blackburn area

James Sharpe, 28 May 2010 15:22

Police in Darwen near Blackburn have launched a new motorcycle security scheme after a recent series of thefts in the area. Police are actively looking for unsecured motorcycles in the area after 12 motorcycles and one quad bike were stolen in just a few months. They will be posting leaflets through doors where vulnerable bikes have been identified, which can ...

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Speed cameras inaccurate in cold weather?

James Sharpe, 28 May 2010 12:24

Motorcyclists caught speeding during the cold snap earlier this year could soon have grounds to appeal, after car driver Andrew Fowler embarked on a landmark case to prove the readings from Gatsos could be wrong in sub-zero temperatures. Fowler, 48, was clocked doing 41mph in a 30mph zone in Cambridge in February last year, but was sure his speedometer was ...

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Another Honda electric concept…

James Sharpe, 01 March 2010 17:04

Honda will unveil a three-wheel electric scooter called the 3R-C at the Geneva car show at the end of this week. Created by Honda's research-and-design facility in Milan, Italy, the 3R-C prototype’s electric drivetrain is mounted low in the three wheeled chassis, keeping a low centre of gravity for improved stability. Honda say the “high sides of the safety shell ...

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Rossi custom R1 to raise money for charity

James Sharpe, 01 March 2010 09:18

A custom Yamaha R1 decorated in Valentino Rossi’s ‘Five Continents’ graphics is to be sold at auction to raise money for Riders for Health, the official MotoGP charity. 1972 Daytona 200 winner Don Emde, who launched US based fundraiser Friends of Riders for Health, led a team who customised the bike with thousands of dollars of aftermarket parts, all donated ...

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Triumph Thunderbird turned into Café Racer

James Sharpe, 23 February 2010 13:41

This café racer version of Triumph’s Thunderbird 1600 has been put together in Sweden. Assembled by Sivert Raask, of rear-sets and accessories specialists, Raask, it features a new tank, seat, exhausts and fairing. Sivert said, “Café racers have always been my favourite bikes. Back in 1967 I bought a boat ticket from Gothenburg to London, bought a used Norton Atlas, ...

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New mini MV Agusta stalled

James Sharpe, 23 February 2010 12:22

MV Agusta’s much anticipated new mid-capacity supersport machine has been delayed due to the company’s imminent sale by Harley-Davidson. The “95% finished” inline three-cylinder 800cc sports bike is, according to eye-witnesses, the most startling MV in recent years and can lap a track just a second off the current 1000cc F4. An insider told MCN: “The bike started off as ...


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