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TT races in Birmingham? North Circular GP?

Transport minister Mike Penning has announced a consultation document which, if passed as law, would allow councils to hold bike (or car) races on public roads. This would bring mainland UK in line with Northern Ireland, where the councils arrange all manner of commendably unhinged road races. Penning said: "There is a huge following for motor sports in this country ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 08 April 2011

Pick up a bargain Desmosedici at British MotoGP

Besides watching qualifying for the British MotoGP at Silverstone on June 11, fans will also have the chance to pick up a bargain Ducati Desmosedici RR. The exclusive V4 race replica is up for auction at the circuit on the day before the GP, along with a selection of other bikes and kit. The 2008 one-owner Desmo is in full ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 01 April 2011

TT3D: Closer to the Edge trailer

This is the trailer for 'TT3D: Closer to the edge', which was shot at last year's TT using ultra-expensive 3D cameras. It's released on April 15 and will be shown in all Vue multiplexes. Though aimed at a wider audience than just TT fans and motorcyclists, on this evidence it looks like being the bike film of the year by ...

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  • General news
  • 25 March 2011

Stolen bike spotters guide – time to check those chassis numbers...

This week's MCN – out Wednesday, March 23 – contains a crucial two pages for anyone contemplating buying a used bike. Following the police raid of Brands Hatch, where 16 racers had their bikes seized, MCN has produced a pull-out poster showing what genuine chassis and engine numbers look like for each manufacturer. Checking the fonts on the poster against ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 23 March 2011

New Honda CBR250R: how fast?

At first glance, Honda's new £3688 CBR250RR is a lot of bike for its price. Which might sound a little odd from the standpoint of being ‘just’ a single-cylinder bike with power output capped to just 26bhp. But a comparison with the competition speaks volumes: Kawasaki’s Ninja 250R costs £861 more at £4549, and Hyosung’s capable GT250R is £3799. And ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 18 March 2011

Sky Sports presenter completes first ever ladies speedway school

Sky Sports presenter Charlie Webster headlined the first ever Ladies Speedway Training day – a special charity event organised by ex-riders Barry Bishop and Steve Mills. Thirty women had a go at riding a speedway bike for the first time at Sittingbourne Speedway with ex-world champion Sam Ermolenko on hand to give tuition. Entertainingly, Ermolenko was the only crasher of ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 10 March 2011

Best of British customs

The London International Custom Bike Show at the Alexandra Palace might have been lacking in terms of vendors – the main hall looking very sparse for what should be a prestigious show – but the motorcycles on display showed the type of ingenuity and engineering that puts Britain right at the top of the custom bike world. In MCN next ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 04 March 2011

Ice stunter responds to 'harsh' web comments

Stung by web comments saying he couldn't wheelie, a Hungarian stuntman has hit back with this: a new ice video featuring - you guessed it - lots of wheelies. Pásztor Tamás – who helped make the video – told MCN: "Our first ice riding video unexpectedly became a big international hit – we want to thank motorcyclenews.com for the contribution. ...

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  • General news
  • 04 March 2011

Are you young? Would you buy a Kawasaki W800?

Kawasaki has revealed they expect their new W800 retro to attract younger buyers. Kawasaki's Martin Lambert told MCN that, surprisingly, their research showed the Triumph Bonneville-rival would be popular with under 30s as well as older classic fans. The research has been backed up by experience, said Lambert: "I've spoken the Kawasaki UK field sales team to get a flavour ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 03 March 2011

KTM stops illegal imports

KTM has announced it has shut down the lucrative trade in illegally imported KTMs. The bikes, believed to be new off-roaders imported from the USA, had not been correctly assembled prior to sale or given basic pre-delivery safety inspections according to KTM. KTM said that one importer at the centre of the legal action was responsible for illegally importing £160,000-worth ...

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  • 17 February 2011

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