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Yamaha presents James Toseland signature guitar

Guy Procter, 08 September 2010 10:15

Yamaha has commissioned a limited run of James Toseland-replica guitars from its musical instrument division. Five of the 52-branded RGX-A2 JT electric guitars will be made, one for JT and the other four for competition prizes. James’ number one instrument is the piano, but the postage on those is crippling. The Sterilgarda Yamaha rider will no doubt enjoy many happy ...

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Track day Bimota HB4 nearly ready

Guy Procter, 27 August 2010 16:04

Bimota’s HB4 Moto2 contender will soon be available as an ultra-exclusive track-day bike, and here it is in preparation. The bikes are powered by 140bhp World Supersport-spec engines so are more powerful than the Moto2 racers themselves. They’re being prepared by Germany’s Bimota importer under license from the factory and look set to cost a scary £146,000. Boss Denis Hertrampf ...

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Kawasaki W800 Bonneville-rival is real

Guy Procter, 27 August 2010 15:56

Kawasaki is about to reveal a bigger replacement for the defunct W650 Triumph Bonneville replica, confirming internet speculation. The bike will be called the W800 and feature a largely similar chassis, but feature a disc brake at the rear and power hiked to match Triumph’s own modern-day Bonneville, at around 60bhp. Kawasaki’s original W650 was popular with customisers, especially in ...

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Readers warn of Nigerian bike buying scam

Guy Procter, 28 May 2010 16:41

Kawasaki W650 owners Fiona and Andy Menzies are warning private bike sellers to be vigilant after narrowly escaping being swindled out of £4500. The Kinross couple had advertised their W650 online for £950 when they were contacted by a prospective buyer with an apparently German address (olicthomas@yahoo.de). He promised to send a cheque with a view to picking up the ...

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Shervin: An internet motorcycle celebrity is born

Guy Procter, 27 May 2010 15:36

Meet Shervin. He’s the proud owner of a 2005 ZX-10R, one of the most powerful and awesome bikes in the world. Only it could be better. A lot better. As Shervin has made it his mission to prove. Guest road test: Shervin reviews the Kawasaki ZX-10R It could be cooler, it could sound more awesome and it could be lighter. ...

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New Donington lease signed - racing to return from September

Guy Procter, 26 May 2010 15:11

Racing could resume at Donington as soon as September after an agreement was reached in principle to lease the blighted circuit to the Worcestershire-based Adroit group. The 25 year lease allows plenty of time for the group – which specialises in construction, infrastructure and energy – to bring the circuit “Back up to a world class standard”, according to MD ...

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MotoCzysz launches $24k-42k '100bhp continuous' oil-cooled plug-and-play electric powertrain

Guy Procter, 27 February 2010 10:09

MotoCzysz aims to swallow the competition (Agni, Mavizen) in one bite - overpowering the former and undercutting the latter with a proprietary motor/controller/battery/chassis system (though you don't get a swingarm/front end or wheels with the 'Czysz).      The first 15 buyers get $10,000 off the full $42,500 price too. You can be sure of a swift response from Azhar Hussain's ...

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FIM offers €5000 inducements to enter e-Power

Guy Procter, 19 February 2010 13:45

The FIM is offering teams €1000 (£875) per rider per race and free entry for any team willing to enter its TTXGP-rivalling e-Power series. The ‘participation allowance’ will go to the first sixteen riders in qualifying for the first round, a number thought to comfortably exceed the expected level of entries. Each rider will get the same fee for the ...

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Isle of Man minister blasts TT organisers over TTXGP split

Guy Procter, 17 February 2010 20:29

A senior Isle of Man government minister has slammed TT organisers for 'misleading' the island's chief minister into splitting with TTXGP, the body which organised and promoted last year's electric TT. John Shimmin, the minister whose vision of the island as a hub of environmentally-friendly race technology drove the partnership between the government and TTXGP, is privately said to be ...

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Ducati plans GP-style frameless superbikes

Guy Procter, 17 February 2010 11:22

Ducati is planning a ‘frameless’ future for its road-going superbikes – with the firm set to bet the farm on an aluminium version of its GP10’s revolutionary carbon design, MCN can reveal.   A new patent application purports to protect the composite semi-monococque design – which bolts headstock to engine via a structural airbox rather than a frame – used on ...

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