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Arrested man threatened to kill Valentino at Mugello this weekend

Guy Procter, 04 June 2010 09:49

A 42-year-old labourer has been arrested in the Italian town of Casale Monferrato after he admitted threatening to “put a bullet in the head” of 9-times world champion Valentino Rossi at the Mugello round of MotoGP this weekend. The man made the threat repeatedly to Rossi’s friends, family and anonymously to the media.     Police searching the man’s home found “overwhelming ...

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Monster 796 colours: did no-one tell the designers the red frame was staying?

Guy Procter, 20 April 2010 14:31

Ducati has rightly got highly excited by the near-instant colour-changing capabilities of its new Monsters, and the new 796 heralds the launch of a new set of tasty ‘logomania’ panels. Except, nobody appears to have told designers to bear in mind the 796 has a red frame. Just a red frame. Only red. Which has led to some eye-watering children-discover-mummy’s-makeup ...

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Bullish Agni taunts big money TTXGP rivals

Guy Procter, 26 February 2010 12:46

2009 electric TT winners Agni Motors are in bullish mood after confirming their entry into all three TTXGP championships, claiming big-money rivals from Mission, MotoCzysz and Brammo last year “looked five years behind when it came to the race”. Boss Arvind Rabadia made the comments after confirming his UK-based team will compete in Italian, American and British championships. Agni are ...

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Hoard of Foggy-Petronas FP1 road bikes found in Essex

Guy Procter, 10 February 2010 14:08

MCN has discovered a secret hoard of 60 £25,000 Foggy-Petronas FP1 road bikes in a bunker in Essex.  Carl Fogarty – race team manager and figurehead of the ill-fated FP1 project – said when told the news: “You’re joking – that’s amazing!” It had been thought – and stated by the team – that the bikes were shipped to Malaysia ...

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First Ride: Suzuki hydrogen fuel cell powered Burgman

Guy Procter, 05 February 2010 15:23

MCN’s Guy Procter has just finished riding Suzuki's hydrogen fuel cell powered Burgman. He phoned in his first impressions. "I've just got off the bike after a brief ride and I'm very impressed. It only makes about 11 or 12bhp which is slightly down on the 125 petrol version, but it happily cruised at 35mph. "The maximum range is given ...

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World first ride on hydrogen fuel cell Suzuki Burgman

Guy Procter, 04 February 2010 16:12

Suzuki and its British collaborator Intelligent Energy have revealed a hydrogen fuel-cell scooter based on the Burgman 125 – and MCN will be the first in the world to bring you a first ride report tomorrow. The innovative scooter runs for a claimed 210 miles on hydrogen – four times further than battery-powered rivals. It works by reacting hydrogen and ...

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Isle of Man splits with TTXGP in 'bitterly disappointing' move

Guy Procter, 28 January 2010 17:31

TTXGP founder Azhar Hussain has spoken of his bafflement and bitter disappointment after the Isle of Man launched its own electric TT race and severed arrangements with TTXGP.      "I read the press release at the same time as everybody else" says Hussain, whose series will continue with its race programs in Europe and America. 2009's inaugural TTXGP race garnered a ...

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Bimota DB8 revealed tomorrow

Guy Procter, 14 January 2010 10:38

Bimota will reveal its eagerly-awaited new road bike tomorrow, along with its exquisite new Moto2 contender, the HB4.         Read Bimota motorcycle reviews Long rumoured to be a naked version of the DB7, MCN will be first to bring you the official shots of the DB8 and all the technical info – plus the full story of the first Honda-powered ...

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Yamaha FZ8 and Super Tenere prices leaked?

Guy Procter, 13 January 2010 11:07

French site MotoStation says ‘reliable sources’ have leaked the price of Yamaha’s star bikes of 2010.   2010 Yamaha FZ8: official first picture They claim the R1200GS-rivalling Super Tenere will cost €14,999 (£13,416) inclusive of ABS and arrive in June and the middleweight roadster FZ8 €7999 (£7155) and arrive in May.    That would put the Tenere at least £2500 above the ...

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How the Honda VFR1200 should have looked says designer

Guy Procter, 06 January 2010 14:17

“It’s like a hippopotamus” says British bike designer John Keogh, deriding Honda’s new VFR1200 as “Pug-nosed, disappointing… the wrong direction – not a patch on the two bikes [Blackbird and VFR800] it replaces.” More info on the Honda VFR1200 The VFR1200’s designer Teofilo Plaza says the bike represents the “highest achievement” of Honda’s engineering and styling departments working in unity. ...

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