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Britain’s got biking talent: Golem’s Max

Laura Kennerley, 23 November 2009 14:25

Golem’s Max is the third finalist in the Britain’s got biking talent with Carole Nash competition. Owner: Anthony Hatfield, 47, Derby Why this bike? I’ve been riding for 31 years and when I first started there were lots of individual bikes out there, now you are hard pressed to tell the difference between them. I wanted something unique, and I’d ...

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Britain’s got biking talent: JPS Norton NRS588 Replica

Laura Kennerley, 23 November 2009 14:09

This Norton rep is the second finalist in the 2009 Britain’s got biking talent with Carole Nash competition. Bike: JPS Norton NRS588 Replica Owner: Tony Haywood, 52, Derbyshire Why this bike: Because of the rotary engine and the fact it’s something completely different – I didn’t want anything run of the mill. Modifications: Yamaha OW-01-derived five speed gearbox and exhaust, Spondon ...

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Vintage Vincent costs more than a Desmosedici

Laura Kennerley, 20 November 2009 17:23

How much would you pay for a 50-year-old bike?  More than the £40,000 you would have to shell out for a brand new Ducati Desmosedici? One buyer did just that when he snapped up a 1951 Vincent Black Shadow for £47,700 at auction in Harrogate, Yorkshire.     The concours standard 998cc V-4 Black Shadow was the most expensive bike sold ...

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Steve McQueen’s bike sells for almost $100,000

Laura Kennerley, 18 November 2009 14:16

A 1940 Indian Chief used by Steve McQueen as his ‘Hollywood’ bike has been sold at auction for $99,450 (£59,167). The 1000cc bike was one of McQueen’s favourite machines and was restored for him by pal and marque expert Sammy Pierce. It has had just three owners since it was sold following McQueen’s death in 1980 and remains in pristine ...

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Honda Transalp and Deauville production moves

Laura Kennerley, 17 November 2009 17:32

Honda has revealed which models will be affected when it ceases production at its Spanish factory. The factory, in Monetesa, currently makes the Honda Varadero 1000 and 125, the 700cc Deauville and 700cc Transalp for the British market. But Honda has announced that production at the plant will cease in March 2010 and move to its Italian plant at Atessa. ...

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Britain’s Hesketh brand enters electric bike market

Laura Kennerley, 16 November 2009 13:51

Newly revived British firm Hesketh Motorcycles has joined forces with New Vetrix to launch a zero emissions scooter. The Hesketh HZE-Vectrix scooter has been designed for the commuter market, and will reach a top speed of 60mph with a range of 50 miles between charges. It goes from 0-50 in 6.8 seconds and is powered by a 125v battery, which ...

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Magic FM DJ Neil Fox swaps Hog for electic bike

Laura Kennerley, 13 November 2009 17:03

Radio DJ and TV personality Neil Fox is swaping his beloved Harley Davidson for a month to trial Green Rewards’ new 60s inspired electric scooter. Fox, a non-executive director of Green Rewards, the ethical online shop and rewards scheme and has been challenged by the rest of the board of Directors to do his bit for the environment. He currently ...

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Terminator Arnie on an electric bike?

Laura Kennerley, 13 November 2009 14:02

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s days of riding Harleys might be numbered after he came face to face with Zero Motorcycle’s electric offerings. The Hollywood star turned governor of California was said to have taken a ‘special interest’ in the Zero S when he visited the Alt Car Expo. "We are honored that Governor Schwarzenegger took the time to learn about the innovative ...

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New Viper super cruiser launched

Laura Kennerley, 12 November 2009 16:32

This is the Diamondback, the new super cruiser from American firm Viper. It has a Viper 152 cubic inch all billet short stroke v-twin, which the company claims is the most powerful production v-twin in the world. It is claimed to produce 144 ft/lbs torque at 3000rpm. The Diamondback has carbon bodywork, on-the-fly adjustable air-ride suspension which can change ride ...

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Bike sales fall for 12th successive month

Laura Kennerley, 11 November 2009 11:12

Motorcycle manufacturers are calling for the Government to introduce a scrappage scheme for bikes after sales slumped for the 12th month in a row. New figures show bike sales fell 27% in October 2009 compared to the same month last year. This means sales have plummeted by 19.4% so far this year. In light of these alarming figures the Motorcycle ...

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