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BBC sack reporter for being “Hell’s Angel at the weekend”

Phil West, 14 January 2010 10:46

The BBC has dismissed one of its most experienced correspondents after discovering he was also a Hell’s Angel known as ‘Echo’ in his spare time, according to newspaper reports. The Daily Mail says that Steve Jones, 51, who joined the BBC more than 20 years ago, was uncovered when he moonlighted at weekends as a spokesman for the Hell’s Angels ...

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Wheelie biker cleared of dangerous driving

Phil West, 07 January 2010 11:22

A biker who was wheelying on an industrial estate in Telford to practice for the World’s Fastest Wheelie competition has been cleared of dangerous driving, according to newspaper reports. The Shropshire Star reports today that: Barry Brittain, 31, of Dunsheath, Telford, was found not guilty after a trial at Shrewsbury Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday Jan 6th). He had denied driving ...

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Milan Show: Ossa returns with radical trials bike!

Phil West, 10 November 2009 17:32

Legendary Spanish marque Ossa has just revealed its first new bike for 25 years at the Milan Show.  The trials and off-road specialist’s green and white bikes famously battled with the likes of Montesa and Bultaco in the 1970s. And in the hands of Brit trials star Mick Andrews won the Scottish Six Days Trial three times and the European ...

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Viper bike hits 207.101mph!

Phil West, 30 September 2009 12:42

The astonishing V10, 500bhp ‘Viper bike’ has recorded over 200mph in its first, serious speed test – and is now targeting 250mph! In an exclusive MCN test at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground, the astonishing, British-built, 8000cc machine, posted 207.101mph – with more to come. The Dodge Viper-engined bike’s creator, Allen Millyard, is now considering adding a fairing to help the bike ...

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New Norton Café Racer to star at NEC Show!

Phil West, 24 September 2009 10:39

A new Café Racer version of Norton’s eagerly-awaited new Commando 961 is set to be one of the stars of the Birmingham NEC Show in November. Based on the existing Commando 961 SE roadster, which goes into limited production this month and will also be one of the stars on the Norton stand at the show, the new Café Racer ...

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Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl talks Harley trikes

Phil West, 10 August 2009 11:31

When it comes to rock stars, they don’t come much cooler than Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana etc) – or so we thought until we saw the ad he recently made for Harley. Grohl says he got into bikes while recording legendary Nirvana album Nevermind in LA , has since owned a variety of Hogs and even that his music ...

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WSB star says road riders will love new BMW S1000RR

Phil West, 09 May 2009 21:42

Ex-WSB champion and team leader of BMW’s WSB racing effort with the firm’s stunning new S1000RR Troy Corser says road riders will be very impressed with the production version of the new superbike. Video: BMW S1000RR walk-around BMW S1000RR will match Japanese on price Speaking at the world launch of the all-new S1000RR at Monza, the Australian two-time WSB champion ...

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BMW S1000RR launch: One day to go!

Phil West, 08 May 2009 09:13

With just one day to go before the eagerly awaited world unveiling of BMW’s much anticipated S1000RR at Monza, word is coming through that it looks set to be one of the most sophisticated superbikes ever built. There’s been much talk of the S1000RR’s expected performance (190bhp plus is rumoured) and neat design touches, but the latest leaked reports are that, ...

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100 per cent import tariff on European motorcycles in US

Phil West, 12 December 2008 13:06

The US is considering imposing a massive 100% import tariff on European bikes – although it will only apply to those under 500cc. If imposed, it would result in the doubling of the price in the US of bikes, particularly off-roaders, made by the likes of Aprilia, KTM, BMW, Husqvarna, GasGas and more. The proposal is in retaliation to an ...

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First impressions: Moto Guzzi V7 launch - V7 classic is a retro roadster

Phil West, 13 May 2008 11:03

Phil West is testing the new Moto Guzzi V7 classic around Lake Como in Italy and these are his initial thoughts: “The V7 Classic is a straight forward retro roadster that aims to take on Triumph’s proven and popular Bonneville and perhaps unsurprisingly it does a really honest and authentic job of it. “It’s based on the Nevada 750 running ...


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