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Online petition for stranded Sean Emmett gains support

Andy Downes, 24 September 2013 14:49

An online petition calling for the UK Government to help get former British Superbike racer Sean Emmett returned to this country from Dubai has gained nearly 4000 signatures in just a few days.Emmett, 43, has been trapped in Dubai since the death of this new bride who Abbie fell to her death from their hotel room balcony in February earlier ...

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KTM first with anti-lowside ABS brakes

Andy Downes, 24 September 2013 13:45

KTM will be the first manufacturer to sell a bike equipped with the latest generation of ABS to work as an anti-lowside braking system on the 2014 KTM Adventure 1190R. The new braking system is the latest innovation from electronics giant Bosch and is called Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC) and it’s the first time ABS has been officially claimed to ...

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Staff Blog: My cleaning confession

Andy Downes, 23 September 2013 16:46

I know some (most) people don’t enjoy cleaning motorcycles but for me it’s a seriously satisfying part of riding bikes and I’ve just spent three hours working on the Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring this weekend.The result, I hope you will agree, manages to completely hide the fact the bike has 8000 miles on the clock under the gleaming exterior ...

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Suzuki reveals new V-Strom 1000 tech details

Andy Downes, 23 September 2013 14:19

New V-Strom 1000 gets 100bhp, traction control, ABS and three colourschemes as it enters the adventure bike market priced around £10,000 Suzuki is continuing to stretch out pre-launch information surrounding the new V-Strom 1000 adventure bike but at least now it has confirmed some concrete details about the much-anticipated motorcycle.Suzuki revealed further details of the bike at the final round ...

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BMW unveils production spec electric scooter

Andy Downes, 11 September 2013 11:05

BMW has shown off the final production version of the company’s first electric two-wheeler and it appears to be exactly the same as the concept bike MCN tested last year. The BMW C evolution scooter is the third of a trio of scooters released by BMW and it joins the conventional petrol-powered C600 Sport and C650GT models already on sale. ...

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Ducati Scrambler well underway

Andy Downes, 26 August 2013 07:00

Ducati’s old Scrambler 250 was built from 1962 through to 1968 in various 250, 350 and even 450cc single-cylinder guises and managed to create a cool, accessible bike that was completely of the time. Now the Italian firm wants to recapture this brand with a new Scrambler which will take the old styling and bring it bang up to date ...

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Road closed to bikes only near Ace Café

Andy Downes, 20 August 2013 11:21

A local council has banned just motorcycles using a road near the famous Ace Café in North London as part of a six-week trial following months of complaints about anti-social riding and racing on the road. Brent council has now banned motorcycles from Rainsford Road after a number of complaints about dangerous riding and large groups of bystanders. The ban ...

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Panigale 899 spied testing

Andy Downes, 20 August 2013 09:50

A test and development version of the new Ducati Panigale 899 has been spotted parked on an Italian street just weeks ahead of the official launch of the bike. The bike is a smaller capacity version of the Panigale 1199 and can be seen have a series of changes over the bigger bike as the Italian firm has cut development ...

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New Kawasaki Z1000SX spied

Andy Downes, 20 August 2013 09:37

This is the updated 2014 Kawasaki Z1000SX which was scooped while filming a video in Norway ahead of the official launch of the bike at the end of September. We have no official information on the bike but changes to the current model include redesigned hard panniers and subtle changes to the shape of the front lights and top fairing. ...

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New on-the-spot fines introduced

Andy Downes, 16 August 2013 11:40

Fixed penalties for careless or inconsiderate driving came into effect today with mobile phone use and middle lane hogging among a series of offences which will bring an increased fine of £100. Other offences covered in what has been described as the biggest shake-up in road policing in 40 years include tailgating, failing to give way at a junction, overtaking ...

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