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Most advanced BMW S1000RR revealed

Andy Downes, 27 July 2012 16:55

BMW has officially unveiled the new BMW S1000RR HP4 which has the world’s most advanced semi-active suspension system. The HP4 is an S1000RR with the BMW Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) along with a host of BMW High Performance (HP) parts. DDC has not yet been seen on a production bike but will be the most advanced electronically adjustable suspension system ...

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Schwantz and Mamola lap the TT course

Andy Downes, 06 June 2012 15:48

Racing legends Kevin Schwantz and Randy Mamola were just two of the racing legends taking part in the Arai Parade Lap at the Isle of Man TT today. Other famous riders included current TT racers Michael Dunlop and Ian Hutchinson along with retired racers Neil Hodgson, Steve Plater, 13-times TT winner Phillip McCallen and British Superbike championship leader Josh Brookes. ...

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Moto Guzzi reveals endurance racer kit

Andy Downes, 23 March 2012 16:57

Moto Guzzi has developed a bolt-on factory kit to transform any clip-on equipped V7 into a replica 1970s endurance racer. The kit has been inspired by the 1969 Moto Guzzi V7 Record prototype, an endurance racer that set numerous speed records for Guzzi, including one at Monza Speedbowl Circuit where the V7 achieved an average speed over 621miles (1000km) at ...

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Limited edition KTM 690 Duke Track launched

Andy Downes, 23 March 2012 13:58

KTM has launched a limited edition track-only version of the new 690 Duke, based on the bikes competing in the 2012 KTM-sponsored European Junior Cup (EJC). Just 200 examples of the bike are to have the same specification as the EJC bikes that will see riders from more than 13 Nations battle across eight rounds as a support race for ...

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Racing at 160mph on ice

Andy Downes, 12 March 2012 10:31

A completely new twist on the bike vs car race has been put together by French motorcycle magazine Moto Journal who have pitted a Yamaha R1 against a Porsche 911 on ice. The spectacular teaser video is promoting the new issue of the magazine on sale soon but it doesn’t make it clear who wins. It doesn’t really matter as ...

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Former Donington Park boss dies

Andy Downes, 02 March 2012 17:31

Robert Fearnall, a former boss of Donington Park racing circuit in Leicestershire has died at home at the age of 57 it has been announced. An official statement from Donington Park reads: “Kevin Wheatcroft, owner and executive chairman of Donington Park Racing Ltd, announced today the sad news of the death of Robert Fearnall. Robert (57) had devoted most of ...

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New Triumph Tiger Sport 1050 spied

Andy Downes, 02 March 2012 15:40

Triumph’s never-ending onslaught of new bikes shows no sign of slowing after a keen-eyed MCN reader scooped the new 2013 Triumph Tiger Sport 1050 parked while out testing. The spy shot shows a new version of the current 1050cc inline three-cylinder road-biased adventure bike which remains a popular and good value machine often favoured by those who ride every day. ...

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Ian Hutchinson feared to have broken leg again

Andy Downes, 01 February 2012 13:07

UPDATE 09:56am, 02/02/2012: It has been confirmed that Hutchinson has indeed broken his leg – both his tibia and fibula have been fractured and the damaged left leg has been externally fixated (ie put in a metal cage). It's not known how long he will be out of action, but the usual recovery time for a tib and fib break ...

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Teams prepare for world’s daftest bike adventure

Andy Downes, 24 January 2012 14:32

In just a few weeks 15 teams will navigate 1000 miles across the frozen rivers of Siberia in a fleet of 1940s Russian Ural sidecar outfits with temperatures of as low as -40C. Competitors will have to find their own route to the finish line and camp along the way. Brit Simon Limpus, 31, and New Zealand team-mate Dave Murray, 32, ...

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Kawasaki dealers launch 2012 range on 2 February

Andy Downes, 16 January 2012 11:39

More than 70 Kawasaki dealers on the evening of February 2 will be launching four new-for-2012 motorcycles, with each event also including some free prizes in a countrywide free-to-enter draw. New models being shown include the Versys 1000 adventure bike, ER-6f and ER-6n parallel-twin middleweights, plus the 200bhp ZZR1400 hypersports machine. Kawasaki states: “Divided into the North (including Scotland and ...

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