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Ducati boss to leave?

Andy Downes, 15 April 2013 10:25

Rumours from Italy suggest Ducati CEO Gabriele del Torchio is set to leave the company to take up the helm at Italian airline Alitalia after more than five years at the Bologna bike firm. Italian business publication Ansa was the first to break the news but Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera was able to get a quote from del ...

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Motorcyclists not to blame in most accidents

Andy Downes, 29 March 2013 18:00

New data from more than 1600 motorcycle accident last year have shown 80% of accidents were caused by other road users; a fact that flies in the face of controversial BBC programme ‘How Safe are Britain’s Roads?’ shown last year. The BBC show claimed ‘loss of control on a bend’ was the main cause of motorcycle accidents but of the ...

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Hodgson vs Walker…again

Andy Downes, 13 March 2013 16:36

The bitter feud between British Superbike racers Neil Hodgson and Chris Walker in 2000 remains one of the closest-ever racing battles and they will be revealing all for the first time on stage in April. Hodgson and Walker will be joined on stage by ex-racer and Eurosport commentator James Whitham at the Hilton Hotel, Dartford Bridge on April 5. Hodgson ...

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Bikers arrested over motorway marriage blockade

Andy Downes, 13 March 2013 16:11

Four men, including the groom-to-be have been arrested following a marriage proposal in which hundreds of bikers blocked a Californian motorway. The groom and three friends were all arrested for the ‘investigation of misdemeanour public nuisance’ and ‘participating in an unlawful assembly’. The 24-year-old groom, Hector Martinez of Covina, California was also arrested for investigation of ‘exhibition of speed’. As ...

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Indian shows new engine in ‘Spirit of Munro’

Andy Downes, 11 March 2013 14:32

As well as launching a new engine in the form of the 1819cc V-twin Thunder Stroke 111 the firm has also shown off this one-off tribute to the Burt Munro Indian speed record holding machine. Indian is now under the ownership of the massive Polaris Industries parent company and is aiming to completely overhaul America’s oldest motorcycle firm and take ...

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Husqvarna: What the future may hold

Andy Downes, 04 March 2013 14:56

Industry experts have questioned new Husqvarna owner Stefan Pierer’s plans to merge KTM, Husaberg and the famous brand into one ‘super firm’ using the car industry as inspiration. Pierer announced last week he was buying the historic Husqvarna brand from BMW which had opted to bail out from owning the firm despite five years of huge investment, renewal and design ...

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Ex-racer Emmett’s new bride dies

Andy Downes, 25 February 2013 12:39

The new wife of ex-500GP racer Sean Emmett has died after apparently falling from a hotel window while the newly married couple were on honeymoon in Dubai. Abbie Emmett, 27, died just days after arriving for a honeymoon in the United Arab Emirates with new husband Sean following their wedding two weeks ago in Cape Town, South Africa. Emmett is ...

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Triumph goes to India with Prime Minister David Cameron

Andy Downes, 19 February 2013 09:47

Triumph Motorcycles has been invited to send representatives as part of a small delegation to India with Prime Minister David Cameron on a trade mission. The visit by Triumph follows confirmation by the Leicestershire-based manufacturer that it has secured a 30-acre plot of land in the state of Karnataka with the intention of establishing a manufacturing base for motorcycles to ...

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Free 32-page Carole Nash MCN Motorcycle Show Guide this week

Andy Downes, 13 February 2013 11:57

This week’s issue of MCN has a free 32-page guide to the Carole Nash MCN Motorcycle Show Guide which kicks off this Friday at Excel in London’s Docklands. The show starts on Friday, February 15 and runs for three days with almost all of the new bikes for 2013 on display. The show will also see the stunning Revolution live ...

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Industry tributes for Kevin Ash pour in

Andy Downes, 01 February 2013 12:30

MCN columnist and world-renown motorcycle journalist and tester Kevin Ash was killed last week while testing the new BMW R1200GS in South Africa. Tributes from MCN readers flooded our website but it was also the number of those in the motorcycle industry around the world and fellow journalists that marked Ashy, as he was known, as a respected and loved ...

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