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New 2012 BMW S1000RR tech details

Just two years after BMW launched the class-leading 1000cc sportsbike the firm has given the bike a long list of changes aimed at improved handling, more mid-range torque and improved throttle response. The overall look of the bike might, at first glance appear the same but on closer inspection the long list of minor revisions becomes clear. A new tailpiece, ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 20 October 2011

Staff bikes: MV Agusta Brutale - Brutale turns storm chaser

The plan was simple enough. The reality turned out to be a tiny bit different thanks to the howling gales that affected the North of England courtesy of Hurricane Katia. It was supposed to be a two-day trip on the MV Agusta Brutale to Moffat in Scotland to stay at the brilliantly biker-friendly Buccleuch Arms Hotel, taking in five National ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 13 October 2011

Alpinestars El Nino waterproofs

Alpinestars El Nino waterproofs, £89.99 Miles covered/time: 1500miles/three years What’s good: They are completely waterproof which is handy as that is their only aim. I always find it incredibly disappointing when a one-use motorcycle garment fails to perform but there is no such worry with this one-piece waterproof oversuit. Some of the rides I have worn these Alpinestars El Nino ...

  • Motorcycle Products
  • Leathers, jackets & suits
  • 26 September 2011

Amusing Carlsberg biker ad showing online

This Carlsberg beer advertisement has surfaced online and shows a fly-on-the-wall filmed series of reactions to people walking into a cinema packed almost to capacity with tattooed bikers. The films show a 150 seat cinema with all but two seats taken by an array of large and tattoed bikers and what happens when innocent couples who are not in on ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 23 September 2011

Motorcyclist rescued from blazing crash

This amazing footage has emerged showing a motorcyclist being rescued by passers-by after he became trapped under a car he had been in collision with. The footage is on the BBC website and was taken by CCTV cameras near the Utah State University in America with the BBC report stating the crash happened “when a driver crashed into a motorcyclist ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 13 September 2011

Bird box disguised as a speed camera

A pensioner in Somerset has become so fed up with speeding road users breaking the 30mph limit through his village that he built a bird box in the shape of a speed camera and put it up outside his house. Ian Magee lives in Willerton, Somerset and spent a week building a wooden bird box as an exact replica of ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 22 August 2011

Staff bikes: MV Agusta Brutale 920 - the highest mileage 2011 model

MCN's 2011 Brutale is now the highest mileage specimen in the UK, and possibly the world, after clicking through 4000 miles and its first major service. The scheduled service was carried out at MV dealer Drayton Croft in Hinckley, Leicestershire, and cost £200. The work took two hours and saw the oil and filter changed, the bike given a check ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • First rides & tests
  • 19 August 2011

KTM new models leak

KTM’s new models for the next three years have leaked after an American dealer managed to snatch a mobile phone picture from inside a presentation. The image shows plans through to 2014 with model highlights including an Enduro R 690 and new motocross bikes for 2012 with Duke 350, Adventure R 1090 and Super Duke R 1290 for 2013 and ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 02 August 2011

Onboard lap of the Nurburgring with a gyro-camera

This new video put together by Bridgestone straps a gyroscopic camera to a Kawasaki ZX-10R and shows Bridgestone tyre tester Tim Röthig on a flying lap of the Nurburgring in Germany. Gyroscopic cameras have been used in MotoGP for the past few months and manage to give a unique perpective of racing as the camera stays level no matter how ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 28 July 2011

Ariel back with £20,000 bespoke bikes

British firm Ariel will return with a new road bike next year which will be built in Britain but use a Honda engine. Ariel's motorcycle-loving owner promises the bike will be "high-performance, fun to ride and bespoke" and says it will cost around £20,000. Ariel currently makes high performance cars - its Atom tops the Top Gear all-time leader board ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 27 July 2011

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