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Try off-roading for free

Steve Farrell, 06 August 2012 14:29

Motorcyclists are being offered the chance to try off-road riding for free with tuition from a former world motocross champion. Off-road beginners will get free goes on bikes from Yamaha, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, AJP and Husqvarna in an event staged by the Motorcycle Industry Association. Top instructors including three-time former world 500cc champion Dave Thorpe will be on hand at ...

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Tweaks to Suzuki motocrossers

Steve Farrell, 29 June 2012 11:12

Suzuki has updated its RM-Z250 and 450 competition off-roaders with new piston and suspension components for 2013. Pistons have been made lighter, improving throttle response according to Suzuki. Both models have new Showa forks with larger 48 mm diameter for better stability.

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Rider deaths fall - again

Steve Farrell, 29 June 2012 09:25

Motorcycle fatalities fell by 10% last year despite an increase in use, according to government figures. It’s the second major drop in two years, after rider deaths fell 15% in 2010.There were 362 motorcyclists killed in road accidents in 2011 compared to 403 the year before. Meanwhile motorcycle traffic rose 0.9% in the same period. Motorcyclists are doing better at ...

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Union Jack-inspired paint job for Honda off-roaders

Steve Farrell, 14 June 2012 12:18

Honda has given its CRF250R and CRF450R dirt bikes a Union Jack-inspired paint job. The limited edition red, white and blue colour scheme is to celebrate this summer’s sporting events. A Honda spokesman said it was intended to 'echo the stylistic cues from the Union Jack flag,' adding: 'Rather poignant, given the series of summer events across the UK, encouraging us ...

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Rider and pillion ‘blown off bike’ by wind

Steve Farrell, 09 May 2012 10:38

A rider and pillion were taken to hospital after being ‘apparently blown off their bike by the wind’ on the motorway according to emergency services. Two lanes of the M4 were closed for nearly three hours after the incident at around midday on Monday near Swindon, Wiltshire. The female rider suffered a “potentially serious” head injury, ambulance crews said. Her male passenger ...

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Aprilia SRV850 ridden

Steve Farrell, 30 March 2012 14:30

Super scooters have re-ignited the top speed battle between manufacturers – a battle which has been largely irrelevant for motorcycles since hyperbikes such as Suzuki's Hayabusa started cracking 180mph 13 years ago.  But with big scooters it’s just getting under way and BMW recently claimed a top speed of 175kmh (108mph) for the C600 Sport scooter. Not bad for a ...

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Ram raiders started fire which destroyed Honda show bikes

Steve Farrell, 22 March 2012 16:49

Ram raiders are suspected to have started a warehouse fire which destroyed Honda show bikes worth around £240,000. The thieves set light to a stolen Range Rover used in the attack before escaping on two stolen motorcycles. About 30 bikes – 20 fewer than initially feared - were destroyed when the blaze tore through the premises of Honda’s events agency, ...

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Stolen vehicle squad saved

Steve Farrell, 13 January 2012 17:22

One of the country’s last remaining police stolen vehicle squads has been saved from closure. The Met’s stolen vehicle unit, which has worked to jail organised bike thieves with undercover stings and long-running investigations, had been earmarked for closure in police budget cuts. But the unit is now to remain open, sources have confirmed. Met bosses have told the squad ...

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Husqvarna's new G650GS-powered Strada 'street bike'

Steve Farrell, 30 December 2011 12:00

This is Husqvarna's latest road bike offering - a 650cc single-cylinder machine aimed at new riders. It uses the punchy engine from BMW’s G650GS, but promises to be lighter and more powerful. The Strada (Italian for street) was unveiled as a 'concept' at the Paris motorcycle show, but is due to go into production late next year. Husqvarna says its ...

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New meeting place for Brussels protest

Steve Farrell, 16 November 2011 17:34

MCN’s Brussels protest ride now has a new meeting point. At the request of Belgian police, riders will gather in a prestigious park opposite the European Commission instead of outside European Parliament. The new meeting place is Jubelpark, Parc du Cinquantenaire, Brussels 1000. Find it pinpointed by the green arrow here: http://g.co/maps/y3nmk Those arriving at the original meeting place will ...

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