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Bernie Ecclestone warns Michael Schumacher to be careful riding motorcycles

Michael Carroll, 07 May 2008 08:57

The boss of Formula 1 Bernie Ecclestone says he can’t understand Michael Schumacher’s new-found obsession with motorcycle racing, telling the general press that he worries Schumacher might injure himself on a motorcycle. Michael Schumacher plays down MotoGP wild card rumour Ecclestone said he was surprised by Schumacher’s interest in motorcycle racing due to the risks of injury, which flew in ...

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Police say motorcyclists are using roads as a personal racetrack

Michael Carroll, 02 May 2008 11:54

A motorcyclist from Penicuik, Scotland caught speeding at 120mph has prompted concern at Lothian and Borders Police, which says some motorcyclists are using quiet roads in the Borders region as private racetracks. The motorcyclist was caught during a national campaign to catch speeding drivers. Inspector Richard Latto said he was disappointed that motorcyclists continue to break speed limits, given a high ...

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Full production of Harley’s XR1200 is underway

Michael Carroll, 01 May 2008 16:08

Production of Harley Davidson’s XR1200 kicked off at the firm’s manufacturing facility in Missouri yesterday. The model is one of the most significant motorcycles produced by the manufacturer because it has been designed exclusively for the European market. The XR1200 was inspired by Harley’s XR750 flat track racer, and features a 1200cc Evolution V-Twin engine that produces around 90bhp. Harley ...

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Harley Davidson encourage motorcyclists to care for their helmet

Michael Carroll, 24 April 2008 12:36

Harley Davidson is encouraging all motorcyclists to check the condition of their crash helmet, as part of a month-long safety campaign during April to promote better helmet care. Find helmet reviews here The manufacturer points out that the materials in crash helmet’s can break down over time, and that official advice states motorcyclists should replace their helmet every 3-5 years. ...

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BMW officially unveils World Superbike contender

Michael Carroll, 16 April 2008 12:33

These are the first official pictures of BMW’s 2009 World Superbike (WSBK) contender, which was unveiled to a select group of journalists in Germany this morning. The motorcycle is named the S1000RR, and BMW plans to produce 1000 road-going versions in 2009 to satisfy World Superbike homologation requirements. The road-going version is due to feature traction control, and BMW is ...

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Campaigner claims bikers use rural roads as racetracks

Michael Carroll, 08 April 2008 09:27

A spokesman for the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has defended a statement that claims motorcyclists treat country roads like a racetrack, telling MCN his comments related to a specific road in Hampshire. Paul Miner, planning campaigner for CPRE, was quoted in an article published by Countryfile magazine focussing on the dangers of rural roads and the growing number ...

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Road-building guidelines can now be viewed online

Michael Carroll, 03 April 2008 10:45

The Department for Transport and Institute of Highway Incorporated Engineers (IHIE) have opened up their guidelines covering how roads can be built with motorcycles in mind, in a bid to improve safety. To see the guidelines go to The Guidelines for Motorcycling are now available online, and offer individual chapters advising on how bikes can be considered in road-building ...

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Michael Schumacher gets on his motorcycle, again

Michael Carroll, 31 March 2008 10:33

Former Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher has competed in his third motorcycle race in the space of a week, taking fourth place in a round of the Italian KTM Superduke cup. Michael Schumacher wins on a Triumph Schumacher recorded the second-fastest laptime during the 10-lap KTM Trophy race at Misano on the 990cc Superduke, eventually crossing the line 5.1 ...

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Road-tax on high-capacity motorcycles up by £2

Michael Carroll, 28 March 2008 11:22

The rate of Vehicle Excise Duty (road tax) for motorcycles of 601cc and over has increased by £2 to £66, a spokesman for the Treasury has confirmed. Motorcycle tax raise slammed Government claims 40% of motorcycles untaxed The change is part of Government policy to increase the amount of road tax paid by the most highly-polluting vehicles, and is only ...

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Michael Schumacher proves his motorcycling skills again

Michael Carroll, 21 March 2008 12:59

Former F1 world champion Michael Schumacher has proven yet again that he’s as capable on two-wheels as he was on four, after taking third place in a race at the Pannonia Ring in Hungary aboard a Honda Fireblade. The race took place yesterday, and saw Michael Schumacher beaten only by current German superbike championship riders Martin Bauer, who took first place, ...


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