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The history of BMW's wonky headlights

Chris Newbigging, 27 March 2009 11:41

New spy shots have shown that BMW’s S1000RR will continue the firm’s proud tradition of asymmetrical headlights.  The shots show that the right-hand side headlight is smaller than the left and kidney shaped, housing only one projector light. See the BMW S1000RR spy shots BMW has been producing bikes with wonky headlights since the BMW R1100S in 1999, so we celebrate 10 ...

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Video: MCN’s Honda CBF125 in the snow

Chris Newbigging, 06 February 2009 15:17

Lightweight bikes are perfect tools to carry on motorcycling through the snow, as our Honda CBF125 demonstrates in this video. MCN’s Steve Farrell rode the bike 80 miles from MCN’s office in Peterborough to North London, but before he left we had some fun in a deserted car park! See MCN February 18 for Steve’s report on how the bike ...

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Video: Wild hill climb with jumps!

Chris Newbigging, 27 December 2008 09:00

If you’re familiar with the crazy bike sport of hill climbing you’ll know that it’s pretty spectacular – elongated Frankenstein machinery trying to get up near-vertical hills.  But this compilation of clips shows an even wilder variant with huge ramps halfway up that more often than not causes the competitors to get a little out of shape!

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Power-sliding on a scooter!

Chris Newbigging, 14 August 2008 10:27

Check this mad scooter rider, who somehow manages to back-in and power slide his humble Vespa!  

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Video: Crusty Demons Night of World Records jump-off

Chris Newbigging, 31 March 2008 12:43

Robbie Maddison has beaten his own jumping Guinness World Record at the Crusty Demons Night of World Records in Australia. Maddison leaped his CR500 an astonishing 351 feet, adding 29 feet to his previous world record at the three-way jump-off between Maddison, Ryan Capes and Seth Enslow at Calder Park, Melbourne. Rival stunt rider Ryan Capes held the record for ...

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Michael Schumacher wins at Barcelona on a Triumph

Chris Newbigging, 28 March 2008 09:42

These pictures have just emerged of Michael Schumacher winning a race on his Triumph Daytona 675. Sent to German newspaper Bild by two ordinary members of the public, the images show Michael Schumacher leaving pitlane and on the pace during the race at an undisclosed Barcelona race track during the race last weekend. The spectators claim Michael won at least ...

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Official: Motorcycle tax evasion is just 6.5%

Chris Newbigging, 14 February 2008 10:19

Department for Transport figures just released show that motorcycle tax evasion was just 6.5% in 2007 - not 38% as claimed just weeks ago when bikers were lambasted in Parliament for dodging tax. The rate of unlicensed motorcycles in traffic was 6.5%. The rate of unlicensed motorcycles in active stock was slightly higher at 9.8% although no clarification of what ...

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UK Potholes costing £billions

Chris Newbigging, 08 January 2008 09:35

A car warranty firm claims that potholed UK roads are costing motorists billions of pounds in repairs. Warranty Direct used claim data from nearly 500,000 cars and found that over one third and up to 47% of claims on individual brands were related to the suspension and steering. Compared with claims in the USA, some brands of car were several ...

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Lincolnshire police target bikes with hidden cameras

Chris Newbigging, 07 January 2008 10:30

Lincolnshire police forces are to use hidden speed cameras to catch speeding motorcyclists in the county. Police claim that nearly one quarter of the 79 road deaths on Lincolnshire roads were motorcyclists and has launched  ‘Operation Stealth’ to reduce that number. This spring will see police officers placed at specific locations at pre-determined times to catch speeding bikes and cars. Inspector Andy ...

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George Formby's Norton International sells for £30,000

Chris Newbigging, 04 December 2007 17:34

A Norton International purchased new by comedian George Formby sold for £30,582 at an auction on Monday (December 3, 2007). The 1947 490cc Norton International was one of many bikes owned by George Formby, who starred in the film ‘No Limits’, a spoof of the 1935 Isle of Man TT races. HVU 111 was presented to George Formby and his ...

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