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KTM puts Venom project on hold

Chris Newbigging, 25 March 2009 09:42

KTM’s Venom naked superbike project has been put on hold while it concentrates on making the RC8 a success. The concept shown in 2004 was expected to materialise as a production model for 2009 (one year after the RC8 superbike), but it never appeared. KTM’s Thomas Kuttruf explained to MCN the reason for the delay: “The bike is standing in ...

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122mph biker jailed for six months

Chris Newbigging, 02 March 2009 13:49

A biker has been sentenced to six months in prison for riding at 122mph with his 14 year-old son pillion. Robert Bennett was sentenced earlier today (Monday 2 March) to six months in prison as well as an 18-month driving ban for speeding on his Suzuki Hayabusa on the A361 in North Devon in April 2008. He had picked his ...

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Video: BMW G450X and snowboard stunts

Chris Newbigging, 25 February 2009 17:11

BMW's G450X has an unusual new purpose in this video as it powers a winch to help a snowboarder jump a river! The enduro motorcycle's back wheel winds up a long cord with a handle on the end, which the daring snowboarder grabs hold of to build up enough speed to jump clear over a frozen river.

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Salt shortage forces councils to leave roads untreated

Chris Newbigging, 05 February 2009 17:36

Depleted grit supplies are forcing local councils to only grit major A-roads, motorways and bus routes leaving other roads at the mercy of the elements. The Local Government Association said council gritters have been operating non-stop to keep roads open, resulting in council supplies running low. Some councils have had to resort to rationing grit to keep major A-road and ...

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Design legend Massimo Tamburini retires

Chris Newbigging, 03 December 2008 16:28

Massimo Tamburini has retired from MV Agusta’s design department after 23 years designing iconic bikes including the Ducati 916 and the MV Agusta F4. His retirement will be effective from the 31st of December 2008, and he will be moving in design outside motorcycles. As well as designing the Ducati 916 and MV F4, he was also one of the ...

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Ewan McGregor’s Moto Guzzi for sale

Chris Newbigging, 20 November 2008 17:15

Ewan McGregor is selling his Moto Guzzi California to raise money for children’s charity UNICEF. McGregor picked the bike up personally from the Moto Guzzi factory and rode it back to the UK, but is now selling the bike to raise funds to help children’s projects around the world. His statement on the auction reads: “Hello, I’m Ewan McGregor, a ...

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Kawasaki recall ZZ-R1400s over frame collapse risk

Chris Newbigging, 09 June 2008 15:05

Kawasaki is set to recall a number of 2006 and 2007 model ZZ-R1400s over fears that part of the frame could fail and cause the rear suspension to collapse. Video: 2007 Kawasai ZZR1400 vs 2008 ZZR1400 The UK announcement follows a US recall by Kawasaki North America. The recall notice posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration database reads: ...

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Buell 1125R notches up more racing success

Chris Newbigging, 03 April 2008 14:49

A Buell 1125R has finished on a race podium for the second time in two weeks. Video: Buell 1125R first ride Bruno Destoop rode the near-stock machine to second place in the first round of the ‘Top Twin’ championship, beaten only by a £24,000 Ducati 1098R. A second 1125R finished in fourth, split by a second Ducati. A German team ...

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January motorcycle sales drop 5.2%

Chris Newbigging, 08 February 2008 15:01

New motorcycle sales in January 2008 dropped 5.2% compared to the same time period in 2007. 6594 bikes were sold during the month, compared to 6955 motorcycles sold in January 2007. Honda sold the most motorcycles with 920 units sold, and the BMW R1200GS was the largest selling individual motorcycle.    

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Leon Haslam drifts the 2008 Honda Fireblade

Chris Newbigging, 07 February 2008 17:27

These amazing pictures show British Superbike star Leon Haslam drifting the 2008 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade at Brands Hatch yesterday. Leon and HM Plant Honda team mate Cal Crutchlow were riding the road version of the new motorcycle at a Honda promotional day, and as well as getting a feel for the motorcycle which forms the basis for their new race ...

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