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Kawasaki facing pressure over ER-6 frames

Chris Newbigging, 07 August 2007 16:02

Pressure is mounting on Kawasaki to take action over cracking ER-6 frame brackets after a crash bung maker and an owner dismiss Kawasaki’s explanation for the issue so far. The apparent problem lies with the engine mounting bracket on the right hand side – on 2006 model Kawasaki ER-6n and ER-6f machines owners across the globe have reported splitting welds. ...

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Neon blue Triumph Daytona 675

Chris Newbigging, 03 August 2007 12:52

An MCN reader has spotted one of next year’s Triumph Daytona 675s on a recent factory tour. Triumph Speed Four owner Steve Robinson told MCN: “I went on the tour of the Hinckley factory - it was a great day, and I was that Triumph are doing the Triumph Daytona 675 in Neon blue next year, my Speed Four’s colour.” Steve ...

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Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 spotted testing

Chris Newbigging, 02 August 2007 14:46

This video captured by an Italian Moto Guzzi fan is the first to show the forthcoming Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 in running form. Until now, the motorcycle has only be seen in leaked pictures from a dealer meeting last year, who were shown the machine in prototype form. The motorcycle has since been changed, and this video shows the motorcycle in an advanced state ...

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'Ludicrous' figures back call for spy chips

Chris Newbigging, 01 August 2007 10:37

The DVLA renewed calls for spy chips to be fitted in motorcycle number plates last week, claiming 37 per cent of us evade road tax. But the DVLA’s own survey could only prove that 16 per cent of bikers were riding without road tax. A report on the accounts of the DVLA published last week by the National Audit Office ...

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Simpsons Movie: Homer jumps Springfield Gorge on a bike

Chris Newbigging, 20 July 2007 17:49

Trailers for the long-awaited Simpsons movie are all over the internet – and after hours of tireless research, MCN has found the footage of Homer jumping Springfield Gorge on a motorcycle. The scene isn’t shown complete – the action is interspersed with other action from the movie – but it is clear that Homer and Bart are riding a cruiser-style ...

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Road sign 'art' removed after driver confusion

Chris Newbigging, 15 July 2007 09:30

A roadside sculpture made of ten different road signs has been removed over allegations it caused driver confusion and even accidents. The arrangement in Ashford, Kent was created by artist Michael Pinsky to mark the scrapping of the ring road, and the ten signs include both ‘no entry’ and ‘one way street signs’. Over 100 people complained, and the sculpture will ...

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First look: 2008 four-stroke Husqvarna motocross and enduro range

Chris Newbigging, 10 July 2007 15:42

Husqvarna has just launched the entire 2008 motocross and enduro motorcycle range. There are nine new models with four-stroke and two-stroke engines – here’s a breakdown of the four-stroke updates. The four-stroke Husqvarna TE 250, Husqvarna TE 450 and Husqvarna TE 510 enduro range and the Husqvarna TC 250, Husqvarna TC 450 and Husqvarna TC 510 models get a new frame ...

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Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman on Long Way Down road to Uganda

Chris Newbigging, 05 July 2007 17:16

Ewan McGregor is just about to head intoUganda on the Long Way Down motorcycle trip. Ewan and sidekick Charley Boorman are riding from John o’ Groats in Scotland to the bottom of South Africa, and are on the final stretch of road out of Kenya. Ewan McGregor spoke to Radio 1 earlier today (Thursday July 5). He said: “We’re on ...

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Motocross track gets reprieve at cost of supermotos

Chris Newbigging, 26 June 2007 09:00

A Suffolk motocross track at the centre of a dispute over planning permission has been given permission to remain open. WildTracks at Chippenham was created four years ago without permission, and planners want the track removed. But Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Ruth Kelly granted the track a reprieve, though complaints over noise will mean new noise ...

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North Yorkshire could get first speed camera

Chris Newbigging, 25 June 2007 14:22

Talks between the new Chief Constable of North Yorkshire and councils in the county could lead to a new speed camera partnership being established in the area. Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell was appointed in May this year, and has previously worked in South and West Yorkshire, who both operate partnerships. The size of the county has previously been a barrier ...

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