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KTM RC8 makes track debut

The first racing version of KTM’s new RC8 got on track last week for shakedowns at Cartagena in Spain, the factory has revealed. The race bike was piloted by Austrian rider Rene Mahr, who has been confirmed as an official KTM rider for the World Superstock Cup this year. Despite being dogged by bad weather during the test, which prevented ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • 18 February 2008

Snow-going motorcycle

While we don’t quite get the winters for it in this country, this creation from Canadian firm AD Bovin is designed to turn your road bike into a snow-cycle. Although it’s not the first firm to make such a kit – replacing the rear wheel with tracks and the front with a ski – the new Explorer kit is designed ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 15 February 2008

Department for Transport admits motorcycle tax evasion figures “were inflated”

New tax evasion figures released today show that only 6.5 percent of bikes seen on the road during surveys are without tax – making a mockery of earlier Department for Transport reports claiming nearly 40 percent of motorcyclists dodged road tax. The report comes just three weeks after the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee singled out motorcyclists as lawbreakers, ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 14 February 2008

Percy’s MV Agusta Brutale

Just when you think MV Agusta can’t possibly launch another limited-edition version of one of its bikes, another one crops up – and the Brutale is the latest in line for the treatment. The all-white Brutale “By Percy” is an official link-up with Percy Irausquin, a fashion designer, who’s been personally responsible for removing every last trace of taste from ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 14 February 2008

BMW's uncrashable motorcycle

However hard kit manufacturers try to make crashing safer there’s always set to be a risk if you come off your motorcycle – but now manufacturers are working on ways to make the very act of falling off a far more remote possibility. One of the leaders in the field is BMW, the firm that pioneered ABS brakes, electronic suspension ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 13 February 2008

KTM reveals RC8 racer

KTM might not be planning to enter WSB with the new RC8 just yet, but it's hoping to use the machine in Superstock racing and has just unveiled the first race-prepared version of the stunning new superbike. Complete with race fairings, rearsets and several other minor tweaks, the firm's racer is set to start testing in earnest next week. Former ...

  • Motorcycle Sport
  • 08 February 2008

Suzuki reveals 2008 GSX-R prices

Suzuki revealed the final pricing of the new GSX-R600 and 750 at the MCN London Motorcycle Show and announced plans for a limited-edition white version. Click here for news from the Suzuki GSX-R 750 launch in Paris The first new 2008 GSX-R600s to arrive in the country will be the limited-run all-white machines, of which only 220 will be available ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 01 February 2008

Unique Rocket III build is shaping up

One of the top custom bike builders in Britain, Roger Allmond, is currently finishing off the most extreme project he has ever taken on in the form of a Rocket III - based beast Roger shot to fame when he competed in the annual AMD Championships in 2005 with his Ducati T - Bob and has now been commissioned by ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • Custom & modified bikes
  • 23 January 2008

Motorcycle parking boost

Motorcyclists in Kensington and Chelsea are set to benefit from improved parking facilities. The Council has increased the capacity of free parking bays in popular visitor areas and residents will see the introduction of the first secure lockable bays for permit holders. The changes come on the back of a 120% rise in motorcycle permit holders in the Royal Borough ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 18 January 2008

California Superbike School rained off - in a big way!

The first California Superbike School event of 2008 suffered a dampener when the track got waterlogged. But this wasn't in the UK, or even America, but scorching Dubai! Organiser Andy Ibbott told MCN: "You would expect this to be a normal school affair with little issues other than heat for the UK instructors. Most of the students are Arabs. Dubai ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 17 January 2008

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