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Honda Ape gets injected

Ben Purvis, 06 December 2007 12:00

The tiny Honda Ape 50 motorcycle has just been revamped to make sure it can stay in production. The air-cooled 49cc single, a slightly bigger version of the classic Monkey bike, has been given Honda’s PGM-FI fuel injection system to help it stay a step ahead of emissions laws. Although it’s only officially still sold in Japan, the Honda Ape ...

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Video: Med Hughes: “We are expected to abide by the law”

Ben Purvis, 05 December 2007 16:46

This video clip of shamed top traffic cop Med Hughes shows him preaching about the benefits of speed cameras – just a month before he was nabbed by a camera himself. He was caught on camera in May, and banned today for 42 days for doing 90mph on an A road. The clip was recorded in April for the DVD: ...

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Evel Knievel's heirs set to lose fortune

Ben Purvis, 04 December 2007 17:05

Evel Knievel's heirs could be out of pocket after former Knievel biographer Sheldon Saltman has finished with the stunt legend’s legacy. Knievel attacked him with a baseball bat in September 1977, having taken a dim view of Saltman’s unauthorised biography, which he said damaged his reputation by suggesting he was and alcoholic and a drug user. Saltman managed to get ...

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Evel Knievel's funeral details released

Ben Purvis, 01 December 2007 22:20

Before his death Evel Knievel made arrangements to be buried in his hometown of Butte, Montana – and plans are now underway for a funeral in front of tens of thousands. The Butte Civic Arena, with seating for 17,000, will play host to Knievel's ceremony on Monday (December 10), but the total crowd figure is expected to be even higher. Lifelong friend ...

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KTM RC4 details revealed

Ben Purvis, 30 November 2007 12:31

KTM insiders have revealed the first details of the RC4 single-cylinder sportsbike which the firm has been developing in secret. You can read all about the bike in MCN next week, but the headline numbers include a power figure of 78bhp, which is allied to a low weight of just 132kg – giving the a power-to-weight ratio similar to a ...

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New Suzuki Bandit 1250 GT aimed at long-distance touring

Ben Purvis, 23 November 2007 14:36

Suzuki only decided the night before the show opened to reveal its new Bandit 1250 GT in Birmingham. The machine, which will go on sale as a complete bike, is basically a Bandit 1250S, but with a selection of options aimed at turning the all-rounder into a proper touring bike. By adding a full fairing, Suzuki has given the Bandit ...

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Royal Enfield Woodsman launched

Ben Purvis, 23 November 2007 14:00

It might not have the glamour of some more mainstream bikes but Royal Enfield has revealed its latest motorcycle for the first time at the NEC show. The Royal Enfield Electra Woodsman is a new variation on the firm’s mainstay Royal Enfield Bullet model, which is the world’s longest-lived production motorcycle – with continuous production since 1949! The Woodsman was inspired by ...

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Enfield gears up for the future

Ben Purvis, 23 November 2007 13:52

It might have been around for nearly 60 years but Royal Enfield has no intention to allow the Bullet to be killed by the latest emissions regulations. The firm revealed a redesigned version of its 499cc engine at the NEC, complete with electronic fuel injection which allows it to beat Euro III emissions regulations. The new motor is set to ...

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Aprilia V4 breaks cover at Jerez

Ben Purvis, 23 November 2007 09:07

Aprilia's forthcoming V4-engined superbike broke cover this week at the Jerez circuit in Spain, with test rider Alex Hoffman at the controls. The new machine took to the track during a test session for Aprilia's 125cc and 250cc GP bikes, only lapping during breaks in the GP test caused by rain at the track. The Aprilia V4 also tested in ...

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The world's most expensive motorcycle - Ecosse Heretic Titanium

Ben Purvis, 21 November 2007 14:32

This is the most expensive new production motorcycle you can buy the Ecosse Heretic Titanium series at £133,000. For the same money could buy a grid full of 600cc sportsbikes, so what exactly do you get for your money? Check out these exclusive photographs showing the finest detailing even down to the intricate welding. To see just what makes up ...


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