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Speeding only minor cause of motorcycle crashes

Ben Purvis, 31 December 2007 07:00

A new Government report has once again revealed that speeding is actually only a minor cause of motorcycle accidents. The Government’s “Compendium of Motorcycle Statistics 2007” repeats earlier findings showing that exceeding the speed limit is put down as a contributory factor – and even then not necessarily as the main cause – of just four percent of bike crashes ...

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Motorcycle legend Evel Knievel's body arrives in Montana

Ben Purvis, 10 December 2007 09:58

A fireworks display accompanied the arrival of the body of motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel as his hearse reached Butte, Montana last night (Sunday, December 9, 2007) in preparation for his funeral today. The motorcycle legend died on November 30 after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis, a condition that causes hardening of the lungs. Evel Knievel will be buried at 11am (6pm GMT) after a ...

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Robbie Maddison dedicates new world record jump attempt to Knievel

Ben Purvis, 07 December 2007 14:42

In an email, stunt rider Robbie Maddison has said his forthcoming world record attempt will be dedicated to Evel Knievel.See the email text below: After returning to the U.S. from Australia where I was promoting my upcoming record jump attempts, I had sadly learned of the passing of the man who originally inspired me, Robert Craig "Evel" Knievel. He captivated me ...

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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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MV Agusta Brutale race series planned

Ben Purvis, 16 November 2007 11:51

MV Agusta has revealed a new one-make race series featuring the Brutale. The Brutale Challenge is intended to be a year-long series featuring 36 riders, winning cash prizes for each event and with the championship winner also taking home the bike he rode to victory. MV Agusta also hopes to attract enough female entrants to have a separate ladies’ class. ...

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Your ad here

Ben Purvis, 15 November 2007 16:42

Some people are prepared to sacrifice anything to achieve their biking dreams and tattoo artist Rhys Jones is offering advertising space on his own back to help fund his. The 26-year-old from Cornwall, who’s recently left the army after two tours in Iraq, hopes to go on the Cannonball Run in 2008, but needs to find £6000 to fund the trip. ...

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Biodiesel-powered BMW breaks world land speed record

Ben Purvis, 15 September 2007 10:30

A custom-built biodiesel motorcycle has shattered the World Land Speed Record for diesel motorcycles at the BUB International Motorcycle Speed Trials at Bonneville Salt Flats, achieving a speed of 130.614 mph (210.203 km/h). Interestingly, the ‘motorcycle’ – which started life as a BMW R 1150 RT – was in fact powered by a two-litre diesel engine from a BMW 3 ...

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Millionaire Gifts Ambulance Bikes

Ben Purvis, 14 September 2007 16:19

A fleet of motorcycles owned by St John Ambulance in London has been boosted by a donation from millionaire businessman, Rodger Dudding. Two new Honda Pan Europeans were presented last week, doubling the size of the fleet. Mr Dudding said: “If they save just one life, I will be very proud.” For more details about the motorcycle unit, first aid courses, ...

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Approved Used Suzukis

Ben Purvis, 14 September 2007 16:11

Suzuki has launched an approved used bike scheme. Available at selected Suzuki dealers, the ‘Suzuki Used Approved’ scheme offers to a mandatory provenance check, a six-month guarantee and a roadside recovery package as standard. Suzuki GB sales & marketing director Nick Palmer commented, “We believe the scheme will give buyers of used Suzuki’s the same confidence that customers of new ...

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New Bat Bike in action

Ben Purvis, 17 August 2007 14:50

The Bat Bike - or Batpod as it will be called in the forthcoming 2008 Batman: The Dark Knight movie - has been spotted in action for the first time in this leaked still from next year's film.   As many of six fully-working Batpods have been built by a production company in the UK, and stuntman Jean Pierre Goy ...


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