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Two-stroke answer to rising crosser costs

Dan Aspel, 27 October 2011 12:10

This immaculate Kawasaki KX500 hybrid is one motocross racer's response to the rising costs of four-stroke off-road competition machines. Chris Place, 21, hopes the blend of an easily-fixed two-stroke engine and modern chassis will enable him to compete on a knock-down budget. Built from a 2008 KXF450 chassis and a 1994 KX500 two-stroke, the KX500CF (for Custom Fabricated) was built ...

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Classic Indians, Harleys, shotguns and cider mills in Ohio’s “ultimate barn find”

Dan Aspel, 30 September 2011 15:10

A treasure trove of classic American motorcycles has been unearthed in what auctioneers are calling the "ultimate barn find". Ranging from a 1937 Indian Jr. Scout to a 1965 Harley Davidson FLH Pan Head – with every cylinder case, intake manifold, gear and bolt in between – the collection represents the estate of the late William L King, Jr, an ...

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1989 Suzuki GSX-R1100 wins wheelie world championships!

Dan Aspel, 26 August 2011 11:21

A 22-year-old Suzuki GSX-R1100 with a homemade turbo defeated dozens of modern GSX-R1000s, turbo Hayabusas and a BMW S1000RR in last weekend’s world wheelie championships at Elvington, Yorkshire. Egbert Van Popta, a German now living in Holland, took regular competitors by surprise by approaching the start of the flying kilometer in fifth gear on the elderly GSX-R – bored out ...

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Video: Aprilia USA in Space Shuttle tribute

Dan Aspel, 08 July 2011 10:39

Aprilia’s USA division has released the following tribute to the now decommissioned space shuttle program. It’s essentially an RSV4 advert, but with enough heart-stopping shots of 81 million horsepower rockets to justify the association. The Aprilia team says: “Crossing performance boundaries never thought possible and forging new frontiers in innovation… making and racing motorcycles wouldn't be entirely alien to the ...

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Are you a bad man?

Dan Aspel, 04 July 2011 10:50

Open auditions are being held to fill the role of "Bad Man" in an up-coming British film. The ideal candidate will be a male sportsbike rider aged between 28 and 40. Both street riders and professional racers will be considered. Auditions are being held in Glasgow in the coming week. The film - titled "Under the Skin" - is based on Michel Faber's gruesome Sci-Fi ...

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Electric superbike smashes Pikes Peak record

Dan Aspel, 28 June 2011 17:30

Chip Yates’ 240bhp electric superbike has smashed the electric motorcycle record at the 89th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, beating the previous year’s time by over four minutes. The American’s self-built and self-funded electric racer has also become the most power motorcycle of any kind to finish the gruelling 12.42 mile mountain course. Putting in a final time of 12:50.094 ...

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Video: Trials riding the Nou Camp

Dan Aspel, 26 May 2011 11:44

Nine times world Trials champion Toni Bou has released the following stunt video set in FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium. In anticipation of Saturday’s Champion’s League final – in which the Spanish side will face Manchester United at Wembley – Bou is seen hopping up stairs, riding along railings and literally bouncing off the walls. The excitable Catalan told Motoblog.it: ...

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Lady Gaga album cover slated by Nick Gale Custom Cycles

Dan Aspel, 18 April 2011 15:05

Lady Gaga's new motorbike-themed album artwork - panned by The Guardian as a "cheap Photoshop job" - has received the most damning criticism possible... the bike designer hates it. Nick Gale, of Nick Gale Custom Cycles, agreed for one of his creations to feature on the surrealist pop star's second studio album "Born This Way", but had no idea what ...

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The home service clubs that could save you hundreds

Dan Aspel, 03 March 2011 11:42

A new type of servicing is on the rise, and it could save you hundreds on maintenance bills. Free "workshop days" - organised by online forum users - are becoming increasingly popular in the UK, where instruction and support are shared between members. Getting technical tips from fellow bike club members is nothing new, but these events are the first ...

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Hollyoaks star launches babe search

Dan Aspel, 11 February 2011 10:57

Hollyoaks star Jennifer Metcalfe, who’s also fresh out of ITV’s Dancing on Ice, is the face of the 2011 search for the Bennetts Babes Squad. Insurance giant Bennetts is looking for the next set of eight beauties to become its Bennetts Babes. Now in its eighth year, the competition has played a huge part in the careers of a number ...

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