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Daimler to buy stake in MV Agusta

Andy Downes, 24 October 2014 14:38

After months of rumour, denial and whispers an official announcement that German automotive giant Daimler is buying a minority stake in MV Agusta will be made on November 3 according to MCN sources. Daimler has a variety of brands under the company banner which includes Mercedes-Benz, Smart cars, Setra coaches and numerous other commercial vehicle brands such as American truck ...

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Yamaha MT Tour extended

Andy Downes, 23 October 2014 10:16

Yamaha has extended the MT Tour to include the demo rides and roadshow appearing at Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham in from November 22 to 30.The MT Tour covered five cities across the UK during the summer to show of the new MT range consisting of the MT-09, MT-09 Street Rally, MT-07 and MT-125.Yamaha states: “The appearance of ...

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Ferrari dismisses motorcycle rumours

Andy Downes, 09 October 2014 13:23

Ferrari have officially dismissed rumours they are planning a motorcycle after stories emerged about a patent lodged by the firm showing a V-twin motorcycle engine. Speculation and rumour emerged last week after a patent, initially lodged in June 2012, was published on the European Patent Office (EPO) website. The patent showed a cruiser-style motorcycle with a V-twin engine with the ...

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Minimum driving ban petition launched

Andy Downes, 16 August 2014 08:30

The family of a motorcyclist killed by a car driver have started a petition calling for a minimum two-year driving ban for anyone found guilty of causing the death of another road user. Matthew Thompson was 32-years-old when he was killed by a driver who turned across the path of his motorcycle in her car. Visibility was good, he wasn’t ...

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Bimota dealer opens in Scotland

Andy Downes, 15 August 2014 16:14

The UK’s only Bimota dealer has opened in Scotland with the first two bikes already shipped and in stock ready for sale. Moto Meccanica has taken delivery of a BMW S1000RR-engined BB3 superbike along with a limited-edition version of the hub-centre steered Tesi which is a 40th anniversary version, but is also cater for all bikes while specialising in Italian ...

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Mitas tyre recall over potential for bulging

Andy Downes, 01 August 2014 15:33

Budget tyre brand Mitas is recalling Sport Force radial motorcycle tyres manufactured in 2014 because of the risk of bulges appearing at high speeds.The Slovenian tyre producer Savatech is voluntarily recalling Sport Force radial motorcycle tyres from the market. These tyres were sold to customers mostly in Europe. The tyre sizes subject to recall are: 120/70 ZR17 (58W) TL SPORTFORCE ...

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Suzuki slashes £1000 off prices

Andy Downes, 01 August 2014 11:13

Suzuki has announced it is knocking £1000 off a range of bike for a limited period of time to include the entire GSX-R range, V-Strom 650, GSR750, GSX1250FA and Burgman 650 Executive. The offer starts today (August 1) and runs through to September 30, 2014. It’s no secret Suzuki has been one of the hardest hit by a drop in ...

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Government launches motorcycle safety campaign

Andy Downes, 21 July 2014 11:38

A radio campaign aimed at reducing the number of collisions at junctions between cars and motorcycles is launching today across the country. The THINK! radio campaign encourages drivers to take longer to look for motorcyclists after figures revealed that 30 bikers are killed or injured every day at junctions, Road Safety Minister Robert Goodwill has announced.The ‘Didn’t See’ campaign will ...

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BMW launches retro-fit cornering ABS for HP4

Andy Downes, 21 July 2014 11:27

BMW has become the first manufacturer to launch cornering ABS for a sportsbike which will available as a retro-fit option on the S1000RR HP4 from October.The new system is called ABS Pro and it’s expected this will be the first of many models being offered with the Bosch-developed ABS system that works to stop the bike crashing even when hard ...

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Norton Academy gets Government backing

Andy Downes, 16 July 2014 12:21

Norton owner Stuart Garner has been promised Government backing for a new British Motorcycle Manufacture Academy (BMMA) after asking Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne for help on Twitter. Garner, who bought Norton from American hands in 2009 and has been working to bring the brand back to former glory aims to make the BMMA a way of improving the ...

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