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Buell gets a glorious makeover

Michael Carroll, 29 December 2008 08:00

A clever team of Japanese custom builders has turned Buell’s bug-eyed XB9S Lightning into this stunning café racer-style bike. There’s hardly anything of the donor 2005 bike left, and those parts that remain have been heavily modified. The Glory took Kawasaki-based builders Hide Motorcycle four months to complete. A spokesman said they would normally work with mainstream Harley-Davidson’s, but couldn’t ...

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Ducati Streetfighter - From Russia with Love

Michael Carroll, 28 December 2008 08:00

Frenzied demand for Ducati’s Streetfighter has reached Siberia, with a customer phoning through an order to Ducati Glasgow. Boss Martin Rees says the regular customer is working abroad, but didn’t want to miss out on the firm’s gorgeous 1098-based naked. “He called up and put down a deposit on his credit card,” Rees told MCN.

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Video: Hawg Haven live-build bike lives

Michael Carroll, 08 December 2008 16:23

Here’s the footage of the first running of the Carole Nash Old School Bobber, which was constructed in 11 days by custom builders Hawk Haven in front of the crowds visiting the Carole Nash bike show at the NEC. The team were nervous about starting the bike, but said they couldn’t resist celebrating their achievement by firing the bike up. ...

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NEC Show: Traders feel the pinch

Michael Carroll, 08 December 2008 09:44

Retailers branded the 2008 NEC show as one of their toughest ever, as the credit crunch hit home. Some traders said sales were down by almost 50% compared to 2007, despite a good effort by the show’s organisers to attract visitors by laying on a wide variety of stands and stars. “People just don’t want to spend,” says Clare Keeley, ...

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NEC Show: Melandri asks for chassis and engine changes

Michael Carroll, 08 December 2008 09:39

Marco Melandri says Kawasaki needs to improve the chassis and power delivery of its MotoGP bike become a top level team in 2009. The Italian rider has had two tests on the 2008 bike, but will have a new bike to ride during testing in February. “I know it’s going to be a very hard challenge. The character of the ...

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NEC Show: Ghost Rider raffle sales ghastly

Michael Carroll, 08 December 2008 09:34

The Ghost Rider team failed to sell the 1000 raffle tickets they needed to give away the Suzuki Hayabusa used in one of the Ghost Rider films. A spokesman said they sold just 400 tickets, and blamed the poor position of their stand at the NEC show. They will look to sell the remaining tickets at MCN’s London Motorcycle Show ...

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