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Isle of Man TT Inquest update

Ben Purvis, 14 March 2008 10:46

Marshals giving evidence at the inquest into a triple fatality at last year’s TT have given eyewitness accounts of the accident which killed racer Marc Ramsbotham and two spectators. Dean Jacob from Kidderminster and Australian Gregory Kenzig were killed when Ramsbotham’s bike came off the course at the 26th milestone. Ramsbotham, from Norfolk, also died. The coroner’s court was told ...

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Motorcycle parking boost

Ben Purvis, 18 January 2008 14:29

Motorcyclists in Kensington and Chelsea are set to benefit from improved parking facilities. The Council has increased the capacity of free parking bays in popular visitor areas and residents will see the introduction of the first secure lockable bays for permit holders. The changes come on the back of a 120% rise in motorcycle permit holders in the Royal Borough ...

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California Superbike School rained off - in a big way!

Ben Purvis, 17 January 2008 11:37

The first California Superbike School event of 2008 suffered a dampener when the track got waterlogged. But this wasn't in the UK, or even America, but scorching Dubai! Organiser Andy Ibbott told MCN: "You would expect this to be a normal school affair with little issues other than heat for the UK instructors. Most of the students are Arabs. Dubai ...

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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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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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Benelli builds new enduro and supermoto motorcycles

Ben Purvis, 03 November 2007 08:00

MCN understands Benelli will release new enduro and supermoto machines next Tuesday at the massive Milan bike show. The bikes, both based on the BX449 motocrosser revealed at Milan last year, will offer different capacities – ranging right up to 570cc – and promise to be road legal rather than the pure off-roader originally revealed in Benelli’s plans for a new range ...

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Armchair Harley for comfort on the move

Ben Purvis, 23 July 2007 12:38

In the list of things you never knew you needed, a 40mph, petrol-powered Harley-Davidson armchair capable of doing wheelies must rate pretty high.   But that hasn’t stopped an American firm from creating just such a beast. Armchair Cruisers has created a whole range of motorised chairs, including the Harley-Davidson version – although the engine isn’t a thudding Harley-Davidson V-twin, but ...

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Japan ditches power limits

Ben Purvis, 23 July 2007 12:10

We could be set for a revolution in powerful Japanese motorcycles after the abolition of power limits on motorcycle engines. For the more than a decade – since the early 1990s – Japanese firms have been limited to selling motorcycles with no more than 100bhp in Japan. In fact, power limits have been split into several levels for different capacities, ...

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Obituary: Peter Howdle

Ben Purvis, 23 July 2007 10:47

One of the founding staff members of MCN died last Sunday. Peter Howdle was one of the first members of staff at MCN, and later went on to become editor, and worked with the paper until his retirement. Known as Monsieur to friends and colleagues - he spoke a number of languages including French - he had previously worked with ...

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Motorcycle riders name most dangerous roads

Ben Purvis, 13 July 2007 15:41

The M25 is the most dreaded road in the UK according to a survey of bikers by Bennetts insurance. The research shows almost half of all bikers fear motorways more than any other road, with the M25 marked as a biker’s biggest nightmare. Roads such as the dangerous A11 and A14 came a close second to motorways as the most ...


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