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Harley-Davidson to buy MV Agusta?

Ben Purvis, 09 June 2008 11:00

Harley-Davidson could be on the verge of buying the MV Agusta group - including Cagiva - if reports in Italy prove correct. Italian paper Il Messaggero claims Harley is planning a buyout that will see it take a majority stake in the ailing Italian superbike firm, buying around 80-85 percent of the company. That means Harley would be taking on ...

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Official: Michael Schumacher to race in German Superbike championship

Ben Purvis, 16 May 2008 15:29

Former seven-times F1 world champion Michael Schumacher WILL race this weekend in Germany's leading bike racing series, the IDM Superbike championship. Bernie Ecclestone warns Michael Schumacher of dangers The 37-year-old is set to be a wildcard in the race at Oschershleben aboard a Honda CBR1000RR entered by current series champions Holzhauer Racing, alongside German superbike champion Martin Bauer. See the ...

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Anthony Gobert charged with theft

Ben Purvis, 16 May 2008 15:02

Anthony Gobert, who was once considered among the most naturally talented riders ever to throw a leg over a motorcycle appeared in court last week – unemployed and charged with stealing a handbag and robbing a pensioner. Gobert was first charged on Tuesday, police alleging he stole two $20 notes from the hand of a 70-year-old man who was paying ...

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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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Honda Fireblade winner picks up his prize

Ben Purvis, 12 March 2008 17:19

Alan Crowder from Witney in Oxfordshire - winner of Honda's ‘Win A Bike’ competition in February - collected his brand new CBR1000RR from Bridge Motorcycles today. He was handed the bike by Bridge's Peter Britcliff. He said: “I’ve been a keen biker for the last thirty years and for the last nine years have commuted to work on a bike. ...

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Aprilia reveals official RSV4 drawing

Ben Purvis, 10 March 2008 17:32

Aprilia might have already shown its new V4 in prototype race form, but this official drawing gives a hint of how the production machine is likely to look when it appears later this year. Although the sharp-eyed will notice Aprilia has flipped the picture before adding the Aprilia badging - the chain and exhaust are on the wrong side compared ...

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Snow-going motorcycle

Ben Purvis, 15 February 2008 16:22

While we don’t quite get the winters for it in this country, this creation from Canadian firm AD Bovin is designed to turn your road bike into a snow-cycle. Although it’s not the first firm to make such a kit – replacing the rear wheel with tracks and the front with a ski – the new Explorer kit is designed ...

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Department for Transport admits motorcycle tax evasion figures “were inflated”

Ben Purvis, 14 February 2008 11:23

New tax evasion figures released today show that only 6.5 percent of bikes seen on the road during surveys are without tax – making a mockery of earlier Department for Transport reports claiming nearly 40 percent of motorcyclists dodged road tax. The report comes just three weeks after the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee singled out motorcyclists as lawbreakers, ...

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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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