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The 10 greatest scams, cheats and hoaxes in motorcycling - part 1

Guy Procter, 21 January 2010 15:53

The history of motorcycling is littered with shady dealings... Read The 10 greatest scams, cheats and hoaxes in motorcycling - part 2 These are our favourites:   10 - Kawasaki drifts a bit too closeYou’d have thought copying the style of a company which went out of business in the 1950s would have been a pretty safe bet. Kawasaki must have ...

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TTXGP rules will be wiki-based in 2011

Guy Procter, 11 January 2010 17:13

Rules are better written by fans and race teams themselves rather than faceless suits shut away in rooms reckons TTXGP organiser Azhar Hussain. That’s why the rules for his series from 2011 will be wiki-based – that is, put together, edited and perfected by anyone with an interest and an internet connection. The 2010 rules will be uploaded in their ...

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Bike prices under pressure from surging Yen

Guy Procter, 29 September 2009 10:01

The value of the Japanese currency the Yen is surging, a move which makes further hikes in bike prices likely for 2010. Any increase in the value of the Yen reduces the amount the Japanese firm effectively earns from bike sales in pounds or dollars. Shares in major exporters including Honda fell 5% on the news. Most exporters based their ...

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Time running out to win £30,000 Carole Nash bobber

Guy Procter, 22 September 2009 16:44

The clock is ticking for bikers wanting to ride off with the Carole Nash Old Skool Bobber, a £30,000 goosenecked beauty created by custom kings Hawg Haven. The bike is set to be given away to the winner of a free prize draw at this year’s Carole Nash International Motorcycle & Scooter Show (Birmingham NEC, November 27th-December 6th). Created in ...

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Red Devils drop-in for track day

Guy Procter, 04 August 2009 10:10

Bike-mad display team the Red Devils will parachute in to Oulton Park today, before scorching off round the track on Yamaha R6s. The team’s appearance is part of a fund-raising effort by track day organiser Focused Events, with money raised going to army charity Help for Heroes. Focused Events customers buy the chance to write their names on beer mats ...

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Skidoo/bike/quad thing is ultimate desert racer

Guy Procter, 24 July 2009 14:57

What’s the best way of crossing the desert at speed? Bike? Car? Snowmobile? Tell you what – hedge your bets and combine all three into this epically focused machine. The Platune Sand-X 800 T-ATV is powered by an 800cc 2-stroke Rotax twin making 151bhp, and is good for 116 terrifying miles per hour, and a superbike-rivalling 0-60 time of 2.8sec.  ...

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Kawasaki refines ‘flattened’ engine

Guy Procter, 16 July 2009 14:05

Kawasaki’s next-generation Ninjas look set to feature this radical new engine design after plans for a ‘flattened’ motor were refined and re-patented for a third time in eighteen months. The dramatically re-imagined inline four is the work of the man behind the firm’s MotoGP-contending 800cc ZX-RR, Yoshimoto Matsuda, and promises to solve a number of problems at a stroke. Its ...

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Organiser abandons stunt show and steals prize money

Guy Procter, 17 June 2009 14:03

Details have emerged of a ‘world championship’ stunt competition whose organiser abandoned it halfway through, taking with him all EUR16,500 prize money. Maczro Istvan, from Hungary, also left riders’ hotel and fuel bills unpaid when he fled Stunt Ride 2009 in Romania last month. Some of the world’s best stunt riders from Europe and North America were left high and ...

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Can you get it up for the Bennett's Babes in addictive online wheelie game?

Guy Procter, 12 June 2009 11:02

Bennett's has launched an addictive online video game that challenges you to wheelie as far as possible to earn the praise or disfavour of their lip-smacking Bennett's Babes. Click here to play the game The game features Miss United Kingdom Galaxy Hayley Mac, former Miss Scotland finalist Heather Weir and blonde bombshell Michelle Chalmers, who give their model feedback on ...

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Sammy Miller returns TT crash Ducati

Guy Procter, 19 May 2009 14:17

The Ducati 900SS which 75-year-old legend Sammy Miller rode over the Waterworks at last year’s TT has been reunited with its owner. Bob Hartmann celebrated its return by promptly riding the bike on a 600-mile round trip to a Ducati rally in Pembrokeshire – where it won the top two awards! 51-year-old fund manager Hartmann says: “I was on the ...

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