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KTM Freeride E first ride

Andy Downes, 28 December 2013 09:30

It’s safe to say that, so far, sales of electric motorcycles in any class have been almost inconsequentially small. But, on the basis of a short test on a pre-production KTM Freeride E motocross bike, it’s equally clear that this could simply be because the right bikes haven’t been available to buy – yet. The threats to off-road riding have ...

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Hein Gericke back in administration

Andy Downes, 18 December 2013 15:43

UPDATE 19/12/13, 09:43am MCN understands three Hein Gericke shops are still open for business following a call this morning. Those shops are Glasgow, Stockwell and Farnborough. It still seems that vouchers are not going to be honoured even in stores that are open for business. Anyone who bought vouchers on a credit card is advised to contact their credit card ...

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Ducati officially dismisses scooter rumours…again!

Andy Downes, 16 December 2013 15:31

Ducati boss Claudio Domenicali has once again officially dismissed rumours the Italian firm is working on either a scooter or small capacity bikes in the foreseeable future despite new and unfounded internet rumours.Stories of a Ducati scooter have been doing the rounds for years but the firm has always denied this was planned; that situation is no different today despite ...

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Triumph announces 2013 financial results

Andy Downes, 13 December 2013 17:15

Triumph has announced financial results for the year up to June 30, 2013 which are different to those reported in the Financial Times this morning which the British bike firm says were ‘incorrectly reported’. Triumph’s statement shows the company made a £0.1m operating loss before interest and tax which is down from a £15.7 million profit in 2012. Triumph says ...

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Emmett bailed after Heathrow airport arrest

Andy Downes, 09 December 2013 16:07

Sean Emmett has been released on police bail until March 2014 while further police investigations into the death of his wife are carried out. Emmett was arrested on Thursday morning last week after returning from Dubai following 10 months stranded in that country while local police investigated the death of his wife Abbie while the pair were on their honeymoon. ...

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Emmett arrested on suspicion of murder at Heathrow airport

Andy Downes, 05 December 2013 12:29

Sean Emmett was arrested on his return to the United Kingdom at Heathrow airport this morning on suspicion of murdering his wife while on honeymoon in Dubai. Father-of-three Emmett, 43, was held by officers as he stepped off a plane as police probed the circumstances surrounding how his wife Abbie plunged to her death from their hotel room in Dubai. ...

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Lembit Opik joins MAG full-time

Andy Downes, 04 December 2013 12:10

Former Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik has been recruited as Director of Communications and Public Affairs for the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) to work for the organisation full-time. Opik was an MP from 1997 until 2010 when he lost his seat in Montgomeryshire in Wales but he has been a lifelong motorcyclist and will now be working with MAG to ...

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New Hesketh 24 revealed

Andy Downes, 29 November 2013 15:55

This is the first new model from British firm Hesketh Motorcycles, which will be available in a limited run of 24 examples when it goes on sale in February 2014. The brand was recently bought by Paul Sleeman and the Hesketh 24 is a 1950cc 56-degree V-twin with 120bhp. A company statement says: “Taking inspiration from Hesketh’s illustrious Formula 1 ...

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UK version of Ducati 1199 Panigale Senna

Andy Downes, 28 November 2013 17:17

Ducati recently revealed plans for a limited run of 1199 Panigale Senna recreations of the original 916 but there is a catch; they are only available in Brazil. Now Ducati Aylesbury has come up with this tribute version and it could be yours for £15,995, which is the same price as the standard Panigale 1199 ABS. Interested? Call sales manager ...

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Yamaha Tokyo concepts

Andy Downes, 20 November 2013 10:20

Yamaha has unveiled five concept machines at the Tokyo motorcycle show in Japan; one a café racer version of the XV950, two electric bikes and an electric scooter. None of the four bikes being shown are anywhere near production but the XV950R café racer is about as close as you can get. The electric PED1, PED1 and Evino scooter are ...

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