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New Yamaha motocrossers unveiled

Chris Newbigging, 18 June 2008 14:19

Yamaha has just unveiled its revised 2009 motocross motorcycle range. The four-stroke YZ250F and YZ450F gain a new lighter swingarm and rear wheel hub, a larger and more rigid rear wheel spindle and redesigned spokes. The 450 has a revised ignition curve and a matt black cylinder head cover, and the 250 motor benefits from lighter clutch actuation. Base suspension ...

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Video: Hear BMW S1000RR World Superbike prototype run

Chris Newbigging, 17 April 2008 14:19

Following yesterday's press launch of the BMW S1000RR World Superbike motorcycle the firm has released this video of the new bike.Powered by an inline-four cylinder engine making over 220bhp in race trim, the prototype is developed from the as yet unseen road bike, which will be available in late 2009.

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Ex-Joey Dunlop and Barry Sheene bikes to be auctioned

Chris Newbigging, 02 April 2008 09:42

An ex-Joey Dunlop Formula 1 World Championship-winning Honda RSC1000 is to be auctioned later this month. The works Honda is estimated to fetch between £90,000 to £100,000 at the H&H auction on April 16. Also being auctioned are two ex-Barry Sheene Suzuki 500GP bikes – a 1983 XR40 in HB colours is expected to reach up to £70,000, and the ...

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Triumph Street Triples recalled for shock absorber problem

Chris Newbigging, 25 March 2008 13:59

Triumph is advising owners of the Street Triple 675 to return their bikes to a dealer as soon as possible to rectify a possible defect in the rear shock absorber. The service bulletin has been issued worldwide, and a statement on Triumph’s US website says: “In-service monitoring has identified a potential problem with the rear suspension unit fitted to a ...

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World's first crashed Ducati Desmosedici RR

Chris Newbigging, 29 February 2008 17:18

These pictures have emerged on a US forum of what is believed to be the world's first Ducati Desmosedici RR to be crashed on the road. This mobile phone picture is claimed to have been captured at Pennsylvania Ducati just an hour after the bike was picked up. The photo came from a member of the Bay Area Riders Forum. ...

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Honda DN-01 power and weight announced

Chris Newbigging, 28 February 2008 14:47

Honda has finally announced performance figures for the DN-01, four months after the production motorcycle was unveiled at the Tokyo show. The DN-01 makes a claimed 60bhp, and has a hefty claimed ready-to-ride weight of 270kg, so don’t expect a particularly exciting ride. The low 690mm seat height should make that mass easier to control though. The motorcycle will be ...

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Angelina Jolie: the perfect pillion

Chris Newbigging, 05 February 2008 16:59

Angelina Jolie has been voted the top pillion passenger in a survey of the UK’s motorcyclists for the second year running. Tomb Raider star and BMW F650GS owner Jolie took 23% of the vote in the Bennetts survey, ahead of Sarah Harding (from pop group Girls Aloud) with 18% of the vote, and Carmen Electra and model Keeley Hazell tied ...

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Last chance to join the Bennetts babes

Chris Newbigging, 05 February 2008 16:40

Bennetts are making a last call for entrants for the 2008 Bennetts babes. Behind the scenes video of the 2008 Benetts babes calendar Download your 2008 Bennetts babe calendar Last year Bennetts babes featured in the insurance firm’s advertising and promotional activities, and star babes Holly Darcy and Emma Jones were also used as official grid girls at British superbike ...

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Christian Pfeiffer tests Husqvarna supermoto

Chris Newbigging, 16 January 2008 11:30

Stunt rider Christian Pfeiffer has tested a Husqvarna supermoto with a view to riding it alongside his BMW F800S in stunt competitions and displays. Click here to see how Christian Pfeiffer faired in Stunt Wars Husqvarna was purchased byBMW from the MV Agusta group last year autumn, opening the Italian off-road and supermoto motorcycle range up to Pfeiffer, who is ...

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New Suzuki GSX-R125 ready for 2008 - check out its rivals

Chris Newbigging, 04 January 2008 11:01

In this week’s MCN (January 3, 2008) we brought you the first look at Suzuki’s new GSX-R125, which will be unveiled later this year. The new water-cooled motorcycle will mimic the style and design of the rest of the GSX-R family, but with learner legal power and an easier ride. The motorcycle is already complete – the design team are ...

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