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Buell gets a glorious makeover

Michael Carroll, 29 December 2008 08:00

A clever team of Japanese custom builders has turned Buell’s bug-eyed XB9S Lightning into this stunning café racer-style bike. There’s hardly anything of the donor 2005 bike left, and those parts that remain have been heavily modified. The Glory took Kawasaki-based builders Hide Motorcycle four months to complete. A spokesman said they would normally work with mainstream Harley-Davidson’s, but couldn’t ...

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Picture gallery: Miller 33

Michael Carroll, 28 November 2008 11:31

Miller Motorcycles has come up with the ‘33’ which is intended to mimic machines from the early 1900s. It’s built around the Harley-built, 492cc, air-cooled single-cylinder engine from the US-only, learner-friendly Buell Blast and will cost £9,999 when UK importer theinternetcarshowroom.com starts bringing them in early next year. Creator Marlow Miller says he wanted to create a veteran-style bike that ...

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Picture gallery: Thomas Harvey Racer

Michael Carroll, 28 November 2008 11:17

Thomas Harvey’s Racer is designed to run a Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 or 1200cc Evolution engine, but the firm will fit other engines depending on customer’s specifications. Buying a complete bike from the firm will set you back £13,000, but it offers a basic rolling chassis kit for £4000 so you can build your own. The kit comprises frame, tank, wheels, ...

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Motorcyclists still hate Volvos… and BMWs too!

Michael Carroll, 10 October 2008 10:44

Volvos are still the most hated car on the road, a survey of British motorcyclists shows. The poll of 206 bikers by insurance firm Bennetts found that 28% of motorcyclists regard Volvo drivers as the least considerate and most dangerous on our roads, closely followed by BMWs which took 27% of the vote. Porsches were ranked third (16%), Land Rover ...

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BMF blasts daytime lights laws

Michael Carroll, 25 September 2008 17:34

The BMF has slammed a European Commission decision to fit daytime running lights (DRLs) to all new cars from 2011, claiming the move will make it harder to spot motorcycles. New laws introduced on Wednesday will require all cars and small vans made from February 2011 onwards to be fitted with dedicated DRLs, which would come on automatically when the ...

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Hein Gericke offer £200 off Alpinestars and Arlen Ness kit

Michael Carroll, 21 July 2008 15:30

Hein Gericke has slashed up to £200 off the cost of high-end Arlen Ness and Alpinestars riding kit, as part of a summer sale. Alpinestars leather suits The price of Arlen Ness’ LS1 suit has been reduced from £599.99 to £399.99. The cowhide suit features Kevlar stretch panels on the arms and legs, an aerodynamic speed hump on the back, ...

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Mid-Wales gets new Kawasaki dealership

Michael Carroll, 18 June 2008 15:31

Kawasaki has expanded the number of official dealerships in the UK, with the addition of GT Superbikes in Talbot Green, Mid-Glamorgan, now added to its dealer list. The outlet is owned by Gareth Gill and Terry Donovan, who have a combined experience of 30 years in the motorcycle trade. The pair opened GT Superbikes four years ago, and said they ...

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One-way becomes two for cyclists

Michael Carroll, 04 June 2008 14:09

Cyclists are being offered the chance to legitimately ride the wrong way along one-way streets, under a trial being conducted by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The trial is being run on six residential streets, and could be extended to other roads in the borough provided there is no significant increase in accidents. While some councils have built ...

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Yamaha XT660Z Tenere available in Yamaha dealers

Michael Carroll, 29 May 2008 13:38

Yamaha’s XT660Z Tenere motorcycle is now available through Yamaha's UK dealer network, priced at £4,899 excluding registration and road taxes. First ride: Yamaha Tenere pre-launch report The motorcycle was launched in Morocco in April, and features a fuel injected, single-cylinder four stroke engine, a 22-litre fuel tank, steel frame and an aluminium swingarm. Other features include replaceable body and engine ...

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Embedded ground anchors fitted in Grimsby

Michael Carroll, 09 May 2008 10:53

North East Lincolnshire Council has made the centre of Grimsby more motorcycle friendly by incorporating kerb-mounted ground anchors into a city centre redevelopment scheme. The anchors are produced by Metric Parking and are designed to fit into the space normally occupied by a kerb stone, to eliminate any danger of pedestrians tripping over a regular ground anchor, which would protrude ...

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