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The mother of all bike rallies

James Capell, 29 July 2011 12:46

This year is the 71st anniversary of the Sturgis motorcycle rally, where a small town with a population of 7,000 swells to the size of 500,000 plus with motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the world. The rally which started as a race between rival manufacturers Harley Davidson and Indian in 1938 is said to be the world's largest motorcycle gathering. ...

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New biker friendly road for TT fans

James Capell, 29 July 2011 10:56

Bikers travelling to the Isle of Man TT via the Heysham ferry will benefit from a new dual carriageway with safer concrete crash barriers as opposed to out-dated steel ones. Work to the new three-mile road is due to start in the summer of 2013 and will run from junction 34 of the M6 directly to the A683 and Morecambe ...

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World’s best wife found

James Capell, 27 July 2011 14:53

David Whitby's weekend got a little better when his wife, Lorraine, bought him a Ducati 1198SP as a surprise present. Lorraine, from Colchester sold her Ducati 1098S Tricolore for the 1198SP. While she was in the shop she bought a second for her husband who currently rides a BMW R1200GS. David Reilly at Ducati Coventry said: "They came to my ...

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Ross Noble: enduro star

James Capell, 25 July 2011 17:40

TV comedian and motorcycle fanatic Ross Noble has just competed in the Red Bull Romaniacs – the world’s toughest enduro race – finishing a respectable 15th. The event, held in Sibu, Romania, puts riders through five days of extreme enduro riding with some sections as long as 120 miles. The longest stage took Noble just over 9 hours to complete ...

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Yamaha greats together at Laguna

James Capell, 22 July 2011 10:52

GP legends Kenny Roberts, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey and Kel Carruthers were reunited this week as part of Yamaha Racing’s 50th anniversary. The four greats, along with current Yamaha stars Jorge Lorenzo, Ben Spies, Colin Edwards  and our own Cal Crutchlow teamed up at Laguna Seca in advance of this weekend’s US MotoGP to shoot a promotional video to be ...

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‘King Kenny’s R1’ up for grabs!

James Capell, 21 July 2011 15:15

A special, one-off Yamaha R1 which is to be ridden by GP legend 'King' Kenny Roberts at the US MotoGP this weekend is to be auctioned off for charity. Fans of the three times 500cc world champion will be able to bid for the bike, which features a special ‘Yamaha 50th anniversary’ red/white paintscheme and a selection of Yamaha performance ...

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More Harley-Davidson cuts

James Capell, 03 September 2010 15:14

Against a backdrop of declining sales Harley-Davidson has split from its long term US ad agency and, in the UK, is reducing or freezing prices. Ad agency Carmichael Lynch, who had handled Harley’s advertising for 31 years, have dropped the Milwaukee manufacturer with agency president Doug Spong commenting: “It got to the point where we no longer felt we could take ...

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Honda's £20 giveaway

James Capell, 02 September 2010 17:45

Honda is giving away vouchers worth £20 that can be used when you spend £50 or more at official UK dealers before the end of October. The vouchers can be used towards helmets, gloves, heated grips or even an MOT or service. Get yours at www.honda.co.uk/motorcycles. Just click on the £20 banner and print it off.

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Sidecar expected to fetch £70K

James Capell, 01 September 2010 14:58

An historic motorcycle racing outfit which won the GP sidecar world championship twice is expected to reach more than £70,000 at auction later this year. Helmut Fath, the designer, builder and racer of the outfit, made his own four-cylinder engine and named it URS, after Ursenbach in Germany where the project was conceived. It had problems for the first two ...

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Norton breaks record at Bonneville

James Capell, 31 August 2010 16:35

Norton’s 961 Commando SE broke a land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Falts, Utah, USA, yesterday (Monday) by recording an average top speed of 129.191mph. The bike, officially entered by Norton into the annual BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials was ridden by Alan Cathcart and claimed the record for the 1000cc Production Push-rod class. The previous record was set last ...

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