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Carbon-fibre bikes – a potted history

Ben Purvis, 25 February 2009 12:52

This official drawing shows how British firm C-Tech, which supplies bodywork to superbike teams, is developing a carbon chassis to suit the latest generation of inline four-cylinder engines. But the C-Tech bike is not the first carbon-fibre motorcycle. Below is a short list of other bikes which have used carbon-fibre. Cagiva C194Back in 1994 Cagiva's C194 500cc two-stroke pioneered a ...

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Online demo-locator launched by Suzuki

Ben Purvis, 30 May 2008 09:48

Suzuki is aiming to simplify the task of setting up test rides on its motorcycles, by launching an online demonstrator locator service. To arrange a test ride, users input their postcode and details of the Suzuki motorcycle they want to try, and the Web service would then point them to the closest dealer with that model. More details are available ...

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Evel Knievel's heirs set to lose fortune

Ben Purvis, 04 December 2007 17:05

Evel Knievel's heirs could be out of pocket after former Knievel biographer Sheldon Saltman has finished with the stunt legend’s legacy. Knievel attacked him with a baseball bat in September 1977, having taken a dim view of Saltman’s unauthorised biography, which he said damaged his reputation by suggesting he was and alcoholic and a drug user. Saltman managed to get ...

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MV Agusta Brutale race series planned

Ben Purvis, 16 November 2007 11:51

MV Agusta has revealed a new one-make race series featuring the Brutale. The Brutale Challenge is intended to be a year-long series featuring 36 riders, winning cash prizes for each event and with the championship winner also taking home the bike he rode to victory. MV Agusta also hopes to attract enough female entrants to have a separate ladies’ class. ...

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Suzuki issue recall on 2007 GSX-R1000s

Ben Purvis, 20 August 2007 09:54

Suzuki has announced a safety recall on its 2007 GSX-R1000 motorcycle. The recall is to prevent a problem with the motorcycle’s idle speed control valve, which can lead to the GSX-R1000 having the wrong idle speed when fired-up from cold. Suzuki is contacting owners of the GSX-R1000 motorcycles to arrange for work to be done on the machines. So far, Suzuki ...

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Yamaha YZF-R6 is UK favourite

Ben Purvis, 02 August 2007 09:32

Latest figures released by Bennetts motorcycle insurance show the Yamaha R6 is the most quoted motorcycle of the year so far. Eleven per cent of all the insurance company’s quotes have been for the middleweight Japanese sportsbike, marginally beating Suzuki’s GSX-R600. Bennetts’ Marketing Director, Mark Fellis, said: “The Yamaha YZF-R6 and Suzuki GSX-R600 are clear favourites for motorcyclists across the UK. With 22 ...

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Design Rossi’s Yamaha MotoGP bike

Ben Purvis, 03 July 2007 16:20

The Fiat Yamaha team is giving you the chance to design the paint scheme for Rossi’s bike at the Valencia round of MotoGP. The Draw&Gooo! competition can entered by going to www.fiatyamahateam.it and following the links. Other prizes include two tickets with hotels and flights for the round.

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Video: Ducati boss announces resignation

Ben Purvis, 15 May 2007 16:24

Ducati's president and chief executive Federico Minoli has announced his retirement from the firm via an on-line video blog. Minoli, who has been running Ducati for the last 11 years, took the reins when investors Texas Pacific bought the company from former boss Claudio Castiglioni. He explains on the video that now Texas Pacific has sold its share to another ...

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Leap of faith

Ben Purvis, 11 April 2007 13:50

Evel Knievel has found God according to an interview with his local paper, the Montana Standard. The legendary daredevil, who has been fighting pulmonary fibrosis for several years, has been baptised by televangelist the Rev. Robert H. Schuller. Speaking to the Montana Standard, he said: “I know that when I leave this earth, God’s going to take care of me, ...

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170mph Youtube speeder caught

Ben Purvis, 29 March 2007 11:03

Police in Scotland have found a rider who posted video clips of himself doing 170mph on the road. The unnamed man posted several clips including ones showing him doing wheelies on a Yamaha R1 and riding at up to 170mph on a Fireblade along the East Lothian coast. Police believe they have identified the rider as a 34-year-old from Edinburgh. ...

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