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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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The motorcycles Honda never built

Ben Purvis, 05 December 2008 10:58

Honda has never been shy to introduce new technology – but now for the first time MCN can reveal some of the designs that were too far out for even Honda to give the green light. This so-called Ground-effects bike isn’t the work of a lunatic, it was conceived 20 years ago by former HRC boss Satoru Horiike – the ...

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MV Agusta denies Harley-Davidson buyout

Ben Purvis, 11 June 2008 17:18

President of MV Agusta, Claudio Castiglioni, has said there is no truth in rumours that his firm is set to be bought out by Harley-Davidson. Castiglioni told MCN that "there are no negotiations in progress with Harley-Davidson" following reports in Italian newspaper Il Messaggero that a buyout was imminent. In recent months, MV Agusta has been linked to several potential ...

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Harley-Davidson to buy MV Agusta?

Ben Purvis, 09 June 2008 11:00

Harley-Davidson could be on the verge of buying the MV Agusta group - including Cagiva - if reports in Italy prove correct. Italian paper Il Messaggero claims Harley is planning a buyout that will see it take a majority stake in the ailing Italian superbike firm, buying around 80-85 percent of the company. That means Harley would be taking on ...

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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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Official: Michael Schumacher to race in German Superbike championship

Ben Purvis, 16 May 2008 15:29

Former seven-times F1 world champion Michael Schumacher WILL race this weekend in Germany's leading bike racing series, the IDM Superbike championship. Bernie Ecclestone warns Michael Schumacher of dangers The 37-year-old is set to be a wildcard in the race at Oschershleben aboard a Honda CBR1000RR entered by current series champions Holzhauer Racing, alongside German superbike champion Martin Bauer. See the ...

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Anthony Gobert charged with theft

Ben Purvis, 16 May 2008 15:02

Anthony Gobert, who was once considered among the most naturally talented riders ever to throw a leg over a motorcycle appeared in court last week – unemployed and charged with stealing a handbag and robbing a pensioner. Gobert was first charged on Tuesday, police alleging he stole two $20 notes from the hand of a 70-year-old man who was paying ...

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Video: Dougie Lampkin calls at Goodwood!

Ben Purvis, 17 April 2008 11:26

Twelve times world trials champion Dougie Lampkin took Goodwood House by storm last week as Lord March announced plans for the 2008 Festival of Speed. Lampkin made several explosive entrances, riding down a staircase inside Goodwood House at the pre-event dinner and repeating the feat on Wednesday in front of the world's assembled press. Watch Lampkin perform some of his ...

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Isle of Man TT Inquest update

Ben Purvis, 14 March 2008 10:46

Marshals giving evidence at the inquest into a triple fatality at last year’s TT have given eyewitness accounts of the accident which killed racer Marc Ramsbotham and two spectators. Dean Jacob from Kidderminster and Australian Gregory Kenzig were killed when Ramsbotham’s bike came off the course at the 26th milestone. Ramsbotham, from Norfolk, also died. The coroner’s court was told ...

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Honda Fireblade winner picks up his prize

Ben Purvis, 12 March 2008 17:19

Alan Crowder from Witney in Oxfordshire - winner of Honda's ‘Win A Bike’ competition in February - collected his brand new CBR1000RR from Bridge Motorcycles today. He was handed the bike by Bridge's Peter Britcliff. He said: “I’ve been a keen biker for the last thirty years and for the last nine years have commuted to work on a bike. ...

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