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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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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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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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New motorcycling TV show announced

Ben Purvis, 23 July 2007 10:37

During September National Geographic will transmit the first of a six-episode motorcycle journey programme. The overland adventure is called ‘The Ride – Alaska to Patagonia’. Dates and times will be announced shortly. The series chronicles the fortunes of 11 novice riders on a marathon journey down the Trans Americas Highway through 12 countries. A DVD of the shows is also ...

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New 0% Suzuki Finance

Ben Purvis, 16 July 2007 12:07

Suzuki GB motorcycles have announced a new three-year 0% typical APR finance deal, with a minimum £1 deposit, running from now until 31st August 2007. The deal is applicable on all new Suzuki V-Strom 650s, Suzuki Bandit 650 (K6) models, Suzuki SV650 (K6), Suzuki DR-Z400SM, Suzuki GS500 and Suzuki GSR600 models.

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Solar Motorcycle

Ben Purvis, 10 July 2007 11:25

Spanish innovators at SunRed have come up with a new concept – the totally green motorcycle. The firm is developing a solar-powered scooter, with a 30mph top speed and a 12 mile range on a full charge. Once the motorcycle is parked, you unfurl a three-section shell of solar panels to allow the batteries to charge in the sunshine. Just ...

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RoSPA calls for employers to offer bike training

Ben Purvis, 10 July 2007 09:12

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is calling for employers to offer extra training to their motorcycling workers. On launching its new Safer Motorcycling through Work guide, the Society’s head of road safety Kevin Clinton said: “Providing such opportunities for staff who ride privately, as well as those who ride for work purposes, can also bring very real business ...

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New Nexus 125

Ben Purvis, 22 March 2007 13:45

Gilera has revealed its new Nexus 125 scooter this afternoon - the smallest machine in the firm's sporty Nexus range. The 125, which is launched alongside an updated 250cc version, gets a 14.5bhp single-cylinder engine and race-inspired looks including a prominent air intake on the nose and aerodynamic air deflectors on either side of the fairing. Both bikes share the same ...

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Bikers raise red nose cash

Ben Purvis, 21 March 2007 10:08

Bikers raised over £2000 through a 160-mile run in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire during Comic Relief. The riders, who all work in the IT industry, wore helmet ears and special Red Nose Day ‘hi-viz’ jackets to make themselves stand out in the spirit of the day. The ride was organised by Cisco Systems IT training specialist, Fast Lane Consulting and Education ...

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