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Strange but true motorcycling tales

Published: 25 March 2002

Updated: 19 November 2014

More strange biking stories from around the world.

England:

The crack motorcycle escort which usually accompanies the Queen had a rather less important job last week – flanking a limo carrying the first person in the UK to buy Microsoft’s new Xbox. Scott Rawlings spent over six hours queuing for the privilege at London’s Virgin Megastore.

Australia:

The Gold Coast Bulletin recently carried a front page story about a rider caught at 140mph on a public road. The picture next to it showed a hand-held radar pointing at a rider on a dead straight stretch of highway. But the story was let down by the fact that the rider in the shot was getting his knee down on a Yamaha YZR500 – and had " Biaggi " written on his leathers.

America:

You need a 3in hairless patch on your bonce to join the new Bald Guys Motorcycle club. Their motto is " you ain’t got hair, you ride with us " .

Baseball star Jeff Kent could lose his £4 million-a-year deal because of a wheelie. The San Francisco Giants player is out after breaking his wrist while " washing his truck " . But a paper claims he did it after a wheelieing on his bike. If that’s proved true, the Giants could void his contract, which says he shouldn’t ride.

Honda rider Michael Alba of Gainesville, Florida, was knocked cold by a turkey. The gamebird flew across the road in front of his bike, glanced off his head and caused him to crash. Sympathetic workmates have arranged for the bird to be stuffed.

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