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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.


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.


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.


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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