Bike News (October 2009)

  • Ducati boss predicts growth

    14 October 2009 by Michael Neeves

    Ducati boss predicts growth

    At the world launch of the new 796 Hypermotard, Ducati boss Gabriele Del Torchio exclusively told MCN how they were faring in the current financial crisis. Ducatis for sale “It’s a tough time...

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  • Rare Harley-Davidson stolen in Carlisle

    14 October 2009 by Luke Fitzgerald

    Rare Harley-Davidson stolen in Carlisle

    A £30,000 Harley-Davidson FXDWG was stolen in Carlisle on Saturday.   The competition winning bike disappeared between 11:30 and 12:00 on Saturday from the Lower Viaduct car park. A white transit...

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  • Boorman at a bookshop near you

    14 October 2009 by John Westlake

    Boorman at a bookshop near you

    Adventurer Charley Boorman will be signing copies of his new book Right to the Edge: Sydney to Tokyo By Any Means over the next few months. The hardback book, which has been serialised in MCN and...

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  • Shane Byrne buys Harley-Davidson

    14 October 2009 by Trevor Franklin

    English WSB star Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne has bought a Harley-Davidson Night Rod Special to ride when away from the rigours of racing. The Team Sterilgarda rider, currently lying ninth in the WSB championship table on a Ducati 1098R, took delivery of the machine today (Tuesday, 13 October) from famed London-based Warrs Harley-Davidson. Byrne’s decision to buy the Night Rod Special came as no surprise...

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  • North Wales debate

    14 October 2009 by Roy OHara

    My North Wales stories. First time stopped doing about 38 in a 30 two police hiding near a bush extremely close to end of limit. When I stopped they had a 17 year old girl in her Mum's car stopped in tears because she couldn't believe she got a ticket. My 72 year old father was also stopped on a dual carriageway, near limit change. Then the following year, I had a weekend away in Wales,...

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  • Classic bikes destroyed

    13 October 2009 by Luke FitzGerald

    Classic bikes destroyed

    Five classic bikes were wrecked in a Swindon house fire last Saturday. Among the bikes lost was a 1958 600cc Norton Dominator 99, shown here after winning the Best Post War Machine at the Cassington...

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  • Favourite bike passenger revealed

    13 October 2009 by Luke FitzGerald

    Favourite bike passenger revealed

    Megan Fox has been voted the most popular female bike passenger in a recent poll. The star of Transformers edged ex-Hollyoaks star Gemma Atkinson into second place, whilst Jessica Alba came...

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  • Leno's V-Max sells for £75,000!

    13 October 2009 by Luke FitzGerald

    Leno's V-Max sells for £75,000!

    American TV star, Jay Leno, sold his customised V-Max in a Las Vegas charity auction for £75,079 last weekend. The 59 year old Leno sent his 2009 V-Max to the San Diego based custom-bike designer...

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  • Recognise this bike?

    13 October 2009 by sprocket68

    Recognise this bike?

    Recognise this bike? It's the Yamaha Super Tenere that featured in the £1500 Dakar article. Here it is on holiday in France after a rebuild. It may now need another one!

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  • I'm glad I did a re-test

    12 October 2009 by Doug Oliver

    Re MCN 7 October 2009 - Kevin Ash I started riding back in 1966/7 had various bikes etc. I took my test back then which was a 20 min ride around a route, answer some questions, emergency stop, slow riding etc. Got a licence, then a car licence. Decided a while back that the itch/ache at the back of my head would only be satisfied by a bike. Looked at my licence, which had by now changed addresses...

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  • New interactive Bike Trac tracking system

    12 October 2009 by Rob Hull

    New interactive Bike Trac tracking system

    Bike Trac, a revolutionary new product developed by Road Angel Group, has been designed to give motorbike owners peace of mind by alerting them as soon as their bike is moved. Using a combination of...

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  • New ultra-loud Xena XX14 lock/alarm

    12 October 2009 by Rob Hull

    New ultra-loud Xena XX14 lock/alarm

    New UK distributor of Xena locks, Hampshire-based firm Motohaus, is now selling what Xena claim to be the company's loudest ever disc lock. Save cash on motorcycle security The XX14 costs £65. It's a...

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  • New Suzuki Gladius race kit

    11 October 2009

    New Suzuki Gladius race kit

    Suzuki GB has been talking about releasing an official race kit for the SVF650 Gladius since Spring – mainly due to the huge success of the SV650 at club racing level – but it looks like their Italian...

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  • New Arrow exhaust for Gilera GP800

    11 October 2009 by Rob Hull

    New Arrow exhaust for Gilera GP800

    The Gilera GP800 is one of the biggest and most powerful maxi scooters available, so it’s good to know you can get a few more horses out of it with this Arrow exhaust. It’s a complete in stainless...

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  • Behind the scenes with Dainese

    11 October 2009 by Rob Hull

    Behind the scenes with Dainese

    Here is a virtual tour of the Dainese HQ in Molvena, Italy. MCN joined a group of the top motorcycle media in an official visit to check out the 2010 range from the manufacture who decks out the likes...

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  • Watch the Shoei X-Spirit II in action

    11 October 2009 by Rob Hull

    Newly-crowned British Superbike champion Leon Camier and his Airwaves Yamaha team-mate James Ellison are wearing Shoei's all-new Shoei X-Spirit II at Oulton Park today (Sunday), the day of the new top-line helmet's UK launch. Watch Shoei's promotional video for the new rival to Arai's RX-7 GP here. Save cash on motorcycle helmets in the MCN shop 

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  • New Sidi boots exclusive in MCN

    11 October 2009 by Rob Hull

    New Sidi boots exclusive in MCN

    Sidi is due to unveil their new 2010 boot line, and the exclusive images and information will all be available in next week’s MCN. Grab a copy on Wednesday (October 14) and you’ll get to see the...

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  • New Shoei race replicas

    11 October 2009 by Rob Hull

    New Shoei race replicas

    Shoei has today launched the eagerly anticipated X-Spirit II, the successor of the hugely popular X-Spirit. And included in the range of graphic designs is two new race replicas. The graphic and...

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  • Avon dominate Goodwood Revival

    11 October 2009 by Rob Hull

    Avon dominate Goodwood Revival

    At the recent Goodwood Revival the top 10 finishers were all shod with Avon rubber, while the top five were utilising a new race version of the 100/90-19 Roadrider on the rear, with an AM20 front. Top...

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  • New Dainese Thorax protector

    11 October 2009 by Rob Hull

    New Dainese Thorax protector

    Following a mass of research, Dainese has decided to release a Thorax protector after analysing the figures for motorcycling injuries.  It’s included as an optional extra in many of the new...

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  • New Shoei X-Spirit II unveiled

    11 October 2009 by Rob Hull

    New Shoei X-Spirit II unveiled

    This is Shoei’s new flagship model for 2010 onwards, the X-Spirit II. It’s the successor of the X-Spirit and is a full-face road helmet with racing specifications. It’s being aimed at racers,...

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  • World's first stereo swingarm!

    10 October 2009 by Chris Newbigging

    World's first stereo swingarm!

    Custom motorcycle parts don’t get much more ludicrous than the subwoofer-equipped swingarm on this Suzuki TL1000S! Created by ABW Designs in Virginia, the tubular steel swingarm is not only set up to...

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  • Roland Sand's LA river jump

    09 October 2009 by Laura Kennerley

    Roland Sand's LA river jump

    Check out these cool videos of custom-guru Roland Sands and his pals larking around on some of his creations in LA. The former racer-turned custom builder and pal Andy Bell even attempt to jump the...

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  • Yamaha YBR 125 is Britain's best selling bike

    09 October 2009 by Laura Kennerley

    Yamaha YBR 125 is Britain's best selling bike

    Yamaha had the two best selling bikes in the UK last month. The YBR125 was snapped up by 328 people, while the YZR125 followed hot on its heels with 275 sales. Despite these strong sales, business...

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  • Poetry in motion

    09 October 2009 by Laura Kennerley

    Poetry in motion

    It may seem an unlikely choice, but the latest celebrity to take up riding as part of the industry’s Get On campaign is poet Tamsin Kendrick. Kendrick, 26, who is billed as one of Britain’s most...

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  • Two new Oakley Ducati sunglasses unveiled

    08 October 2009 by Rob Hull

    Two new Oakley Ducati sunglasses unveiled

    Oakley and Ducati continue their long-running collaboration in 2010 with two new sunglasses styles adorning the Ducati Corse logo. Save money on motorcycle eyewear Finding a pair of Oakley's under a...

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  • Ducati remember Troy Bayliss with Hero jacket

    08 October 2009 by Rob Hull

    Ducati remember Troy Bayliss with Hero jacket

    Another selection from the product line commemorating the services of Ducati modern-day legend Troy Bayliss is this Hero leather jacket. Save money on leather jackets Ideal if you’re the lucky owner...

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  • Ducati pay helmet tribute to Bayliss

    08 October 2009 by Rob Hull

    Ducati pay helmet tribute to Bayliss

    Ducati has added a new helmet to their official riding accessories range that’s a tribute to one of their longest serving riders, three-time World Superbike Champion Troy Bayliss. Save money on...

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  • New 2010 Ducati ‘80s Jacket

    08 October 2009 by Rob Hull

    New 2010 Ducati ‘80s Jacket

    This gorgeous leather technical jacket is the entry level riding jacket in the new range. Save money on leather jackets Ducati could have shot themselves in the foot though, because it’s probably...

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