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This week in news...

Published: 10 December 2016

Updated: 06 December 2016

What every Saturday needs: This week in news looked a bit like this...

Goodwood date change

The Goodwood Festival of Speed dates have changed for 2017. It will be held between June 29 and July 2, due to a change in the Formula One calendar. Tickets already purchased will be valid for the new dates, so ticket-holders need not do anything – except turn up on the right day.

Torrot coming to the UK

Spanish brand Torrot, makers of electric kid’s bikes, will be coming to the UK. Torrot, owned by the parent company of GasGas, was re-born in 2011. One of the stand-out features of their electric bikes is that parents can set a boundary in the app, so if the child strays out of it the bike cuts out.

Thug life

Thug, a custom Indian Scout built by Thor Motorcycles, has won the Project Scout competition. Ten dealers took up the competition with the public casting their votes at the recent Motorcycle Live show at the Birmingham NEC. Thor also tried to use as many old parts as they had lying around to stop the price going through the roof.

New used deal with Triumph

Triumph have launched a pre-owned approval scheme to run through official dealers. Only bikes less than five years old and which have done less under 25,000 miles will apply. Each will undergo inspection before approval and any servicing due will be completed before bikes are readied for sale 

Old bike thefts

Own an old bike? You might like to invest in a new lock. The latest figures show that theft of bikes less than three years old has fallen by 73%, but theft of older bikes has increased by 54%. Police say that 70% of all bikes parked are not secured beyond the steering lock.

Chelsea dagger

3D printing has had little uptake in biking so far, although many believe it could be future of customising. Keen to forge ahead, Divergent have created a 3D printed bike: the Dagger. Although only a concept for now, if it did go into production it would have plenty of grunt thanks to the Kawasaki H2 motor.

At the Vanguard

New firm Vanguard have announced their intention to produce a three model line-up in New York. Vanguard say that the Roadster, Cruiser and Racer will all share a frameless structure, a tablet sized dash and rear view camera. The Roadster (above) will be the first to enter production in 2018. From $29,999.

Win a Thruxton R

The National Motorcycle Museum (www.nationalmotorcyclemuseum. is running a winter raffle with prizes including a Triumph Thruxton R. Second prize is a 1954 AJS Model 18 and third is a weekend break. Tickets cost £2 and the draw will be on April 23 at the International Classic Motorcycle Show. 

UM and ah over new 125 range

Llexeter, the UK distributor of Lexmoto, has struck a deal to be the UK distributor of Miami-based UM Motorcycles. UM have an 11-bike range which are all built in India and China, and which uses the same 125cc engine – although they are intending to add 300cc models.

Save on your electric bike bill

The Government have set a date for the first day buyers will be eligible for the new electric motorcycle or scooter subsidy. Anyone purchasing an eligible new electric bike after January 1, 2017 will get £1500 or 20% (whichever is the less) knocked off at the point of sale.

KTM ABS recall

KTM have issued a recall on the 1190 Adventure, 1190 Adventure R and the 1290 Super Adventure, all up to and including 2016 models. The recall is for the wiring to the ABS module. It is possible for its outer casing to rub through and ground against the brake line, causing it to overheat and melt. 

MotoGP season review 

It’s December, which can only mean one thing: another edition of the Official MotoGP Season Review. 2016 is its 13th edition and at £35 it would make a perfect addition to your Christmas list. 

Europe hits one million bike sales

New figures from the European Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (ACEM) show that 1,051,257 motorcycles and scooters were registered in the EU in the first nine months of this year, 4.4% up on last year. Of those registrations, a total of 802,767 were classed as geared motorcycles, an increase of 7.2% on 2015’s figures.

Vespa widens web

Bristol dealership Fowlers is now the official UK distributor for Piaggio and Vespa parts and accessories. You can now use their website to order every imaginable part direct to your home, from service items and bodywork, to branded clothing and mugs. Fowlers also stock parts for Yamaha, Kawasaki, Derbi, Aprilia, Triumph, KTM, Suzuki and Moto Guzzi. More info:

XDiavel recall

Owners of the Italian super cruiser will have their bikes recalled. Ducati say a screw is at risk of coming loose and impinging on the sidestand cut- out switch, cutting engine power. Dealers will replace the sidestand pivot and mounting plate for free. This is the model’s second recall, the first being for a rear wheel mounting issue. 

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