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168mph… on skates!

168mph… on skates!

WHILE you’d expect a FireBlade to hit 168mph, you’d have to look twice if a bloke on Rollerblades came past at that speed.But that’s exactly what German Dirk Auer managed – with a little help from...

Spare a thought for the fans who CAN'T watch the racing

Spare a thought for the fans who CAN'T watch the racing

WHILE the excitement of Superpole engulfs the circuit, there are some people who just can't afford to stop and watch the stars in action… like the police making sure thieves don't take advantage of...

More help to beat thieving scum

More help to beat thieving scum

IF your bike ever gets nicked, the first reaction is often to tell as many people as possible, so they can keep an eye out for you.And now the ACU, British bikesport’s governing body, is providing a...

Want some advice? Take your own drinks to Brands!

Want some advice? Take your own drinks to Brands!

SUPERMARKET giant Sainsbury's may have come up trumps with a temporary marquee-cum-store on-site at Brands Hatch, but that doesn't mean there will be unlimited supplies of drink and food tomorrow – so...

Send us your Brands snaps and win a WSB video

Send us your Brands snaps and win a WSB video

We’ve got 10 copies of The History of the Word Superbike Championship video to give away. All you have to do is send us your pictures from Brands Hatch World Superbikes, and the ones voted the best,...

Bring on the bends

Bring on the bends

Iain Duffus shows us the lines on the Isle of Man’s famous TT circuit

British bike land speed record goes… and we've got video

British bike land speed record goes… and we've got video

THE British motorcycle land speed record has been shattered after Jarrod " Jack " Frost ran his turbo Suzuki Hayabusa through the timing lights at an average of 222.19 mph.The record was...

Mighty Dot security markings to arrive in the UK

PEOPLE have been marking their territory for millions of years. Fortunately, things have moved on a bit since the days of dried dung piles, and the latest marking techniques are much more advanced. Security systems such as Datatag, Alphadot and Smartwater have cut thefts and reduced the cost of insurance. And now there’s a new name entering the fray – that of Mighty Dot. It uses a spray to apply...

Ducati to launch Hodgson rep 996

Ducati to launch Hodgson rep 996

WSB star Neil Hodgson is having a limited edition Ducati 996 made in his honour.Hodgson, a hot tip for success at the Brands Hatch WSB round on July29, rides a 996S in the championship.Unlike either...

Keeping the R1 legend afloat

Keeping the R1 legend afloat

YAMAHA’S R1 may be struggling to compete with Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 on the road, but there is somewhere it will give the new class leader a sound thrashing – on water.The new Yamaha WaveRunner FX140 uses...

Myth of speeding motorcyclists exposed

Myth of speeding motorcyclists exposed

WITH an apparently increasing number of residents in rural areas complaining about bikes speeding through their quiet villages, here’s some figures that should shut them up.After the Parish councils...

Insurance grief for 1900 Devitt customers

Insurance grief for 1900 Devitt customers

HUNDREDS of riders insured through the brokerage firm Devitt DA have been asked to cough up for new insurance policies following the demise of underwriters Independent Insurance Company Limited.While...

Police warn Brands campers to be on their guard

Police warn Brands campers to be on their guard

POLICE patrolling the Brands Hatch campsites have warned anyone who plans to camp there tonight to be on the look out for so-called "slash and grab" thieves.There have been four or five cases of petty...

We road test the Suzuki GSX1400, Kawasaki ZRX1200R and Yamaha XJR1300

We road test the Suzuki GSX1400, Kawasaki ZRX1200R and Yamaha XJR1300

ARNIE might well stand out in people’s minds as the most famous and successful bodybuilder ever, but things were almost very different. Over the core of his competitive years, throughout the 1970s and...

No end yet to our Saturday Brands scenes

No end yet to our Saturday Brands scenes

NO words are needed to explain the build up throughout today of the fans and atmosphere at Brands Hatch.But to remind you why the event is so special on the British biking calendar, here are some...

Yamaha’s 2002 colours revealed

Yamaha’s 2002 colours revealed

Here are the first pictures of the 2002 Fazer 1000 and 2002 Dragstar XV650 in their new silver colour scheme.The silver scheme is replacing the red one in the Fazer 1000 line-up.The Star series is...

Ducati Monster M620ie first test

Ducati Monster M620ie first test

HAS there ever been a bike that deserves its name less than the middleweight of the Monster family? Far from being " grotesque " or " gigantic " , which is how the dictionary...

Video: The FireBlade to take on the TT

Video: The FireBlade to take on the TT

This was the FireBlade Honda had built specially for the TT. Desperate to claw back ground against the Yamahas and hold off the threat from Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 this 180bhp stunner weighs as little as a...

Sensational TT FireBlade tested

Sensational TT FireBlade tested

This is the bike Honda hoped would reclaim their TT glory this year. Featuring internals engineered by the FireBlade’s progenitor Tadao Baba himself, this is a very, very special machine indeed. We...

Pepper spray

Pepper spray

Ray M, from Tyne and Wear, has installed a pepper gas sprayer in his garage. Such devices are illegal in this country, so Ray has declined to comment. He got hold of his from an American company via...

Baby monitor

Baby monitor

AFTER having the entire contents of his garage stolen, including his Kawasaki ZX-7R, Kirk Walker, from Sheffield, wasn’t too happy.He said: " I felt like crying. The police weren’t interested,...

Rate your dealer

Rate your dealer

We want to know your experience at your dealer. How good is the level of service? Would you recommend them to a friend?We all know how good it is to find a place you’re happy with to do your servicing...

New range of Italian lids from Devel

New range of Italian lids from Devel

The lids featured here are Italian firm Devel’s latest offerings. The full-face Vaga and the flip-up Razor are both available in British dealers for the first time this week, for £149.99.They use...

The repairs

FOR a man who confesses to having no mechanical aptitude whatever, Duncan Goose was very, very lucky. He learnt as he went along, ran into the right people at the right time and picked a bomb-proof bike that hardly lost its reliability over 42,000 miles. But the ability to improvise is essential. Friendly dealers are not an option in Peru, and if you lack imagination with old Fairy Liquid bottles...

The Dawn of a whole new era

The Dawn of a whole new era

HARLEY-DAVIDSON isn’t a name that generally conjures up excitement and 140mph bikes. In fact think of a Harley and you’re probably already asleep. Wake up now because things for the oldest name in...

Guard dog

Guard dog

Jon F of Northampton reckons his two Mastiff bitches are the ultimate in bike security. He said: " They’re completely loyal and very protective. As soon as the dogs hear something they go...

Just when you thought they’d finally eased off…

Just when you thought they’d finally eased off…

The Home Secretary has been telling police forces to down-grade their focus on speeding, the Met Police have called a halt to any additional Gatsos, to spend more cash on catching real criminals. You...

996 successor shown to Ducati top brass

996 successor shown to Ducati top brass

A prototype just shown to high-ranking Ducati employees is thought to be the closest anyone has yet seen to the actual successor to the legendary 996.Ducati presented its plans for the next three...

Have you had a tyre nightmare?

Have you had a tyre nightmare?

Your tyres are often the only thing between you and disaster. Reliable high quality rubber is a matter of life or death for us. But tyres aren’t always perfect.We’re conducting a survey to find out...

Trading Standards order clothing off the shelves

Trading Standards order clothing off the shelves

Trading Standards officers ordered Buffalo to replace the armour in one of their jackets because it didn’t meet the CE standard it had claimed to.Importer Bifax moved swiftly and all examples of the...

Shop a bike thief and grab a grand

Shop a bike thief and grab a grand

If you have information that could convict a bike thief, dial 0870-444-8448 and you could get a reward of up to £1000.If you’ve got the gen on an organised gang, that amount could rise to £10,000 when...

Ingenious but legal

If shotgun cartridges, guard dogs and electric shocks seem a bit extreme, there are plenty of equally creative methods to secure your bike which can be just as effective – and they won’t land you in a court of law

Hydraulic lift

Hydraulic lift

According to Barry Hood, from Birmingham, his hydraulic lift is a far more effective means of securing a bike than a conventional ground anchor. He said: " Once a thief has got into your garage...

The man who invented the Desmo dies

The man who invented the Desmo dies

Fabio Taglioni, the man who invented Ducati’s famous Desmodromic engine, has died at his home in Bologna at the age of 80.Born on September 10, 1920 in Lugo di Romagna, Italy, Taglioni graduated as an...

FJR long term test (2): The owners’ gathering

FJR long term test (2): The owners’ gathering

Going for a ride-out and then chewing the cud with fellow riders is always a pretty good way to spend a day.While a football fan will (season permitting) relish the idea of a few pints in the boozer...

Thanks for making this the place to be

More riders are coming to motorcyclenews.com than ever before. More than 100,000 of you came to the site last week and looked at over 1,000,000 pages. And that’s the first time our page impressions count has gone over the million mark.Page impressions shouldn’t be confused with " hits " . There are usually around 10 hits on any given web page, sometimes more. A site claiming one million...