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Race Marshals – the unsung heroes

Race Marshals – the unsung heroes

Monday, April 27 2015

When it comes to racing, it’s the riders who get the limelight. They’re the ones who get the crowd cheering, get on camera and get all the plaudits when they cross the line. But there are lots of unsung heroes that play a vital role in race days, from mechanics to team managers, PR staff […]

Yamaha’s latest Yard Built model revealed

Yamaha’s latest Yard Built model revealed

Tuesday, April 14 2015

Yamaha has revealed its latest Yard Built motorbike in Paris. The Japanese manufacturer took its latest special edition model to the Carreau Temple for its grand unveiling of the XJR1300 Skullmonkee. Instead of a complete revamp of the standard XJR, the Wrenchmonkees (the company behind the project) kept their changes to tuning and upgrading as […]

New Vivacity scooter from Peugeot

New Vivacity scooter from Peugeot

Wednesday, April 8 2015

Peugeot has unveiled its new RS version of the Vivacity 125 scooter. Underneath, it comes with the same 125cc engine as the standard Vivacity model but the RS version adds another 8.2bhp to its output, leading the French manufacturer to push it as a sporty version. To that end, the model comes decked out in […]

Triumph Speed Triple range updated

Triumph Speed Triple range updated

Wednesday, April 8 2015

Triumph has updated the line-up for its Speed Triple, adding the special edition Speed 94 and 94R to the range. The British manufacturer has added the new models to mark 21 years of the Speed Triple and both come with plenty of styling nods to their predecessors. Triumph’s 94 is based on the entry-level version […]

The week in review - Congestion charges and the great road tax debate

The week in review – Congestion charges and the great road tax debate

Friday, March 27 2015

After a week off, we’re back with a bumper week in review because it’s been pretty hectic over the last 14-days. This week, Ed Milliband and David Cameron kind of went head-to-head, without actually talking to each other, on TV. Not one of them mentioned a motorbike, which was shocking and a sure fire way […]

Motorbikes to pay £12.50 to ride in central London

Motorbikes to pay £12.50 to ride in central London

Thursday, March 26 2015

Plans to charge motorbike riders £12.50 to ride in the London congestion charge zone have been approved today.  The new Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) will come into place in September 2020 and motorbikes aged 13 or over will have to pay the charge. For new motorbikes, there will be no charge as long as […]

Yamaha XV950 Racer breaks cover

Yamaha XV950 Racer breaks cover

Wednesday, March 25 2015

Yamaha has revealed the new XV950 Racer, the latest addition to the Japanese manufacturer’s Sport Heritage range. The XV950 is a café-racer styled single seater that comes with all the fixtures and fittings you’d expect of a retro design. At the front is the classic, single headlight, while the main body of the bike has […]

1,468 e-petitions for motorbikes created since 2011

1,468 e-petitions for motorbikes created since 2011

Tuesday, March 24 2015

Almost 1,500 e-petitions have been created regarding issues with or about motorbikes in the UK.  At present, 188 e-petitions are still open while 798 have been closed and 482 have been rejected on the government’s platform that allows members of the public to publish their concerns. When an e-petition generates 100,000 signatures it is considered […]

Annual road tax rises for motorbikes

Annual road tax rises for motorbikes

Thursday, March 19 2015

Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), otherwise known as road tax, will increase from April this year for motorbikes.  Announced yesterday in Chancellor George Osborne’s Spring budget, annual road tax for motorbikes over 150cc will jump by one pound for one off annual payments. For those paying for six months, the charge will increase by £1.10 and […]

Ducati Panigale 1299 arrives in the UK this week

Ducati Panigale 1299 arrives in the UK this week

Tuesday, March 17 2015

Ducati’s much-vaunted Panigale 1299 arrives in the UK this week, priced from £16,695 for the range-opening model. At the top of the line-up sits the 1299 S, priced at £20,795, however both versions share the 1285cc Superquadro engine that produces 205hp and 144.6Nm. And ever since the 1299 was first revealed, it’s the powertrain that’s […]

Suzuki GSX-S1000 prices announced

Suzuki GSX-S1000 prices announced

Tuesday, March 17 2015

Prices for the new Suzuki GSX-S1000 line-up have been revealed ahead of its official launch. The range kicks off with the GSX-R1000 priced from £8,999 for the street bike. An ABS version of the GSX-S1000 will cost £9,499 when it arrives in UK dealers from June. The GSX range tops out at £9,999 for the […]

CBT to be made tougher

CBT to be made tougher

Tuesday, March 10 2015

Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) is set to become harder to pass if new government plans come into place. A consultation into the improvement of motorcycle training has been launched and one of the first things to be looked at is the CBT. The CBT has remained largely unchanged for the past 25 years, despite changes […]

14 consecutive months of growth for motorbikes

14 consecutive months of growth for motorbikes

Monday, March 9 2015

UK motorbike sales have grown for the 14th consecutive month with almost 4,000 units shifted in February. In total, there were 3,939 new registrations in the second month of the year, up 11.7 per cent when compared to February 2014. And the increase in sales for the month have had a knock-on effect on sales […]

Peugeot teams up with Dainese

Peugeot teams up with Dainese

Friday, March 6 2015

Peugeot has teamed up with Dainese to create a wireless airbag jacket that will be sold alongside the Metropolis scooter. The Metropolis is a three-wheeled scooter that’s powered by a 400cc four-stroke engine. It stands out from other scooters on the market because of its three-wheel set-up and a system called Dual Tilting wheels (DTW). […]

Suzuki Bandit prices revealed

Suzuki Bandit prices revealed

Thursday, March 5 2015

Suzuki has revealed pricing for the Bandit 1250S which returns to the Japanese manufacturer’s line-up. Prices for the new Bandit start from £7,299 and it is set to arrive in UK dealerships from 16 March. The updated Bandit comes with new fairings that improve protection from wind and weather, according to the manufacturer. One thing […]