EU patent for Kawasaki single leads to speculation it's not just for Asia
KAWASAKI has registered an EU patent for a naked version of its Ninja 250SL, leading to speculation the single-cylinder model could be destined for Europe.
The fully-faired 250SL, known in some markets as the 250 RR Mono, was officially unveiled in February and thought only to be for Asian and Indian ... Continue reading
Classic 1970s safety ad slogan revived. No angry bloke in a turtleneck this time
MILLIONS of drivers will be urged to put stickers on their mirrors reminding them to look out for motorcyclists and cyclists in an AA campaign.
The motoring group has revived a slogan from a 1970's public information film by calling it's safety campaign 'Think once, think twice, think bike.'
So far a million stickers ... Continue reading
If you see one, call it a cruiser
OKAY, it's not official. But a deserving way to gain a moniker you don't like is to go around telling people not to call you it - and Ducati has just released this promo video for the new Diavel titled 'Don't call me a cruiser'.
So it's officially forever a cruiser to us.
British Superbike regular turns his attention to the Isle of Man TT
FORMER British Superbike rider Peter Hickman has confirmed he will be making his Isle of Man TT debut this year. Hickman will be riding for the Ice Valley by Motorsave team where he will be competing in the Superbike, Superstock and Senior TT races onboard a BMW S1000RR.
The 26-year-old has ... Continue reading
Is Yamaha planning sports-tourer using MT-09 engine?
SPECULATION is rife that Yamaha is planning a sports-tourer using the three-cylinder MT-09 engine, after the firm applied to trademark the name 'FJ-09' in the US.
Yamaha submitted an application to the US Patent and Trademark Office on February 25 to use the name on 'motorcycles, scooters, three-wheeled scooters and structural parts ... Continue reading
End of the Phillip Island tyre safety test with Lorenzo remaining at the top
OVER the three-day tyre safety test at Phillip Island, it has been Jorge Lorenzo has topped the time-sheets as well as also improving on his time each day.
Factory Yamaha's Lorenzo carried out a race simulation where he completed consecutive laps in the low-mid 1:30's, but the fastest lap that the ... Continue reading
Powered by half a car engine and with scooter-like practicality, Honda’s NC750X almost doesn’t have any direct rivals. Almost
Honda's NC750X defies comparison with other models because it’s so unusual: a quasi-adventure bike using half a car engine to make only 54hp, with a lowly 6,500rpm red-line, optional twist-and-go transmission, 60mpg+ fuel economy and a helmet-sized luggage compartment.
It’s in a class of its own, its closest rival probably the NC750S, ... Continue reading
Lorenzo remains fastest, race simulations expected tomorrow
ONCE again, Jorge Lorenzo finished at the top of the time-sheets on day two of the Phillip Island tyre test improving his time by 0.08 seconds compared to the previous day.
Finishing second was Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa 0.248 seconds slower than Factory Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo, however Pedrosa did improve on his time ... Continue reading
More torque for Ducati's hyper cruiser
DUCATI has unveiled an updated Diavel, featuring a new exhaust system and full LED headlight.
The cruiser gets the latest twin-spark version of the 1198cc Superbike-derived Testastretta V-twin engine, offering a claimed peak torque increase from 94 to 96.3lbft and more grunt throughout the rev range. Claimed peak power is unchanged at 162hp.
Claimed fuel ... Continue reading
Some interesting titbits from the DVLA archives
STATISTICALLY, you can count the number of people who never invent numbers to suit their argument on one hand. Nonetheless, here’s a selection of interesting* nuggets pulled from various DVLA data-sets using an abacus and candlelight.
*it’s all relative
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