You can hear them coming Children are better seen but not heard, they used to say – but that rule won’t apply to motorcycle cops in Oakland, Cal. In order to improve the conspicuity of motorcycle police there, the police department has replaced the stock mufflers on their fleet of 45 Harley-Davidsons with louder pipes. … Continue reading Loud pipes save cops
Legend on a legend: Lawrence astride the Brough A legendary British motorcycle name may be given new life. The Brough Superior Engineering company has been bought by Netherton Industries in Britain. The new owner intends to “preserve, protect, and promote the prestige and momentum” of the Brough Superior name. The company had previously obtained Brough … Continue reading Brough bought by Brit
News stories after Bourdon’s death blame sport bikes The British Columbia Coalition of Motorcyclists is asking riders to express their opinions to the Vancouver Sun and Province newspapers — both of which have published articles recently that appear to blame sport bikes for the death of Canucks hockey player Luc Bourdon. Vancouver Sun writer Craig … Continue reading Bikes blamed for Bourdon death?
That’s you, third from the left, $500 poorer … You could get up close and personal with Moto GP racing at Laguna Seca this summer, if you’ve got a few bucks to spare. Organizers of the July 20 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix in California are selling tickets for $500 that will get the buyer … Continue reading Get intimate with Moto GP
MZ: good-looking, but doomed The MZ motorcycles company in eastern Germany will close at the end of 2008, says the Freie Presse newspaper. MZ has produced motorcycles since 1922 and operated for many years under the communist East German government. The Malaysian company Hong Leong Industries took over the plant in 1996 but has been unable … Continue reading MZ to close
Now for that Willie G. styling touch … There’s a report in Forbes magazine that Harley-Davidson is working on a deal to buy MV Agusta. Rumours about Harley mergers are nothing new, as Harley and Ducati were said to be interested in marriage a while back, and nothing has come of that – and this … Continue reading Harley-MV Agusta to wed?
They’re onto you blokes! British police are paying special attention to over-enthusiastic motorcyclists attending the Isle of Man TT races, even though bikers might not be the most critical safety target. Police are monitoring rider and driver behaviour at the Heysham Port, which draws thousands of motorcyclists annually for the ferry to the Isle of … Continue reading Police after Isle of Man bikers
Vun in standard street trim The Italian company CR&S has taken inspiration from "motorbikers, enthusiasts, aesthetes, technicians, ‘tuning specialists,’ tourists, riders, hedonists, goliards, experts, and free spirits" to create a bike named "One." Or, more correctly, "Vun," which means one in the Milanese dialect. The result is a motorcycle with a Rotax engine and a … Continue reading Have a little Vun for a change
Dr. Alex Stedmon (centre) with students and Triumph 675 for simulator project A motorcycle simulator similar in concept and design to aviation training simulators is under construction at a British university. A Triumph Daytona 675, provided by the manufacturer, will be mounted on a moveable platform, while driving simulation software and large projection screens will … Continue reading Motorcycle simulator
New York cops target Americade riders Photo: Americade New York state police are targetting motorcycle riders at the giant Americade rally, according to some reports. Police were said to have pulled over a group of more than 120 riders on Friday and searched them all in a rest area. Forty-eight tickets were issued. Police defend … Continue reading Americade riders targetted