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?
Rossi slipping back at Catalunya Valentino Rossi’s short winning streak was chopped off at the knees at Catalunya in Spain on the weekend, as Repsol Honda’s darling Spaniard (and home-town favourite) took the lead off the line and simply motored off into the distance. He was completely on his own for the entire race; definitely … Continue reading Rossi falls back in Spain
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
R12000R – brake line issue. Company: BMW Models involved: 2007 R1200GS & R1200ST, 2007/08 R1200R Problem: Engine vibrations could cause front brake lines to … err, vibrate. Vibrating brake lines can wear against other parts and rupture and leak. Consequence: Loss of brake fluid = loss of braking pressure = loss of brakes = … Continue reading Latest Recalls
Yamaha seems to be on a roll with their new bike releases this week. Hot on the heels of the new 2008 V-Max are a couple of new scooters; a new maxi-scoot (and fellow Max) the T-Max and a big brother to Canada’s best selling 50cc scooter, the BWs 125. NEW T-MAX 500 Although the … Continue reading NEW YAMAHA SCOOTS
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
Yamaha have revealed their 2009 V-Max, the successor to the original iconic Max that made its debut way back in 1985. We’ve added a few bits of info since we first posted this, but we’ve bolded them for easy identification. New motor has a tighter V and is more compact. The new V-Max is an … Continue reading NEW 2009 V-MAX!!
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
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