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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

2014 MotoGP Entry List - including 5 Brits!

To help combat those January blues and look ahead to the warmth of the motorcycle racing season, we've picked apart the rider entry list for the 2014 MotoGP championship. The names alone reveal the high caliber of racing we can expect to witness, and best of all there are an amazing 5 Brits on the grid!

2014 MotoGP entry list confirmed - it look's set to be a great season!
Here's the full list of entries so far:

Factory spec machines

93 marc márquez - spain - repsol Honda team - Honda * - Won last year's Championship in his rookie season, will be looking to retain the title.

26 dani pedrosa - spain - repsol Honda team - Honda * - Still waiting for his first MotoGP championship, will 2014 be Dani's year?

99 jorge lorenzo - spain - Yamaha factory racing - Yamaha * - Desperately close runner up last season, Lorenzo has got to be the most determined guy on the grid!

46 valentino rossi - italy - Yamaha factory racing - Yamaha * - The veteran, can Vale prove he's still got what it takes and claim his 10th World Title?

4 andrea dovizioso - italy - Ducati team - Ducati * - Plagued with bad lack last season, will the addition of his Tech 3 team mate Cal spur him on?

35 cal crutchlow – great britain - Ducati team - Ducati * - After heavy criticism for taking the Ducati ride, can Crutchlow silence all the negative press?

44 pol espargaro - spain - monster Yamaha tech 3 - Yamaha * - Joins his brother in MotoGP and joining the well-regarded Tech 3 team will undoubtedly see Pol challenging near the front.

38 bradley smith – great britain - monster Yamaha tech 3 - Yamaha * - With his rookie season dispatched, Bradley will be looking to prove himself this year.

6 stefan bradl - germany - lcr Honda motogp - Honda * - A consistently strong finisher, but can he get some wins under his belt in 2014?

19 álvaro bautista – spain - go&fun Honda gresini - Honda * - Another solid season for Bautista in 2013 but can he step up and pose a serious threat for the title?

29 andrea iannone - italy - pramac racing - Ducati * - A factory spec bike shows faith in Iannone, can he repeat some of his 250cc glory days?

Privateer spec machines

5 colin edwards - usa - ngm mobile forward racing - ftr Yamaha - another veteran, can Colin break into the top 10 and kick if with the factory boys?    

41 aleix espargaro - spain - ngm mobile forward racing – ftr Yamaha - top-placing CRT rider in 2013, will the experience of team mate Edwards push him forward?

8 héctor barberá - spain - avintia blusens - ftr  - Barbera shows huge potential but can he turn it into results this season?

63 mike di meglio – france - avintia blusens - ftr - Di Meglio has also show heaps of promise, we can't wait to see him tearing it up in MotoGP.   

9 danilo petrucci - italy - iodaracing project – art - More young blood into the championship, can he match Marquez's rookie season?

12 leon camier – great britain – iodaracing project - art - a top-class Superbike rider looking to make it in the Grand Prix circuit, we'll be cheering him on!  
17 karel abraham – czech republic - cardion ab motoracing - Honda - Abraham shows promise and brings some serious funding, but can he secure some top 10 finishes in 2014?   
45 scott redding – great britain - go&fun Honda gresini - Honda - We've been waiting to cheer Scott on in MotoGP for quite some time now, this will undoubtedly be one to watch.

68 yonny hernandez - colombia - pramac racing - Ducati - Hernandez has got some skill but will need to deliver some results to maintain his ride going forward.
69 nicky hayden - usa - power electronics aspar - Honda - Finally off the Ducati and back to the good old Honda, we can't wait to see the former world champ fighting in 2013.   

7 hiroshi aoyama - japan - power electronics aspar - Honda - despite his solid history, Aoyama is yet to really impress in MotoGP.    
70 michael laverty – great britain - paul bird motorsport - pbm - The follow up to a season plagued with bad luck, let's hope Michael can deliver what we know he's capable of in 2014.       
23 broc parkes – australia – paul bird motorsport - pbm - another well respected superbike rider back from injury and looking to make in in the big league.

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Friday, 17 January 2014

Oxford products to distribute Oakley sunglasses

Oakley are world-renowned for their advanced eyewear, that not only looks great but also has excellent technical properties to protect your eyes. These fashionable accessories are worn by top bike racers such as MotoGP world champ Marc Marquez.

Motorcycle News: The MotoGP collection from Oakley will be available in the UK
Oxford products, the UK motorcycle clothing and accessory manufacturer and distributor, has just taken on a distributorship for the popular range of sunglasses in an attempt to increase sales in the UK motorcycle market. A range of carefully selected models, such as the MotoGP and Rossi ranges, will be promoted by the firm through selected retailers and events, including this weekends Motorcycle Trade Expo at the Birmingham NEC.

Motorcycle News: ThisVR46 design from 'The Doctor' will also be available
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Thursday, 16 January 2014

New 2014 HJC motorcycle helmets at Motorcycle Trade Expo

Oxford Products have just announced that they will be launching the new and improved 2014 range of HJC motorcycle helmets at the 2014 Motorcycle Trade Expo taking place at the Birmingham NEC this weekend.
Motorcycle News: The new Lorezno replica helmet is due to be unveiled this weekend.
New models to be showcased include the RPHA10+ Carbon model currently worn by 2013 MotoGP runner-up and former world champion Jorge Lorenzo, luckily for HJC the design of this stunning lid is much catchier than the name. Expect this awesome bit of kit to have an RRP around the £400 mark.

Also 3 different models of the RPHAST helmet will be exhibited including the Rugal, Knuckle and Murano! These super-light composite lids have a great choice of colours and styles and are expected to be very competitively priced at around £200 RRP.

Finally, for those looking for a flip front helmet, the new RPHAMAX model will also be launched at the event. This model features new vents and wind seals and a bluetooth system will be introduced shortly after the launch. This model should be priced in the £150-£200 bracket.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

British rider Sunderland wins Dakar Stage 2

British rider Sam Sunderland stormed to the first stage win of his career in the Dakar Rally's epic second stage from San Luis to San Rafael in Argentina.

Motorcycle News: Sam Sunderland impressed all with his stage 2 win
After a gruelling 354km against the clock, which featured a range of tough ground, rocks and over 70km through the intimidating dunes of Nihuil, 24-year old Sunderland emerged as victor, placing him 3rd in the overall rankings.

The stage was an impressive victory for Sam Sunderland, who seemed particularly relaxed as he demonstrated just how he had earned a place in TEAM HRC with his text book ride through the notoriously difficult dunes. 

Motorcycle News: Sam Sunderland claimed the second win for TEAM HRC
The win marks back to back stage wins for TEAM HRC, with team-mate Joan Barreda winning the rally’s first stage onboard his CRF450 RALLY machine. 

Commenting on his recent victory, Sam Sunderland said "I’m really happy. The bike was fantastic, it’s been a great day with a mixture of different terrains, speed and technical zones. We got to the dunes which I get on really well with. It wasn’t a really long stretch, but it went well. I crossed the river which was deeper than I had expected, which got a few laughs out of the folk. But I’m really pleased for my first Dakar victory and to continue Honda’s winning streak."

The next leg moves from San Rafael to San Juan, with a connection of 292km followed by the 373km special stage.

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Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Christmas offer from Get Geared - 2 days only!

Motorcycle clothing and accessory retailer Get Geared have just announced a cracking deal giving 20% off all full-priced items in their online shop, but you must act fast as the offer only runs from 25th to 26th December 2013!

To claim your 20% off, simply click the following link and use the voucher code XMAS20 at the checkout!

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Shoei X-Spirit 2 Motorcycle Helmet Review

The Shoei X-Spirit 2 motorcycle helmet has been around in various derivatives for almost a decade since the first X-Spirit model was first introduced in 2003, it underwent a series of upgrades and updated in 2010 to launch the new X-Spirit 2 model which is now considered to be one of the best sports or racing motorcycle helmets in the world.

Motorcycle News: The Shoei X-Spirit 2 offers excellent all-round performance
The Shoei X-Spirit 2 builds on the company’s 50 plus years of experience on the motorcycle racing scene and delivers a top quality helmet built using the very latest technology and extremely advanced aerodynamics. Not only does the X-Spirit have all of the best features though, it also very much looks the part, with out of this world styling combined with some of the coolest designs we’ve ever seen on a motorcycle helmet – the Shoya Tomizawa replica pictured above is one of our personal favourites!

The noise levels on the Shoei X-Spirit 2 are also very low, especially for a sports orientated product, this is partly down to the precision engineering in the product process but can also be attributed to the inclusion of the company’s dual layer visor seal, which firmly closes out any wind leakage regardless of how fast you’re riding.

Another big plus of the Shoei X-Spirit 2 is the fact that it comes in 4 different shell sizes across a huge range of helmet sizes, thereby opening it up to a much wider range of bikers, regardless of the shape and size of their head. The attention to detail on the X-Spirit 2 is obvious, even down to the chin strap cover, that is included to prevent the strap marking the riders neck, but can also be removed to be washed.

If you’re lucky enough to be able to afford the Shoei X-Spirit 2 then we can assure you that you won’t be disappointed with your choice. To find our more check out

Monday, 18 November 2013

HJC launch 2014 motorcycle helmet range

HJC has been making some of the best high quality bike helmets since the early 50s. In 1971 the factory focused all of its efforts on motorcycle helmets and set themselves the objective of providing high quality, comfortable, and good value for money helmets to bikers all around the world.

Motorcycle News: HJC unveil their 2014 model range
The firm got a step closer to achieving their goal in the 90s when HJC became the USAs best selling motorcycle lid - a position it has held ever since. Today HJC helmets are worn by bikers all around the glove and are unsurprisingly one of the world's biggest motorcycle helmet brands, producing more safety lids than any of its competitors. The range now encompasses a massive variety of helmets, with lots of different designs and colour options.

The 2014 HJC range has been hugely anticipated and it certainly doesn't disappoint, here's a couple of images which highlight some of the new models and colours we can expect from this innovator of motorcycle helmets. Our personal favourites are the Jorge Lorenzo replica models.

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