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Tuesday, 31 May 2011

New Shark Race-R Optigon

A very exciting delivery arrived today, our shiny new Shark Race-R Optigon helmet for an upcoming feature. The first impressions are good, the helmet feels lightweight but substantial, the 5-star SHARP rating and smooth and seamless operation of the visor and vents highlight the quality of the model.

Sitting near the top of the range, the Shark Race-R is based on the range topping Race-R Pro helmet worn by the likes of Randy de Puniet, but is more focused to road riding and touring. The rear spoiler is removed to improve comfort for a more upright riding position.

Immediately it strikes me as a well thought out helmet, it features a Double D ring strap with a magnetic end to prevent it from flapping in the wind, it also has an elasticated piece of material under the chin, presumably to reduce wind noise/chill.

The Shark Race-R helmet also features 'Sharktooth', an integrated bluetooth system that allows you to wirelessly connect phones, mp3 players, gps and more. The other hot selling point is the easy fit visor, allowing quick removal and fitting for cleaning or swapping between tinted and clear visors.

We love the striking orange, black and white colours of this Shark Race-R Optigon model, but if it's not to your liking then check out the other colour options at

Keep checking back for our full road test and review of the Shark Race-R helmet coming soon!

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Spoilt for choice with TCX boots

The well known motorcycle footwear brand TCX, as worn by racers De Puniet, Fabrizio and Sam Lowes, have announced an extensive line up of summer boots to suit every kind of rider.

TCX S-Race Air

Developed on the race track, the S-Race Air is perfect for sportsbike riders with its TCS safety system to prevent excess movement of the ankle, shin and calf plated and replaceable toe sliders. The boots also feature perforated leather inserts designed to keep your feet cool and ventilated. The S-Race Air is £199.99

For London commuters or a quick pop to the shops, TCX has introduced a new urban boot called the X-Miles. The boot’s made from leather and micro fibre has a good level of protection. The boot is available in black and costs £109.99.

TCX X-Action

Also on offer is the X-Action, a boot designed especially for touring with a comfortable design and a waterproof lining. The boot also offers a shin plate, integrated shift pad and a replaceable foot bed. Available in black and at a great price of £99.99.

If you’re looking for a casual trainer look but want a bit more safety, the Jupiter 2 and X-Cube are ideal. Made from suede leather and AIR TECH fabric the Jupiter 2 has a gore-tex membrane lining for breathability, the X-Cube instead features a waterproof lining. The Jupiter 2 is costs £139.99, and the X-Cube is £99.99.

Finally TCX has the brand new X-Ville, perfect for around town with a waterproof lining, a reinforced heel and toe area and also a removable shift pad. The X-Ville is priced at £109.99 and available in brown and black.

To find out more about colours, sizes and dealers visit

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Dainese prepare for the TT with Martin and Hayden

Dainese will be at the iconic Isle of Man TT races this year performing two roles, firstly as the Official Safety Partner but also as supporters of rider Guy Martin, who also models their motorcycle clothing.

The 30-year-old from Kirmington is a hugely popular rider, and we looked at how focused he is on this years TT in another post here: All or nothing for Guy Martin at the TT

Away from the TT, Guy has been very involved in the development of the Dainese D-Air Racing suit and has been concentrating on developing the more road-based technology that is now available to sports bike riders.

Other Dainese backed riders will also be making an appearance at the TT, including MotoGP star Nicky Hayden who will be visiting the famous racing stage for the first time, and will enjoy a lap of the 37-mile course on a road-going Ducati 1198 before jetting over to Silverstone for the British MotoGP.

Four-time World Superbike champion and Dainese legend Carl Fogarty will also be present during the TT race week and will garland the winner of the Dainese Superbike race on Saturday 4 June.

For more info visit and

Friday, 27 May 2011

All or nothing for Guy Martin at the TT

Recently we've seen him restore a boat on TV, feature in a documentary film about racing and frantically direct marshals with brooms and pressure washers on the scene of an oil spill, but behind all the hype, hospitals and interviews, Guy Martin has been seriously focused on one thing - winning this years IOM TT.

We all saw his horrific high speed crash at the front of last year's TT, and he surpassed everyone's expectations by making a full recovery quicker than we could get the kettle on. Since then Guy has signed for the highly experienced and greatly loved Relentless Suzuki by TAS team, run by none other than Philip Neill.

The new team has definitely given Guy a bit of added expertise and experience, as well as a focus, this year he's had time on the bike with the TAS team at a number of Spanish circuits, BSB tracks and road races, all to get the bike honed to perfection for the TT.

The added benefits of riding for such an organised team are that everything to do with the bike is taken care of, Guy will obviously add his own feedback and tweaks, but it definitely gives him added focus to put into the riding and increase his concentration where it matters most - on the roads.

So with the bike, the team and the talent all present, this years looks better than any for the people's champ to finally take a TT win, however Guy remains down to earth and says he'll take it as it comes and will ride without "being a dickhead"!

We've always loved Guy's outspoken personality and paddock entertainment but it's fair to say that his recent appearances in TV and Cinema have made us take his riding skills and determination more seriously. Guy has all our support for this year's TT and we look forward to raising a cuppa to him on the top step of the podium, reet chief?!

Read more about Guy at and the team at

Find out more about this years Isle of Man TT, including TV schedule here:

Six reasons why you need a Kawasaki ER-6

As part of their campaign to show more people the benefits of two wheels, Kawasaki has just announced a “Six of the Best” campaign, which gives you some incontestable reasons to consider buying ER-6n or ER-6f. We’ve summarised the reasons for you here.

1) Great fuel economy – ER-6n and ER-6f owners are reporting impressive consumption figures of over 50 mpg – a handy figure, especially considering current petrol prices.

2) 0% Finance – Kawasaki is offering 0% typical APR finance for the ER-6f and ER-6n with a minimum deposit of just £99 and a massive 48-month repayment plan.

3) Competitive insurance - Kawasaki have recently launched their own Insurance scheme powered by MCE, the aim is to offer highly competitive rates for the type of riders these bikes attract.

4) Low maintenance - The twin-cylinder design has easy to access service areas and the first valve adjustment isn’t required until 15,000 miles.

5) New rider friendly – For those that have just passed their A2 riding test, Kawasaki will fit an industry approved power restrictor kit to their machine free of charge.

6) Accessory discount – Making it easier than ever to customise your new bike, Kawasaki are giving 15% discount on any ER series genuine accessory ordered with the new machine.

If that’s not enough to swing the decision then why not visit your local Kawasaki dealer and see if you can take a test ride, find out more at

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Rutter launches cool new clothing with 01RaceFX

The racing legend Michael Rutter, who you might have seen on the NW200 coverage last weekend, has been working with 01RaceFX to launch his own range of T-shirt’s and hoodies.

There are two different designs to choose from, described as Rutter Racing and Rutter Baseball! The designs are available in T-shirt and hoody style for both men and women and there are a choice of colour options too.

All of the clothing range feature Rutter’s famous number ‘6’ on the front and back, with T-shirts priced at £19.99 and hoodies at £39.99.

Rutter is currently contesting the British Superbike Championship with the Rapid Solicitors Bathams Ducati team and is considered a veteran on the track and the roads.

The Michael Rutter range is currently only available from 01RaceFX, who also supply the official clothing for loads of other racers, all of which come with free P&P to the UK.

For more details check out

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Honda offer ultimate Moroccan off-road experience

The Mick Extance Honda Off-Road Experience has announced a handful of dates for a once in a lifetime trip across the Dakar stomping ground in Morocco. The dates will consist of two eight-day and two ten-day trips.

Over the course of the excursions riders will experience some of extreme terrain in the famous Atlas mountain range, lush river valleys, beautiful sandy coasts and wide expanses of desert.

As part of the trip riders will spend a day learning the expert skills required to tackle riding on sand dunes. The experience is much more than just riding though, participants will get to sample the local culture by meeting villagers and sleeping in traditional Berber camps, as well as some of the best hotels in Morocco.

The trip has some great extras with airport transfers, accommodation, three meals plus water included each day. Honda will also loan you a cracking CRF450X or CRF250X including fuel and a 4x4 back-up vehicle (flights, personal insurance and non meal time drinks are not included). A translator will attend every trip and riders can also hire kit for an additional cost.

If your interested in these fantastic experiences you’ll need to get saving. The eight day adventures cost £1,995 and the ten day experiences are £2,195. The trips are running in February and October 2012.

For more info visit

Monday, 23 May 2011

Learn to ride on a Ducati Monster 696

Ducati have announced a new scheme that offers anyone wanting to learn how to ride, the chance to do so on their awesome Monster 696.

The Ducati Rider Training programme will see training facilities located in 13 places across the UK. All of the training schools will be connected to a Ducati dealership so you can expect the full service from training right through to buying a bike.

Beginners will have to start on a 125 before moving onto the training school's bigger bikes and eventually progressing on to the Ducati Monster 696. Riders over 21 can take their test on the Ducati Monster once they have reached the required standard.

The ‘Ducati Rider Training’ scheme gives potential motorcyclists a more accessible route their test and to experience the world famous Ducati brand first hand.

Ducati say the training will be bespoke to each individual’s ability and the course will be priced to reflect this.

For more info and to find your nearest Ducati Rider Training school

Sunday, 22 May 2011

The characters of motorcycle road racing

This years North West 200 was a bitterly disappointing event for the majority of spectators that braved the pouring rain and howling winds, just to find that the main superbike race was to be cancelled. However sitting comfortably at home, recovering from a few too many pints the night before, i found the live coverage to be pretty enjoyable.

After 4 hours of watching it live, 2 sighting laps was the only track action I’d seen, however the commentary provided by what was essentially 3 men in a shed proved to be worryingly engaging.

I had to ask myself why I’d just sat here for hours waiting for a race that clearly wasn't going to happen and it was clear that the reason was to find out more about the personalities of the brave guys who take part in road racing.

This post aims to give an insight into some of the top characters on the road racing scene.

Guy Martin - who else could we start with really? He's become a bit of a media celebrity recently with 'The Boat that Guy built' on prime time BBC1 and more recently the epic TT3D film in the cinemas. But long before the TV fame, Guy was an infamous character on the road racing scene, often seen dismounting his 200mph superbike and immediately searching for a cup of tea, ain't that right chief?! Guy's attitude and lifestyle are pretty close to what you'd imagine for someone willing to risk their life every time they go out to race, he's all about having fun, without too many commitments to tie him down. There is no doubt as to Guy's potential on a superbike and although he is yet to win a TT superbike race, we think his time for a win is well overdue.

Ian Hutchinson - Hutchy cleaned up at last years IOM TT races, taking 5 wins. My first impression of him was that he was quite a reserved guy that went out and just got the job done, however seeing him in TT3D and commentating at the NW200 has changed that perception. Even though it may not be immediately apparent, he has a lot of passion for motorcycle racing, it was racing in the British Superbike Championship last year that he suffered a very serious broken leg, but still he hangs around the road racing scene and that gains him some respect in my books. Those of you that saw the BBC coverage of the NW200 would have seen him in the commentary 'shed' with Steve Parrish, and you'll agree that he seemed quite a natural, very entertaining and brought a bit of youthfulness to the commentary.

Michael and William Dunlop – Micheal Dunlop is perhaps the better known of the two brothers, but both of them have a serious thirst for the sport and take great pride in it. Being related to undoubtedly one of the best and most loved motorcycle road racers of all time, Joey Dunlop, the pair have a lot to live up to and interviews with the pair made it clear that their whole family are 100% behind them in their quest for glory. We think it’s only a matter of time before Michael goes on to take a win at the TT.

Ryan Farquhar – An interesting feature during the programme showed us in to the life of Ryan! His garage set-up is very impressive and it's clear that a lot of long weekends and late nights go in to the preparation of his race bikes. His trophy room is astonishing; the amount that he has picked up over the years is quite overwhelming and a testament to his riding skills. My favourite bit of the feature was when the BBC presenter knocked on the front door and his wife came out and said “No Ryan doesn’t live here, he lives down in the garage!” now that is commitment!

These are just a handful of the colourful characters in the sport, without even mentioning the likes of John McGuiness, Conor Cummins, Michael Rutter, Cameron Donald, Alastair Seeley and Bruce Anstey, plus a lot more, its easy to see why road racing and the Isle of Man TT has such a huge following. A massive respect to all these guys and the entertainment they provide us with.

If you want to see more, then we highly recommend checking out the TT3D film, plus stay tuned for the 2011 IOM TT coverage from 30th May – 10th June. TV schedule to be confrimed on

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Friday, 20 May 2011

Cool new colours for Shark Race-R Pro helmet

Further to Momentum Blog's post about the new Shark Race-R Pro helmet range, the French manufacturer has just announced a further three new colours plus a cool de Puniet replica helmet.

The new colours come under the 'Kimbo' name banner and following suit with the rest of the Shark range, the designs are bold and exciting to say the least. The firm describe the new colour designs as follows: black/white/orange, blue/white/red and - the multi-coloured – black/blue/white/red.


Sitting alongside the new Kimbo range, Shark has also developed a Randy de Puniet Replica. The MotoGP star's replica has a black base and features a selection of red and white blocks of colour, and of course features the French riders racing number 14.

The 5-star SHARP rated Kimbo and de Puniet Replica Race-R Pro helmets are priced at £529.99 and £549.99 respectively and available soon, you can find your dealer at

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Feature Bike Review: Honda VFR400 NC30

We stumbled across this awesome example of the 90s pocket rocket VFR400 thanks to one of our twitter followers @sazwot. Honda introduced this great model to the Japanese market in 1990 as an entry level sports bike with looks inspired by the ultimate RC45 superbike.

The VFR's bulletproof Honda V4 engine means that you still see a handful of these beauties cruising the roads today. It' miniscule dimensions, a potent V4 motor putting out about 65bhp and a strong gearbox gives enough performance to hang with the supersport boys in the twisties.

Honda also produced a 750 version of the VFR, the RC30, which had similar styling, and then there was the RVF400 NC35, very similar to the VFR400 but with slightly updated bodywork and a tweaked engine and gearbox for a couple more bhp.

The majority of VFR's like this were imported from Japan, and are known as 'grey imports'. You can see why there was such a big demand for these bikes in the 90s, just look at the Ducati style single-sided swing-arm! Plus the fact that these bikes are easy to restrict down to 33bhp to comply with the law for riders who get their full license before they're 21.

It's great to see (and hear) these addictive little V4s out on the roads, and they still provide a great option for a first big bike today. If you want to find out more about this bike and its equivalents try checking out

If you want your bike featured here, send photos and details to us HERE

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

New Silverstone Wing Pit opened by Rossi

Silverstone marked the grand opening of it's highly anticipated new Wing Pit yesterday with a ceremony featuring motorsport champions of past and present, including Valentino Rossi.

The Silverstone Wing contains 41 garages, a race control building, a podium, media centre, hospitality and VIP spectator zones and provides a state-of-the-art facility for teams and spectators alike. The new pits are due to host the British MotoGP round on 12th June.

Rossi was called in to open the pits and ride a WSBK spec 1198 around the circuit. Electronics problems with the bike meant it had to be brought back to the garage after just a few laps and instead he took out a standard 1198 street bike borrowed from Ducati UK, complete with number plate and mirrors!

“I really had fun,” said Vale. “After a few laps with the 1198 Superbike, we had a problem with the electronics and decided to use the 1198 street bike that Ducati’s UK affiliate rushed to us. I really liked riding that bike here. The track is nice—difficult and very technical. In short, I enjoyed it, especially because there were many drivers and riders who have great histories in motorsports, like John Surtees, who told me that he raced here in the ’50s. I wasn’t following racing then,” joked the Italian, “but he was great.”

We look forward to seeing Rossi and the guys return to Silverstone for the GP in June

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

MV Agusta unveil the ultimate riding experience

MV Agusta has just released details of their latest tantalising exotica, the F4 RR. If the name isn’t enough to get you salivating, the RR is made up of some pretty special materials, has hi-tech suspension and a new engine, and with a bit of a JC voiceover they claim it’s the most advanced and powerful superbike in the world!

This newest addition to the MV range is designed for two groups of riders, those who want the ultimate performance and those who want the ultimate style. The improvements made to the already spanking F4 give the RR a jaw-dropping 201hp in what MV describe as “A project for those who demand the ultimate riding experience.”

In short, the highlights of the new MV Agusta F4 RR are as follows:

• New short-stroke radial valve engine 201 hp at 13,400 rpm
• New increased bore diameter
• New primary drive
• New cylinder head
• New large-diameter titanium intake and exhaust valves

• New lightweight forged pistons in "aerospace RR alloy"
• New exhaust 4-2-1-4
• Close ratio gearbox

• Variable length intake runners
• Öhlins multi-adjustable 43 mm fork
• Öhlins TTX 36 rear shock
• Öhlins steering damper
• Forged aluminium wheels

The stunning machine is available in two new colours, pastel red/white and matt pearl white, and if you’re lucky enough to get one, please let us know how it rides!

Monday, 16 May 2011

AGV and Diesel Hi-Jack the road

Italian helmet manufacturer AGV has teamed up with Diesel for the ultimate collaboration of cool lifestyle brands, and together they have crafted this awesome piece of motorcycle head gear.
Inspired by helicopter pilots and designed for those whose passions for aviation and roads intertwine, the Hi-Jack’s rebellious style is the ultimate for custom and streetfighter riders who don’t want to compromise on quality.

The top-gun fresh styling was created by Diesel and the focus on details such as an ACF fibreglass shell, and removable/washable internal padding is clearly the work of motorcycle experts AGV.

Available from the end of June the HI-JACK comes in a range of colours in sizes from XXS to XL. The helmet is expected to cost between £175-200.
Keep your eyes peeled for the new helmet HERE

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Travel in style with new Ducati luggage

Ducati have teamed up with top premium travel brand Tumi to launch a new collection of travel accessories. Both Ducati and Tumi are proud of their passion for design and innovation and the result of their collaboration is pretty classy.

The new collection includes three sporty red travel cases, two duffels, and one backpack and crossbody bag. A frantic dash out for that European bike race never looked so good with these light weight travel cases.

“The partnership between Ducati and Tumi truly embodies the excellence, style, creativity and innovative design which characterises our two brands,” comments Gabriele Del Torchio, President and CEO of Ducati.

The new Ducati Tumi collection will be available in October on and and keep an eye out for a sleek black collection in 2012.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

BSB documentary film released on DVD

Following some promising reviews, a premier in Leicester Square and sold-out screenings at the cinema, the British motorcycle racing documentary ‘I, Superbiker’ has just been released on DVD.

‘I, Superbiker’, is a full-on biker documentary film, directed by Mark Sloper in association with the MCE Insurance sponsored British Superbike Championship (BSB) and Motorcycle News (MCN).

This full-throttle film follows four well known motorcycle racers as they compete in the hotly contested British Superbike Championship. The film takes an intimate look at each racer at each race, with all of them knowing that there can be only one champion.

As well as some awesome on-track action, the film includes behind the scene footage following the intense action beyond the pits, paddock and the circuit.

The riders featured include Tommy Hill, James Ellison, Josh Brookes and Gary Mason. Hill commented, "British Superbikes is motorcycle racing at its very best and this film shows that brilliantly. It's amazing to see BSB on the cinema screen. It's a massive sport with a great following”. 

You can get your hand on a copy on the following websites,, and

Monday, 9 May 2011

Pipe Werx deals and competition at the BMF show

British exhaust producer, Pipe Werx, has announced some one-off deals on its products and the chance to win a performance exhaust to visitors of the upcoming BMF Show.

The event, organised by the British Motorcyclists Federation, is in Peterborough this weekend and is popular with bikers looking for great motorcycle entertainment, the latest in machines, clothing and accessories.

This is Pipe Werx’s first event and to mark this occasion, anyone who buys an exhaust, hoodie or T-shirt at the show be entered into a prize draw to win an exhaust of their choice.

The Pipe Werx range, which feature a distinctive laser-cut ‘X’ logo on the spouts, includes the race-only GP3 exhaust and SL (street legal) can, complete with a removable baffle. Prices begin at £140 and they're available in a range of shapes and finishes.

The Hawk range, starting at £120 delivered, is built to the same high standards as the Pipe Werx range, but uses a more cost-effective end cap to offer an even better deal to riders.

All Pipe Werx and Hawk cans have a quality construction, require no fuelling alterations and are backed up by a lifetime guarantee.

They’ve got exhausts available for over 100 bikes, so make sure you check them out at stand (R1-30), opposite the fairground, at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, on May 14-15.

For tickets visit or for info on Pipe Werx go to

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Win with Honda at new Crossrunner launch

Honda is giving away a brand new Crossrunner as part of a Free Prize Draw to celebrate the arrival of the new model in dealerships on 14th May.

Since its UK debut last November, the Crossrunner has sparked widespread interest with motorcyclists and has received some pretty promising reviews by UK motorcycle press.

Available in red, white and black, and priced at £9,075, the Crossrunner should be a popular bike this summer, it will be available to test ride at dealerships from Saturday 14 May.

Five runners up will receive a Honda experience day at either the Mick Extance Off-Road Experience or Ron Haslam Race School, with a Sony Playstation 3 also on offer as a third prize.

If you take a test ride on the Crossrunner, make sure you fill in an evaluation form at the dealership to receive a £15 gift voucher for M&S or John Lewis.

For more info on the Crossrunner, the competition and the evaluation voucher go to

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Hillier supports RAF charity at 2011 IOM TT

James Hillier and his Bournemouth Kawasaki team will be supporting the work of an RAF charity during the popular Isle of Man TT this year.

The team are set to promote the work of the RAF Benevolent Fund. The fund provides a welfare safety net for the men and women of the RAF, past and present, and their families, whenever they need it.

Hillier's helmet will feature the RAF Benevolent Fund’s logo at the TT. His ZX-10R will also carry the logo on its bodywork.

The team were introduced to the RAF Benevolent Fund by the RAF Odiham Motorcycle Club. Hillier said: “I’ve enjoyed several track days with the club at RAF Odiham, and I have nothing but admiration for the men and women of the RAF. Not only do they keep our skies safe, but they love motorcycle racing.”

To find out more about the benevolent fund visit or for more info on the RAF Odiham Motorcycle Club visit

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Dainese stays cool this summer

With summer almost here you will no doubt be scouring the net for cool summer textiles. Well the search is over, Dainese has a great range of kit with sunny days in mind.

On the textile front there is the Air-Flux Tex, which has large fabric inserts on the front, back and on the arms of the jacket to improve ventilation. The jacket has protective inserts to the shoulders and elbows, and a pocket in the back for a protector. The jacket is for both men and women and is priced at £129.99.

The alternative Air-Frame Tex jacket also has ample mesh inserts to keep you cool. To keep you safe it has a pocket for a back protector, composite removable protection and reflective inserts. It's available in a variety of colours at £159.99.

The new 4 Stroke short glove has all the design qualities Dainese is renowned for and includes a host of safety features including composite protectors in steel over the knuckles and thermoplastic inserts on the palms and cuffs. Available in a range of colours at £109.99.

Also available with an equally cool name is The Shift. Its a practical city boot offering temperature control with a fixed 3D bubble air gap liner, it also offer good protection and comfort and is priced at £119.99

Find out more at

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Castrol Honda Monza SBK preview

The Castrol Honda World Superbike Team is on its way to Monza in Italy for this weekend's fourth round of the 2011 SBK World Superbike Championship and the guys have released another cracking video preview, enjoy...

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

The QWEST for less wind noise is over

Shoei has announced the arrival of a new motorcycle helmet, designed specifically for touring with a comfortable fit and reduced wind noise.

The new helmet weights only 1400g and has a maximum noise level of 2.2db. Long-distance riders will know how tiring a constant wind whistle can be and Shoei made it their mission to minimise this on their new QWEST helmet. The company has released a video of some of the helmet's features:

With over 50 years of helmet manufacturing experience, you can rely on this new Shoei to perform as you would expect for your next grand tour.

Visit for more info