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Sunday, 28 August 2011

Ducati and Spyder Club team up for euro bike trips

Ducati UK have teamed up with Spyder Club for the ultimate motorcycle trip collaboration. The pair will be putting on two european biking trips with a fleet of Ducati motorcycles.


The first trip is exclusively for Multistrada owners and will see eight bikers ride some epic routes through France and Italy on a five day trip to Bologna. If you don't own a Multistrada you can still take part by hiring one of a limited number of bikes from Ducati.

The first class biking experience will start with breakfast at the prestigious British Racing Drivers Club, Silverstone and finish at the Ducati factory in Bologna for a tour and lunch. 

Guests will ride out and then fly back and have their bikes shipped back for them. The tour runs from Friday 7th October until Wednesday 12th October 2011 and with only eight places available you'd better be quick.


The second trip will be a fly ride trip to Andalucia in Southern Spain featuring a range of exciting roads used by journalists for winter testing. Ducati UK will be offering a fleet of their bikes including the Diavel, Multistrada, 848, Monster 1100, 1198 and others.

The tours run from Sunday 30th October to Thursday 3rd November or Friday 4th to Tuesday 8th or Wednesday 9th to Sunday 13th November 2011, again their are only eight spaces available on each trip.

For more info, check out the following sites:

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Sneak preview of 2012 Shark Helmets

Motorcycle helmet manufacturer, Shark, have just unveiled a teaser for some of their vivid helmet designs, due to be released from September onwards.

Shark Vision-R Syntic

The Vision–R helmet, which was launched earlier this year will be updated in a new 'Syntic' theme available in three different colour, black/grey/white, white/red/black and white/black/grey. The Vision-R Syntic will set you back £279.99.

Shark S700 Stipple

The established S700 series is updated and now features an internal sun shield. For £159.99 you can now get it in white/grey/black, white/blue/red and black/grey/white.

Shark S600 Moonlight Hi-Vis

The mid-range S600 Moonlight, retailing at £109.99, can now be picked up in white with a black streak or black with a white streak, depending on your preference.

Read more or find your local dealer at www.nevis.uk.com

To read our review on the top of the range Shark Race-R click HERE

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

The race-r that loves to tour - Shark Helmet Review

Shark Race-R Optigon - not only does it sound like a super-powered sea monster/transformer creation, but with its classy black and white high-gloss design featuring flashes of electric orange, it looks the part too.


As full-on as the name and design would suggest, you'll be suprised to hear that this lid isn't actually designed for the track, instead, Shark insist that it is designed for 'touring' use.

The Shark Race-R is one step down from its track-spec brother, the Race-R Pro which features an additional aerodynamic spoiler. The Race-R though is designed for riding with typically lower wind resistance.

We put the Shark Race-R through a number of different road tests including a 150-mile motorway skirmish, a sunday afternoon blast, a weekday commute and even the odd spot of rain.


Overall we were impressed with it's performance, it's thick padded lining provides a snug and comfy fit and keeps the wind noise at a reasonable level (although not the quietest we've tested).

The visor gives a wide field of vision and opens and closes in a smooth seemless motion, it also features Shark's quick removal system for easy cleaning or swapping with a tinted visor.

At cruising speed, the vents work well and keep a cool breeze flowing through the helmet - much appreciated in scorching summer weather. The Shark Race-R is also compatible with Shark's Bluetooth system 'Sharktooth' again suggesting its intended use is for touring.


Other features which you'd probably expect include an anti-fog coating on the visor, an easy fit glasses system and a double D-ring fastener with a magnetic end to keep it out of the way.

If you're looking for a new helmet for use on the road, the Race-R provides a comfortable, practical option that looks good, and with its 5-star SHARP rating you can't go far wrong.


The Shark Race-R Optigon is available in 2 shell sizes and ranges from XS to XL. The RRP is £359.99, for colour options and to find your nearest dealer visit www.nevis.uk.com

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

New 2012 Honda Fireblade leaked photos

You might have already come across these photos, but here's a bit of info about what you're looking at.


The photos are of the 2012 Fireblade, which is Honda's flagship 1000cc Superbike. The snaps are thought to have been leaked by a Honda Dealer out in Hong Kong.

What's interesting about the photos is that despite the fact that the bike looks pretty stunning in its pearl white and factory Honda colour scheme, on first appearance there are very few updates from the current Fireblade.


Some of us had speculated about a revolutionary new V4 Superbike with traction control and other hi-tech rider aids as seen on the BMW S1000RR. But apart from a few cosmetic changes, the only visible update appears to be the inclusion of Big-Pitson Forks (BPF), now common on the majority of sports bikes.

Although slightly disappointing it's not really a huge suprise to see only modest updates, especially when you consider the hammering the manufacturer and the Japanese economy has taken recently.

When you factor in the UK market and indeed global sales for Superbikes, which have fallen off a cliff in the last couple of years, we'll have to be cope with minor mods and a new lick of paint until things pick up again.

We will keep you posted on official news of the new Fireblade as we hear it.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Girls on track for a top day with Suzuki

Suzuki have followed up the launch of their new 'Girl Torque' website with another female-biker focused activity, this time a girls only trackday at Donington Park.


Following closely behind the BSB round at Donington, Girl Torque 'The Event' will be running on 14th September. The day is run in partnership with top trackday provider Focused Events and it open to girl riders of all abilities and owners of any make of bike.

With a special appearence from the Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing team and a few female biking celebrities, the day is set to be action packed both on and off the track.

Suzuki GB racing director and three times BSB champion, John Reynolds, commented, "I'm absolutely delighted to be part of Suzuki's first ever ladies track day. Since I retired from racing, I now spend a great deal of my time on-track instructing at various track days. In my experience there's an increasing number of lady riders and although I probably shouldn't say this, in general make the best pupils too, with a real interest to learn and improve as riders."

Tickets for the day are a bargain at £105, which includes the trackday plus lunch, a free t-shirt and a limited edition goody bag.

Find out more at www.suzuki-gb.co.uk/my-suzuki/girl-torque/

Is it time for you to Get On a motorcycle?

Sitting behind the wheel in rows of traffic, watching enviously as fellow commuters blast past your window on 2-wheels, knowing full well that they'll be chilled on their sofa with a nice cold beer a good 10 minutes before you!


If this sounds like your daily commute then you should really be considering why you aren't on the bike, making the rest of the traffic jealous. Maybe you already have and there are a few things putting you off, well we're about to give you a few reasons why you should think again.

For starters, if you're interested in finding out about motorcycling then you can get a free demonstration ride with Get On, a Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) initiative in the UK. Just visit www.geton.co.uk to find out more.


Secondly, the pennies you'll save by swapping car for bike will mean you can afford two beers when you get in, not just one! All jokes aside, here are a few ways you'll save some cash:

1. Good fuel consumption - even a high performance sports bike will return fuel economy as good as a small hatchback.
2. Cheap tax - as bikes have smaller capacity engines, the tax is generally cheaper than cars (Under 150cc is £16, 151-400cc is £35, 401-600cc is £53 and over 600cc is £74).
3. Lower insurance - youngsters looking at insuring their first car are often facing quotes in excess of a few thousand pounds, a bike can provide a much more cost effective option.
4. Free parking - generally bikes can park for free in a designated motorcycle bay, perfect for work or a weekend trip into town.
5. Buying costs - the initial purchase of a bike, whether it's new or used, will usually be much better on your bank than buying a car of an equivalent age.

For more cost comparisons click here

If you're not convinced and off to book your free test ride already, then we'd like to share a few insights from within the biking brotherhood.


The thrill of riding bikes can't easily be explained but there is a childlike satisfaction when everything syncs and works well. Whether its touring through breathtaking scenery or hammering apexes on a trackday, riding a bike puts a grin on your face like nothing else can.

I respect that riding bikes isn't for everyone, but if you're one of the people who say 'never' without giving it a go, then what have you got to lose by taking a demo ride in the safe hands of Get On?

Click to www.geton.co.uk now!

Saturday, 20 August 2011

New riding gear for the stylish city commuter

The UK’s bustling commuter cities have recently sparked a trend for packing in public transport and taking to 2-wheels, meaning a growing number of riders are on the look out for practical yet stylish protective clothing. Riding gear specialists, Furygan, have stepped up to the plate with a few new options.

Furygan's West Side jacket for men

The new West Side textile jacket forms part of the firm’s new Urban range, featuring great protective properties but with a clear aim towards the style conscious rider. The dark grey jacket is available for both men and women and in sizes S to XXL and retails for £169.99.

Removable CE-approved protection in the shoulders and elbows allow riders to focus on navigating the busy streets, whilst a back protector pocket and reflective panels are included for added peace of mind. For the all-season riders, the West Side jacket is windproof, waterproof and washable and features a removable lining and under arm vents.

The ladies West Side jacket features a waistband belt

Furygan are also now offering the new Jack Gel gloves which they say are perfect for year-round riding, with its waterproof and thermal lining. Their latest glove is made with ultra soft goat leather in stylish matt black and features reinforced leather and gel protection in the palm. Available for men and women in sizes S to XL, the Jack Gel cost £44.99.

Read more on Furygan’s range of bike clothing at www.nevis.uk.com

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Quick to boot up - TCX S-Race Air review

A mad scramble around the house as you rush to get out in the weekend sun, foot in, zip up, velcro across and you're booted up quicker than a Power Mac G5.


If a GP racer begrudgingly holding a boot in a glossy bike mag doesn't do it for you, then you've come to the right place. We've put TCX's range-topping Race-R Air to the test and we think they're all-white!

As the name suggests, TCX's high-end boots are designed to feel as light as 'air' which equates to an instantly comfortable feel, even whilst you break 'em in. The trainer-like comfort makes for quick shifting and allows a delicate touch on the rear brake, perfect for wet weather riding.

The 'air' also refers to TCX's Air Tech system which features two iron mesh vents and a special breathable insert in the heel to keep your feet cool and ventilated

You can move on the pegs like a tap dancer on energy drink and still rest assured that the TCS (Torsion Control System) will keep your feet from bending too far if the worst should happen.


We think the detailed styling and white and black colours add up to a pretty damn tasty boot for those glamorous Sunday afternoon riders amongst us,  whether it's a Rizla  or a Repsol paint job, these boots will work with any bike/clothing combination.

These boots come with replaceable toe sliders as you'd expect and a contrasting bold red interior which we think looks great. We've put the soft-padded lining to test on a 3-hour motorway blast and don't have any complaints and they've dealt with the odd spot of rain without any issues.

If you're looking for something more than just a big star on your boot, the TCX S-Race Air provide a comfortable, stylish alternative that's built with rider protection in mind. They come in white, black, blue and red and retail at £199.99, you can find all the colour photos on our facebook page.


Thanks to Becky at Motocom and Nevis Marketing for sorting the boots. For more info or to find your dealer visit www.nevis.uk.com

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Win a free copy of I, SUPERBIKER on DVD


Momentum is giving away a free copy of I, SUPERBIKER on DVD, all you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is email us with the subject "I Superbiker Competition" and include your full name and address.

CLICK HERE TO SEND US AN EMAIL TO ENTER

You can read our full review of I, SUPERBIKER by clicking here

Entries close at midnight on 31st August 2011. The winner will be picked at random on 1st September 2011 and will be notified by email. The DVD will be sent out by first class recorded post. Entrants must be aged 18 or over. Full terms and conditions apply.

Monday, 15 August 2011

60s bikes ready for Sheene memorial trophy

This year’s Goodwood Revival (16-18th September) will see classic 1960s bikes battling through the sweeping curves of the Goodwood Motor Circuit, in the hands of a group of star riders from racing eras past and present.


Bikes making the starting grid will include British favourites such as Manx Nortons and Matchless G50s, competing with overseas exotica including Ducati, BMW, MV Augusta and Gilera.

These rider in-charge of taming them include Trevor Nation, Michael Rutter, Chas Mortimer, Sean Emmett, James Haydon, Stan Woods and plus father and son Paul and Scott Smart, brother-in-law and nephew of the late Barry Sheene, after whom the race is named.

There will be one race on Saturday and another on Sunday, with the result decided by aggregate timing.  Each owner-rider is paired up with a pro racer, and they will change over in the pits around half distance.  The Le Mans-style running start is something not to be missed, so make sure you find a good postition to take it in!

For more info and tickets visit www.goodwood.com

Saturday, 13 August 2011

I, Superbiker - DVD Film Review

An up close view into the mindset of the highly strung racers in the British Superbike Championship, I, SUPERBIKER delivers an emotionally charged full-throttle ride through the 2010 season that'll have any bike racing fan screaming at the TV.


Following top contenders Tommy Hill, Josh Brookes, James Ellison and Gary Mason closely through the season, the film accurately captures their epic struggle in the battle for the championship, but there can only be one winner.


The film gives a great insight into the little known lives of a British Superbike racer, it's certainly not all glamour and luxury, instead there's a lot of hard graft, limitless dedication and the will to be the best.

One man's passion and determination clearly outshone the rest in my books, Worx Cresent Suzuki rider, Tommy Hill, makes a great start to the season, but after a few bad races he is forced to dig deep. His end-of-season focus was certainly convincing as his eyes pierced the lens of the camera and he tells us "I want this win more than anyone else on that grid, i will win this".


To appreciate this film you have to be into racing, an understanding of the championship points and pressure that the racers are under is essential to get a feel for the tension that is built up as the film progresses.


For fans of the British Superbike Championship, Tommy Hill and the other racers being followed, this film is an absolute no brainer. For everyone else, whilst it might be a bit harder to follow, you'll appreciate the intimate perspective on the motorcycle racer psyche. Failing that there are lots of scantily clad grid girls, or for the ladies there are racers that are, in the words of a Eurosport Commentator, "as fit as boxers".

Find out more, or order your copy at www.isuperbiker.com

Friday, 12 August 2011

Supermoto street-chase in British action movie

Yamaha's XT660X Supermoto is to feature in a heart-pumping high-speed chase through the streets of London in the 2012 British action-thriller, Welcome To The Punch.


The London based production company, Between The Eyes, has chosen to XT660 for its slick urban looks and city-shredding performance. The bikes will feature in the film alongside British actors James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) and Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes).

Yamaha Motor UK have provided the production studios with six of the bikes, and with the history of vehicles in film making, they probably won't be expecting to see them all in one piece at the end of it.


The bikes are to be used in the fast paced opening sequence of the film, which sees the two main characters battling it out in a ferociously dangerous chase scene.

Filming started on 18th July in the hands of Director Eran Creevy, and is being filmed around the famous London landmark, Canary Wharf, as well as 3 Mills Studios.

Other films to feature Yamaha products in recent years include the James Bond film 'Quantum of Solace' and the Johnny English sequel (out September) featuring Rowan Atkinson and Yamaha's FX Nytro XT-X Snowmobile.

Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for Welcome To The Punch in 2012, and also check out the Yamaha XT660X at www.yamaha-motor.co.uk

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

25-seater bike cruises to a new world record

Colin Furze, builder of the world's longest motorcycle in 2009, has launched his new creation, a scooter that stretches to an incredible 72 feet long.


The new bike can seat an impressive 25 passengers, and is built up from parts of modified 125cc scooters. It has a specially designed frame that allows for its extra long wheelbase and the bike can do 35mph.

The proud creater commented “When I first got on it I thought it would never work and at a slow speed it’s almost impossible to keep upright. It wobbled a huge amount as I drove along and apparently the back of the bike was weaving around all over the place.”

Colin cruised his way into the Guiness book of world records by completing 1 mile on the strech-scooter, you can check out the official video above.

Monday, 8 August 2011

Fancy working for Norton Motorcycles?

The British motorcycle manufacturer Norton has been granted a £625,000 loan as part of a new government-backed trade scheme.


The new Exports Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme (ExEFG) has been used for the first time and will be used to help Norton acheive their plans to produce 1,000 bikes per year.

The good news was delivered to the company by Business Secretary Vince Cable last week as he visited their operation at Donnington Park.

With an increase in production comes the need for increased staffing, which means Norton will be creating new jobs as they aim to double their workforce to 60 full time staff.

Norton owner Stuart Garner commented, "The ExEFG scheme has enabled our business to grow rapidly to meet the demands of an ever increasing international customer base and I am thrilled we now have the opportunity to take on more staff to join our team."

If you're interested in working for the legendary manufacturer you'd be in great company with ex-superbike racer Chris Walker as Sales Manager, so keep your eyes out for jobs at www.nortonmotorcycles.com/jobs/

Sunday, 7 August 2011

New delivery - Richa Bib Reflex Trousers

The latest delivery to the Momentum offices is courtesy of our friends at Richa, who have kindly sent us the tidy looking Bib Reflex Trousers to review.


Althouth we are yet to take them out on the road, first impressions are great. The textile trousers come with a detachable upper part which acts as braces, this might not be to everyones liking but it is easily zipped off.

The trousers themselves are waterproof, windproof and made from breathable materials, perfect for all weather riding. They also have a detachable lining which can be quickly zipped in and out, depending on what the weather is doing!

For added peace of mind, the Richa Bib Reflex Trousers come with ajustable CE knee protectors and foam padding around the outer-thigh/hip area. What's more the trousers include reflective strips around the bottom of the legs to increase your visibility.

On a practical note, thr trousers appear to be very well made with good quality stitching, the long zips at the bottom of the legs make them easy to get on and off, and the zippable pockets will also prove very useful.

The trousers have an RRP of £159.99 so we're expecting a good performance and a decent mileage out of them. Keep your eye out for the full road-test review on Momentum Blog over the next couple of months.

For more information on Richa motorcycle clothing check out www.nevism.co.uk

Saturday, 6 August 2011

0% finance or free insurance? Take your pick...

There has never been a better time to change from 4-wheels to 2-wheels, with running costs increasing dramatically a bike could be a sensible option for commuting. If you're on the look out for a 125cc motorcycle, Yamaha will make the choice even easier with a choise of 0% finance or heavily subsidised insurance (in some cases free).


The offer is available on all new 125cc Yamaha motorcycles including the superbike replica YZF-R125 or the 100+ mpg commuter’s choice, the YBR125 you can take your pick on whichever offer suits you best.

A number of other manufacturers are also offering great deals to encourange the change from cars to bikes, and with the amount you could save in the long run, it really could pay for itself.
 
To find out more about the Yamaha Take Your Pick campaign, visit www.yamaha-motor.co.uk

Friday, 5 August 2011

Silverstone World Superbike: Grid Girl Gallery

Despite the terrible weather conditions at Silverstone for the British World Superbike Round today, the grid girls emerged, umbrelllas in hand commited to do what they do best, here's a few of our favourite shots for you to enjoy, courtesy of @thetimhutton 



Spoilt for choice with Suzuki finance offers

With hard times upon us and money getting tighter, Suzuki has come to the rescue with its biggest ever 0% APR finance offer. Now every new model above 125cc can be picked up on interest free credit and ridden away with just £1 deposit.


With 24 month terms on every bike, except the GSX-R1000, GSX-R600 and GSX1250FA/ ST which remain on a 36 month offer, customers have the ability to select from a huge choice of machines, with flexible options on finance to suit too.

Suzuki GB general manager, Paul de Lusignan announced the offer, commenting,"It's all too common to see a headline like biggest ever offer, but this really is. With our entire large capacity range on 0% APR, customers really do have total choice now, and with all-new models like the latest GSX-R600, GSR750 and the new V-Strom 650 ABS coming too on this offer, along with every model from the Bandit, Burgman and Intruder ranges, this really is an offer for everyone."

For those looking for the flexibility to change their machine regularly, then the Suzuki RiderPlan is an alternative, with every model in this promotion also included in the Personal Contract Plan scheme.

Typical Example

Model: New 2012 V-Strom 650ABS
Cash price: £7,028
Deposit: £1
23 monthly payments of: £292.79
Final payement of: £292.83
Total amount payable: £7,028.00
APR: 0%

For more info check out www.suzuki-gb.co.uk

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Stretching legs - 350 miles on a GSX-R750

Last weekend gave me the opportunity to stretch the Gixxer's legs on it's longest ride yet, from the sunny South Coast to Peterborough and back.


Although the journey consisted largely of the M25 and A1, two of the dullest roads i've ever ridden, there were plenty of highlights on the trip.

I have to confess that with the shocking weather over the last few weeks the bike has been sitting quietly under a cover, so i treat it to a chain lube and some air in the tyres before setting off to meet my sidekick for the ride, also on a GSX-R750.

The first 30 miles of the ride are the most entertaining as we carve our way through the West Sussex countryside on the way to Guildford. A few tractor passes later and the road opens up in front of us, cracking the throttle open gets the adrenaline pumping as the japanese superbike slices apexes with samurai sword precision.

Soon the excitement dies down and instead the zig zagging through miles of congestion on the M25 starts. Friday rush hour was never going to be good, so we speedily slalom through the traffic like Casey Stoner on a MotoGP warm-up lap.

Eventually we reach the A1 and stop for a drink and a top-up of fuel. With the exception of a handful of tyre-scrubbing roundabouts and the suprisingly cold July evening air creeping through our leathers, the rest of the ride was fairly relaxed.

After a chilled weekend taking in the sights of Peterborough and Cambridge we jump back on the bikes in the mid-day heat on Sunday. The ride back was unsurprisingly a repeat of the way up (including the traffic on the M25!) but it gave me time to reflect on my new riding gear.


When i first received the Shark Race-R Octagon helmet i was suprised to read that they class it as a 'touring' helmet rather than a sports/racing model. It is stunning to look at and the quality of internal padding meant it was remarkably comfy on the long journey.

The wind noise was easily as low as anything i've experienced with other helmets, although i was wearing earplugs to reduce it even further. The smooth operating visor gave a really good field of vision and was easy to pop open when stopped in traffic. The ventilation system worked well and kept me cool even in twenty-something degree heat.


The other recent bit of kit i put to use was the TCX S-Race Air boots. After only a handful of rides i'm as comfortable in them as i was my previous boots which i had for a number of years. The firm structure of the torsion control system (stops your foot from being bent too far in the wrong direction) gives great support and actually improves your riding position slightly.

I found that the boots kept my leg straighter and put me further over the front of the bike. For me this took a bit of weight off the seat and transferred it to the handlebars, usually on a longer journey this can leave your wrists aching but mine weren't too bad and i felt like i had more control over the bike.

Overall i was impressed with both bits of kit and would recommend them if your on the look out for a new lid or boots, to find out more about the Shark Race-R or the TCX S-Race air check out www.nevis.uk.com

Monday, 1 August 2011

Checa takes the double at Silverstone WSBK

Carlos Checa celebrated his ninth and tenth WSBK wins this season yesterday at Silverstone and brought Ducati's total SBK win tally up to an astonishing 300.


In Race 1, early race leader Eugene Laverty was second with his Yamaha team-mate Marco Melandri in third.  The top British finisher was Leon Haslam in fourth, while  John Hopkins finished his epic wildcard ride in fifth from an astonishing pole position.

Carlos Checa worked his way around 18 laps of Silverstone to take his second win of the day in race 2, extending his lead in the championship. And in a repeat performance of race 1, Eugene Laverty and Marco Melandri finished second and third respectively.


Aprilia Alitalia rider Max Biaggi finished in fourth with his team mate Leon Camier finishing as the top Brit in fifth place.  John Hopkins was pushed to seventh in race 2 by Sylvain Guintoli.

The top of the championship currently looks like this:
Checa has 343 points, Biaggi 281, Melandri 272, and Laverty 208

For more info visit www.worldsbk.com