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Thursday, 29 September 2011

Honda launch 2012 Blade

Honda has officially unveiled its revised CBR1000RR Fireblade for 2012 – a model which celebrates 20 years of this iconic sports bike following its debut as a CBR900RR.


The new machine was revealed simultaneously at two world class racing events - the Le Mans 24 hours round of the Endurance World Championship in France, and the eleventh round of the World Superbike Championship in Imola, Italy, to great praise from attending race-goers.

The revised Fireblade sports a new styling package with a more angular front end, layered main fairing and revised tail section, with new front and rear suspension providing a key new feature. Introduced for the first time on a production motorcycle, an advanced new rear shock uses a double-tube design to ensure smoother and more accurate response, superior damping and improved traction. The front features inverted 43mm telescopic front forks with Showa’s Big Piston technology, offering improved damping, increased front tyre grip and better stability under braking. The two combined provide for unrivalled traction without the need for electronic aids in this area.

New fuel injection settings for the 999cc inline-4 engine will make throttle response even smoother and easier to use, particularly at smaller throttle openings, while the stylish 12-spoke cast aluminium wheels provide more consistent rigidity around the whole wheel to work with the new forks to deliver improved handling.

Final revisions to the Fireblade focus on its multi-function LCD instrument panel which now incorporates a lap timer, gear position indicator and tachometer with 4 modes of display, whilst the world first electronically controlled C-ABS braking system remains an optional extra.

On hand to unveil the new machine were John McGuinness, 17 times TT winner and racing at Le Mans for the Honda TT Legends Team,and Jonathan Rea, rider for the Castrol Honda Team in the World Superbike Championship.

John McGuinness commented, “I've got a real soft spot for the Fireblade. I've ridden it in many of its evolutions and different racing events over the years and had a lot of success with it. In fact, some of the most memorable moments of my career have been on the Fireblade - from TT wins to this year in the World Endurance Championship. Unveiling the new model here at Le Mans is pretty exciting and I'm honoured that I was chosen to do it. It's great that all the thousands of racing and Fireblade fans around the world will now have the chance to see it for real.”

Jonathan Rea said, “I feel like I have grown up with the Fireblade. It’s such an iconic machinery     and it’s an unbelievable feeling being the man to actually reveal the latest version. It really looks fantastic and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.”

Hirofumi Fukunaga, the ‘Large Project Leader’ for the 2012 CBR1000RR Fireblade concluded, “This is a model allowing all sports bike lovers, including the most experienced, to savour the joy of owning the CBR1000RR Fireblade, while at the same time feeling more fun in sporty riding and more joy of riding than ever before, whether it be on winding open roads or at a circuit.”

The colour schemes for the 2012 Fireblade include Pearl Sunbeam White (tri-colour), Victory Red and Graphite Black and will be priced at £11,300 OTR for the standard version and £12,000 OTR for the ABS-equipped model. The ‘on sale’ date will be released closer to the end of the year but the new Fireblade will be sold alongside the current model, which is currently available with 0% APR finance as well as a superb value sports pack offer.

For more info check out www.honda.co.uk/motorcycles

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Yamaha Racing display for 2011 Motorcycle Live

Yamaha have announced that they will be hosting a special display on their stand at Motorcycle Live this year, in honour of the company's 50 years of Grand Prix racing.


Since 1961, Yamaha has won 36 riders’ world titles and scored over 450 Grand Prix victories. The display will feature racing machines from the last 5 decades and celebrate the stars of the manufacturer’s racing past and present, from the very first world champion Phil Read, to 2010 MotoGP title winner Jorge Lorenzo.

To book your tickets to this year's Motorcycle Live at the NEC, visit www.motorcyclelive.co.uk or find out more about Yamaha's 50 years of racing at www.yamaha-motor.co.uk

Friday, 23 September 2011

Spread the cost of servicing with Suzuki

None of us like that sinking feeling when it comes to getting our bikes serviced, least of all when we get the bill! Luckily for us Suzuki are making it that bit more bearable with their new Service Payment Plan.


The manufacturer has announced a nationwide scheme, designed to help customers of new and used machines spread the cost of routine servicing via their participating dealers.

Available on all new and most used bikes from 2004 onwards, the Payment Plan is available for any customer to purchase regardless of when they bought their machine or if they bought it from a dealer or privately.

Michael Le Flay, Suzuki GB aftersales marketing manager, explained the scheme, commenting: "This nationally available scheme is tailored specifically to each customer and bike. Each plan takes into account the bike model, date of registration, current mileage, anticipated mileage and plan length, before calculating a price that can either be paid for upfront or spread over 24 or 36 month terms, effectively offering a real cost of ownership up-front and future-proofing the customer against inflation too."

For more info visit www.suzuki-gb.co.uk/serviceplan

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

One last chance to buy the legendary B-King

Love it or loathe it, you can't deny that the Suzuki B-King will go down in history as an iconic bike. Suzuki have announced that the bike, famous for its aggressive styling and large twin underseat pipes, is due to be discontinued but they're giving bikers one last chance to own one with a great offer.


The last few remaining models enjoy a saving of £1340 thanks to Suzuki's September only promotion, where every model over 126cc enjoys a pound per CC price saving.

Combined with a 0%APR finance deal and a deposit of just one pound, there's never been a better time to snap up the mighty B-King, and with less than 30 brand new models now available in the UK, those interested should act fast.

First shown to the world as a futuristic concept bike in 2001, the B-King was brought to production in 2007, after public demand at shows, exhibitions and dealerships the world-over showed Suzuki that there was demand for such a bike. Featuring the same power-plant as the Hayabusa, the B-King surprised many who rode it with its nimble handling, despite its enormous presence.

For more info on the B-King, find your dealer at www.suzuki-gb.co.uk

Friday, 16 September 2011

25 years in development - 2011 GSX-R750 review

Behold the latest incarnation of the bike that started it all, the forerunner of modern sports bikes, the 2011 Suzuki GSX-R750.

The awe-inspiring 2011 GSX-R750 over 25 years in the making
It's certainly striking to behold with its bold panels, flood-filled with vivid pearl white, deep metallic blue and matte blue/black colours, but go beyond the new looks, does the Japanese engineering do the GSX-R legacy justice? Well this week it was our job to find out, here's what we thought of the bike on track at Donington Park.

After riding the predecessor only a few weeks before we were in the perfect position to compare the two bikes. Sitting on the new bike my first impressions were that the size, shape and riding position are pretty similar if not the same as the old bike, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Obviously it's a sports bike so comfort isn't expected, but the positioning felt stable and i felt in control.

As i rode out on to the track for my first session, the pit straight allowed for successive second and third gear blasts up to the first corner, instantly the engine jumps into action with a firm bark, definitely a throatier airbox than the 2010 model!

Samurai sword - a japanese weapon designed for precision
On the approach to Redgate Corner i shuffle back on the seat and get my toes up on the pegs ready to tip it in, a few seconds later and I'm wobbling about somewhere miles off the apex in total shock! The turn-in on this bike absolutely shattered my expectations, i was completely caught off guard, expecting the bike to behave in pretty much the same way as the 2010 model. Instead the 2011 GSX-R750 feels so light and flickable, absolute minimum effort's required to turn-in and the same applies to standing it back up again.

As i slice my way through the Craner Curves, there's no doubt about it, this bike is a samurai sword, a japanese weapon designed for precision and devastation. The bike feels so sweet even when you clumsily sling it into a corner, it feels planted yet it's easy to make quick alterations to your line.

Opening it up on the Dunlop straight and it challenges my expectations again, but this time i can't help but feel a bit disappointed as the bike seemed perhaps less responsive than the old model, and maybe even slightly down on top-end power. However, after riding for a few more sessions i put this down to the strong headwinds and a bit of paranoia on my part.

Wait until it's too late to brake, then add 5 seconds, then you'll be at the braking point
The end of the Dunlop straight approaches and with it arrive the Foggy Esses, i grab a fistful of front brake and the bike digs in as if i was suddenly riding through treacle, in fact i'd slowed down way short of the Esses and had to get back on the throttle just to make it to the corner!

With the knee-down Melbourne Loop soon dispatched and the difficult hairpin onto the start straight following close behind, i nail the throttle to complete my first lap of Donington Park. As the day goes on i get more used to the bike and i start to string together a few tidier laps.

I'd be mad to say i wasn't impressed with the bike, the 7 kg weight saving over it's predecessor is instantly noticeable and when you get used to the different power delivery it's easily as quick. If you've got the old model or even the K6-K7 model I'm not going to tell you to rush out to trade it in for this one, but i can safely say that if you do fancy upgrading, you won't be disappointed.

See more of the new GSX-R750 at www.suzuki-gb.co.uk

Photography courtesy of Suzuki GB PLC.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

A Monster of a finance deal from Ducati

Looking for Italian exotica but don't have the cash? Well Ducati UK have just launched a number of finance offers including 0% APR and low rate options over 24 and 36 months - deposits starting from 33% on the 24 month option, and 50% for the 36 month option.


The Monster is arguably one of the most iconic bikes around and the current 696 and 796 models fully live up to the heritage. Power outputs of 80hp and 87hp respectively, delivered with character from the L-twin engine is plenty to set the pulse running. Famous Ducati handling plus the option of ABS braking keeps things nicely under control, making the Monster 696 and 796 ideal for novice and more experienced riders alike.

For more details check out www.ducatiuk.com

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Pipe Werx launch new Slash Cut Exhaust Trim

British exhaust company, Pipe Werx, have just launched a stylish new slash cut motorcycle exhaust trim, and best of all it'll only set you back £80!


The new Slash Cut Trim easily bolts on with its supplied mounting clamp and spring to the catalytic converter in place of the heavy standard exit pipes on Yamaha's R6 (2006-2011) and Suzuki's GSX-R600/750 (K8, K9, L0).

With the main aim of reducing weight and improving the looks, the Slash Cut Trim is also said to give a marginal increase of throttle response and throatier exhaust note.


Priced at only £79.99 delivered, with a lifetime guarantee, these are sure to be popular, so get in touch now at www.pipewerx.com or call 01704 895252

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Ducati unveil new middleweight Streetfighter 848

Ducati have officially removed the wraps from their new middleweight street bike, the Streetfighter 848, with a special preview of what's to come in their 2012 range.


Combining a newly engineered 848 Testastretta 11° engine with a tweaked chassis, the Streetfighter 848 has even more ability and user-friendliness. The 848 engine is expected to deliver smooth and flexible power whilst also benfitting from Ducati Traction Control.

The Ducati Streetfighter left us all in awe at the Milan show back in November 2008, winning the ‘Most Beautiful Bike’ award and stepping up the game for naked motorcycles. The Streetfighter 848 now widens the Ducati street range alongside it's bigger brother.

Available from November 2011 onwards, the new fighter is dressed in red for Ducati traditionalists, while yellow makes a return for mid-range purists and “dark stealth” provides a matte-black reminder of the Streetfighter’s aggressive image.


For more info keep your eyes peeled at ducatiuk.com

Friday, 9 September 2011

Dainese and AGV start The Italian Legenday Tour

Motorcycle clothing producers Dainese and AGV kicked off "The Italian Legendary Tour" on Wednesday which sees 50 riders tackle a 3-day ride through North Italy.


The riders leftthe Dainese Vicenza headquarters to ride on winding roads and bends through spectacular Northern Italian landscape in the company of champions whose names are part of motorcycle racing history.

Together with the lucky participants, Giacomo Agostini, Marco Lucchinelli, Carl Fogarty, and Marco Simoncelli will take their turns in the saddles of legendary motorcycles: Ducati, MV Agusta, Honda, Yamaha and Benelli on a tour branded with Italian identity in celebration of the nation’s 150th birthday.

Italian Legendary Tour is a collaborative project between Dainese and AGV, which combines the best of motorcycle clothing culture over the years in the name of Made in Italy. The idea is to promote the motorcycle world’s traditions of excellence through some of the industry's most famous representatives, the racers.

For more details and to follow the tour day by day checkout www.facebook.com/daineseofficial

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Save money with new R&G Engine Case Cover kit

R&G racing have just announced the launch of a new engine case cover kit, saving you money on parts to keep your bike protected if, heaven forbid, it should take a slide down the road.


The company have always been about saving bikers money, by providing parts which reduce the likelyhood of having to fork out for expensive replacement parts in the event of an accident.

The engine case covers have been thoroughly tested by a number of organisations including the California Superbike School and the new package offers around a 10% saving compared to buying the parts seperately.

R&G International Sales Director, Simon Hughes, said: ‘The Engine Case Covers offer riders many advantages; not only are they extremely durable and simple to fit, they also blend in with the bike and can make the difference between a machine being able to be ridden home after a spill or even prevent it from being written-off.’

Find out more at www.rg-racing.com

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Top brands confirmed for Motorcycle Live 2011

Latest news from Motorcycle Live 2011 organisers reveals that the wheels are well in motion as nearly all of the exhibition space is full with all major bike firms onboard.


The world’s biggest two-wheel manufacturers have confirmed their attendance at the UK motorcycle show, which takes place from 19-27 November at The NEC in Birmingham. Each company will showcase its hottest new products for 2012 – from sports bikes and scooters to off-road models – giving visitors the chance to see them in the UK for the very first time.

In addition to the new machinery on display, there will also be hundreds of stands dedicated to every aspect of the world of motorcycling, including associated parts, clothing and accessory manufacturers. This is all complemented by the very thing that makes the show ‘Live’ – the opportunity to get on two wheels in one of the six interactive features on offer and to be entertained by stunt riders, racers and celebrities alike.

Motorcycle manufacturers confirmed include: Aprilia, Benelli, BMW, Cagiva, Can Am, CPI, Daelim, Derbi, Ducati, Gilera, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Husqvarna, Kawasaki, Keeway, KTM, Lambretta, Lexmoto, Metisse, Moto Guzzi, MV Agusta, Norton, Piaggio, Pulse, Royal Enfield, Suzuki, Sym, Triumph, Vespa, Victory, Watsonian Squire, WK Bikes and Yamaha

Tickets for Motorcycle Live 2011 are £16 in advance for adults, £10 for seniors, £6 for children aged 6-16 and  kids under five accompanied by a paying adult go free.

Check out www.motorcyclelive.co.uk for details.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Ducati Diavel AMG debut appearance announced

Think of a couple of cool brands in the bike and car world, Ducati and Mercedes AMG for instance, now imagine what would happen if they combined their powers to make the ultimate automotive machine. Now stop imagining and start looking because the Ducati Diavel AMG Special edition is here!


The two firms have announced that the first public showing of the Ducati Diavel AMG Special Edition will be at the 64th International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany from 15-25 September.

Ducati’s partnership with Mercedes AMG was first announced at the 2010 Los Angeles Motor Show with a sponsorship agreement for the Ducati MotoGP Team. The Diavel AMG Special Edition is the first “co-inspired” model.


Based upon the Diavel Carbon, the Diavel AMG Special Edition features AMG’s signature 5-spoke wheel styling, carbon fibre lateral radiator grills with aluminium trim, AMG-style sport exhaust system with engraved end-caps and AMG-style horizontally ribbed seat upholstered in Alcantara®.

The hand-built exclusive Diavel AMG is dressed in matte black carbon fibre bodywork with AMG’s very own “Diamond White Bright” stripe and frame colour contrasted with black wheels. The special edition wheels, seat and exhaust end-caps are all AMG branded while “AMG” is also laser-engraved into the air-duct panels either side of the fuel tank.


To be the first to see it visit the International Motor Show in Frankfurt and keep your eyes peeled on ducatiuk.com