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Wednesday, 28 December 2011

R&G tidy up the 2012 Fireblade

For those with a keen eye on the new 2012 Honda Fireblade, R&G have provided some more food for thought as they unveil their range of new accessories and crash protectors for the bike.

Motorcycle News: R&G tidy up 2012 Fireblade

The new tail tidy is a particularly sweet looking piece of kit made from 2mm stainless steel with a black powder coated finish, it is also quick and easy to install with instructions included. The R&G solution is the only offering on the market for the new Blade and comes with an LED number plate light, all for the tidy price (excuse the pun) of £79.99.

Motorcycle News: the R&G tail tidy is compatible with standard indicators

As well as the Tail Tidy, R&G have also announced that their popular range of crash protectors, including Aero Crash Protectors, Bar End Sliders, Engine Case Covers, Engine Case Sliders, Exhaust Protector, Fork Protectors, Frame Plugs, Radiator Guard and fully adjustable Rearsets, will all be available when the bike arrives next year.

For more details on the R&G Fireblade range and for accessories for other bikes visit

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Ducati reveal new range of gadget cases & sleeves

Popular Italian bike firm, Ducati, have just announced a new partnership in the clothing and accessory market with a company called iSkin, and together they have launched a new Ducati branded range of sleeves and holders for laptops, tablets and smart phones.

Motorcycle News: New Ducati bags and cases for your favourite gadgets

The new 'Ducati Collection' focuses on providing stylish solutions for those looking to carry and protect high-tech devices such as laptops, iPads and iPhones on the go. To represent the brands passion for premium quality, the new range is made with the finest Italian nylon and other exotic materials, and as you'd expect comes in the famous Ducati red, white and black colours.

Lucio Attina of Ducati Apparel commented "We are delighted to be teaming-up with iSkin, a company which clearly champions the same product passion as Ducati. Their innovative design and style combined with high performance functionality, mirror the fundamental features of our motorcycles."

The new collection includes the 'Sling' which is a bag for iPads or similarly sized netbooks and tablets, the 'Jimmy' which has pockets suitable for a laptop or something smaller, the 'Summit' which is a slick, lightweight sleeve for iPads or other tablets, and finally the 'Lil Keeper' which will stow a digital camera or iPhone with ease.

Motorcycle News: The boutique styling is aimed at the female biking market

The majority of the designs seem targeted towards women with high-end boutique styling, however the firm also have plans for bringing out some simpler and smaller phone cases in the near future. This new partnership follows the recent pairing with luggage specialist Tumi and represents an obvious push from Ducati at breaking into the lifestyle goods market.

The kit is available to buy now at with some items available at in the coming months. It's a bit later for a Christmas gift but something from the collection could be a sound investment if you get any special gadgets over the festive period.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

New Ducati & AMG 'Streetfighter Yellow' models

Ducati have just displayed a new special edition Streetfighter model to re-affirm their partnership with Mercedes-AMG, the specialist tuning company. The stunning yellow Streetfighter 848 was on display at Bologna Motor Show from 3rd-11th December.

Motorcycle News: Stunning new 'Streetfighter Yellow' models

The new 'streetfighter yellow' was inspired by Ducati and was carried across to the high-performance Mercedes SLK 55 AMG (0-62mph in 4.6 seconds) to create a matching pair to unveil at the show. The finish of the stunning new paint job is said to be exceptional and looking at the pictures we would agree!

Motorcycle News: High performance machines, SLK 55 AMG and Streetfighter 848

The firms have said that the colour has to be seen in the flesh to truly be appreciated and whilst the colour is a standard option for the new Streetfighter 848, if there is sufficient demand the SLK 55 AMG could be supplied in the new colour as an optional extra.

Motorcycle News: Anyone for a drag race?

The new Streetfighter has been a storming success since first being introduced at EICMA in 2008 where it won the 'Most Beautiful Bike' award. The new 848 model is said to take biking pleasure back to its purest form with awesome performance and stunning naked bike styling.

With smooth and easy-to-manage power delivery  and a purpose built traction control system this bike would suit novice and experienced riders alike, with ample performance for the road and even the occasional trackday.

The 848 will of course be available in the traditional red with red frame, but is also available in the new yellow colour with a special 'racing black' coloured frame as well as the dark stealth colour variant, highlighting the fierce attitude of the Streetfighter.

It's great to see these special edition models start to trickle through as part of the agreement between Mercedes-AMG and Ducati, which was signed at the Los Angeles Motor Show in November 2010, and we can't wait to see what else is in the pipeline - perhaps a matte charcoal 1199 Panigale AMG!

Find out more at

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

A question to motorcycle racing legend Rossi

In true festive spirit, MotoGP star and all-round nice guy Valentino Rossi, will be taking your questions and answering them on a live webstream on on 21st December.

Motorcycle News: MotoGP racer, Rossi, will be answering your questions live on the web
At 15:00 on the Wednesday afternoon the Italian multiple world champion will be conneting to a world wide audience live on the internet. Vale will be answering some pre-selected questions in association with his sponsors AGV and Dainese.

Whether you want some riding tips or some Christmas gift ideas, you can post your question at Dainese's facebook page or their blog on the following links and the most interesting questions will be put to the Ducati rider:

All questions must be submitted by Sunday 18th December, so get yours in quick and don't forget to tune into the live session at

Sunday, 4 December 2011

AGV launch new Rossi replica motorcycle helmet

Fans of MotoGP racing legend, Valentino Rossi, will be excited to hear that the star's helmet supplier AGV has just launched the latest replica helmet in their extensive Rossi range.

Motorcycle News: AGV launch their latest Rossi replica lid

The new limited edition lid features the famouos 'big eye' design which made it's debut appearance at the Italian MotoGP round of Mugello in the 2011 season, the home race of both Rossi and the Italian helmet manufacturer.

Following the trend of past Rossi replica helmets, the premium quality and highly-desirable design, carries with it an equally premium price tag of £499.99. For the money though, fans will get the top quality GP Tech base helmet, painted in the special edition colours including the Italian flag and Rossi's own blue eye.

Motorcycle News: The paint job features one of Rossi's famous blue eyes

The helmet was used mid season by Rossi to tell both his fans and competitors to "watch out because sooner or later there’s going to be a change”.

This super-lightweight, aerodynamic and beautifully designed lid is available in all sizes at Dainese/AGV dealers which can be located at