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Saturday, 28 January 2012

Kawasaki dealers launch 2012 bikes

Over 70 Kawasaki dealers across the UK will be putting on special events next week to celebrate the arrival of the exciting line up of bikes, including some new models for 2012.

Motorcycle News: Kawasaki dealers kick-start 2012 with launch events

The newly introduced Versys 1000 and the epic ZZR1400 Hypersports machines are among a few of the bikes expected to steal the show at launch parties across the country next week.

The ZZR1400 has just arrived in the UK after it received raving reviews from international press at the official launch in Italy last week. The new bike has an incredible claimed 210bhp, is limited to 186mph and is said to pull wheelies off the torque in 3rd gear, despite now featuring traction control!

Across the country, dealers will also be running free to enter prize draws with exclusive prizes including an all expenses paid trip to Brno for the World Superbike round in July with a choice of Kawasaki bike to ride there on, a place in the Chris Walker Race School at Mallory Park and a pair of hospitality tickets to a 2012 British Superbike race.

To find out more about the 2012 Kawasaki range and the launch event nearest to you, visit www.kawasaki.co.uk

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Guy Martin chooses TAS Suzuki for 2012

Guy Martin will be joining the Tyco Suzuki team for 2012, meaning that the line-up for the season is now complete with the signing of fans favourite Yorkshire man. After claiming four podium finishes at last year’s Isle of Man TT, Guy Martin will join Conor Cummins for the three biggest road races of the year.

Motorcycle News: Guy Martin signs for TAS Suzuki

Guy Martin returns to the TAS Racing for his second season and explained why he chose to remain on the GSX-R with the new Tyco Suzuki team: “It’s taken a while, but it was always on the cards. I’m happy to be back with the team for a second year and I love the new Tyco Suzuki colours. Great job. The team is good enough, the bikes are good enough and I believe the rider is good enough, so it’s time to go out and bloody win one!”

Team Manager Philip Neill commented “After all the speculation it’s nice to finally be able to officially announce that Guy Martin will continue to race for TAS in 2012, in the new Tyco Suzuki livery.  Guy Martin is not just the most popular rider in the UK these days, but also very popular outside the sport, which is good for motorcycling in general."

You can find out more about the new Tyco Suzuki team and Guy Martin at www.suzuki-gb.co.uk

Monday, 23 January 2012

Honda unveil new offers for the new year

Honda are inviting customers to make a change for the new year with a range of cracking deals across a range of their bikes until the end of March.

Motorcycle News: The special edition 20th Anniversary Fireblade

The new 2012 Fireblade is available on low rate finance (8.4% APR over 36 months) in celebration of its 20th birthday. Even better news in the supersport class though as the blades smaller sibling, the CBR600RR, is available on 0% APR over a 36 month period.

For the learners there are plenty of offers to choose from, including 0% APR over various periods, on the SH125 and S-Wing 125, for a practical and economical hack bike.

For the tourers out there the hi-tech VFR1200F is available on 0% APR over a 36 month period. Or if adventure touring sounds like your cup of tea then the XL700V Transalp and Crossrunner are also included at 0% APR on different terms.

Honda's new offers for the new year are just in time as Britain experiences a relatively mild and snowless winter so far (touch wood). So if you're up for making the change to two wheels, or just want a new bike, get yourself over to www.honda.co.uk to find out more.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

TT favourite Cummins joins Tyco Suzuki

The well-known TAS Racing team have just announced the signing of Conor Cummins as their first rider for 2012 road racing assault. Conor will ride the North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix, and his home race the Isle of Man TT for the Tyco sponsored team.

Motorcycle News: Conor Cummins on his new blue and white Tyco bike

Conor has already proved he is hot property and despite his huge accident at the Senior TT in 2010 he is now ready to race and reported to be excited about the next stage of his career.

Conor Cummins said of the signing “This is the ride I’ve been wanting for three or four years. I’m thrilled to have been given the chance to now ride for a factory-supported team in Tyco Suzuki and to be working with the boys at TAS Racing.”

Team Manager, Philip Neill commented, “After months of speculation and negotiations it’s great to finally welcome Conor Cummins to our team for the 2012 international road racing season. I’ll be looking forward to working with Conor both on and off the track this season, as he has the attitude and personality I was really looking for in a rider.”

Team owner Hector Neill concluded: “It’s no secret the Isle of Man TT is the highlight of the racing season for me, and with that in mind, it was important to have a two-rider line-up. It’s also widely known that my number one desire in racing is to again win the Senior TT trophy. So what better way than to win it with a Manxman onboard.”

Conor will be taking in part of a number of other events including British Superstock and some hand-picked road races, to get familiar with the bike, and get a good set-up ready for the TT.

Check out more at www.suzuki-gb.co.uk

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Avoid winter chill with Dainese Gore-Tex jackets

Digging the bike out from under it's frosted cover this weekend made me glad that i was only going for a quick blast, even so a number of layers were snugly fitted under my summer jacket just to keep me sane. It took me back to the days of all-year round commuting on 2-wheels and the importance of investing in a decent jacket to keep the vital organs ticking!

This post contains some of the offerings from one of the best known brands in motorcycle clothing, Dainese. They're not what you'd call cheap, but the prices definitely reflect the quality you'll receive, and who can put a price on keeping warm and sane on a winter ride?!

Motorcycle News: the smart looking Ice Sheet jacket

First up is the chillingly named Ice Sheet GTX jacket, at the lower end of Dainese's weatherproof gore-tex jackets, but still offering a whole host of useful features. The Ice Sheet has been designed for touring and as such is made of elasticated Cordura and comes with a range of adjustable straps to ensure a good fit to every rider. As you'd expect the jacket comes with more than adequate protection and an interior lining, both of which are removable. The focus of the Ice Sheet jacket is on quality and substance and Dainese say that the breathable materials used mean that riders remain comfortable even when the weather turns really bitter. The Ice Sheet has an RRP of £339.99 and should last riders for many seasons if looked after well.

Motorcycle News: The 'Bruce' wins our award for the best named jacket!

Next up, and arguably the best named bit of biking clothing we've come across, is the Bruce GTX jacket. Similarly to the Ice Sheet, the Bruce has been developed for the extremes of touring, but this time the focus is on a lightweight and comfortable design that dries quickly and offers great all-round protection. Numerous air vents, a thermal lining and removable collar give riders the ability to control their body temperature. Despite its simple name, the Bruce has impressive protection to the back, chest and arms, making it a rather technical jacket. The Bruce has an RRP of £407.99.

Motorcycle News: The Tundra is for the most hardcore winter riders!

The last jacket we looked at is the equally epically named Tundra GTX. The Tundra is really for the extremes of winter bike riding, with talk of 'snowdrifts' in Dainese's marketing materials its obvious this is aimed a truly hardcore bikers! Like the other jackets in the range the TUndra features a gore-tex membrane on the outside of the jacket to minimise wind chill and help to stabilise the riders body temperature. Despite being one of the most heavy duty winter jackets on the market, the Tundra is said to allow riders to remain surprisingly flexible and agile thanks to it's lightweight construction. For those intending on heading out regardless of the elements, the Tundra is well worth a look with an RRP of £509.99.


This is just a small snippet of the impressive Dainese Gore-Tex jacket range, to see more check out www.dainese.com

Ducati MotoGP snow action with Rossi & Hayden

The Ducati MotoGP team, including world champions Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden and the GP12 race bike, all took to the slopes at the Winter Sports resort of Madonna di Campiglio last week for a very unique press event.

Motorcycle News: A MotoGP bike on ice, now that's a rare sight

The 'Wroom 2012' event as it was called by Ducati, celebrated the launch of the Italian Motorsport calendar and also the Ducati 2012 MotoGP campaign with fast-paced action taking place on the ice and snow in a range of formats including snowboarding, snowmobile, MotoGP bike, go-karts and even fiat 500s!

Motorcycle News:The fastest Rossi's been without an engine!

The legendary racing skills of Rossi were put to the test in a kart race on a frozen lake, where the GOAT put F1 drivers Massa and Alonso to shame by thrashing them to take the race win!

Motorcycle News: Rossi showing the F1 boys how it's done!

The event included many other spectacles such as a flaming Ducati 1199 Panigale S Tricolore to welcome the stars to the launch event! We dont know about you but the photos and videos of the event have got us craving after more GP action, bring on the 2012 season.


See all of the Wroom 2012 highlights at www.ducatiuk.com

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Suzuki GSR750 gets ABS for 2012

Suzuki's popular new street-bike with attitude, the GSR750, has just been updated for 2012 and now comes with optional ABS to keep up with the advances made by its rivals.

Motorcycle News: Suzuki GSR750 now available with ABS

The demonic looking naked bike managed to punch it's way to the top of it's class in it's debut year as it scooped an MCN award in 2011, thanks to flickable handling and fierce power, courtesy of the revised GSX-R750 lump which drives it.

Whilst Suzuki is behind the curve on fitting ABS to it's sports bikes, the manufacturer has had ABS on it's adventure bikes for years, and you can be sure that the system on the GSR has been designed to fit the performance characteristics of the bike.

Suzuki GB general manager, Paul de Lusignan added,"As well as winning the MCN award in 2011 we've received great praise from our customers [on the GSR750] too. ABS is obviously a great safety enhancing feature which we hope will only add to the GSR's desirability in 2012."

The ABS version will be sold alongside the non-ABS version and will have an RRP of £7,349. The bike should be in dealers this month and you can also see it at the Bike Show at London Excel on 2nd-5th Feb.

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

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Dakar Rally 2012 - post stage 10 breather

The world famous 2012 Dakar Rally is currently taking a rare breather on the Chile/Peru border after Stage 10 of the race from Iquique to Arica. The current standings see front runners Cyril Despres and Marc Coma separated by a mere 21 seconds, a narrow margin considering the scope of the race.

Marc Coma in action

The racers only pause for a few hours to catch their breaths and restore their adrenaline reserves before setting off into the whopping 27th new country of the race tomorrow. To add a twist to the gripping action, the bikers will be at their most vulnerable as they split from their mechanics and spare parts vehicles over the next two stages of the Dakar.

It's 37 year old Frenchman Cyril Despres who will have the advantage over 35 year old Spaniard Marc Coma as they head out tomorrow into the mind-bending desert conditions that would put most of us mere mortals off of riding for life! But with Coma closing down the gap by a cool two minutes in the last stage, the pressure is really on for Despres.

“Things are getting very interesting, tomorrow night we have the middle of a marathon stage and also things are very tight at the top. There is 21 seconds between Marc and myself after 11 days of the race so it should be a very exciting finish.” – Cyril Despres

“Tonight will be about looking over the bike with the mechanics, they will try to get it in the best shape they can. They will also tell me if there’s anything on the bike that I should take care of out on the stage. Of course we are very thorough with the bike every night but tonight we will not just double check but triple check!” – Marc Coma

Both riders are remaining open minded about the possible final result of the race, and as everyones knows, anything can happen, especially over the next stages where the riders are cast into the wilderness of the desert without any support close by. The riders will need to dig deep, both physically and mentally, and give their all if they want to come out on top at the end of rounds 11 and 12 in Peru.

Make sure you check back regularly for the latest news on the Dakar. For more information visit the official Red Bull Dakar Rally 2012 website on the following link:


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Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Crafar and Suzuki present 'Motovudu'

Former 500cc GP winner and WSBK racer, Simon Crafar, has teamed up with Suzuki to produce a one-off guide on how to become a track-riding god. With little motorcycle news and events in the New Year, this could be a good buy to pass time over dreary January weekends.


As its name suggests, 'Motovudu' features some pretty magical action as Crafar throws the latest GSX-R range round the new Motorland Aragon track as used for one of the Spanish MotoGP rounds.

The stunning slow motion, high definition footage of Crafar passing down some of his racing guru knowledge is a must see for any passionate biker, from road riders to trackday regulars, there is entertainment for all.

Motovudu - Dark Art of Performance is a fresh and exciting insight into the mysterious skills of top-level motorcycle racers and the frantic action mixed with adrenaline inducing footage is sure to have you on the edge of your seat, watching in disbelief.

Crafar's Motovudu is available on DVD or as a glossy hardback book, both priced at just under £20, or for the hardcore fanatics you can have the DVD/Book bundle for £35.

Buy online today at www.motovudustore.com

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Tips for the best bike insurance deals in 2012

With bank balances and credit cards suffering after christmas and your bike insurance renewal closing in, there has never been a more important time to hunt around for the best deal on your bike insurance policy. The good news for bikers is that comparethemarket.com, the brand famous for everyone's favourite meerkats, specilaise in finding the best bike insurance deals with their own bike specific comparison site.

Motorcycle News: comparethemarket.com offer specialist bike insurance site

By visiting comparethemarket.com/motorbike-insurance/ riders can get quotes from over 20 leading companies just by filling out a quick form as you would with your car insurance. The comparison site guarantees that you won't get a better deal by going direct and there are no hidden charges either.

No matter what type of bike you ride or where you ride it, comparethemarket.com aim to deliver you a selection of highly competitive quotes that can be fully tailored with options such as helmet & leathers cover, breakdown cover and even European cover for that special summer tour of the continent!

Motorcycle News: Cute meerkat toy can be claimed with every policy!

What's more, if you buy your bike insurance through comparethemarket.com you can now claim an exclusive meerkat toy, and if that doesn't fit with your biker lifestlyle, we're sure a good home can be found with a family member or friend!

Even if your insurance isn't due just yet, you can get a quote now and save it for later, just log back in with your email address to retrieve it, and if it has expired you can simply update it for a new quote.

The website comparethemarket.com/motorbike-insurance/ is much more than just a place to go to compare insurance deals, the website also contains some useful hints and tips for how to hunt out the best deal, how to prevent your bike from being stolen and a useful guide for the different types of bike insurance available.

So whether your bike insurance is up for renewal now, in the next few months or even further down the road, why not take a look around at the deals available at the dedicated bike insurance comparison website www.comparethemarket.com/motorbike-insurance/

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Heated grips - warm hands with Oxford hot grips

Despite the spiraling rate of inflation, motorcycle accessory producer Oxford has announced that they will freezing prices on a wide selection of products. One thing that wont be freezing though is rider's hands, as Oxford also announced a reduction in the price of their world famous heated grips, the Oxford HotGrips, which are reduced from £79.99 to £69.99.

Motorcycle News: Oxford freeze prices, not hands!

The 1-piece moulded construction is durable and discreet and the heated grips are designed to fit a wide range of bikes and can also be easily modified. The whole heated grip system is waterproof and is controlled by an intelligent electronic temperature control, complete with mounting bracket.

Keep yourself sane and comfortable on your winter motorcycle rides with a set of Oxford HotGrips heated handlebar grips, available online and at dealerships around the UK.

For more details or to find out where to buy, visit www.oxprod.com

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

A blue and white New Year's resolution?

If the New Year has got you yearning for a new set of 2-wheels, then Suzuki have got an offer that you'll find hard to resist. The manufacturer has just announced that a selection of models in their range are available with up to £1000 cash-back as well as a range of low-rate finance options.

Motorcycle News: Suzuki announce irresistible New Year offer

The offer which launched on 1st January 2012 means that a number of bikes in the range, including the GSX-R600, 750 and 1000, will now be available with low-rate finance options to spread payments over 3, 4 or even 5 years.

For that added bonus customers can even ride away on their new bike from as little as just £1 deposit, making this one of the most attractive offers we've ever seen.

Suzuki GB general manager, Paul de Lusignan, commented, “Now is most definitely the time to buy if you’re in the market for a new Suzuki. With £1000 off the 2011 GSX-R1000 and no model in the promotion with less than £600 cashback, it really does offer a significant saving.”

The offer runs until 30th April 2012, and includes all GSX-R models, GSR750, GSX650F, GSX1250FA, V-Strom 650, Gladius 650 and SV650.

For more info click to www.suzuki-gb.co.uk