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Thursday, 29 March 2012

Triumph mag, AGV website and Ducati competition

The glorious March weather which has seen the whole of the UK cloudless at one point or another this week has inspired bikers everywhere to get out on the road and enjoy their first ride in the British Summer Time daylight hours, but for those of you still craving 2-wheel entertainment in the evening, here's our top three things to keep you occupied:

1) New Triumph 'Spirit' E-zine - Celebrating 110 years of Triumph history and the launch of a special edition Bonneville and the Speed Triple R: Click Here

Motorcycle News: New Triumph Spirit E-zine

2) Refreshed AGV website - In another anniversary celebration, AGV are marking 65 years in business with a tasty new website allowing users to browse their product range in a whole new way: Click Here

Motorcycle News: AGV launch new website to celebrate 65 years of classy lids

3) Win a tip to Pikes Peak with Ducati - buy a Multistrada 1200 and you could win a trip to the famous Pikes Peak Race, including a road trip for you and a buddy: Click Here

So grab a cuppa, sit on the sofa with your iPhone, iPad or gizmo of your choice and get clicking!

Monday, 26 March 2012

A sneak preview of summer for UK bikers

With average temperatures around the 18 degree mark and wall-to-wall blue skies, last weekend delivered a hopeful outlook of the weather to come this summer. As you'd expect, bikers emerged in their numbers as everyone fumbled into their recently redundant leathers and headed out to experience the blissfully sticky roads and warm breezes for themselves.

Motorcycle News: popular meeting places such as Box Hill were jam packed
It was obvious what needed to be done as the GSX-R sat in the garden, yearning to sweep through the twisty B-roads, i got kitted up and headed out to put some more miles on it, in an attempt to hit the 4,000 mile service mark by mid-April.

As we stormed out of the town and into the wilderness it became clear just how many like-minded two-wheelers went through the exact same thought process that morning, as we passed sports bikes, tourers, cruisers and scooters, each justifying the customary nod of recognition.

Passing popular biker haunts such as Whiteways Lodge near Bury Hill, which barely had a space left, we headed out of Sussex and towards Box Hill in Surrey on the first grin-inducing ride of the year. Despite a lot of unwitting sunday afternoon drivers clogging up the roads, there was plenty of space to have some fun and work away at the chicken strips that built up over a cold, greasy winter.

That said, some of the stunts we witnessed from over-keen riders were literally insane, wedging a Harley between cars traveling in opposite directions on a slim b-road made me shudder with fear. I'm not one to tell people to slow down, but some people really need to cool their jets, we've got the whole summer ahead of us!

So as the exceptional weather continues, we're thrilled to see more and more bikes on the road, so if you haven't dusted yours off yet you're missing out! Get involved, see you on the road!

Tell us how you made the most of the cracking weather, comments below:

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Kaiser Chiefs to headline Triumph Live

UK bike manufacturer Triumph have just announced that they've managed to score Brit award winners the Kaiser Chiefs as the headline act for their ‘Triumph Live’ festival this September.

Motorcycle News: Kaiser Chiefs confirmed for Triumph Live

In a bid to give fans a British sound to rival that of their famous triple engines, Triumph approached the Leeds based band and managed to get them to take time out from their tour for a special appearance.

The Kaiser Chiefs will take to the stage on Saturday September 1 2012 to wrap up the festival which includes track action and live music. The first Triumph Live event in 2010 was a massive success and as such has been extended to three days, with live bands Friday and Saturday nights, stunt riding shows and racing from the Triumph Triple Challenge.

Motorcycle News: Triumph are launching their new Tiger Explorer this week
This year the brand is celebrating it's 110th anniversary and will be displaying all of their current models as well as some historic icons. There will also be opportunities to purchase kit from their stylish clothing line.

Entry tickets are on sale now, £43 for a weekend pass or £24 for Saturday. Camping is also available for £15 for the weekend, find out more and get your tickets at triumph-live.com

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Win £750 of accessories with Suzuki

Suzuki GB has just announced that they are offering £750 of free accessories to a lucky winner, in a new Facebook competition.
The competition offers bikers the chance to personalise their bike and make it stand out from the crowd.

The winner will get to choose what they want from the Suzuki genuine accessory range and have them all fitted free of charge at their local Suzuki dealer.

The competition is exclusive to the brands the Facebook at www.facebook.com/SuzukiBikesUK

Simply click on the Competition tab and enter your details. The winner will be drawn at random.

Monday, 19 March 2012

New Ducati Monster by Diesel - Only the brave

In the latest collaboration of uber-cool lifestyle brands, the people's favourite Italian bike firm, Ducati, have teamed up with masculine fashion brand, Diesel, for the dapper new Monster Diesel limited edition bike.

Motorcycle News: New Ducati Monster Diesel - Only the brave
Don't be concerned by the 'Diesel' in the name though, the Monster 1100 EVO base model retains is mighty petrol-powered punch, instead the focus is all on the styling of this stand-out special edition model. The new Diesel Brave Green matt paint work complements this bikes naturally aggressive lines, and with cannon-style stacked pipes and new 10 spoke rims, the styling has been labelled ‘urban military chic'.

Motorcycle News: Stylish and powerful with the 1100cc EVO engine
The Ducati and Diesel teams paired up to confront the brief to create a fun, sexy and brave motorcycle that would demand attention wherever it was ridden. Every ounce of the design was considered resulting in a bespoke passenger seat cover, heat shields and dash cover being created to add to the rugged feel of the bike.

To remind riders and onlookers that it's not just a stylish machine, Ducati opted to paint the calipers in a bold yellow to reflect the superior performance of this 1100cc twin desmodromic beast.

The Monster Diesel is expected to retail for around £10,690 and can be reserved online at www.ducatiuk.com

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Cold rides, mileage, service time & Assen WSBK

So it's finally reached that time of year when 2-wheelers become a more common sight on the potholed, salty roads that winter left behind. Even fair-weather bikers (myself included i'm ashamed to admit) are venturing out and braving the border-line bearable conditions.

Motorcycle News: Time to put some miles on the GSX-R750
Whilst in some respects it is epic fun to be back under the influence of the speed and handling only a motorcycle can bring, i have to admit it's not 100% through choice. With an epic ride-out to Holland planned for the World SBK round in April i need to get some miles on the bike to justify a service before i leave.

With that in mind, i've set myself the challenge of hitting the 4,000 mile mark on my '10 GSX-R750 before the end of the month (currently on 3153 miles - i know it's weak!). Add to that the fact that the bike is out of action for a week due to holiday, and the commute to work is only 12 miles, it's looking set to be a reasonable challenge!

Motorcycle News: 847 miles to go to the 4,000 mile service
So by my calculations, commuting to work every day for the rest of the month will only give me 275 miles, leaving me 672 miles to clock up in essentially one weekend, that's the equivalent of Southampton to John O' Groats.

So my first step for motivating myself to take on this challenge is posting it on here, with photographic proof of my starting point, however i'm also open to any suggestions of fun ways to do the miles and break it down into manageable chunks, so if you're up for helping a biker in need out, please leave your comments below...

In the meantime follow the progress on the blog and on twitter @momentumblog

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Celebrate new Shark Speed-R arrival on Facebook

French motorcycle helmet creators Shark, who have more than 20 years of experience in the game, have just announced a fun and interactive way for customers to get involved on Facebook for the launch of the awesome new Speed-r helmet range.

Motorcycle News: New Facebook app to launch Shark Speed-R helmet
Founded and tested on track by pro racers, the Shark helmet range has been developed to offer the ultimate collaboration of style, function and safety. None more so than the new Speed-R model, which replaces the older RS series models, and comes with a highly tempting 5-year warranty.

To celebrate the launch of the new lid, Shark have created a Facebook app which allows fans to set up their custom rider and bike profile before embarking on a virtual 2-wheeled adventure. The game, which has been dubbed 'The real wild child' in tribute to the helmets rebellious styling, encourages players to invite their friends to achieve a higher score to be in with a chance of winning some cool prizes.

To check out the game, visit the Shark Facebook page and give them a like here

To compare the best prices on the new Shark Speed-R, click below:

Monday, 5 March 2012

Indian bike firm Hero MotoCorp to buy Ducati?

Last month it was announced that the owners of Ducati Motor Holding SpA were putting the company up for sale, in what is undoubtedly a difficult time for motorcycle sales in Europe. The latest developments in the saga reveal that Indian motorcycle giant Hero MotoCorp Ltd are interested in purchasing the exotic Italian brand.

Motorcycle News: Ducati 1199 Panigale to be Indian owned?
India has one of the biggest motorcycle markets in the world and is continually growing, even today. Hero are the biggest motorcycle manufacturer in the country and are looking to expand their operations abroad.

Despite Hero's successful position and huge capital they have acquired, believed to be in the region of $1 billion, the firm sells what are undoubtedly budget bikes, as just $763 in some areas.

Motorcycle News: Hero were known for their long standing relationship with Honda
Hero are known for their relationship with Honda, however that relationship is due to end in 2014 and as a result the company is looking to build new relationships. The company say that Ducati are a perfect fit as they have an iconic brand and great technology.

There are of course concerns regarding the impact that a buyout from Hero would have on the upmarket Ducati brand and indeed the perceived quality of it's products, however it's clear to see that Hero have the finances and ambition to pull off such a move.

Would Hero owning Ducati cheapen the brand and put you off buying one? Let us know what you think.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Arai helmets - Arai RX-7 review

Arai helmets are well known for the sports and racing motorcycle helmets, and their top of the range Arai RX-7 has proved hugely popular with road riders all around the world. This Arai RX-7 review covers the two current models, the Arai RX-7 GP and the Arai RX-7 RC helmets.

Motorcycle News: Arai RX-7 GP Fiction Black

Arai helmets are steeped in history, with over 100 years of experience in producing safety helmets for everyone from workers to motorcycle riders. The Arai RX-7 has been around since 2008 in different model variants, and has been developed on track as a racing helmet for GP riders.

One of the key selling points for the Arai RX-7 is that it is used on tracks around the world on a daily basis. GP riders wear the Arai RX-7 for racing and testing, with current riders wearing the Arai RX-7 including GP stars Nicky Hayden, Dani Pedrosa and British rider Cal Crutchlow.

When the Arai RX-7 was first launched, it set a new benchmark in the motorcycle helmet industry as the first model with a wide view SAI visor and the patented PB-SNC construction. Since then the Arai RX-7 has undergone other technological advances including the Arai RX-7 Racing Carbon model, the first carbon fibre model for commercial use.

The Japanese company Arai Helmets pride themselves in producing the most comfortable and safest motorcycle helmets in the world, and the Arai RX-7 is no exception. It's price may be seen as expensive to some, with the current Arai RX-7 having an RRP in the region of £600-700, however you can be certain that you're buying a product made with the best quality materials, backed by some of the world's top riders.
 The Arai RX-7 may be expensive, but who can put a price on what is essentially the most important piece of protective motorcycle riding gear? Not only is every Arai helmet 100% hand made out of the lightest and strongest materials, but the wide range of shell seizes, comfortable removable padding and a secure double-D ring strap means that there is a helmet suitable for every rider.

Arai helmets are so confident about the quality of their Arai RX-7 helmet and other models in their range that they offer a comprehensive 5 year warranty, the first helmet manufacturer to do so, proving their confidence in their products.

Although the Arai RX-7 is developed on track by racers, this is to help road riders feel confident in their performance at the upper extremities of use. The Arai RX-7 is also hugely practical as a day-to-day helmet for commuters and weekend riders alike. The Arai RX-7 is designed to be comfortable with more than adequate padding, also the wide view visor with anti-fog technology gives unrivalled view of the surroundings, making the Arai RX-7 a sensible choice for any rider.

To read more about the Arai RX-7 helmet including technical specifications, testimonials from real world riders and to compare the best prices, click the button below.