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electric start CG125
doyen of the motorcycle riding schools, the Honda CG125 finally
gets an electric start. Honda
have also grabbed the 125cc learner market by the spuds by dropping
the price of
the new electric start Honda CG125 to just £1599 .
Without doubt, this now makes the new CG125, one of the top
value 125cc motorcycles in the U.K. market: Compare the RRP
of the Honda CG125 at £1599 against the Yamaha SR125 at
£1999 and the Suzuki GN125 at £2199.This
radical realignment also brings the Honda CG125 head to head
with the Taiwan and Chinese 125cc copies.
addition, there are also significant improvements in the specification
of the new model. These include a new, smoother, more powerful
11.4PS engine. New graphics and logo and a new colour of black,
which will run alongside the existing colours of red and blue.
CBR600 offers from Honda.
off the price of a Ron Haslam race academy premier level course
when you buy a CBR600F Sport between now and 31 August 2001,
we are offering a third off the price of a premier level course
at the Ron Haslam Race Academy.
Haslam knows more about riding bikes and racing than any one
else. Not only that, he has the ability to pass this knowledge
onto others and improve their riding. He can do for you what
he has done for his son, Leon.
well as the promotion above on the Sport model, Honda are also
offering you 0% and low rate finance on both the CBR600F and
CBR600F Sport if you buy before September 30th 2001.
information visit http://www.honda-motorcycle.co.uk/ or call
Honda at their Contact Centre on 0845 200 8000
- end of an era for a motorcycle classic.
Honda UK has
officially announced that it has stopped importing the CB750F2,
bringing to an end over 30 years of biking history.The CB750
was originally launched in 1969 to the astonishment of the motorcycle
world. Its in-line, four cylinder, 750cc four-stroke engine
produced altogether new levels of power, performance, comfort
to be the worlds first 'superbike', the CB750 went on become
one of the Japanese firms best selling machines, winning the
hearts of biking enthusiasts the world over with its compelling
blend of performance and handling.The modern CB750F2 has evolved
directly from the original model, retaining that essence of
no-nonsense motorcycling but incorporating the very latest technology
to enhance the overall riding experience.
Honda UK's remaining stocks of the CB750F2 have now been delivered
to the showrooms of its nationwide dealer network and it is
anticipated that the last few versions of this timeless classic
will soon be snapped up."It's sad in a way," said
Honda UK's motorcycle marketing executive, Graham Hawkins, "because
this truly is the end of a very special era for Honda.
In 1969, the CB750 spelled out Honda's modern motorcycling philosophy
and spawned such classics as the RC30 and the FireBlade"."The
original CB750 invented the word 'superbike'," he continued,
"and its current descendent maintains that heritage and
legacy. I'm sure the last few won't hang around in dealer showrooms
Agusta and Piaggio agree terms.
Piaggio have this week ratified the agreement to increase
its share holdings in MV Agusta to 20%.
Following on from the acquisition last month of the Spanish
company Derby this will extend Piaggio,s scooter empire to include
motorcycle manufactures MV Agusta, Husqvarna, and Cagiva and
may lead to Piaggio taking total control at MV Agusta.
Neither company have issued any statement on how this will affect
any future models like the proposed Suzuki GSX-R600 engined
Gilera 600 .
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Bikernews editor Glenn Le Santo is off enjoying the World
Superbike championship, (he's a race reporter for a number of
magazines and websites), so Bikernews has been a little short
of 'biker' news recently.
A deal was struck this week with Mike Howell, editor of Motobykz.com,
to gather and post more non-racing news on the site. Glenn will
still endeavor to bring you the best from racing, as it happens,
while Mike seeks out the trade, model, club and industry news
you're all hankering for!
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may have heard about the Honda Silverwing,the new Yamaha T-max
Honda says it incorporates "some of their most advanced
technology to offer the power and luxury expected in a touring
vehicle, while still being a hassle-free means of getting to
work"-(in otherwords it's a scooter!) .
The key feature of this scooter is its capacity as a touring
vehicle, with a 600cc,parallel twin-injected engine providing
excellent power and acceleration and a 16-litre fuel tank allowing
long distance riding on a single tank. Honda say its "Designed
to the mantra, Double the Fun, the comfortable, tandem seating
means that couples can enjoy the experience of touring together."
(Ed- does this mean that you've got to have a bird to buy one?)
Silverwing is available this month at your local Honda dealer
priced at £5,899.
you must,find out more at http://www.honda-motorcycle.co.uk/
Motobykz Honda page
the greatest legends of motorcycle racing have had the privilege
of limited-edition Ducati bikes dedicated to their past
achievements: among them Mike Hailwood (MHR and MHe) and
Renzo Pasolini (Paso 750/906/907).
have built the S4 Fogarty as a tribute to mark the retirement
from active racing of an extraordinary champion who left an
indelible and deep impression on the history of motorcycle racing
and Ducati. Carl Fogarty, the Brit mad eyed rider whose
personality and exciting wins with Ducati Corse in the World
Superbike Championships captivated the hearts of scores of enthusiasts
Click here for
our full story
Yamaha Maxter introduced in UK..
huge success of the R1 and R6 sportsbikes, Yamaha have started
to feed the styling of the R series through to other products
in its range.
The new four stroke 125 Maxter's headlights look as though
they come straight from the R1 parts bin which coupled to the
exposed Aluminium subframe and Dual pot brembo front brake,
plus the usual scooter equipment (underseat storage, fuel gauge,
clock), make for a stylish looking scooter.
The engine is a water cooled single , restricted to 12bhp for
the UK learner market ( but there are plenty of GO FASTER goodies
available to spice things up a little) .
Largish wheels for a scooter and plenty of ground clearance
coupled to a good suspension system means that the Maxter is
fine handling and quite chuckable just like its bigger brothers.
UK price is £2599 ( plus OTR) contact Yamaha Motor
UK on 01932 358000.
The Plastic Pigs back!!!
Just when you
thought it was safe to venture back on the road the news arrives
: The Reliant Robins back!!!!
Five months after
the last "Plastic Pig" rolled off the production line
the Robin is making a comeback.
Les Collier, 59, a businessman based in Acton, Suffolk has bought
the rights to the famous 3 wheeler from the original Staffordshire
factory and plans to initially produce five cars a week in his
Les said "I
want to get away from the Del Boy image, the only changes I've
made are to the interior and to the paintwork which is now more
compatible with a normal production car.".
The new basic model
will cost just under £10.000.
The Robin is perhaps
best remembered for its appearance in the BBC TV comedy series
'Only Fools and Horses' but it also enjoys a royal cachet:-
Princess Anne paid £5,500 in 1999 for a customized Robin van
to use on her personal estate.
Early versions had
handlebars instead of steering wheels, and many Britons took
to the tricycle car because they only needed a motorcycle license
to drive one. Motorcycle licenses were once easier to obtain
than car licenses but now tougher licensing rules have since
eliminated this advantage, and today fewer young people are
opting for a Robin. Few youngsters would bother taking the rigorous
bike test to ride around in a Plastic Pig! "The owners are literally
dying out," said the original company spokesman Noel Palmer.
We at Motobykz.com
hope that some live long enough to buy the reborn Robin!!!!
The Plastic Pig does leave behind a wonderful selection of jokes:
Q: What do you call a Robin at the top of a hill?
A: A miracle.
Q: What do you call a Robin with two exhaust pipes?
A: A wheelbarrow.
Q: How do you execute a handbrake turn in a Robin?
A: Stick your arm out the window and grab a lamppost.
Q: What do you call a convertible Robin?
A: A Skip.
Rant on Dark visors we said that they could soon be legalised,
hopes of this are fading rapidly as the whole idea is tangled
in red tape. A British Standards Report ( BSI ) report , predicted
to find dark visors save has been delayed.
The British Motorcycle Federation (BMF) has been lobbying hard
to keep the issue moving, but it seems to have ground to halt
thanks to the Department of the Environment, Transport and Regions
(DETR) dragging their feet.
Richard Olliffe of the BMF says: " We are extremely frustrated
in regard to the intransigence of the DETR,but we remain optimistic
that dark visors will eventually be legalised ."
It's believed that independent optical experts have found that
dark visors, which let around 25 per cent of light through,
are not dangerous in daylight conditions and that they should
be made legal. If the Government agrees then the BSI can alter
the BS4110 standard without resorting to the lengthy process
of going before parliament.
According to Richard Olliffe of the BMF, dark visors are not
an issue in the United States, nor any of the other countries
within the EU, even though dark visors are technically not legal
in EU members states either.
you thought the Honda Valkyrie
was a bit O.T.T, maybe you thought that the new Honda
Leadwing 1800 was pushing the limits?
The Boss Hoss Millennium, 8200cc 502bhp and WAY OVER THE TOP
STYLE , wanna get your arms wrenched off at 200mph? wanna
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"Force" was NOT with him.
Neeson 48 is recovering in hospital after being injured in a
motorcycle accident. The Star wars movie star, from Ballymena,
County Antrim, suffered a broken pelvis after being thrown from
his 1989 Harley Davidson bike when a deer jumped into the road.
The accident occurred just 70 miles north of New York city where
he lives with his actress wife Natasha Richardson.
content with selling condoms or cola, supplying mortgages or
cars or getting you to where you want to go Richard Bransons
Virgin Group now want to sell you motorcycles on line at
makes motorcycles exempt from the proposed congestion charge
drivers will have to pay £5 ($7) a day to bring their cars
into congested central London as part of a plan aimed at reducing
weekday traffic by 15 percent in the British capital but motorcycles
are to be exempt. The fee, announced Tuesday, goes into effect
in January 2003. Mayor Ken Livingstone, who has made the toll
a priority, said the millions it is expected to bring in annually
will be used to improve the city's ailing public transportation
unique town scooter with a roof the C1 has gained a bigger 200cc
engine to compliment the current 125cc models.
Labeled the C1 200, the new model ia available in the European
Boasting a 3 bhp (to 18 bhp) increase over the 125cc model this
will help to answer the criticism of a low power to weight ratio
that has dogged the 125cc model.
at the movies.
North America is involved in a new project to produce 5 films
for broadcast over the net. The films are produced by David Fincher
of Se7en and Fight Club fame. The first can be seen at www.bmwfilms.com.
be so lucky
sales have gone up 30 per cent in West Virginia USA as rising
fuel prices tempt more and more people to turn to two wheels
. The cost of fuel has risen to a whopping 34p per litre, it
must be a hard life!
Titan cruises to a halt
Motorcycle Co. of America has lost spark and sputtered for the
last time. The six-year-old company converted its January bankruptcy
filing from Chapter 11 to Chapter 7 yesterday.
company assets will be liquidated.
ramps up production in Brazil
Motor plans to boost motorcycle production at its Brazilian unit
Moto Honda da Amazonia Ltda (HDA) to 800,000 in 2003 from about
570,000 in 2000, a Honda spokesman said. The move is a response
to rising motorcycle demand in Brazil. HDA plans to increase its
output to 700,000 in 2001 and 800,000 in 2003 through improving
reveal new Daytona .
unveiled a new version of their popular Daytona at the London
Motorcycle show. The Daytona 955i has been the flagship of the
Triumph range ever since the original fuel-injected triple (then
called the T595 Daytona) was launched in 1997. The T595 was the
first Hinckley-built Triumph designed to compete directly with
high performance machines from Japan and Italy. It was a hit both
with testers and the market, it has been one of Hinckley's best-selling
models ever since.
insurance premiums rise by up to 250% in Naples
we thought we had it bad with bike insurance
Istituto per La Vigilanza sulle Assicurazioni private e di Interesse
Collettivo (ISVAP), the Italian insurance industry watchdog, has
revealed that in Naples insurance rates for motorcycles range
from L203,000 (£65)to L3,734,000 (£1,195), with increases
of up to 250.77 per cent. Phew!
introduce the new X9-00.
have raised the stakes in the super scooter market with the introduction
of a 500cc twin scooter to rival Yamaha's TMAX and Honda's Silverwing.
For the rest of Piaggio's Model
Range click here
The UK motorcycle
sales figures for 2000 show a 10% increase on last year.
our full report
and fiddle p/h.
The famous biking venue The Cat and Fiddle public house in the
Peak District has changed hands - and the new owner claims to
be even more biker-friendly, The pub is on the A537 Buxton to
Hatch Superbike Round
Due to a clash
in dates with the prestigious Suzuka 8 hour endurance race in
Japan the date for the Brands Hatch round of the World Superbike
Series has been moved forward from August 5th to July 29th 2001.
The Dodington Park round is still on the 29th of May.
Zip to the top of the charts
Manufactured pop sensations hear'say celebrated the success of
their first number one single by taking delivery of a fleet of
Piaggio scooters at the British Airways London Eye.
The five Piaggio Zip 125s are the first of this new model to arrive
in the UK and will help to ensure that Britain's busiest band
keep up with the pace of life at the top of the charts.
Speedway to host British Superbike round
Britain's newest motorsport venue is to host the British Championship
races, including the Superbike championship, on September 29
- 30th. The brand new facility is likely to become the jewel
in the British racing crown with its unique mix of Brooklands,
or Daytona, style banking and twisty infield. The BSB round
will use the finish straight of the oval but not the banked
battery powered electric bike revealed
bike industry has unveiled the first lithium battery powered
electric bike in its race against Japan. "Currently lithium
battery powered electric bikes are only produced by the Japanese
company Sony, but the production is not on a large scale,"
said Power Vision's marketing spokesperson Mazzi Chang.
Honda record output last financial year
Honda Motors Ltd., An India-based joint venture of Honda Motor
Co. and Hero Group, saw record annual production totaling 1.03
million motorcycles and scooters in the fiscal year ended March
31 2001. Hero Honda, India's top motorcycle manufacturer, has
produced 4.3 million two-wheel units since it began production
Denali Industries of Ashland, Oregon, USA is introducing a radical
twist to observed trials---------battery power.
The 140 pound machines share the sensibilities and geometry of
Spanish and Italian trials bikes-steep steering angle, light weight
and very crisp throttle response.
The "TorkAtak" has a runtime of 30 to 60 minutes and can be recharged
in 20 minutes. Gone are the noise, smoke and related land-use
the BBC is finally getting the message that bikesport makes
great television. A four-year agreement has been reached between
World Superbike promoters, SBK, and the BBC for coverage of
the championship. The deal means the coverage which increases
to at least 10 races live from 2001.
Biker or Biking footballer? Leeds United midfielder
could be in trouble with manager David O'Leary after taking
to the racetrack before the British Grand Prix at Donington
Park. Motorbike-made Batty is forbidden from riding bikes by
his team bosses but he took up the offer to ride as a pillion
passenger on a specially-converted 500cc Marlboro Yamaha GP
bike ridden by former racer Randy Mamola.
Batty admitted: "I don't think they would have wanted us to
do it, I'm not allowed to do any riding on the road. "I've always
been into bikes but football means I don't get to ride like
I'd want to.Randy was great, you can tell he's a really special
Motor , the world's second-largest motorcycle maker, announced
it aims to reduce costs by 30 percent by the end of the 2004/05
business year to improve its global competitiveness.
Yamaha Managing Director Takashi Kajikawa said "We will need
to lower costs by 30 percent to raise competitiveness," .Yamaha's
motorcycle business has seen a steep decline in profitability
in the past two years due in part to sluggish demand in Japan
and the rest of Asia, as well as the yen's appreciation against
Royal Signals White Helmets display team have taken delivery of
2 new CCM bikes.Blackburns big singles are just the thing for
trick riding it seems!
dates for the UK Supercross Series :
Belfast Odyssey Arena - Oct 27
NEC Birmingham - Nov 17
Cardiff Arena - Dec 1
Exeter Westpoint Arena - Dec 15
for Belfast are available now on 02890 739 074
next piece of chrome marketing.
Davidsons name appears on another piece of chrome. This time its
a Harley chromed plastic credit card.
When will the marketing opportunities stop for the Milwalkee bunch.
Call 0800 731 2239 and quote ref. OHWF if you want more information
Dunlop commemorative coin.
Dunlop is to be commemorated on a 1 crown coin produced produced
by the IoM govt and Pobjoy Mint with some of the proceeds going
The coin will have Joey on his TT winning Honda SP-1 with the
wording "In commemoration of Joey Dunlop MBE OBE 1952-2000" on
one side and HRH on the other.
The coin comes in 2 types, cupro nickel at £14.95 or stirling
silver at £39.95.
drop the TL1000S
5 eventful years Suzuki have dropped the TL1000S from its range.
Troubled by a bad reputation for tankslapping due to big V-twin
power and a dodgy rotary rear damper the TL1000s never sold well.
( Which is a shame as its a bloody good bike).
The fantastic V-twin engine will live on to power the likes of
the Cagiva's and the WSB contender Bimota SB8R.
Euro 350 Cruiser finally goes on sale in the UK.
at the people returning to biking or someone with a 33bhp licence
restriction the Euro 350 is according to Raja Narayan of Beta
UK " A sports cruiser ".
Priced at £4015 think of this midsized single as a Buell
that shrunk in the wash!
You can no longer be fired in South Carolina just because you
ride a motorcycle or wear bikers clothing as the General assembly
has amended the 1976 State employment laws.
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