Friday, 25 May 2012

Motorcycles save lives

Spirit of Sport Award

Riders for Health is the official charity and Associate Member of the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) and MotoGP  and has just been nominated for the Annual Spirit of Sport Award. This Award was started to commend the work of humanitarian Sport Accord members and recognise their dedication to helping others through the use of sport as a tool for positive change in the world. 

Riders for Health had its birth in the Grand Prix racing paddock in the 1980s and is supported by motorcyclists from all round the world. It operates in Africa using mainly motorcycles, as well as some ambulances and other four wheeled vehicles, to help local health workers deliver health care to isolated villages.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

It's in the bag

Bricking it

Volvo cars have long had the reputation of being built like a or simply of looking like a brick on wheels.  This design has traditionally been considered by motorcyclists to be not particularly friendly to other road users, as the Volvo mainly consists of sharp corners and angles which don't look as though they would be very comfortable to get acquainted with at speed! Although the passengers and drivers in the car may feel safe inside their framework cocoon and surrounded by multiple airbags it doesn't necessarily imply the same level of safety for anyone they come into contact with on the road.  But perhaps, due to a new airbag, the times they are a on if you are intrigued....

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Kneen is Keen at NW200

Personal best for Kneen at NW200

Manx rider Dan Kneen had his best ever results at the NW200 road races in Northern Ireland on Saturday. He was never out of the top ten on his GSXR600 Suzuki, sponsored by, and finished eighth round the 8.9 mile circuit.

IN the first race he was engaged in a power struggle with Ben Wylie and Ian Hutchinson but kept them successfully at arm's length and came in to finish the six lap race 0.7s clear of Wylie.

The second race saw Dan staying in touch with Johnson throughout the race and he was rewarded at the end of six tough laps with another eighth place finish.

Classic good looks

MoT scrapped for old timers

Good news for all classic vehicle owners - from November 18th this year they are going to be exempt from taking the annual MoT test. This decision has come about thanks to already existing European legislation which says that the MoT is not necessary for classic vehicles.  There has been extensive public consultation about this new proposal and the public have demonstrated a high level of support for scrapping the MoT for pre 1960 vehicles.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Interesting Visitors - SR 500

The owner who spent many years customising this SR 500 was kind enough to let us take a photo of his bike as he bought some bits at our trade counter.

Parked next to a Bros belonging to a member of staff

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Pilot Scheme

Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade joins RAF reserves

Honda (UK) are supporting the RAF Reserves racing project for 2012 as they compete in the British Superstock 1000 Championship with the popular and ever-successful Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade.  The stock Honda Fireblade, and a selection of performance racing parts, are being supplied by Honda (UK).

20 this year - Happy Birthday Fireblade!

The Honda Fireblade is celebrating its 20th birthday this year and has obviously reached its prime! It is popular with both professional and amateur racers because of its great pedigree - it has an almost unparalleled success rate including three British Superbikes titles, 14 TT wins and a World Superbike Championship title.

The RAF Reserves Racing team are taking a huge step up this year as they take on the best Superstock 1000 racers in the country in the support series for the British Superbike Championship.  They are putting their faith in a Senior aircraftsman Tom Gazzard who rides for the team when he is not maintaining Tornado GR4's ready for service in Afghanistan. The teams' dedication to all things fast, their great attitude to racing and their desire for community building all appeal to Honda (UK).

Lee Harvey, the RAF Reserves Racing team manager is delighted with the support the team are receiving, saying: "It is fantastic to have the backing of Honda (UK) and Honda Racing. Even though all technical aspects of the project are handled by ourselves day to day, it is great to know that we are starting with the most competitive machinery out there and that we can call on the huge amount of experience Honda Racing have when we need advice."

Honda (UK) says...

Neil Tuxworth, Manager of Honda Racing says: "The team have such a good attitude towards racing and view it as an opportunity to build a sense of community. This is what we at Honda believe it is all about and was the primary reason we decided to support this project. Moving into the Superstock 1000 championship is a big step up for the team as it is such a competitive series but it will be a great experience and hopefully they can begin to challenge towards the end of the season."

North by Northwest

Racing this week at the Northwest 200

Dan Kneen – sponsored by is competing today in the
Northwest 200 Northern Irish road race.

The North West 200, now in its 83rd year, attracts thousands of fans of
road racing from all corners of the world to Northern Ireland's beautiful
north coast.
The circuit is nine-miles long and the two race days see the best riders
in the world compete at speeds approaching 200m with their fans lining
the route to watch.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Team 'Past it' to race at IOMTT

 Pensioner Power

Some of the World's fastest TT racers have a couple of challengers this year. Two pensioners who sold their croft in Aberdeenshire in Scotland in order to buy a high performance 600cc superbike with a sidecar are entering the Isle of Man TT this month. 

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Honda CBR900RR Fireblade

The Honda CBR900RR Fireblade

This cool sports motorcycle beat all its rivals when it came out, mainly due to its lighter weight which gave it the edge on speed even though it wasn't necessarily more powerful. Its competitors were mainly over 200kg in weight, while the Honda Fireblade weighed in at just 185kg, a featherweight by comparison. To this day it remains a practical bike and a fun ride at the same time.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Bikers of Britain Competition

Motorcycle models

Motorcycle Live, the UK's biggest bike show, needs YOU! Entries are being invited for 25 people to be part of the online advertising campaign for Motorcycle Live. The great thing is that they are looking for 'people' - not models or celebrities - but real humans just like you, from any walk of life, of any shape and size and from anywhere in the British biking community.

The 25 successful candidates will take part in a photo shoot at the Silverstone Day of Champions in June and their pictures will then feature in the advertising campaign, both in print and online, for Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham 24th November - 2nd December. Read on if you want to find out how to enter....

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Isle of Manhole

Mastic fantastic

A company called R&B UK JT has linked up with Michael Rutter of British Superbike fame to promote their new product to improve motorbike safety. The unromantic seeming, but sound product, is a new motorbike friendly manhole cover!  Slippery manhole covers are the bane of motorcyclists lives - especially in the icy winter months or when it is wet.  They make braking difficult and can lead to skids and accidents. Recently motorcycle action groups have put pressure on manufacturers in the industry to try to solve this problem and it looks as though this company might have come up with a solution. The newly developed Tuftac cover embeds a special mastic asphalt (MA) onto the cover before it is laid on the road so that traction is much better for bike wheels and because it is recessed it doesn't wear out so quickly.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Get On and go to San Marino

Are you going to San Marino....?

If, like Mr Toad, you like the joys of the open road but have never got round to taking your bike test, or perhaps even having a go on a motorbike, now is a good time to start. Red Dwarf actor Danny John-Jules is looking for three people to join him on a journey from London to the San Marino Motogp in Misano, Italy  in September this year. The only criterion is that you must not already hold a motorbike licence!

The trip is being organised by MotoVentures' Challenge 125 and the training will be provided free by the Get On campaign. You'll get two free paddock passes, £125 to spend on the way and a free motorbike, jacket, helmet and gloves - what a way to start riding on the trip of a lifetime!

Robocar goes solo!

Google, the internet giant, has just pulled off another first and managed to get a licence to road test its new prototype driverless car on the road without a human being aboard.  Although at the moment the car is only licensed to drive in Nevada - where, lets face it, there isn't much to hit for many miles apart from the odd Roadrunner (meep meep) - this is still a very significant first.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012




What's in a name?


Even though the name is a bit Star Wars (C-3P0) and not particularly racy, friendly or sleek, the collection of numbers and letters that is its moniker, can't hide the character of the Honda CBR600F once you get to know it.

The Honda CBR600F first appeared in 1987 and remained in production until 2006. During that time this great bike sold close on quarter of a million across Europe and was very popular in Britain due to its really versatile nature. Equally capable of delivering commuters safely to work in the city, navigating rough back roads or, taking its rider to far flung destinations, it proved to be, and still is, a really popular and useful bike. It was even a success in the Supersport 600 class on the track which added to its kudos

Its reputation is that of a user-friendly and responsive motorcycle which, regardless of the experience of the rider, will do what it is told. It is also a comfortable bike with a good riding position and corners really well even in the wet. Its mix of budget with quality has always been an attractive proposition.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Motorcycle Metropolis

Nearly all the candidates in the mayoral election are behind motorcycling as one of the solutions to the capital's transport problems. Both Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone are enthusiastic about motorcycling and have shown their support in the policies that they have introduced. Ken Livingstone exempted motorcycles and scooters from congestion charge when he was Mayor, in an attempt to get commuters to choose a motorbike instead of a car when coming to work, and has promised to keep that policy in force if he gets elected.  Boris Johnson has confirmed his policy to let motorcycles use bus lanes on the Transport for London Road Network as a practical measure to help motorcyclists move thorough London more easily and safely and keep traffic flowing smoothly.