Thursday, 28 February 2013

Some motorcycle treats at Bonhams Stafford Sale in April

On Sunday April 28th Bonhams will open the doors to their famous Stafford sale and, as usual they have some interesting and unusual motorcycle gems up for grabs so break open that piggy bank if you want a Vincent or a Brough to zoom around on this summer.

Here's a little preview of what they have for sale this Spring...

Monster Energy Yamaha is GO for 2013 Qatar GP

This coming Saturday the 2013 FIM Motocross World Championship will burst into life under the lights of Losail and the desert night sky, as the very first motorcycle Grand Prix of Qatar launches the eighteen round campaign. It will be a novel and unique way to start the racing season for the premier MX1-GP class (450cc four-stroke machines with the Yamaha YZ450FM as one of the protagonists) and the MX2 division (250cc four-strokes with the fast and capable Yamaha YZ250F and prototype YZ250FM starring).

Rockstar Energy Suzuki get ready for MX series in Qatar

A dash through cool desert evening air awaits the Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe motorcycle race team for the opening of the FIM Motocross World Championship this Saturday night in Qatar.

The first round of eighteen in the 2013 MX2 series will take place on a new track located in the Losail MotoGP complex and both Max Anstie and Julien Lieber, armed with their factory-backed RM-Z250s, will venture into the sand hoping to start their racing campaign shining under the famous lights.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Hopper: A journey into the American Dream - new book out

There's a new book coming out on 19th March about Dennis Hopper (1936-2010) of Easy Rider fame.  It is a hip biography of the iconic American actor, photographer and pop-art collector, who did a lot for motorcycling in the film Easy Rider which became a cult film for a generation.  Written by Tom Folsom in an unconventional style, the book, simply titled Hopper, follows Dennis Hopper's roller coaster life and career as a legend of American popular culture.


Grand Palais a success for Bonhams motorcycle department

The motorcycle market is certainly not depressed for Bonhams Motorcycle section - they made a total sale of €13 million at the Grand Palais in Paris this month.

The top-selling lot was a 1968 Egli-Vincent 998cc Racing Motorcycle at €40,250, while two single-owner motorcycle collections realised a combined total of almost €600,000

The Bonhams Motorcycle department’s second visit to the historic Grand Palais in Paris on Thursday 7th February was a resounding success, with €857,625 realised – more than double the department’s 2011 sale total with 87 per cent sold.

Flitwick motorcycles finalise plans for IOMTT 2013

It's Spring on Friday (hooray) and the Isle of Man TT is inching ever closer. Riders and teams are getting their houses in order and starting to decide on their hopefully winning formulas for the 2013 season. Bedfordshire rider Olie Linsdell and Team Flitwick Motorcycles have finalised their plans for the upcoming 2013 season and here are their thoughts. Team Flitwick Motorcycles will split their attention equally between the classic racing world and modern classes. 2013 will also see the team supply an additional rider with machinery for the first time since Nigel 'Cap' Davies rode the Flitwick machines at the 1999 and 2000 TT races.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Yamaha Factory Racing at Sepang - it's raining!

Yamaha Factory Racing were back in Malaysia today, 26th February, for the first day of the second official test of the 2013 season at the Sepang International Circuit. The riders were able to test throughout the morning but were then forced to call off the remainder of the day’s testing due to rain. Reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo was again quick to get up to pace, managing to complete a total of twenty-five laps before retiring for the day in second position, 0.235 seconds from first. The Mallorcan spent the day focusing on bike set-up in the search for better acceleration from his M1.

AJP Ultrapassar takes over title sponsorship of ACU British Trail Bike Championship

After recent discussions between both the ACU Trials and Enduro Committee and AJP Motorcycles, the ACU Trials and Enduro Committee have announced that AJP Ultrapassar will be the title sponsor for the 2013 ACU British Trail Bike Championship. The championship will now be called the ACU AJP Ultrapassar British Trail Bike Championship and will feature five rounds in the upcoming season. 

Bike of the Week -The Honda XRV750 or Africa Twin motorcycle

The Honda XRV750 Africa Twin motorcycle was one of the first Japanese monster trail/desert rally bikes which you really could take off road, and to this day it is still one of the best and one of the best looking to boot. It was originally based on the NXR-750, a bike which won the Paris Dakar Rally four times in the late eighties.

Monday, 25 February 2013

A win for Team Suzuki's Wayne Maxwell at Phillip Island

Team Suzuki's Wayne Maxwell claimed his debut victory aboard the GSX-R1000 at Phillip Island's 'WSBK Cup' at the weekend; a non-championship event in the 2013 Australian Superbike Championship calendar.

Monday, 18 February 2013

What the MX tracks at Qatar & Thailand will be like for 2013

World Motocross Grand Prix motorcycle track designer Greg Atkins, from series promoters Youthstream, gives an insight into what the World MX1 and MX2 Championship riders and spectators can expect when the 2013 series visits Qatar and Thailand for the first two rounds of this year's eighteen-round series next month.

MCN Motorcycle Show Excel London 2013

Michelin's Revolution Arena
It's the motorcycle show season when our thoughts turn to the green shoots of spring beside the tarmac and those dreams can be made a little more real by visiting the dream bikes in the flesh at the shows which are springing up round the country and the world at this time of year.  Last week we featured the Telford off road and classic show, this week it's the turn of the MCN show in London.

Riding in on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), we passed through the cranes, metal wastes and crazy architecture of Londons Docklands on the way to the MCN motorcycle Show. Packed in on all sides on the train by a dazzling selection of every type of motorcyclist in every shape and size - all buzzing with suppressed excitement about the treat awaiting them in the halls of Excel a few minutes away.

Then after a ten minute hike to Hall nine, there it was in all its glory, the MCN Motorcycle Show 2013 with many happy smiling faces passing through its hallowed portals to see the delights beyond.

Inside was a feast of stands with row after row of shiny motorcycles, the main arena with events on all day, plus motorcycle merchandise, motorcycle adventure holidays, Dakar heroes, what's new and some of what's old - here are just a few of the delights on view...

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Riders for Health to attend BMF shows in 2013

Riders for Health, the official motorcycle charity of MotoGP™, have added two new UK motorcycle shows to their events calendar for 2013:
  • The British Motorcyclists Federation (BMF) Show, 18th-19thMay
  • BMF Tailend, 14th-15th September, both to be held at the Peterborough Arena (formerly The East of England Show ground)

Riders for Health will have a stand in the new Adventure and Overland Touring area at both BMF Shows, with information about their off-road fundraising ride to Zambia.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

BMW is recruiting apprentices

The BMW Group is looking for over one hundred and fifty young people from across the UK, with a passion for the motor industry to take up apprenticeships available through its company and dealership schemes in 2013. The new recruits will join nearly four hundred existing apprentices currently undergoing training across the company’s UK operations, and within its BMW and MINI dealer network.  Applications must be in by March 1st 2013 - that's in a couple of weeks time.

2013 Rockstar Energy MX1 Suzukis!

Here are the first official Team Suzuki Racing photos of the 2013 Factory
RM-Z450 motocross machines that Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1 riders Clement Desalle and new team-mate Kevin Strijbos will race in this year's FIM World MX1 Championship.

Win a place with Riders for Health Experience Africa raffle at MCN Show

Riders for Health are launching their most exciting raffle yet to give away a free place on their Experience Africa off-road adventure ride to Zambia in 2014. The raffle, which will be launched at MCN Motorcycle Show 15th-17th February, will raise money for the organisations’ life-saving work in Africa.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

A win for Suzuki at San Diego Stadium

Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki's Davi Millsaps dominated Saturday night's sixth round of the AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championship at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California with a victory aboard his RM-Z450.

Millsaps - who has led the series from the first-round in Anaheim in January - increased his lead in the 17-round series to 19 points as 250cc-class team-mate Jason Anderson brought home a podium and third-placed finish in the 250 Main Event.

A motorcycle season warm-up in Telford


The Telford Classic Off Road and Road Racing Show

Last weekend was the Telford Classic Off Road and Road Racing Show - John Newman went along to see what was what and here is his report on the Show.

"Telford has an International Centre!" Exclaimed my friend, with the kind of mocking incredulity that might greet an announcement that you were considering moving to Milton Keynes.


It has a very fine International Centre, and on a cold, drizzly and dreary February Saturday a good crowd queued patiently to pay their twelve quid entry to this show announced as 'the largest racing show in Europe'.  They came to gaze and photograph an array of competition machinery, wander the numerous stands, listen to an engine chorus of race bikes of yesteryear being cranked up for just the sheer pleasure of the noise, and hear a succession of champion racers and pundits in conversation and being interviewed. There was a feeling of 'let's get this winter over and get on with our bike sport' buzzing around.

Monday, 11 February 2013

I love mopeds, so I built my own...

Jerry putting his 'Coccinella' (ladybird) through her paces outside Wemoto
Here is a unique and cool rebuild story from Jerry, motorcycle and moped lover extraordinare - and what a beautiful machine he has built.  He came in to see us with it at Wemoto last week and here is the story in his own words...

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Win a Shoei GT-Air helmet

Shoei helmets are giving away a brand new GT-Air in a free to enter Facebook competition.

To celebrate the release of their new GT-Air Sports Touring helmet with new Internal Visor, Shoei will be giving away a model of their choice, to one lucky Facebook fan.

The GT-Air is not available in-store in the UK until March, but one Facebook winner will be the first in the UK to own one. It was launched at last year’s ‘Motorcycle Live’ show.

To enter visit the “ShoeiHelmetsUK” Facebook page, 'like' the page and follow the simple instructions. Shoei will then pick one lucky person at random on the 28th February to receive a brand new GT-Air helmet of their choice.


Bike of the week - Suzuki GSX-R750

The Suzuki GSX-R750, AKA Slingshot or Gixxer, is a motorcycle which has been popular ever since it first appeared on the scene and has been evolving and getting better all the way through its life. This motorcycle was destined for greatness and has never looked back.  Here is a little bit about its life story from 1985 to the present day...

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

KMZ-M72, the motorcycle from Ukraine which ended up in Poland

An adventurous friend of ours at Wemoto has moved from Cornwall to set up home in Poland and, like all of us, he is a lover of the interesting motorcycle... here is the story of his latest purchase, a KMZ-M72, in his own words and pictures - thank you Rob...

Monday, 4 February 2013

Lieber forced out of Le Touquet motorcycle beach race

Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe's Julien Lieber was forced out of the 37th Enduropale Du Touquet on Sunday after colliding with a lapped rider and damaging his engine oil reservoir.

Behind the scenes with FIXI Crescent Suzuki in Spain

FIXI Crescent Suzuki World Superbike Team Manager Paul Denning talks about the behind-the-scenes preparation on the 2013 Yoshimura-powered GSX-R1000 and the recent tests in Spain with riders Leon Camier and Jules Cluzel.

Spanish Reiju UK launches new motorcycle

The Spanish brand, Rieju has just launched a new naked version of its popular RS3 sports series. The new motorcycle has a Yamaha 4-valve, 4-stroke liquid cooled engine with 15PS and chunky Ø 41mm Paioli inverted forks combined with a compact dual-perimeter chassis and a huge cast alloy swing-arm.