Ducati and Benelli at UK Motorcycle and Scooter Show


Two of the world's biggest bike names are showcasing their 2008 models at this year's International Motorcycle and Scooter Show.

Ducati is appearing for the first time since 2005, while fellow Italian bike maker Benelli is making its show debut.

This means the UK's biggest two-wheeled show will play host to the most phenomenal selection of bikes ever to appear in Britain, when the show opens next month.

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Takeover Husqvarna Motorcycles by BMW Motorrad Finally Complete


Following the signing of the contract by the current president of BMW Motorrad, Dr Herbert Diess, (member of the board of BMW AG since 01/10/2007), and Claudio Castiglioni in Milan yesterday, the new managers of Husqvarna Motorcycles have today been named.

Rainer Thoma is in charge of Business Operations (development, production and sales) and Thomas Moser of purchasing, finances und personnel. Both were previously employed in managing positions at BMW Motorrad and BMW AG respectively.

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Motorcycles with Storage Space will Sell Better


Vietnamese motorcycle producers are rushing to re-design their bikes: it is expected that motorcycles with larger storage space will sell better in the time to come.

As of December 15, 2007, motorcycle drivers in Vietnam all must wear helmets, and drivers need a space to keep their helmets, while the current motorcycles do not have storage space large enough. Customers now tend to purchase scooters instead of regular motorcycles partially because scooters all have large under the seat storage space.

Motorcycle producers say that they had polled customers and found that customers would purchase motorcycles with larger storage space for helmets among two models with the same function and price. The finding has prompted producers to design motorbikes with larger storage space.

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Introducing Honda 2008 Motorcycle Models


Honda Motor announced its new 2008 motorcycle models. The models are on display at the Paris International Motorcycle Show, which is part of the Paris International Two-Wheel Show that opened on Saturday, September 29, in Paris, France.

This year the CBR1000RR super sports bike, popular for its high performance and stylish design, has undergone a full model change, featuring the latest in advanced technologies honed in Honda's MotoGP (FIM* Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix) machines. The engine and frame construction have been changed along with the fairing design for weight reduction and greater concentration of mass.

Also sporting a makeover this year is the XL700V Transalp, the dual-purpose sports model fitted with a 2-cylinder, V-twin engine that delivers powerful low- to mid-range torque for outstanding performance in all riding conditions. The Transalp's engine displacement has been increased from 650cc to 700cc for improved acceleration, and the headlight redesigned for a more aggressive look.

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BMW Introduces HP2 Sport Sportbike at Paris Motorshow


Saturday at the Paris Motorcycle Show, BMW Motorrad introduced the third motorcycle in its HP2 (High Performance two-cylinder) series, the Sport, a highly-modified version of the R 1200 S, which is raced in the MOTO-ST endurance series.

The HP2 Sport keep the 1170cc (101.0 x 73.0mm bore x stroke), air-and-oil-cooled, opposed Twin ("Boxer") engine of the R 1200 S, but the engine has been fitted with chain-driven, double overhead cams in place of the High Cam and push rod configuration of the R 1200 S.

Each of the horizontal camshafts actuates one 39.0mm (up from 36mm) intake and one 33mm (up from 31mm) exhaust valve via a "drag lever." Shims under the "drag lever" are used to adjust valve clearance. The four valves in each cylinder head are arranged in a radial fashion. The new cylinder heads also get revised intake porting and carbon covers with replaceable, hard plastic slider/protectors. New forged pistons and new connecting rods are used in the HP2 Sport, but compression ratio remains 12.5:1. While the use of higher-octane fuel is required, only a single spark plug is needed for ignition for each cylinder.

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Yamaha Motorcycles New Models 2008


Yamaha unveiled it's exciting new range of 2008 Power Two Wheeler's and scooter range about 10 days ago.

This year Yamaha has something for everyone, whether you are track inspired, want to take your adventures off road or are looking for smart city commuting solutions.

We have picked out three of our hero products but for the full overview visit the 2008 Motorcycles and Scooters overview page, please see the link at the bottom of this feature, where you can see at a glance what has been launched this autumn.

Catch the extreme. Using Yamaha's racing heritage and passion for being first, the new YZF-R6 is bursting with refinements and technology taken from the track.

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Steven Tyler Launches Red Wing Motorcycle Company


Steven Tyler (lead singer of Aerosmith), in collaboration with Mark Dirico and AC Custom Motorcycles, today launched Red Wing Motorcycle Company. Red Wing Motorcycles are the fusion of rock and roll artistry and superior engineering. Imbued with Tyler's sense of style, each motorcycle is as comfortable to ride as it is sexy.

Tyler's artistic vision drove the outrageous design of the custom motorcycles, each hand crafted and hand signed by the legendary rock star.

"You get on one of these bikes and you can ride for days," Tyler said. "These bikes are sick, rugged, and just damn cool. And they're amazing to look at."

These motorcycles were made to ride. With a 35% increase in horsepower to the rear wheel compared to a stock Harley Davidson, and every inch handcrafted and tailor engineered, they are as hot to drive as they are to look at.

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Yamaha look to the future with important Motegi test


Fiat Yamaha Team riders Valentino Rossi and Colin Edwards had no time to dwell on the disappointment of last weekends Japanese Grand Prix, getting back out on track today for another one-day test. With the championship now decided, Rossi and Edwards are both focused on ending the season on a high-note with three good races, and it was with this in mind that the riders put in some valuable tyre work today with Michelin.

Rossi also had the chance to try two new prototype chassis for the 2008 YZR-M1, although he continued to use the latest evolution engine, the same as he ran in weekend's race. Sharing the track with just five other riders, Edwards put in the second fastest time of 1'47.947 whilst Rossi was fourth fastest with a lap of 1'48.213. There is now a two-week break for the paddock before MotoGP heads to Phillip Island for the Australian Grand Prix.

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Suzuki India Motorcycles Boost Production Output


Suzuki Motorcycle India, a subsidiary of Japanese motorcycle giant Suzuki Motor Corporation, proposes to invest to expand capacity and strengthen its dealership network in India, a senior company official on Monday said. India is one of Asia's biggest motorcycle markets, just coming second after China.

"We plan to double our manufacturing capacity from the present, double our dealership network from 145 in the next two-year period," Suzuki Motorcycle India Managing Director Satya Sheel told reporters after unveiling the Suzuki Access 125 model here.

Presently, Suzuki Motor Corporation (Japan) holds 74 per cent equity stake, while its Indian partner has 26 per cent share. Earlier, Suzuki Motorcycle India had invested largely in the last two years, Sheel said, adding the company has no plans to tap the capital market in the near future.

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Casey Stoners Talent Paid Off


If not as instantly recognizable as most famous sport stars, Australia's Casey Stoner was every bit the child genius as those champions were from the moment he could walk.

Stoner competed in his first motorbike race at just four years old. On Sunday, the 21-year-old sensationally wrapped up the MotoGP world title with three races of the season left. He became Australians first world champion since Mick Doohan won the last of his five 500cc crowns in 1998 and also the second youngest premier-class champion in the sport's history.

Stoner's sixth-place finish at the Japanese Grand Prix completed an meteoric rise to stardom for the baby-faced rider. Even at 18 months old, when most infants are tottering on their feet, Stoner was getting blisters from riding a motorbike on the family farm at Niangala in New South Wales.

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