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Alpinestars gloves score top safety rating

Alpinestars GP Plus R2 motorcycle gloves (pictured) have become only the second pair of gloves to be awarded a full five stars for safety by MotoCAP. The internationally awarded safety and thermal comfort ratings system for motorcycle clothing has added 15 more gloves to its list of tested gear. The Australian safety intitiative, launched in September 2018, is the first …

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BMW joins motorcycle manufacturing halt

The coronavirus pandemic has halted motorcycle manufacturing in the USA and Europe with BMW Motorrad the latest to temporarily stop assembly lines. BMW Motorrad has halted manufacturing at its Spandau factory n Berlin and G 310 production is now only hold after the TVR plant that makes them in India shut down on 23 March 2020 for …

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Harley-Davidson suspend production

Harley-Davidson has joined several other motorcycle manufacturers in temporarily suspending production due to the pandemic threat. The company announced it will suspend the majority of its production at its US manufacturing facilities until March 29 after an employee at their Pilgrim Rd, Milwaukee, plant tested positive for Covid-19. Ducati has extended its factory closure until …

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Virus forces motorcycle factory closures

The list of motorcycle factory closures due to the coronavirus pandemic is growing daily. Ducati has now announced it will extend the closure of its factory in Bologna until 25 March 2020 and Brembo and Yamaha have closed their European factories. Moto Morini, KTM, Husqvarna and GasGas had already closed their factories in Italy and Austria. …

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MV Agusta continues amid pandemic

While the pandemic is closing some motorcycle factories in Europe, MV Agusta in Lombardy, the epicentre of the Italian coronavirus contagion, continues production. KTM, Husqvarna and GasGas will close their Austrian factories at the end of the month for two weeks and Moto Morini in Italy has already temporarily closed. The Piaggio Group – owner of Aprilia, Moto …

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Coronavirus panic hits motorcycling

As panic buying sets in over the coronavirus, bans are placed on large gatherings and Italy goes into lockdown, motorcycling looks set to be one of the victims. MotoGP and World Superbikes are scrambling to reschedule their calendar, factories are scaling down and accessories such as helmets may soon become short in supply. (THIS ARTICLE …

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Covid-19 could impact bike manufacture

Ducati and Piaggio (Aprilia, Vespa, Moto Guzzi) have closed their museums due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus (coronavirus) in Italy, but their factories are still operating. Chinese motorcycle factories were closed for a prolonged period over the Chinese Lunar New Year, but many, including Honda and CFMoto, have now restarted. In the case …

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Eric Bana stars as Mike ‘The Bike’ Hailwood

Aussie movie star, passionate motorcycle rider and motoring fan Eric Bana will play Mike “The Bike” Hailwood in a movie based on the legendary racer’s life. Bana will also write and direct the film about the legendary racer who retired from racing bikes in 1967 after 12 Isle of Man TT victories and returned to …

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Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special review

Ducati is running out its current Scrambler 1100 models which will be replaced later this year by the restyled PRO and PRO Sport. As is often the case with the introduction of new models, the current models are being run out at very attractive discounts. And they are such a good buy because the only …

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MV Agusta plans Elefant adventurer

MV Agusta has been promising for some time that it will move into new fields such as small-capacity bikes and adventure bikes and now it has a name for the latter – Elefant. The Italian company has applied for the trademark for Elefant which is Italian for elephant. It also comes from the famous Cagiva …

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