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Shocking Video Relates to On-Track Assault Charges Against Ex-EBR Racer Niccolò Canepa

European press is reporting that ex-EBR WSB racer Niccolò Canepa (now racing a Ducati for Althea Racing) is facing a criminal charge in court as a result of an incident at a track day at Mugello in September of 2013. The video below has emerged and appears to show Canepa slapping the front brake lever of […]

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Max is Back … Part 2 (with video) – UPDATE – Max Fastest During Friday Practice

The fastest 44-year-old on the planet gets his second wild card of the year at the Sepang WSB round this weekend. After stunning observers by dominating practice earlier this year at Misano, and logging 2 sixth place finishes at the races there, Biaggi will tackle the grueling Sepang circuit that can leave many younger, super-fit riders […]

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Honda Confirms Suzuka Throttle Problem … Apologizes to Casey Stoner

Following the crash that injured Casey Stoner at Suzuka last weekend, which he described as a result of a stuck throttle, Honda has examined the bike and has issued the following brief statement, and apology: “Honda Racing Corporation has carried out a detailed analysis following the crash of Casey Stoner in last weekend’s Suzuka 8 Hour […]

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MD Product Review: Bell Star Carbon Special Edition – William Dunlop Replica

If you think about it, one of the most compelling endorsements a helmet can receive is to be worn by a racer who competes in “real roads” events like the Isle of Man TT.  Roadracers compete among curbs, trees, fences, rocks, and countless other objects—they depend on their helmets to protect them from the same […]

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First Production Victory Electric Motorcycle Unveiled: The Empulse TT

Building on its acquisition of certain assets from Brammo (see our test of the 2013 Brammo Empulse R here), Victory has announced it will put into production the Empulse TT (pictured) as a 2016 model. The Empulse TT follows Victory’s participation in the Isle of Man TT earlier this year with an electric bike. Here […]

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What am I Missing? Has Motorcycle Design Come Full Circle?

No, this article isn’t just an excuse to post photos of a beautiful AC Sanctuary custom. These photos, together with the photo of the Honda CB1100 at the bottom, are simply here to illustrate a point. Designs from the 60s and 70s are the hottest designs of the current market … aren’t they? Take a […]

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Honda’s Nightmare: Stuck Throttle Injures Casey Stoner at Suzuka (with video)

Congratulations to Yamaha (and teammates Pol Espargaro, Bradley Smith and Katsuyuki Nakasuga) for breaking Honda’s string of victories at the Suzuki 8 Hours yesterday. For us, there is an even bigger story coming out of this race. Imagine this — you convince your retired MotoGP star (a company “VIP” so important you would not allow […]

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Honda 2016 CRF1000L Africa Twin: Full English Language Press Release and Specifications

Following our story yesterday, this morning MD received a press release from American Honda providing details on the 2016 CRF1000L Africa Twin, which will be in U.S. dealer showrooms in early 2016 (no pricing available at present). As reported yesterday, the new Africa Twin features a 998 cc parallel twin engine, which should be quite […]

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Image and Video Take Wraps Off New Honda Africa Twin

Together with what is apparently the final video in the series of videos teasing the new Honda Africa Twin, Honda has published in Portugal a final image of the production machine, together with specifications. Here are the photos, specifications, and screen grabs from the video below. A round table discussion between engineers, designers and testers gives us a pretty good […]

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Yamaha Introduces 2016 XSR700: Retro Design Built on FZ-07 Platform

A short while ago, we asked where Yamaha was going with its “Faster Sons” riff. Now we know. Yamaha Europe has announced the production 2016 XSR700 — a bike likely to come to the United States, as well. It shares the 689 cc twin engine with the FZ-07, along with its chassis, suspension and wheels […]


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