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June 26, 2006 10:49 - Assen MotoGP results

Today's Assen MotoGP saw a battle between Nicky Hayden (Honda) and Colin Edwards (Yamaha) end in victory for Hayden and tragedy for Edwards - a dramatic off-track excursion by Edwards in the final corner handed the win to Hayden, who had himself run off-track on the same lap. Second place went to Kawasaki's Shinya Nakano, while Dani Pedrosa (Honda) took third. Defending champion Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) finished eighth, still riding with a broken bone in his hand - but Rossi was topped by another injured rider, Marco Melandri (Honda), who took seventh barely a week after his horrific crash at Catalunya. Hayden's win extends his lead in the championship points race to 42 points over second-place Pedrosa.

For more info, results, and points, check out the Official MotoGP site. Next race Donnington Park, I will be there!

June 26, 2006 10:41 - 650 cc motorcyles the future?

According to a paper highlighted by the British Motorcycle Federation called "Reduction of Energy Use in Transport',this is the way the European comission are thinking. Their ideas are to restrict the size of motorcycle engines to 650cc, single cylinder and automatic transmission. We are clearly talking about Planet Brussles here, whee everyone is a beaurocrat, sitting around thinking up stupid studies to do. As far as the the automatic transmission is concerned, cars with automatic transmission are far less fuel efficient than normal cars, so why would it be different with motorcycles? The report states that motorcycles emit a lot of pollution and are inefficient on fuel . Being able to get where you want to go in a reasonable time frame through rush hour traffic was clearly not one of their considerations; they also do not take into account the strict Euro 3 emission standards imposed on motorcycles. Read more about the report here

June 24, 2006 10:30 - Hopkins takes pole for Assen MotoGP

Hopkins gets pole 'out of the way', podium next.

After five years of trying, John Hopkins got his debut MotoGP pole position 'out of the way' on Friday at Assen - then promptly turned his attention to securing a debut podium in Saturday's race. The Rizla Suzuki rider had secured six front row starts during his MotoGP career, three of which came in the first eight races of this season, before finally taking his first pole position - which he took by edging out Kawasaki's Shinya Nakano by just 0.013secs in the dying moments of the one hour session. read the full report here

June 24, 2006 07:50 - Big displacement Honda in the pipeline?

There is a rumour in the motorcycle industry that the guys at honda have finally dcided to do something about their big bike range. When Honda introduced the VTX1800 several years ago, it was the biggest bike around. at the time, a v-twin motorcycle this size in production at such a large volume was unheard of. Since the Kawasaki Vulcan 2000, and then the Triumph Rocket III (displacing roughly 2,300cc) has changed the playing field, cruiser enthusiasts no longer think of 1800cc cruisersas "big" Is Honda planning to do more than just catch up and introduce an even larger cruiser? The rumor is that this could happen . Honda supposedly has a range of new models ready for autumn launch. If there is such a bike being developed, and if it is intended as a 2007 model, we may see something as early as this September. Keep watching this space...

June 20, 2006 15:44 - Kawasaki and women in motorcycling

If you are into Kawasaki motorcycles, you're a woman and can get to Athens Georgia next week, check out this conference from Kawasaki...

Join Kawasaki June 30 - July 2 in Athens, Georgia for the AMA/FIM International Women & Motorcycling Conference. As a participating sponsor and leader in motorcycle sales to women, Kawasaki is proud to support America’s women riders, with “confidence inspiring” products such as the Ninja 250 and the all-new critically acclaimed Ninja 650R. Demo Rides Escorted demo rides will be provided daily on a selection of Kawasaki streetbikes. Demo rides tend to fill up fast, so be sure to come early to sign-up! * All riders must have a valid motorcycle license, helmet and appropriate apparel for demo rides. Seminars Don’t miss “Inspire Me”, a seminar on turning your passion for motorcycling into a career path. Learn from the women who have done just that, including Kawasaki’s Public Relations Manager Jan Plessner. Please check your conference schedule for all seminar times and locations.

  •  June 30 - July 2, 2006 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Event
  • Location: The Classic Center 300 N. Thomas Street Athens, Georgia
  • To register for the AMA/FIM International Women Motorcycling Conference please visit For more information, please visit:

Kawasaki are one of the sponsors, but whatever bike you are into it should be an enjoyable informative conference.

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