Harley Davidson Riders Club Northern Ireland – May Day Weekend Rally.

The Harley Davidson Riders Club Northern Ireland are holding their 2010 May Day Weekend rally running from April 30th – May 2nd.  It will take place at Dromore Rugby club, Dromore, CoDown, and any Harley, Indian or Victory riders are most welcome to attend.  Check out their poster below and for further details you can visit their website.  You’ll also find contact details for the club on our UK Bike Clubs page.

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Yamaha Super Tenere Adventure Tour Could Feature ..YOU

RTWW got a Super Tenere Newsflash this morning and it sounds like Yamaha are organising a dream ride-out for a very good cause.  The message reads;

Are you ready to Go Beyond on one of our five Super Ténéré bikes?

To celebrate the launch of the new Super Ténéré, we’re organising an adventure ride like no other.

We’re calling it Ride for Life 2010. It’s a long-haul, continent-hopping adventure that will see five new 2010 Yamaha Super Ténéré bikes go all the way from France to North Africa.

Ride for Life starts in Paris, on May 4th 2010 where Yamaha Dakar legends will kick off the ride. They’ll be taking the Super Ténéré squadron as far as Lisbon, Portugal. Then it could be your turn.

Guided by Yamaha Dakar star Helder Rodrigues (4th in Dakar 2010), you’ll be riding from the Portuguese capital down to the North African coast, and through Morocco – towards your final destination, the exotic and ancient city of Marrakech. Yamaha will then donate these 5 Super Ténéré bikes to the Riders for Health organisation.

As a bike born on the Paris-Dakar rally – where previous Super Ténéré bikes won multiple titles during the 80s and 90s – it’s a chance for the new Super Ténéré to return to its roots.

Five riders will make that happen! Could you be one of them? Do you have your motorcycle license for more than five years and are you the adventurous type we are looking for, then click www.super-tenere.com/ride-for-life and find out how you could become one of the members of the Ride For Life 2010 team.

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The New Suzuki GSX1250FA on Video.

Below we’ve got a couple of videos featuring the new Suzuki GSX1250FA.  Early word on the bike is very positive with the general consensus being that it’s a good all-rounder capable of commuting, weekend blasting, and touring.  Also it’s the price that’s drawing most attention with the UK price tag of £6795 which is more than reasonable for a bike with the GSX1250FA’s spec.  The first video is Suzuki’s own glossy teaser for the bike, and the second is from MCNs brief try of the bike at its launch in Spain.

RTWW featured the Suzuki GSX1250FA in an earlier post here.

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New Ride The Wild Wind Information Page – The UK Bike Test

On the navigation tabs above you’ll find a new page featuring information about The UK Bike Test.  Yes the dreaded UK Bike Test, the one that breaks arms, almost causes fatalities, etc etc.  While the test may change at some point and a recent government committee reported huge flaws in its implementation and execution (RTWW reported on that here) for now we’re stuck with it and it’s not an insurmountable task.

With good training and a cool head the test is passable and hopefully the collection of DSA videos we’re featuring on the UK Bike Test page will help.  RTWW is in no way justifying the new test or the scandalous way it was introduced leading to jobs losses at training companies, but the future of UK biking will be badly affected by the loss of tens of thousands of new bikers that have turned away from taking the test in the last several months.

Motorcycling is under attack from so many different angles at the minute from Brussels Buffoons and some of our own Government expenses rich rip-off  merchants, that RTWW wouldn’t want the next excuse to curtail motorcycling to be that the lack of people becoming bikers shows it to be a ‘niche hobby’ and therefore ends up being restricted to a track.  I know that sounds a bit heavy but we have to defend and nurture our lifestyle, because if we don’t I don’t have faith that the organisations that are supposed to are up to the job.

So check out the new test, sign up, pass it and get out there on your first big bike.  Ride Safe and have a great weekend!

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The Motorcyclist’s Ultimate Solution for Tail-gating Car Drivers

30-year-old Lincolnshire resident Colin Fruze is an innovative chap.  Sick of car drivers trying to mow him down he has fitted a flamethrower to the back of his scooter!  Initially tested on a BMX the 12 foot stream of fire is activated by a button on the handle bar.  You’d think the host of buttons on BMW’s new RT1200 should most certainly include something like this!

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Pay How Much for a Yamaha Fazer8 & FZ8!?!?!?

Help I’m Choking!!!……cough……cough…… Ok better now, but still a bit light-headed.

Why the drama?  Yamaha have just officially released the UK pricing for their new Fazer8 and FZ8 models.  Now before I cause you all minor heart attacks let’s look again at the bikes in question.

The new Fazer8 is Yamaha’s new 779cc middle-weight sports bike.  It’s half-faired for a bit of weather protection, comes with ABS, and is built around an aluminium frame to keep its weight in check.

The FZ8 is the Fazer’s naked cousin with all the same spec just minus the fairing, and personally I prefer the look of it to the Fazer8.

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Now to the heart-stopping stuff.  The Price for the Fazer8 is £8799, and the FZ8 is £7799!  Come on now pick yourself up off the floor.

The last time I used the ‘Pay how much’ title for an article was for another Yamaha, the Super-Tenere and its eye-watering £13499 price tag.  However while the Super-Tenere is in a class of similarly priced machines, the Fazer8 and FZ8 have priced themselves out of the market for middle weight sports bikes.  The list of similar, or better, machines that are £1000, or more, less than the Fazer list price is too long to mention here, but a good example comes from a story we did at the start of the week on Suzuki’s new GSX1250FA, a fully-faired, ABS included, 1255cc sports tourer priced at £6995.

Yamaha is supposedly in financial difficulty …. pricing bikes like this won’t help.

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KTM Freeride, Electric Super Motos

The picture above was a leak of KTMs new electric moto and supermoto bikes which sprung from a German Motorcycling magazine ahead of their unveiling at the Tokyo Motorshow later this week.  Visor Down as now got its hands on more pics which you can find on their web site.  KTM’s sudden entrance into the electric bike market is a big boost for E-bikes given the status of the well known manufacturer.  No doubt ZERO motorcycles will be looking long and hard at both the spec and pricing of KTM’s offerings.

Check out Visor Down’s pictures here.

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