The National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) has reported the continuation of positive growth in the UK motorcycle market. “It is positive to see that the motorcycle market has continued to grow, with dealers reporting a 10.7 per cent increase in registrations in May”, said Stephen Latham, the association’s head. Registrations in May closely resemble the average market increase of 11.3 per cent through the first quarter of 2015.
Honda will put the real-world fuel economy of its super-efficient 1.6 i-DTEC engine to the ultimate test in an 8,500 mile drive across all 24 contiguous EU countries, with the aim of setting a new Guinness World Records title for fuel efficiency. On Monday 1st June 2015, two members of Honda’s European Research & Development (R&D) team will climb into a Honda Civic Tourer and set out on an epic journey from Aalst, Belgium. Heading towards the Netherlands and Germany, their trip will see them navigate the Continent in a clockwise direction, with the aim of returning to their starting point some 25 days later, on June 25th, having covered a planned total of 13,614km.
Recalls of motor vehicles models posing a serious safety risk are at their highest since 2010, according to an analysis by international law firm Pinsent Masons. Research conducted by the firm found that in 2014, 195 recalls for motor vehicle models were issued, more than at any point in the last five years.
Honda has once again retained its crown as the UK’s most reliable used car manufacturer, scooping top spot in research conducted by What Car? and Warranty Direct for the ninth consecutive year. The independent research analysed 50,000 live Warranty Direct policies for cars between three and eight years old, to give a Reliability Index of […]
“It is encouraging to see that the motorcycle market has got off to a positive start, with dealers reporting an 11 per cent increase in January registrations”, said Stephen Latham, head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) which represents motorcycle retailers across the UK.
Honda Racing Corporation’s Hiroshi Aoyama has told MotoGP’s official website that his first contact with Michelin’s tyres – at Sepang testing at the end of 2014 – made him feel “comfortable”. He added that while conditions were hot, and he would want to improve the bike’s interaction with Michelin’s rubber, “tyre performance was already quite good.”
Honda builds vehicles at nine manufacturing facilities in the US, and has received original equipment tyres from Bridgestone Americas for many years. To honour the tyre maker’s green efforts, at its 22nd annual Environmental, Safety and Ergonomics Symposium, Honda acknowledged Bridgestone’s Wilson (North Carolina) tyre plant with three ‘Green Factory Environmental Achievement Recognitions’. Honda recognised the Wilson facility in three categories: energy reduction, natural resources and pollution prevention.
Yokohama says its BluEarth range demonstrates its commitment to reducing its environmental impact globally. The BluEarth AE-01 tyre encompasses much of Yokohama’s environmental technology and experience. The company pioneered “Orange Oil technology”, in which oil from the skin of citrus fruit is used to replace mineral ingredients in the tyre itself, reducing the petroleum-based constituents […]
“September marked another stable month with a 6.4 per cent growth for the motorcycle market.” said Stephen Latham, Head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) which represents motorcycle retailers across the UK. In total, 757 more machines were registered in September 2014 than in September 2013, however it was expected there would have been a higher demand on the back of the new 14-plate change.
Honda (UK)’s Mean Mower (#meanmower) has officially broken the Guinness World Records title for the fastest lawnmower, averaging 116.57 mph, to break the previous record by almost 30mph. The successful Guinness World Records attempt took place under the watchful eye of a Guinness World Records Adjudicator at the IDIADA Proving Ground, in Tarragona, Spain, on […]
Pirelli supplied three separate winners with its softer compound Superbike SC1 slick tyres on front and rear in a dramatic trio of Oulton Superbike races. BSB legend Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne took a historic 50th series win, while Josh Brookes and Alex Lowes also booked their places in the coveted Showdown, reserved for the top six riders to battle for the title. Pirelli racing manager Jason Griffiths commented: “We witnessed some fantastic racing over the weekend here at Oulton Park which produced three worthy winners. The crowd and TV viewers were certainly treated to some of the best racing I’ve seen and it was also great to again see five manufacturers in the top five at times. From our point of view it was fantastic to see race fastest laps logged so late in the races, again proving the performance and durability of the soft compound Superbike Diablo slicks.”
Two biking fanatics have received prizes from Bridgestone’s motorcycle team, responding to contests conducted at a recent motorcycle festival, and on the company’s social networking pages. Katrina Rex beat dozens of men to win a set of premium Bridgestone radial bike tyres at the recent Shropshire Bike Festival, holding out tyres on her outstretched arms for a longer period of time than anyone else. Meanwhile, Steve Trudgeon from St Austell triumphed in a Bridgestone Facebook competition, earning a place at the Honda Ron Haslam Race School at Donington.
Shane “Shakey” Byrne rode his Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki to two victories over Tyco Suzuki’s Josh Brookes this weekend at Knockhil, as British Superbike tyre supplier Pirelli ran its new for 2013 SC1 Diablo Superbike rear tyre. In qualifying with a 48.333 second lap for pole position Byrne beat his young rival Brookes by just 0.010 seconds. Brookes managed to set the fastest race lap too, at 48.769 seconds, and Pirelli has pointed out that this was achieved on the new SC1 rear tyre on the penultimate 29th lap – a statistic that speaks highly of the tyre’s durable performance.
Jorge Lorenzo took his Yamaha to a second successive MotoGP victory on Sunday, as tyre management came into play in sweltering conditions at the Circuit de Catalunya. Several riders crashed out as a result of reduced front-end grip, and Lorenzo spoke of the challenge provided by the conditions: “Today was the hottest race this year and physically it was very hard.” He later suggested to Autosport.com that the front tyre may have been “too soft”, while adding that the riders were requesting harder compounds from tyre supplier, Bridgestone. Shinji Aoki, manager of Bridgestone Motorsport’s Tyre Development Department, pointed out that all works riders had chosen to use the softer rear slick, which he said had performed well given the harsh conditions.
The first Isle of Man TT Supersport race once again saw Dunlop riders take 1st, 2nd and 3rd places on the podium – with Michael Dunlop continuing his winning streak using the latest road legal Dunlop D212 GP PRO tyres that were launched earlier this year. Michael Dunlop was joined by his brother on the podium, with William Dunlop taking third place and Bruce Anstey coming in second, 10 seconds behind Michael.