Are KTM lining up a Ducati buy?

KTM boss Stefan Pierer: Ducati would suit us well.

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During an interview with the German motorsport website, Stefan Pierer, owner & CEO of KTM and Husqvarna, expressed his interest in the motorcycle brand Ducati. Asked about the enormous takeover price that current owner Audi will ask for a possible sale, the wealthy Austrian replies that it is not so much the price, but that engine brands might be better prepared for the future through cooperation.

Although the Indian partners Bajaj (49% owner of KTM) had wanted to buy Triumph Pierer said that’s not an option.

I have an emotional relationship with Ducati (…) The only brand that suits us is Ducati, everything else you can forget.” MV Agusta is too small, because of the diesel affair and e-mobility will soon have different priorities than a motor factory. (…) Of course it would be interesting in our group to have such a brand: it is not about the price, but about: when everyone realizes what situation he is in. “New homologation challenges are waiting for us. (…) And there is demographic development in Europe as well – today you have to go to Asia with a motorcycle company, to India If you are not successful there, you are ultimately So it’s not about the purchase price at Ducati, but the question: How can we become stronger together?

Strikingly enough, Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess recently mentioned a merger with another brand as a real option for Ducati: “I can also imagine a merger or a collaboration with other brands, Ducati simply as a motorcycle icon within the VW company. is not enough.” 

Will it ever happen? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Harley-Davidson In The City Motorcycle Festival

Venue and date changed for the event in Brechin as it grows in popularity.

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2018 was one of the most successful years for the Harley-Davidson In The City (HDITC) motorcycle festival in Brechin. The event drew in over 18,000 visitors and more than 750 motorcycles of all types. The growing popularity of the event has triggered the event management team to look at public safety for future years also taking into consideration site capacity, traffic management and general disruption to residents and retailers in the town.

Taking into consideration feedback from local traders, the public and businesses, the town centre had reached capacity with no options to expand the festival site. Now, after 7 years in the town centre location a change of venue has been decided after consultation with Police Scotland, Angus Council and other relevant parties.

From 2019 the entire festival will be located in the River Street area in order to accommodate the growing numbers visiting the festival and providing all the necessary services in close proximity including parking, camping and caravan facilities, and access for the disabled.

The relocation will also enhance awareness of the scenic area of the town, accommodate future growth with more motorcycles, traders and visitors attending Brechin.

The weekend long event has continued to grow in popularity, with the 40+ mile ‘Thunder Run’ one of the main attractions on the Saturday. Starting from Brechin Castle with the support of Lord Dalhousie the Thunder Run rides through the town and touring Angus and returning to Brechin. There are no plans to change this element of the festival.

Having successfully avoided clashing with other major events in Angus for the past few years the festival was advised it would clash with the Glamis Extravaganza in the years ahead if the proposed dates were left unchanged. Therefore, following discussions with Police Scotland, Angus Council, and Event Scotland, HDITC will now be held on the weekend incorporating the first Sunday in July going forward. In 2019 the event will be held on the 6th and 7th July, in 2020 on the 4th and 5th July, and in 2021 3rd and 4th July.

For further information go to the HDITC Facebook page or their website.

Teen Challenge North East Scotland Prize Draw

Enter the Prize Draw for the opportunity to win a brand new 1200cc Triumph Bobber, which is being kindly part-sponsored by Shirlaws of Aberdeen.

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Proceeds from the fundraiser will help Teen Challenge North East Scotland to support men and women break free from drug and alcohol addictions. The draw will be made at Shirlaws’ showroom on Aberdeen’s Crown Street at 12pm on Friday, December 21, 2018.

Ticket price: £5. CLICK HERE TO ENTER.

TERMS & CONDITIONS: The Triumph Bobber presented to the winner will be the demo bike used to promote the Draw. The bike will have approximately 100 miles on the clock.

All entries into the Draw are non-refundable. The Prize is non-negotiable and non-refundable. Should the Prize Winner require delivery outwith Aberdeen City or Shire, the winner will cover all delivery and shipping costs.

Permit No: LOTT/N197 | Approximately 10,000 tickets will be sold | Winner will be notified immediately by telephone. 

Organised by Freedom Challenge Trust (Charity No: SC033414). Promoter: K Ross, Sunnybrae, Woodhead, Fyvie, AB53 8LS. 

Ride Scotland December issue out now

Get the latest issue of Ride Scotland to close out the year and look forward to more excellent riding in 2019.

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You can have your own MotoGP bike

KTM is releasing two of their MotoGP KTM RC16 race bikes for sale to the public. The motorcycle comes as part of a special ‘pack’ to ensure an exclusive and special MotoGP experience for the lucky owners.

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There are a few other perks to owning the bikes. For the 250K Euros each bikes will come with a set of Pol Espargaro’s race gear and a signed Pol Espargaro helmet. The lucky owners will also have special hospitality from Red Bull KTM Factory Team for the weekend with a paddock tour, pitbox tour, a meet and greet with Pol and Johann Zarco, a set of Red Bull KTM team wear and Red Bull Energy Station access all weekend at a Grand Prix of the buyers choice.

If you’re ‘Ready To Race’ and have 250,000 Euros to spare this could be too good to pass up!

Latest offers from Carole Nash

Carole Nash offers bikers cash reward if they can find a cheaper car insurance quote

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Leading motorcycle insurance broker, Carole Nash, is now offering all motorcyclists a £10 cash reward if they are unable to beat the current policyholder’s car insurance renewal quote.

Following extensive research into the road safety of bikers compared with people who only drive a car, the Altrincham-based broker found that car users make 11% more claims on their insurance than motorcyclists who also drive cars. Additionally, over a three-year period, bikers involved in incidents in their cars made cheaper claims, with the attritional net loss ratio 13% higher for car drivers, compared with those who also ride motorcycles.

As a result, Carole Nash approached car insurers to obtain better deals for bikers and has negotiated insurance at a rate lower than the rest of the market. The broker launched the dedicated ‘Drive Like a Biker’ offering at Motorcycle Live, the UK’s largest motorcycle show. 

Encouraging people to ‘Drive Like a Biker’, Rebecca Donohue, Head of Marketing at Carole Nash, said: “It’s no surprise to the biking community that motorcyclists make safer car drivers than those who just stick to four wheels. Bikers are more road aware and I believe have far better reaction times when spotting hazards – they need to. It’s important that we recognise and reward this safety by offering car insurance quotes for bikers that we think will be pretty difficult to beat. 

“We are so confident that we’ll beat bikers’ car insurance renewal quotes, for both current and new customers, that we’re willing to hand over a tenner if we can’t.”

To celebrate the launch of the new campaign, Carole Nash assessed people’s awareness and reaction speeds on a Batak machine at the NEC show. Testing bikers’ reactions to a series of moving light patterns, the game also saw four-time WSBK Champion Jonathan Rea and BSB Champion Leon Haslam compete against professional rally driver Tim Bevan.

And, the biking community claimed the bragging rights on the day – Rea’s 40 points trumped Bevan’s 35 in 30 seconds, with the highest score over the weekend (49) also belonging to a biker.

Carole Nash has launched a dedicated website,, which features safety messages and an interactive quiz for visitors to test their road safety knowledge. 

Visit for more information on the offering.

Triumph Adventure Experience 2019 riding dates announced

Located in South Wales, the centre caters for all abilities and offers a whole range of immersive and fun riding experiences for riders to build or enhance their off-road capability and skills.

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Triumph Motorcycles has announced dates for its 2019 riding courses at the Triumph Adventure Experience.

The courses will run from April through to the end of October 2019 and includes the following experiences:

  • Triumph Tiger Adventure Experience Day (£299)
  • Two day Triumph Level 1 Off-road Motorcycle Training Experience (£499)
  • Triumph Scrambler Experience Day (£299)
  • Two day Gravel Tours Off-road Experience (£649)
  • Two day Triumph Level 2 Off-Road Motorcycle Training Experience (£499)
  • Triumph Ladies’ Day Off-Road Motorcycle Training Experience (£299)

To book a course or to purchase a voucher for the Triumph Adventure Experience, visit –

Motorcycle Live hailed a success as over 100,000 bikes fans enjoy the show

Motorcycle Live 2018 saw 103,702 bike fans enjoy nine days of action-packed, interactive two-wheeled entertainment, during a show that has been hailed a success by exhibitors and visitors alike.

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The event was packed with brand-new metal from over 40 of the world’s leading manufacturers. Much of the 2019 machinery on display had been launched just one week previously at EICMA in Milan, while Kawasaki, Norton and CCM chose Motorcycle Live to unveil never-seen-before 2019 models to the bike-mad crowd. 

The brand-new Moto-Cirque arena debuted with a spectacular live stunt show combining FMX, street bikes, BMX and dance – all taking place in total darkness aside from meticulously-coordinated LED lights and lasers set to an awesome soundtrack.

“What a show, we’ve had an amazing week”, said CEO of Norton Motorcycles, Stuart Garner. “It’s the biggest show we’ve ever done and we’ve had the biggest footfall we’ve ever seen on the stand, so a huge thank you to the organisers for making it happen. It’s been a record show for Norton and we hope everyone has enjoyed it as much as we have.”

“We have broken the European record in terms of sales at shows, so Motorcycle Live has been really successful,” said Peter Riley, managing director of Airvest Ltd/Helite UK. “That is obviously fantastic, but what has been the real joy about this year’s show is the people that have visited the stand to tell us how our product has saved their life. It’s moments like that that make coming to the show absolutely worthwhile.”

Motorcycle Live 2019 will take place at The NEC, Birmingham from 16-24 November – save the date!

That’s how she rolls…

Charlotte Murphy may have Cerebral Palsy but she doesn’t let that hold her back from the incredible world of Motorcycle travel and adventure. This is her story.

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My name is Charlotte Murphy I’m 23 years old and I was born in Glasgow but have lived 15 miles from John O’Groats in Thurso for 14 years. I love where I live. It’s a hidden gem that isn’t so hidden anymore what with the growth of the North Coast 500, which has seen major growth in vehicle tourism for the first region.

I have Cerebral Palsy in my legs – for which I use a wheelchair – and suffer from a scoliosis of the spine as well as chronic long term nerve pain for which I am on a daily basis highly medicated for. The medication I take could be one of the major factors that would stop us travelling further abroad in the future. We’ll have to wait and see but keep in mind that I’m not going to get better anytime soon. It is not an exaggeration when I say that never ever in my wildest dreams did I think I would be into motorcycle travel. Myself and Mikey have been together for five years, meeting when I was 18. Mikey and his family truly have engine oil running through their veins – it is them and Mikey that introduced me to working on the bikes in the shed. I decided to get involved because I could see how much it meant to him and to them. I remember being strangely proud the first time I got oil on my jeans!

I first got on a bike together with him in the spring of 2014. Our first bike together was an ugly 1980’s Honda Spacy 250cc, a bike I only found pretty as it was technically my first bike. We started with a small bike that could only carry my crutches which I used like walking sticks which was not ideal because after a few times of walking in a day I would have extreme leg spasms and pain which would cause the shaking. For me I was never truly scared of getting on the bike. I think I am lucky to a certain extent because being a wheelchair user – you intrust where you are going and largely your safety to the hands of those you trust. In this regard I think this has helped me to not fear having someone control the bike with me on the back as the two situations are quite similar if I am honest.

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Unsung hero: Motorbike Milly

Giving back to those on the biking community that go about bringing smiles to others.

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Paul Crossan, you might know him by the Facebook profile ‘Motorbike Milly’ is one of the many unsung hero’s of the motorcycle scene in Scotland.
He doesn’t go out looking for praise and keeps his activities fairly quiet whilst all the time helping elderly and infirm folk along with 2018 Biking Buddy of the Year, his dog Milly.

We’ve mentioned this popular pair in the past but that was mostly for their riding exploits but what hasn’t been told is how they have been quietly going around visiting the elderly in retirement homes and hospices bringing smiles to the faces of the residents with a little bit of dog therapy.

This month we decided it was about time to reward some of those unsung hero’s out there and it was Paul and Milly that came top of the list. Meeting them at The Bikers Cove we surprised them with a new GoPro Hero7 and a few other little bits and pieces to show our appreciation for what they do.

Great work you two!

If you have someone you want to nominate as an unsung hero get in touch…