Target: over 217mph wheelie!

Motorcycle Wheelie World Championship takes place at Elvington Airfield Aug 18 – 19.

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The rider that travels the fastest, over 217MPH, for a kilometre wheelie wins.  The 2017 winner Ted Brady (Ireland) did 217 MPH. Up to 30 top competitors from the USA, UK, France, Holland and Ireland will be competing for the world title.

The winner and world record holder will be the fastest to complete a kilometre in the wheelie position. Success depends on the rider’s high level skill to control the speed and balance of the motorcycle as no electronic or mechanical aids can be used. This is no mean feat as some of these retro fitted machines are the most powerful in the world. The participants will ride customised motorbikes some rated at 450 horsepower.

The World Wheelie Championship is organised by Straightliners and takes place at Elvington Airfield, North Yorkshire, England. Straightliners is affiliated to the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU) and the International Organisation of Professional Drivers (IOPD).

Rider participation including record ratification and timing is administered by to UK Timing Association (UKTA).  Both Straightliners and UKTA were set up by renowned motorcycle racer Trevor Duckworth.

Photo: Phil Evans

Indian Motorcycle and Lee Munro attempting to reach 200 mph at 2018 Bonneville Speed Week

Legendary Land-Speed Record Holder’s Great Nephew Returns to Bonneville Salt Flats Aboard Indian Scout “Spirit of Munro.”

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Indian Motorcycle, have announced that Lee Munro, the great nephew of the legendary land-speed racer Burt Munro, will attempt to break 200 mph at Bonneville Salt Flats this August. Equipped with the Indian Motorcycle engineering team and the newly modified Indian Scout dubbed “Spirit of Munro”, Lee Munro is back and prepared to eclipse his previous official speed of 191.286 mph at the upcoming 70th annual Bonneville Speed Week.

In preparation for this year, Indian Motorcycle’s engineering team has worked on refining the Indian Scout Streamliner which will run in the MPS-G (Modified Partial Streamliner) 1350 cc class. Lee Munro’s record-breaking run of 186.681 mph at El Mirage and official run of 191.286 mph at last year’s Speed Week has motivated the team to update the bike with modifications to the intake and minor body adjustments, to help Munro break into the exclusive 200-mph club.

“Indian Motorcycle was honoured to partner with the Munro family last year and pay tribute to Burt’s incredible accomplishments and land-speed record set in 1967. We’re eager to be back on the salt flats with Lee and the ‘Sprit of Munro’,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle. “Our engineering team led by Wayne Kolden and Dan Gervais have put long hours into developing a bike capable of hitting the 200-mph mark and we’re excited to watch Lee pursue this goal.  I would also like to thank our sponsors Cargill Station Ltd, Garry Robertson of Ocean Ridge Kaikoura New Zealand and Jerry Stinchfield of Roof Systems of Dallas, TX for helping us get to the salt.”

Lee Munro attributes his love for speed to the bloodline he shares with his great uncle, Burt Munro, who famously set a land-speed record in 1967 aboard a 1920 Indian Scout. In 2005, Burt Munro’s legacy was immortalised with the making of the popular film, “The World’s Fastest Indian,” starring Sir Anthony Hopkins and in 2017, Lee Munro celebrated the 50th anniversary of his great uncle’s record with a commemorative run at Bonneville Speed Week.

“My great uncle Burt is a significant inspiration for my own motorcycle racing career, and his appetite for speed is clearly a part of my DNA,” said Lee Munro. “Partnered with the exceptional team at Indian Motorcycle, I know we can make our dreams of hitting 200 mph a reality.”

Speed Week will be held August 11-17 in Bonneville, Utah. This six-day event is created for determined riders who not only have a quest to be record holders, but also to ride at one of the most legendary locations for speed runs.

The Indian Scout “Spirit of Munro” race bike and Lee Munro’s 2018 land-speed attempts are proudly supported by Ocean Ridge and Roof Systems of Dallas, TX.


£5057.10 raised for the RNLI

The RNLI Custom Bike Show organised by The Bikers Cove swung onto action this weekend in South Queensferry.

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The Bikers Cove hosted the annual RNLI Charity Custom Bike Show on Sunday August 5th raising awareness and funds for the RNLI. Drawn in by the sun, bikers from across the country headed down to South Queensferry for the show. 

This year’s total, over £5000, is am amazing effort by everyone involved and really shows there spirit of the biking community in Scotland. As for Trish and Chas, the owners of The Bikers Cove, we’ve sung their praises in the past and will continue to do so as they bring the community together for events – and of course feed us at The Bikers Cove.


Ride Scotland August issue is LIVE

We have Niken’s, H2’s, a whole lineup of Vstrom’s and so much more in the August issue of Ride Scotland magazine.

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Remember you can receive and view all of our issues FREE on our new App for iOS and Android. Just click on the links below.


Win a KTM 790 DUKE for two weeks and ride yourself to the MOTOGP™ at Silverstone on 26 August, where KTM have two tickets for you and a friend to receive the full KTM VIP treatment.

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You will meet the riders, experience what goes on behind the scenes and get to watch the race up close and personal in KTM’s awesome hospitality. They’ll will even throw in a few extra PowerWear surprises for you too.

To enter, spread the word on the KTM 790 DUKE by creating a video on why you want to win this amazing experience, then post your video on your social media tagging in #790SUMMER. Keep it concise, you have one minute to make your mark.

KTM will be looking at how many people you reach with your epic rendition and your reason behind the buzz. Good luck and get vlogging!


Terms and conditions apply:
Competition closes 16 August – the winner will be announced on 17 August
KTM UK will provide insurance cover for the duration of the loan
Applicants must be 23 or over
Available to collect the KTM 790 DUKE from Silverstone on Monday 20 August
Hold a full UK Motorcycle (A) licence
Have no more than 6 points on their licence
No insurance claims in the last 3 years
No drink or drug driving convictions in the last 5 years
The KTM 790 DUKE must be stored in a locked garage when not in use

Win a Bonneville-inspired Popbangcolour artwork

Triumph Motorcycles UK is offering every new bike customer the chance to ride away with an exclusive PopBangColour painting of the Bobber Black this summer.

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Created by internationally renowned British Artist, Ian Cook, the distinctive artwork was painted using a number of unique techniques, including his famed approach of using a fleet of toy cars and motorcycles as paintbrushes.

Currently on display at the Triumph Factory Visitor Experience, the artwork has been commissioned as part of the 60th anniversary celebrations of the iconic Triumph Bonneville.

Every new Triumph motorcycle customer between now and 30th September, 2018, will be entered into a prize draw to win the one-off painting, which will be presented to the winner at this year’s Motorcycle Live show (17th – 25th November, 2018) at the NEC, Birmingham.

An impressive 2.4 metres wide and 1.2 metres tall, the detailed Bobber Black painting took two days to create, requiring 25 litres of acrylic and water-based paint and the use of 100 radio-controlled cars.

Ian Cook, Coventry-based PopBangColour artist, said: “I’ve been fortunate enough to work on a lot of great projects in my career but this is the first time I’ve had the opportunity to celebrate the anniversary of such an iconic motorcycle through my work – I’m really pleased with the final piece.”

Paul Lilly, General Manager, Triumph Motorcycles UK & Ireland, added: “Ian creates some really amazing and bespoke pieces of art. We’re very happy with how the painting has turned out and look forward to handing it over to its new lucky owner later this year at the NEC.”

To check out Triumph’s range of motorcycles or to find your nearest dealer, go

Win a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R KRT in an exclusive giveaway with Carole Nash

Carole Nash is giving away a brand-new Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle in an exclusive prize draw that is sure to have bike enthusiasts weak at the knees.

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The Lime Green Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R KRT is the same model that has been frequently raced by Superbike World Champions’ Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes and is valued at £15,000.

Offered to the public by leading motorcycle insurance broker Carole Nash, anyone getting a Motorcycle or Six Wheel Insurance quote between 1st July to 31st October 2018 is entered into the prize draw. Existing Carole Nash policyholders are entered automatically.

The winner will be selected at random on Monday 5th November 2018 and presented with their prize at Motorcycle Live on Saturday 17th November 2018. Once the winner has attended the show, the bike will be delivered to their address within 14 days of the show.

For more details on the prize draw along with the Terms and Conditions click here.



Show and Shine Competition comes to Classic TT 2018

You can now take part in the Classic TT presented by Bennetts with your pride of joy by entering this year’s ‘Show and Shine’ Competition on Friday 24th August at Nobles Park at the heart of the Classic TT Paddock.

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The Classic TT Show and Shine Competition will take place between 12pm and 3pm in Nobles Park and individual owners and bike clubs are invited to assemble from noon to display their machines. Judging will take place at 3pm and the winners will be announced on the Classic TT Stage shortly after.

There are a number of different categories which will be judged by 11 time TT Race winner Phillip McCallen, 5 time TT winner and double former World Formula 2 Champion Brian Reid and Morton’s Media publisher Malcolm Wheeler, himself an ex TT competitor with a number of podium finishes.

The competition is free to enter and winners will receive per category trophies and complimentary VIP Hospitality Tickets for one of the two Classic TT Race Days.

Show and Shine Categories:

  • Best Vintage (Pre 1945)
  • Best Classic (Post 1945)
  • Best Modern Classic (Post 1980)
  • Best Sidecar
  • Best in Show

Registration for the Classic TT Show and Shine Competition will take place on the day.

Access to the Classic TT Show and Shine Arena is via the Festival of Motorcycling car park entrance off St Ninian’s Road.

If you are transporting motorcycles by van or trailer you should park in the main car park and then transfer your motorcycle to the Show and Shine Arena next to the VIP hospitality unit.

Classic TT Grandstand tickets are available now starting from as little at £5 with race day tickets priced at £30. VIP experiences, tickets for the Classic TT Party on Saturday 25th August and the RST Classic TT Heroes Dinner on Sunday 26th August are all available to buy now at or via the sales hotline on (00 44) (0) 1624 640011.

Become an Advanced Rider with Triumph

Triumph Motorcycles UK has partnered with the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) to offer all Triumph riders, owners, dealers and staff a £40 discount on IAM RoadSmart’s Advanced Rider Course.

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Based on the police’s Motorcycle Roadcraft riding manual, the course helps develop riders to be safer on the road, improve their anticipation and increase rider enjoyment.

According to 2,500 riders who passed the Advanced Rider Course, 97% found riding more enjoyable after taking the test, 94% reported improved use of road space and 61% claimed the course helped them avoid an incident.

With Triumph’s discount, the Advanced Rider Course costs £109 (usually £149) and includes the course manual, your IAM RoadSmart membership, the test ride, and as many observed rides as necessary to prepare for the test.

Paul Lilly, General Manager, Triumph Motorcycles UK & Ireland, said: “We’re very pleased to announce our partnership with the IAM and to offer all of our customers and staff a discount on the Advanced Riding Course. Rider safety and enjoyment is paramount to us and we always recommend advanced training so that riders get the most from their Triumph motorcycle.”

To book your course, call 0300 303 1134 quoting ‘triumph10’ to save £40 or book online at IAM RoadSmart.


Ducati developing direct communication interoperability between motorcycles, vehicles, and infrastructure

Along with radars, communication between vehicles is one of the strategic projects of the Ducati Safety Road Map 2025.

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Ducati continues to invest in safety and, together with Audi, participates in the first demonstration in Europe of a new vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication system between motorbikes and cars.

As announced in April, the Bolognese company has outlined a strategic line, called “Safety Road Map 2025”, for the development of new safety systems and technologies. The first steps in this strategy are the extension of the ABS Cornering to the entire range and the introduction of a bike with front and rear radar on the market in 2020. In addition, the Borgo Panigale company is experimenting, together with various industry leaders, some new technologies that will equip its bikes in the medium and long term.

One of these technologies is called C-V2X and it is a wireless communication system between road users such as cars, motorcycles, pedestrians, and bicycles and infrastructure. C-V2X technology is a key step toward 5G for automotive applications with direct communication between vehicles and their surroundings.

The demonstration featured Audi Q7 and Audi A4 road vehicles, as well as a Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro two-wheel vehicle equipped with C-V2X technology utilizing the Qualcomm® 9150 C-V2X chipset solution*.

The showcase demonstrated common situations that can take place between motorcycles and vehicles, and how C-V2X technology can be used to help improve road safety.These include Intersection Collision Warning, where a vehicle equipped with C-V2X technology pulls out from a junction with an adjoining road and avoids hitting a motorcycle rider who has the right of way, as well as Across Traffic Turn Collision Risk Warning, in which a vehicle avoids a left turn collision with a motorcycle. Finally a warning of sudden braking of the leading two-wheel vehicle.

“This is the perfect demonstration of use cases in which the modern technologies can drastically improve the safety of future motorcycle users”, said Pierluigi Zampieri, Vehicle Innovation Manager at Ducati Motor Holding. “Indeed, the C-V2X communication is definitely one of the key projects of the Ducati 2025 safety road map”.