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This New Year is bringing in some changes

As we have grown we’ve not only outgrown the original plan but have also attracted the attention of other motorcycle media along the way – quite a complement for our little team. We had plans to develop the brand and had placed those on hold but with a bit of an external nudge we will be bringing you a whole new look from January 2019.

We will still have the website and magazine but will be bringing in a new look that links all of our communication channels. No longer will you have to jump between apps, browsers and the like for all the news and social media you’re looking for.

Along with this development we are aligning the magazine under the parent company name, 56’N. Anyone that’s looked at navigation or geography will know that 56’N (56 North) is the line of latitude that runs through central Scotland.

So from now on you’re going to see 56’N popping up everywhere focussing on bikes and bikers in Scotland and building a community for you all to interact with.
We do of course have to thank one of the bike magazines south of the border for giving us the final motivation to press ‘go’ on these plans.

Had they not had their lawyers give notice of their concerns of our name we might have left these plans on the shelf until next year and in retrospect that would have been late in the next riding season to make the move. We won’t go into the details of their dispute but here’s a quick thank you to them for the nudge.

You all have a good Christmas and New Year and we will see you all again in 2019 with more riding, more bikes, more news and a while lot more video production too!

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#RideScotlandChallenge: It was a winning month

It was a hard fought month and despite the colder weather coming in the top players made it out to this month’s geo-tagged tasks in Crail, Kenmore and at Fort George.


The prizes are on the way to the winners now and the next challenge will open on November 7th and run through to Nov 28th. Did you miss out in October? Check our Facebook page on Nov 6th for more info…


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Celebrities abound at Drumlanrig next weekend

This weekend (Saturday and Sunday, July 14/15) Graham Noyce and Brad Lackey will be going at it again. No, not a preview from the late 1970s or early 1980s, the pair are in attendance at the second Drumlanrig Castle Grand National Scramble Classic and Twinshock event, organised by the Galloway Motorcycle Club in the grounds of the stately home.

Brad Lackey, the 1982 World 500cc Motocross Champion, is this year’s Guest of Honour after Noyce undertook the role in the event’s first year in 2017. Lackey will take part in ‘Q and A’ sessions beginning Friday evening (June 13) in the marquee but unfortunately won’t be riding.

However in a huge plus for the event organisers, Graham Noyce the 1979 World 500cc Motocross Champion and multi British champion, and a man who still holds god-like status to fans of the sport of a ‘certain age,’ will compete in the over 60s Class with other former British championship riders.

Noyce will take on a Scottish favourite Willie Simpson, father of Shuan Simpson now racing for the Wilvo Yamaha MXGP team. Willie Simpson was a stalwart of the British scene throughout the late ’70s and early ’80s. Former Scottish Championship Jimmy Aird and Gavin Robertson, former British Evo Champion will also be lending their talents on the fantastic circuit.

Another ‘well kent’ Scottish face patrolling the arena will be four-times British champion Vic Allan MBE. Allan will lead a tribute to CI Sport’s Stewart Miller who sadly passed away last week. Every rider will receive a sticker with Stewart’s riding number (28) and Willie Simpson will ride with number 28 as a mark of respect.

Scotland will be well represented with Paul Chiappa, the multi Scottish Twinshock champion, (first Brit to double the Hawkstone double jump) and well known for his ‘eccentric’ riding style and race wear!

Former British Four-stroke Champion David Campbell, Club Vice Chairman John Fleming and veterans of the Scottish scrambles scene Derek Faulds and Thom Anderson will also throw their respective bikes at the countryside.

Former North of England Champion Paul Bird will re-aquaint himself with a Twinshock bike on the track as his PBM Be Wiser Ducati British Superbike Team rider and NW200 Champion Glenn Irwin shows off his factory Ducati in the paddock. Other friendly faces from across the border raid into Scotland including CCM man Keith Barnes and the ever-chatty Dave Salkeld, amongst a host of others, head north.

Teams from Ireland cross the Irish Sea headed by 2016 CZ World Champion Trevor Calderwood and reigning British Twinshock Champion Willie Burgess as Italy sends a four-man team fronted by Franco Rippa.

The weekend’s action with over 200 registered riders kicks off on Friday at 5pm with Grasstrack racing before everyone retires to the marquee for the audience with Brad Lackey at 8pm led by John Moffat. Then follows the annual ‘dad dance’ competition as the disco begins in earnest at 9pm until the wee small hours of 11pm.

A Day Entry Pass is £10 per adult with under 16s going free whilst a Weekend Pass is £15. Camping is available at £10 a pitch.

As well as the marquee there will be bouncy castles and all the usual food and trade retailers in operation, plus the club’s own stand with event memorabilia including bobble hats, T-shirts and polo shirts etc.

Saturday and Sunday’s action blasts off at 10.30am with practice for a full day of racing and family fun.

Drumlanrig Castle (map) is well signposted off the A76 Dumfries Road just north of Thornhill, with one of the most dramatic entrances to a motocross event anywhere in the world!

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MV Agusta’s F3 800

It’s not long since we were in Italy testing MV Agusta’s Brutale 800RR so when the chance came to have their latest F3 800 for a week back in Scotland it was an opportunity too good to miss.

Amongst some groups of bikers the MV brand isn’t too well known but has been around since 1945 and as far as their sportsbikes and racing go they have been GP winners in the past including the prestigious Isle of Man, before quitting racing in 1976.

That racing heritage is having somewhat of a revival as MV are now back at the TT and are running bikes in championships around the world with riders like the always entertaining Jordi Torres in the World Superbike Championship, and Raffaele De Rosa (4 podiums in 2018) and Ayrton Badovini in the World Supersport Championship.

Sitting between the Superbike 1000cc and Supersport 600’s MV Agusta took the very popular F3 675 platform to developed a superb machine for riders looking for a bit more power but that is no slouch when compared to 1000cc bikes with a very well delivered 148hp available at your right wrist.

First impressions of the F3 800 are of a compact and light bike. Read more…

 

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Sarolea and Dunlop in Le Mans Showcase

Shortly before the start of the race, on Saturday 21st April, the Saroléa SP7 will do two demonstration laps in front of over 75,000 spectators. Guiding the SP7 around the famous 4.185 km circuit will be talented racer Dean Harrison, who has been Saroléa’s development rider for the past three years. 

The occasion also marks the official debut of the SP7 on Dunlop tyres, with whom Saroléa has entered a technical partnership. Both parties see this precious cooperation as a valuable R&D tool, which will only enhance their further progress on road and track. 

Torsten Robbens (Saroléa CTO) 

“When we were looking for a tyre partner to support our project, it was natural that we turned to Dunlop. Dunlop is the most successful tyre manufacturer in endurance racing, and is the reigning FIM Endurance World Champion tyre manufacturer. Our motorcycle has immense torque and requires a tyre that can cope with our unique demands. In testing, the Dunlops provided the grip and durability required for our project.” 

Wim Van Achter (Motorcycle Motorsport Manager Dunlop Europe) 

“Dunlop is very impressed with the progress and ambition of the Saroléa team. We have significant experience with electric motorcycles, with our tyres having been used by the winners of the Isle of Man TT Zero race. We are proud that Saroléa have chosen us as a partner. It is an exciting partnership – as we both share ambitious goals for the future of electric racing.”

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2018 Ducati Roadshow at The Green Welly

The Ducati Glasgow / UK Roadshow provided motorcycle enthusiasts in Scotland with almost the entire 2018Ducatimodel range, an extended demonstrator fleet to ride around some of Scotland’s most stunning scenery.The California Superbike School were also in attendance with experienced guides who mapped out the routes and took groups of riders out for a 30 minute spin, every 45 minutes on these incredible high-performance bikes.

Ducati Glasgow support the Ducati UK event truck every year with their shared demonstrator fleet therefore, this fully-booked event has become a permanent fixture on the Ducati UK events calendar. For 2018 the number of Ducati models available was increased due to customer demand.

The demonstrator fleet showcased the 2018 models including the new Panigale V4 S, Multistrada 1260, 1200 and 950, SuperSport, models from the Diavel cruiser range and various Monsters, as well as the popular Scrambler 800s. With over 120 test rides pre-booked over the two days, the brand new Scrambler 1100 Special, 1100 Classic and Multistrada 1260 S were also on display so visitors always had some definite Ducati eye candy to admire.

The Scottish Ducati Club also arrived in style to present their classic and special edition models which included an ultra-limited edition Ducati Panigale S Anniversario, a 205bhp high-tech, range-topping Italian superbike aimed at marking 90 years since Ducati was founded, and a limited-edition Ducati PaulSmart 1000 LE. A retro styled motorcycle built by Ducati in 2006 to commemorate Paul Smart’s win at the Imola 200 race in 1972, a win that helped define Ducati’s future approach to racing, was also on show. Visitors who were thinking of changing their bike also received a part-exchange estimate on the day.

 

So, if you fancy heading out on a ride to The Green Welly Stop, trying out a new Ducati model across some of Scotland most popular roads with safe and experienced guides on hand, seeing some immaculate and limited edition bikes on display without even having to visit a dealership, all courtesy of Ducati Glasgow – it’s definitely a date for your diary next year.

The next Ducati Demo Event is at the Leadburn Inn, Penicuik on Thursday 3rd May from 5pm till 8pm. With a selection of new demonstrator models available and a limit of only 4 ride-outs, we advise those interested in taking part to pre-book by calling 0141 333 4998 or email info@ducatiglasgow.co.uk.

To find out more about these events, the Ducati model range and online part-exchange quotes visit https://www.ducatiglasgow.co.uk.

 

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SMS Academy Session 3 concludes at Knockhill

The third session of the Scottish Motor Sport Academy (SMS Academy) concluded today at Knockhill Racing Circuit with Niall Mackenzie sharing his vast experience with the young riders Callum Grigor (SACU Road Race), Gillian McGaw (SACU Road Race), Jamie Simpson (SACU Trials) and Malcolm Summers (SACU Trials).

The SMS Academy was set up to support young drivers and riders aged 14-20 who are already showing potential to excel in the sport. A significant number of athletes applied to be part of the programme and a panel, including three-time Le Mans 24 Hour winner and former F1 driver Allan McNish and three times British Superbike champion Niall Mackenzie had the unenviable task of whittling that number down to select the 23 young drivers and riders to be part of the inaugural SMS Academy.

The day started with some technical talk increasing the riders and drivers theory knowledge and discussing key terms used when racing. Do you know what a Friction Circle is? Well, it affects all cars and bikes when driving, riding or racing and the young upcoming racers dived headlong into the theory of how it affects their riding and driving in competition.

With a breakout from the main group the riders sat down with three times British Superbike champion Niall MacKenzie to discuss riding techniques and the preparation, lifestyle, nutrition and fitness choices that leads from club level racing to national and international championship level racing careers.

The fourth session will take place in the summer when the riders and drivers will go through media training, take a look at their own profiles and how to develop them and practice interview techniques.