Bike Devil’s Week on Two-Wheels: News Update – 09 December

Posted 9th December 2019

Another Monday is here again and there aren’t that many more left this year! Where has the time gone?

Off-road racers will be wondering the same thing as they competed in their final off-season race of 2019: Geneva Supercross. Having made the journey from across the pond, Team HRC’s Justin Brayton was the man to beat on Saturday night as he provided everyone with a Supercross masterclass.

The American star was fastest in his semi-final heat and dominated the final race which, when added to Friday night’s results, was enough to ensure that he was crowned King of Geneva, ahead of Martin Davalos. Those guys will now be able to enjoy a short Christmas break before the AMA Supercross season kicks off on 4th January at Anaheim. Hope they still get to enjoy a big Christmas dinner!

There’s been big news for Triumph this past week…their bikes are going to be in the new James Bond film No Time To Die. Now that’s cool. The all new Tiger 900 and Scrambler 1200 will be seen in the 25th James Bond film, due to be released in April 2020.

Check out the trailer, with some pretty incredible stunts, below:

We couldn’t mention stunts without talking about Guy Martin. The latest thing on Guy’s ‘To Do’ list was to recreate what is quite possibly the most iconic motorcycling moment in movie history: Steve McQueen’s jump over a huge barbed wire fence in the 1963 classic The Great Escape. Crazy.

The attempt was filmed and televised on Channel 4 last night, with Guy even wearing a crewneck sweater and khaki pants – just like McQueen. Don’t worry if you missed though, it’s repeated at 10pm on 4seven tomorrow (10 December) or you can catch it on demand here: https://www.channel4.com/programmes/guy-martins-great-escape

If you like a good bike restoration then Suzuki has released just the video for you! While at Motorcycle Live, Nigel Everett and Martyn Ogborne, themselves ex-Grand Prix technicians, worked in conjunction with Suzuki’s Vintage Parts Programme to rebuild the last 500 Barry Sheene raced for Suzuki in Grand Prix – the 1984 XR45 and a special XR23A from 1979.

We have to admit, they look absolutely stunning! The guys have done a proper job stripping, repairing and refurbishing the two bikes.

Although electrification has primarily been in the four-wheel market, it is making its way to our world on two wheels and now Bike Shed have unveiled a motorcycle-only electric charging point! Based at The Bike Shed’s Shoreditch HQ in London, the 7kW EO Mini Charger is free for all motorcycle-riding customers to use during opening hours.

Speaking about the new charger, Bike Shed founder Dutch van Someren said: “At the Bike Shed we welcome everything through our doors, whether bikers or non-bikers, petrol heads or electric riders. As the first venue in the UK to offer a charging station just for electric motorcycles, we hope to re-emphasise our inclusive approach.”

Although many of you will have tucked your bikes safely away for winter, now could be a good time to think about adding to your garage. Many manufacturers have got some good winter finance deals on their new offerings. For example, Suzuki’s V-Strom 1050 is available from £109 per month on their Flexible Finance scheme. So if you’ve got your eye on some new metal, it might be worth having another look…

Last, but certainly not least, two legends are swapping vehicles today. Nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi and six-time Formula 1 Champion Lewis Hamilton will be trading places as Rossi gets to drive the 2019 title winning Mercedes F1, while Hamilton gets to ride the factory Yamaha M1.

Although this will be Lewis’ first time on a MotoGP bike, he’s no stranger to two wheels having ridden a Yamaha R1 around Jerez on track with Alex Lowes and Michael Van Der Mark.

Log On, Tune In, Ride Out…