It’s that time of the week again – here’s our update on what’s been happening in the world of two-wheels.
First up, some news that probably isn’t music to everyone’s ears – accoustic cameras! Yes, you heard right, the plan that seemed fanciful a few weeks ago, now sounds like its introduction is imminemt, certainly from a trial perspective. If you haven’t heard about this, there’s talk of a plan from Highways England to trial these and introduce them, like our friends across the channel have already done. Quite simply, they’re looking to monitor the noise of individual vehicles and snap a picture on what is effectively a noise Gatso of any that break the limit – whatver that is, because as it stands right now, there is no agreed decibel rating, not even at MOT stage. More questions than answers, right? Watch this space.
In new model news, while it’s notoriously quiet this time of year, Honda has announced a stripped back version of its legendary GL1800 Gold Wing. Joining the full-fat versions of the Gold Wing Tour and Tour DCT, the new entry level Wing (if you can ever call a Gold Wing entry level) will be available through selected Honda dealers and features a slimmed down rear end with more of a ‘bagger’ look. And the price? A cool £5,000 cheaper than its siblings, but still a chunky £22,299.
A quick look at racing with plenty of spectacle in the last week. Last weekend’s Austrian MotoGP round saw Marc Marquez finally under pressure with his iimpressive run of success coming to an end thanks to Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso. A great battle that resuted in a epic last turn move, saw the Ducati rider beat Marquez over the line, perhaps ending the talk (for now) of this being a new ‘Doohan’ era. Back at home, at the Ulster GP, Peter Hickman dominated the legendry road race, becoming the first rider to win all seven races, reestablishing the Ulster GP as the world’s fastest road race in the process with a lap of 136.415mph. The work ‘Impressive’ doesn’t come close.
And finally, if you’ve got kids you’ll know how long the summer holidays feel right now, which is why OSET Bikes’ academy for four to six year-olds is great news. The same guys who pioneered electric trials bikes for kids, and lowered the permitted age of competition in the process, also have a motocross academy too where those first few turns of a wheel can be overseen and taught by the profrssionals. Check them out at oestbikes.com.
Have a great week
Log On, Tune in, Ride Out…