Ducati are offering the chance to ride a 959 Panigale on track starting in May.
It’s part of the ‘Ducati on track’ experience hosted by the California Superbike School.
Whether you’re riding on a track for the first time, or simply want to put the Ducati through its paces, then this may be an opportunity not to be missed. This experience is tailored towards riders who want to try out the Ducati in its natural environment, and see why it has become such an icon on the race track for £285.
‘Ducati on track’ will take place on the hallowed ground of the Silverstone circuit, home of the British MotoGP and F1 Grand Prix and will take place on the National circuit. The first event will take place on May 17th, followed by two more on June 7th and 2nd August.
For those who want to test their metal, 20 of the acclaimed 959 Penigales will be available on the day. Bikers will be eagerly circling their calendars and chomping at the bit for May to hurry up.
In advance of Suzuki's new V-Stroms hitting UK dealers late next month, Suzuki have announced pricing for the updated models.
The standard V-Strom 650 gets a £7399 price tag, while the off-road biased V-Strom 650 XT that features spoked wheels and handguards (among other things) is £7899.
Updates for 2017 see the 650 get an engine revision with new pistons, exhaust camshaft and fuel injection system, upping the power and torque, and of course meeting those Euro4 regulations.
The bikes also get a new exhaust and electronic assistance from the traction control, easy start and low-rpm assist functions for smooth low speed performance.
Bigger brother V-Strom 1000 also updates with new electronics, including cornering ABS and the same easy start and low-rpm assist functions.
The V-Strom 1000 comes in just shy of ten grand at £9499, while the XT variant, with those spoked wheels and tapered handlebars comes in at £9999.
There are good people out there. Regional Traffic Dublin Castle came across what appeared to be broken down bus on N2 at M50 jct last night. pic.twitter.com/sjhiicEImM— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) February 14, 2017
What happens when you're on your bike, it's freezing cold and you find yourself broken down on the side of a busy M50 junction. Well for this lucky rider, in Dublin there happened to be a compassionate bus driver who picked him up, along with his bike.
Seeing this unfortunate soul stranded by a busy M50 junction, the bus driver took pity and let him on the bus, with his bike, then dropped him off at a safer location so he could get on with making arrangements.
Good to see there are those out there looking out for us riders.
Prices have now been announced for the 2017 Triumph Street Triple Range. Lighter than its predecessor with higher-specification brakes, tyres and suspension, the highest level of finish ever and that all-new gullwing swingarm, the base model, street rider friendly Street Triple S is £8,000.
For your next level of performance, with higher specs the Street Triple R will cost £8,900 when it hits UK dealers. For the vertically challenged, a dedicated low ride-height version of the ‘R’ with its own unique suspension and seating set-up will also be available at the same cost. Metallic paint options are also available at a cost of £125 on the ‘S’ and ‘R’ models.
The range-topping RS model with track day capabilities has been priced at just shy of ten grand at £9,900.
And for A2 riders it's happy days, the dedicated A2 licence version of the ‘S’ is also available with its own unique 660cc engine for £7,700, making the Street Triple more accessible than ever.
If you want to see the 2017 range in the flesh, head on down to the MCN London Motorcycle show at the ExCel exhibition centre from 17-19 February, 2017.
Triumph Motorcycles’ UK & Ireland marketing manager, Martin Hough, said: “Since its launch in 2007, the Street Triple range has been a passion point for Triumph fans worldwide.The feedback on the new models has been incredible and we’re looking forward to seeing what our many fans think of the range when it arrives in UK dealers this year.To register interest in a test ride and find out more about availability, please contact your local Triumph dealer.”
We are back on Freeview , now with channel 91, the new dedicated sports channel, Frontrunner. Expect a brand new show every two weeks on Monday's at 7pm! Or, of course, you can still catch us on Sky channel 468.
We'll be giving you all the news and rundowns from this launch season along with much more. Tonight, for our first episode back we've got launch reports that have taken us off-road as much as on.
First there's that upgraded BMW R1200GS with it's Exclusive plush model and the off-road ready Rallye with that impressive new dynamic suspension.
Then there's Suzuki's new roadster, the GSX-S750, updating the previous 2005 model with Euro 4 compliance and a more aggressive streak.
And finally, we have the newest addition to the Scrambler family, the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled, which gets to proving it's purpose in the Tabernas Desert in Southern Spain.