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  1. Ducati preview 2011 range in Cologne with updates for Superbike, Monster and Streetfighter

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    Cologne, Germany - 5 October 2010

    With an impressive exhibition presence of approximately 400m2, stand D-040 in hall 8 of Cologne's INTERMOT 2010 show now plays host to exciting new arrivals in the Superbike family in addition to new colours and updates for both the Streetfighter and Monster range. With new models, accessories and apparel, the Italian motorcycle manufacturer from Bologna is showing a wide range of new 2011 products at this major international show.

    “We decided to consolidate our presence here in Cologne because we believe in the importance of this exhibition event, which opens the European motor show season," stated Gabriele Del Torchio, President of Ducati Motor Holding, during the opening press conference. "Our presence at the show is proof of our commitment to customers in Germany and northern Europe, and underlines our aim to expand in Germany, which is the second most important market in Europe for Ducati. For this reason we decided to preview here some of the new products scheduled for 2011, such as the new additions to the Superbike family with the 848EVO and 1198 SP, and new liveries for the Monster and Streetfighter models.”

    Gabriele Del Torchio also commented on the results of the first eight months of 2010: “Despite a shrinking global motorcycle market, we have used Ducati’s product policy and the quality of its distribution network to improve both our market share, now at 8.5%, and also to increase our sales by 5% compared to this period 2009.”

    A huge attendance is expected at the German show and visitors to the Ducati stand are sure to admire the innovative and ground-breaking Multistrada 1200, which made an immediate impact on the market upon debut in March 2010. The current model will not undergo any changes for 2011, confirming its proven design and high standard of quality. INTERMOT is also the first European event to celebrate the Multistrada's victory at the “Pike’s Peak International Hillclimb”, the famous annual race held high in the Colorado mountains, where riders have to quickly adapt to changing road surfaces. The Multistrada on which American, Greg Tracy, took victory has been specially flown in to Cologne from the US so that fans can share in this major celebration and see further proof of the Multistrada 1200’s incredible versatility.

    Important additions to the Ducati Superbike family are on show in an exclusive preview of the 2011 range, including the new 848EVO which boasts 140hp and is equipped with Brembo Monobloc callipers and steering damper. The performance-enhanced model celebrates the INTERMOT show by revealing a stunning new “arctic white” livery with sporty red wheels and red frame.

    The standard 1198 is also ready to satisfy an ever more demanding market, with the addition of Ducati Traction Control (DTC), the Ducati Data Analyser (DDA) and the brand new Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) fitted as standard equipment on all versions. For 2011, the improved 1198 is joined by the exciting new 1198 SP, which enhances the previous 'S' version by rolling out equipped with DTC, DQS, DDA, Ohlins TTX rear suspension, slipper clutch and aluminium fuel tank in addition to the usual Ohlins front suspension, forged Marchesini wheels and lightweight carbon fibre components.
    The 2011 Streetfighter is presented with a new arctic white colour scheme while the Streetfighter S looks impressive in its new colour schemes of red with red frame or diamond black with racing black frame, both with black wheels. A black radiator cover on all versions completes the Streetfighter's aesthetic updates.

    Enhanced comfort and safety, in addition to new colour schemes, headline the main updates to Ducati's naked icon, the Monster. The entry level 696 gets new 43mm Marzocchi forks and enhanced ergonomics, including 20mm higher handlebars and a new rear sub-frame designed to accept the user-friendly passenger grab-rail kit available as a Ducati Performance accessory. The Monster 696 presents the two new colour schemes of “dark stealth” and “stone white”, perfectly complementing the new matte chrome handlebar finish. The Monster 796, which was launched in April 2010 as an early entry model year 2011, also adopts Marzocchi front suspension and continues its incredible success. Along with the Monster 1100, the 696 and 796 complete the 2011 range, confirming the family's status as a style and design icon, backed-up by 17 years of Ducati Monster heritage.

    INTERMOTwill be open to the public until Sunday, 10 October.

    Ducati will also be displaying these new additions in the UK during Motorcycle Live at the National Exhibition Centre which runs from the 27th November until the 5th December.

  2. About Triumph

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    First established in 1902 and now based in Hinckley, Leicestershire, Triumph Motorcycles is currently the fastest growing motorcycle brand in the world. For over a decade Triumph has produced iconic bikes which perfectly blend design, character, charisma and performance. Producing around 50,000 bikes per year, Triumph is the largest British automotive manufacturer in the country.

    At the heart of Triumph’s philosophy is a commitment to developing truly unique motorcycles that offer a blend of distinctive design, intuitive handling and performance. The innovation and engineering passion that gave birth to the iconic Bonneville of the 60’s has today created a broad range of bikes suited to all motorcycle riders, including the striking 2.3 litre Rocket III, the unmistakable Speed Triple and the powerful Daytona 675.

    In recent years it is the Daytona 675 that has enabled Triumph to truly stamp its mark on the modern motorcycle landscape, a proven class leader in the field. After winning the Supertest ‘King of the Supersport’ crown for four successive years the Daytona’s status has been further enhanced with the MAP Embassy Triumph team’s victory in the 2008 British Supersport Championship.

    With an impressive 2010 product portfolio in place, including significant updates to existing best-selling bikes and a striking new model, Triumph is set to continue to enhance its status in the marketplace.

    Triumph currently employs around twelve hundred personnel worldwide and has offices in the UK, America, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden and Benelux, plus a network of independent distributors. Triumph has manufacturing facilities in Hinckley, Leicestershire and Thailand.

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    Fastest ever road racing lap helped by HEL Performance at Ulster GP
    HEL Performance braided brake lines helped Bruce Anstey make the fastest ever road racing lap at the 2010 Ulster GP.

    The Relentless Suzuki rider piloted his GSX-R1000 to an average speed of 133.977mph around the 7.4 mile Dundrod circuit in Northern Ireland. The New Zealand rider clocked the outright fastest lap in the second Superbike race on his way to victory on August 14 in County Antrim.

    Anstey’s record-breaking result was the icing on the cake at the Ulster GP for HEL Performance. In the six races held at the historic meeting, riders using HEL braided brake lines also took victory in 250 and Supersport classes with Ian Lougher and Keith Amor, respectively, and filled all three podium places in the hotly contested Supertwins race, won by Ryan Farquhar. The final Superbike race alone saw 14 of the top 15 runners using its extensive range of braided brake lines to great effect.

    Simon Lane of HEL Performance commented: “Another great set of results on the back of the success at this year’s Isle Of Man and the Northwest 200. HEL Performance are now ‘the’ racing brake line of choice by riders throughout the race paddock and it is testament to all the hard work we have put into supporting riders this year.

    “Our Northern Ireland distributor attended this event with their race support vehicle, which allows them to make hoses at the circuit. This effort, once again, reiterates the amount we support the sport – and it is being noticed. Thanks again to all the teams and riders that run HEL Performance – you are awesome.”

    HEL Performance has also recently become an official supplier to the British Superbike championship and attends every round with its custom-built, 40-foot race support unit to support the legion of race teams that demand the very best performance products. 

    For more information visit or call 01392 811681.

    Ulster Grand Prix results:

    Race 1 Superstock (12 of top 15, including 2nd to 10th, used HEL)

    1st Ian Hutchinson

    2nd Keith Amor (HEL)

    3rd Ryan Farquhar (HEL)

    Race 2 Supersport 1 (11 of top 15, including 2nd to 6th, used HEL)

    1st Ian Hutchinson

    2nd Keith Amor (HEL)

    3rd Michael Dunlop (HEL)


    Race 3 250cc

    1st Ian Lougher (HEL)

    2nd William Dunlop (HEL)

    3rd Paul Robinson

     Race 4 Superbike Race 1 (12 of top 15, including 2nd to 13th, used HEL)

    1st Ian Hutchinson

    2nd Bruce Anstey (HEL)

    3rd Keith Amor (HEL)


    Race 5 Supersport 2 (six of the top ten used HEL)

    1st Keith Amor (HEL)

    2nd Ian Hutchinson

    3rd William Dunlop (HEL)


    Race 6 Superbike 2 (14 of top 15 used HEL)

    1st Bruce Anstey (HEL)

    2nd Ian Hutchinson

    3rd Keith Amor (HEL)

  4. Harley Davidson Market Research

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    A market research company wishs to interview male and female HD owners who are HOG and Non HOG members, those who attend Chapter meets and those who don't.
    If you are interested and fit the criteria, please contact Leigh on the number or email address shown below.
    The group session are 2 hours
    £50 CASH (paid before you go in)
    Tuesday 17th August
    Wednesday 18th August
    Thursday 19th August 
    (depending on which group you fall into)
    Venue: In Queensway W2
    Times: 6.15pm or 8.30pm
    Leigh Yates
    020 8203 7966
    07824 997 674
    Email: [email protected]