• New Gladstone Motorcycles SE Bobber Unveiled

    The new Gladstone Motorcycles SE has been unveiled, and it looks rather nice. The company was founded back in 2012 by TV presenter and biking enthusiast Henry Cole as a bespoke British motorcycle brand. And the SE is the follow-up to their original model, the Gladstone No.1 bobber, which appeared in 2013.

    Although the SE shares some of the key components and features from the No.1, the SE changes things a bit. Designer Guy Willison describes it as a “slightly lazier, earthier version of the No.1. We wanted to build a bike where we didn’t have any customers for it – this is what I’d build for myself as a personalised bike on the road. No outside influence – just me and Henry building what we want to ride”

    The Gladstone Motorcycles SE
    The new Gladstone Motorcycles SE bobber

    It turns out what Willison and Cole want to ride is a bobber which features some Gladstone trademarks. Those include a Metisse nickel-plated rigid frame, a bespoke alloy petrol tank and fake oil tank, and a 5″ Smiths analogue speedometer.

    Gladstone Motorcycles SE Rear Three Quarters View
    The new Gladstone Motorcycles SE uses a rigid Metisse frame

    But there are some significant changes from the nine hand-built No.1s that the company previously produced. Most noticeable is the paint, with the new model adorned in Aston Martin Rosso Red. That’s a bolder look than the original model, which came in black.

    The Gladstone Motorcycles SE also swaps out the 750cc Triumph T140 engine of the No.1, which came with a 5-speed left foot gear shift. Instead, you get a refurbished 650cc 4-speed Triumph T120R motor, with a right foot gear shirt and single carburetor.

    Gladstone Motorcycles SE Triumph T120R Engine
    The Gladstone Motorcycles SE Triumph T120R Engine

    There are now Norman Hyde M-bars, rather than the flat examples from the No.1. And the Gladstone Motorcycles SE also gets shorter, 720mm Ceriani front forks. Another change is that a Norton TLS front brake replaces the Ceriani replica Grimeca 4-leading shoe drum.

    Gladstone Motorcycles SE Seat
    The Gladstone Motorcycles SE Seat in Alcantara

    Rather than the Monza design used on the NO.1, the SE gets a flush-fitting petrol cap. And there are Doherty levers, plus natural rubber Tommaselli handlebar grips. The Alcantara seat comes with red stitching to match the Aston Martin paint. And the headlamp and tail light get brass bezels.

    Gladstone Motorcycles SE Brake Light
    The Gladstone Motorcycles SE Brake Light With Brass Bezel

    As a bespoke British motorcycle manufacturer, customers get to tailor the Gladstone Motorcycles SE to their preference. Which means you can request changes to the colour finishes, grips, saddle and more. But you also need to be a little patient, as there’s a 12-month delivery time from when you order.

    Gladstone Motorcycles SE Side View
    The new Gladstone Motorcycles SE

    Following the release of the 9 Gladstone No.1 models, the waiting list started for the new SE. And it’s a bit of an investment, with prices starting from £40,000. Hence why the company describe their customers as ‘discerning hooligans’.

    Gladstone Motorcycles Designer Guy Willison
    Gladstone Motorcycles Designer Guy Willison

    But you do get something created with the iconic classic Triumph engine, a rather lovely frame, and numerous other hand-made and bespoke features for things like pipes, brackets and more.

    Gladstone Motorcycles Founder Henry Cole
    Gladstone Motorcycles Founder and CEO Henry Cole

    So if you fancy ordering the new Gladstone Motorcycles SE bobber, and you have the finances, you can contact the company via their website to get the building started.

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  • 4 New Honda Gold Wing Replacement Screens From Skidmarx

    The sixth generation 2018 Honda Gold Wing Gl 1800 was a complete redesign and rebuild from the ground up. There’s a new chassis and sharper styling. Plus the engine might be the same capacity as the previous 1833cc version, but it’s smaller, smoother and more powerful. But even with such big improvements, you might still need one of the 4 new Honda Gold Wing replacement screens from Skidmarx.

    4 New Honda Gold Wing Replacement Screens From Skidmarx

    There are a few reasons for picking one of the aftermarket screens, depending on your exact needs. The Skidmarx Standard screen is the direct replacement you’d imagine. So it’s a good choice if you’ve had damage to your original screen, and need something that will fit straight in.

    All of the Skidmarx screens are made in the UK from 4mm cast acrylic, so they won’t flex in the wind. And they use the original mountings to fit. And they’re also all available in a choice of clear, light or dark tints. So you might just fancy a darker screen to improve the look of your Gold Wing. Or maybe you just want to keep the original screen in mint condition, for the cost of a £99.95 replacement.

    Skidmarx Standard Screen for the Honda Gold Wing

    If you’ve been inspired by the 41kg lighter, 125bhp 2018 Gold Wing, maybe you’d like the Skidmarx Sports Screen for the GL1800. It’s just 36cm tall compared to the standard version (which is 53cm x 48cm). So you’ll cut down the frontal area of the bike considerably.

    You’re probably not about to take your Gold Wing on a track day, but some riders prefer to be in the wind, especially in warmer weather. And at £99.95, it’s affordable enough to try the screen out and see if you prefer it.

    Skidmarx Sport Screen for the Honda Gold Wing

    But the main reason why aftermarket screens are popular for touring motorcycles is when they’re bigger. That can be to increase the shelter from wind and weather for taller riders, or just provide a bigger bubble of air to relax in when you’re on a long trip.

    So there are two options for cutting down the buffeting and wind noise on the 2018 Honda GL1800 Gold Wing from Skidmarx. The first is the Tall Screen, which is 62cm x 51cm wide, and costs £109.95.

    Skidmarx Tall Screen for the Honda Gold Wing

    But if you’re looking for the biggest replacement screen for your Honda Gold Wing, then check out the Skidmarx Tall and Wide ‘super size’ version. Like the Tall screen it’s got a flip-up lip for coverage beyond the 69cm and 54cm wide screen itself. But you’ll still pay the same £109.95 despite the extra few centimetres of cast acrylic.

    So if you own a 2018 Honda GL1800 Gold Wing, you can now choose the right screen to match your personal preference.

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  • Marquez Wins The Fastest Qualifier BMW For The 6th Time

    There’s a feeling of the inevitable as Marc Marquez wins the Fastest Qualifier BMW for the 6th time. As the ‘Official Car of MotoGP’ for 20 years, the BMW M Award has been given to the fastest qualifying performance across each season since 2003. And for the past six years, that’s meant a new BMW added to the Marquez garage.

    Marquez Wins The Fastest Qualifier BMW For The 6th Time
    Marquez Wins The Fastest Qualifier BMW For The 6th Time

    Motorcycle racers are legendary for their ability to use and abuse hire cars. But Marquez now has enough to start loaning out his own collection. For six consecutive years he has been awarded the latest in the BMW M range as a reward for his qualification achievements.

    Marc Marquez Wins The MotoGP Fastest Qualifier BMW For 6th Consecutive Year

    Given his success at the highest level of motorcycle racing, it’s no surprising Marquez has broken several qualifying records along the way. Since 2003, the BMW Awards have seen him become the first rookie to achieve it in 2013, the first rider to win three in-a-row in 2015, and first rider to achieve four awards in 2016. Considering he’s a five-time MotoGP champion at the age of 25, it might be wise to invest in a bigger garage for the future.

    MotoGP champion Marc Marquez, BMW President Markus Flasch and Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta
    MotoGP champion Marc Marquez, BMW President Markus Flasch and Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta

    This year Marquez drives away in a new 2018 BMW M3 CS. Not necessarily a match for his Repsol Honda RC213V. But still the most powerful BMW M3 so far, with a 460hp M TwinPower turbo inline-six-cylinder engine achieving 0-100 kmh in 3.9 seconds. It’s got a 7-speed dual clutch transmission, adaptive suspension, full leather interior and 19 inch alloys.

    “I can hardly believe that I have won the BMW M Award for the sixth time running,” said Márquez at the award ceremony at Valencia. “One year ago, I announced here that my objective for 2018 was to claim this sixth victory – and I have actually managed it. That makes me very proud. Now I can hardly wait to get behind the wheel of this fantastic BMW M3 CS. I want to thank BMW M GmbH for providing the BMW M Award as an accolade for the fastest qualifier. This shows special appreciation for us as MotoGP riders. The prospect of winning this prize provides even more motivation for us when qualifying starts on Saturdays.”

    Marc Marquez Receives His 2018 BMW M3 CS From BMW President Markus Flasch

    The BMW M Award is based on a points system allocated for the MotoGP qualifying each weekend. And the rider with the most points over the season gets a brand new BMW M series. Marc Marquez holds the record with six awards, followed by Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner who each received 3. Jorge Lorenzo is next on 2, and 1 award has gone to both Sete Gibernau and Nicky Hayden.

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  • Peter Hickman Wins His Third Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix

    It’s a hat trick as Peter Hickman wins his third Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix. The British Superbikes and road racing star led an all-British podium finishing ahead of team-mate Michael Rutter and Martin Jessopp. The 2018 event was the 52nd time the event has been held, and followed wins for Hickman in 2015 and 2016.

    Peter Hickman Wins His Third Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix
    Peter Hickman Wins His Third Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix, ahead of Michael Rutter and Martin Jessopp

    The race on the 6.120 street circuit finished on lap nine of 12 after the race was red-flagged due to a crash involving Phil Crowe and Ben Whylie. The early leader had been Honda-mounted Michael Rutter, before Hickman was able to move past on the Aspire-Ho by Bathams Racing BMW S 1000 RR.

    2018 Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix
    The 2018 Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix gets started

    Hickman was the pre-race favourite after claiming his first Macau pole start. And the Louth-based rider moved into the lead on lap 3. He began to pull away from Rutter and the chasing riders including Jessopp, Danny Webb and Gary Johnson until the race was brought to a premature end.

    Michael Rutter Leads The 2018 Macau GP From Eventual Winner Peter Hickman
    Michael Rutter Leads The 2018 Macau GP From Eventual Winner Peter Hickman

    A delighted Peter Hickman said: “Michael got a much better start than me which is usual as he is always good off the line. I was quite happy to just sit there and follow him to watch where he was strong and where he wasn’t. I could hear the Ducati behind me so realised Martin was fairly close so after the third lap I decided it was time to go and got my head down, passed Michael and began to pull a bit of a gap.

    After half distance he began to gain ground on me and was only 0.7s behind so thought I had better get my head down again and pull the gap back out again. I looked at the TV screen at Lisboa and saw that I had pulled away again but unfortunately the red flag came out. I really hope the boys involved are ok, which is the main thing to be honest. It is fantastic for myself, the Smiths Racing crew, (I had my usual team around me) and Aspire-Ho Bathams who are the sponsors for the team, to give them a win here is absolutely brilliant.”

    Peter Hickman on the Bathams BMW at the 2018 Macau GP
    Peter Hickman on the Bathams BMW at the 2018 Macau GP

    Hickman has achieved wins in every international race in 2018, along with qualifying for the British Superbike Showdown. That includes victory in the Superstock and Senior TT at the Isle of Man TT, along with the fastest lap record of 135.452mph. Plus victories at the North West 200 and the Ulster Grand Prix.

    Behind the podium finishers of Hickman, Rutter and Jessopp were Danny Webb (BMW) and Gary Johnson (Kawasaki). Horst Saiger took sixth ahead of Davo Johnson, Derek Sheils and Davey Todd. Completing the top ten was the returning John McGuinness.

    Davey Todd, Didier Grams and Michael Sweeney - 2018 Macau GP
    Davey Todd, Didier Grams and Michael Sweeney – 2018 Macau GP

    In total, 24 riders completed the race, with Craig Neve the final classified finisher. Only Davy Morgan and Didier Grams failed to finish, as the red flag meant Wylie and Crowe were included in the provisional results in 15th and 16th place. Fortunately the reports are that Wylie was taken to hospital with injuries understood to not be serious, and Crowe was pretty much unscathed. The crash occurred at Fisherman’s Bend as Wylie struck the barrier on his Bimota before Crowe collided with the fallen motorcycle.

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  • Get Trials Style With The New Watsonian International Sidecar

    We all know how popular adventure sport and off-road style motorcycles have become. But what if you want to take more passengers or luggage than a motorbike can manage? Whether it’s for a round-the-world expedition or picking up the weekly shop? Well, now you can go trials style, with the new Watsonian International Sidecar.

    The New Watsonian International Sidecar

    The prototype version pictured will be close to the final release. It’s shown fitted to the Royal Enfield Himalayan, and Watsonian have also been hard at work creating a universal fitting kit for their current sidecars for the Enfield.

    Although it’s got off-road trials style, the new Watsonian International sidecar has been created primarily to use on the roads. As a result, it’s got a glass fibre body to be durable and easy to maintain. But it does have aluminium panels to echo the style of the original International, which was around in the 1940s and 1950s. And there’s an aluminium mudguard holding the indicator and brake light.

    There’s the off-road bench seat, under which you get your spacious luggage locker. And the the black metal rim for passengers to grab to keep them stable. Underneath the new Watsonian International sidecar is the tubular steel platform chassis Watsonian have been using for a long time, with elded joints and epoxy power coating.

    To keep things comfortable there’s  hydraulic suspension with a rising rate spring. And the sidecar is mounted on a 16″ stainless spoked wheel with a black powder coated steel rim and a Bridgestone Trail Wing dual sport tyre.

    The new Watsonian International Sidecar will be available in Spring 2019 and will cost £3,995 including VAT. The Royal Enfield Himalayan Watsonian fitting kit costs £450.

    The Original Watsonian International Sidecar:

    Inspiration for the trials and off-road style of the new Watsonian International sidecar actually comes from the firm’s original creation launched in 1938.

    The first International featured a lightweight all-aluminium body. But production was interrupted due to the outbreak of the Second World War. So it didn’t actually become available to buy until 1950.

    The original 1950s Watsonian International Sidecar

    But when the original aluminium Watsonian International did reappear in 1950, it competed in the International Six Days Trail at Llandrindod Wells. And was regularly used by the company management team of Ron Watson and Cliff Bennett in a variety of trials events during the early 1950s.

    You can certainly see echoes of the original outfit in the new Watsonian International sidecar. And while it might not be suitable for off-road competition, it should be rugged enough to cope with whatever adventure you might fancy on the roads.

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