Vintage Motorcycles Set for RM Auctions


Motorcycle Auction

Formed in 1991, RM Auctions has become the world's largest collector car auction house, specializing in quality automobiles and classic motorbikes.

RM returns to Hershey, Pennsylvania next month (October 7-8, 2010) for their annual Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey event.

In addition to the impressive roster of four-wheel rolling history consigned for sale, RM Auctions will also be presenting a select array of vintage motorcycles.

The motorcycles range from a four-horsepower 1911 Flanders to a 1960 Indian-Enfield. There is also a 1926 Cleveland Fowler Four, a 1948 Indian Chief Bonneville, a 1930 Excelsior Super X Streamliner V-Twin and a 1905 FN Type A 4-cylinder motorcycle.

These beautiful and rare collector motorcycles all come with appreciatively sizable price tags - which is always good fodder to excite the attendees into zealous bidding.

For those who might be interested in participating in the auction but are unable to attend in person, RM Auctions has a range of remote bidding options, including Internet, telephone and absentee bidding.

The motorcycle auction will stream live online at, providing real-time coverage of the bidding and sales.

For more information on RM Auctions, from full event details to a copy of the digital auction catalog go to RM Auctions Motorcycles.

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MotoGP Paddock Girls in Aragon 2010

The glamour of the MotoGP Paddock Girls, at the thirteenth race of 2010 in Indianapolis.

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Electric scooters and motorcycles

Zero-emissions two-wheelers are very much in their infancy but the choice is growing all the time.

Electric scooters and motorcycles  
Piaggio MP3 Hybrid.
This is still at the pioneering stage, with none of the major players even participating, leaving the field open for a motley collection of strange brands, rebadging, a very wide mix of quality and no clear leader or single growing force.
That's not to say everything looks like it's come out of a garden shed, but equally it's unrealistic to expect the levels of design sophistication or build quality you'd find in a Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki or Yamaha.
Only two electric motorcycles are available and sales of these still register in the dozens so you're as unlikely to see one as hear one.

The rest are scooters, the majority Chinese built (which generally bodes ill for quality) and the handful of different models come with a multitude of brand names that seem to come and go. In other words, while there are some reasonable products out there, beware.

Electric scooters and motorcycles

Hybrid powertain with electric motor mounted alongside the rear wheel shaft (left side)

Motorcycles Zero
These are designed and built in Scotts Valley, California, as fun and performance machines rather than simply commuters, although they will fulfil that role.

Founder Neil Saiki is a qualified aeronautical engineer and the design reflects this. They look pretty good, too, more like conventional supermoto and trail bikes than worthy transport for geeks and greenies.

There are four models, which are essentially the same machine with minor differences according to purpose. The X and MX are for off-road use only, where their very low noise levels make them highly suited to dedicated parks and circuits near built-up areas.

The S and DS are road-legal supermoto and trail bikes differing only in wheels and tyres, priced from £7,995. These come with a two-year warranty. A "future-proofing" warranty is also available at additional cost, with upgrades at much reduced cost.

The Zero S and DS can be ridden with an A1 licence, the same as a 125cc petrol bike. Although the 67mph top speed is only slightly more than a conventional 125's, the acceleration is claimed to be substantially greater.

The claimed range is 50 miles, with a four-hour recharge time.

Swiss-made machine with a top speed of 45mph which, like the Zero, is legally in the same category as a 125. The Quantya Strada isn't cheap though - £9,100 is close to superbike money for learner bike performance, although the UK importer is also working on a hire-and-ride arrangement which will help mitigate this.

It looks very much like a conventional small trail bike, and its off-road credentials are good, the plan being to set up off-road parks using these machines exclusively.

While the top speed is low, as with most electric vehicles, initial acceleration is good, with a time of 1.9 seconds quoted for 0-42mph, which will keep you in front of most traffic from the lights.

The Strada's throttle response characteristics can be changed to suit different riding styles, although this demands a laptop computer when it ought to be possible via a handlebar switch, as it is on many conventional motorcycles.

The open-road range is claimed to be 40-50 miles, dropping to 25 miles in stop-start traffic. Recharging takes about two hours.
Scooters Xero Tech
A range of scooters imported as part of the Green Tech product range by the Best Buy technology chain, the new UK division of the large US company. Although the scooters are assembled in the Far East, Xero is a British company, so with this and Best Buy behind them they're a safer bet than most.

Three models are on sale, the Urban Citi, Urban Tourer and the Classic, the most popular because of its traditional scooter looks. This is available as 1kW and 3kW versions, although if you make use of the 3kW Classic's greater performance the range will inevitably suffer.

This is quoted as 30-40 miles, with an eight-hour recharge time. Top speed is retstricted to 30mph to comply with the machine's moped categorisation. A 12-month/6,000-mile warranty is offered, which is reassuring. Prices start at £1,499.

Best Buy has stores in Thurrock, Southampton, and Merry Hill (West Midlands), with more opening in Liverpool, Croydon and Derby this year. A retail website launches in the autumn.
Electric Transport Ltd offers the e-max 110S for £3,450 and the stripped down 80L for £2,950. The 110S is the more practical, with a claimed 60-mile range and two- to five-hour recharge time, while the 80L can cover 28 miles in one go for a recharge of 1.5-3 hours.

e-max is a German company based near Munich, while the scooters are built at a German-owned and managed factory in Wuxi, near Shanghai in China.

Lithium-ion batteries are used with a purpose-built motor located in the rear wheel. A booster button is fitted which increases power by 80 per cent, useful for steep inclines. Disc brakes are fitted front and rear.

These are more costly than most of the generic Chinese scooters, but the design and quality are a significant improvement.
Piaggio MP3 Hybrid
It's not all-electric but the MP3 Hybrid is the only machine from a major manufacturer that comes close. The strange double front wheel layout is common to petrol MP3 scooters and is very successful in Italy for the additional braking power and stability.

The Hybrid combines a 125cc four-stoke engine and electric motor with increased battery capacity. The relationship between them is controlled by an electronic management system where the electric motor aids acceleration from low speeds while the engine recharges the batteries.

Piaggio claims up to 170mpg and 40g/km CO2 emissions, and the MP3 Hybrid can also be used on electric power only in zero emissions zones, although its range is restricted to a dozen or so miles, and top speed is just 20mph with weak acceleration. The price is £8,255.
Do I need a special licence to ride one?
The licence requirements for an electric motorcycle depend on the category in which it is classed, in line with conventional two-wheelers. Most electric scooters are counted as mopeds, which means a top speed of no more than 30mph.

These can be ridden on a car licence without L-plates if you passed your test before February 2001, otherwise a Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) certificate is required, but still no L-plates. Mopeds are not allowed on motorways.

A 125cc equivalent demands a motorcycle licence, either the full class A or the A1 light motorcycle class, or it can be ridden with L-plates after CBT has been passed (as long as a provisional A or A1 category is on the licence).

Note that passing a test on an electric two-wheeler will restrict you to automatic motorcycles or scooters only.

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Motorbike helmet that lets you see road behind

450 Helmet Camera

Brit device that saves lives

A motorcycle helmet which gives riders eyes in the back of their head is set to transform road safety in Britain.

The Reevu MSX1 Helmet contains a tiny mirror in the top of the visor which allows the rider to see behind him.

The device uses technology which was originally developed in order to transmit messages to submerged oil rig divers.

The helmet has so far saved the lives of hundreds of customers, who have since written to the Sunderland-based company to express their thanks.

Engineer Graham Steele, 48, worked on the original technology in the late-1980s, which used pagers inside divers' helmets to prevent accidents in the North Sea.

He had to create a screen which was easy to read when it was close to the wearer's eyes.

Reevu chief executive Graham, who invented the helmet, said: "In the 80s there were a lot of divers being killed in the North Sea because at the depths they were working, it was difficult to pass them information. Pager technology was all the rage back then and the idea was to make a small LCD screen inside the helmet on which the divers could read messages.

"But if you hold a screen very close to your eyes, you can't see it - the focal length between your eye and the thing is too short. But one day I was in my workshop and had a Eureka moment."

Motorbike enthusiast Graham said: "I realised that even though you might not be able to see a screen when it is it close to your eyes, you can see it clearly if it is reflected onto a mirrored surface from behind you. We realised we had a brilliant idea for a motorbike helmet."

The top of the helmet liner is sculpted so the rider can see behind simply by glancing up into the rear-view mirror. The rider is more aware of his surroundings through peripheral vision.

Since ordinary motorbike helmets restrict both the wearer's hearing and field of vision, it is thought they have already prevented hundreds of accidents.

The Reevu helmet is available direct from the manufacturer and retails at around £249.


Bikers can switch between looking at road ahead and the mirror


Tiny device reflects the view of the road behind like a car rear-view mirror


Technology used by North Sea divers was the helmet's inspiration

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Tomizawa '48' to be retired from Moto2

Organisers to present late racer's parents with memorial plaque

MOTOGP ORGANISERS Dorna are to retire the number '48' from future Moto2 championships as a marked of respect to Shoya Tomizawa, the 19-year-old Japanese racer killed during the Moto2 race at Misano, just under a fortnight ago.

Tomizawa was killed after a three-bike pile-up at one of the fastest parts of the course. Earlier this week the upcoming Japanese star was buried at a ceremony in Japan.

A memorial plaque bearing Tomizawa's race number will be given to his parents as a tribute to their son.

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Born to be wild - 62 year old on a road trip of a lifetime

A British grandmother has sold her $300,000 house to tour the world on her Harley Davidson motorbike.
Former hairdresser Sue O'Grady, 62, plans to sell her six bedroom house in Doncaster, Northern England, and hit the road for as long as ten years, to travel through America, Africa, the Middle East and Australia.

She said: "I love my home, I've lived there a long time and it's everything I ever wanted, but I probably love my Harley a lot more on balance, so the house has got to go.
I can travel a long way and see a lot of the world with the proceeds from the sale, and if I can stretch the money out and make it last for eight or 10 years then so much the better.

Good luck to you Sue, all the best.

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Unlucky bike fanatic Brad Pitt's vintage motorcycle lets him down again

Regular guy Brad Pitt likes nothing more than to tool around town on one of his collection of vintage motorbikes.

But the Inglorious Basterds star appears to be somewhat unlucky with the two-wheeled speed machines, as he broke down again while on his way to a film set in Los Angeles.

The 46-year-old actor's Ducati bike failed to start. However, he didn't have to look too far for assistance - calling for help from his bodyguard.

Brad Pitt has accrues an impressive collection of vintage motorcycles

Start me up: Brad Pitt, seen in Los Angeles, comes a cropper again on one of his vintage motorbike collection as the old bike won't start

Clearly the actor is not that great at getting his hands dirty fixing his prized machines.

Brad was forced to call for help, and a dark SUV arrived and whisked him away leaving his flunky to deal with the roadside drama.

This is the latest in a string of bike related mishaps for the father of six.

I need a hero: Pitt waits patiently for help to arrive... in the form of a bodyguard

Brad Pitt

Hands on: Pitt stands back as his driver takes a look...

Last July the embarrassed actor was forced to hitch a lift with a member of the paparazzi when he found himself stranded in a residential area.

And in October he was thrown off one of his custom motorbikes seconds before confronting a paparazzo in downtown Los Angeles.

Pitt was weaving through busy traffic when the eager photographer drove his Toyota Camry too close to the star.

The actor lost his balance while swerving to avoid the car and clipped the wing mirror of a parked vehicle.

Brad Pitt broke down again with his custom motorcycle in Los Angeles and had to have his black SUV t

...but soon scoots off in his black SUV when the bike cannot be started

In an interview he revealed that he uses them to escape the attentions of the paparazzi.

Brandishing a motorcycle helmet, he told a reporter at W magazine: 'This is my anonymity. With it, I’m just another a***hole on the streets.'

Pitt's obsession with motorbikes has seen him build a massive collection including a Ducati Desmosedici RR and a Monster 696.

Meanwhile, Pitt's partner was seen arriving home at Los Angeles International airport with two of their three daughters, Shiloh, and Zahara.

Top Gun: Tom Cruise was out and about on his bike yesterday, visiting Universal Studios in Los Angeles

Top Gun: Tom Cruise was out and about on his bike yesterday, visiting Universal Studios in Los Angeles

Action man: Like Brad, Cruise is an accomplished bike rider

Action man: Like Brad, Cruise is an accomplished bike rider

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3D boobs set to cause mayhem

New ad campaign could cause accidents say experts, 16 years after first Wonderbra ad turned heads

THE MANUFACTURERS of cleavage-enhancing Wonderbra have come in for criticism from road safety groups following the unveiling of a huge 3-D poster near London Waterloo station.

The poster, which encourages passers-by to view wearing 3-D specs, is to promote the company's new Full Effect brassiere.

Safety groups have branded the idea a "distraction" for motorists; Wonderbra suffered similar criticism for their the 1994 'Hello Boys' ad campaign, featuring Czech model Eva Herzigov√°.

The 1994 poster, which showed Herzigov√° staring down at her peachy assets, was blamed for dozens of road accidents.

The latest 20ft wide poster, which stars Brazilian model Sabraine Banado, could be "a distraction" said Vince Yearley, a spokesman for IAM.

"For those motorists who don't happen to have 3D glasses in their car - and most don't - then as the image is slightly blurred, it will cause you to want to focus on it even more," continued Yearley.

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Scott Redding ready to get back on his bike after Shoya Tomizawa crash horror

Teenage motorcycle star Scott Redding will be back on a bike tomorrow just eight days after being involved in the crash that killed his friend, Shoya Tomizawa, in Misano.

The 19-year-old Japanese rider died after falling from his motorcycle and being hit by Alex de Angelis and Redding, who had no chance of taking evasive action in the Moto2 race at the San Marino Grand Prix.
Gloucester-born Redding, 17, the youngest rider in history to win a Grand Prix, has spent the week following the accident with his best friend, 125GP rider Danny Webb, in Malaga, Spain.

Redding suffered a laceration in his lower back that required 12 stitches after he was thrown several metres into the air at close to 140mph before coming to rest more than 100m from the point of impact.

Getting back on track: Scott Redding (right)
Getting back on track: Scott Redding (right)

‘We’ve been in Spain trying to get Scott fully fit and mentally prepared for the next race at Aragon,’ said Webb, 19, who has been friends with Redding since he was 10 years old and they competed together in mini moto
Redding has been able to go on long walks to keep mobile and is set to take part in a one-day test at Valencia for his Marc VDS Racing team ahead of next weekend’s race.

Webb added: ‘Tomizawa, Scott and I were all friends. It’s difficult, but you’ve got to get on the right side of it and be really strong and positive. Tomizawa wouldn’t want anyone to be sad. He would want everyone to be having a good time, as he would be.

‘You’ve just got to try to get your head down and refresh your mind. Scott is being strong now. He’s ready to get back on the bike. What happened is a tragedy, but nobody could have done anything to change it. It’s hard to say, but that’s what can happen in racing.’

Redding, who was knocked unconscious in the crash, has no recollection of the incident, but has since watched a video of the race.

‘We had it on in the house,’ said Webb, who rides for Andalucia Cajasol. ‘He knows what’s happened. It’s put his mind at rest.

‘We could not live without motorcycle racing. We’re both going to get out there and do the best we can. Scott can’t wait to mix it with the top lot again. He’ll be there at Aragon, back at the front, I’m sure.’

Track tragedy: Young Japanese rider Shoya Tomizawa lies fatally hurt on a stretcher after crashing during the Moto2 race at the San Marino Grand Prix
Track tragedy: Young Japanese rider Shoya Tomizawa lies fatally hurt on a stretcher after crashing during the Moto2 race at the San Marino Grand Prix

Tomizawa’s crash was the second fatal accident in a week at a Grand Prix following
the death of 13-year-old Peter Lenz in a support race at Indianapolis. The sport was stunned by both tragedies.

Bradley Smith, 19, who is Britain’s most successful Grand Prix rider since Barry Sheene and competes in the 125cc category with Webb, said: ‘This puts everything
into perspective. I was sat there at Misano in a bit of a strop because I’d had engine problems. But I’m still in one piece and ready to go to the next race.’

James Toseland, a double world Superbike champion and former MotoGP rider, said: ‘Racing is a passion you have from a kid, it’s not a job.

‘There are no words to describe the loss, but as a professional racer he died doing what he loved doing. There’s no shame in that. Not everyone understands why people would consider the sacrifice. It’s very difficult to explain.’

The race next weekend is certain to be emotional as the sport mourns the loss of one of its rising stars.
Redding said in a team statement: ‘Tomizawa was a really good guy and will definitely be missed in the paddock and on the track. My thoughts are with his family, friends and team, who all suffered a huge loss at the weekend.’

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Brighton Burn-Up 2010

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The Ace Cafe Reunion Run, or the Brighton Burn-Up as its known, ran successfully yesterday down at Maderia Drive.

The Brighton Burn-Up is one of the biggest motoring events with participants as high as 40,000. Along with Brightona (which we happen to sponsor (; ), Brighton was heaving with motorcycles of all shapes and sizes most of the day.

Ace Cafe is the famous bikers' cafe on London's North Circular Road. Built as a cafe for road hauliers in the 1930s it became the favourite haunt of Britain's motorcyclists, part of teenage culture and post-war rock 'n' roll. It closed in 1969: end of an era.

But in 1993 Mark Wilsmore had the idea for the Ace Cafe Reunion, an annual event at the old Ace Cafe site. And so it's gone from there and in 1997 the old cafe itself was reborn.

The Ace Cafe Reunion is for both Mods and Rockers - young and old - bikes and scooters - young and old.

Bikers come from all over the country; in fact, all over Europe - and maybe even further afield.

This was truly a sight worth seeing! Bikes start to arrive mid-morning and fill up the Drive: the noise, the smell of petrol fumes, the wave and wave of arriving bikers all generate an atmosphere of excitement. A great coming together.

By the time the Drive was filled up, a vast range of motobikes is on display. Bikes and bikers of all ages; bikes, trikes, sidecars; every manufacturer's name in the history of the motorcycle in represented. An exaggeration perhaps, but you'll certainly find Vincent, Norton, Kawasaki, Honda, Harley-Davidson, Ducati, Aprilia, KTM, Moto Guzzi, Victory, BSA, BMW, Triumph, Suzuki, National Chopper Club, and many customised machines, especially trikes.

There was also a stage, DJ, rock'n' roll, bands, etc to provide the entertainment.

We were there with our camera yesterday taking a number of pictures of bikes that took our fancy. All our photos will be uploaded to our facebook page

Roaring through the English countryside... it's Captain America: Motorbike scenes for comic book film shooting in London

As a comic book star of the Forties of, Captain America was as patriotic emblem for his country, often depicted fighting the Nazi powers of World War II.

But it seems the Captain America in the forthcoming movie based on the iconic cartoon character is going to be bringing his powers to Britain as well.

Today motorbike scenes for Captain America: The First Avenger were being shot in the London countryside.
Captain America
Hero on a bike: Scenes were being shot today in a leafy London location for the forthcoming movie Captain America: The First Avenger, seen here a stunt double for American actor Chris Evans who will play the title role

Captain America
He's one Easy Rider: The stuntman was sat astride a classic US Army Indian motorcycle
Chris Evans, seen here at the Fantastic Four premiere in 2005, is playing Captain America

American actor Chris Evans, who also starred in the Fantastic Four comic book films, is playing the title role in the film. And today his stunt double was snapped in a leafy London location, dressed in full regalia, riding a US Army Indian motorcycle.

True to the original character, the costume comprised the colours of the American flag, complete with a huge star on the chest, helmet and cape.

There was also a magnificent Forties-style car on set, which was seen being driven through a woodland location, as well as some more futuristic looking motorcycles.
The film started shooting in June, when Tommy Lee Jones was confirmed as playing US Army Colonel Chester Phillips.

Dominic Cooper will also play a role as the younger version of Howard Stark, the character which John Slattery portrayed in Iron Man 2.

One of the first filming locations earlier in the summer was near the University of Manchester in the Northern Quarter, centred around Dale Street, chosen after a search for a location best fitting 1940's Lower East Side Manhattan, New York.

Captain America
On location: The film, set for release next year, is based on the 1940s comic book character

More filming is scheduled there for later this month. But in the meantime production will continue in London, with a number of key landmarks expected to be taken in during filming.

The movie, directed by Joe Johnston and scheduled for release in July next year, will also star Lord of the Rings actor Hugo Weaving as Johann Schmidt / Red Skull, Captain America's nemesis and head of the Nazis' terrorist activities.

The futuristic-looking bikes on set today appeared to be carrying riders bearing the Red Skull symbol as a chase scene was filmed.

Scenes will also be shot in Liverpool in the autumn at locations including the city's Albert Dock. It is being filmed with 2-D cameras, but will be converted into a 3D movie during post production.

Johnston did a one-day test shoot with a 3-D rig as opposed to shooting in 2-D and converting but called it 'a nightmare' due to bulky gear and restricted filmmaking options.
He said he's a firm believer in the conversion approach if done right, telling the Los Angeles Times recently: 'It's a new challenge and it's exciting.' 

Captain America
Chase scene: There were also some more futuristic bikes on set, with these riders appearing to be bearing the Red Skull symbol, Captain America's nemesis and leader of the Nazis' terrorist activities

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Marisa Miller on why she loves bikes and being FHM's number 1 sexiest woman!

According to FHM it turns out that Megan Fox isn't, contrary to popular opinion, actually the hottest woman of the world.

The magazine has released its annual list of the 100 Sexiest Women in the World, and to the shock and dismay of girl-watchers everywhere, the former Transformers beauty came in a mere Number Two.
And who, pray tell, grabbed the top honors this year? Victoria's Secret model Marisa Miller.

We at UKBike do not mind this due to the the interview she had with Esquire magazine. 

The Harley ad pin-up on why she loves bikes:
1. Sex - A man on a motorcycle turns me on because a man on a motorcycle is automatically bad.  
2. Leather - Nothing’s sexier to women than a leather jacket.
3. Throbbing - A bike starting up gets me revved up.
4. Freedom - A woman likes a sense of adventure and endless possibilities.
5. The forbidden - Girls aren't supposed to ride motorcycles. Having my H-D Nightster in my garage feels like I have an escape vehicle. Burnouts? Let’s just say women like to push themselves too.

Congratulations Marisa Miller


Biker's anger over fine for parking at 'wrong angle'

Biker's anger over fine for parking at 'wrong angle'
A biker has been left fuming being issued with a parking ticket.

Andrew Taylor was fined £50 for leaving his 1400cc GSX Suzuki motorbike at the wrong angle along the white line on Market Street, Torquay, even though motorbikes are allowed to park for free so long as they do not take up an entire car parking space.

Mr Taylor, 51, a biker of 30 years and a clay pit worker from Paignton, said: "So much for being a bike-friendly town.

"Market Street is quite steep which is why I had to park the bike at a 45-degree angle or it would have fallen over.

"I was told motorbikes can park for free if they don't take a whole space."
"My back wheel was touching the kerb. I went to the shop to sort out a problem with my mobile phone and when I came back I had a parking ticket."

Mr Taylor rang the number on the ticket and was told to take a picture of the motorbike and its position on the road before contesting the fine.

He said: "There aren't any signs anywhere warning bikers of what they can or can't do."
Officials in the council's parking department confirmed motorcyclists were able to park within street pay-and-display bays free of charge provided the motorcycle was parked at right angles to the kerb on the white lines which demarcate each of the bays.

A spokesman said: "Parking this way allows for other vehicles to still park within the designated bays and make payment at the machine.

"Maximum stay and No Return periods at each location must be adhered to also, as failure to observe this will result in the issue of a penalty charge notice.

"If a motorcyclist wishes to place a motorcycle within a marked bay taking up the entire bay, he can purchase a ticket from the pay-and-display machine to do so.

"If the ticket cannot be clearly displayed then the ticket can be kept on their person.
"If a penalty charge notice is subsequently issued to the motorcycle, the pay-and-display ticket can be provided as evidence of correct payment having been made."

The spokesman added: "Parking for motorcycles is free in council-run car parks, provided it is within the designated area or parked safely outside of a bay, and not within a marked bay."

A Torbay Council spokesman said: "We have an appeals process for motorists and motorcyclists who feel there are mitigating circumstances which have led up to a penalty charge notice being issued.
"We would therefore urge the motorcyclist in this instance to follow these procedures, which are stated on the rear of the penalty charge notice.

"We will investigate the matter by considering the comments from the motorcyclist and reviewing all the data captured by the civil enforcement officer at the time the penalty charge notice was issued, and respond in due course."

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1970s Ducati 750 sport put to the test as Keira Knightley takes it for a spin!

Actress Keira Knightley was recently in Paris, shooting for a new Chanel ad. For this, the slender beauty rode (or at least pretended to ride...) a 1970s Ducati 750 sport.

Knightley wore an all suede, all beige bodysuit, paired with cap-toed boots and helmet to match the classic bike — so very Chanel.

The only turn-off? Knightley's photo shoot involved a tow vehicle and training wheels for the bike.

Prosecutor considers action over Tomizawa death

The prosecutor of Rimini has reportedly launched an investigation into the death of Shoya Tomizawa following the Moto2 Grand Prix at Misano.

According to the Italian ANSA news agency, Paolo Giovagnoli will begin an inquest into the 19-year-old's tragic death in a move that could also see criminal charges being brought.

Tomizawa crashed on lap 12 of the race into the path of Alex de Angelis and Scott Redding, but the race was not stopped as track marshals swiftly stretchered him off the circuit.

However, Tomizawa was then accidentally dropped by a marshal when they stumbled whilst carrying through the gravel.

With an impending autopsy set to reveal exactly what contributed to his death, ANSA says Giovagnoli is considering bringing charges to individuals that are yet to be identified.

The news comes a day after MotoGP officials defended the decision not to stop the race to allow Tomizawa to receive treatment at the track, claiming they were better equipped to deal with his serious injuries behind the scenes.

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Japanese rider Tomizawa killed in crash at San Marino Moto2 GP

Only 19, Tomizawa fell on the Misano World Circuit in the 12th lap and was run over by two other riders. He was taken to hospital but died of injuries he sustained in the crash.
Japanese motorcycle racer Shoya Tomizawa died of injuries sustained in a crash on Sunday at the San Marino Moto2 Grand Prix, according to local news reports. He was 19 years old.

Racing in fourth place at the time, Tomizawa lost control on a kerb coming out of a turn in the 12th lap of the race on the Misano World Circuit. He fell and was run over at high speed by the next two riders, Italy’s Alex de Angelis and Scott Redding of Britain. He was taken to hospital but died there because of the injuries, according to the reports. Tomizawa competed for the Suter team and got his only world championship race win in the season-opener of the newly-formed Moto2 class in Qatar. He came second at the following race in Spain and was ranked sixth in the standings ahead of Sunday’s race. 

De Angelis reportedly walked away unharmed while Redding required treatment on so far undisclosed injuries at the circuit. 

Tomizawa is the first rider to die in MotoGP racing since compatriot Daijiro Kato at the Suzuka home race in 2003. Last weekend American Peter Lenz, 13, died in Indianapolis when he was run over by a 12-year-old rival after falling in the warmup lap for a junior race. 

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