Dean Hemmings, Director of The Motorbike Shop, recently took part in the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100. Upon completing the ride and in Dean’s own words, ‘if anyone wants a cheap bike, I’m selling mine!’.
Despite Dean’s less than positive, yet comedic view on his future career in road cycling, we here at The Motorbike Shop have huge respect for his incredible achievement. Dean spent a great deal of time and energy training for the almost impossible feat of succeeding in this challenge. And succeed he did.
The money he has so far raised is all for charity and, specifically, the Samson Centre for MS. In his own words, here is why both the charity and the ride are of such importance to him…
”Some of you may know, I like a challenge…..this one may be a step too far, but I’m in training and it’s for a [...]
Widely recognised as the most prestigious awards in motorcycling, the 2015 MCN Award winners have finally been announced in today’s edition of Motor Cycle News. With Yamaha machines winning five of the most coveted categories and with Yamaha also being voted the MCN 2015 Manufacturer of the Year, the expert judging panel have recognised both the outstanding range of Yamaha two wheelers and the resurgence of the famous tuning fork brand.
Two different MT models have scooped the top prizes in their respective classes – with the MT-07 being voted as the winner of the Best Naked (middleweight) category for the second year running, while the top selling MT-09 Tracer was voted Best All Rounder by the judges.
Equally significant is the award given to the new NMAX 125 which has been voted the Best Scooter for 2015. [...]
Yamaha is very pleased to announce that it has added the cost effective range of BS Batteries to its Genuine Yamaha Parts line-up and they are now available through its Authorised dealer network for all Yamaha models.
The winter period is typically a time when a lot of Yamaha owners have put their motorcycle into hibernation until spring when the weather improves. However, whilst this may avoid the inevitable impact of the seasonal conditions on external parts of a motorcycle, one component that can often be over-looked but will degrade over time if not suitably maintained is the battery.
Whilst many owners will make use of a ‘trickle charger’ to look after their Yamaha’s battery health, for some owners, this is not practical and a battery will eventually need replacing. In this instance, an expired motorcycle battery can [...]
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MT-07 voted MCN Overall Machine of the Year 2014
Widely recognised as the most prestigious awards in motorcycling, the 2014 MCN Awards have finally been announced with two different MT models scooping the top prize in their respective classes – with the new MT-125 voted Best 125cc machine of the year and the MT-07 declared as the winner in the Best Naked (middleweight) category, whilst also being chosen by the distinguished judges as the MCN Overall Machine of the Year 2014.
Winning any of the annual MCN awards is always an honour but to receive the top prize confirms that a new motorcycle is something rather special.
The Machine of the Year 2014 award is even more significant than normal for this affordable, twin cylinder machine, as the judges have historically tended to vote for large capacity flagship [...]
The 2014 Wheels & Waves event in Biarritz went down a storm two weeks ago with thousands of dedicated custom bikes descending on the French coast to enjoy sunshine, good times and beautiful motorcycles. Yamaha were there in style with a showcase of stunning Yard Built creations from a host of builders including The Bender Brothers, Deus Ex Machina, Wrenchmonkees and Roland Sands.
Aside from the already announced bikes, two special new machines were unwrapped at wheels & Waves for the assembled custom enthusiasts. The German Bender brothers Christian and Raphael took the covers off their first Yard Built Yamaha project, the über cool SR400 ‘Homage’. The brothers are huge fans of the Yamaha XT500 and took that as their inspiration in building the ‘Homage’.
The standard SR400 was stripped back and then modified by the brothers to [...]
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Motorcycle fans have a lot to look forward to on top of warm sunny days this summer as Yamaha steps up its iconic ‘Yard Built’ activities with exciting new projects. The Gibbonslap kit is now ready to order for the SR400 and the next few months will see new Yard Built XV950 and SR400 based projects by cult customisers. Yamaha will have a major Yard Built presence at the world’s coolest custom bike show, Wheels & Waves 2014 in Biarritz where some surprising customised SR400’s will be revealed!
Yamaha’s ‘Yard Built’ activity continues to make the dream of owning a custom motorcycle a reality for bikers around the world. An ever-increasing number of the most respected customisers in the industry are collaborating with Yamaha to create beautiful Yard Built specials. The unique aftermarket kits that support selected specials [...]
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The iconic SR400, 35 years heritage
35 years heritage. Built to customize.
Anyone who was old enough to ride a motorcycle in the 1970s will remember the fanfare that greeted the launch of the original Yamaha SR models. Inspired by the dual purpose XT500 which was launched a few years earlier, the single cylinder SR400 and SR500 were announced in 1978, and went on to become some of Yamaha’s most popular and enduring models.
With their relaxed torque output, slim and agile chassis design and classic styling, the Japanese-market SR400 and European-market SR500 became firm favourites with enthusiasts who were looking for a simple machine that captured the very spirit of sports motorcycling. In many European countries including Germany, Austria and Belgium, groups of SR500 owners formed enthusiasts’ clubs, many of which still run to this day. [...]
The annual Motor Cycle News awards celebrate all that’s best in motorcycling and the 2013 Awards were presented last night by MCN editor Andy Calton.
Yamaha machines scooped two of the most coveted awards of the evening with the FJR1300 being voted Best Tourer and the all new XV950 declared as Best Custom.
Unfortunately the new MT-09 just missed the cut-off date for judging this years awards as MCN had not tested the bike before the judging date – so who knows it might have been and even bigger haul of trophies if it had been included!
We are proud to confirm that we are a main stockist of the R&G product range. We stock a full range of crash protection for Yamaha motorcycles & numerous other manufactures. This includes products like:
Paddock stand bobbins & cotton reels.
Bar End Sliders
Why not come & see for yourself! Just visit our Parts & Service Department situated in our showroom.