Cheung Wai-on to take part in Isle of Man TT races

Cheung Wai-on has competed only sporadically over the past eight years while struggling to find financial backing. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Hong Kong's Cheung Wai-on has been handed a "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity to race at the Isle of Man TT meet at the end of the month, becoming the first Chinese racer at the world's most famous motorcycle race.

Wednesday, 15 May, 2013, 5:22am

No stealing their thunder

Hell's Angels of California gave notoriety to the name, but today's Harley clubs have taken on a more professional, collectors' ethos. It has a big following in Asia and the Middle East. Photo: Bloomberg

No motorbike brand epitomises the freedom of the open road quite like Harley-Davidson, whose motto is "live to ride, ride to live".

Low-slung, and with a distinctive tailpipe noise, Harley is a true American success story; its bikes were used by the US Army as far back as the first world war. They also enjoy a large and loyal international following among biker groups.

5 Apr 2013 - 10:49am

Briefs, March 3, 2013

A bomb squad unit inspects the motorcycle wreckage. Photo: AFP

The US government is looking into reports that three Laotian-Americans have gone missing in southern Laos. According to relatives, the Minnesota residents went missing in early January in Savannakhet province. 

3 Mar 2013 - 6:12am

Motorbikes best option for migrants on Lunar New Year trek

A migrant family preparing for their motorcycle journey home from Wuzhou, Guangxi, for the Lunar New Year holiday. Photo: Xinhua

Increasingly more migrant workers are riding motorbikes home from Guangdong for the annual holiday. In 2010, 100,000 people rode home for the Lunar New Year holiday, local media reported. The figure doubled to 200,000 in 2011 and doubled again to 400,000 last year.

4 Feb 2013 - 8:24am

Briefs, January 4, 2013

Singer Rain to face discipline for dating during service. Photo: EPA

Sri Lanka's supreme court said yesterday parliament does not have the authority to investigate accusations of misconduct against senior judges and an impeachment proceeding against the chief justice was against the law. 

4 Jan 2013 - 4:20am

China Digest, November 14, 2012

A former director of farm-machinery management in Chongqing was sentenced on Monday to 15 years in jail for accepting 3 million yuan in bribes and for embezzling 500,000 yuan in public money to operate his own business, China News Service reports. 

14 Nov 2012 - 4:49am

Hongkonger's daughter inspires 25,000 kilometre Asian motorcycle odyssey

Morgan Parker visits the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups in North Point for a screening of the documentary about his trip.Photo: Dickson Lee

When Hong Kong resident and former investment banker Morgan Parker wanted to give his nine-year-old daughter a different perspective from her "privileged expatriate life", he hit on the idea of embarking on a motorcycle odyssey across Southeast Asia in the name of good causes and little-known charities.

19 Aug 2012 - 11:31am

Charity on wheels

In a Sumatran village Morgan Parker and his three travelling companions were looking for a place to spend the night. They ended up in the local tribal chief's home; It had no beds, furniture, electricity or even toilets. The foreigners shared the humble abode with 12 locals - plus myriad creepy creatures roaming about, such as snakes and scorpions.

16 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Appeal panel reduces Lai's suspension

Jockey Alex Lai Hoi-wing met with success in his appeal yesterday against the severity of an eight-meeting ban for testing positive on October 4 to the banned substance methylephedrine.

The appeal panel reduced his suspension by three meetings and he will resume riding on November 4.

28 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Motorcycle makers face roadblock

Motorcycles have been banned or restricted in more than 160 mainland cities as Beijing pushes car ownership and blames the two-wheeled vehicles for everything, from drive-by robberies and pollution to traffic accidents.

28 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Tragedy sparks widow's warning

Motorcyclist's death spurs drink-driving campaign by wife, friends

Eagle Luk Yee-mei's husband John was killed when his motorcycle was struck by an alleged drunk driver last month.

Yet she still jumps on her Suzuki scooter and rides almost every day.

17 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Traffic officers test electric scooters

The police force is considering replacing its fleet of motorcycles with electric scooters. Since April, traffic police have been testing 10 scooters developed by US company Vectrix and a decision will be made in October, said Senior Inspector Li Tung-cheung. The US$11,000 scooters can travel up to 90km on a full charge and have a top speed of 100km/h.

5 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

VMEP looks to female buyers to boost sales

Newly listed Vietnam Manufacturing and Export Processing (Holdings) (VMEP) has distinguished itself from its rivals by appealing to female customers in Vietnam's fast-growing motorcycle market, according to chief executive Chen Pang-hsiung.

31 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Vietnam scooter firm tests market

Vietnam's economic prospects will be the biggest selling point for the initial public offering of Vietnam Manufacturing and Export Processing (Holdings) (VMEP), the country's third-largest foreign-owned motorcycle maker, analysts say.

11 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Chrome stretch

Raymond Ma Siu-wing can't wait for the weekend. That's when the 55-year-old dentist exchanges his clinical whites for a wardrobe of black, with a leather vest, bandanna and boots. For Ma, they signal a respite from root canals and bridgework, and the freedom of the open roads on his bike with fellow members of the Harley Owners Group (Hog).

25 Oct 2007 - 12:00am