As a way of helping Dick Powell’s bones mend faster than an abacus wizard can square 13, here’s a completely indulgent picture of a really fast motorbike. Yes, it’s the new Bimota YB11. Yes, it’s Italian. And yes, it goes over 175mph. No, of course it’s not really necessary. But designer Carla Bruni has not let speed limits or the prospect of the coming cleaner, Greener age of motoring interfere with the styling. Biker girl from Mars – well, from Glasgow – Janice Kirkpatrick is already keen to get her mitts on one. Arise, Dick – the instrument of your next broken bone incident awaits.

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