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J&S buys 12 Hein Gericke stores

J&S accessories has bought 12 of the 16 Hein Gericke stores affected by the recent return to administration of the German-owned firm and they will all be relaunched as J&S stores later in January.The 12 stores include Aberdeen, Braintree, Farnborough, Gants Hill, Glasgow, Hanger Lane, Leeds, Leicester, Maidstone, Oxford, Preston and Stockwell.Hein Gericke was put back into administration the week ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 03 January 2014

KTM confirms electric scooter for 2015 release

KTM has confirmed that its cheeky electric E-SPEED concept scooter, which was shown at the Tokyo show, will be joining the range line-up as a 2015 model. Harald Plöckinger, KTM Executive Board Member for Production and Business Development, said: “We believe in electro-mobility on two wheels. Because off-road sport is our core area, we have developed an E-Crosser, the Freeride E, ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • New bikes
  • 09 May 2013

Knight and Day - The Amalfi Run

Inspired by the Tom Cruise film ‘Knight and Day’, I casually suggested a ride along the Amalfi Coast in Italy to a mate one Sunday evening. Within seconds, I got a text back saying ‘the wife has said yes’ and the trip was on! Before we knew it, our over excitement had extended the trip to include the Alps, Croatia, ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 25 November 2011

No end to Cat & Fiddle speed camera scandal

Britain’s first bike-catching average speed cameras are finally close to being switched on – weeks before they face the axe in spending cuts.Speed cameras bosses have at last fixed a cock-up that has delayed the scheme for a year, two months before they face redundancy.The cameras were installed last spring at a cost of £800,000 but have been dormant for ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 15 February 2011

Comparison sites and restricted licences

If you have a restricted licence and you use an insurance search engine like MCNcompare, don’t worry that there isn’t a "restricted licence" option in the form. Save cash on motorcycle insurance A restricted licence is still classed as a full licence, with the restrictions treated as a “modification”. Unfortunately most insurers do not offer a discount for riding a ...

  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • 10 September 2010

Getting your motorcycle licence: How to pass the theory test

There are three obstacles between you and your full bike licence: the CBT (compulsory basic training), theory test and practical test. More help and advice on getting your licence The theory test is the second element. It is always completed after the CBT, but before the full test. Here MCN explains what to expect from the theory test and how to ...

  • New rider
  • 18 February 2010

Bike security abroad

Bike security when you're touring is usually a compromise between convenience, weight and location. Save £££s on motorcycle locks and chains Heavy chains and locks take up too much room in already crowded luggage and taking a shorter, lighter chain limits the opportunities to attach the bike to immovable street furniture. You'll also have a limited idea of safe locations, ...

  • Riding & Events
  • Touring & travel
  • 29 October 2009

The New Motorcycle Test and DSA sites

The new test is due to be introduced by the DSA on the 27th April 2009. No problem. If they were prepared. The first noises the DSA made about introducing the test were in 2001 about implementation in 2005. Then in 2005 they postponed it for three years then again, as we know, for six months. In 2001 at the ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 19 March 2009

Lest we forget - BMW K1200 Woes

Lest we forget the amount of issues that people have experienced with the BMW K1200 Range of bikes and get all excited with the K1300. BMW have let down a significant number of riders with bikes of a sub-standard build quality. You only need to log onto club sites such as to see the number of people with prematurely ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 01 March 2009

Can Bikers Raise A Million Signatures On No 10 Petitions?

There are currently two very topical petitions running on the official government "10 Downing Street" website: one to postpone the date for bringing in the new motorcycle test (due Sept 29 2008) till all 66 sites are operational in the UK: And the other petition to remove the maximum motorbike engine size limit for learners and light motorcycles with ...

  • Motorcycle News
  • General news
  • 30 May 2008


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