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Bill Smith's toy run makes hospice kids' day

Guy Procter, 07 December 2009 17:27

Children at Claire House received more than 200 gifts from a convoy of 220 riders on Sunday. Some had teddies – covered in plastic to protect them from the rain – strapped to their bikes as they left Bill Smith’s showroom in Chester and headed for the hospice on the Wirral. Bill Smith Motors’ toy run gathers riders from Cheshire, ...

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Electric racing crisis: Mission sign for TTXGP, FIM blamed for split

Guy Procter, 03 December 2009 11:24

Mission Motors, the firm behind one of the most interesting entrants to this year’s electric TT on the Isle of Man, has thrown its lot in with Azhar Hussain’s TTXGP race series, following an acrimonious split in electric racing. Bike racing’s governing body the FIM, which had backed TTXGP and its plans to develop a full eGrand Prix race series ...

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Behind the scenes of the new Pirelli calendar

Guy Procter, 02 December 2009 11:23

You get a higher class of garage wall eye candy with the Pirelli calendar. And just to prove it, here are the bits they DIDN’T use in the new 2010 edition. Shot in Brazil by photographer Terry Richardson, it features a host of top names in their scanties and just the right amount of tyres. The cast included Daisy Lowe, ...

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Erik Buell Racing: "Very competitively priced front-running superbikes, no roadbikes"

Guy Procter, 24 November 2009 11:48

Erik Buell says his firm will offer around 25 superbikes a year capable of running 'in the front group' of AMA-level superbike races for 'a very competitive price'. But the terms of his license with Harley don't run to spin-off road-bikes. The soon-to-be ex-Harley-Davidson employee's new firm - Erik Buell Racing -­ will officially launch on 1 December, formed around ...

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MCN Sport magazine on sale now

Guy Procter, 17 November 2009 13:07

MCN Sport is back bigger and better than ever – a lavish limited-edition magazine bringing you the bikes, the riders and the inside stories from the 2009 season, as witnessed by the best writers and photographers in the world. Go inside Rossi’s mind as he reveals just what he’s thinking about his rivals, racing and his need to breed, and ...

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Rossi’s brother v Rossi: compare and contrast

Guy Procter, 25 August 2009 15:22

Luca Marini is Rossi’s half-brother (they share a mum), and despite being separated by 18 years, the 12-year-old is following an eerily similar path to his brother. Luca talks exclusively to MCN of his racing, riding style and brotherly love in the 26 August issue.  But here’s some fascinating viewing. Luca says their riding styles are similar, but boy, that ...

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Buell derides and crushes 'regrettable' Blast

Guy Procter, 31 July 2009 15:00

Buell derides and crushes 'regrettable' Blast In a move unprecedented by any other bike firm, Buell has launched a piss-taking section on its website where it gloats over the crushing of one of its own bikes. The firm says: “The Buell Blast was a cute little motorcycle. It just never made much of a sportbike. But, as luck would have ...

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Steve McQueen's biographer on the man, the movie and the motorbikes

Guy Procter, 28 July 2009 14:46

A new Steve McQueen biopic¹s in the works, based on Marshall Terrill¹s best-selling biography, Portrait of and American Rebel, and set to star Brad Pitt or Daniel Craig according to industry rumours. MCN spoke to Terrill to find out why the king of cool holds such a powerful fascination, and why 2010¹s set to be massive for the On Any ...

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Renner nervy ahead of record-breaking jump

Guy Procter, 24 July 2009 16:36

Red Bull nutter Ronnie Renner says he's feeling nervous ahead of tomorrow's attempt to break the world record for highest jump on a motorcycle.  Renner is trying to break his own 2008 record of 59ft 2in and says he's been hitting 60ft in practice ­ but he hasn't jumped in 10 days. The jump, launched off a quarterpipe and subject ...

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Police warn of bike theft spate in North Warwickshire

Guy Procter, 23 July 2009 17:37

Police in North Warwickshire are warning bikers and owners of Husqvarnas in particular to fully secure their bikes and change their routines. The warning came after five off-road bikes were stolen between 18-23 July – three of them Huskies.   “This is a cluster of crimes in a small area that’s most unusual” says DC Tim Lowe of Warwickshire police. “We ...

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