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Call to ban lorries overtaking on M11

MCN News Desk, 03 January 2009 11:00

South Cambridgeshire MP Andrew Lansley is looking to get lorries banned from overtaking on the M11 near Stansted. The section suggested is between junctions eight and nine by the busy international airport. Lansley says it would help assist tailbacks and congestion, and he has written to transport minister Jim Fitzpatrick to ask for this to be implemented. If it were to go ahead ...

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Richard Hammond on early 1990s superbike hunt

MCN News Desk, 03 January 2009 10:30

Richard Hammond is desperate to get his hands on some mint examples of early 1990s superbikes after a fit of nostalgia brought on by seeing a perfect Yamaha FZR1000 Exup recently. Top Gear presenter Hammond said: “I haven’t got a fast bike at the moment – I’ve got my Harley-Davidson bobber and a KTM 690 which is great fun but after ...

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Bikesafe courses back for 2009

MCN News Desk, 03 January 2009 09:00

Bikesafe is continuing to run courses around the country in 2009 to help improve rider ability and work on reducing the number of motorcycle accidents. BikeSafe work with more than 40 police forces around the country who run the courses from around £60 (check individual course details), to help riders increase ability and confidence. Call the hotline to see date availability ...

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Stunt time provides welcome relief in war torn Baghdad

MCN News Desk, 02 January 2009 14:00

War torn Baghdad might not seem the likeliest setting for mucking about on bikes. But a group of locals have defied the odds and are avoiding the police with their weekly meetings to practice stunts and race their motorcycles each Friday. Hundreds of petrol heads gather hours before the 3pm start, chosen as this is hailed the beginning of the ...

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Sailors ride for charity

MCN News Desk, 01 January 2009 11:30

Bikers from HMS Ark Royal endured negative temperatures and a string of mechanical problems to beat their ship to Gibraltar. The team of seven riders and two support crew parted company with Ark Royal in Portsmouth and met up again days later on the Rock. The guys had an eventful journey through France and Spain punctuated by breakdowns and bad weather, ...

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Deus on the right track

MCN News Desk, 01 January 2009 11:00

This pair of Kawasaki W650s have been given subtle make-overs as part of a growing trend for flat-track inspired retros. They each have a host of custom parts, and are the latest work of Australian custom firm Deus Ex Machina, which has carved out a reputation for giving modern Japanese bikes a classic twist. The blue and red bike costs ...

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The world's fastest woman

MCN News Desk, 31 December 2008 10:00

This is Leslie Porterfield, the fastest woman in America. Porterfield, from Dallas, claimed three land speed records at Bonneville Salt Flats earlier this year and has just been named the AMA Racing Female Rider of the Year. She achieved a top speed of 234.197mph riding her turbo Suzuki Hayabusa and became the first woman to enter the Bonneville 200mph club on ...

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Honda Fury technology revealed

MCN News Desk, 31 December 2008 10:00

These are the official design drawings of the new Honda Fury custom bike set to be launched in January at the New York motorcycle show. The subject of endless internet speculation, the Fury is Honda's first attempt at an all-out custom bike in the “American Chopper” mould, designed to go head-to-head with bikes like Harley Davidson's Rocker and Yamaha's Raider in ...

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Variable cylinder management for next Pan European

MCN News Desk, 31 December 2008 09:30

Honda's emission killing and fuel-economy boosting Variable Cylinder Management system is an almost dead-cert for the next Pan European due around 2011.   The system works by shutting cylinders on and off as they are needed. It’s just one of a variety of massively high-tech innovations set for the Pan European which could also include a new twin-clutch set up that ...

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Ninja sales rocket by 400%

MCN News Desk, 27 December 2008 09:00

Kawasaki has honoured one of the Black Horse finance team for helping Ninja sales rocket by more than 400%. Black Horse account manager Billy Bryce was instrumental in driving sales of the ZX-10R and ZX-6R by coaching sales people and helping create information for showrooms. Kawasaki UK sales and marketing manager Michael Johnstone said: “Bryce done a truly tremendous job for ...


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