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You ask/You answer: How do I stop my wife riding?

John Westlake, 11 July 2012 13:47

My wife has been riding pillion with me for years but now she wants to learn to ride. I really don't want her to do it - she's a bloody awful driver and has dreadful hand-eye coordination. I'm actually quite scared for her. I don't want to put my foot down say she can't do it, but what choice do ...

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Triumph Trophy 1200 revealed

John Westlake, 22 June 2012 21:00

Triumph have just unveiled the new Trophy Tourer. The full report will be in next week's MCN (out Wednesday June 27), but in the meantime here are the raw facts from Triumph's press release • Three cylinder 1215cc engine developing 132bhp and 89lb.ft of torque at just 6,450rpm.• Virtually maintenance free shaft drive.• The most highly technologically advanced Triumph with ride by wire, ...

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Humber Bridge toll victory. Where next?

John Westlake, 28 March 2012 11:31

The Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) has managed to get the toll for bikes removed from the Humber Bridge. From April 1 2012 motorcycles will be able to cross the bridge free, instead of the normal £1.30. This is clearly excellent news, and follows years of hard work, meetings with the Humber Bridge Board, and a slow pay demonstration ride. In ...

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Seen any horrible potholes?

John Westlake, 13 March 2012 17:03

It's that time of year again when the roads warm up after a hard winter and promptly disintegrate. The latest survey of local authorities reveals that despite emergency government funding of £200m, two thirds of authorities can not afford to mend the current crop of potholes. Perhaps even more worryingly, the survey by the Asphalt Industry Alliance uncovers the fact ...

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Simoncelli not forgotten

John Westlake, 18 January 2012 15:29

The reverberations from Marco Simoncelli’s tragic death last year are still being felt in his native Italy. At a Serie A match between Napoli and Bologna on Sunday night, the home side presented his father Paolo, and mother Rosella with a number 58 shirt in his honour. The ceremony came just days before a party to celebrate Marco's 25th birthday ...

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MEP to visit dealership to answer questions

John Westlake, 06 January 2012 14:33

South of England MEP Peter Skinner will be at P&H Motorcycles in Sussex on Saturday January 14 to answer your questions about upcoming EU biking legislation. A statement from the Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) stated: “With the raft of changes being proposed within the EU, this is a real opportunity for bikers to get to speak to someone who can ...

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Very serious technical awards: sneak preview

John Westlake, 27 December 2011 12:00

The most important event of the year for all motorcycle engineers is the MCN Golden Piston Awards for New Technologies (G-PANT). Each year these prestigious awards celebrate the most cunning and cretinous developments in motorcycle technology. The full awards are revealed in the December 28 edition of MCN, but we can give you a sneak preview of two... Multiple Acronym ...

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Staff bikes: Suzuki V-Strom 650 - Brussels: Further than you think!

John Westlake, 22 December 2011 16:00

I thought Brussels was an easy day’s ride from MCN’s Peterborough HQ, so was first to agree to join senior reporter Steve Farrell on his rabble-rousing EU protest ride last month. In my brain, I foresaw a quick blat to Dover, a tootle down the E40 from Calais, chips and mayonnaise for lunch followed by some shouting at MEPs then ...

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Video: How did he walk away from THIS?

John Westlake, 02 December 2011 15:21

A stunt rider who crashed head on with a car and flew 30 metres through the air has escaped serious injury. In fact, he was back at work the next day. The rider was performing at Latin America's largest theme park when he hit the car while wheelying at what looks to be about 30mph. He was meant to pass ...

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See Guy Martin tow girls on skates this weekend

John Westlake, 17 November 2011 09:09

Road-racing superstar Guy Martin will headline a new event called Rollerburn this weekend featuring scantily-clad women being towed behind bikes. The event is at the Newark Showground, Nottinghamshire on Saturday November 19 between 2pm and 11pm. Besides the roller derby, there will also be a bike show, live bands and of course a bar… Tickets are £10 on the gate.

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