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More MCN readers hit by Speed Ferries ban

Tom Rayner, 03 May 2007 16:43

More MCN readers have contacted us to say the first they knew about their cross channel ferry tickets being cancelled is when they read it in MCN. Two weeks ago MCN broke the news that the firm were refusing to take bikes across the Channel due to the increasing number of claims for bikes damaged in transit, and on April ...

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Pan Europeans pose "serious" risk says coroner

Tom Rayner, 27 April 2007 17:34

A coroner speaking at the inquest of a deceased police motorcyclist says that Honda Pan Europeans pose a “serious and continual” threat to lives.Coroner Dr James Adeley said he intends to write to every chief constable in England and Wales warning them of the “catastrophic result” which can occur with the Honda motorbike.The inquest in Lancaster heard Pc Shreeve lost ...

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Sick Brunstrom parades headless biker

Tom Rayner, 26 April 2007 08:30

North Wales Police have unveiled photographs of a decapitated biker in its latest anti-speeding campaign.The image showed the man’s head with his eyes still open lying on a grass verge. In another shot the torso is embedded into a car.North Wales Police Chief Superintendent Geraint Anwyl said the head was torn off by the force of the impact, he explained: ...

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Fix punctures with a quick kick

Tom Rayner, 25 April 2007 15:07

Motorcycle mechanic Dashrathi Parichha has invented a new instrument which will allow a tyre to be re-inflated at the roadside. The device, small enough to store in bike toolkit, uses the air forced by an engine’s piston to re-inflate a flat or punctured tyre. The only downfall is that you need a motorcycle with a kick-start for the system to ...

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Video: Backstage with the Bennetts Babes

Tom Rayner, 13 April 2007 12:57

MCN can exclusively take you backstage with this year’s stunning Bennetts Babes. The footage was taken at the first official photo shoot as the twelve girls got to know each other. You’ll be seeing a lot more of the Bennetts Babes as they travel the country with the British Superbikes and appear at bike shows, however, here’s an early opportunity ...

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First bike orchestra

Tom Rayner, 31 January 2007 16:19

James Toseland led a band of bikers in Central London in the world’s first bike orchestra.He was accompanied by renowned conductor and award winning composer Stephen Montague who had devised a symphony with a difference – the orchestra will be accompanied by eight revving motorcycles!The musical masterpiece has been sponsored by Bennetts who are hoping to raise awareness of bikers ...

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Rammed by a bus

Tom Rayner, 24 January 2007 17:23

A biker was rammed from behind by a 12-ton bus in a furious road rage incident which temporarily closed the A26 in Kent.Ken Blythe from East Sussex was riding his Honda CB1300 down the A26 in Tunbridge Wells last November when he overtook a double-decker bus doing 40mph in a 60 zone.According to Blythe the bus driver attempted to sideswipe ...

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Beach booty on offer

Tom Rayner, 23 January 2007 14:09

The manager of a Devon BMW dealership reckons he has been inundated with calls offering him beach booty bikes dragged from the sea near Branscombe.When the stricken vessel Napoli shed its load in heavy storms a container carrying 30 brand new unregistered BMWs washed ashore – much to the delight of the scavengers waiting on the beach.Pete Armstrong, Sales Manager ...

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ITV polishes biker chicks

Tom Rayner, 22 January 2007 12:30

ITV is looking for “rough and ready” biker chicks for the latest series of “Ladette to Lady”.The show will take the leather-clad biker gals to a 1950s style finishing school to iron out their unruly ways.ITV reckons it’s looking for: “Hard-drinking, raucous, women who have gone totally off the rails and who’ve lost touch with their feminine ways.” If this ...


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