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Europe's top custom bikes to debut at London show

Ped Baker, 07 January 2014 14:45

Europe's premier bike builders will be descending on London in February as the London Custom Building Championships get underway at the Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show. Fifty of the very best choppers, cafe racers, flat-trackers and bobbers will be fighting for a huge purse of £12,000 in a championship that looks set to become one of Europe's biggest custom ...

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Staff Blog: up close and personal with the Hog

Ped Baker, 31 May 2013 14:53

Now I’ve had the Street Bob for a couple of weeks I’ve had the chance to do something I suspect many other Harley owners do – park it on the drive, grab a beer and paw over the details that make the Motor Company one of the world’s biggest and best-loved motorcycle brands... 1. Swept back chrome indicators contain LED ...

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Longterm Harley-Davidson Street Bob arrives

Ped Baker, 17 April 2013 16:07

My longterm Harley-Davidson Street Bob Dark Custom has turned up this morning. No camp metal flake, trinkets or radio here! Old Skool chopper styling looks ace but it could do with some louder pipes and those chrome bits have to go... BLOG13 | STREETBOB13

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MCN-TV launched

Ped Baker, 26 September 2012 13:44

MCN has launched a new on-line TV channel called MCN-TV. Featuring the world’s best biking movies, TV shows and documentaries, MCN-TV can be watched on any on-line device running a standard web browser including lap-tops, phones and tablet devices. From blockbuster movies such as On Any Sunday to fascinating documentaries on motorcycling's heroes such as Barry Sheene and David Jefferies, ...

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Poll: Tempted by a Chinese bike?

Ped Baker, 11 July 2012 10:42

According to figures from the Motorcycle Industry Association, by the end of July new Chinese bikes will outsell new Japanese machines in the UK for the first time ever, mostly as mopeds or scooters. How tempted are you to buy a Chinese bike? pollcomment

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Yamaha T-Max packs punch but not practicality

Ped Baker, 29 December 2011 15:00

The ‘fine-handling scooter’ ethos has kept the T-Max on the top of the sales charts since it first appeared in 2001 but MCN’s world first test suggests its reign may be limited – by concentrating on performance, Yamaha is lagging seriously behind rivals in terms of practicality. There’s no doubting the T-Max’s performance though. The T-Max still offers handling and ...

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Staff bikes: Triumph Tiger 800 - Tiger’s stripes well earned

Ped Baker, 23 December 2011 11:00

Riding a motorcycle from Peterborough to Brussels and back in a day in November is no picnic. The 600 miles aren’t the issue, but being cold is. Even with good riding kit, draughts start to creep in and on a long trip, once you’re cold, you’re cold for a long time. To prepare the Tiger I wired in a connector ...

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Steve McQueen's Brough Superior to be auctioned

Ped Baker, 16 June 2011 12:41

A 1931 Brough Superior SS80 that once belonged to Steve McQueen and US customiser Von Dutch is to be put under the hammer at the Pebble Beach Concours d' Elegance in August. In the late 1970's McQueen gifted the SS80 to Von Dutch (Kenny Howard) under the condition that when Von Dutch died, the bike would be returned to McQueen. ...

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Still time to see Warrs customs at Motorexpo Canary Wharf

Ped Baker, 10 June 2011 10:35

If you're quick, there's just enough time to catch the end of the glamourous Motorexpo car and bike show at London's Canary Wharf. Amongst the sea of four wheelers that make up the majority of the show, Europe's oldest Harley dealer, Warrs Harley Davidson have a selection of their test bikes on offer (take both bits of your licence) and ...

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Staff bikes: Triumph Tiger 800 - The first month

Ped Baker, 03 June 2011 16:12

I've now had the Tiger 800 for a month and when it's not being thrashed on a group test or chasing Ross Noble across the UK, I've been riding it on my 30 mile commute every day. Here's what I've discovered so far… The engine is a gemThere's not much more that can be said about Triumph's triple cylinder engine. ...

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