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Classic Triumph nears end of "Iron Butt"

Dan Aspel, 30 June 2011 12:57

A classic 1969 Triumph Trident T150 – ridden by a British rider – is nearing the end of the gruelling American "Iron Butt" rally. Covering 11,000 miles in 11 days, the route travels through 48 US states starting in Washington and ending in California. British triple-cylinder enthusiast John Young is currently on day 8 of the ride, and is reportedly ...

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Mongolia by Ural

Dan Aspel, 25 May 2011 15:02

Andy Lander Stow, 58, from Devon is heading to Mongolia on a heavily modified Ural Cross 750. The heavily modified machine boasts a winch, reinforced auxiliary fuel tanks and a high-capacity alternator from a Toyota Hilux. His destination? An enormous equine statue near the Gorkhi Terelj national park and the city of Ulaanbaatar, the Mongolian capital. He was in touch with MCN ...

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Armed bike tours… in Iraq

Dan Aspel, 17 March 2011 15:39

A British tour company is offering bike tours of northern Iraq, under the watchful eye of AK-47-toting guards. The £3,000 trip lasts six days and covers 900-miles of breathtaking mountain scenery through the Erbil and Kirkuk regions of Iraqi Kurdistan. Organiser Steve Askin of TrailRidingUK’s “Iraq Challenge” told MCN: “I’ve already managed to get a couple of Iraqi police officers ...

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3000-mile Moroccan tour with BMW

Dan Aspel, 16 February 2011 15:58

A 3000-mile, 16-day bike tour to Morocco and back is being organised for this Spring by BMW. Riders will stay overnight in Spanish paradors in the Andalucian Mountains, visit the medieval city of Fes, ride through the Atlas Mountains and have the chance to get off-road in the Sahara. The route follows in the tyre-tracks of a trip run by ...

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20,000 miles in a sidecar, with the wife!

Dan Aspel, 26 January 2011 16:31

> Motorcycling couple currently making TV show about relationships – while touring UK in a sidecar > They've already travelled 20,000 miles through the Americas > MCN gets the inside story After meeting on a dating website, Mike and Alanna Clear decided they would investigate how marriages work by riding through North and South America in a Ural sidecar and ...

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Riding skills: Beware black ice

Dan Aspel, 02 December 2010 13:38

This video, shot in the Vancouver area, shows the dangers of black ice on an apparently clear road.  As the road was slightly elevated above sea level, rain water that fell in previously warm conditions began to freeze as the sun started to set. The bike began to lowside as grip was lost on the black ice, then as soon ...

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Kawasaki Riders Club to re-launch at Motorcycle Live

Dan Aspel, 23 November 2010 16:06

Kawasaki is re-launching its Riders Club, with the first members invited to sign up at Carole Nash Motorcycle Live 2010 (27 Nov – 5 Dec). Anyone signing up at the show will have a chance to win an “all expenses paid” Spanish trackday experience riding the new Ninja ZX-10R Membership will cost £20 and includes the following benefits: • BSB parking ...

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Triumph Wellingborough Speed Triple launch

Dan Aspel, 10 November 2010 12:03

Triumph Wellingborough will be unveiling the new 2011 Speed Triple on Thursday 18 November. The evening launch runs from 18:45 until late and features:  • The bike itself – with the opportunity to pre-order your own model.• Special guest Maria Costello, who is promoting her new autobiography.• A 25% sale on all Triumph clothing.• A complementary buffet and refreshment.• A prize draw in aid of ...

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Poppy Appeal ride with Guy Martin

Dan Aspel, 12 October 2010 16:43

Guy Martin will launch this year’s WARSOP Poppy Appeal in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. The event will take place on 30 October at the John Fretwell Sporting Complex. Guy will be available for photos and autographs, as well as leading a ride out into Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. £10 per bike includes: “automatic entry into a Grand prize draw, bacon butty, a brew ...

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Top 10 bad riding habits

Dan Aspel, 27 August 2010 16:51

1. Irregular maintenance Your bike will respond really well to regular checks, particularly the chain and other parts that can be easily cleaned and lubricated. It’s easy to put it off, but a weekly clean makes a big difference. 2. “Low eyes” It’s easy to focus too hard on the road just in front of you and not look at what’s coming. ...

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