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Tony Hoare  says:

Staff Blog: Please don't kill me

Well that was the scariest, most bum-puckery, head-duckery moment I’ve had since I got back on a bike in the Spring. Casually riding south on the A1, thinking about whether to make one more overtake before reaching the exit that leads to the MCN office. Yes, there’s loads of room to pass a dawdling Audi. Check mirror, indicate, aim just to...

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Sep 07

Posts: 2821

James600zx says:

"massive, glorious beast"?

Kestrel's are small, ya wuss. Are you sure it wasn't a Red Kite?

From the MCN bird correspondent.

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Mar 09

Posts: 78

wobblybiker says:


There are a lot of pheasants round here. They are bastards. Start to go one way, then change their mind at the last second and fly up straight at you!

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Aug 02

Posts: 22

TwoBrosBlade says:

Deffo Kite country

Around them there parts. I see them every day going from Peterboghorror to Northampton along the shockingly re-dressed Corby road.

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Apr 11

Posts: 109

bikerpete51 says:

Cruelty to animals.

The kestrel was probably in the right lane and you jumped lanes..This is being reported to the RSPB as we speak...

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Jan 10

Posts: 429

rlf3 says:


Don't know what its like to headbutt a kestrel but one dark night an owl fell prey to my Arai Rapide.

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Feb 12

Posts: 153

plumber01 says:


Tony you do know this is a bird of prey, I think as you have lost a load weight you are now so small it simply thought you were prey! Get back on the pies and it wont happen,   .............never happened to me!

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Jul 08

Posts: 286

MCN LiamM says:

Posted on behalf of Mark Taylor

I lived in California for 18 years and used to go to local race events. A few years ago, I was riding to the WSB event at Laguna Seca, California. The 198 is an amazing stretch of road, from I5 across to the 101. I was gently sweeping round flowing corners, up and down the elevation changes in the early morning warmth. I came around a blind right hander and had the shock of my life. In the middle of my lane was a dead possum and standing on top of it the biggest bird i've ever seen, that wasn't an ostrich. I slow down and hit my horn, figuring the Golden Eagle would just fly away. Nope, it tries to take off with the carcass, it's fully open wings now filling the lane. I am slowing down, but, not nearly enough to miss it. As I get within about six foot of it, it drops its breakfast and soars up and behind me. I swerve round the possum and look back, to see the eagle already standing back on it. I slowed right down the rest of the way to the track.

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