2003

Use the hedges

To enjoy the country roads a bit more watch the direction of the bordering hedgerows, as these will allow you to gauge the direction that the road is turning when you cannot normally see the road ahead. Country lanes nearly always have bordering hedges and using this technique enables you to set yourself up for the next corner well in advance and gives you lots of extra confidence.Contributor:...

MCN Advanced training competition winners

MCN Advanced training competition winners

We have teamed up with UK Advanced Motorcycle Training to give two motorcyclenews.com users the chance to win a free place on a two-day advanced rider training course worth nearly £300.All you had to...

Your Brands Hatch memories

Your Brands Hatch memories

With Brands Hatch World Superbikes over for another year we wanted to share your memories. Here are just a few of the things that we all got up to on a very muddy Saturday night and a sun-soaked,...

Hislop dies in helicopter crash

Hislop dies in helicopter crash

Reigning British Superbike champion Steve Hislop has died in a helicopter accident in the Scottish Borders.Hislop, 41, is understood to have been flying alone to visit friends in the area when his...

Dartford Crossing bike-only lane for Brands

Dartford Crossing bike-only lane for Brands

A bike-only lane will be in action on Sunday for this weekend’s World Superbike races at Brands Hatch, but it will only be in operation on the northbound route for those leaving the circuit.Operators,...

Look out for stolen Ducati gear

Look out for stolen Ducati gear

Thieves have stolen more than £6000 worth of Ducati gear from the Veloci Motorcycles dealership in Swardeston, Norfolk.The robbery took place at around 0230 BST on Tuesday July 22. Ten Ducati leather...

Win Brands WSB tickets

Win Brands WSB tickets

MCN have teamed up with Bennetts Insurance Services to offer two pairs of tickets for the Brands World Superbikes this weekend.But you’ll need to be quick as the competition closes at 5pm on Wednesday...

Win advanced training worth £275

Win advanced training worth £275

We want to know your best biking tips and the best two we receive before July 24, 2003 will win a free place on a three-day advanced motorcycle training course worth £275.The courses are run by UK...

Keep yourself mobile after a ban for £40

Keep yourself mobile after a ban for £40

A new scheme from Adrian Flux Insurance will pay up to £6000 for alternative transport costs in the event of a speeding ban.Flashguard costs £50 per year, but mention MCN when you call and it costs...

Meet Hodgson and Toseland this weekend

Meet Hodgson and Toseland this weekend

You can meet World Superbike stars Neil Hodgson and James Toseland this weekend at the M & P Direct open day extravaganza in Swansea on July 19-20.World Superbike championship leader Neil Hodgson...

Join MAG’s party

Join MAG’s party

The Magna Carta motorcycle show takes place at the Herts Showground Redbourn on July 18-20.The weekend event includes a stunt show featuring Team Extreme, trade stands and grass track demonstration...

Speeding bikers get prison sentence

Speeding bikers get prison sentence

The bikers clocked at 157mph and 148mph on the A421 Tingewick bypass near Buckingham have both been sentenced to 28 days in prison.Andrew Osborne, a car mechanic from Lighthorne Heath, Warks, and Neil...

We ride Harris WCM bike

We ride Harris WCM bike

Watch MCN’s Trevor Franklin at Rockingham getting an exclusive ride on the Harris WCM GP bike The bike has been banned from taking part in the world championship for being too similar to the Yamaha...

Three day advanced training

UK Advanced Motorcycle Training are offering a three-day advanced motorcycle riding course. The person taking part will end up with a level three certificate in motorcycling recognised by Oxford Open College Network.All instructors are either serving Police Class one or Advanced Police Motorcycle Instructors. The course is split into two stages: Day one is a theory day which consists of...

First pictures of new Fazer 600s

First pictures of new Fazer 600s

These are the first pictures of Yamaha’s new Fazer 600s. The spy pictures were taken close to Yamaha Europe’s Amsterdam base and show both faired and unfaired versions. Both bikes have new frames and...

Free 16-page British GP preview

Free 16-page British GP preview

The waiting is nearly over. The MotoGP world championship comes to MCN Donington Park this weekend and with sunshine expected, you’ll be joining record crowds to witness the frenzy of four-stroke...

Help change bike insurance

Help change bike insurance

Are you sick of paying extortionate premiums for the insurance on your sports bike? Have you ever lost a bike through theft and felt very little was done to recover it? The Motorcycle Action Group in...

Win VIP GP passes, or a pair of tickets

Win VIP GP passes, or a pair of tickets

MCN has teamed up with Mobil 1, supporters of Max Biaggi’s Team Pramac Pons squad, to offer one lucky reader and a guest a VIP day at the British GP.You will be treated like royalty in the paddock,...

Get your bike modded and tested for free

Get your bike modded and tested for free

We’re after four volunteers to take part in a test of modified 600 supersport bikes.But there’s a catch! We want to use your bikes in the test. The bikes are Honda’s CBR600RR, Yamaha’s R6, Kawasaki’s...

MCN needs your RG500 or RD500

MCN needs your RG500 or RD500

If you own a Yamaha RD500 or Suzuki RG500, and would be willing to let our road testers borrow it next week, we want to hear from you.We want to compare these great bikes with a road-going Bimota...

Meet Colin Edwards on Thursday lunchtime

Meet Colin Edwards on Thursday lunchtime

Colin Edwards will be making a personal appearance at Planet Bikes in Leicester on Thursday lunchtime, and he’ll be signing an Aprilia RSV Mille R Edwards replica which is up for sale.Edwards will...

Day of Champions; Thursday July 10

Day of Champions; Thursday July 10

The annual Riders for Health Day of Champions charity event takes place at Donington Park today, July 10.A big attraction of the day is the unique auction, which includes a Suzuki hospitality package,...

Police anti-theft roadshow

Police anti-theft roadshow

The Metropolitan police will be holding an anti-theft roadshow on Wednesday July 16.It’s in response to the high levels of superbike theft in London, and will be sponsored by Data-Tag.In May 2003, 143...

Seven reasons having a bike is brilliant

Seven reasons having a bike is brilliant

This weekend is a great time to be into bikes. Organise a trip to one of the events below. Give yourself a chance to hook-up with some mates. Share a great ride, see some great stuff, and have a story...

Ducati open weekend at Three Cross this weekend

Ducati open weekend at Three Cross this weekend

You could be riding a Ducati 999 this weekend and walk away with a prize for doing it.Three Cross Motorcycles is hosting a Ducati open weekend and has a fleet of demo bikes for you to try including...

Go to Brands WSB for free

Go to Brands WSB for free

You can win a pair of tickets for Brands Hatch World Superbikes, just by sending us your funniest stories from previous events.There is a free preview supplement with MCN, out July 23, and we’ve...

Have you won a track day with BSB stars?

Have you won a track day with BSB stars?

MCN have teamed up with Bennetts Insurance Services to give one lucky reader the track day of a lifetime with tips and tuition from Hawk Kawasaki riders Glen Richards, Scott Smart, Lee Jackson and...

Guzzi MGS-01 – what do you think?

Guzzi MGS-01 – what do you think?

In this week’s MCN, out July 2, we get the world’s first ride of the new Moto Guzzi MGS-01. You can find out exactly what Kevin Ash thought of Guzzi’s return to the sports bike market when he rode the...

Want to ride a Ducati Desmosedici V4 around Donington?

Want to ride a Ducati Desmosedici V4 around Donington?

Fancy riding the 206mph Ducati Desmosedici V4 around Donington Park GP circuit before works riders Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss get the chance?The Marlboro Ducati is the fastest and probably the...

You could be on TV

Ever fancied being on TV? Well here’s your chance. ITV1 is looking for a bunch of bikers to appear in a new discussion show to talk about what’s so great about riding a bike.The channel wants to hear from anyone that lives in Yorkshire, Humberside or Lincolnshire, loves bikes, but finds that some of their friends or family aren’t quite as understanding of your passion.They want to get you and your...

Sheene Run ‘not official’

Sheene Run ‘not official’

Barry Sheene’s nephew, Scott Smart, has posted on our Sheene Memorial Run discussion board questioning the ‘official status of the ACU’s event.The Hawk Kawasaki British Superbike rider has expressed...

Drivers face three points for using phone

Drivers face three points for using phone

Motorcyclists should face one less hazard on the road after December when a new law comes into force specifically banning drivers from using handheld phones while driving.The move, announced yesterday...

Exclusive look at Hodgson's Bennetts ad

Exclusive look at Hodgson's Bennetts ad

Click the link on the right to get an exclusive first look at the new Bennetts TV ad featuring World Superbike star Neil Hodgson. The ad was filmed in Manchester at the beginning of June and took...

TT trophies on tour

TT trophies on tour

Six of the TT winners trophies will exhibited outside of the Isle of Man for the first time.The Senior, Formula One, Junior, Lightweight, Sidecar and Fred Dixon trophies will be shown on June 28-29 as...

More than 500 join protest over North Wales police tactics

More than 500 join protest over North Wales police tactics

More than 500 motorcyclists converged on North Wales Police headquarters in Colwyn Bay on Sunday to protest at harassment and aggressive treatment. The demonstration follows the launch of Operation...

Honda to build naked SP-2

Honda to build naked SP-2

This week in MCN we exclusively reveal the latest bikes to come out of Honda’s design studio.Honda is stripping down it’s SP-2 with a new naked version, due in 2005.It gets the same V-twin engine as...