2005

Piaggio seals Aprilia deal

Piaggio seals Aprilia deal

Piaggio has signalled its intention to be a genuine global player in the bike industry after sealing the deal to buy Aprilia. The aquisition creates a new bike firm with revenues of 1.5 billion euro,...

Deaths cut by two-thirds

Deaths cut by two-thirds

The number of deaths on bikes in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight has fallen by more than two-thirds and now stands at the lowest level for six years, according to police. Ten riders died across the...

Shows: Jan 12 on

Each week we publish a list of SHOWS, RALLIES, EXHIBITIONS and AUCTIONS. These are those for the week commencing December 22, 2004. SHOWS FRIDAY January 14 Padova Bike Expo, Veneto. www.bike-expo.it. SATURDAY January 15 Padova Bike Expo, Veneto. www.bike-expo.it. SUNDAY January 16 Padova Bike Expo, Veneto. www.bike-expo.it. EXHIBITIONS WEDNESDAY January 12 Sammy Miller Museum, Bashley...

More traffic cops pledge

More traffic cops pledge

The Government has promised a much more visible police presence on our roads, reversing the current trend that’s seen steadily declining numbers of traffic cops. The commitment came as part of...

See Toseland charity gig

See Toseland charity gig

World Superbike James Toseland and his band Crash will perform at a Riders for Health charity gig in Leicestershire on Thursday February 10. The band will be playing at the Victoria Pub, in...

Triumph's Daytona plan

Triumph's Daytona plan

Triumph has announced its schedule for the world famous Daytona Bike Week. MCN runs top-notch holiday trips to the world’s biggest bike festival – which takes place in March this year.

Rideouts: Jan 12 on

Each week we publish a list of RIDEOUTS being held across the UK. If you'd like to organise one, or check for the latest ones being arranged, take at a look at our Rideouts forum. Click here WEDNESDAY January 12 IN-4 (KTM) tracks and trails. 01270-768562. The Plough, Swinderby, Lincolnshire. 7pm. 01522-881736. THURSDAY January 13 IN-4 (KTM) tracks and trails. 01270-768562. Rochdale Road...

BMW unveils R1200ST

BMW unveils R1200ST

BMW has released the full details of its R1200ST sports tourer and said you can expect it to arrive in dealers by March. The bike, which will cost £9060otr, succeeds the R1150RS and takes the...

GSX-R classes begin

GSX-R classes begin

UK dealers and race teams have been given a head-start in tuning techniques for the 2005 GSX-R1000. Suzuki is staging a series of four specialist Yoshimura GSX-R Seminars this month across Europe.

Report dodgy roads

Report dodgy roads

Isn’t it time our road tax was spent repairing the worst of our roads? You can do your bit to lobby for smoother Tarmac by using a new web page from the BMF. Report-A-Road helps you find the...

New licence rules loom

New licence rules loom

European bike groups have united to fight proposals to increase the minimum age for a full bike licence from 19 to 21. They would also mean the Direct Access route to your licence would only be...

Shows: Jan 5 on

Each week we publish a list of SHOWS and EXHIBITIONS on in the UK. Those listed here are for the week commencing January 5, 2005. SHOWS FRIDAY January 7 National Motorcycle Show, G-Mex, Manchester, Greater Manchester. Friday 11.30am-5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-5.30pm. Adult 10, child 6 020-7772-8300 or www.bikeshowseurope.com. SATURDAY January 8 National Motorcycle Show, G-Mex,...

Off Road: Jan 5 on

Each week we publish a list of off road events held in the UK. They include TRIALS, ENDURO AND SUPERMOTO events. These are those for the week starting January 5, 2005. TRIALS SATURDAY January 8 Camel Vale MC, St Austell, Cornwall. 01726-824665. FIM World Trials Championship, Sheffield Arena, South Yorkshire. 7pm. Adults 26.50, under 14s 17.50 0114-256-5656. SUNDAY January 9 Eastbourne and...

Plan your trips online

Plan your trips online

Online route planners are often not quite all they are cracked up to be, but the new offering from the Department for Transport looks to have bucked the trend. The £17m project is designed to...

Lottery funds training

Lottery funds training

More of us will get more effective rider training thanks to a grant from the National Lottery. The Thames Vale Advanced Motorcyclists have been awarded £5,000 from the fund to buy 25 sets of...

Bikes for the memories

Bikes for the memories

Have you bought a second bike recently? If so MCN wants to hear from you if it's an older bike which you've chosen to bring back memories of your younger years. Perhaps it's a 1992 Honda FireBlade.

Trackday for £17

Trackday for £17

Fed up of this dreary weather? Get yourself to Valencia this weekend and you could be lapping up the Spanish sunshine on a track day for as little as 25 Euros (£17!). You have to wear the...

Rideouts: Jan 5 on

Each week we publish a list of RIDEOUTS being held across the UK. If you'd like to organise one, or check for the latest ones being arranged, take at a look at our Rideouts forum. Click here WEDNESDAY January 5 IN-4 (KTM) tracks and trails. 01270-768562. The Plough, Swinderby, Lincolnshire. 7pm. 01522-881736. THURSDAY January 6 IN-4 (KTM) tracks and trails. 01270-768562. Rochdale Road Runners MCC,...

Schools: Jan 5 on

Each week we publish a list of SCHOOLS on in the UK. Those listed here are for the week commencing January 5, 2005. FRIDAY January 7 MCN Honda Off-Road Experience, South. 01933-674036. SATURDAY January 8 MCN Honda Off-Road Experience, South. 01933-674036. SUNDAY January 9 East Sussex Advanced Motorcyclists free assessment day, Reid Hall, Hailsham, East Sussex. 9am-1pm. 01323-849073.

Bikes on TV: Jan 5 on

Each week we publish a list of biking TV shows so you don’t miss out. Those listed here are for the week commencing January 5, 2005. KEY TO CHANNELS: DHL = Discovery Home & Leisure MM = Men & Motors EXS = Extreme Sports Channel MOT = Motors TV, SS1 (2,3 or X) = Sky Sports 1 (2,3 or Extra) EUR = British Eurosport Wednesday 5 1am SS3 Bikesport UK/11am (rpt 12pm, 2pm SS1,...

Bike Meets: Jan 5 on

Each week we publish a list of BIKE MEETS on in the UK. Those listed here are for the week commencing January 5, 2005. WEDNESDAY January 5 Breidden Tea Room, Welshpool, Powys. 6pm. 01938-570053. Bulls Head, Clotton, Cheshire. 01829-781354. Bulls Head, Trinkingstone, Leicestershire. 01530-224327. Coach House Inn, Kirkby Mallory, Leicestershire. 01455-840330 or...

New 600 - sneak preview

New 600 - sneak preview

Want a sneak preview of the important new bike MCN will reveal exclusively on Wednesday, January 5? CLICK HERE NOW Enjoy playing the game, and buy MCN on Wednesday for the full story.

Mini Moto: Jan 5 on

Each week we publish a list of MINIMOTO EVENTS on in the UK. Those listed here are for the week commencing January 5, 2005. WEDNESDAY January 5 Mini moto arrive and ride, GP Karting, Northampton, Northamptonshire. 01604-591591. SUNDAY January 9 Minimoto arrive and ride, Trax Motorsports, Preston, Lancashire. 10am. 01772-731832. MONDAY January 10 GP Karting, Northampton, Northamptonshire.

Bikes stolen for dwarfs

Bikes stolen for dwarfs

New York cops have busted a 16-strong bike theft gang who stole hundreds of bikes to sell their engines to “dwarf racing” enthusiasts. The engines were sold on the internet to drivers of...

New MCN - out Jan 5

New MCN - out Jan 5

The latest issue of MCN reaches newsagents on January 5, and if you don't get a copy, you'll miss: We reveal Triumphs 680cc Daytona triple - the lightest 600 yet. We look back at the bikes that have...

Ride India for charity

Ride India for charity

Fancy a bit of touring abroad with a difference this Autumn? Hook up with charity Children Today and you could be riding a tough Enfield Bullet across the breathtaking terrain of India. You'll cover...

Cure for arm pump?

Cure for arm pump?

If you suffer from arm pump, particularly when riding off-road, then UK firm Grantham MX might have the answer. The firm is the sole UK importer for a tablet called Max 650 which claims to relieve...

Kneivel loses 'Pimp' case

Kneivel loses 'Pimp' case

Stunt legend Evel Kneivel has failed in his attempt to sue an American website which captioned a picture of him with two women "You're never too old to be a pimp". The U.S. appeals court...

Race-rep Speedfight

Race-rep Speedfight

Peugeot has released a new Speedfight with a race-replica paintjob. But instead of aping MotoGP or World Superbikes, it's to commemorate the introduction of the Peugeot 307 World Rally car. The...