2006

Nine out of ten cats prefer reading MCN

Nine out of ten cats prefer reading MCN

‘Whisper’ the cat likes MCN so much, she won’t let me read it!

In the gravel at Donington

In the gravel at Donington

My mate Jimbo after losing it and ending up in the kitty litter, trying to read MCN while coming down Craner Curves at Donington.

Isle of Man residents respond to first speed camera

Isle of Man residents respond to first speed camera

This is what happens when they try and put a speed camera on the Isle of Man.

Walker 'stalked' by fans at Brands

Walker 'stalked' by fans at Brands

Me, Tommy Tucker, Steve Staples, Paul Savi and daughter ‘O’ with Chris Walker at Brands.

Star spotted stopping for petrol

Star spotted stopping for petrol

I was just filling up at Abingdon Service station when I bumped into James Whitham on his way to Fort William.

A female approach to mechanics

A female approach to mechanics

Us girls like to dress up when we’re grinding down a fairing bracket to fit our race R6

Best paintjob at Brands World Superbikes?

Best paintjob at Brands World Superbikes?

Unusual paintjob spotted at Brands Hatch World Superbikes

Taking safety seriously at Brands Hatch

Taking safety seriously at Brands Hatch

Taking safety seriously on the dodgems at Brands Hatch World Superbikes

MCN girls never stop working

MCN girls never stop working

My daughter Amber-Storm with some of the MCN girls on a quick break at the NEC Bike Show.

Left with a crashed bike and a copy of MCN

Left with a crashed bike and a copy of MCN

Here’s me and my bike after crashing on the Mountain at Cadwell. Both the R1 and I are now back doing trackdays, and at least the paper cheered me up on the day.

Proof even pets can't resist MCN

Proof even pets can't resist MCN

MCN really is the dog’s bollocks as my dog ‘Agusta’ shows.

46 years of reading MCN and still going strong

46 years of reading MCN and still going strong

Here's a picture of MCN reader Ken Brooker at the age of 19. He's still an avid reader of MCN, and has just celebrated his 65th birthday

'Anti-skid' surface causes crash

'Anti-skid' surface causes crash

I have just recently had the displeasure for the first time in over 25years of motorcycling of sliding down the road due to locking up the front wheel & going down, or so i first thought. On...

Minimotos can be safe and fun

This is a piece of video footage worth a view of how much fun a minimoto can be when used on a race track with the right equipment used. there has been too much bad press about these bikes and they are such a good tool  especially for the young riders wanting to get bike experience with out big bike dangers. They are perfect for teaching corner grip, braking and learning racing lines, and...

An encounter with an Audi on the way to work

I'm minding my own business on the way to work, filtering up to the front of the lights on the A45 as I always do. I can't quite get to the front as the front two car's (one of which is a red Audi) wing mirrors are too close together for my wide bars. So I stop behind their mirrors and wait till we're moving to nip through. It so happens that the next set of lights is red so I stop in the middle...

The sultry look

The sultry look

They told me to stand next to a bike, but there's so many to choose from...

Win British GP tickets

Win British GP tickets

You could be among the crowds at Donington for the 2007 British GP to see the thrills and excitement with the likes of Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden going head to head. All you need to do to be in...

The 1098 voted most best in show

The 1098 voted most best in show

Show goers at the Eicma show in Milan have voted the Ducati 1098 the most beautiful bike in show. 24,000 people took part in the survey by Italian magazine Motociclismo. The Ducati beat competition...

Romanian president undergoes surgery following bike crash

Romanian president undergoes surgery following bike crash

Romanian Prime Minister Calin Tariceanu is to undergo surgery today (23 November) to repair injuries to his knee from a July bike crash.  His bike collided with a car earlier this year, and he is...

Minibike customers warned away from shop

Minibike customers warned away from shop

Potential mini bike buyers and unhappy customers were warned to stay away from mini bike supplier Power Off Road yesterday by Surrey Trading Standards.  The shop in Felbridge, Surrey and...

Hells Angels 69 star dies

Hells Angels 69 star dies

Jeremy Slate, the actor who co-wrote and starred in the film “Hell’s Angels ‘69” died on Sunday (19 November, 2006). The 80 year-old had been fighting a cancer of the oesophagus, and died following...

Buy MCN News Editor's Triumph

Buy MCN News Editor's Triumph

MCN Head of News Tony Carter has decided to part with our long-term test Triumph Daytona 675 after a happy year on the stylish triple. The 675 has taken Tony to Pamplona to run with the bulls and...

Bike thieves escape

Bike thieves escape

Three men armed with hand guns are being hunted by police after robbing a Northants supermarket and getting away on a bike.  Two of the balaclava wearing men took cash from the tills in Tesco...

Lose more than your pint in this hole in the road

Lose more than your pint in this hole in the road

The picture was taken with a camera phone, but don`t worry, if you want a better picture, it's still there.... London. Wandsworth Road, Nine Elms near Sainsburys - deep enough to stand a pint glass...

New road started falling apart from the start

The A289 Wainscott northern bypass is in a dreadful condition to try and take photos would be dangerous. To give you an insight the road was opened about 5 years ago. When open the surface was breaking up, and although part was resurfaced a couple of years ago, the main part as you exit the M2 is terrible. Large areas have pulled out, there are tram lines, and temp tar patches. The local...

London Council create a hazard

London Council create a hazard

I thought you might like to see these pictures taken at Garratt Lane in Wandsworth. South London. What you can see is a sheet of metal 4ft x 2ft and raised 2 inches above the tarmac. I have no idea...

Council denies gravel risk

Council denies gravel risk

Yet again i've had to ring my local council (South Derbyshire Council) about the state of the roads in my area. I brought my new Fireblade home from the dealers a few weeks ago, and on the last turn...

No parking measures create danger

Shipbourne  is  a  pretty  little  village  near  Tonbridge  in  Kent,  and  the  village  Green  has  a  road  passing  alongside  it,  and  has  just  had  about  half  a  mile  of  4"  diameter  2  feet  high  post ...

Mind the gap in Perivale

Mind the gap in Perivale

The picture doesn't really do it justice, but this exposed cover is about 2 ft square and you can see the base of it. A bike wheel WILL fit in the gap. It'ss in Bideford Ave in...

Northampton Council are "speed obsessed"

I have the pleasure of living in the Northampton area - a council more obsessed with speed I challenge you to find; where renegade stickers welcoming people to the “Home of the Stealth Tax” can be found on camera signs and cameras, stickers deployed by reasonable, rational people who are completely tired of this obsession. This council is that fixated with the fact that supposedly “speed...

Local council dismiss safety concerns

My local paper, the Tameside Advertiser, has carried regarding potholes and in which the local council is stated as considering that they act as "a cheap traffic calming measure". Villagers in Mottram who are reported as having complained, were told to (as reported) "like it or lump it". Council Leader, Councillor Roy Oldham, is reported as believing that, "the deep craters are worth keeping...

Roadside posts create danger in Milton Keynes

Roadside posts create danger in Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes council have installed some square posts in Sherwood Drive, Bletchley. Just looking at them makes me feel sick,they look like killers to me!

Danger roads on the Isle of Arran

Danger roads on the Isle of Arran

I would propose North Ayrshire Council as having the most inept Road Department in Western Europe, never mind the UK. I have ridden thousands of miles in Europe and the UK, including the Western...

The worst road surface in Carlisle?

The worst road surface in Carlisle?

Take a look at this picture, of a section of road I have to negotiate most everyday, with much of the rest as bad if not worse. It is not 'The Road Of Bones' but part of Etterby Road. An inner city...

A road to avoid near Bicester

A road to avoid near Bicester

The pictures are from a road near Bicester, Oxon.  They do not illustrate just how bad this road is!!! I drive it on a regular basis in my car, it is a national speed limit road with a reasonable...

Traffic calming self-destructing

Traffic calming self-destructing

As if cobbled traffic calming devices weren't bad enough on a bike, they have now started to fall apart. These two pictures of the same hole is of the A131 between Braintree and Chelmsford.