2006

Watch out on the old A130 Southend Road

You might want to take careon the old A130 Southend Road at Howe Green, just off the A12 in Essex (nr Chelmsford). Heading towards Southend. Loads of wooden posts. Admittedly it's only a 30 limit, but I still would not fancy hitting one. I wouldn't mind betting even in a car there is a good chance one could end up through the windscreen.

Dangerous roadside furniture on the A6

I recently rode down the A6 between Walkden and Westhoughton  ( near Bolton ), it runs along the M61, Anyway I was shocked to see some LARGE boulders placed at the side of the road. Does anyone else think this isn't good?

A review of my 2004 Yamaha R1

A review of my 2004 Yamaha R1

I purchased my 2004 YZF-R1 in May of 2006 after going through a 2005 R1 that I was riding when the motor decided to detonate on the track in February of 2006.  So as I frantically found an escape...

My review of my Kawasaki ZRX1200

My review of my Kawasaki ZRX1200

Kawasaki claim 122PS and 112Nm of torque for the ZRX. In English that’s 120BHP and 82½ ft/lb, almost certainly measured at the crank. Dry weight is 223kg (plus 4kg for the half-faired S version).

Seven European countries in nine days

Seven European countries in nine days

A ride through Europe lasting 9 days and taking in 7 countries (some twice!) with a two stop in Antibes and covering 2700 miles. (England, France, Switzerland, Italy, Luxembourg, Germany, Belgium.) I...

My pilgrimage to Poland

My pilgrimage to Poland

I started on my pilgrimage on my BMW K1200S with a 200 mile run from the Midlands to the euro-tunnel. My first time under the drink, which has to be the most efficient and convenient way to cross the...

The Synder family tour Europe

The Synder family tour Europe

We decided that this year’s grand tour was going to be to the Tyrol with Mick on his R1200ST, son Jeff on his soon-to-be-delivered F800ST and Brian on the R1150GS. Sons William and Graham would be...

Our trip around the Alps

Our trip around the Alps

During those winter months, there’s a lot of talking about “Next year we should go there…” Some ideas were ridiculous, but the idea of a 10 day trip to the Alps, with a stop off at Monaco sounded like...

A tour of Ireland

A tour of Ireland

My friends David Thrussell,Kevin Howsen and Mathieu Booth, and myself, Graham Pugh, decided to take our two 2005 R1s, a Triumph 955i and a Ducati Monster on a five day trip to Ireland covering 1,442...

A tour of France

A tour of France

My friend Jeff Cheeseman and I had originally planned to head to the French Alps on our Kawasaki ZX9R and Honda CBR1000RR, but on the day before departure huge rain storms were forecast for...

A review of my RVF400

A review of my RVF400

I thought I'd submit my experiences of owning a Honda RVF400 for the last six months, having read a message on the 400greybike forum. It all started last May, having previously owned many big bore...

My biking confession

My confessions is that I was riding to work one morning, filtering past endless cars and looking out for drivers about to open their doors or throw a Un-turn...   The last thing I was expecting was some bloke in a tracksuit to run out from between the cars with his arms stretched out. He hit me so hard I fell to the ground with the bike landing on top of me. The bloke just said "Sorry, mate",...

My biking confession

A 'mate' of mine, when I, er, he, was 16 and the proud owner of a Honda MB-5, wanted to see what a burn out was like so thought it best to start the bike on the centre stand, put the bike in 3rd, rev it then push down on the rear end of the bike to get the spinning tyre in contact with the concrete carport 'road' surface. My, I mean his, bike subsequently shot 10 feet forward into my, er, his,...

My rideout on May 13, 2006

My rideout on May 13, 2006

Out on the bikes again today with 'makendes' who was visiting from Blackpool. The plan was to ride up to Inveraray then on to Tyndrum and back home down the A84 via Callander. Things didn't quite go...

It's show time...

It's show time...

It's just me and my bike...

New MCN: November 22

New MCN: November 22

Experts warn road users about anti-skid surface which brakes up under heavy braking in this week’s MCN. One rider has told MCN how he crashed when he lost control on such a surface, which is on...

Anti-skid surface breaks

Anti-skid surface breaks

A ROAD surface commonly used around the country can create a skid-pan effect for bikes, MCN has found. The supposedly anti-skid surface is laid on roundabouts, at junction and in all the places...

Roadtest your bike

Roadtest your bike

Ever wanted to be an MCN road tester? Here's your chance to have your name published alongside those of the MCN team... We want you to roadtest your current bike, and send us the results. Sadly we...

Dirt Bike Show success

Dirt Bike Show success

The seventh Dirt Bike Show has been a success despite a drop in attendance figures, according to organisers. Attendance figures are yet to be finalised, but initial figures show around 19,000 people...

Speeders identified

Speeders identified

Riders who’ve made false claims about who was riding their bike at the time of a speeding offence could be in for a nasty surprise. Police have refused to rule out checking their riding kit...

Charity bale sponsor

Charity bale sponsor

Plans are well underway for the Aberdare Park Races, Premier Road Racing event in Wales, which raises money for charity. The weekend is held at Aberdare Park, 30 miles North West of Cardiff. Races...

Sent to Coventry

Sent to Coventry

Sixty thousand pounds worth of minimotos have been seized and crushed by West Midlands Police since the crackdown last summer. Hundreds of local residents have phoned in nuisance reports to police...

Vote for our babe

Vote for our babe

This year’s hopefuls are now flocking in to the office so we now need your help to vote which girls we should choose. This year we will be crowning one winner at the MCN London Motorcycle Show...

Your biking confessions

Your biking confessions

If you've got an an embarrassing moment or a biking secret to share, then we'd like to hear from you. We're looking for stories of mechanical ineptitude, learner mishaps, or just forgetting to put...

Crash couple's joy

A couple who survived a near fatal motorcycle accident six years ago have been awarded six figure compensation packages and becoming parents – all on the same day. Stuart and Nina Smart from Claregate, Wolverhampton, were seriously injured when their motorbike and sidecar collided with a car on the A41, on July 23, 2000. Nina, now 32, broke her pelvis in four places, had a broken...

Anti-bike petrol stations

Anti-bike petrol stations

Anti-bike petrol stations in the South West of England Morrisons, Leominster Morrisons, Tavistock, Devon Esso, Dorcan Way, Swindon, Wiltshire Morrisons, Tavistock, Devon Somerfield, Amesbury,...

Scorpa's road prototype

Scorpa's road prototype

French off-road manufacturer Scorpa has unveiled this new road-going prototype. This latest design is designed purely for the road, with a flat-track style based around a 660cc Yamaha single...

BMW at dirt bike show

BMW at dirt bike show

BMW made its first ever appearance at the Dirt Bike Show on Thursday, MCN caught up with BMW Marketing Manager Tony Jakeman to find out why. He said: "We’ve come to launch our new G-series...

Sweden's Harley rival

Sweden's Harley rival

This new flat-track style road bike is Swedish firm Highland’s answer to the Harley Davidson XR1200 concept. The Dirt-Track is powered by a detuned 950cc 60° v-twin from the firm’s...

Vyrus unleashed

Vyrus unleashed

Italian hub-centre steering specialists Vyrus have unveiled special editions of the 984 C3. Vyrus originally worked alongside Bimota on the development of the Tesi and its hub-centre steering...

2007 CBR600 launch

2007 CBR600 launch

Honda's world launch of the 2007 CBR 600 is happening next week, and MCN's road tester Adam Child will be one of the first riders to experience this new machine. If you have a question on how the CBR...

Pillion dream Morini

Pillion dream Morini

This is Morini’s first crack at entering the lucrative adventure bike market. The MM3 is officially called a concept, but a production version would be easy to do as most of the major...

Video: Versys first test

Video: Versys first test

Some of MCN's team headed out for the first European test on the Kawasaki Versys last week. The boys have compared this bike to the Yamaha FZ600s, the Ducati 620 Multistrada and the Suzuki 650 V-Strom...

Cagiva's bargain

Cagiva's bargain

You might think this is just a white version of Cagivas proven Mito 125, but look closer: the two-stroke’s expansion chamber exhaust is gone, and the stickers read 500. Cagiva replaced the...

Off-road reg plate plea

Off-road reg plate plea

An MP has added weight to the campaign to have all bikes registered following a collision between an off-road motorcyclist and a car. Worsley MP Barbara Keeley has called for the registration of...

Sheene's gear stolen

Sheene's gear stolen

One of Barry Sheene’s famous classic helmets has been stolen as part of a haul by thieves at the weekend. BSB star Scott Smart’s workshop, which he shared with World sidecar champion Tim...