2007

Video: Akrapovic adds more power to Kawasaki Z1000

Watch this exclusive MCN video to see the fitting of a full Akrapovic exhaust to my long term test Kawasaki Z1000 motorcycle, which not only dropped loads of weight off the motorcycle but also gave another 11bhp. The Kawasaki Z1000’s stock exhausts are the only ‘Marmite’ part of the motorcycle, judging by MCN readers’ comments, which range from ‘distinctive’ to ‘minging’. Find parts and...

Lonely Planet guide to New Zealand

Lonely Planet guide to New Zealand

New Zealand is a country of rare seismic beauty: glacial mountains, fast-flowing rivers, deep, clear lakes, hissing geysers and boiling mud. There are also abundant native forests, long, deserted...

Pussemange

Pussemange

With the boys in the Ardennes over the wekend. Knew where we were off to for lunch!

Video: MCN's Guide to selling a motorcycle

If you're selling your motorcycle, or just toying with the idea, then it's well worth spending just a few minutes watching our video guide to selling a motorcycle. MCN's Tony Carter guides you through the best ways to present your motorcycle, and how to get the best price, whether it's through a dealer or private sale. Don't sell your motorcycle, until you've seen MCN's Selling Your Motorcycle?...

Video guide to buying a motorcycle

Video guide to buying a motorcycle

Are you looking to buy a motorcycle? Or thinking about investing in a new or used motorcycle but not sure about exactly what to look for? We've compiled a video guide of the best ways to ensure you...

Aymara motorcycle picture special

Aymara motorcycle picture special

Take a look at Alex Stefanides' Aymara motorcycle which was based on his 1996 Aprilia RS250 track day bike. The Aymara motorcycle was designed as part of the 25-year-old's MSc (Masters of Science)...

Police suspend use of all laser speed guns – and ban officers from exceeding 100mph

Police suspend use of all laser speed guns – and ban officers from exceeding 100mph

Police in Kent have suspended use of all laser speed guns following a court case, MCN can exclusively reveal. An email sent globally to all officers in south Kent, leaked to MCN, stated: ‘Following a...

Great Escape stuntman Bud Ekins dies

Great Escape stuntman Bud Ekins dies

Bud Ekins, the man who performed the infamous jump over barbed wire in the movie ‘The Great Escape’ died at the weekend. 77 year-old Ekins was stunt double for friend and movie star Steve McQueen in...

New MCN out Wednesday, October 10, 2007

New MCN out Wednesday, October 10, 2007

World Superbike hero James Toseland speaks to MCN after winning his second title at the Magny Cours last weekend.   You can meet James Toseland at MCN Live! at Butlins in Skegness this...

It's All About Adam

Our boy Adam was such a nice lad Always polite and would never be bad His 19th birthday came around So we asked him what he'd like And then fell off our chairs When he said "I want a bike" His first test was the CBT And he took it on the 2nd He passed the test quite easily And then the big test beckoned He promised to do so many chores If we helped him with his dream But now it seems...

More Rossi ink

More Rossi ink

Having just seen photo submitted by David Pacey of his wife's Rossi tattoo thought it only right to pay further respect to the great Vale! Attached is photo of my good lady's Rossi tattoo recently...

Kawasaki GTR1400 - an owner's view

The GTR1400 is slick, fast and very comfortable and I've also done 4000 miles but don't worry about the fuel consumption. Mine averages around 30-33 mpg until we get on the motorway and hour after hour its 40-44 mpg averaging out at around 180 miles to a tank. On B-roads it's thirsty but it is a big lump (mind you so am I) but it does redeem itself slightly on long rides which to be fair is...

Shropshire council erects sign to stop Sat-Nav blunder

Shropshire council erects sign to stop Sat-Nav blunder

Shropshire County Council has become the first in the UK to erect a road sign to warn drivers of a satellite navigation directions error. The GPS-based navigation devices had been directing drivers...

Motor Insurers Bureau predict rise in migrant driver crashes

Motor Insurers Bureau predict rise in migrant driver crashes

The Motor Insurers Bureau is predicting a 16% rise in crashes involving migrant drivers over 2006 figures. Crashes involving Polish motorists are expected to rise by 22% by the end of the year to...

Comedian Noble raises money for Riders

Comedian Noble raises money for Riders

Comedian Ross Noble has been raising money for Riders for Health by selling posters on his tour and also auctioning off two items to the highest bidder. A signed shirt and banner both sold last week...

Paint my Ride comp runs in school

Paint my Ride comp runs in school

Children from Tollesby School for children with special needs and learning difficulties in Middlesbrough spotted the MCN and Paint My Ride Competition that ran this year and entered a separate...

Nicola Kidman’s hubby in bike crash

Nicola Kidman’s hubby in bike crash

Nicole Kidman’s country signer husband, Keith Urban, crashed his motorcycle last week and claimed it was because he was being chased by a member of the paparazzi on another motorcycle. The snapper...

MI2 stuntman sues for bike stunt

MI2 stuntman sues for bike stunt

A stuntman who was injured during the filming of Mission Impossible II in 1999 is suing Paramount Pictures for $2m after a motorcycle hit him during filming. In the scene, a motorcycle was to jump...

Shark lids on auction for Riders at NEC

Shark lids on auction for Riders at NEC

Three signed top of the range RSR2 Shark helmets are going up for auction at this year’sNEC Motorcycle Show to raise money for Riders for Health on December 2. One has been signed by racers at...

Rider gives unwanted bikes to Oxfam

Rider gives unwanted bikes to Oxfam

A generous biker helped Oxfam raise £1,700 by handing over two motorcycles he didn’t use anymore. The Honda Transalp and Triumph Daytona were auctioned in Colchester on behalf of Oxfam and generated...

Whitehall to be bike-only zone

Whitehall to be bike-only zone

An MCN-backed ride against road pricing for motorcycles will make history as Whitehall in London is closed to all traffic except motorcycles for the first time. The famous street leading from...

Fuel-injected 2008 Triumph Bonnevilles in stock

Fuel-injected 2008 Triumph Bonnevilles in stock

Jack Lilley Triumph in Ashford has just taken delivery of the first 2008 model Triumph Bonnevilles with the new fuel injection. The Triumph Bonneville motorcycle range with the new injection system...

Hells Angel suspect bailed

Hells Angel suspect bailed

A suspect in the shooting of Hells Angel Gerry Tobin on the M40 has been released on bail. The 44-year-old man was arrested on Thursday at his home address in Nuneaton on suspicion of conspiracy to...

Hairy Bikers planning Paris to Dakar trip

Hairy Bikers planning Paris to Dakar trip

TV chefs Si King and Dave Myers, better known as the Hairy Bikers, are in talks to ride the Paris to Dakar route for 2008. The pair are contemplating joining a team from Tyneside on the Heroes Legend...

That's what I call a honeymoon

That's what I call a honeymoon

ON SEPTEMBER THE 15TH I BECAME MRS PUGH ...NO ORDINARY WEDDING OF COURSE ,IT WAS A THEMED WEDDING BLACK AND WHITE ONLY!! EVEN THE CAKE WAS A CHECKERED FLAG. AND OUR TABLES WERE NAMED AFTER TOP RACERS.

Class classics

Class classics

I met these three "old" guys riding their classic bikes - Moto Morini 500, Moto Guzzi V50 and a Matchless G80. The guy on the left had picked-up five thorns in his rear tyre. It was great to see and...

Rossi tattoo

Rossi tattoo

Just thought you'd like to see the wife's latest tattoo...I  know my place. There's talk about Nev the Blue Bear next...

Video: First ride of the new Aprilia Mana

It's half motorcycle and half automatic scooter, but is it any good? MCN man Michael Neeves travels to Turin to ride the new Aprilia Mana. Check out the video below to see how the bike faired in the Turin traffic and twisty country roads.

Off-road excursion

Went on a tour to France and ended up taking our road tyre-shod GS1150As off road for our first taste of dirt riding. We just happened to have 4 cameras running at the time - see how it worked out! For our latest TV venture, see www.ironbutts.co.uk

California superpeople

Please could I say a huge thank you to the staff of the California Superbike School, especially Andy, Donna and Cookie? Had a brilliant time until the last 10 mins of the last session when I managed to highside the r6 and was taken to Northampton General with broken shoulder blade and 3 broken ribs. My son was with me as a spectator, and I live in somerset, so Andy made sure my son got...

New suspects charged over Hells Angel shooting

New suspects charged over Hells Angel shooting

Three new suspects have been charged with murder over the shooting of a Hells Angel on the M40. The three men were charged last night after being arrested early on Wednesday morning on suspicion of...

Yamaha releases more concept motorcycles

Yamaha releases more concept motorcycles

Yamaha has revealed more of the weird concept bikes it will show at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month. The new models include: Yamaha Tesseract This is a hybrid 4-wheeled vehicle powered by a...

Poetry in motion

Riding Thru Under the wheels, Under my feet, Pass mile upon mile of old fields of wheat. And out of the corner, no the tip of my eye, There are fields of green Just passing right by. No matter how much I have in the bank Or how much I owe on this bike I now thank The mercy of nature For the fields I see And the fertile land In the heart of me.

"What, no Superbikes?"

"What, no Superbikes?"

My daughter Holly at 6 months old loves World Superbikes and browses through MCN to find out why its MotoGP on TV.

Hidden speed camera?

Hidden speed camera?

On the A1068 at Hadstone, Northumberland, the fixed speed camera has been removed from the support post. The speed camera signs are still on the roads around the area. However, close to the speed...

Come to Bruntingthorpe and ride the new Hayabusa

Come to Bruntingthorpe and ride the new Hayabusa

Do you own a Hayabusa? How do you fancy being one of the first people in the country to ride the updated version? We’re going to be at Bruntingthorpe on Monday, October 8, 2007 and we’ve got...