April

Bad night out riding

Thought I’d share this crazy night's riding with you… Six people thought they’d meet up at the Ace Café, on a dry warm Wednesday night. Five of them arrived on time. One lad said he’d laid his bike down while trying to get his knee down going around a roundabout earlier in the day (diesel!). He had dented a section of aftermarket exhaust but managed to wedge himself between...

New BMW superbike

New BMW superbike

This is the first official image of the Sportboxer and the closest thing to a Superbike BMW has ever built. The 140bhp, 195kg (fully-fuelled) Sportboxer is leading BMW’s assault on an all out, no...

Knox V2 protectors

Knox V2 protectors

These new upgrade shoulder, elbow and knee armour pads from Knox are claimed to give class leading impact protection, passing the CE standard by giving 33% more impact protection than is needed to...

Hertz unveil Spanish bike rental scheme

Hertz unveil Spanish bike rental scheme

Hertz car rental announced last week that it will be offering BMW motorcycles for rental in Spain. The bike choice includes BMW F650GS, F800S and R1200 models from branches in Madrid, Barcelona,...

African Superbike

African Superbike

I spotted this beauty near Pongola in Zululand, South Africa. The owner has a roadside stall alongside the road, at the top of a steep hill. In the morning he loads his wares on the bike and pushed...

Full prisons mean killer driver goes free

A driver who caused the death of Matthew Bailey escaped a jail sentence because of overcrowded prisons. Judge Charles Kemp at Lewes Crown Court gave 59 year-old Malcolm Legrys a one year sentence suspended for two years, 200 hours of unpaid work and a 12 month driving ban, rather than imprisonment as recommended by Sentencing Advisory Panel for the crime of death by dangerous driving.

A bit of RG bargy

A bit of RG bargy

It was 1986 and, having just got married and I bought a house, I grudgingly agreed to tuck my trusty 8 year old XS750 away in the garage (just for a year or two to concentrate on home improvements and...

Firm bans thousands of staff from riding bikes

Firm bans thousands of staff from riding bikes

Thousands of employees of a multinational company have been banned from riding motorcycles under threat of disciplinary action, it emerged today. Johnson Controls Ltd has banned motorcycles as a form...

Video: Bimota Tesi 3D in the factory

Video: Bimota Tesi 3D in the factory

IN a recent visit to the Bimota factory we managed to get an excluasinve ride on the development version of the New Tesi 3D and sneak a peak inside their workshop. Check out the video to see the...

Bikers banned from Speed Ferries

Bikers have been told by Speed Ferries, operating from Dover to Boulogne, they can no longer travel with their bikes. Speed Ferries operates a high-speed service across the Channel but claims it is no longer able to accommodate motorcyclists. In a cancellation letter sent to customers by Speed Ferries it blames high turnaround time due to loading and discharging bikes and high claims for...

Buy a bike with help from the BBC

Buy a bike with help from the BBC

If you're in the market to buy a new bike or scooter, the BBC is looking to help you. The television channel is looking for motorcyclists to appear on the daytime consumer affairs programme "Don't Get...

Is it my turn now dad?

Is it my turn now dad?

I'm hoping that one day, my three-month-old son, Bailey, will share my passion for biking. I can't wait to buy him his first lid and leathers!    

Honda hareem

Honda hareem

How do you like my Honda harreem?

Biking in Spain

Biking in Spain

Here are a few shots of where we ride and quad in Spain. All these bends to ride round! Poor old us!

AMD Euro Custom Championships: P-Tang bike

AMD Euro Custom Championships: P-Tang bike

The overall top-rated bikes from the 2007 AMD European Championship might be grabbing all the attention, but in the smaller classes there’s still some hot metal to ogle. The P-Tang from Young Choppers...

Video: Backstage with the Bennetts Babes

Video: Backstage with the Bennetts Babes

MCN can exclusively take you backstage with this year’s stunning Bennetts Babes. The footage was taken at the first official photo shoot as the twelve girls got to know each other. You’ll be seeing a...

Hours left to save bikes from road pricing

Hours left to save bikes from road pricing

Today is your last chance to sign MCN’s petition against road pricing before it is given to Tony Blair. As this was written, the list of names had reached 4,411 and was still growing by the minute,...

Worst roads

I think that the worst roads are in Swansea, South Wales. The potholes, surface corrosion, and general state of the roads is a disgrace. All the council have to say is that due to a high number of damage and injury claims they haven't got enough money to repair all the roads. So what is our road tax for? I thought it was to pay for the upkeep of the roads so there won't be any claims!

Nightmare Gloucestershire roads

I agree with Richard whole heartedly. Having been out for the first long run of the year today, I can quite honestly say that the county's roads are absouloutly atrocious. This is unless you happen to go through the Forest of Dean where there seems to have been a major resurfacing scheme going on along the A 4136 to Monmouth. But get into Wales and you might as well be in a different...

Win a CBR6 with Spring Spectacular

Honda is running a special promotion campaign throughout April where you can win loads of great prizes, including an HM Plant replica CBR600RR7. All you have to do is go to your local dealer, fill in the form and drop it in the Spring Spectacular box. And anyone who test rides a Honda over 125cc gets entered into a free prize drawer to win a CBR600, Hornet or a VT750DC Shadow Sprint.

McGregor jacket raises £2600

A jacket worn by Ewan McGregor on his documented Long Way Round journey was sold at auction last month for £2600. The auction was held by Edinburgh University to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and the Students Supporting Street Kids charity.

MX rider killed by barbed wire

An Italian farmer is under investigation for manslaughter after a motocross rider was killed by a piece of barbed wire stretched across a country track. Marco Badiali, 48, was out riding with seven friends in Pavullo in the Appenines to celebrate his birthday when he was virtually decapitated by the wire that was stretched five feet high across the path. Reports said there was a history of...

Prison for minimoto-riding dad

An Edinburgh man has been jailed for three months after police caught him riding his 10-year-old son’s minimoto while he was serving a driving disqualification. Gordon Grant, 27, was stopped riding the 39cc bike on the roads last month whilst serving a driving ban that ends in 2013. Grant was jailed for three months and fined £300.

More AMD custom specials

More AMD custom specials

Following our story on the winner of the AMD European Custom Championship (see related stories), here are the two runners-up: Second place: Rock 'N Bike Using a more common 883 Harley engine instead...

Video: 2007 Super-Nakeds group test

Video: 2007 Super-Nakeds group test

With such a huge range of big naked bikes on offer this year, we got them all together to find out which one comes out on top. We tested 11 bikes in total, from the Triumph Speed Triple to the Bimota...

Meet the new Bennetts Babes

Meet the new Bennetts Babes

These 12 girls are the new Bennetts Babes that will be touring the UK as part of the British Superbike calendar. Over 3,000 girls entered the competition to become one of the glamorous dozen.

Video: Kawasaki Z750 first ride

Video: Kawasaki Z750 first ride

MCN Road Tester Trevor Franklin got to ride Kawasaki's new Z750 at it's launch in Spain, and we've got the video. Check out the clip on the right to see the bike in action on some great looking...

Gloucestershire has the worst roads in Europe?

Gloucestershire has the worst roads in the country, or possibly Europe - including eastern Europe. It's a disgrace riddled with potholes and it is extremely dangerous. I am in complete agreement with the gentleman from Cheltenham, which is where I live too.

What's On: April 11 to 17

Our What’s On listings now show events by their location, making them easier to find. Click the links below to choose the listing for your area and find out what events are on near you this week. If you would like to see your biking event listed please email the details with a sam.bostock@emap.com. WORLD EAST IRELAND   MIDLANDS NORTH SCOTLAND   SOUTH EAST SOUTH WEST...

New Harley dealer in Preston

New Harley dealer in Preston

A new Harley-Davidson dealership is opening in Preston this week. The purpose built dealership will feature bike sales, clothing and accessories, service department and a customer café/restaurant. The...

Leap of faith

Leap of faith

Evel Knievel has found God according to an interview with his local paper, the Montana Standard. The legendary daredevil, who has been fighting pulmonary fibrosis for several years, has been baptised...

Skidmarx screens for Yamaha FZ-1 Fazer

Skidmarx screens for Yamaha FZ-1 Fazer

Need a bit more protection for your Fazer? Skidmarx has just released two new screens for the FZ-1 Fazer. You’ve got the choice of a flip screen which is claimed to push air over the top of your head...

Cops on minibikes

Cops on minibikes

The combination of police and minibikes usually revolves around teenagers being served with ASBOs – but this is Durham police’s own fleet of fully-liveried minimotos! The force has created the...

AMD European Custom champ

AMD European Custom champ

This Hungarian machine is powered by a pretty unconventional motor – a combination of a 1941 Harley Knucklehead engine mated with a 3 speed automatic gearbox! The rigid frame/swingarm supports custom...

New MCN: April 11

New MCN: April 11

In this week’s MCN biker MP Hazel Blears speaks out against speed limiters on bikes. The lady tipped to be the next deputy Prime Minister says she will not support the proposal unless there is...

Michelle the model

Michelle the model

I am a glamour model and I enjoy posing for my boyfriend and his lovely Truimph Daytona 955i in red. I would love to work with professional people doing motorbike modelling. I am fit,...