August

Quilty not guilty

My initial instinct on seeing this winning colour scheme was to wonder if the main judge is recently single, plus the possibility of Fiona being the owner of a CD175 and a fit arse. But in retrospect I feel I must digress. On zooming in it looks as if it were done by someone far too young for such base thoughts to be contemplated.

Heavens to Betsy!

Heavens to Betsy!

Just thought I would show you Betsy: XJR with Lazer pipes, Ohlins forks etc. Also have a 1999 R1.

Bike sales hit by Britain’s bad weather

Bike sales hit by Britain’s bad weather

A new report released by EurotaxGlass’s claims the level of sales in the used motorcycle market this summer has declined due to the recent shocking weather. EurotaxGlass’, the leading supplier of...

John McGuiness tyre goes on sale

John McGuiness tyre goes on sale

Here is your chance to own a piece of road racing history – the tyre from John McGuiness’ 130mph TT record braking Honda CBR1000 Fireblade. The tyre is up for sale on a popular auction site along with...

Police hunt green Rover in biker shooting

Police hunt green Rover in biker shooting

Police have released new information to MCN on a green Rover 620 thought to have been involved in the shooting of a biker on the M40 yesterday. Warwickshire Police said the car may have been heading...

Northamptonshire police crackdown on anti-social riders

Northamptonshire police crackdown on anti-social riders

Northamptonshire police are warning motorcyclists in and around the Stanion area that the roads are not to be used for high speed riding. Local residents have complained that they 'fear for their...

Special edition BMW R1200GS

Special edition BMW R1200GS

To celebrate the 100,000th BMW R1200GS coming off the production line in Berlin, Vines of Guilford are offering a special edition version of the bike for a limited time only. Vines will throw in a...

First high chair circle wheelie

Here is a first in UK motorcycling history, Glyn from 444 Riders performing a high chair circle wheelie.

Babe of the day

Babe of the day

MCN's babe of the day

Biker shot on M40

UPDATE: Police have now said that the 33 year-old motorcyclist was leaving the the Bulldog Bash, and it is thought that the shooting was not connected with events at the Bash. It is thought that the shooting is the culmination of a longer running feud. Organisers of the Bash are not available for comment at this time. Police have issued a statement following the shooting of a motorcyclist on the...

MCN in Zante

MCN in Zante

Colin and Julie Griffin in Zante. She used to buy MCN for me to read!

Rupert's blog of world trip

After taking my bike test just before my 50th birthday I then last year went with a group from England to the Arctic Circle. A bit like big brother on wheels! See Arctic circle by motorbike (part 5) on You tube. Rupert who was on the trip is now riding around the world, he is over half way. His blog is www.621.org.uk Rupert is raising money for Myeloma uk after his mother died of the terrible...

Back after 45 years!

Back after 45 years!

I've just come back on to two wheels after a break of 45 years! I'm now 65 years old and am suprised at the power of modern bikes. I was brought up on BSAs, Arials, Triunphs etc (250/350cc). I now...

Paint My Ride competition winner

Paint My Ride competition winner

Here is the winner of the Paint My Ride competition running with MCN over the past two months. Michael Manuel, owner of custom paint firm Paint My Ride, handpicked this entry from masses of designs...

New Peugeot Maxi 500 scooter

New Peugeot Maxi 500 scooter

Here is the latest addition to Peugeot’s big scooter range, the four-stroke 500cc Satelis. Perfect for commuter types, there’s a lockable side compartment with a 12V socket for recharging a mobile...

Free insurance launched for BMW G650X

Free insurance launched for BMW G650X

BMW has launched a free one-year, fully comprehensive insurance policy for all customers buying a brand new BMW G 650 X. The policy is being offered through BMW’s own Motorrad Insurance scheme.

Isle of Man TT Manslaughter Investigation: Police Statement

Isle of Man TT Manslaughter Investigation: Police Statement

The Isle of Man Police Force has released the following statement relating to the incident that happened on June 8, the event's Senior Race Day: "Following detailed discussions between the...

Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman reveal Long Way Up is on the cards

Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman reveal Long Way Up is on the cards

In an exclusive interview with MCN this week Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman revealed they are planning to do another riding documentary, if we want it to happen. The pair who last weekend...

Roller skater ‘beats’ 600cc sports bike

French stuntman Jean-Yves Blondeau kitted himself out with roller skates on his feet, knees, chest and hands to race a Honda CBR600 on Japanese television – and was credited with a win. Blondeau was wearing his own home-made ‘super-impact’ suit for the downhill race aired last week. His win may have been helped by the fact the Honda barely got out of third gear.

BMW F800R?

BMW F800R?

Thought you might be interested in this photo which I found on the BMW Motorrad Days website. This was taken at this year's BMW Motorrad Days event, and appears to be a BMW F800R naked. What do...

Speeding biker just being ‘punctual’

Speeding biker just being ‘punctual’

An American motorcyclist caught riding at 137mph through Reese, Michigan, told police he was just trying to get to work on time, a court heard last week. The motorcyclist’s implausible excuse has now...

Kawasaki replaces MCN reader’s cracked ER-6 frame

Kawasaki replaces MCN reader’s cracked ER-6 frame

Kawasaki is to replace the cracked frame of an MCN reader’s ER-6f as a goodwill gesture but has not acknowledged a fault with the model. The firm has attributed failures on the ER-6n naked version to...

Video: MCN sees what happens when you put a Supercharger on a Rocket III

TTS Performance are famous for taking powerful motorcycles and making them even more mental. So guess what happened when they put a supercharger on the side of the 2300cc Triumph Rocket III motorcycle (more). Check out the video as MCN road tester Adam Child puts the motorcycle through its paces.

Top service from Motografix

Top service from Motografix

I purchased a set of Motografix number boards for my Yamaha R6 a few weeks ago. What a great peice of kit, it really makes the bike look racey as well as protecting it from stone chips. Well after a...

Motorcycle trackdays launched for novice bikers

Motorcycle trackdays launched for novice bikers

If you dream of taking your motorcycle onto some of the UK's most famous tracks, but don't want to be intimidated by more experienced riders, then MotorSport Visions new Novice Bike Trackdays are the...

Serious bike crashes up

Serious bike crashes up

Serious and fatal motorcycle crashes have risen while slight casualties have fallen, according to Government figures published today. Department for Transport (DFT) provisional estimates for the...

Lonely Planet guide to Italy

Lonely Planet guide to Italy

Europe's kinky over-the-knee boot has it all: popes, painters, polenta, paramours, poets, political puerility and potentates. Its dreamy light and sumptuous landscapes seem made for romance, and its...

Suspected bike thief traced by severed finger

A suspected motorcycle thief has been traced by police after he left one of his fingers at a crime scene. The severed finger was found at the Persimmon Homes building site in the West Harton area of South Shields when workers called police following the theft of a motorcycle on Tuesday. Police found a man missing a finger in a nearby accident and emergency unit of a nearby hospital –...

When I grow up...

When I grow up...

This is a picture of our daughter Caitlin (aged 7). It was taken at WSB at Brands Hatch and the Ducati Supermotard was her favourite bike.

Veteran enthusiast dies at 88

Tributes have been paid to a veteran motorcyclist who died at the weekend. Cyril Purvis, 88, will be remembered for his passion for motorbikes and love of life. The biker, of Hipsburn Drive, Barnes in Sunderland, was forced to pull out of the Beamish Run this year for the first time in three decades after suffering from blood disorder MDS. He had vowed illness would not force him to give up his...

Can you outdo Britain's best biking talent?

Can you outdo Britain's best biking talent?

Do you reckon your motorcycles out-blings these beauties? MCN has hand picked five of the most outstanding entries so far into the “Britain’s got biking talent” competition where the one winner...

Video: Black box could revolutionise bike testing

A new electronic device could change the way bike tests and CBTs are carried out in the future and solve problems caused by planned changes to the riding test. Under the European Third Driving Licence Directive (3DLD), riders are set to undergo much more rigorous off-road testing, requiring test centres to have huge asphalted areas to carry out the test. This in turn means that from next...

Ban bikes petition

Ban bikes petition

A new petition has been created on the 10 Downing Street website calling to ban the sale and use of motorcycles. The petition, which was set up on October 1 by a Peter A Jordan, says: “Motorbikes are...

Living with....Honda Hornet round-up for July

Living with....Honda Hornet round-up for July

The summer sunshine has prompted me to make the most of my Honda Hornet, with two big rideouts, a dyno run, and taking the scenic (longest and twistiest) route home every day. Oh, and a trip to the...

Could the Husqvarna STR motorcycle go into production?

Could the Husqvarna STR motorcycle go into production?

There's hope that the most desirable supermoto motorcycle ever made could go into production. The Massimo Tamburini-designed Husqvarna STR motorcycle was created in the hope the firm could buy the BMW...

Exclusive spy shots of Triumph's new 1500cc cruiser

Exclusive spy shots of Triumph's new 1500cc cruiser

Triumph Motorcycles is just weeks away from launching its long-awaited 1500cc parallel twin cruiser - the motorcycle which could give Triumph the success in the USA it so badly wants. Take a look at...