January

First bike orchestra

First bike orchestra

James Toseland led a band of bikers in Central London in the world’s first bike orchestra. He was accompanied by renowned conductor and award winning composer Stephen Montague who had devised a...

Camera project axed

Camera project axed

The Government today confirmed the National Safety Camera Programme is to be axed from the end of next month.  It admitted for the first time that it meant the end of safety camera partnerships...

Stupid councils

Stupid councils

MCN’S file on Britain’s stupidest councils is growing but we’re convinced there are more worthy contenders out there – and we need you to tell us about them.  Nominees so far include a council...

Buell gets dirty

Buell gets dirty

We’ve just heard a cracking rumour that Buell is going to make a motocross bike, which would be available to buy in dealer's shops in three years time!  Details are scarce at the moment, but we...

Looking trendy

Looking trendy

The first three contestants for the sunglasses competition...

Pro-bike petrol stations

Pro-bike petrol stations

Here's a list of all the petrol stations that have been praised and recommended by MCN readers for not requiring the removal of crash helmets, or in some way helping stranded motorcyclists etc. If...

New MCN: January 31

New MCN: January 31

This week MCN are offering an exclusive free guide to the London Motorcycle show, which kicks off at ExCeL, London tomorrow (February 1, 2007). We reveal what you can expect to see from the likes of...

Anti-bike petrol stations

Anti-bike petrol stations

Here is a list of all the petrol stations that have refused to serve MCN readers, unless they removed their helmets. The highest proportion of the complaints we have received have been about the...

Beach party

Beach party

Someone didn't get the message what the new look on the start line walkabout was...

Harley's XL1200N

Harley's XL1200N

Harley-Davidson has revealed its new XL1200N Nightster – a stripped-back Sportster aimed at traditional custom fans. Based on the latest 2007 Sportster, the Nightster combines the big 1200cc...

Shall we keep her?

Shall we keep her?

Important team discussions on the start line to decide the future of their babe... 

GMT change on accidents

GMT change on accidents

Changing UK time to be in line with Europe would cut accidents and help the environment according to scientists at Cambridge University. The study reckons abandoning Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and...

Walking the line

Walking the line

What a line up!...

Cold enough?

Cold enough?

Do you think he will notice if I steal his fleece?...

Essex bikers be aware

Essex bikers be aware

Riders in Essex have been warned to keep their bikes secure after two bikes were stolen earlier this month.  An FZS600 was taken between 6pm January 4 and 10am January 7, 2007 from a garage in...

New motorists group

New motorists group

A new organisation has been launched to help fight for the rights of roads users.  Motorists Voice is hoping to initially campaign on issues on road taxation and charges, road safety and public...

Spotted...

Spotted...

Taking a break between sessions...

Fine every 15 seconds

Fine every 15 seconds

UK bikers and drivers are paying out one £60 fixed penalty after being caught by speed cameras every 15 seconds. This news is according to new statistics from Speed Camera Partnerships.  Income...

Cameras get cameras

Cameras get cameras

The Scottish Borders Safety Camera Partnership is considering installing more cameras - to protect the cameras they already have!  CCTV cameras are one of the measures being considered to...

Cafe Racer 999

Cafe Racer 999

This is what happens when bike tuners living a hippy dream get their hands on a Ducati 999 – the Steffano Cafe9. The built-to-order bikes are created by hand by Robert Steffano in his California...

Speed limiters survey

A survey of 500 road users has shown that many people believe fitting speed restrictors to young driver’s cars would improve road safety.  Sixty per cent believe such a device would reduce young driver accident statistics.  Sixty-one per cent also believe the minimum driving age should rise to 18, opposing recent DFT plans to introduce on-road driving lessons for 16-year-olds.

Hammond plays chicken

Hammond plays chicken

Here’s a taste of the new Richard Hammond column for this Wednesday’s MCN, he’s going on about Harleys and losing a game of chicken with a car… You know that moment when you fall over whilst running...

Focussed

Focussed

Preparing for the race...

Colin Collins hits rocks

After 48 years in business the Colin Collins chain of bike dealers has gone into administration.  The firm has closed two of its four dealers – in Kenton and Watford – while the other two, in Harrow and Letchworth, are still open for business. The administrator, Vantis Plc, is hoping to sell these two as going concerns.  The stock from the two closed branches has been moved to the...

Help:Stupid councils

Help:Stupid councils

MCN recently revealed how £250,000 had been spent on speed humps in Islington, London. This was while the local council claimed it couldn’t afford to fix these dangerous potholes on the same...

Unlicensed rider kills

Unlicensed rider kills

A motorcyclist who was spotted pulling a wheelie away from a set of traffic lights before hitting a car so hard the door caved-in killing the driver has changed his plea to guilty.  Christopher...

Ride safe club halts

Kingdom Off Road Motorcycle Club, which encourages responsible bike riding, has been put on stand-by after the programme co-ordinator quit last week.  The award-winning club was looking for a new site to continue their work to encourage safer riding. But Dave Paton said the lack of progress with the project has forced him to throw in the towel.  

Final edition Hayabusa

Final edition Hayabusa

Suzuki is set to reveal a limited-edition version of its eight-year-old Hayabusa later this year to mark the end of production of the legendary bike. While the Busa name is likely to continue with an...

Google Earth results

Google Earth results

Satellite images of the entire world have been logged on Goggle Earth and thanks to eagle-eyed MCN readers, we’ve managed to find some of the more unusual bike-related images. Click the links below...

Video: 07 CBR600 V R6

Video: 07 CBR600 V R6

Watch road tester Adam Child tests out the new CBR600RR against the Yamaha R6. In our comprehensive 600 group test last February not only did Yamaha’s new R6 grab the honours, Suzuki’s GSX-R was...

Police stop scavenging

Police stop scavenging

Police attempted to put a stop to the looting of washed-up cargo from the stricken MSC Naopli last night. Officers were escorting scavengers off the Branscombe Beach through the night after reports...

Rammed by a bus

Rammed by a bus

A biker was rammed from behind by a 12-ton bus in a furious road rage incident which temporarily closed the A26 in Kent. Ken Blythe from East Sussex was riding his Honda CB1300 down the A26 in...

Bikes on TV: Jan 24-30

Each week we publish a list of events happening around the UK, and listings on motorcycling programmes on TV. This is the TV listing for the week beginning Wednesday, January 24 on. KEY TO CHANNELS: DRT - Discovery Real Time DRTE -Discovery Real Time Extra DSC - Discovery Channel MM - Men and Motors EXS - Extreme Sports Channel MOT - Motors TV, SS1 (2, 3 or X) - Sky Sports 1 (2,3 or Extra) EUR1...

Video: FZ6 Fazer

Video: FZ6 Fazer

The original Fazer was a simple, but brilliantly successful idea.  A detuned, carburated Thundercat engine held in a basic frame with budget suspension may not exactly ‘give wood’, but it was...

Curly babe

Curly babe

The mechanic is checking the set up of the bike - honest!

New MCN: January 24

New MCN: January 24

In this week’s MCN we discover the plan to ban bikers from bus lanes in London. Following a trial has been conducted in the capital, but now a report shows local government officials do not want the...