June

The A6 from Bakewell - Experimental footage

Here is another clip with a difference. I don't know if it works that well, but here goes. It is a clip put together from footage obtained on a training course. 2 bikes, each mounted with cameras and the Pan European rider doing the commentary while I am filming him. In the meantime he is filming the road ahead as well. The clip is edited and at one point we get passed by a Triumph; nice engine...

Battered R6

Battered R6

Well what can I say? Just look at my pride and joy, now battered thanks to the shite weather...

Moto Morini's MM3 concept Multistrada rival shelved

Moto Morini's MM3 concept Multistrada rival shelved

After giving the MM3 concept bike an early thumbs up, Moto Morini has made a u-turn and decided not to go ahead with the bike. The bike used the 1200cc v-twin with fly-by-wire throttle, traction...

British MotoGP: Donington Park ticket misery

British MotoGP: Donington Park ticket misery

Complaints have flooded into MCN that tickets have not been sent in time for the British MotoGP at Donington Park this weekend, despite customers pre-ordering well in advance. Readers say that...

Motorcycle Rider Training weekend to promote new motorcycle test

Motorcycle Rider Training weekend to promote new motorcycle test

The Motorcycle Rider Training Association is holding an event on the first weekend in July at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent this Sunday to promote the new motorcycle test which will be...

Youngest MotoGP fan?

Youngest MotoGP fan?

Here is a pic my wife took of me and my son Archie watching his first MotoGP at three days old!

Highway code

I live in the Consett area of County Durham and have for a long time asked the police for action on illegal and bad parking of cars near to where I live. Even though these cars are parked in the wrong direction of traffic flow and half on the footpath, half on the road, causing big problems for other traffic and more importantly for the pedestrians trying to use the foot path, they have...

Hooked on Blades

Hooked on Blades

Just thought I'd share my bike with everyone. As you can see, it's not quite standard but I would also like to fit some higher bars for a more comfortable riding position due to damaged vertebrae in...

KTM X-bow car is a sales success

KTM X-bow car is a sales success

Just three months after the official unveiling of the KTM X-Bow lightweight sportscar, the Austrian firm has announced their one thousandth order. Due to the massive demand for the car, KTM has opened...

67 years and no licence!

Courtesy of Reuters International News... 84-year-old man drove 67 years without license Wed Jun 20, 2007 11:19AM EDT AMSTERDAM (Reuters). An 84-year-old Dutch driver astonished police this week when he admitted during a random check that not only was his car uninsured but he had been driving without a licence for 67 years. Dutch media said Wednesday the man had escaped detection because he had...

Motorcycle crash boxer was over the limit

The former two-time boxing World Champion, Diego Corrales, who died last month in a motorcycle accident, was riding while three times over the alcohol limit. Corrales, known as ‘Chico’ died in a collision involving three vehicles on May 7. He was riding a 2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000. Toxicology tests revealed his blood-alcohol content was 0.25 per cent at the time of the crash while the legal limit...

RAC promotes motorcycles to commuters

RAC promotes motorcycles to commuters

Commuters could cut three hours off their weekly journey to work by switching from cars to motorcycles, according to the RAC. The survey found more than a fifth of motorists said they...

Austrian motorcyclist impaled by cow

A 28-year-old Austrian motorcyclist is critically ill in hospital after colliding with a cow in St Agatha near Salzburg. The biker hit the cow when it was standing in the middle of the road and was impaled on its horns.

Video: Cat and Fiddle run

A look at the famous Cat and Fiddle run in Cheshire by video bike.

Catching up on the news

Catching up on the news

"They also pulled me last week and said my number plate was illegal, grandad."

Video: Which commutes better - car or motorcycle?

Video: Which commutes better - car or motorcycle?

There's a lot to weigh up when choosing how to tackle a big commute, like what's really better, a motorcycle or a car? Take the car and you don't have to worry about your rain, helmet hair or...

Ducati Desmo stuck in traffic

As part of my holiday in Italy we went to the Ducati factory, which was bloody great, but even better, on the way home what looked suspiciously like the new Desmosedici RR passed us, while we were stuck in trafffic.

Batman's new motorcycle for next film - The Dark Knight

Batman's new motorcycle for next film - The Dark Knight

The Batmobile will be replaced with this crazy motorcycle creation in the next Batman film – The Dark Knight – which hits cinemas in 2008. Incredibly, the new motorcycle, which has been designed...

New apology by North Wales Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom over dead biker pictures is rejected

New apology by North Wales Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom over dead biker pictures is rejected

The family of a motorcyclist whose decapitated body was shown in photographs to journalists has rejected a new apology from the police chief responsible. North Wales chief constable Richard Brunstrom...

Bike tax

In the US there are political lobbies for almost every activity, one of the most powerful is the automobile user. Many Americans consider that it is through lobbying that fuel prices are kept lower in the US compared to other countries. We have the BMF & MAG, surely we could add our support to those organisations by making our view known to our MP.

New MCN: June 20, 2007

New MCN: June 20, 2007

In this week’s edition of MCN we give you a full 16-page supplement previewing the British MotoGP at Donington this weekend. Our MotoGP reporter, Matthew Birt talks to the MotoGP stars including Casey...

Highs & lows of holidays

Highs & lows of holidays

In February 2007 we flew to New Zealand, where we picked up the bike delivered to our hotel in Christchurch, courtesy of VFR NZ (highly recommended). We covered nearly the whole of the South...

Can a Triumph sound like a Harley?

Can a Triumph sound like a Harley?

Triumph spent a lot of time in the development of its America Cruiser to try and make it sound as much like a harley as possible. The firm selected a specific firing order for the parallel twin engine...

Video: Aprilia's new V4 superbike engine

Video: Aprilia's new V4 superbike engine

With details of Aprilia's new sportsbike emerging in the June 2 edtion of MCN we thought we'd show you footage of the bikes all new V4 powerplant. Check out the video below to see the new...

Exclusive pictures: Ducati Desmosedici RR up close

Exclusive pictures: Ducati Desmosedici RR up close

MCN was granted exclusive access to the road-going version of Ducati’s DesmosediciRR last week – more than two weeks before the completely finished bike will be seen for the first time at World Ducati...

Government rejects speed limiter calls

Government rejects speed limiter calls

Calls for speed limiters on motorcycles have been rejected by the Government. A Government response to the calls said speeding did not cause enough motorcycle accidents to warrant the...

Transport Minister Dr Stephen Ladyman won't rule out congestion charges for motorcycles

Transport Minister Dr Stephen Ladyman won't rule out congestion charges for motorcycles

Transport Minister Dr Stephen Ladyman refused to rule out bikes could be made to pay in future congestion charging schemes.   In response to a question, Ladyman said: “Exemptions in any...

Lucky Ducati fan wins our GT1000

Lucky Ducati fan wins our GT1000

MCN reader Roy Osbourne was announced as the lucky winner of a Ducati GT1000 Sportclassic last week. Roy went to claim his prize from Ducati UK’s Tim Maccabee at Ducati Coventry, and was...

"Works Honda"

"Works Honda"

I live in Thailand and here is a small sample of the "works machines" that grace the Kingdom's roads. Illegal street (soi) racing goes off all the time. The Thais spend a small fortune on these...

America only Ducati Sport 1000

America only Ducati Sport 1000

Ducati has released pictures of this special-edition Ducati Sport 1000, but unfortunately only North American riders will be able to buy it. The bike is the single-seat Ducati Sport 1000 with black...

Tories say DVLA has 7.8m people's details wrong

Tories say DVLA has 7.8m people's details wrong

Conservative Shadow Transport Minister Chris Grayling MP issued a statement claiming the DVLA has 7.8m driver’s details wrong. He said: “This is a startling figure which has worrying consequences for...

Michelin recalls Pilot Power tyre

Michelin recalls Pilot Power tyre

Michelin has announced it is to recall some of its Pilot Power and Pilot Power 2CT front tyres due to a defect in the tread. The recall revolves around French-made Michelin Pilot Power and 2CT tyres,...

CBR is a bit woof

CBR is a bit woof

It took an hour to get up here and now I can't reach the bloody pedals!

Bike tax

I was really pleased when my wife got her car tax bill for our little Peugeot. It is only £35.00 per year a saving on last year of £15.00, so in the hope that my bike tax would be cheaper as it obviously takes up less space on the road, has low emissions etc, I looked forward to receiving my tax bill. However I have found out that instead of being reduced it has been increased; it is now double...

Fast cat

Fast cat

My cat has taken to riding my CBR!

Birmingham bike thieves

I parked my motorbike outside the co-op at the Poolway in Birmingham, under a security camera. I went into the shop and someone came in and asked who owned the red bike. So I came running out, chased the scum taking off with my bike, they dropped it, and did some damage. Well someone called the police, who never bothered coming out and told me to go to the station. So I did.