October

Knackered Gixer

Knackered Gixer

This is what was left of my mate's GSX-R1000 K3 after a collision with a car on the Bridgenorth Road. The crash happened 1st July 2006 and let's just say he is still recovering (with plenty of...

Where are all the stories?

Where are all the stories?

I am 16 years old and am hoping to take my licence next year before the laws change. I have covered vast distances on the back of my dad's motorcycle including a sponsored ride from John o' Groats to...

Breva 850 test

Moto Guzzi Breva 850 road test.

FJR vs Norge 1200

Here's a road test of the Yamaha FJR1300AS and Moto Guzzi Norge 1200.

What, no media?

What, no media?

We came down from North Wales for the Riders for Rights event and were a bit concerned early on there were not many bikes there, until quite close to 1pm, when the bikes started flooding in. We were...

20mph speed limit for motorcyclists?

The recent article by two non-biker idiots caused a lot of comment. Well, I came across these two over the Snake Pass today. I was following a couple of trucks at the road speed limit of 50mph when they suddenly slowed down to 5mph on a double white line section and stayed at that speed for quite a while. I thought it'd be nice if the tractor turned off soon. Eventually, the restriction was lifted...

Gretna wedding on bikes

Gretna wedding on bikes

Who says it's dodgy to date on the internet? I met my hubby through AOL dateline. Paid my money and sat and waited. I didn't have a long list... just a hairy chested Scotsman with a bike. Having just...

2008 Yamaha YZF-R6 first test report

2008 Yamaha YZF-R6 first test report

MCN Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin has just ridden the new 2008 Yamaha YZF-R6 at Sugo in Japan. The full report will be in this the October 24 issue of MCN but here’s what he’s had to say: “The new...

A grand day out

I attended the ride for rights day in London which was superb. I would like to thank the organisers the Met. traffic police and every biker that was on the run. We need much much more of these runs to raise our profile as we are living with a government that is obsessed with controlling everyones liberty and freedom. The truth is, this government is worried about the amount of new people taking up...

2008 Honda Transalp XL700V first test report

2008 Honda Transalp XL700V first test report

Honda’s all-new 2008 Honda Transalp XL 700V has just been launched and MCN Road Tester Adam Child has been riding the completely revamped motorcycle in French Alps for this week’s forthcoming issue of...

That's my girl

That's my girl

Just a pic of the daughter already trying to ride daddy's bike!

More Ride for Rights pics

More Ride for Rights pics

Just a couple of pics from the day.

Ride for Rights

Firstly I would like to thank everyone who made this event happen. I think a good day was had by all. Not being a political type of person this event has opened my eyes as to the power of people and peaceful protest. That was the best day I have had on my bike so far and will be attending any future events in my area. Well done eveyone, and thanks again.

Ride for Rights rocked!

What a fun day it was. The weather was on our side too. What a sight it was to see the roads occupied by only motorbikes in the middle of London running as far as eye can see. The most unforgettable moment for me though was when all the bikers turn up at the Wembley stadium. It was in the middle of the weekend but bikers heard a call and so we came. We were called to acted as one. Regardless the...

Ride for rights pics

Ride for rights pics

Some of our photos taken during the well supported Ride for Rights rally through Central London on 20.10.07.

Ride for rights

What a fantastic day, I travelled down from North Nottinghamshire to Wembley got there about 12.30ish, excellent turn out and a well organised ride though London. It's been a long long time since I've been here. Let's all keep up the good work and well done.

108 Cylinder

On the road with a lot of six-cylinder motocycles.

New Suzuki test

Road test: Suzuki for motonieuws.nl

Moto Guzzi Breva 850

Road test: Moto Guzzi Breva 850 video

1300AS vs Norge1200

We were going to the motorshow at Paris on two bikes for a test ride. An impression for www.motornieuws.nl

Ride for rights pics and vid

I saw only one other nc29 on the day, and that's who I stuck with all the way continuously joking about the odd trouble we had with the 16-year-old bikes and the temperature gauges always being off the scale. My lovely red (grey 400 import). The other picture is made in front of the stage at Whitehall. The last picture is from a view on many of the bikes that attended including a very brave...

Whitehall halo

Whitehall halo

Although my beloved XS1100 is currently off the road with a sick gearbox, I attended on foot and among a few pics taken with my moby, I think this one is a bit of a gem! Let's hope the dozy b*****s...

Whitehall becomes motorcycle-only zone as thousands join Ride for Rights demo

Whitehall becomes motorcycle-only zone as thousands join Ride for Rights demo

Thousands of motorcyclists rode through London today on an MCN-backed demo against road pricing for bikes. A giant procession of around 2,000 bikers brought traffic to a standstill...

Just another weekend ride

Just another weekend ride

Last weekend I took a little trip. 8 states and 2 countries later, my bike slightly transformed I'm home. Total mileage for the weekend was 1842 on a 2005 SVS starting Friday at noon and getting home...

My baby

My baby

My baby! 1098 black mint colours, full 70mm Termis...

Public consultation on ‘smart card’ driving licences launched

Public consultation on ‘smart card’ driving licences launched

A public consultation will be launched shortly by the DVLA for proposals for a trial of smart card provisional driving licences in Wales. The smart cards will be distributed in the early part of 2008...

Ducati Monster Competition winner

Ducati Monster Competition winner

Tracy Parkhurst from Tadley in Hampshire picked up her new Ducati S2R Monster at last weekend’s final BSB round at Brands Hatch after winning the test ride competition. The competition ran by the...

Steve McQueen and Clark Gable motorcycles up for auction

Steve McQueen and Clark Gable motorcycles up for auction

A 1970 Kawasaki G31 belonging to actor Steve McQueen and 1934 Harley-Davidson RL formerly owned by Clark Gable are set to go up for auction on November 10 in LA. The Bonhams and Butterfields auction...

Yamaha wants you to vote whether the WR250R and WR250X come to the UK

Yamaha wants you to vote whether the WR250R and WR250X come to the UK

This is your chance to speak directly to a major motorcycle manufacturer, as Yamaha has asked for your opinions on the new 2008 Yamaha WR250R and Yamaha WR250X. The new single-cylinder 250cc...

Pining for my B-King

I've got my BKing ordered here in Aurora, Colorado (US) and awaiting delivery. I've got my eye on the Yoshi exhaust but wondering if there's a kit to redress the tail-lights. I'm pining away till we get our taste of the new Suzuki monster naked hits the show-room floor and I can start turning it into my own, custom street-fighter. I've even got drop-away handlebars picked out and am hoping that...

Trying an Intruder for size

Trying an Intruder for size

This my daughter Helen with my grand daughter Freya just trying my Intruder for size. She will probably want a sports bike.

MCN in Thailand

MCN in Thailand

This is me, Dave Thornton, and my MCN on tour in Northern Thailand.

World Superbikes' Max Biaggi's Suzuki GSX-R1000 K7 explained

World Superbikes' Max Biaggi's Suzuki GSX-R1000 K7 explained

Before riding (and crashing!) Max Biaggi’s Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 K7 World Superbikes machine, MCN’s World Superbike reporter Michael Guy spoke to Max Biaggi’s crew chief, Giacomo Guidotti, about...

Reach for the bars

Reach for the bars

Lucy West on my bike at Plymouth ferryport on way to France for annual holiday 2007. I got to go on bike and family went in car! (can't pull same stunt this year unfortunately!)

Motorcyclists to get roadside drugs tests

Motorcyclists to get roadside drugs tests

Motorcyclists and drivers are to be subjected to roadside tests for drugs by a dedicated new police squad. Suspects will be made to do Field Impairment Tests (FIT) similar to sobriety tests used in...

Best biking in Britain

Best biking in Britain

We've got the lot in the North East. After a quiet Monday/Tuesday we fire off the week on Wednesday night at my local bikers meet at Washington Wildfowl Park. You see everything from 98cc Excelsior to...