September

Killer headlines

The BBC reported today that motorcycle fatalaties in Northern Ireland have risen considerably in the last year. Not good news but fair enough. Not so fair though is what feels like an underlying prejudice against motorcyclists and monotone reporting from the BBC. An example is the accompanying quote from Environment Minister Arlene Foster: "It has caused me considerable concern at the number of...

Trip to Wales

Trip to Wales

Thought you would like to see this picture of my father-in-law, Peter Hart, on our recent camping trip to the coast in mid-Wales in September. I will add, it did rain the next day... it always does on...

New MCN out Wednesday, September 26, 2007

New MCN out Wednesday, September 26, 2007

In this week's MCN we take a look at Honda's hottest ever new bike line-up, including the Evo6, CB1100RR and CBF600. Also in this edition, available from Wednesday, September 26, 2007 we have the...

Mega or Minor Motard?

Mega or Minor Motard?

Expensive? Yes. Tall & long? Yes. Light & nimble ? Yes. This bike rocks your socks off. After having spent a few years practising the art of wheelstands on GSs this is The Answer for me. I...

Video: Italjet are back with the Grifon 650

Italjet is one of Italy’s most famous bike makers. They went out of business in 2003, but now they’re back making scooters, quads and pit bikes - but the Grifon 650 could be their first step back onto the big-bike ladder. It’s a collaboration between Hyosung and Italjet; the 650cc V-twin engine and chassis comes from the Korean firm, while things like the suspension, spoked wheels, suspension,...

Speed camera enforcement down 14%

Speed camera enforcement down 14%

Speed cameras vans are spending on average 14% less time catching speeders than a year ago, latest national figures obtained by MCN show. One of the biggest regional falls has been in South Yorkshire,...

Kawasaki Ninja 250R first official picture

Kawasaki Ninja 250R first official picture

Last week we showed you the spy pictures of Kawasaki’s new Ninja 250R – and now we can reveal the finished version of the motorcycle which is set to be officially launched in Paris on...

2008 Kawasaki ZZ-R1400 goes head to head Suzuki Hayabusa

2008 Kawasaki ZZ-R1400 goes head to head Suzuki Hayabusa

Kawasaki has released the 2008 ZZ-R1400 with a series of changes it claims were made to the ZZ-R1400’s engine is to meet emissions rules – but the nature of the changes suggests that Kawasaki is...

Paris Show 07: Suzuki launch at Paris Expo

Paris Show 07: Suzuki launch at Paris Expo

Suzuki are launching their 2008 range at the Paris Show today (Thursday) including the new GSX-R600 and GSX-R750. Check back here at 10pm tonight (Thursday) to see all the information on the new...

The family R6

The family R6

Me on my R6 with the kids.

New Ducati Monster spied testing

New Ducati Monster spied testing

This is the world’s first spy shot of the all-new 2008 Ducati Monster, caught in secret tests on an Italian race circuit. The Ducati Monster is set to get its first major redesign since it’s...

My new toy

My new toy

I love motorbikes and everything that goes along with them. I can't stand people who cut bikers up or think that we are all hooligans although some of us like to think we are. I'm a bit new...

Boss Hoss test

On Saturday, we did a test ride on the Boss Hoss and made a little video with a simple camera. It was for Oliepeil.nl and motornieuws.nl

JT and the kids

JT and the kids

This is a pic of my 3 kids with James Toseland at Hein Gericke in Sidcup.

Anti-bike petrol stations

You have to be a bit more sympathetic to the petrol stations. There must have been bad experiences for the helmets-off policy to have been adopted in so many places. It's not universal, thank heavens. My local is a Morrisons place and, even though it asks bikers to de-hat, they don't enforce it. In my case, when I first went in I apologised for keeping my helmet on with the excuse that it's a...

MCN at Lake Garda

MCN at Lake Garda

My fiancee Catherine and I (Patrice) would be very happy if you could publish our picture. We were at the top of the Monte Baldo mountain last week at Malchesine, Lake Garda, Italy.

Asda petrol station

Re Asda Spennymoor, Co Durham. I use this place on a regular basis, and have been only asked to remove my crash helmet on one occasion, after a heated discussion with the staff on the subject (with my lid in place may I add), during which I informed them that they may be breaching the discrimination act, I also added that if they asked every one with a head covering of any description there would...

Aprilia SL750 Shivers ready to test ride

Aprilia SL750 Shivers ready to test ride

The first batch of Aprilia SL750 Shiver demo motorcycles are about to ride in the country for you to test ride. Dealer staff are riding the Aprilia SL 750 Shiver motorcycles back from Aprilia’s...

MCN in the Philippines

MCN in the Philippines

MCN in the Philippines. Photo taken at Tagaytay Highlands reading my MCN with Taal lake & volcano in the background. Fortunately there was more action in the paper than the volcono.

Biker Britain airs tonight

Biker Britain airs tonight

Following the release of his book under the same name, Nick Sanders is set to appear in a new ten part series from tonight, exploring the world of Biking in Britain. Riding a Yamaha XT660R, the...

Audience with a legend

Audience with a legend

For as long as he has been able to talk William Aston has talked about motorcycles. When he discovered Moto GP there was no stopping him. His passion is boundless and he spends many hours absorbing...

Honda previews new motorcycle models for Tokyo show

Honda previews new motorcycle models for Tokyo show

Honda has revealed a preview of the concept bikes it will show at next month’s Tokyo Motor Show. No less than three concept bikes are set to be shown. These are headed by the stunning Evo6 – a...

For wetter or worse

For wetter or worse

In a week dominated by news of suffering, tragedy and misery organising a wedding was always going to be tough. But with the help of friends, neighbours and enthusiastic suppliers Vicki Lanen and...

2008 Fireblade

Sorry guys, I love it. Believe me, in the flesh you will love it too. And yes I'm getting one of the first ones!

Loves of my life

Loves of my life

The 3 loves of my life. Oh, nearly forgot the wife, too!

2008 Suzuki GSX-R600 colour options revealed

2008 Suzuki GSX-R600 colour options revealed

These are the colour schemes that will be available on the new-for 2008 Suzuki GSX-R600 motorcycle. See MCN today for all the information on the new Suzuki GSX-R600 motorcycle, which will be...

Around the world with a new pair of hands

Around the world with a new pair of hands

Theo Kelz works for the Austrian Police force and in 1994 he was defusing a bomb when it exploded and he lost both his hands. Six years later he was given the chance of a double hand transplant (only...

Haslam vs Tornado

Haslam vs Tornado

Leon Haslam racing an RAF Tornado GR4 on a Ducati 1098. Who won? Who cares? It was still awesome!

Car drivers... Grrr!

i was riding in town centre in Southampton and some absolute knob decided to sideswipe me in the Merc! Damage to him... small scratch and a dent. Damages to me... cracked fairing and a dead leg for an hour. These bloody posh car drivers need to get a grip and drop the "king of the road" attitude. Us bikers pay tax as well so why are we getting pushed off the road by t*ats in their posh boxes!...

New MCN out Wednesday, September 19, 2007

New MCN out Wednesday, September 19, 2007

In this week's MCN, senior road tester Micheal Neeves heads to Mugello for the world's first test of the Ducati Desmosedici RR. Also in this edition, out Wednesday, September 19, 2007 we...

MCN in the Falklands

MCN in the Falklands

Me nearing another 4 month tour of the Falkland Islands. Spending some important R&R in a windswept Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands. Currently riding a R6. In the RAF. Living in Whitby!

First and last ticket?

I first rode motorbikes out of need. I then rode bikes for economy. I then rode bikes ‘cos I loved ‘em and the freedom they give. From Royal Enfield 125cc ‘Flying Flea’ to BSA Shooting Star to Honda Super Slug to BMW K100 and lots more in between I’ve been riding for close to fifty years from apprentice to pensioner, summer and winter across most of the UK and seen it all! Now I’ve got myself a...

Dismount!

This was taken by a mate behind me at Zolder this year. The bike survived to do another session, hurt like hell the next day, slipt out on some oil. Lucky Lucky me!

Spill pictures

Spill pictures

Hi, I read in MCN last week that you wanted pictures of crashes for a forthcoming feature. Here are some pics of my spill at Brands Hatch from last week. I managed to lock the bike up coming into...

Video: A Motocross bike from Benelli!

Check out our World exclusive video of Benelli’s brand new BX449 motocross bike, which we caught by chance, when we visited the Italian factory earlier this month. Better known for their superbikes and funky roadsters, Benelli’s new 52bhp, single-cylinder, 449cc competition off-roader features innovative ideas like a single-piece ‘monolith’ crankcase and a removable carbon fibre frame rail, which...

Police told to review guidelines on chasing motorcycles

Police told to review guidelines on chasing motorcycles

Police should not pursue motorcycles unless a serious crime has been committed, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has said. In a report on police road traffic incidents involving...