September

Lonely Planet Guide to Spain

Lonely Planet Guide to Spain

Once away from the holiday costas, you could only be in Spain. In the cities, narrow twisting old streets suddenly open out to views of daring modern architecture, while spit-and-sawdust bars serving...

Biased BBC

Watching the Look North (East) news late on 28th August, I was appalled by the biased coverage of the bank holiday's accident reporting (covering Lincolnshire, and where bikes featured heavily thanks to Cadwell BSB and a few 'juicy' pictures & videos). I was fuming, so I sent the following to the BBC: During this news bulletin at approx 22:30, a great deal of airtime was devoted to the...

Not for the squeamish

Not for the squeamish

My injuries came on my Gixer 1000 K6. One broken fibula and severe bruising came... off quite lightly really. Ran wide at a bend coming on to a roundabout and ended up smashing into the roundabout!

ASBO for a wheelie?

We live in a small Scottish country town and in May 2007 my boyfriend was issued with an "Antisocial Behaviour ETC.(SCOTLAND) Act 2004 Section 127" for alleged... "Riding motorcycle on road on one wheel" He had just come from an off-road on to a main road with some dirt on his tyres. As he pulled off on to the main road the front wheel lifted up. At that exact moment, a cop car came round the bend...

Checkpoint Charlie

Riding home from the swimming pool last night, came across a strange sight in Belfast - plod stopping everything with a pulse on the Holywood road. Natch, I got stopped. I got asked what my name was, where I was going, where I'd just come from, if it was my bike I was riding - and how long I'd owned it! The copper then walked to the back of the bike and shone his torch at the numberplate. It was...

2008 Yamaha motorcycle range revealed here

2008 Yamaha motorcycle range revealed here

See the complete 2008 Yamaha motorcycle range here. We're updating this story with links as each 2008 Yamaha motorcycle is revealed. And you’ll also be able to read an in-depth analysis...

Calls to ban powerful bikes

Calls to ban powerful bikes

MPs have been urged to ‘insist’ Government looks at ‘downsizing’ motorcycles in a letter signed by some of the UK’s most influential road safety groups.   The letter, dated August 1, 2007,...

The Nation’s favourite motorcyclists

The Nation’s favourite motorcyclists

Past, present and even non- motorcycle riders were at the forefront of a test conducted by the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCI). In the recent survey, categories such as ‘Favourite biker of all...

Arlen Ness Smooftail pictures

Arlen Ness Smooftail pictures

British chopper builder Battistini has completed only the second Arlen Ness Smooftail bike ever built – 14 years after the American bike legend fabricated the frame. The ‘Smooftail’ was designed in...

Ducati Desmosedici RR first ride hit by hurricane

Ducati Desmosedici RR first ride hit by hurricane

The world first test of the Ducati Desmosedici RR has been hit by a hurricance and torrential rain at the Misano circuit in Italy. MCN Road Tester Michael Neeves is at Misano was all ready to get on...

Hit and run

Being a lover of bikes and having the greatest respect for bikers and their machines, I find myself at a loss. Myself, my partner and 2 young daughters (aged 7 & 9) were in Skipton, North Yorks back in july 2007. Having enjoyed an afternoon visiting the castle in town we decided to take the girls for tea. We found a safe place to cross the road and I had just let go of my eldest...

Four in Crown Court over Hells Angel murder

Four in Crown Court over Hells Angel murder

Four men appeared at Birmingham Crown Court via a video link on Monday over the murder of Hells Angel Gerard Tobin on the M40. Simon Turner, 40, Dane Garside, 41, and Sean Creighton, 43, are charged...

Speed limiting: a good thing?

I am trying to urge the government to make motorcycles have a speed limiter fitted, say at 67mph. I am sick to the back teeth of watching these idiots going down the road at excess speeds and coming around the corner and finding them killed or injured. They seem to care little for themselves or thier families or other road users. These born again bikers seem to think it will not happen to...

Video: Sheene tribute RG500

MCN's senior roadtester Michael Neeves has ridden Pete Tantrum's incredible Barry Sheene tribute RG500 at Brands Hatch. Check out the video below to see what it is like to ride such an iconic bike around the Kent circuit.

Outrage over 176mph speeding rider

Outrage over 176mph speeding rider

A motorcyclist has made national news by posting footage himself speeding at 176mph in the wet on the internet. The rider is one of two shown on an accident blackspot on the A628 in South Yorkshire...

Feel safer on your bike with the new theory test

Feel safer on your bike with the new theory test

From today (September 3, 2007) learner riders and drivers will need to score 86 per cent or 43 out of 50 to pass their theory test, compared to 85.7 per cent current required. The...

Limited-run Bimota DB5 unveiled

Limited-run Bimota DB5 unveiled

Bimota has revealed this limited edition DB5 Borsalino, built to celebrate the anniversary of an Italian hat company! Based on a mechanically stock Bimota DB5 , the DB5 Borsalino was built to...

Further delays to Brunstrom verdict

Further delays to Brunstrom verdict

The Independent Police Complaints Commission’s investigation into chief constable Richard Brunstrom showing pictures of a decapitated motorcyclist is now due to conclude in October.  The...

CBF1000 battlefield modification

Got a new CBF1000 two weeks ago & I love it. Really love it. However, I've encountered a problem when using the centrestand. The exhaust heat-shield is a razor-sharp piece of stainless steel. It has cut my right Altberg boot, which I also love, to ribbons. I've had to make a battlefield modification. I've drilled 3 small holes in the lower edge and cable-tied a split piece of rubber petrol...

One-wheel nut

Have you ever been riding along on a nice sunny day, behind a couple of cars, waiting for a safe place to pass? Yes of course you have. The other day I found myself in this position while going to the DIY shop for some screws etc. To make the trip a bit more interesting I decided to go the long way round on a lovely stretch of the A444, calling in for a pint on the way. It was one of the few days...

Knee down on a ped

Knee down on a ped

just a picture of me with the knee down on my nrg (really pisses the big lads off on their GSX-R1000s when they see this). I can do it on left or right-handers which is more than a lot of the big boys...

MCN in Spain

MCN in Spain

Somewhere in the middle of a 2800-mile tour around Pamplona and Valencia I stopped for a break and to read MCN... but it blew away, so I took a photo instead.