August

Pics from our 3,500 mile roadtrip

Pics from our 3,500 mile roadtrip

Here's a few pics from the trip my mates George, Sam, Rod & myself did in June this year. We covered 3,500 miles over 2 weeks starting in Northern Ireland, taking in Northern France, the Swiss...

Thames Valley Police pull at heart strings in attempt to cut accident rates

Thames Valley Police pull at heart strings in attempt to cut accident rates

Riders in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire are being urged to think about their own safety for the sake of their families when they’re out riding. There have been 715 bikers killed  or...

Harley Davidson complete purchase of MV Agusta

Harley Davidson complete purchase of MV Agusta

Harley-Davidson has today completed the £55 million purchase of MV Agusta from private hands of owner Claudio Castiglioni. Harley Davidsons for sale MV Agustas for sale Harley has acquired 100...

Michael Schumacher crashes out again

Michael Schumacher crashes out again

Michael Schumacher’s latest road racing venture didn’t start too well as this picture, taken by Kel Edge shows. Schumacher crashed, unhurt, during a timed qualifying session for the Oschersleben Eight...

Government asked to delay new L-Test

Government asked to delay new L-Test

The government has been asked to delay for at least six months the introduction of a new-style motorcycle test which is due to come into force in October. Various organisations including the...

Peugeot cuts cost of its V-Clic scooter

Peugeot cuts cost of its V-Clic scooter

Peugeot has dropped the price of its 50cc V-Clic scooter by £70 to £829, to attract motorists and motorcyclists who are looking for a cheap means of getting to work during the credit crunch. Peugeot...

Yamaha R1-High Altitude

A little private-made Yamaha R1 commercial...

Bikes on TV: August 6 - 12

Bikes on TV: August 6 - 12

KEY TO CHANNELS: DRT - Discovery Real Time DRTE -Discovery Real Time Extra DSC - Discovery Channel  DHD - Discovery Channel HD EXS - Extreme Sports Channel MM - Men and Motors...

Starting young...

Starting young...

Here's my son Adam, aged 2, trying on his new kit... He'll grow into it I suppose!

Manchester bikers slow to show congestion charging views

Manchester bikers slow to show congestion charging views

Greater Manchester council is urging motorcyclists to get on-board its consultation regarding the proposed introduction of a congestion charge in the city. The public is currently being asked for its...

Boris Johnson demands bus lanes be opened to motorcycles

Boris Johnson demands bus lanes be opened to motorcycles

London Mayor Boris Johnson has instructed Transport for London (TfL) to ensure that motorcycles are allowed to use the capital’s bus lanes before the end of the year. Sign our petition to open bus...

Bus lanes- Come on Boris!

Come on Boris, you've 'fallen at the first' and really cocked this one up. Of course cyclists are going to come up with a load of spurious arguments to try and keep us out of bus lanes inspite of evidence which you have in your possesion, that proves that all the more vulnerable road users; cylists, pedestrians and ptw riders will be safer. Cyclists think they have the moral high ground when it...

Ron Fisher's motorcycle artwork

Ron Fisher's motorcycle artwork

I'm an amateur artist that mainly specialises in doing motorcycle artwork as a hobby, and I was wondering if anyone would be interested in seeing some of it. While its great getting feedback from...

Video- Riding in the Alps

In about two or thee months I'm starting a new Dutch motorcycle website-  Reismotor.nl, so as an introduction I needed a movie. So I went with R1Sjaak to the Alps! We rode the Route des Grandes Alpes from Thonon to Menton, 700 km. I came back with 900 filmshots. This is one of them.

Performance Bikes magazine relaunched

Performance Bikes magazine relaunched

MCN's sister title 'Performance Bikes' has just relaunched, with an all new sharper focus on you the performance bike owner. It also gets a fresh new look and minimalist design. CLICK...

Track day drama

Track day drama

Thought I'd share a recent experience I had at what initially was a great track day at the Angelsey circuit, North Wales. The circuit is brilliant with good ammenities and the event initially well...

Charity Ride for Roy 24th August 2008

Charity Ride for Roy 24th August 2008

Dear Friends, With the help and assistance of some very special friends I am organizing another huge ride out. Those of you that came on Mothers Day to "Ride for Roy" Thank you, I call on you once...

Video: Ryan Capes smashes long jump record

American Ryan Capes has smashed his own world long jump record at a motocross track in Washington, USA. Capes jumped 390 feet and four inches on a Kawasaki KX450F and was lucky to avoid crashing as he slewed sideways in the air. Watch the video on the right to see behind the scenes footage as well as the record breaking jump and read the full article in MCN, Wednesday August 6, 2008.

Video: Nick Sanders on India

Nick Sanders has sent back his sixth video instalment from his Parallel Worlds tour as he looks back at travelling through India. Watch the video below as he gives you a brief look at what he saw and reflects on the journey ahead. Check back regularly to see how Nick is getting on as he crosses from country to country on his final circumnavigation of the globe. Watch as Nick reaches Cape...

Nitro unveils ace of spades design for N775vx helmet

Nitro unveils ace of spades design for N775vx helmet

Nitro has updated its N775vx helmet with an Ace of Spades design. The symbol was regarded as a sign of luck by airmen during World War II, and has been updated for the Nitro helmet. Shop for...

Suzuki launch official MotoGP replica GSX-R1000s

Suzuki launch official MotoGP replica GSX-R1000s

Suzuki is gearing up to sell 135 GSX-R1000s as replicas of its Rizla Suzuki MotoGP racer. Suzuki GSX-R1000s for sale The GSX-R1000s have been painted in the team’s official 2008 colours, and...

New MCN August 6: Honda's all new V5 VFR's revealed!

New MCN August 6: Honda's all new V5 VFR's revealed!

In this weeks Motorcycle News, we reveal Honda's alll-new V5 engined VFR motorcycles, along with their planned 250cc bike and retro-styled CB1100R and CB1100F motorbikes. CLICK HERE for your free...

Rust Protection tests

Rust Protection tests

I've been experimenting at home, comparing the effectiveness of different products designed to protect against corrosion. I think this could be useful for other MCN readers who are trying to decide...

Stelvio Pass

Stelvio Pass

Here's a photo of me at the top of the Stelvio pass in Italy! My mate Kev & I covered 3,300 miles in 8 days visiting Monte Carlo, Montreaux, The Italian Lakes & all the Alps in between-...

Bikers of Hampshire beware!

There is a roundabout at Bishops Waltham where the B3035 and B2177 (Winchester road) meet. Be very careful on here! The whole surface of the road is broken and dangerous, there is a 4inch deep pot hole about 1.5ft wide by a 1ft long on it, plus a huge crack and other various pot holes. I was on route back to Fareham from having a MOT done at Alann Lears in Winchester when I had to pass over...

Ducati Hyperfighter

Ducati Hyperfighter

This is the possible aspect of a new Ducati that will be shown at EICMA 2008. The Hyperfighter (this will be the name) is a motorcycle without compromises, born for the purest fun on road and...

AA uses Suzuki Burgmans to cut response time

AA uses Suzuki Burgmans to cut response time

The AA has just put a fleet of 16 Suzuki Burgman scooters on the roads of London, Birmingham, and Manchester as part of its rapid breakdown response fleet. Suzuki Burgmans for sale The maxi-scooters...

Price correction - Akrapovic's full exhaust system for the 2008 Honda Fireblade

Price correction - Akrapovic's full exhaust system for the 2008 Honda Fireblade

The price of the Akrapovic exhausts for the 2008 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade quoted in MCN on July 30 were for slip ons, rather than a full system as stated. Shop for motorcycle exhausts Akrapovic’s...

Anybody But Stoner

Anybody But Stoner

I had this shirt made up on a design-a-shirt website as a protest after the first Moto GP this year because I thought it was going to be the same dull start to finish Stoner robot stuff as last year.

Problems with a Penrith petrol station

I was out over the Lakes yesterday. On the way back we called into the Esso garage at Penrith to fill up. We have been using the same garage for years. I went to draw petrol nothing happened, then a voice over the tannoy said "remove your helmet before filling". I looked at the cashier and she made signals to remove my helmet (the shop was full). I shake my head "no", so she...

Frank Sheene- there goes a Gent

A real 'Gent' has left us. Frank Sheene was always in the first group to say, 'well done boy, good ride', even when I finished in front of Barry. We spent some good times at the track and socially. Frank did not hold back when my engineer asked for tuning tips with our Yamaha. Frank took a hack saw to the expansion boxes one day at Brands and it gave me much more speed and Barry pipped me to the...

Frank Sheene dies, aged 96

Frank Sheene dies, aged 96

Frank Sheene, father of former Grand Prix racer Barry Sheene, has died at the age of 96. Frank, or Franco as he was affectionately known, passed away peacefully at his home in Australia. Frank spent...

Secure parking for motorbikes in Edinburgh!

I sent the following letter to Edinburgh Council: I've lived in Edinburgh since 2000 and we've seen resident's parking introduced into our area, which has good & bad points - we actually lost several car-spaces when the road was re-marked for resident/pay & display spaces. Spaces that are now being wasted/not benefiting anyone/not improving road usage for anyone! What might be a good idea...

MCN in Utah

MCN in Utah

My MCN travelled all the way to the USA & back! Here I am reading it overlooking Zion national park, Utah.

Thousands in compensation for biker hit by police van

Thousands in compensation for biker hit by police van

A biker who was seriously injured after hitting a police van with his motorcycle has been awarded thousands in damages. Colin Jones, 45, spent a month in hospital and couldn’t work for three years...

Motorcycle prices set to rise in 2009

Motorcycle prices set to rise in 2009

Bikers have been told to brace themselves for sharp increases in new motorcycle prices from 2009. Experts and manufacturers say the cost of producing bikes is soaring thanks to rocketing...