July

Kent to London

Having travelled four hours a day on the train for 10 years, I decided that I'd had enough of wasting my existence and took my direct access test in October 2004. Since that point I haven't looked back and now travel from the seaside town of Herne Bay in Kent upto central London daily. Now on my fith bike, currently an '06 Kawasaki ZX-6R, I wouldn't go back to the train if it was free. It's a...

Six month old Rossi!

Six month old Rossi!

Caitlin aged six months of her daddy's Yamaha R6.

Fuel price war begins at supermarkets

Fuel price war begins at supermarkets

Bikers are to benefit from a fuel price war that’s started between the UK’s leading supermarkets. Asda is set to cut both fuel by 3p a litre from today while Morrisons has gone one further...

Video: Is the Suzuki GSX-R750 still the top road sports bike?

MCN reader Craig Carr wanted help deciding if he should trade his Suzuki K6 GSX-R750 for the K8 version or a Ducati 848 in this video road test. Senior road tester Michael Neeves added Kawasaki's ZX-10 and Yamaha's R6 to the test and then took Craig for a spin around the local roads before finishing off at Bruntingthorpe Proving Grounds. Watch the video below to...

Yamaha YBR-125 Custom due in August

Yamaha YBR-125 Custom due in August

Yamaha hopes to get its YBR-125 Custom model into showrooms next month, after production problems led to a delay in the launch of the bike. Yamaha spokesman Simon Belton says the delay was beyond...

Bikers declare Gatso jihad

Two bikers have made headlines by setting fire to a roadside speed camera and posting footage of it burning on YouTube in a clip entitled “Gatso Jihad”. The pair, on a distinctive Rizla Suzuki replica GSX-R1000, are shown setting light to a tyre placed around the neck of the camera, a practice known as “necklacing”, and staying to watch it burn in broad daylight as traffic streams past.

A joyful ride ending in tears

A joyful ride ending in tears

Ahhhh.....a warm sunny Monday morning it was in May and boy was I glad going to work on two wheels! My just washed and polished Triumph Speed Four with a glistening stubby exhaust that would wake up...

Government considering “zero deaths” road safety policy

Government considering “zero deaths” road safety policy

The UK may adopt a Swedish road safety policy once said by its own creator to be incompatible with motorcycles. Claes Tingvall, the author of Vision Zero, said there was “no room for motorcycles” in...

A great lap of the Isle of Man

A great lap of the Isle of Man

My husband Terry and I have just returned from a few days holiday on the Isle of Man. We took my husband's Honda 400 four over so he could ride it around the course which is what he has wanted to...

Concerned motorist looking for injured biker

A concerned motorist is looking for three bikers she met near Machynlleth, Wales on July 13 at about 7.30pm. One of the three had come off his motorcycle and she met them at the entrance to the Centre for Alternative Technology as she headed to a nearby picnic area. The three were waiting for the crashed bike to be collected before they could head home. The lady, Eileen, made them a cup of tea and...

Hein Gericke offer £200 off Alpinestars and Arlen Ness kit

Hein Gericke offer £200 off Alpinestars and Arlen Ness kit

Hein Gericke has slashed up to £200 off the cost of high-end Arlen Ness and Alpinestars riding kit, as part of a summer sale. The price of Arlen Ness’ LS1 suit has been reduced from £599.99 to...

Soldier wins Toseland’s Yamaha R1

Soldier wins Toseland’s Yamaha R1

A Yamaha R1 ridden by James Toseland during a promotional event at Silverstone has been given away by insurance firm Bennetts. Army Sergeant Richard Green won the motorcycle, after his name was...

2009 Triumphs: Thunderbird 1600, Daytona 675 and Street Triple R

2009 Triumphs: Thunderbird 1600, Daytona 675 and Street Triple R

These are the world-first pictures of Triumph’s complete 2009 range unveiled at a dealer conference last night (Sunday), including the Thunderbird 1600 cruiser, Street Triple R and revised Daytona...

Green means go

I have been riding my Yamaha FZ600 for less than a year and have enjoyed a crashless run thus far (touch wood). I was sitting at the lights on one of the large roundabouts that make Elephant and Castle a truly inspiring place to sit back and admire. I had heard that when you are sitting at the lights and they turn green expect to be shunted from behind by a four-wheeled lunatic! I had barely...

My heart belongs to MCN

My heart belongs to MCN

Took a fly drive to America but couldn't go without my MCN in case I got withdrawal symptoms. And while others left their heart in San Francisco, I certainly wasn't leaving my MCN!

A word of thanks

A word of thanks

Just thought iId say a few thank you's to people out there who deserve it. Thank you to my two mates, Ken and Ian for making a trip to Germany a couple of weeks ago such fun. Thank you to...

Boom Trikes now offering trike rental

Boom Trikes now offering trike rental

Boom Trikes are offering bikers the chance to rent any of their range of trikes for a day, weekend or even a week. Prices start from £110 per day for the Fun 500 to £150 per day for the X11 Fighter,...

New sporty feel for Sachs SX1 scooter

New sporty feel for Sachs SX1 scooter

Scooter manufacturer Sachs has given its sporty looking SX1 a facelift for Summer 2008.  New for this summer are a 190mm wavy disc brake on the front alloy tri-spoke wheel, the addition of...

Driver who rammed biker escapes jail

Driver who rammed biker escapes jail

A driver who repeatedly rammed a motorcyclist because he was in a hurry has escaped jail. School teacher Christopher Parker, 56, received only a fine and driving ban for bumping his Volvo into...

Taking the Bandit by the horns

Saturday 12th July I'm standing on the forecourt of Sinclairs VW dealer Bridgend, I must be sensible as Gordon Brown seems determined to rob me at the petrol pump point, so I look past the Golf GTi's and stare at the 1.9tdi Passats, nice cars but as exciting as a pair of socks. The salesboy has been on all the courses and oozes smarm by the tub load, as he snorts out another laugh...

New exhausts for fuel-injected Triumph Bonneville from Norman Hyde

New exhausts for fuel-injected Triumph Bonneville from Norman Hyde

Triumph accessories specialist Norman Hyde has just released a set of silencers designed to fit straight onto the new fuel-injected Bonneville model. The Classic-styled silencers are claimed to boost...

Ride to Work day... on a Desmosedici!

Ride to Work day... on a Desmosedici!

Gernerally I never commute to work. I keep my biking pleasure for hot weekends, trips to Europe (touring and watching top racing) or a bunch of track days. With this year's "MCN ride to work day" I...

Don't forget to renew your license

Hi just thought tou should let you know (as some may not) that the first batch of photo driving licence's will be comming up for renewal soon. If you check the pink card licence look on the front for section 4b this gives the renewal date, it costs £17.50 plus the new photos. Be warned failure to renew will lead to a fine and the cancellation of your entitlements. Could be a lot of people don't...

A great confidence booster

My girlfreind, Laura passed her test last year (to the day) and for her birthday I bought her an activity at the Ron Haslam Race School to help her with confidence and handling craft. Therefore we were not at work so we were unable to ride to work on our bikes. We would have done. Much rather her ride around Donington. As for the riding - she couldn't believe that this tarmac was the same as...

Stereophonics guitarist gets Suzuki B-King

Stereophonics guitarist gets Suzuki B-King

Stereophonics guitarist Richard Jones has taken charge of a brand new Suzuki B-King to help with his daily commute through London to the recording studio. Suzuki B-Kings for sale Jones fell in love...

Carl Fogarty to take part in Iron Butt

Carl Fogarty to take part in Iron Butt

Carl Fogarty is set to make his return to competitive riding by taking part in the Iron Butts challenge later this year. Foggy has agreed to head up a celebrity team in the event, which aims to...

Online service compares petrol prices across UK

Online service compares petrol prices across UK

Traffic information website Keepmoving.co.uk is preparing to launch a petrol price comparison feature tomorrow. Anti-bike petrol stations Pro-bike petrol stations The petrol comparison feature will...

Lucky Escape on the commute

Nothing new with riding to work, I do it every shift - I always have always will. But a recent journey home was the luckiest journey of my life. I was 'making progress' down the dual carriageway heading towards Reading on the A33 gaining rapidly on a white hatchback. Nothing new there. Well, not util his bonnet came off! He slewed across the carriageway into my path and I was...

Ride to work / track day

Re: Ride to work day hmmm - could you maybe modify the title to say 'Ride to Work / Track day'? :o) Today I had the day off work and was fortunate enough to enjoy my first ever track day - and at Donington Park's full GP circuit no less - all via Ron Haslam's superb Race School. And yes I did ride there! Cannot recommend it highly enough - was so well organised, the CBR600RR was a dream to ride...

Is Birmingham biker-friendly?

Today I was slammed with a £50 penalty notice for "illegal" parking in the not so biker-friendly Broad Street area of Birmingham by ICC. There is no provision of motorcycle parking spaces in a public car park near my appointment at ICC but I paid the price for unselfishly parking my bike in an unparkable corner of this car park!

Banned from riding my motorcycle by my employer

I would love to have ridden my bike work on Ride to Work Day but unfortunately I work for a company contracted to National Museums and Galleries in Liverpool and they won't allow me to park my Triumph Speed Triple in their car parks. I've tried explaining I'm doing my bit to cut congestion and emissions but to no avail. Nobody will tell me why I can't park the bike or who is...

Queensferry to Eastham ride to work

9:30. Most of the traffic has died down. I don’t want to be dicing with death on the bypass. Death being in the form of left hand drive Polish trucks making the trip from Ireland through Holyhead and past my back yard. I don’t know what the Polish for “Sorry mate I didn’t see you is!” I get the garage open. There she stands in all her red metallic Italian splendour. Check the tyres, the oil, the...

Four wheeled stupidity

So today, again I hit the road expecting idiots galore and as usual I was not let down. They were out by the score. Do folk hand their brains in before hitting the A52? Or do they only see four wheels and just blank those of us on two? It ain't that hard to indicate, just flick that little switch then the girl behind won't have to slam on the anchors. On I went, thinking the madness was over, but...

Solve the conjestion problem, ban all cars

I am not one of these Sunday morning blast bikers, don’t quite see the appeal. I have plenty else to be doing with my time. However, I hate that rush hour traffic so I commute daily the 30 mile round trip on my bike. Sometimes the M27 car park lives up to its name, other times it would be just as quick in my car. Overall, by the time I have leathered up and de leathered it is probably slower by...

Builder's cups

I was going under a single-lane low bridge behind a builder's flat-bed lorry. The guys in the lorry thought they would have some fun with me and threw their empty plastic coffee cups out of their windows. Cursing quietly to myself I managed to dodge the cups. We emerged on the other side and the lorry guys were too busy watching my progress that they failed to notice an oncoming lorry and smashed...

Bridgnorth Endowed ride to work 2008

Bridgnorth Endowed ride to work 2008

A really nice sunny Shropshire morning meant that all three staff motorcyclists at Bridgnorth Endowed School had a fun ride to work for Ride to Work Day. Ian Giles travelling in from Albrighton, on...