July

Every day is Ride to Work Day

I ride to work every day from Guildford to central London through rain, snow, and occasionally sun. Baking and freezing, though more freezing than baking. Past lines of cars and lorries, I try to nod thanks to those that let me through, and curse the ones that seem to deliberately block my path, or just jump lanes without looking behind. Past the accidents where I look for and all too often...

Never get complacent!

I have been riding my Suzuki Bandit 650 to work nearly every day for the past two years without a single problem, scare, or even diesel spill! Apart from today that is. I was enjoying the dry and almost sunny ride to work and was just coming off the last roundabout to work and accelerating up to 30mph when a pedestrian stepped out into the road with out even looking. I was full on...

Continental facing takeover by Shaeffler Group

Tyre manufacturer Continental is facing a takeover by private German company Shaeffler. View tyres for sale here Shaeffler is the world’s biggest maker of ball-bearings and has reportedly offered €10 billion (£7.9 billion) for the takeover. Continental has been valued at €10.9 billion (£8.6 billion) and the company’s share price has halved in recent weeks as rising costs of raw materials takes...

My Goodwood festival of speed pictures

My Goodwood festival of speed pictures

Goodwood festival of speed!!!! Enclosed are some photos of my day, I would like to congratulate the organisers for a job well done, but we need more motorcycles and legends!! Also lots of...

Scott Leathers still in business

Scott Leathers still in business

Scott Leathers is still open for business, despite reports in the Sunday Telegraph that stated the company had gone bust, owner Jim Aird has told MCN. View leather suits for sale here Aird says the...

Sneak preview of new Alpinestars range

Sneak preview of new Alpinestars range

Alpinestars is set to expand its 2008 range of products on September 1 2008 with the launch of several summer-style products. Shop for Alpinestars gloves Shop for Alpinestars trousers MCN has a...

Mobbed after the Heart of England Rally

Mobbed after the Heart of England Rally

Upon our return from the Heart of England rally, we were greeted by the mob!!!

Swindon to ditch speed cameras

Swindon to ditch speed cameras

A town is to become the first in the UK to ditch speed cameras after the local council branded them “a blatant tax on the motorists”. Conservative-run Swindon Borough Council wants to pull the plug on...

Video: Long distance travels on a Victory Vegas

My fellow workers here at MCN think the Victory Vegas 8-Ball that I've got on long-term-test is only good for slow cruising and showing off so I thought I'd prove them wrong by piling on some serious miles. Check out the video below to see how the Vegas coped with a ride from Peterborough to the Isle of Sky in one day.

Biker killed at speed camera site

Biker killed at speed camera site

A motorcyclist has died after being rear-ended by a car at a speed camera site. Police have refused to officially confirm details of Saturday’s fatal collision but an insider said the accident report...

Venhill slash throttle and clutch cable prices

Venhill slash throttle and clutch cable prices

Braided brake line manufacturer Venhill is offering a discount of up to 33% off the combined price of its throttle and clutch cables, as part of a campaign to increase sales in the UK. Anyone ordering...

Ode to an R6

Ode to an R6

The car sits outside, looking sporty and fun and in the back of my mind I’m thinking 'Will it still run?'. The oil light is on and the bonnet is broke, I can’t reach the catch - this is my only...

New MCN July 16: The Harley Davidson XR1200 takes on its rivals

New MCN July 16: The Harley Davidson XR1200 takes on its rivals

In this weeks edition of MCN, Adam 'Chad' Child rides Harley Davidson's new flat-track inspired XR1200 to Spa, in Belgium to see how it fairs against its rivals. The Harley Davidson XR1200 was...

Video: Ronnie Renner breaks world record for high jump

Freestyle motocrosser Ronnie Renner has broken the world record for the highest jump on a motorcycle. The freestyle rider hit a height of 59 feet, 2 inches on a quarter pipe jump in Santa Monica. It took sixth attempts for Renner to reach the height, which 20,000 people witnessed. Renner originally only had plans to jump 50 feet, but decided to have one more attempt for the crowd. Renner said:...

Unmarked Police Bikes in Kent

Kent Police have proudly announced their new unmarked patrol bikes, specifically to "catch thrill-seekers unaware" in their newspaper, "Policing Kent 2008-11". They also state "riders count for one per cent of the vehicles on the roads, but tragically more than 25% are seriously injured or killed". What? One in four of us will die this year? Surely some mistake, Mr Plod. I suggest you check you...

RAC says get on a motorcycle and cut carbon emissions

RAC says get on a motorcycle and cut carbon emissions

Motoring organisation the RAC says that more people switching to motorcycles could help the Government to achieve its Co2 targets. So far the Government is falling behind its own target to cut carbon...

Video: Harley Davidson XR1200 takes on Ducati's GT1000 and the Moto Guzzi Griso

Harley-Davidsons XR1200R challenges the best European retro roadsters available in Ducati's GT1000 and Moto Guzzi's 8v 1200 Griso in our video road test. MCN road tester Adam Child took the motorcycles on a european adventure to the Bikes Classics Festival in Spa, Belgium to see legends such as Agostini and John Surtees compete. Watch the video below to see how the Harley-Davidson got on and read...

The bliss of summer commuting

The bliss of summer commuting

It's 9am and my non-fuel injection Honda CBF600 grumbles into life. We head out of the garage with a press of the remote for the roller-shutters and then turn down the street into a blaze of sunshine.

Baby's first MCN

Baby's first MCN

This is our nine month old son Preston. He has to have first read of MCN or there will be tears!

mick doohan - star of goodwood

mick doohan - star of goodwood

I just got back from a fantastic day at goodwood. The organisation was great and the facilities including parking were excellent (take note brands + donington). Thanks to all the riders/drivers...

Harley Davidson buys MV Agusta and Cagiva

Harley Davidson buys MV Agusta and Cagiva

Harley Davidson is buying motorcycle manufacturers MV Agusta and Cagiva in a massive £56 million (70 million Euro) deal. The MV Group is currently owned almost entirely by the Castiglioni family with...

Michael Schumacher on foreign track day with MCN road testers

Michael Schumacher on foreign track day with MCN road testers

MCN road testers Michael Neeves and Adam Child are currently on a track day on their long-term-test motorcycles at Magny Cours, France, and just happened to bump in to Michael Schumacher. The former...

Bike shop Kickstarted after floods

Bike shop Kickstarted after floods

Upton on Severn reverberated to the sound of a local motorcycle specialist Kickstarting his shop into action, after flooding wiped out the popular Motorcycle workshop for a second time in 2007. “The...

New MCN Route Planner on motorcyclenews.com

New MCN Route Planner on motorcyclenews.com

If you're looking for a more interesting ride to work or need to find the fastest way to Paris then the MCN Route Planner could help you find the perfect route. The new MCN Route...

Austria's highest point

Austria's highest point

In this picture you have Scot, Ste, Graham and Tony. Whilst touring Germany and Austria, we had to see Austria's highest point! Grossglockner, 3,798 Metres. Happy 50th birthday Graham! He's the baldy...

Fending off the Bulls in Pamplona with MCN

Fending off the Bulls in Pamplona with MCN

I thought I would send in a photo of me reading my MCN. This was last Monday morning at the start of the Pamplona Bull Run. Luckily I did survive to pick up the new MCN yesterday! There's also a shot...

Fire chief writes his motorcycle off in collision with bear

Fire chief writes his motorcycle off in collision with bear

A fire chief in Massachusetts, USA has written off his Harley Davidson motorcycle after he collided with a bear that was in the middle of the road. View Harley Davidsons for sale here Worcester...

Bimota Scoop!

Bimota Scoop!

New Bimota DB8 "Veleno". The bike is a reflection on the DB6 and what it could be with a new riding position and suspension set-up. The central moncoque is in carbonfibre, incorporating the tank and...

Bikers beware?

Bikers beware?

What's this all about? Local council gone mad? I took these photos 3 days ago. These 4 photos are only four of many signs on the A51 and A52 in the Midlands. Bikers beware, Beware bikers, Slow down,...

Jumping the Verzasca Dam with MCN

Jumping the Verzasca Dam with MCN

This jump was featured in the opening scene of the James Bond film Goldeneye. It is the highest bungee jump in the world at 220 metres (720 ft) with a free fall of 7.5 seconds! Here we are relaxing...

Bandit is a bargain!

Bandit is a bargain!

Been biking a few years and all I wanted was a big bike (GSX-R1000). Got my Honda CBR600RR stolen in the summer of 2005 and got no money back from my insurance so i had to buy a new bike on...

Honda extends three most popular motorcycle deals

Honda extends three most popular motorcycle deals

Honda UK is extending three of its popular motorcycle deals until the end of September. The three deals are the 'Get Naked', 'Whatever the Weather' and 'Open Wide and Say RR' deals. Browse Honda...

Complete the RiDER Power survey here

Complete the RiDER Power survey here

The RiDER Power survey wants to hear about your helmets. In the wake of the unveiling of the government’s SHARP ratings for crash helmets, knowing what riders really think of their crash helmets has...

Extra KTM RC8s coming to the UK

Extra KTM RC8s coming to the UK

KTM UK is bringing 30 extra KTM RC8 superbikes in to the UK after the first batch sold out. Video: 2008 KTM RC8 The extra motorcycles should allow buyers who didn’t place a deposit on the first...

MCN July 9: 2009 triumphs, Yamaha Tenere and BMW Superbike

MCN July 9: 2009 triumphs, Yamaha Tenere and BMW Superbike

In this week's packed new edition of MCN we've got Triumphs new 2009 range spied testing, the first group test of the Yamaha Tenere and the inside secrets of BMW's new superbike. Click here to see a...

Honda DN-01 to go on sale in August

Honda DN-01 to go on sale in August

Honda has announced that its unique motorcycle scooter hybrid, the DN-01 will go on sale in the UK on 1 August 2008. The DN-01 features fully automatic transmission and the motorcycle is powered...