June

MCN Daily 13-06-08: Your daily video motorcycle news

In episode 126 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show Suzuki expands its range of learner bikes, MPs say the Government should look again at national road pricing and Troy Corser was the man to beat at the Nurburgring today.  Subscribe to this podcast with RSS  Subscribe with iTunes Check out the video below to catch up with all the news in just three minutes then email us here to let us...

Willie G. Davidson unveils statue at Harley Davidson Museum

Willie G. Davidson unveils statue at Harley Davidson Museum

Willie G. Davidson, grandson of the founders of Harley Davidson has unveiled a statue at the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee as a gift. The statue is to commemorate the opening of the Harley...

MPs urge Government rethink on national road pricing

MPs urge Government rethink on national road pricing

Government should look again at national road pricing, MPs have urged. The Commons Transport Committee said few local authorities were considering their own schemes and that more needed to be done to...

Cyclists try to keep motorcyclists out of bus lanes

Cyclists try to keep motorcyclists out of bus lanes

A cycling group has launched a bid to block access to bus lanes for motorcycles. The London Cycling Campaign claims it will lead to more pedestrian and cyclist casualties. The group has launched a...

Government SHARP motorcycle helmet test results revealed

Government SHARP motorcycle helmet test results revealed

The Government has finally revealed the results of its SHARP motorcycle helmet tests - a five-star rating system to reveal just how safe a helmet is. Although the initial results are restricted...

MCN Daily 12-06-08: Your daily video motorcycle news

In episode 125 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show Suzuki’s Hayabusa, Ben Spies replaced injured Loris Capirossi at Donington and GSX-R750 get special colours and Carlos Checa is in confident mood as he heads to the Nurburgring.  Subscribe to this podcast with RSS  Subscribe with iTunes Check out the video below to catch up with all the news in just three minutes then email...

Giant potholes not our fault, county council claims

Giant potholes not our fault, county council claims

Derbyshire County Council has claimed this giant pothole on one of its roads is not its responsibility. Derbyshire County Council, which has painted one of its speed camera vans plain blue, has...

Suzuki Hayabusa and GSX-R750 get limited edition colours

Suzuki Hayabusa and GSX-R750 get limited edition colours

Suzuki has launched new colour schemes for its 2008 Hayabusa and GSX-R750, in response to feedback from customers. Video: 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa first test A limited run of 200 Suzuki Hayabusas are due...

Brunstrom was always the same

I had the misfortune to serve with Brunstrom (or Brainstorm as he was affectionately known) when he joined the police as a graduate entry. I believe his degree was in Zoology (very handy) and he was fast-tracked to high office. As an officer on the streets he was regarded as a liability, woefully lacking in common sense and he was forever getting himself and others into difficulties with his head...

Telescopic speed camera?

I recently saw a speed camera on the A47 hidden on a side road. What was so wrong was that there were no signs, warnings or anything else. The camera itself was on a long pole which was raised above bushes and was facing the main road completely unseen by the traffic on the main road. If this isn't revenue based then what is it for? It certainly isn't a deterrent until after they...

MV Agusta denies Harley-Davidson buyout

MV Agusta denies Harley-Davidson buyout

President of MV Agusta, Claudio Castiglioni, has said there is no truth in rumours that his firm is set to be bought out by Harley-Davidson. Castiglioni told MCN that "there are no negotiations in...

ACPO: “Hidden speed cameras are against police Code of Practice.”

ACPO: “Hidden speed cameras are against police Code of Practice.”

Hidden speed cameras are against the police Code of Practice, the Association of Chief Police Officers has confirmed. It comes after MCN revealed officers in North Wales were hiding in a horse box to...

No exemption offered for motorcycles in UK’s biggest congestion charge zone

No exemption offered for motorcycles in UK’s biggest congestion charge zone

Transport planners are refusing to say whether motorcycles will be charged to enter the UK’s biggest yet congestion charge zone. Manchester’s transport authority was tight-lipped over the issue as...

MCN Daily 11-06-08: Your daily video motorcycle news

In episode 124 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show Shell tanker drivers are set to go on strike, live coverage of MotoGP on the BBC has swelled and Yamaha are set to ease Jorge Lorenzo’s work load.  Subscribe to this podcast with RSS  Subscribe with iTunes Check out the video below to catch up with all the news in just three minutes then email us here to let us know what you...

Shell driver’s strike set to go ahead

Shell driver’s strike set to go ahead

Tanker drivers who deliver fuel to Shell’s UK forecourts look set to carry out a four-day strike over the weekend, after their union Unite failed to agree a new pay deal with haulage firms. Unite and...

Video: Moto Morini Granpasso first ride

The Granpasso adventure bike is the latest, and possibly best, addition to resurgent Moto Morini's range. Watch the video below for action of tester Roland Brown putting it through it's paces at the world launch or read the full artcile in MCN, Wednesday 11 June, 2008.

New MCN June 10: Isle of Man TT special review

New MCN June 10: Isle of Man TT special review

CLICK HERE for your free 16-page digital sampler of this week's MCN! This week in MCN we have all the news and reviews from the 2008 Isle of Man TT including all the action from the races and the...

MCN Daily 10-06-08: Your daily video motorcycle news

In episode 123 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show nuclear power firm bans staff from riding bikes, Kawasaki recalls a number of 2006 and 2007 model ZZ-R1400s and Casey Stoner is surprised his team-mates can’t ride competitively.  Subscribe to this podcast with RSS  Subscribe with iTunes Check out the video below to catch up with all the news in just three minutes then email us here...

My designs for new Yamaha TDR and RD's

My designs for new Yamaha TDR and RD's

These are my proposal sketches for a new Yamaha RD350 and Yamaha TDR350 twin. Both would be two-stroke with fuel injection and weighing 4,134Kg. I have a two-stroke...

Bad tyre fitters

hello guys, copy of complaint I just made to national tyres Dear Sir/Madam. I have recently had the misfortune to use national tyres for a motorcycle tyre. I purchased a Bridgestone 110/80/18 exedra front tyre for my Honda ST1100 pan European. This was ordered on line on the 30th of May. I was told it would be in the branch (paisley road west glasgow) on the 3rd of June. I drove 70 miles from...

RAC insists careful planning required for 20mph zones

RAC insists careful planning required for 20mph zones

The government should look before it leaps in terms of introducing blanket 20mph speed limits in residential areas, Elizabeth Dainton, research development manager at the RAC, says. Dainton told a one...

Big energy firm bans staff from riding motorcycles at work

Big energy firm bans staff from riding motorcycles at work

A nuclear power firm has become the latest major employer to ban staff from riding bikes. Magnox Electric Ltd told all staff members: “The use of motorbikes for travelling on company business is...

MCN at Mount Rushmore

MCN at Mount Rushmore

All that way and I still can't get to read it first!

MCN Daily 09-06-08: Your daily video motorcycle news

In episode 121 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show MZ closes up shop, Dani Pedrosa wins in Cataluyna and Casey Stoner takes to the track on the 2009 Desmosedici.  Subscribe to this podcast with RSS  Subscribe with iTunes Check out the video below to catch up with all the news in just three minutes then email us here to let us know what you think of the new show.

Kawasaki recall ZZ-R1400s over frame collapse risk

Kawasaki recall ZZ-R1400s over frame collapse risk

Kawasaki is set to recall a number of 2006 and 2007 model ZZ-R1400s over fears that part of the frame could fail and cause the rear suspension to collapse. The UK announcement follows a US recall by...

Donington MotoGP - way overpriced

Has Bernie Ecclestone taken over MotoGP? I see the cost of tickets has risen along with everything else! Well Mr. Ecclestone you have just lost the cost of two entries. I would rather sit in front of my 42" LCD HD television and watch the lovely Suzi Perry introduce the motorcycling gods.

Historic motorcycle manufacturer MZ to shut down

Historic motorcycle manufacturer MZ to shut down

One of the oldest motorcycle manufacturers in the world, MZ is to shut down at the end of the year. MZ's for sale here The German motorcycle manufacturer is due to close down on December 31, 2008...

Harley-Davidson to buy MV Agusta?

Harley-Davidson to buy MV Agusta?

Harley-Davidson could be on the verge of buying the MV Agusta group - including Cagiva - if reports in Italy prove correct. Italian paper Il Messaggero claims Harley is planning a buyout that will see...

No motorcycles at 2012 Olympics site

I work at Stratford on the Olympics building site. You can park a bicycle on site but motorcycles are not allowed on site. Surely that is discrimination against motorcyclists.

MCN at Mont St Michel

MCN at Mont St Michel

This is a group of motorcyclists who met at the Food Stop cafe, Quatford Bridgnorth and became friends. This picture is outside Mont St Michel in France.

Three days of Thunder video preview

Here is a short demo clip from an upcoming motorcycle video.

Motorcyclists should react better

I recently was in my car (sorry all) on the Old Kent Road, pulling out into busy traffic in the middle of the day. As a motorcyclist, I was of course being hyper-observant, head on a swivel, really checking all around and pulling out slowly between cars. After checking left-right-left again I edged out and a motorcycle courier, filtering WAY too fast, emerged from behind a white van and nearly...

Video: Yamaha R1 Cup behind the scenes

MCN man Michael Neeves has been competing in the Yamaha R1 Cup all season and brings us up to date with life in the paddock. The last time we caught up with Michael he'd just had his race snowed off at Brands Hatch, this time we get a proper tour of the action. Watch the video below to see how Michael got on and read the full article in MCN, Wednesday 4 June, 2008.

Video: Bimota DB7 launch report

Bimota has launched the latest in it's stunning range of bikes, the Ducati 1098 powered Bimota DB7 and you can see the video report on the motorcycle below. MCN man Michael Neeves has been in Italy to ride the motorbike at it's launch at the Misano circuit and was impressed. Watch the video below to see what he thought and read the full article in MCN, Wednesday, 11 June, 2008.

Petrol tanker drivers gear up for four-day strike

Petrol tanker drivers gear up for four-day strike

Trades union Unite claims it is not trying to use fears of fuel shortages as leverage in a dispute involving tanker drivers who deliver petrol to Shell’s UK forecourts. Motorcyclsits stage fuel...

Bennetts Insurance rip off

I took out some insurance to cover a scooter last year, but towards the end of my insurance deal I sold the bike and let my insurance lapse. I was surprised to find Bennetts insurance company had taken another years payment from my account without notification. I phoned them to find out what was going on and they said they do this automatically if I don't cancel it. Anyway, I was more surprised to...