June

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...

Camera overkill on the A505

I live near Stevenage in Herts and work in Bassingbourn near Royston. I travel to work on my 1992 Kawasaki ZZR1100 along the A505. Having just come back from two holidays I was very surprised to find six speed cameras installed along a two mile stretch of the A505 dual carrageway between Baldock and Royston. Five of these are in the central reservation and beside each of those five cameras...

Video: First look at the 2009 Yamaha V-Max in action

Video: First look at the 2009 Yamaha V-Max in action

Yamaha has officially launched one of it's most hotly anticipated motorcycles, the new 2009 V-Max and you can see the first video of the V-Max in action here. Check out the video on the right to see...

MCN Daily 05-06-08: Your daily video motorcycle news

In episode 119 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show bikers protest against the high cost of petrol, Ducati’s technical director heaps praise on Yamaha’s MotoGP team, and a battered Bradley Smith is aiming for a podium finish at the Catalunya GP this weekend.  Subscribe to this podcast with RSS  Subscribe with iTunes Check out the video below to catch up with all the news in just...

Incident, not Accident

Dear MCN, As a motorcyclist of more than 40years standing, I am writing to you, to tell my tale of woe and warn all other bikers. I recently purchased a Kawasaki Z1100 that, whilst being 15 yrs old was immaculate in its condition. I had it checked from head to toe by a local, long standing , family run ‘Kwaka’ dealer. They declared it to be the ‘best example of its kind they had seen. This check...

Car drivers are the danger!

Talk about irony. I have been riding bikes for years and haven't had an accident in nearly 5 years. However my daily commute takes me through Warwick. The traffic in Warwick has got so bad that filtering on my Aprilia RSVR became impossible. So I took to the push bike and on to the new cyclepaths built by Warwick councillast summer. In the last 9 months I have knocked off my pushbike by car...

Accidental death verdict in Steve Hislop inquiry

Accidental death verdict in Steve Hislop inquiry

Pilot error was not to blame for the fatal helicopter crash that killed Steve Hislop, according to a determination by Edinburgh Sheriff Court. The Sheriff recorded a verdict of accidental death...

2009 Yamaha V-Max official details and pictures

2009 Yamaha V-Max official details and pictures

Yamaha has officially unvelied the 2009 V-Max and MCN can now reveal the official specifications and pictures of the motorcycle. Rea the review of the original Yamaha V-Max The V-Max was orgininally...

MCN and Ducati present the Monster 696

MCN and Ducati present the Monster 696

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of a launch of a new bike? Well Ducati has decided to spill the beans. The full story behind the development and world launch of the new Ducati Monster 696...

New MCN June 4: Pictures of Aprilia's RSV4 Road bike

New MCN June 4: Pictures of Aprilia's RSV4 Road bike

CLICK HERE to have a look at the free 16-page digital sample of this week's MCN! This week MCN has pictures of Aprilia's RSV4 superbike in road trim during final testing. Showing how the V4 motorcycle...

One-way becomes two for cyclists

One-way becomes two for cyclists

Cyclists are being offered the chance to legitimately ride the wrong way along one-way streets, under a trial being conducted by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The trial is being run on...

Video: John McGuinness tries out 2007 & 2008 Honda CBR1000RR Fireblades on TT Mountain course

Honda's new CB1000RR Fireblade won our superbike group test and is great on track but is it better than last year's motorcycle around the Isle Of Man TT and now you can see them in action in our video test. MCN roadtester Adam Child and TT lap record holder John McGuinness travelled to theIsle Of Man to find out if the 2008 Honda Fireblade is better than the 2007 version. Watch the...

Bad road caused my highside

Bad road caused my highside

please could you advise riders of a very dangerous piece road at craig goch reservoir i`ve uploaded some photos for you to see, i was highsided off the bike at about 25-30 mph the road was wet at the...

Hertz Scooters announce three day rental

Hertz Scooters announce three day rental

Hertz Scooters now has a range of scooters available to rent in London, Paris and 15 other locations in the South of France. The scooters offer a cheap alternative to travel through London since they...

Better roads are key to increasing safety

Better roads are key to increasing safety

UK motorists believe that improvements to the quality of our roads would help to reduce accidents, a survey by the AA shows. Two inch potholes left untreated The AA questioned 17,481 motorists and...

Mobile phone drivers face larger insurance premium

Mobile phone drivers face larger insurance premium

Insurance companies could hold the key to stamping out the scourge of drivers using their mobile phones without a hands free kit. Information from the AA shows that many insurance companies have...

Oxford Products launch back protector range

Oxford Products launch back protector range

Oxford Products has taken its first foray into the world of motorcycle protection clothing with the launch of its 'Max Protection' range of back protectors. In the first independent tests carried out...

Kawasaki announce ‘Ninja Choice’ scheme

Kawasaki announce ‘Ninja Choice’ scheme

Kawasaki is set to unveil a trio of special offers designed to entice customers towards its Ninja range of motorcycles (the ZX-10R and ZX-6R). 'Ninja Choice' is scheduled to launch tomorrow (June 4),...

Video: Kawasaki 250 R Ninja v Hyosung GT250R

Kawasaki's new Ninja 250 R and Hyosung GT250R are once again giving new riders something to get excited about and now you can see them in action in our video test. MCN road tester's Michael Neeves and Adam Child relive their younger days with a nostalgic trip to Chelsea bridge in London. Watch the video below to see if the Ninja 250R made them feel young...

MCN on the Beach

MCN on the Beach

My partner Alan Martin reading his MCN on a recent holday to Thudufushi in the Maldives. No place better for reading MCN. Not too great for riding his motorcycle, though!

Road Kill

Road Kill

On my way to do a trackday at Lydden race track on Sunday 1st June I decided to collect dinner on the way. Got to lydden about five minutes after collecting my dinner but it was still a...

Rossi on new Repsol Honda

Rossi on new Repsol Honda

I picked up my new 2008 Honda Fireblade on Friday and being my new pride and joy, thought I would give it a little clean before putting it away. Went into the house, then came back out, only to fine...

My Immaculate R1 Trashed by a Holding Company

I was knocked off my almost immaculate Yamaha YZF-R1 1998 on 2nd January this year. I was filtering as I was coming out of Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey. I was within the white line, then without warning the car I was passing decided he was going to turn into a side road, without looking or indicating. I managed to ride my bike home, despite there being heavy damage to the top fairing, left hand...

First ride: Bimota DB7 in Misano

First ride: Bimota DB7 in Misano

MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves has just ridden the new Bimota DB7 round Misano for the first time, this is what he has to say: “It’s surprisingly roomy given how small it looks, the brakes are...

Kawasaki announce ‘Urban Heroes’ finance scheme

Kawasaki announce ‘Urban Heroes’ finance scheme

Kawasaki is preparing to launch a new 0% finance deal to boost sales of its naked motorcycle range. The ‘Urban Heroes’ offer is due to launch tomorrow (June 3, 2008), offering two and-a-half years...

Video: Bimota DB7 launch preview

MCN Road tester Michael Neeves is out testing Bimota's brand new DB7 sports bike and he sent back this quick preview of the test. First impressions of the Bimota DB7 Michael will be testing the bike of the next few days and will send back his full report and video by the end of the week.

First impressions: Bimota DB7 launch from Misano

First impressions: Bimota DB7 launch from Misano

Michael Neeves, MCN’s Senior Road Tester, is currently in sunny Misano, Italy waiting for the first ride on the Bimota DB7. Here are his first impressions: “The waiting is finally over and I ‘m...

Not really road safety

I must give a huge nod of respect to any bikers out in Derbyshire on Saturday. Everyone I passed flashed and gestured about the cameras and Police presence making sure they didn't get their 'revenue' as expected that day. I returned the favour too. We all did our best to let everyone know well in advance of the 'cash machine' lying in wait. This to me once again proves we as riders make...

TT bikers persecuted in police operation

This link shows a report on Heysham police cracking down on bikes going to and from the TT. Their results from last year show that 85% of those speeding on the road were in fact local car drivers - but this operation is targeted at motorcycles. I call that persecution. Here is the link: http://www.lancasterguardian.co.uk/lancasternews/TT-crackdown-targets-bypass.4136718.jp