March

Video: Custom built Husqvarna road racer

This Husqvarna racer has been designed in partnership between Husqvarna UK and HM racing to compete in the new Moto 450 class run by the new Thundersport GB club this year. Watch the video to see MCN road tester Adam Child take the motorcycle around Mallory Park and read the full article in MCN, out Wednesday, 19th March, 2008.

Motoring tax income has grown by £1 billion per year

Motoring tax income has grown by £1 billion per year

The amount of revenue the government gains from tax on motorists has grown by £11.3 billion to £45.1 billion since 1997, figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders shows. "40% of...

Nottinghamshire Police - a safer place?

Well, Nottinghamshire Police Force are in the headlines again with a 'hammer to crack an egg' approach to Bike deaths. Surprise, surpise. Didn't we hear all this last summer from ALL the Forces? Doesn't it therefore prove the Police use methods that obviousy DO NOT WORK AT ALL when it comes to safer riding? Well if you want to be patronised and made to feel like a criminal even more with the...

Ronnies Sex Shop

Ronnies Sex Shop

My partner Tracy won a motorcycle tour of Western Cape, South Africa at the Welsh Motorcycle Show in Builth Wells last May. At the time neither of us had licenses or bikes! We decided to go for it and...

4 x Paw

4 x Paw

Is this a case of 4 x Paw x Speed 4 In view of the price of fuel, could be an option.

Top road tax excuses

Top road tax excuses

Road tax evaders are becoming more creative with their excuses, according to the DVLA. The Agency claims its internet tax renewal service means the classic “tax in the post” will no longer wash.

Bikers targeted with unmarked police cars, motorcycles and helicopter

Bikers targeted with unmarked police cars, motorcycles and helicopter

Police in Nottingham are targeting motorcyclists with unmarked bikes, cars and a helicopter in a series enforcement operations. The force says the aim of Operation Retina is to cut rider casualties...

MCN Daily 17/03/08: Your daily video motorcycle news

In episode 65 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show Boris Johnson hits out at Ken Livingstone, Alpine Stars unveil a new range for the urban rider and Valentino Rossi wants Bridgestone to develop a front qualifying tyre.  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...

Rossi tattoo

Rossi tattoo

My wife thinks I am off my head because recently I have a Valentino Rossi tattoo done on the bottom of my back.

Unmarked police motorcycles set to patrol Welsh roads

Unmarked police motorcycles set to patrol Welsh roads

Motorcyclists heading to Wales over the next four weeks should be on the lookout for unmarked police motorcycles, after the four police forces in the country launched a month-long safety campaign to...

Speed camera “disguised as workman’s van”

Speed camera “disguised as workman’s van”

Police in Derbyshire have fitted a workman’s van with two speed cameras to use in an Easter bank holiday clampdown, according to a force insider. North Wales Police disguise speed camera as horse...

Centurion celebrates with Harley Davidson ride

Centurion celebrates with Harley Davidson ride

A Cornwall-based woman played catch-up to Harley Davidson last week, with a ride around Bude on the back of a friend’s cruiser to celebrate her 100th birthday, local press reports state. Muriel...

Alpinestars launch Nero range

Alpinestars launch Nero range

Motorcycle clothing manufacturer Alpinestars unveiled a range of motorcycle jackets and boots designed for the urban rider, at a lavish catwalk show in Barcelona on Friday. The firm believes its Nero...

Boris Johnstone: "Ken Livingstone is playing with safety"

Boris Johnstone: "Ken Livingstone is playing with safety"

Conservative London mayoral candidate Boris Johnson has hit out at Mayor Ken Livingstone over his decision not to allow motorcycles in bus lanes. Ken Livingstone says no to bikers in bus...

Video: Harley Davidson rider gets it wrong at Daytona Bike Week

Video: Harley Davidson rider gets it wrong at Daytona Bike Week

Take a look at this Harley Davidson motorcyclist at Daytona Bike Week. The motorcyclist locked the throttle and attempted to balance on the pillion seat while the Harley Davidson was still...

Isle of Man TT Inquest update

Isle of Man TT Inquest update

Marshals giving evidence at the inquest into a triple fatality at last year’s TT have given eyewitness accounts of the accident which killed racer Marc Ramsbotham and two spectators. Dean Jacob from...

DfT “regrets” false claims on motorcycle road tax evasion

DfT “regrets” false claims on motorcycle road tax evasion

The Department for Transport has said it “regrets” making “inflated” claims that nearly four in 10 motorcycles are untaxed. Edward Leigh MP, Chairman of the Commons Public Accounts Committee, was...

Road tax rip off

How many people find it stange that Gordon Brown's government are willing to allow small fuel and co2 efficient cars to use our roads tax free but fail to recognise that small motorcycles can acheive up to 100 mpg with very little co2 and as a bonus reduce the grid lock in our cities are still to be taxed. It is long overdue for motorcyclists to unite and show the present gov that we can clearly...

Delay in fuel price increase masks rise of 20% year-on-year

Delay in fuel price increase masks rise of 20% year-on-year

Leading motoring groups have welcomed the postponement of a proposed 2p increase in the price of a litre of petrol, but say the move is merely masking the fact that petrol prices have hit record highs...

TT spectator death inquest focuses on signage

TT spectator death inquest focuses on signage

The first day of an inquest into the deaths of a rider and two spectators on the final day of last year’s Isle of Man TT races has heard the spectators may have been unaware they were standing in a...

First impressions from the Suzuki GSX-R750 launch

First impressions from the Suzuki GSX-R750 launch

MCN Senior road tester Michael Neeves, has just finished four sessions of intense riding on the new Suzuki GSX-R750 at the twisty Guadix circuit in the south of Spain. The good news is that Suzuki...

Video: MCN Daily 13/03/08: Your daily video motorcycle news

In episode 63 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show we have the first impressions from the Suzuki GSX-R750 launch in Spain, Ken Livingstone says no to bikes in bus lanes and Michelin boss Jean-Phillipe Weber says the rapid development of MotoGP technology will help road bikes.  Subscribe to this podcast with RSS  Subscribe with iTunes Check out the video below to catch up with all...

Video: Have Buell solved their 1125R problems?

The launch of Buell's 1125R last year showed it to be a woefully under developed motorcycle and six months later, Buell claims that all the problems have been sorted. MCN chief road tester Trevor Franklin travelled to Seville to test the Buell on the roads and the twisting Monteblanco circuit. Watch the video to see the bike put through it's paces to find out if the problems have been fixed.

Aprilia launch motorcycle test ride website

Aprilia launch motorcycle test ride website

Aprilia is hoping to shake up the way riders arrange to test new models, with the launch of a website dedicated to allowing the public to book a run on several of its 2008 range of motorcycles. The...

Video: 2008 600cc group test

Last year Honda blew the doors off the 600 class with its new CBR600RR but can it hold on to its crown against the new Yamaha R6, Triumph's Daytona 675, Suzuki's new GSX-R600 K8 and Kawasaki's ZX-6R. MCN Senior road tester Michael Neeves tested the motorcycles on road and track to see if the contenders could match the Honda CBR600RR. Watch the video below to find out the finishing order...

Honda Fireblade winner picks up his prize

Honda Fireblade winner picks up his prize

Alan Crowder from Witney in Oxfordshire - winner of Honda's ‘Win A Bike’ competition in February - collected his brand new CBR1000RR from Bridge Motorcycles today. He was handed the bike by Bridge's...

Ken Livingstone says no to bikers in bus lanes

Ken Livingstone says no to bikers in bus lanes

London Mayor Ken Livingstone announced today he will not open bus lanes to motorcycles. The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) said the move condemned both motorcyclists and cyclists to unsafe...

Alistair Darling puts 2p petrol increase on hold - for now

Alistair Darling puts 2p petrol increase on hold - for now

Plans by the government to increase the price of petrol by 2p per litre in April have been put on hold until October, Chancellor Alistair Darling announced in his first budget. While the news is good...

MCN Daily 12/03/08: Your daily video motorcycle news

In episode 62 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show we hear about a Dutch baker who built his own dream motorcycle , the Royal Borough launch a new secure parking scheme and Honda begin testing on the 2008 RC212V.  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...

HD celebrates birthday with clothing range

HD celebrates birthday with clothing range

Harley Davidson has released a new line of clothing and accessories in the UK, to commemorate its 105th anniversary. The collectible items include a hooded sweatshirt priced at £50.30, which features...

Motocross World Championship 1089 season review

Motocross World Championship 1089 season review

Take a blast into the past with Duke Video’s latest DVD release, a season review of the 1089 500cc Motocross World Championship. The DVD showcases the titanic battle between Britain’s former World...

Motorcycles in Bus lanes report released

Motorcycles in Bus lanes report released

Transport for London has released a version of its motorcycles in bus lanes report. But the newly released version has been altered compared to earlier leaked documents to remove suggestions that...

Video: Cagiva Mito SP525 as fun as a Moto 125?

When looking at the captivating styling of Cagiva's brand new Mito SP525 you must remember certain things. Its engine size is only 124.6cc, power out-put is capped to 14.7bhp and the SP525 looks like the 1994 Caviga V594 500GP motorcycle. MCN's chief road tester Trevor Franklin put the motorcycle through its paces to see if the SP525 could be the same source of sports fun as the 1990...

Council launches secure motorcycle parking

Council launches secure motorcycle parking

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s new motorcycle parking scheme is officially launched today (Wednesday), offering residents of the borough secure parking for their two-wheelers. The...

Video: Harley Davidson engineers create turbo-diesel cruiser

A group of former Harley Davidson development engineers, who call themselves the Gray Eagles, are currently working on converting a 1988 Harley Davidson FXRS V-twin engine into a turbo diesel with electronic fuel injection. The group currently don't have any plans to produce the motorcycle or engine as the motorcycle is as it's currently only a concept demonstrator as opposed to a...

Heaven Can Wait

Heaven Can Wait

Members of the Heaven Can Wait charity motorbike ride met with World Record holders Kevin and Julia Sanders of GlobeBusters during an open day at the Sawbridgeworth BMW dealership in Hertford. Kevin...