March

Video: Home-made V8 motorcycle

Video: Home-made V8 motorcycle

Dutch baker Tjitze Tjoelker couldn't afford a classic Morbidelli V8 so he decided to build one for himself instead and the result sounds incredible. Check out the video below to see the bike fired up...

MCN Daily 11/03/08: Your daily video motorcycle news

In episode 61 of the MCN Daily motorcycle news show a biker has sadly died after coliding with a wire-rope barrier, police refuse to deny the use of 'horse box' speed cameras, KTM's 2008 RC8 are selling fast and Aprilia reveal the official RSV4 drawing.  Subscribe to this podcast with RSS  Subscribe with iTunes Check out the video below to catch up with all the news in just three...

Tesco launches insurance comparison site

Tesco launches insurance comparison site

Supermarket chain Tesco has launched a price comparison site for motorcycle insurance, in a bid to cash in on growing sales of powered two-wheelers. The Motorbike Insurance Finder offers quotes for...

Flying the MCN flag

Flying the MCN flag

Just thought I'd send a couple of photos of me at the daytona 200 on Saturday March 8. The race was awesome! Well done Chaz and unlucky for Hodgy - great week

Road building exceeds rail-line construction

Road building exceeds rail-line construction

More miles of road have been built than railway lines since Labour came to power in 1997, The Times reports, citing figures given in an answer to a parliamentary question by the Liberal Democrats.

Police ‘bling up’ speed camera van

Police ‘bling up’ speed camera van

North Wales Police has “blinged up” a speed camera van by replacing the cameras with a booming sound system to take to boy racer ‘cruises’. The force’s Deputy Chief Constable Clive Wolfendale says it...

Police refuse to deny ‘horse box’ speed camera

Police refuse to deny ‘horse box’ speed camera

North Wales Police is refusing to deny reports it has converted a horse box into a stealth speed camera unit. Read the original story here An insider has told MCN the horse box speed camera is...

Rider dies hitting wire rope barrier

Rider dies hitting wire rope barrier

A motorcyclist has been killed in a collision with a wire rope barrier, police have confirmed. The rider struck the central reservation on A41 New Ferry by-pass, according to Merseyside Police. A...

Swinton Bikes offers 25% discount as part of start-up promotion

Swinton Bikes offers 25% discount as part of start-up promotion

Insurance firm Swinton is promoting the launch of the first dedicated website for the firm’s motorcycle division, by offering a 25% discount on policies taken out through the site by April 5. Swinton...

Evel Knievel toy most popular toy for adults

Evel Knievel toy most popular toy for adults

The Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle is officially the toy adults would most like to play with again, according to research by website Do You Remember. The wind-up toy is at the head of a top 10 list of the...

Video: Dainese airbag suit for 2010

Dainese is set to release its new air-bag-equipped suits by 2010 - a full 10 years after development of the system began. Dainese's D-Tec system is the first airbag from a major protective bike cloting manufacturer, although small companies have released jackets with cruder activation systems. Shop for motorcycle products: compare prices on 1000s of motorcycle parts and clothing Read the full...

Daytona Bike Week pictures

Daytona Bike Week pictures

Daytona Bike Week 2008. I was at the Daytona 500 and took a few pic's of a few people I think most readers should recognise. www.twowheelsoneplanet.co.uk Check out the website for more pics.

MCN visits Australia

MCN visits Australia

In Australia reading MCN.. excuse the visual pun!

Waste of life

I've had my 26yr old son on the phone in floods of tears - his best pal was knocked of his CBR600 in Potters Bar by an 75+ lady driver who according to witnesses just pulled out on him. Not a bone broken but head injuries which he died of today - if ever there is a case for compulsory testing of the over 70s this has to be it. He was only 22yrs old, his whole life in front of him, bike mad...

Aprilia reveals official RSV4 drawing

Aprilia reveals official RSV4 drawing

Aprilia might have already shown its new V4 in prototype race form, but this official drawing gives a hint of how the production machine is likely to look when it appears later this year. Although the...

Police to use 'horse box' speed camera

Police to use 'horse box' speed camera

Police in North Wales have converted a horse box into a stealth speed camera to target motorcyclists, according to an insider. The new hidden speed camera unit was due to be trialled yesterday in...

Mike Oldfield: “Bikes have been one of my greatest inspirations in music”

The musical talent behind the massive-selling Tubular Bells says bikes have helped him write music and inspried his latest project. Hear him talk about it in this exlclusive video. Oldfield was catapulted into the limelight back in the early 1970s with the massively successful instrumental album Tubular Bells which went on to sell more than 15 million copies and spend 250 weeks in the...

Riders rush to buy the KTM RC8

Riders rush to buy the KTM RC8

KTM has already pre-sold 180 of the 350 RC8’s destined to come to the UK. The motorcycle has been causing quite a stir since it was introduced last year so it is no surprise it is selling well. Watch...

Wet weather leaves '08 bikes un-collected

Wet weather leaves '08 bikes un-collected

Scotland’s weather isn’t known for being the most forgiving, but a particularly unpleasant start to March has impacted deliveries of new motorcycles in the country. Dealers who had geared up for the...

Mountain winter survival MCN

Mountain winter survival MCN

Yet another survival course, this time 3000 meters up on the Zugspitze in the German Alps. Good job MCN was there to keep me sane...well..??

My SV650 Streetfighter

My SV650 Streetfighter

After crashing my first big bike over christmas on a slippery roundabout, I set out to street fighter my SV650 Sport. Here's the outcome! Please comment and tell me what you think, cheers. Ride hard,...

Warm Behind

Warm Behind

The wife will insist on a warm seat before a rideout.

Never go anywhere without MCN

Never go anywhere without MCN

Got dumped by my wife and just thought i would send you a picture of me trying to get over it!  

Transport advisor who wants big bikes banned has 100mph car

Transport advisor who wants big bikes banned has 100mph car

A transport advisor who asked MPs to ban bikes over 600cc has a 100mph car, MCN can reveal.   Stephen Plowden, influential advisor to The Slower Speeds Initiative, wrote to the Commons...

Faster Movie and The Doctor The Tornado and the Kentucky Kid now available in Six European languages

Faster Movie and The Doctor The Tornado and the Kentucky Kid now available in Six European languages

Continental Europeans can enjoy the excitement of MotoGP motorcycle racing in their own languages. DVD editions of 'Faster' and 'The Doctor, The Tornado and The Kentucky Kid' now have soundtrack...

£30 cash back with Pirelli Diablo Rosso tyres

£30 cash back with Pirelli Diablo Rosso tyres

Pirelli is reintroducing its successful cash-back offer with the new Diablo Rosso sports tyre. Anyone who buys a set of new Diablo Rosso can claim £30 back from Pirelli by downloading a voucher from...

Daredevil Robbie Maddison undeterred by crash

Daredevil Robbie Maddison undeterred by crash

Daredevil Robbie Maddison still plans to beat his own long jump world record at the end of the month despite crashing yesterday.  The 26-year-old suffered a cuts and bruises after hitting the...

Road pricing not a new concept for the UK

Road pricing not a new concept for the UK

The RAC Foundation says the introduction of road pricing would be a backward step, and is no substitute for a coherent long-term plan for the maintenance and expansion of the UK’s road network. Extra...

Trials of road pricing technology for bikes to go ahead

Trials of road pricing technology for bikes to go ahead

Trials of technology which could be used to implement national road pricing for motorcycles will go ahead, the Department for Transport has said. Plans for national road pricing were shelved on...

Video: Husqvarna's 2008 SM510IR, SM450RR and a World Championship winning bike

For the past ten years, Italian off-road motorcycle manufacturer Husqvarna has been in the business of making fiery supermotos. The company, recently bought by BMW, have continued to tweak and upgrade their range year on year and 2008 is no different. MCN's Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves travelled to Benidorm to try the new SM510R, the SM450RR and the S1 World Championship...

Road safety expert’s anti-motorcycle letter to MPs

Road safety expert’s anti-motorcycle letter to MPs

An influential road safety expert has told MPs bikes above 600cc should be banned to cut emissions. In a letter obtained by MCN, Stephen Plowden, advisor to The Slower Speeds Initiative and author of...

"Mr Loophole’s right-hand man” told family to “lie” over speeding charges

"Mr Loophole’s right-hand man” told family to “lie” over speeding charges

The right-hand man of celebrity lawyer Nick Freeman told a wealthy family to lie to avoid a speeding charge, a court heard yesterday. Trevor Howarth, 46, is alleged to have told Janet Lefton, daughter...

Push bikes should get separate traffic lights, columnist claims

Push bikes should get separate traffic lights, columnist claims

Cyclists should be given their own set of traffic lights that change 5-10 seconds ahead of the main lights because of the danger posed to push-bikers by motorcyclists and other road users, a columnist...

Picture gallery: Charley Boorman’s Hawg Haven chopper

Picture gallery: Charley Boorman’s Hawg Haven chopper

Charley Boorman may be better known for accompanying Ewan McGregor on the Long Way Round and Long Way Down, but it seems Charley Boorman is also interested in his custom choppers. This is Charley...

Bennetts advises us to beware the ides of March

Seeing into the future is a gift many of us may wish we had, but insurance firm Bennetts says it has just that ability, having used claims data to predict Friday March 14 will be the most dangerous day of the year for motorcyclists to be on the road. The firm bases its forecast on data covering the period June 2006-July 2007, which highlighted five key dates as being the most risky for bikers. The...

North Wales Police provide bikers with escort!

North Wales Police provide bikers with escort!

Thought the readers might be interested in our solution to the anti-bike road policing in North Wales - we have our own escort....