April

130mph driver gets no prison sentence

With regard to Robert Bennett being caught doing 122mph. See the link from lincoln press. This guy was caught racing his Golf at 130mph, yet he did not end up doing time. Doing 122mph was wrong but at least he was not racing and filming it! http://www.thisislincolnshire.co.uk/999/130mph-racer-caught-videoarticle-841287-details/article.html  

Four day charity ride - Skyes the Limit

On friday 1st May 2009 appx 50 bikes leave the shores of Northern Ireland for a four day trek around the west coast of Scotland, to raise money/awareness for Downs Syndrome NI. We will spend the first night by Loch Lomond, then on up to Skye before returning on Sunday through Oban and into Inveraray where we spend the final night before heading home. If anyone is interested come along for the fun...

Half-faired but twice as practical?

Half-faired but twice as practical?

Are half-faired bikes the perfect compromise? They're cheaper to insure and more comfortable than sportsbikes, plus offer better wind-protection and distance potential than naked bikes. Here's 5...

MCN in Cairo

MCN in Cairo

Sammy, Ellie and James keeping up to date with MCN on a trip to Cairo, April 2009.

Damien Hirst uses Harley-Davidson as a canvas

Damien Hirst uses Harley-Davidson as a canvas

The world’s most expensive living artist Damien Hirst has revealed an unusual canvas for his creative talent. Hirst's 'Spin Harley' is a fully functioning Harley-Davidson Softail Cross Bones,...

Top 5 engines as voted for by you

Top 5 engines as voted for by you

Here's a top 5 countdown of the bikes ratest highest for their engines by user reviewers in the MCN bike reviews section. Thinking of trading in? Sell your bike with MCN for £9.99 The top 5...

Triumph Thunderbird beats competition on price

Triumph Thunderbird beats competition on price

Triumph has announced prices for the new 1600cc Thunderbird cruiser – the most important bike the firm has made in years as it takes on the American market. Triumph Thunderbird launch centre Triumph...

Niagara wedding with MCN

Niagara wedding with MCN

My wife and I on our wedding day at Niagara Falls, Canada.

Bimota DB7 Viamaggio

Bimota DB7 Viamaggio

Bimota's answer to the Ducati Streetfighter. Pure Italian style. Viamaggio is the name of a famous mountain road that the Italian riders love.

Airbag jacket saved me in a crash

I have been wearing Hit-Air jackets from Mugen Denko in Japan for years. I have survived one 104 kph crash where there other two bikers wound up in hospital with all sorts broken - I had just a sprained ankle and thumb. The airbag protected my neck, althought the helmet was scraped and the rest of me slid down the road on a cushion of air. The system uses a mechanical release...

Your opinions wanted on MCN bike reviews & bikes for sale

Your opinions wanted on MCN bike reviews & bikes for sale

At MCN we'd like to hear your suggestions on how to improve the bike reviews and bikes for sale sections of our website. If you've ever used these areas of our site, we'd like to know...

Bikes left out of electric vehicle plans

Bikes left out of electric vehicle plans

Motorcycles are to be excluded from a government scheme offering motorists up to £5,000 toward the cost of an electric vehicle. Drivers will be offered money toward electric cars but buyers of...

Harley-Davidson axes hundreds more jobs

Harley-Davidson axes hundreds more jobs

Harley-Davidson has announced more job cuts and a further slump in profits. The American manufacturer has said it will axe between 300 and 400 more jobs in the next two years, bringing total job...

Valentino Rossi stars in Nutella advert

Reigning MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi has taken time out of his busy racing schedule to promote breakfast spread, Nutella.  Video: Rossi talks on the 2009 Yamaha R1 Rossi, who has already appeared in a multitude of Italian TV adverts including the endorsement of his own replica Aprilia SR50 back in his 125cc glory days, features in the breakfast spread ad. The short clip shows...

My son Heath enjoying his MCN

My son Heath enjoying his MCN

Heath just fell asleep after reading his favourite paper in this picture.

MCN in Miami

MCN in Miami

Just hat to take MCN to Miami!

Apriila RSV4 Tuono mock-up

Apriila RSV4 Tuono mock-up

This is a rendering of the future Aprilia Tuono. Naked engine with 2 cylinders. What do you think? From www.motorenderin.com  

My first track day

My first track day

My first track day at Donnington park and definately not my last!

Northumberland Police force have stopped using motorcycles?

I have been given this story by an ex cop - Northumberland Police force have stopped using motorcycles in their force as of now and have already sold their complete stock of motorcycles to another force. This now means every motorcycle nutter in the country can come onto northumberland roads and race around without much fear of being caught. For us more sensible riders it means less...

New bike test shambles

At the tender age of 51 and after the DVLA had lost details of my original Bike license passed several decades ago, I decided to re-take the test and get back on the road before the new two part practical Bike test come into play on the 27th April. Unfortunately, I failed the current practical test this week and needed to book a re-test, which lands on the very first day the new test takes effect.

Welcome back to biking

I'd like to say welcome back to biking to Harry Moffat age 77 of Johnstone renfrewshire, after 40 odd years, he just bought my 84 Suzuki sb 200. He has been a loyal MCN reader for years. Also welcome to my brother-in-law Ian Horner, age 59, who took his CBT and now has a 125 dragstar. He'd never been on a bike before that. He loves it and is planning to go for his...

Blog: Kerrang's Luke Wilkins on bikes part 3

Blog: Kerrang's Luke Wilkins on bikes part 3

Motorbike: Yamaha XT660Z Tenere Engine: 660cc Miles: 200 over all terrain! Price: £4900 OTR Propensity to shout "To Infinity & Beyond" while getting on bike: Uber   Okay, I'm not going to...

Can Brits beat Yanks to 400mph?

Can Brits beat Yanks to 400mph?

For over half a century the world motorcycle land speed record has been held by Americans. Now a UK team, led by a former Manx GP racer, hopes to change that. Gabriel Uttley plans to whup the...

New GPR exhaust for Suzuki Gladius

New GPR exhaust for Suzuki Gladius

GPR exhausts has created a kit especially for the SXV650 Gladius. The Grand Prix Evolution slip on will shave a full 4kg off the standard OE exhaust part, and if you opt for the firm’s ‘de-cat’ pipe...

Three inline wheels better than two?

Three inline wheels better than two?

A Paris-based bike designer has come up with a new form of motorcycle – with three inline wheels. The idea is to keep all the fun and manoeuvreability of a two-wheeled bike, but make it harder to...

New 'Mobi' mobile pressure washer

New 'Mobi' mobile pressure washer

The new Mobi pressure washer will run off either 240v mains or 12v car cigarette lighter. With a 15-litre tank, the Mobi has a variable pressure output, ranging from 45.5psi to 130.5psi, which the...

Sprocket picking out my new lid

Sprocket picking out my new lid

My dog Sprocket picking my new lid from your helmet guide.

Nazi TT – you couldn’t make it up!

Nazi TT – you couldn’t make it up!

'The Nazi TT - Hitler's 1939 propaganda victory on the Isle of Man', a 104-page hardback book by Roger Willis, is published next month – and it could well be the greatest motorcycling story never...

Learn adventure riding skills from the masters

Learn adventure riding skills from the masters

New book ‘Adventure Riding Techniques: The essential guide to all the skills you need for off-road adventure riding’ by Robert Wicks & Greg Baker has just been published by Haynes. Here’s what...

Made-to-measure leathers at knock-down prices

Made-to-measure leathers at knock-down prices

British leather kit manufacturer Carrera is having a huge sale of its stock of trousers, jackets, one-and two-piece suits at its Nottingham warehouse, including one-piece ready-made suits for sale at...

Future MotoGP champ

Future MotoGP champ

Sam dreaming of being a MotoGP champ!

MCN Live! Oct 08 video

Here's a taste of MCN Live! from October 2008. Top Bike weekend and Loadsa activities for all. Book tickets now for MCN Live! Get along to Butlins Skeggy in April 09 and see for yourselves :) 

Tyga bodywork for Kawasaki Ninja 250

Tyga bodywork for Kawasaki Ninja 250

Aftermarket fairing, exhaust and performance legends Tyga are continuing their reputation for racier-looking body kits for smaller capacity machines, by creating this new kit for the big-selling...

Disabled biker - sorry won't quote you

I find myself so annoyed after phoning for a insurance quote from "The Bike Insurer". I lost the use of my right arm after a racing accident at Mallory Park 7 years ago. However not ready to stop riding I got myself a nice light Aprilla RS250 and converted it to a thumb operated front brake and left hand throttle. I reapplied for my bike licence from the DVLA, which I got no problem. Since then I...

Jawa Californian 660

Jawa Californian 660

Are you sure that the bike you need is a superbike or a naked from 160 cv? What about a motorcycle that has a classic shape, is easy, inexpensive and can carry you to the sea...

Petition (or new religion?)

Petition (or new religion?)

How about a petition? Something along the lines of "stop stereotyping and encouraging prejudice against bikers- spend police money on 'intelligent' traffic police, not ultra-specific electronic...