April

Chillin with MCN in Greece

Chillin with MCN in Greece

This is me chilling out over the Easter holidays in Pergos, Greece!

Driving licences

As I recently turned 70 I have had to renew my driving licence, getting my first photo licence in the process. I knew of the DVLA losing motorcycle entitlements so before I applied for the new licence I rang the DVLA. The woman I spoke to confirmed that they had a motorcycle entitlement on my records, but did admit in the course of the conversation that there had been problems with losing such...

Fed up with being labeled as bad!

I decided being that Bank Holiday Monday was a real nice day, to get out on my TL1000R for a ride out for a few hours, I decided to go from Swindon - Bibury-Burford-Stanlake-Wantage-A34 South - Newbury - Hungerford - Marlborough - Avebury then home. A nice ride out for a few hours on my own I thought, nothing to intense, just a nice ride out. Now reading recently in MCN about these new stealth...

Gutted

My pride and joy that I saved for years to buy got nicked last week. My beloved bright blue 2006 Triumph Sprint went missing last week after I left it outside a mates house in Battersea, London. For those that have had this happen to them you will know how this feels.... and with summer on its way with no bike, it just makes it worse. So if anyone has seen it reg. WA56AMK please contact the...

Barry Sheene - a great man

I just want to tell you of a story that happened to me a few years back in 2002 concerning the late great Barry Sheene. In the late 90s arai produced a Sheene nr3 replica which unfortunatley i could never afford to buy. Anyhow to cut a long story short i wrote to barry in late april 2002 to ask him if he knew of anywhere i could now purchase the helmet as my local arai stockists told me the...

Replacement of corroded parts under warranty

Replacement of corroded parts under warranty

Bought my Suzuki SV650s brand new in October 2008. Despite regular cleaning and copious amounts of FS365, by March 2009 numerous parts of the bike had corroded (mainly nuts and bolts). Discussed with...

Free Movie download: A Winter Ride from Snow to Palm Trees

Free Movie download: A Winter Ride from Snow to Palm Trees

I survived! It was freakin cold but made it! And I have finally posted the video online free to download at www.keywestclutch.com. The documentary is about a winter motorbike ride from Toronto, Canada...

Poll: Should the government give you a subsidy to buy a new bike if you scrap an old car?

Poll: Should the government give you a subsidy to buy a new bike if you scrap an old car?

MCN wants to find out what British bikers think about the issues facing motorcycling today. That's why from now on we'll be running weekly polls to gather your opinions on all aspects of biking. This...

Hein Gericke under new British ownership

Hein Gericke under new British ownership

Leading motorcycle clothing and accessories retailer Hein Gericke has been bought by its existing management team, meaning that the company is now British owned. The group of buyers is composed of...

Valentino Rossi to test Dainese airbag suit

Valentino Rossi to test Dainese airbag suit

Eight-time World Champion, Valentino Rossi, will have his part to play in the development of Dainese's airbag racesuit. The D-Air suit broke cover in November 2007 when numerous smaller-class Grand...

New MCN April 15: 186bhp Bayliss rep ridden

New MCN April 15: 186bhp Bayliss rep ridden

Read the world first test of the limited edition Ducati 1098R Bayliss Replica, pick up a free 16-page helmet guide and learn the secrets behind the 2-wheel drive Yamaha R1 - all in this...

Big turn out at the 2009 Durham Easter Egg Run

Big turn out at the 2009 Durham Easter Egg Run

There was a big turn out for the Durham Easter Egg Run!

DVLA license problem is widespread

This problem with the dvla wiping licenses is wide spread, I passed my bike test over 20 years ago, changed my licence and entitlement is missing. I rang DVLA, got told to prove i had passed my test - they will not add my entitlement back on my licence, but i have got 11 years no claims bonus on my insurance for my curent bike. I am prepared to go to court and fight it out there if...

Road Safety

Well summer is coming soon, a happy time for most of us who enjoy a good ride through the twisties. Unfortunately I made the mistake of going into Wales on a sunday morning, totally against my principles and better judgement. I bought myself a low mileage Ducati 999, two weeks ago, and like a big kid (i'm 54 and been riding for nearly fourty years), decided to try her out. Street legal pipes,...

R1 moment

R1 moment

Just wanted to share the moment...

Biker discrimination in Wales?

What a glorious morning for a ride down to wales - or so i thought. I went my usual route, through Market Drayton to the raven up to llangolen on to the horse shoe pass to the ponderosa. Then down into wrexham and thats where it all changed the blue and a siren brought me to a stand still. I wondered what the problem was, i was totaly legal and hadn't been speeding, "whats the problem" i...

DVLA wiped my license too

With regard to you item about wiping driving licences by DVLA, I had the same problem years ago. When I renewed my licence, it came back without the 'd' category. I contacted the DVLA and they said they had no record of my driving test. Although i had given them the test center (since closed) and the date they still had no record of my test. I didn't have a bike at the time...

MCN in Turkey

MCN in Turkey

Icmeler Turkey in April 09 for a bit of R & R!

The kids on the Suzuki GS550

The kids on the Suzuki GS550

The kids James and Ellie Mai on the old classic Suzuki GS550 1980 - mint!

MCN in Maldives

MCN in Maldives

Holidaying in Maldives at the Meedhupparu Island Resort.

Nurburgring 2008

Nurburgring 2008

Lads trip to the Nurburgring in 2008, featuring Lee, Colin, Tony, Rob, Don, Kevin, Terry and Ian.

MCN in Gambia

MCN in Gambia

This is a pic of me in The Gambia with your most excellent newspaper... I'm a big fan of MCN as is my other half Rod.  I can ride BUT need to actually take my test.. he has a lovely Triumph...

Globebusters London to China Blog

Globebusters London to China Blog

The route has been planned, visas obtained, bikes serviced and kit packed. Global Motorcycle Guinness World Record™ Holders and Founders of the motorcycle adventure travel company, GlobeBusters, Kevin...

5 great parallel twin motorcycles

5 great parallel twin motorcycles

Is the parallel twin engine dead? A thing of the past or only good for powering boring commuters? The designers of these current models certainly don't think so. Thinking of trading...

Yamaha MT-0X 660

Yamaha MT-0X 660

Imagine a bike more fun than the XT, plus more attractive than MT-03!

Half-price Walker replica Arai!

Half-price Walker replica Arai!

Mammoth dealer George White is selling its stock of Chris Walker replica Arai Astro-Rs for half price – that’s just £199.99 instead of the £399.99 RRP. What better way to show your support for the...

Airbag Motoair jackets hit the UK

Airbag Motoair jackets hit the UK

New airbag jackets from Motoair are now available in the UK. Having been on sale in the US for some time now, www.wairbag.com has secured UK distribution for their whole range. The jackets claim to...

Cap Frehal, France 2008

Cap Frehal, France 2008

Trip to France in June 2008 - roll on the 2009 trip!

DVLA lost my licence entitlements

In November 2007 I swapped my Northern Ireland licence for 'UK' licence. My licence stated that I could drive a selection of vehicles which occupied 9 rows on the back of the licence. When I got the 'UK' replacement it only had the basic car entitlement, no bike! Luckily I had taken a copy of the original & sent them both straight back. The DVLA refused to amend it but after numerous...

Last stock of 2009 Yamaha R1 until July in dealers now

Last stock of 2009 Yamaha R1 until July in dealers now

The last remaining UK stock of Yamaha’s 2009 R1 is in dealers now with the next batch not arriving until July. Yamaha spokesman Simon Belton told MCN: “You can still go in to a dealer and buy a bike...

Carbon wheels for fast BMWs

Carbon wheels for fast BMWs

BST has just released this new Black Panther design carbon wheel for the latest range of BMWs. Performance enhancing claims are big – the South African company boasts a 5kg weight saving over the...

Government tells police and councils to target bikers for cash

Government tells police and councils to target bikers for cash

Police and councils were told to target motorcyclists in order to get government road safety funding. The instructions were contained in a brief setting out how applications should be made for...

Bike cops in Cyprus

Bike cops in Cyprus

Whilst on holiday in Cyprus a few weeks ago we saw a car driver pulled up by the police on bikes, makes you wanna join the police in Cyprus eh? 

Zero launch electric supermoto with torque of a GSX-R750

Zero launch electric supermoto with torque of a GSX-R750

US bike firm Zero has launched a road-legal ‘high-performance supermoto’ that packs the torque of a GSX-R750 but costs less than a penny a mile to run. The silent-running electric Zero S - which costs...

MotoCzysz to launch electric superbike at TTXGP

MotoCzysz to launch electric superbike at TTXGP

MotoCzysz, the would-be Bimota of USA (big on innovation, light on backing, inextinguishable ambition) is back with a bike it says will lead the 'dawn of the digital superbike'. You can read full...

Moto Guzzi Drago 1200 8V

Moto Guzzi Drago 1200 8V

Moto Guzzi streetfighter? Impossible? False!