September

A great turn out in North Wales

What a fantastic, trouble free, friendly, and LARGE turn out for the Reclaim North Wales rideout. Six of us parked up just down the road from Ponderosa because the traffic up there was heaving. As we chilled we noticed this red Ford Escort estate had broken down by us, smoke and the nice smell of burning clutch coming from the vehicle. Me and a couple of other bikers helped the...

Plenty of video footage from Reclaim North Wales

MCN Reclaim Wales Rideout 2009. Right now I am cream crackered after riding pillion with my brother-in-law all day. Holding on with your knees is hard work! I've uploaded some videos I shot at the Reclaim North Wales rideout. Ponderosa and Swallow Falls and everywhere else we went. The footage will be a bit iffy because I used Max HD. To see my videos click here to...

North Wales has some amazing roads!

What a day I had on the Reclaim North Wales ride. It makes me proud to be a biker. As a Honda Fireblade owner I just loved the roads from Cambridge to Llangollen. The Welsh have got some of the best roads I've ever ridden on. Thanks for the invite. Reclaim Wales

Awesome day in North Wales

Awesome day in North Wales

Awesome day in North Wales! Every road, layby ,petrol station, pub, and cafe was full of bikers! These are my mates at a petrol station on the way to Swallow Falls from Horseshoe pass! Well done...

300 miles: Derby to North Wales and back

300 miles: Derby to North Wales and back

My self and my wife went to Wales at the weekend and had a ride round. We got stopped by the police who produced me with a checked motorcycle ticket to say everything was ok with my bike incase I...

An enjoyable day in North Wales

It was great to see the frustrated expressions on the cops faces, so many bikes riding through "their patch" and nothing they could do about it. A very enjoyable day and the only thing that cast a cloud over it was when one of our lads reminded me that my hard-earned cash goes to pay the wages of these bullying thugs. The sooner they realise that we pay them to "Protect & Serve" and not regard...

Yamaha Video Spoof: Spies reveals secrets of success to Yamaha MotoGP men

Ben Spies features in a new spoof Yamaha video revealing the secrets of his success following his stunning rookie season in WSB.

Free Dunlop tyre fitting for MCN readers

Free Dunlop tyre fitting for MCN readers

MCN has teamed up with Dunlop to bring you this exclusive offer:  Buy a set of tyres from the Dunlop Sportmax range from a participating dealer and get them fitted for free.  To...

Scenes at Swallow Falls Hotel

Scenes at Swallow Falls Hotel

Swallow Falls Hotel about 4:00 Sunday 13th September

Hundreds sign letters to new police chief

Hundreds sign letters to new police chief

Hundreds of riders signed an MCN letter on Sunday demanding action from new North Wales police chief Mark Polin over his force’s treatment of motorcyclists. Download and sign the letter here We took...

Yoshimura launch new TRC-D silencer

Yoshimura launch new TRC-D silencer

To further strengthen the already diverse and innovative Yoshimura range of performance exhaust cans is the introduction of the TRC-D option. Compare and buy motorcycle exhausts The new TRC-D...

Reclaim North Wales – your pictures

Reclaim North Wales – your pictures

We asked you to send us your pictures from Sunday, when MCN readers reclaimed North Wales for motorcyclists – and you responded in droves. This is just a selection of the scores of photos you sent...

Shotz to the system

Shotz to the system

Australian firm Shotz is now selling its acclaimed sports nutrition products in the UK. Perfect for motocrossers, green laners, enduro racers, track day addicts or even road racers in training (MCN's...

New official Valentino Rossi kids line

New official Valentino Rossi kids line

Eight times world motorcycling champion, Valentino Rossi, has extended his love for two wheels by launching this new line of kids bicycles. The new bikes have been unveiled in collaboration with Cicli...

New MCN September 16: 10,000 reclaim our roads

New MCN September 16: 10,000 reclaim our roads

In this week's issue of MCN, on sale September 16, we have a full 4-page report on the MCN Reclaim Wales protest - the biggest UK demo ride in 20 years. Subscribe to MCN  World...

Two Bonnies in Wales

Two Bonnies in Wales

It was really exciting to see packs of bikes streaming off the motorway all heading to Wales, fairings and chrome glinting in the morning sun. It was quite a sight to see. I was proud to see thousands...

A Panoramic view of the Reclaim North Wales ride

A Panoramic view of the Reclaim North Wales ride

Several photo's taken from the hillside above the Ponderosa cafe & stitched to give a panoramic view. Reclaim Wales

Remarkable day

Remarkable day

I only heard about the event three days beforehand from a friend but I'm so glad I made the effort to turn out. The sight approaching the Ponderosa at 11am was one of "Oh my God, where am I going...

First Accident

Riding back from the Reclaim Wales ride last Sunday to Nantwich Cheshire, I was unfortunate enough to se my first casualty of the day. Not sure what happened, but on the A534 near to Broxton I was met by an Ambulance, Police car and a guy lying in the road at a crossroads. I'd just like to wish him a speedy recovery and best wishes.

A great day out in Wales

I took my 15 year old lad out for the day on the back of my bike on Sunday 13. Little did I know that he would be part of such a historical biking event. I could not believe the amount of people that turned out in support! When we got to the Ponderosa cafe at 11am all the car parks were full and I had to park on the side of the road. It was nice to see so many riders enjoying themselves...

North Wales Reclaimed!

North Wales Reclaimed!

Bikers of the UK united on Sunday 13 September to show their solidarity and to protest at the treatment of bikers by the North Wales Police Force, who admit to stopping 400 of us every summer...

I did the North Wales ride on L-plates

I did the North Wales ride on L-plates

I went to Dragons Rest on Sunday 13 September to join in with the  Reclaim North Wales protest. I have only been riding since May and I currently ride an old N reg Suzuki GN125 on...

Reclaim North Wales was amazing

Reclaim North Wales was amazing

What a great day Sunday September 13 was. My wife and I are both in our early fifties. I only passed my test last year and we went to both the Ponderosa and Swallow Falls bike...

Pictures from Reclaim North Wales

Pictures from Reclaim North Wales

A few pictures from the Reclaim North Wales event. It was a great day!

We made our point!

We made our point!

We set off from Cannock and arrived at the Ponderosa at about 11.00, there were already hundreds of bikers there. We encountered two speed camera vans along the route and we waved politely as we...

Makeshift numberplate

Makeshift numberplate

Six of us set of from Birmingham to Horse Shoe Pass,my nephew Sean replaced his small number plate for a legal one, somewhere along the M54 the said legal plate decided to part company with my nephews...

MCN ride out at Betws

MCN ride out at Betws

Having heard about the ride out on Facebook i felt even without a bike on the road(several in garden) a drive down with kids was in order just to show them how motorcyclist rally to the call,well...no...

Honda reveal more engine details of VFR1200

Honda reveal more engine details of VFR1200

Honda has just released this video explaining more technical details of the new  1200cc V4 engine that will power the all-new VFR1200 sports tourer due to be seen in October in finished...

My first trip to North Wales

My first trip to North Wales

I had never been to North Wales until yesterday. The Reclaim North Wales campaign caught my imagination & I decided that it would be a piece of cake armed with my trusty '02 VFR & the bike-mad...

Graham and Elaine at the Ponderosa

Graham and Elaine at the Ponderosa

What a great day. Me and my partner Elaine left Standon in Hertfordshire at 7am and headed off to the Ponderosa in North Wales. Using the wonderful A507 to reach the boring M1/M6/M54 then the A5/A483...

Sticking It To The Man

Sticking It To The Man

We arrived at Ponderosa about 11:25, and already it was hard to find a parking spot. On the way from Birkenhead we came across one Plod check-point on the A525 out of Ruthin (the fun twisty bit...

My first protest ride

My first protest ride

Having only passed my test in April Sunday was my first big ride out, we made it to the top of the horse shoe pass about 12.30 but couldn't get anywhere near to the Ponderosa. What a fabulous...

Norton and Peter Williams reunite

Norton and Peter Williams reunite

"Peter Williams has joined with Norton Motorcycles to help with the detail design of the new  961 Commando  after market and performance parts. Peter will also play an integral part in...

Nabbed, by BBC Wales ...

Nabbed, by BBC Wales ...

So, there we were, walking the half mile or so from the Ponderosa to where we had left the bikes ;-) Out jumps a beardy cameraman, and would I like to explain to BBC Wales viewers why so many bikers...

A quiet ride to North Wales, not quite

A quiet ride to North Wales, not quite

I thought we would have a quiet little ride out to wales sunday, JESUS! Where did everyone come from?  I was on my zzr and my mate on his brand new Aprilla ( He needed a run out...

A great day in North Wales

A great day in North Wales

A great day - I suspect there were speed camera cars discreetly positioned on the A5 covering a 30mph road repair section (I hope I was wrong). MCN could and should have had a greater presence - what...