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Bike News (September 2009)

  • Yatton to Ponderosa

    14 September 2009 by Bill

    Yatton to Ponderosa

    I left Yatton, just South of Bristol at 08:00am on YamahaGTS. M5 over Avonmouth bridge, M49, M4, A449 to Monmouth, A49 Hereford, Leominster, Shrewsbury, and A5 to LLangollen and Horseshoe pass then...

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  • MCN readers transform North Wales

    14 September 2009 by Steve Farrell

    MCN readers transform North Wales

    Thousands of MCN readers descended on North Wales on Sunday, transforming much of the region into one enormous bike festival in one of MCN’s biggest ever campaigns. Over 10,000 riders are thought to...

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  • Thousands turn up!

    14 September 2009 by Stu Cox (Wrexham)

    Thousands turn up!

    What a brilliant day. I rode from Overton to meet my mates at a nearby fast food eatery at 10:00 am and got chatting to a group from Reading who had travelled down the day before. We browsed each...

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  • Power to the people

    13 September 2009 by heskethandy

    Power to the people

    This photo was taken outside the Ponderosa Cafe on Sunday at the Reclaim North Wales ride. Myself and 12 other bikers from Blackpool went down for the day. Power to the people.

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  • fantastic day....

    13 September 2009 by gil chapman

    fantastic day....

    What a fantastic day!! Left Derby 9.00am with a mate, enjoyed coffee and biker chats at the Midway cafe [you wouldn't believe how good their cheese and tomato on toast looks!!]. Ijoined the mile-long...

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  • Fantastic turn out for Reclaim North Wales

    13 September 2009 by pete heath

    Fantastic turn out for Reclaim North Wales

    Fantastic turnout. Met up at the Raven around ten o'clock then after brekkie headed off to Ponderosa. Absolute chaos on the roads. I had to park up and walk to Ponderosa due to gridlock. Left...

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  • Ponderosa

    13 September 2009 by pete0455

    Ponderosa

    Just wanted to share a pic from a great day out. Reclaim Wales

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  • My best day ever

    13 September 2009 by Bob & Caz

    My best day ever

    Had the best day today ever as a biker chick with my hubby, we arrived at Dragons Rest at about 11:30 it was already rammed like the TT week. We then had a ride over to Betws-y-Coed which was an...

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  • Photos of reclaiming North Wales

    13 September 2009 by Carl

    Photos of reclaiming North Wales

    Pics of the 'reclaim North Wales' ride out. We rode from stalybridge, Cheshire. Had a great day and loved being a part of such a large biker movement. Would say initial estimate of 3,000 well short of...

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  • Fantastic turnout at the Ponderosa

    13 September 2009 by andrew dunn

    Fantastic turnout at the Ponderosa

    What a fantastic turnout at the Ponderosa fantastic turnout at the Ponderosa. I have never seen anything like it. Everybody was in great spirits and unaminous in criticising N Wales police for the...

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  • Sad Wales

    13 September 2009 by Anonymous

    I just want to express my anger at North Wales Police. It happened when as usual every Saturday I go on my TL1000R to pay the bills at my local town I'd been riding about 4 miles and seen this silver Volvo behind me, anyway my petrol light came on so I turned into the garage when they followed me and put their sirens on? He was asking all sorts of questions about brake disks...

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  • Lincoln to Dragon's Rest

    13 September 2009 by Rolo

    Lincoln to Dragon's Rest

    Left Lincoln at eight this morning, had a short stop in Matlock then made our way across to N Wales via some lovely roads. The turn out was amazing, so glad to have been part of it. We found some...

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  • Reclaim North Wales was great

    13 September 2009 by Jack Caldwell

    Reclaim North Wales was great

    I went over to Wales on my own for the run and to support the campaign. Of the thousands of bikes I saw, passed (in the opposite direction) and followed it was a pleasure to see that everone was on...

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  • Great support in North Wales

    13 September 2009 by ali westerman

    Brilliant day! Never seen so much support from so many people of all walks of life. Excellent and the best thing is that there was very little police presence. Just goes to show that even though the roads were extremely busy, they didn't need hundreds of police everywhere. We should do this once a month!

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  • Taking back North Wales

    13 September 2009 by bulld01

    Taking back North Wales

    I went from the Dragon Rest in Caerwys, great turnout, then went to Abergele for Woods motorcycles (have not been for an age). Then down via Old Colwyn past North Wales Police HQ (I think we should...

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  • Apology from North Wales Police

    13 September 2009 by Dave Eaton

    Today I was pulled by North Wales Police on the A5 in Corwen and given a ticket VRM fail to comform to regulations ticket. The officer said my number plate was too small. I protested that it is a standard plate and was supplied by Hunts motorcycles at the time of the first registration. I also took issue with him on the way North Wales Police were harrasing motorcyclists and said that I understood...

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  • Helping Reclaim Wales

    13 September 2009 by Denis Newell

    Helping Reclaim Wales

    With some friends from South Cheshire motorcycle Club we reclaimed Wales. Left a bit of England in the bogs at Swallow Falls, too! Reclaim Wales

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  • Reclaiming North Wales

    13 September 2009 by Peter John Glynn

    Reclaiming North Wales

    Incredible turnout by the bikers and their supporters. I was at the Dragon's Rest Cafe and took the opportunity to film some opinions and sights and sounds. CONGRATS MCN on your success today. And...

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  • Pull this over!!!

    13 September 2009 by Clive Turner

    Pull this over!!!

    I rode to north Wales with friends today and I must say how overwhelmed i was at just how many people joined us the further we travelled. The more people that joined us the more people waved at...

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  • A great day out in North Wales

    13 September 2009 by glenn richardson

    A great day out in North Wales

    Leaving my home in Liverpool at 8.30am I rode to meet my friends at the Stanlow service station on the M56. 5 riders in all myself, Steve from Bolton, Steve from Bury, Mike from Newton Le Willows and...

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  • Reclaim Wales: Live from the Dragon's rest

    13 September 2009 by MCN

    Reclaim Wales: Live from the Dragon's rest

    Hundreds of motorcyclists are at the Dragon's Rest to show their support of MCN's Reclaim Wales campaign. Early estimates suggest that over 3000 motorcyclists have travelled to North Wales, with more...

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  • The DVLA lost my licence

    13 September 2009 by michael taylor

    My story is very long but in a nutshell I have been driving class 1 HGVs for 20 years and the DVLA has taken it off me saying I never passed a test.

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  • Blackswan to build 1000bhp electric drag bike

    11 September 2009 by Gary Pinchin

    Blackswan to build 1000bhp electric drag bike

    Team Blackswan are based in Bristol and are developing several electric motorcycle projects including the building of a 1000bhp lithium electric drag bike. This is being used as a rolling test-bed to...

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  • Doubt over police speed detection tactics

    11 September 2009 by Steve Farrell

    Doubt over police speed detection tactics

    Doubt has been cast over police methods for catching speeding motorcyclists after a case was dramatically thrown out by a court.   Colin Jameson, 43, and Andrew Bones, 40, both from Durham,...

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  • New Arrow exhausts for Ducati Monster

    11 September 2009 by Rob Hull

    New Arrow exhausts for Ducati Monster

    Both the Ducati Monster 1100 and Monster 696 now have aftermarket Arrow options after the exhaust manufacture decided to dedicate much of it’s summer time to the range of Bologna bullets. Find a...

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  • Buell shuts down production lines as sales drop

    11 September 2009 by Andy Downes

    Buell shuts down production lines as sales drop

    American firm Buell is shutting down production at the East Troy factory in Wisconsin for two months as a result of low sales. Buell is part of the Harley-Davidson group and will be closing production...

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  • Laser Stealth slip-ons for Suzuki GSX-R1000K9

    11 September 2009 by Rob Hull

    Laser Stealth slip-ons for Suzuki GSX-R1000K9

    This Stealth option for the current GSX-R1000 is available in Carbon, Inox or a combination of both materials. Find motorcycle exhausts for sale The power improvement is claimed to be in the rage of...

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  • Tasty Laser option for Suzuki Gladius

    11 September 2009 by Rob Hull

    Tasty Laser option for Suzuki Gladius

    The Laser Xtreme exhaust is arguably one of the best looking slip-ons you can buy. Find exhausts for sale The twin-stacked design instantly makes an impression on the look, even if not on the...

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  • New Lock Mate Key disc lock reminder

    11 September 2009 by Rob Hull

    New Lock Mate Key disc lock reminder

    If you’re a regular commuter and use a disc lock often you’ll know how easy it is to forget about it unless you have chord reminder fitted. With this new product there is no more riding off with your...

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