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MCN retro t-shirt available now

Published: 08 September 2009

Updated: 19 November 2014

T-shirts featuring the retro 70s MCN logo are now available to buy online. 

The t-shirt costs £14.99 (+ p&p) and it's made from 100% cotton.

The sight of the old MCN logo made some of the more seasoned MCN staff go all misty-eyed and share their memories on what biking was like back in the day:

"A 70mph speed limit had been introduced in 1965, but there were no still speed cameras. So we were free to run wild on Triumph Tridents, Kawasaki triples, Moto Guzzi Le Mans and Laverda Jotas. It was bliss!"
Mike Nicks, Editorial Director

"In the 70s, biking was natural, normal, and easily accessible, rather than the complicated, painful luxury it sometimes is today.
"At 17 you could have a cool, fast 250 for £600 (I did), the test was a doddle, all my mates had 250s too and we could go off and explore the world (well, as far as Whitby and Silverstone, anyway).
"What’s more, we had Barry Sheene and Kickstart on TV and there was no peer pressure or noncy paranoia to wear anything more than a leather jacket and lid. No speed cameras either."

Phil West, MCN executive editor

"You could pass your test and ride what you liked. We had girls riding pillion in mini-skirts eight inches above their knees and we'd go for blasts on country roads without a car in sight.
"Petrol was two shillings and sixpence a gallon (12.5p) – less than the price of a pint of bitter. Plus you could park for free where you liked – well almost."
Graham Booth, MCN production editor

"There were about 7 million cars, instead of 27 million. You could buy a KH400 for £350 in a dealer's, instead of £3500+ today and the coolest bike on the road was a bevel-drive Ducati V-twin.
"There was no such thing as a cheap second-hand car. Every kid rode a bike or a fast ’ped (Fizzie, AP50, Fantic GT, etc). People used to hang around in huge gangs, grumbling about not getting served in pubs.
"Everybody wore jeans, knee-length boots with seaman's sock turned over the top, leather jackets and denim cutoffs with 'Zofo' drawn on the back in biro. Plus horrible mullet hair.
"The best handling bike in the world was a Morini 3 1/2 Sport and almost any girl was happy to sit on the back regardless of how crap you were at riding."
Rupert Paul, MCN executive editor

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