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Riders’ Lives ~ Gary France

on Thu, Jan 9, 2014 | By

1. What was your first motorcycling experience? As a 16 year old, I bought a Honda C90 and rode it year round. As a family, we didn’t have much money, so I rode it without gloves or waterproofs. Some days I was so cold I could hardly move my hands. 2. What is your current bike? I am very lucky to have four motorcycles. A Harley-Davidson Road King, two Harley custom bikes...

A Review of 2013

on Wed, Jan 8, 2014 | By

This time last year we had a bumper mailbag to pad out the ultra slim New Year’s edition; unfortunately this time around there was nothing in the mailbox – not so much a short note from Nick Lojik or a Midwestern weather report (complete with great pictures) from Gary Ilminen and now that Ian Dunmore is a regular contributor… There are plenty of comments below last month’s...

Do Not Adjust Your Set

on Tue, Jan 7, 2014 | By

Regular readers may remember my feature on club racer Dave Mackay and his exploits on his KTM RC8 back in July (“Hey, I’m With The Team”, issue 182). Since then, Dave has gone back to school in the form of starting a photography course at the University of South Wales. This means he has to commute. In winter. Some bikers go to the trouble of procuring another bike for...

Profile of a Collision 2.

on Tue, Jan 7, 2014 | By

The East Riding Of Yorkshire has a selection of fabulous roads ranging from easy to challenging, the riders that use them are equally as varied. This collision happened on a warm evening in July 2013, it was midweek and the fine evening had encouraged a surfeit of riders onto the road. I was patrolling alone on a marked Yamaha FJR as part of Operation Achilles, this Operation...

A Posh Night on the Kings Road

on Thu, Dec 12, 2013 | By

Here’s an extra little seasonal bonus. A week ago The Rider’s Digest joined Brough CEO Mark Upham and a host of motorcycling luminaries for the classic marque’s Christmas Beano at his brother Matthew’s antique shop in London’s ever so trendy Kings Road. Attractions – aside from the sparkling company, the constantly refilled wine glasses and the steady stream...

Issue 185

on Tue, Dec 3, 2013 | By

You can download the PDF of issue 185 HERE This month there are 192 packed page including all your favourite regulars, and a host of features including a whole load of photographs from the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride and Motorcycle Live 2013 ...

From the Editor ~ 185

on Tue, Dec 3, 2013 | By

If I’m honest – and I do try to be – I really can’t be arsed with sifting through the constant stream of vaguely bike related drivel that seriously savvy social media tarts, tweet every 139secs. And it’s been a very long time (i.e. before quite a few of you were born) since I felt inclined to read MCN on the off chance that it might just report something that’s...

In the Saddle ~ 185

on Tue, Dec 3, 2013 | By

Although there are plenty of comments below the articles on the web site, we only received this one via the email so as I know that many of the PDF readers enjoy the letters pages and it’s a damn good email with some great pictures (as usual from our Wisconsin correspondent!) I’ve included it all on its own. I would strongly urge you PDF peeps to check out the feedback...

Riders’ Lives ~ Jack Lewis

on Tue, Dec 3, 2013 | By Dave

1. What was your first motorcycling experience? Big brother of a friend gave me a ride on the back of an old-school Vespa. We blasted up the steep part of Raleigh Street in NW Portland, Oregon. The thing I remember was hitting the bottom of the grade and suddenly pitching up, then tearing up the hill with magical speed. The only thing not perfect in the world right then was...

Six & the City ~ 185

Sparky ladies high heeled shoes on a Yamaha tank
on Tue, Dec 3, 2013 | By

Thursday The mercury has plummeted, the clocks have gone back, mornings are dark and evenings roll in quicker than a Marc Marquez lap of Valencia. All this can only indicate one thing but despite these portents and cute pictures of Robin Red Breasts adorning seasonal tat, nothing heralds the onset of winter more than me getting the heated gloves out, and on. Oh yes. Both bikes...

The Boy Biker ~ 185

on Tue, Dec 3, 2013 | By

For Queen and Country.   I have done engine cleaning work for The Barons Speed Shop for a while now but it is only over the last year that I have come to fully understand Dick’s weight and prowess within the British bike game, which gives him the power to unite those who, like him, adore and cherish Edward Turner’s original design and the bikes that grew from it (parallel...

Paddy’s Perspective ~ 185

on Tue, Dec 3, 2013 | By

The More the Merrier – and the Safer. In about 4 weeks – depending on when you read this of course – you will be celebrating the start of a new year and I will be celebrating the birth of my first child. Interesting and exciting times for all! Of course my incredibly good, youthful looks, belie the fact that I’m well into my forties and therefore have completely failed...

A View from the Group W Bench ~ 185

on Tue, Dec 3, 2013 | By

The standard lament come end of October, why do so many drivers not feel the need to put their lights on in the dark. I was waiting to turn right, started to move then stopped hard. The empty space in front of me was a red mini with no lights on which had merged into the background. As our esteemed editor used to say ‘be careful out there’. And if you must ride a pushbike...

Moped Madness

on Tue, Dec 3, 2013 | By Dave

It’s not a race – That’s what they told us anyway. No timing or lap scoring, just a 6 hours endurance race, sorry, event on mopeds. Ways to make life on an aerodrome interesting at the weekend? Well come on, when you get a few dozen daft sods together on a bit of tarmac with stripped down peds and tell them it’s not a race you don’t seriously expect them to believe...

Beach Boys

on Tue, Dec 3, 2013 | By

Margate. Or should I say ‘Margit’ in deference to my dad? I remember it well. As a kid we used to have our family holidays there. A 100 mile round trip courtesy of British Rail; spending the day on the beach with deckchairs, windbreaks, buckets and spades, ice creams, donkey rides and digging huge holes in the sand. Every so often there would be a crackle, then a posh sounding...

Winter Hacks (With Spokes)

on Tue, Dec 3, 2013 | By

If we all lived in a climate like Arizona or Australia there would be no need to consider buying a different motorcycle to use during the long winter months. Unfortunately, we don’t, so we have to put up with ice, snow, salted roads and all the other horrors that go together to make two wheeled winter travel a bit of a misery. At a push we can put up with it physically,...

Motorcycle Live 2013

on Tue, Dec 3, 2013 | By

I ought to sue Honda for intellectual property theft. There I am, thinking I’ve got first call on the whole ‘riding as a form of meditation’ thing, and now here’s Honda with their “Your Therapist Awaits” concept at the core of their marketing strategy for 2014, as evinced by the theme on their stand at this year’s Motorcycle Live. It’s that time of...

The Gathering of Biker Chicks in Ireland

on Tue, Dec 3, 2013 | By

Into the West – A tour of the rugged west coast of Clare 18th & 19th October 2013 The day had finally arrived for our adventure into the west. Across the island of Ireland fourteen biker chicks were busy lubricating their chains, polishing their machines and trying to squeeze in another pair of shoes (or maybe that was just me!!!). I peeped out through the curtains...

Gentlemen and Ladies (Dressed Like Gents) Start Your Engines

on Tue, Dec 3, 2013 | By

A few years ago I was chatting to Mark Wilsmore, the Ace Cafe impresario, and I asked him why there were so many four-wheel events at a biker caff. Mark was clear that a lack of passion for bikes among young people – coupled with outrageous insurance costs – had resulted in a shift in the biker demographic. Simply put we were getting older and dying off, and young motorcyclists...

Culture ~ Jupiter Travels, Jupiter Co-Brands

on Tue, Dec 3, 2013 | By

Fascinated as I am by motorcycles and popular culture, I shouldn’t have been surprised. But I was. I opened my mailbox and found the first of the fall J.L. Powell catalogues. The cover features a man riding a vintage motorcycle along a rural road. There is no question the rider is male: since 2007, the Petaluma, California-based J.L. Powell has offered clothing and accessories...

Bitz ~ 185 Mondo Sahara

on Tue, Dec 3, 2013 | By

Austin Vince made his name in the mid-90s with Mondo Enduro, the film of his trip around the world with a bunch of a mates, all mounted on Suzuki DR350s and five years later he made Terra Circa, a sort of ‘sequel’ in which he and his team became the first people ever to ride bikes right across Siberia. Mondo Sahara was a much more compact adventure, but the story...

ISSUE 184

on Sun, Nov 3, 2013 | By

If you decided to invest the princely sum of one pound sterling on the PDF version of  issue 184 you will be getting no less than 236 beautifully laid out pages for that outlay. You can download it right now HERE or at any time this month by clicking on the “Issue 184 PDF” button. However, if you’re happy to read everything in long strips, you are welcome...