Motorcycle News Just Bad News!

#1
Every week the bloomin' rag runs some bad news story or other, this week it's "Speed Limiters for Bikes", last week it was speed cameras, or a limit on size, or bhp, or top-end speed, or leg guards, or loud exhausts, or small plates etc, etc, etc. :x
Come on MCN, change the record and print a good news story now and again. It was a lot better when there were 2 bike papers a week (Motorcycle Weekly anyone?). Showing my age now. 8O
 
#4
If you find it depressing, why do you carry on buying/reading it?
Bought it this week to scan the small adds, looking for a DRZ400 to add to the stable. It just struck me as I read through the body of the beast that there was yet another oh-woe-is-us-it's-the-end-of-biking scare story.

BTW know of a good DRZ that needs a new home?
 
#5
Bearing in mind i was cut up by some prick on the M6 doing god-knows-what-speed and wearing jeans, im all for the limiters.

And yet you whinge when people don't look out for you.....
 
#6
SparkySteve said:
Bearing in mind i was cut up by some prick on the M6 doing god-knows-what-speed and wearing jeans, im all for the limiters.

And yet you whinge when people don't look out for you.....
So let's tar everyone on two wheels with the same brush?

msr
 
#7
Surely the actions of a few in a minority will have a profound impact? Im not surprised this limiter thing is being asked for, but also i am well aware of the amount of bad drivers in general on the road.
 
#9
SparkySteve said:
Surely the actions of a few in a minority will have a profound impact? Im not surprised this limiter thing is being asked for, but also i am well aware of the amount of bad drivers in general on the road.
Perhaps this "limiter" should be applied to all cars as well. The national speed limit is 70mph and I am frequently passed on my BMW1100 by cars doing in excess of 100mph. :x

Motorbikes will invariably achieve "the drop" on most cars due to the power to weight ratio despite any limiters being fitted.

I cannot see how limiters can be introduced for motorbikes without encompassing all other forms of road transport.

Perhaps these can be fitted at the same time as the "black box" for road charging, however, I think this will not happen as the revenue generated from speeding fines is such a motivating factor against.
 
#10
SparkySteve said:
Bearing in mind i was cut up by some prick on the M6 doing god-knows-what-speed and wearing jeans, im all for the limiters.

And yet you whinge when people don't look out for you.....
Don`t forget, some forms of jeans are actually made specifically for motorcycling and achieve the same safety standards as leathers and incorporate protection pads.
 
#11
I like motorcycle news............ I just keep in the back of my mind that the bike press is part of the bike industry. Why do they get all those freebies , test rides and jollies to race tracks in the south of Spain!?

I can understand the bike press getting it's knickers in a twist when every anti-biking politician and euro-prat makes sound bites against two wheels.

Though I must add that motorcycling in general has been hammered hard from Brussels et al with regard to emissions, license restrictions and testing.
 
#12
Never mind the cars! I was hanging on grimly to my Vincent the other day in the driving rain on the motorway just west of Paris - where I live - at just under the legal limit, being passed by tourist coaches doing 80mph-plus, with trailers threatening to fishtail them to oblivion.

There ought to be a two-tier system that restricted "ordinary" licence holders to governed cars with the performance of Citroën 2CVs. Anyone wishing to drive anything faster would have to pass a second test, comprising a psychological examination, amongst other things. I would apply this to bikers too. I am speaking as a biker and a former motorcycle journalist so I know what I am talking about when I say that many bikers behave like complete cnuts on the road.

As for vans, lorries, buses, coaches and so on, no commercial vehicle would be able to do more 55 mph. And I would outlaw any scooter more powerful than a 150cc Vespa or Lambretta. In fact, fcuk it, I'd outlaw scooters period. And bicycles. Especially bicycles. Anyone caught riding a bicycle on the public highway would have their driving licence torn up on the grounds that they are either stupid or mentally unbalanced...or both.

PK
 
#13
Oh...and I worked briefly for MCN back in the mid-1990s. One of the worst experiences of my life. Bunch of tossers, obsessed with pulling wheelies, pulling stoppies, and blathering about maximum bhp they were never, ever going to use.

PK
 
#15
don't need a license for a bicycle and plods to lazy to chase or question bwhahahaahaha ignore the highway code and maim motorists when they get out of there metal boxes
:twisted:
 
#16
MCN is a terrible newspaper and really only any use for bike sports results. What it tried to do with kit, Ride does much better. Sports bikes better done by Bike / PB. Adverts better done by autotrader. Waste of paper.
 
#17
They like to regurgitate info and interviews in MCN, the only half-decent part of the paper is the sports section otherwise it's probably best off being used for fish and chips. I definately think they're hypocrits with their "Ride for Rights" articles seeing as they have on numerous times made clear they're happy to ride like complete f'ing morons on the road (Have a look for the 125cc vid they have on youtube for a good example).

Fast Bikes is probably the best bike mag around I think.
 

Alsacien

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#18
Good CO said:
MCN is a terrible newspaper and really only any use for bike sports results. What it tried to do with kit, Ride does much better. Sports bikes better done by Bike / PB. Adverts better done by autotrader. Waste of paper.
MCN has always been crap and you are better off getting the results off the web than buying the rag.
RIDE and Bike are also shiite unless you are a middle aged BMW rider. PB used to be great until Ronnie and Gus took the long ride.... Superbike seems to have the edge for the last couple of years.
 
#19
brighton hippy said:
don't need a license for a bicycle and plods to lazy to chase or question bwhahahaahaha ignore the highway code and maim motorists when they get out of there metal boxes
:twisted:
Tis true - you do not need a licence for a bicycle - however you can still loose your car driving licence for offences committed on a pushbike. ie drink/drugs/death by dangerous riding etc. And the Highway code is exactly that - a code it is not the highway LAW. No one can be prosecuted for breaking the highway code.
 
#20
I pick up a Honda Shadow VT125 on Friday. First new bike and admit I'm a little bit nrevous.

That aside I have spent just over £500 on protective clothing to help me aviod being an organ donor just yet.

I am appauled at the superbike 'hotshots' that perform warp speed wheelies on the North Circ and the M11. Maybe culling and DNA rebooting might help, however a limiter is usless, even if it could be enforced.

If you have an idiot and a superbike then you have trouble!


fastmedic
 

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