BREAKING NEWS

*** Something really special is being announced on Saturday 18th November 2017  at the Motorcycle Live Show ***

John’s Motorcycle News is delighted to have been invited to be a part of the greatest thing to happen in Road Racing in the UK in the last 50 years!

Read all about the “2018 WELSH ROAD RACE & TT”  in our Home Page article!

 

 

CHANGES in MOT Rules coming into effect in 2018

No doubt many of you will have heard about the changes in MOT rules coming into effect in May 2018? A new 40 year rolling road rule from 20th May 2018 will mean that any VHI (Vehicle of Historic Interest) car or motorcycle will basically become MOT and VED exempt the moment they hit 40 years of age.

There will always be differing views and debates on this subject, for those enthusiasts who keep their vehicles in tip top condition and travel few miles between MOT’s it is a welcome move, but others are concerned that it may introduce substandard vehicles back onto the road.

The main thing to remember is that:-

an MOT exempt vehicle is still legally obliged to be road legal !

That is – ” in a condition that WOULD PASS an MOT “!

Two of our Insurance Partners, CAROL NASH and BENNETTS have very interesting articles written about these changes, they can be found at :-

 

https://www.carolenash.com/news/2192-good-news-for-classic-motorcycle-owners-as-new-mot-exemption-rules-set-to-come-in-for-2018

 

 

 

https://www.bennetts.co.uk/bikesocial/news-and-views/news/2017/september/mot_test_exemption_40_year_old_bikes

 

 

 

The VMCC’s Festival of 1,000 Bikes is BACK !

John’s Motorcycle News is proud to be one of the first to tell you that by popular demand the FESTIVAL of 1,000 BIKES is returning to the Mallory Park Race Circuit in July 2018. Visit:-  http://www.festivalof1000bikes.co.uk/default.aspx

 

 

IOM Festival of Motorcycling

Our recent visit to the Isle of Man for the “Festival of Motorcycling” was a huge success and you can read news of that in our Home Page article (above) and/or within our “Events and Shows” section.

You can also check out our “Places to Visit”  section, where you will find many articles on the wonderful attractions that the Isle of Man has to offer. There is so much to see and do, brilliant museums, wonderful roads and scenery, steam trains and lots, lots more, to ensure you have a wonderful time.

Once again “John’s Motorcycle News” sponsored “DB Racing”, more about this up and coming race team can be found within our other articles about our good friend Dan Beighton and his DB Race Team.

You will find these in our “News and Interest” section.

Dan and his team were brilliant and had a very successful time in the Isle of Man, making us all proud to be supporting them.

 

 

RIDING IN WALES

In August 2017 we once again took to riding the wonderful biking roads of Wales, with fantastic views and stunning scenery and roads that really were just made for riding! We visited the picturesque town of Llangollen, the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, (now part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site), Chainbridge and the Horseshoe Falls and re-visited some old friends of ours at  family run Llangollen Motor Museum (just outside of Llangollen on the Horseshoe Pass road). Currently featured on our “Home” page, you can read more about this museum within our “Places to Visit” section.

Then it was on to the famous Ponderosa Cafe at the top of the Horseshoe Pass for refreshments before making our way back home through more of the wonderful roads that North Wales has to offer. To be honest, not having ridden there for a while, we had forgotten just how picturesque the Welsh scenery actually is. Highly recommended to all, ride safe.

 

2018 – EVENT NEWS

Endurance Legends will return to Donington Park in 2018, keep checking in with us for the latest updates. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arrangements for Endurance Legends 2018 are now underway and the provisional dates of 12th & 13th May 2018 are due to be confirmed soon.

So make a note in your diaries and keep tuned into the website and social media for the latest updates!

 

 

 

OF RECENT INTEREST  – Mortons Strive to get more people “On 2 Wheels”

Want to get into (or back into) motorcycling?

Then take a look at a new title on the market from our friends at Mortons, with the specific aim of encouraging beginners and new riders.

 “On2Wheels”  is a free pick-up newspaper  that brings together all the information and advice needed for those starting out. Features in the debut issue include advice on moving through the licence categories, improving riding skills, saving money and buying the right kit.

The inspiration was to do exactly what it says on the cover… get more people on two wheels, whether it’s scooters or motorcycles. You could be starting out for the first time, a former rider looking to get back on the road or someone wanting to take steps towards a full A licence. On2Wheels is also supported by a website www.o2w.co.uk  (or just click on the logo) that includes a function to read the latest printed issue, along with a presence on various social media channels. What a brilliant idea !

 

ABOUT US :-

John Abram and Michael W George have been active members of the VMCC (Vintage Motor Cycle Club) for many years now, both own several motorcycles and have a common interest in all things “motorcycle related” for bikes of all ages (not just solely those over 25 years of age).

They regularly attend, often organise, and help support motorcycle events, displaying race bikes and supporting charities and good causes. In doing so they meet some very hard working and interesting people and many well-known celebrities on the way to boot!

Over the last few years they found that there was a great need for regular information and news with the ever expanding interest in motorcycles, both Classic and Modern, and the related products and services required to keep them well maintained and safe. There is also a need for a novice (and even a hardened veteran) to know where they can obtain certain parts or services from a trusted recommended source.

To go some way towards satisfying these needs John developed a system of communication by text and emails sending them to those people who expressed an interest in becoming involved and Michael wrote and submitted many articles and photographs onto their local VMCC website and published several within the VMCC’s International monthly journals. They also actively support trusted traders and suppliers of whom they had dealt with, or had first hand knowledge of, and all of this has become extremely successful and popular, supported by many well-known celebrities and businesses.

John has a regular slot on BBC Radio Lancashire, on John Gilmore’s (Gilly) show to chat about all things motorcycle related and motorcycle events and Michael has also joined him as a guest speaker. This soon developed into many organised and extremely well attended “live” outside broadcasts at a variety of interesting venues.

With an ever increasing number of interested parties and demand, not only from fellow VMCC members, but also from non members, traders, friends and colleagues it seemed only natural to consider creating an informative website of their own.

Their aim was to produce a website of interest, of events and news and of reference, the “Ultimate Motorcyclists Directory”  but they could never have envisaged just how successful it would become. Within months of launch the site became International with thousands of visits per week!

John and Michael sincerely hope that you find this website creative, interesting and informative and they wish you all safe and happy motorcycling.