Friday, 24 June 2011

Demon Tweeks Open Day

Tomorrow, Saturday 25th June, North Wales' largest aftemarket motorsports supplier open its doors to those of us of a two-wheeled bent.

There'll be goody bags handed out (with free copies of Streetfighters!), a wheelie machine courtesy of James and the Vertical Trix team, a free prize draw (with Dunlop, Fox and Bike It goodies, and loads more), dealer support from Dynojet with their dyno truck, Michelin, Fox, Bike Torque Racing, Moto Corse Ducati, Ohlins, Motul Oils, Beta Tools, R&G Racing and loads more.
Plus, personal appearances by BSB star Chris Walker and star of the 2010 TT Races and the Close To The Edge film, Ian 'Hutchie' Hutchinson!
Oh, and MDM will be there with his camera too...

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

We're off to the ballet...

And you thought we were just uncultured bums? Enjoy the graceful movements and timeless finesse of this modern interpretation of an extract from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake.

Friday, 17 June 2011

Farmyard Animal?

If you can read this, then you're not on your way to the Farmyard Party in Yorkshire. You should be ashamed of yourself...

Undoubtedly one of the most popular bike rallies in the UK, it always has a good turnout of streetfighters, helped by the superb roads around Helmsley, where the rally is held.
This year, Streetfighters magazine have our very own party marquee, with all the usual bands, comedians and banter as you'd expect. There's a custom bike show tomorrow afternoon (Saturday) with a Streetfighter class (natch). More info can be found at The Farmyard
After two nights of debauchery, you can chill out and watch some drag racing on the way home, courtesy of the Straightliners round at Elvington, just the other side of York from the Farmyard.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

SF209 Fighting Talk

"It was only a couple of years ago, in SF188, in which we brought to your attention some new road policing proposals being considered by the then Labour government. These proposals suggested that police officers should have the ability to issue on-the-spot fines for Careless Driving, effectively rendering obsolete the process of court hearings and allowing police officers to act as judge, jury and executioner at the roadside.

Well, since that Fighting Talk, things have been a bit quiet on this front, probably due to Labour’s spectacular defeat at the hands of the Tory Bullingdon club and their fawning yellow sandal-wearing manservants, but these proposals are now hot news once again. Unveiled to coincide with the commencing of the United Nation’s Decade For Road Safety, which starts now(ish), the revised proposals suggest that Careless Driving roadside penalties could be handed out for a variety of minor traffic offences, including tailgating, undertaking, weaving and ‘driving aggressively’. Much has been made of the effort to target “boy racers” which, of course, appears to apply to anybody who enjoys using a high performance or modified vehicle (and not, of course, to our own Environment Secretary who would never speed and then ask someone else to take the points for him… nope, never… ). But here’s where it gets foggy.

As I said the last time we talked about this, on-the-spot fines remove the necessity for a driver suspected of an offence to go to court. The matter is dealt with at the roadside. Which means that the policeman will be able to have you prosecuted, fined and have your licence endorsed in less time than it takes you to smoke a cigarette. On something as cut-and-dry as speeding, this works – either you were speeding, or you weren’t. But careless driving is highly subjective – one man’s recklessness is another man’s ‘good progress’. Whether you are reckless or not depends literally on the policeman who observes your behaviour; his mood, his policing targets, his opinion of you and whether he’s a malicious git or a genuinely nice guy..."

Read the rest of this Fighting Talk in the current issue of Streetfighters, and make your comments here.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

For no other reason...

... than we found this pic lying around amongst the notes, press releases and general detritus and thought that you'd like it...

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Burn baby...

Surprising what you can manage with a disposable lighter innit?...