This site was born because motorcycles are bloody awesome. And having collectively spent decades riding, reading bike mags and websites, and writing for them, it seemed there was nothing based in the UK which really made a point of celebrating all the great things about biking.
There are some great sites out there, dedicated to particular styles, makes and models, but nothing which can celebrate the joy of a £300 Honda CG125 as much as a priceless classic GP racer. We’re not about product placements, pleasing advertisers or constantly trying to get you to look at classified adverts.
If it’s good, interesting or exciting, we’ll tell you about it. And if it’s all hype or rubbish we’ll be honest about that too. No regurgitated PR – it’s about our own experiences. If we do get sent anything cheap or for free, we’ll make sure you know when we talk about it. And we’ll abuse it as much as possible before we mention it.
At the moment, we don’t have any advertisers, or make any money from the site which means we can think, say and do what we like. We’ve already agreed that should any company be foolhardy enough to support us, we’ll accept one site sponsor whose products/business we’re happy to be associated with, so that you’ll know immediately if we ever compromise.
If we can’t take your cash, we’d suggest you sponsor one of our lovely racing correspondents. They need the money more than we do, and people will watch them and see your lovely business name. As opposed to us blowing the money on cakes and hard drives.
Who are we?
ResCogs is about anyone that rides a bike. We want you to be part of it, whether you’re sending your stories and pics, displaying a ResCogs sticker or sharing something we’d published on your Facebook profile…
We’ve got a growing group of people already promising to write for the site, including racers from club level to national success, bike traders, journalists, and people who know more about a particular model of motorcycle than anyone on the planet.
But every group needs some scapegoats who put stuff on the site, supply the biscuits and attempts to be sensible some of the time:
A lover of anything with an engine since his earliest childhood memories, Dan started at MCN in 2000, working on the newly-launched motorcyclenews.com. The next few years involved various jobs (including Reporter, Products Editor and Web Producer) and eventually managing a team of people to run the site, as well as freelancing for a number of titles. He went on to work for a national broadcaster before starting his own marketing agency, but still gets distracted by anything involving motorcycles or classic cars. He’s the one that will watch and read anything to do with motorcycle racing. Fueled by cola, cigarettes and an eternal love for the Honda RVF400.
Left school in 1986 to start a job in MCN’s London advertising office. After 2 years, he went to work in a bike shop, before spending 20 years buying, selling and breaking more motorcycles than hot dinners. Loving diversity meant he’s got an encyclopedic knowledge of bikes, and how much they’ll make on eBay. Back in 2007 he started writing as a freelancer for Performance Bikes, and since then has written and photographed bikes for Ride, Bike, MCN, Classic Motorcycle Mechanics and Classic Racer. Loves driving round the UK meeting interesting people and finding interesting bikes. Occasionally described as a bit cynical, he’s got a big soft sport for older motorcycles as you don’t need a laptop to change a spark plug. Fueled by mugs of tea, cakes and biscuits.
Restored his first motorcycle age 14, which led to a career split between Japanese dealerships and working with race teams. After stints working for two leading manufacturers, he started his own Aprilia Performance company. Occasionally still helps out with BSB teams, as well as spending time riding mountain bikes, and building custom and classic cars.
Esteemed, respected and wonderful contributors:
Sean Allen, Wayne Allen, Richard Ashcroft, Tony Greenslade, Sam Mathewman, Dave McCourt, Tom Wisken, Feef, You?
Get in contact with us to send us articles, pictures, any motorcycles or kit you don’t mind us destroying, sponsorship enquiries, or if you’d like to purchase a non-watermarked, high-resolution copy of any ResCogs photos.
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1. If you want to share a bit of an article or one of our images on a forum etc, then please go right ahead. But do stick in a link back to our site please.
2. If you’re a global multinational mega corporation, or you’ve got a commercial website, then you’ll need to get in touch if you want to use our words and pictures. It’s quite cheap to find a good lawyer these days.
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